Choosing a Summer Camp

After reading through a pile of camp brochures or perusing displays at the local camp fair, you should develop a list of key questions to ask your top-choice camps. The following list includes some important and commonly recommended questions.

  • What is the camp’s philosophy?
  • Is the camp affiliated with any camp association?
  • What is the camp director’s experience?
  • What is the ratio of counselors to campers?
  • What are the requirements of the staff including age, education, and experience?
  • How long is staff training and what is covered?
  • What percentage of the campers and staff return each year?
  • How are special needs handled?
  • How are behavior and discipline issues handled?
  • Are references available?
  • Is it possible to visit the camp before enrolling?

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