Selecting a Day Camp
Day camps are a good beginning for youngsters who prefer sleeping in their own bed each night. Choose a camp that fits your child’s needs and interests.
Sending a child who enjoys art or science to a sports-oriented camp will guarantee a miserable experience. Although the child will return home each night, it’s still important to ask:
Is the camp accredited by a national organization?
- What is the mission or philosophy of the camp?
- What qualifications does the camp director have?
- Do they have adequate liability insurance?
- Does the camp handle special needs?
- Do they provide references?
- Is there an open house where parents can meet counselors before camp begins?
- What is the cost and length of the camp?
- Does the cost cover all activities or are there extra charges for some events?
- Is lunch served? Are snacks and drinks provided?
- If transportation is offered, where is nearest pickup and how are drivers qualified?
- Will children be taken on field trips away from the facility?
- Can parents drop by for visits?
- If an emergency arises, are parents called immediately?
- How are behavioral problems and discipline handled?
- Are children’s swimming skills tested before taking part in water activities?
- Are swimming lessons offered?
- Are qualified lifeguards available during all water activities?
- Are there a variety of activities from which the child can choose?
- Are children under seven years of age given rest periods?
- What is the counselor/child ratio and ages of counselors? Should be no more than ten children to one adult counselor.
- What training is required and what is the screening process for hiring counselors?
- Are the same counselors with a group all day?
- How many counselors have previous camp experience?
- Are all staff members trained in working with young children?
- Are available staff members trained in CPR and First Aid?