Questions to ask when choosing a summer camp
Summer camps should be a fun experience for your student that helps them
to grow and develop socially. It’s really important to take into
account their needs and desires when choosing a summer camp. Together
you and your student should ask yourselves the pertinent questions that
will help you to make the right choice.
Ask all the right questions
• Consult your student on what they want for a summer camp. Including
students in the decision-making process will help them to feel empowered.
• Ask yourself what you want your child to gain from their summer
camp experience. Summer camps have many benefits which enable your student
to learn new skills, hone old ones, excel at sports, live a healthier
life or make new friends. Camps can be a combination of these things too.
• Review your budget and your traveling capabilities to decide which
camps you can afford and how far your student can travel.
• Decide whether you want a small camp where students will receive
individual attention and get to know the other students and staff members
well or opt for a bigger camp where your student will have the opportunity
to mix with a large variety of people.
• Examine the camp’s ethos and philosophical approach to ensure
that they reflect values that you support and would like to impart to
your student. Ensure that the counselors are well trained and friendly
so that your student gets all the support they need.
• Did you read the references? Read reviews and comments from camp
attendees to get a feel for the place. Long lists of impressive activities
don’t tell the whole story and hearing good reviews from trusted
friends and family members help you to make the right choice.
• Look at the ratio of counselors to students and the return rates
of previous campers. Discuss the methodologies councilors employ to resolve
conflicts between campers to see if your child will fit in.
• Ensure sure that the camp is accredited and that it has adequate
medical facilities to deal with emergencies. Check that counselors are
properly trained and are old enough to cope with problems that may arise.
• Does the camp have indoor recreation and activities will help to
alleviate boredom in the event of inclement weather?
Make a short list of four or five summer camps that tick all of your boxes.
Discuss your choices with your student and get them to pick their top
three. Use this as a guide when making your final decision. There are
a number of websites that list camps according to various criteria. This
will make it easier to find camps in your area.
Helpful US websites:
My Summer Camps
American Camp Association
Helpful Canadian Websites:
Summer Camps in Canada