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What should I consider when choosing a camp for my child?

To help you choose between your camp options, here is a list of some of things you might want to consider when selecting a camp:

What the focus is
  • Would he or she enjoy an academic camp? A sports-related camp? An environmental camp?
  • Which specific programs do you and your child want the camp to include: Horseback riding? Canoeing? Arts and crafts? Campfire songs?
How it’s organized
  • Does your child enjoy or need structure at camp? Or a more relaxed atmosphere?
  • How much or little interaction will the campers have with the opposite sex? Will they participate in the same activities? Use a common dining hall?
  • How large or small is the camp? Would your child benefit from having the special attention that smaller camps can offer?
Quality issues
  • Are the counselors and staff well-trained?
  • How healthy are the meal and snack options?
Safety concerns
  • Will there be adequate supervision for all activities? What is the camper to counselor ratio?
  • Is the camp safe and secure?
  • Are background checks conducted on camp employees?
  • What medical facilities are available? Is there a doctor or nurse on-site?

 Logistics

  • What is the cost?
  • Will the camp dates fit in with your family’s schedule and vacation times?
  • Is the camp in a convenient location?
  • Is transportation to and from the camp available?

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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