Seven Questions Parents Should Ask When Choosing a Camp
How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?
This is where the director’s philosophy comes through loud and clear. Do they use positive reinforcement? What are the rules and consequences?
How does the camp handle special needs?
For a child with special requirements, parents should ask the camp director about needed provisions and facilities. Is there a nurse on staff? A designated place to store insulin or allergy medicine? Are special foods available for campers with restricted diets? Every question is important.
What about references?
Parents shouldn’t be afraid to ask for references. This is generally one of the best ways to check a camp’s reputation and service record.
Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association?
Why? Why not? – ACA-Accredited® camps meet up to 300 health and safety standards. This does not guarantee a risk-free environment, but it’s some of the best evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children.
For more information about a summer camp experience, or to Find A Camp, parents can visit www.CampParents.org. This online resource for families includes expert advice, information on health and safety, and ACA’s searchable database of over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps.
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.
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