A. Q. for Parents
can parents save money when enrolling their child in a summer camp?
#1 Register early to take full advantage of all early-bird discounts!
#2 Ask friends of your child(ren) to register together for a group
#3 Offer to volunteer at camp for a reduced price or for free
#4 ASK if they have scholarships, financial aid or a sliding
can parents prepare their children for attending their first summer
camps are more fun when children know
at least one other camper who
will be attending. Don't assume that they will be in the same group,
let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register
2) If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour.
If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their
The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less
he/she will feel.
3) Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp.
Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional
4) Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical
day at camp---from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime
5) For residential camps, make sure that this isn’t the first
time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice
overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with
friends or family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter
(or email) to the camp director with any questions.
do parents find if a summer camp has had any complaints filed
- Look up the camp
on the Better Business Bureau for any grievances. (BBB.org)
- Ask your friends
through social media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,
etc.) if they have had any positive or negative experiences with the
camp. Your friends will tell you!
should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for
- Camp directors
accept resumes throughout the year, but they interview and hire the
majority of their new staff Between January and March.
- With the high
levels of unemployment, there will be a
tremendous competition for jobs. Send
follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your interest. Camp
fun camp counselors who campers will enjoy being around, while also
respecting and obeying them.
- The more
experience you have
working with kids,
the better. Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts,
and other civic organizations to build your experience levels.
qualities should parents look for in a great summer camp?
High percentage of returning campers = Campers had fun
low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
Low staff-turnover shows good experience.
different types of summer camps are there?
special tips are advised for sleep-away camps?
Kids love receiving notes, money and care packages--even if
they don't tell you.
Having a friend who is going along can make the camp experience more
Share any concerns you have with the Camp Director, but let them deal
with any discipline problems. Don't be a "helicopter parent" who flies
to resolve problems and hovers to micromanage the details.
my child takes medication during the school year, should my child
take it for summer camp?
First, consult with your child's pediatrician before ever deciding to
treating your child with any medication.
Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and impulsivity
conditions are not "healed" during the summer months. Many times it can
be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being outside.
Children with medical issues usually need
special treatment to help them enjoy
their summer camp experience the most.
For children who take medication
for their attention or impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them
to listen to instructions, get along with peers, and control their
impulses when they are not on medication.
A. Q. for Camp Directors