There are a million camps out there. There's the camp you went to, the camp your child wants to go to, and the camp you want your child to want to go to. How do you not only decide, but agree on the best one for your child? By following these rules.

1. Ask Questions of Yourself and Your Kids

The National Camp Association advises parents on what questions to ask and says to discuss the options with your child. What camps would he like to go to and why? Is he looking to learn a new skill or improve one? Does he just want to go where his friends are going? And what are his expectations for what camp will be like? This will help you narrow down the type of camp your child is most interested in.

2. Budget and Research

Get online and start researching camps in your area. Know what you can afford to spend. Find out if there's a camp fair coming up that you and your child can attend in order to meet staff members and check out the camps that are available to you. Find out what the costs are for each camp that you're interested in and compare them based on activities, staff to camper ratio, reviews from other families, and whether or not the camp is overnight.

3. Visit the Camp

Go to the camp to meet the staff and ensure that it is the right fit for your child. Watch how the staff interacts with your child and vice versa. This is usually a good sign of what you can expect while your child is attending the camp. If he likes the staff, great, but you should still find out if background checks are performed, and do a web search about the people who will be caring for your child.

4. Make the Decision

Based on your research, your budget, location of the camp, and your child's wishes, choose the camp that will work best for all of you. If a camp atmosphere doesn't feel right to you, follow that instinct. If a camp is too expensive, talk to your child honestly about it. You should be able to come to a decision that works for everyone.

Now comes the hard part — actually sending your child to camp! If it's the first time, you may be a bit nervous. Try not to worry, and ease your fears by finding ways to keep in contact with your child while he's gone. Check out the National Camp Association's website for more tips and insight.