Finding the Right Camp For Your Child This Summer

A great youth camp is one that ensures the best use of time and avails all the basic amenities needed to make the stay at the camp to be fun, meaningful, and enjoyable. Different camps offer different levels of amenities for use by the campers. Here are 5 to ask the camp director:

What’s The Camp’s Philosophy? Different camps have different philosophies in terms of what is allowable and what isn’t. Does the camp’s mood and environment match your child’s personality and temperament? Are there any rituals and religious or cultural practices observed by the camp? Which ones are they and are they compatible with your beliefs. The stated beliefs of the camping team have a direct impact on how they will conduct the camp life. 

Will The Camp Be Transporting Your Children? They should also inform you of the type of transport available. Is it safe? What are its operational times especially if the camp is secluded from major routes and highways? What about the general accessibility of the camp. If a camp is located on a sprawling property with plenty of room to roam, you want to be sure your child can make it from one end to the next safely in hot weather. You also want to be sure that any day trips or events planned off premises are catered to with the utmost caution in getting your child to and from safely and securely.

Do They Have a medical staffer/Facility? Most states have regulations that govern the conduct of youth camps. However, there is no federal law that govern a camp’s health and safety. All youth camps must have an on-site physician, and day camps ought to have a direct phone access. If you child is on medication, has a chronic condition or food allergies then they must be able to take that into account.

What About Camp Discipline and Conflict Resolution? Every camp must have a code of conduct and rules which govern the daily interaction among campers and between campers and the staff. It needs a clearly stated rule on how breaches are handled. This also includes collaboration with local sheriffs to ensure proper security and conflict resolution in cases of a crisis. You never want to imagine something negative will happen at camp, but it is best to know that those caring for your children are prepared for the worst.

What Does A Typical Daily Schedule Look Like? You need to get a copy of the entire week’s activities including the meals, meal times, games, who is the supervisor on duty and any other itinerary issue. You should be able to tell what your kid is doing or engaging in at all times even when you are not at the camp with him or her. As we imagine our children are happy and content when at camp, it helps to know what each day looks like. This also makes camp more memorable for parents, being able to talk about daily activities or events with your children helps to further the enrichment of their experience.

Most importantly you have to ask for references from family and friends and read online reviews. This is the best means of assessing the suitability of a youth camp for your kids.