Boys Basketball Camp and How to Choose a Great Summer Camp for Your Child


Carl Parker is again leading his celebrated Boys Basketball Academy this summer for grades 4-7 at the Sandy Springs Friends School.

During the school year Coach Parker serves as Sandy Springs Friends School Head Coach and Director of Basketball Performance, as well as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Washington Adventist University. Coach Parker brings to the boys basketball camp his collegiate-level skills to aspiring student-athletes.

The Academy focuses on skill development, individual offense, defense and team strategies. Coach Parker also provies he is passionate about more than just playing basketball. He believes in the students having fun as they build a foundation and knowledge of the game and teamwork that will last a lifetime.

Coach Parker was kind enough to share with A Parent in Silver Spring readers his expert tips on choosing a great summer camp for your child. 

How to Choose a Summer Day Camp 

It’s a sensible idea to take your child away from computer games, TV and other high tech time-wasters during the summer months. Summer camp provides so many benefits – fun, games, new friends, not to mention fresh air and exercise!

But how do you choose the right camp for your child when there are so many choices?

Here are a few pointers to get you on track:

  • Rather than looking for something you think your child should learn, find a camp your child will enjoy – something that matches his or her interests.
  • Do a background check and take a look at the camp’s philosophy. Find out what the focus is, and how the philosophy is integrated into the program
  • Make sure the staff is well-trained and that there is a good ratio of staff
    members to children
  • Ask questions! A good camp will take your concerns seriously and should be
    more than happy to answer your questions
  • Ask for references from parents who have had their child attend the camp in
    the past.


coach_parker_smallCoach Parker Boys Basketball Academy
Ages: Boys, 4th – 7th grade
Dates: June 20 – June 24 and June 27 – July 1
Hours: 9am – 4pm
Price: $270 per week (Before and After Care available!)
Sample Itinerary


Choosing Between a Day Camp and a Residential Camp

your child has never been away from home for any length of time in the past, a day camp might be the best way to start. Your child needs to learn how to become independent and a day camp will provide the perfect transitional step. It may also prove less stressful for you the parent, as you’ll be able to get more insight into what’s happening on a daily basis. An overnight camp is more suitable for children who have already spent nights away from home and who can readily handle changes in routine.

The Benefits of the Summer Camp Experience

According to Psychology Today, summer camps offer kids a wealth of mental, emotional and physical benefits along with a real sense of belonging and identity. According to the experts, the camp experience actually helps prepare children for their lives ahead.

One final piece of advice – make sure to include your child in the final decision. It’s important that he or she feels involved and is happy with the choice!

Carl Parker is the boy’s varsity basketball coach at Sandy Spring Friends School. His passion for athlete performance and development flows through in the expert coaching he provides. Follow him on Twitter at @CoachingParker, and for more information about the Boys’ Basketball Academy, please contact Coach Parker at


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