Friday, March 11, 2011

Picking The Best Camp

By Lonnie Lorenz

Sending your child to a Minnesota Summer Camp is a great idea if you have done your homework. The ACA. suggest you ask these top 10 questions.

1. What's the camp's ideology? Are you comfortable with this ? Is it a good fit for your child? Is competition or cooperation emphasized? What religious observances or practices are part of the program? I

2. How does the camp recruit, screen and train its staff? Do counselors have criminal background checks? First aid training? Drug Testing?

3. What about return rates? How many counselors are returning this year? How many campers are returning? ask the director why? Still looking for that perfect camp Check out this Minnesota Summer Camps

4. What's the ratio of counselors to campers? ACA guidelines for overnight camps call for a 1:6 ratio for ages 7 and 8, 1:8 for ages 9-14; and 1:10 for ages 15-18. Day camp guidelines call for 1:8 for children ages 6-8; 1:10 for children ages 9-14; and 1:12 for ages 15-18.

5. What's the age of Staff ? Eighty percent of the staff be 18 or older and that all staffers be at least 16 and a minimum of two years older than the campers they supervise.

6. What about Health Care? Overnight camp have a licensed physician or registered nurse on the site daily, Day camps should be have direct phone access. Be sure you are comfortable that the camp will be able to handle your child's special health care needs.

7. How does the camp Punish campers? Know what your summer camp's rules and regulations. Be sure they match yur parental thoughts. Know what breaches would send a camper home.

8. What does a typical daily schedule look like? This will help you decide if your child will be happy with the level of physical activity or the amount of time devoted to arts and crafts. Ask how much freedom a child has to choose activities.

9. Does the camp have vans for transportation? How often are camp vehicles inspected? Who will be driving them and what's the training.

10. Ask for references. Finally and most important, get the names of parents with children the same age who have attended the camp.

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