A reader: Summer is coming very quickly. I have two school-age children and I am looking for some help on how to find good summer programs or camps for them. I want them to have fun but I really want them to continue to learn as well. I also want to make sure they are safe. Can you give me some tips on what to look for?
• How much does it cost? Find out but don’t let that scare you away if you can’t afford it. Some camps have grants or possible discounts for lower incomes.
• Will your child like the menu choices?
• Is the camp co-ed?
• What happens in a typical day?
• Do they do background checks on employees?
• What kind of training do the camp counselors get?
• What is the counselor/camper ratio?
• How long have the counselors been employed?
• Are you satisfied with the facilities? Book a tour if you haven’t seen it.
• What are the rules for visitors?
• What is their refund/cancellation policy?
• What equipment is on site for medical emergencies?
• Check with your children’s schools to see if they offer summer programs.
• Check on the company you chose. You can check them out at bbb.org. You can also check with the American Camp Association at acacamps.org.
• Don’t forget to check to see if state, county or other local government agencies require licensing.
• Ask for references.
Parents who do research and are informed make the best decisions for a camp that best fits their children’s needs. So, please do your homework! Summer camps are plentiful and vary greatly. You can be sure that there is a great summer experience waiting for your children no matter what their age.