Summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for children to try new things, make new friends, and have experiences away from home. The right camp experience allows children to grow and to become more independent in a safe and fun environment. A camp with a strong camp culture gives children a sense of community, tradition and pride.
Deciding to send your child to summer camp and selecting the right one is an exciting but sometimes overwhelming process. If you have never sent your children to camp or are in the process or choosing a new one, knowing the right questions to ask can make the process a little easier. Going on a tour and meeting the camp professionals gives you an opportunity to ask questions and assess the facility in order to select the camp that meets your family’s needs.
THE TOP THINGS TO ASK AND KNOW BEFORE SELECTING A SUMMER DAY CAMP
Camp Facilities and History:
- Select a day camp that has a current New York State Health Department Permit in good standing.
- Is the camp in good condition? Or does it seem like it needs a lot of work?
- Does the camp have indoor facilities?
- How long has the camp been in business?
- Who is the camp Owner/Director? Are they involved in the day to day running of the camp?
- Who will be in charge of my child’s camp group?
- How old is the staff?
- What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
- What training do the staff receive?
- Is the Pool Staff Red Cross certified?
Camp Programs and Policies:
- What sessions and programs are offered?
- What ages does the camp offer programs for?
- What are the tuition rates, payment plans and camp policies?
- What is the camp’s visiting policy?
- How does the camp communicate with its families?
- What is a typical camp day like?
- What activities are available?
- Are there specialized programs?
- Are there qualified, well trained instructors?
- Does the camp have a hot lunch program? Does the camp have refrigeration for the campers’ lunches brought from home?
- What medical facilities does the camp have? Is there a registered nurse or equivalent at the camp? How many?
- How does the camp handle allergies or special medical needs?
- What type of security does the camp have?
- What happens during a lightning storm?
- What safety procedures are followed?
- How will the camp contact you in case of an emergency?
- What happens on a rainy day or a very hot day?
- Are there water fountains and bathroom facilities conveniently located around the camp?
- Does the camp provide transportation?
- Who drives the buses?
- Do the drivers have a CDL (commercial driver’s license)?
- Do the buses have Bus Counselors?
- Are the buses inspected by the Department of Transportation?
- What do present and past families say about their experiences at the camp? Check reviews!
SELECT A VALUE PACKED, REPUTABLE PROGRAM FILLED WITH FUN, EXCITEMENT AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN A SAFE AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT
Ask the important questions. Park Shore Country Day Camp has the answers.