Research Camp Programs

Area camp and education program experts provide the following recommendations when choosing camps:

* Search websites and attend camp fairs. Browse, ask questions and pick up booklets, fliers, brochures, etc.

* Ask other parents where their children went to camp last year, whether it was a good experience, and if they plan to return.

* Talk with the camp director and past campers and their parents to learn about the culture, values and program offered to see if it’s a good fit for your child.

* Get to know the organization running the camp to determine if it’s a place you and your child feel comfortable with and like to visit.

* Visit the camp with your child. Take a tour, check out the lodging (for residential camps), meet the staff, and explore the various activities and spaces.

* Ask questions that will help give you the feel of a camp’s environment, not just the activities.

* Learn how the day is structured: snack time, play time, rest/nap time, variety of programs, indoor and outdoor activities, activity length, and amount of free time and choices.

* Look for accreditation status, such as the American Camping Association.

Other things to consider and questions to ask:

* How many campers attend? Ages?

* How are campers grouped (topic, age, combination)?

* What is the camper-to-staff ratio?

* What is the camp director’s background?

* What type of training and experience do the counselors have?

* Are background checks completed on staff?

* What percentage of counselors returns each year?

* How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?

* How does the camp handle special needs and health concerns?

* What emergency plans are in place?

* Are parents welcome to drop in at any time?

* Does the cost fit your budget?

* How far are you willing to drive?

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