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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Summer Camp for Your Child May 10, 2018

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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Summer Camp for Your Child, Piermont, New Hampshire

Going to summer camp is an exciting adventure for kids. But before you choose where your child will spend most of their summer, it’s important to fully vet the camp and its staff. Doing your due diligence and asking the right questions will ensure your child has a memorable, yet safe, summer.

What You Should Ask Potential Summer Camps

1. What Is Your Philosophy?

The summer camp’s philosophy can affect how much kids enjoy themselves. A sports camp that places a strong emphasis on competition may not be right for children who prefer cooperative group activities. Additionally, you want to verify that the camp won’t be teaching your child anything you do not agree with.

2. How Many Counselors & Campers Return Each Year?

The return rate of counselors and campers speaks not only to the camp’s popularity but also to its integrity. A good return rate for counselors is 40 to 60% each year and over 50% for campers. If they state a lower return rate, ask why.

3. What Is the Ratio of Counselors to Campers?

It’s important to know how much supervision there is and to ensure counselors aren’t put in charge of more kids than they can handle. According to the American Camp Association (ACA), the younger the kids, the lower the ratio should be. For sleep-away summer camps, ratios should be 1:6 for 7- and 8-year-old kids, 1:8 for 9- to 14-year-olds, and 1:10 for 15- to 18-year-olds. Ratios for day camps can be slightly higher.

4. What Activities Are Available & What Does the Daily Schedule Look Like?

summer campMost summer camps offer a blend of physical and artistic activities. Find out if they emphasize one type over the other and whether your child will have the option to choose what they prefer to do.

5. Are there Any Medical Staff On-Site or Nearby?

Your child will be spending most of their summer at camp, so find out what kind of medical care is available. This is especially important if your child has any allergies or medical conditions. Most sleep-away summer camps have a doctor or nurse on-site who can treat minor injuries and illnesses.

 

For the best summer camp experience in New England, send your child to Camp Walt Whitman. This ACA-accredited sleep-away summer camp offers kids plenty of activities, ranging from athletics to adventure to arts. They’ll learn valuable skills while having the time of their lives. Visit the summer camp’s website to read their informative FAQ, or call (800) 657-8282 to schedule a home visit before enrolling.

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