Go to a camp expo. You’ll find lots of camp information under one roof. You can talk with representatives of the camps you’re interested in and gather brochures. (Atlanta Parent’s Camp Expo is Feb. 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at City Springs: The Studio Theatre, Sandy Springs.)

Research online. Most camps have extensive information and photos to give you a picture of what camp life is like.

Ask your family, friends and neighbors. Many of them were campers themselves or can tell you about their child’s experience at camp.

Visit the finalists. If you’re unsure which camp is best, take your child and go for a tour. Some camps have open houses, and you’ll get a good sense of how your kid will spend his week or weeks at camp. Consider starting your search a year in advance and visiting a summer camp in progress to see what goes on.

Get the names of former campers. Camps you’re interested in should be able to help you contact former campers who can tell you what your child can expect.

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