Questions to Consider When Selecting a Summer Camp for Your Child

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It may be cold outdoors, but summer camps in our region are thinking ahead to warmer weather and summer camp season. Explore the following questions to ask when considering camp options for your child.

 

What to ask day camp staff

 

  • What’s the background and experience of the camp director?
  • What criteria do you consider for hiring staff? Does the camp check for ages, experience levels and criminal history backgrounds of its staff?
  • What’s the ratio of staff to camp attendees? The American Camp Association’s recommended ratios range from one staff member for every six campers ages 7 and 8, to one staff member for every 10 campers ages 9 to 14, to one for every 12 campers ages 15 to 17.
  • What’s the expertise level of staff at specialty camps such as music, art and drama?
  • What’s the cost? Find out about camp fees and any other expenses. Inquire about the possibility for financial aid. Ask about refund policies.
  • What’s the condition and safety of equipment? How does the camp ensure campers’ safety? Find out what types of safety and security protocols are in effect.
  • How is medical care handled?
  • What’s the camp’s mission?
  • What are the types of activities planned?
  • What does a typical day at camp look like?
  • What is the age range of campers?
  • What are the camp’s hours?
  • What type of transportation is available?

 

What to ask overnight camp staff

 

In addition to the questions above, parents considering overnight camps for their children should also ask the following:

  • Is the camp director available outside regular business hours?
  • What type of overnight supervision does the camp offer?
  • How do staff handle kids and homesickness?
  • What are the sleeping arrangements like? Does the camp provide electricity in the cabins? Where are the bathrooms?

To view camp offerings available in our region and beyond, browse the summer camp directory on our website. 

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