A. Q. for Parents
How can parents save money when
enrolling their child in a summer camp?
#1 Register early to take full advantage of all early-bird discounts!
#2 Ask friends of your child(ren) to register together for a group
#3 Offer to volunteer at camp for a reduced price or for free
#4 ASK if they have scholarships, financial aid or a sliding
How can parents prepare their children for attending their first summer
||1) Day camps are more fun when children know
at least one other camper who will be attending. Don't assume that they
will be in the same group, let the camp director know your preferences
when you initially register your child.
2) If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour.
If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their
website. The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less
overwhelming he/she will feel.
3) Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp.
Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional
4) Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical
day at camp---from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime
5) For residential camps, make sure that this isn’t the first
time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice
overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with
friends or family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter
(or email) to the camp director with any questions.
How do parents find if a summer camp
has had any complaints filed against them?
||• Look up the camp on the Better Business
Bureau for any grievances. (BBB.org)
• Ask your friends through social media if they have had any
positive or negative experiences with summer camps. (Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, Pinterest, MySpace, etc.) Your friends will tell you!
When should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for
||• Most camp directors accept resumes all
year. The prime time for interviews are usually January through March.
With the high levels of unemployment, there will be a tremendous
competition for jobs.
• Send follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your
interest. Camp Directors want fun camp counselors who campers will
enjoy being around, while also respecting and obeying them. The more
experience you have working with kids, the better.
• Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts, and
other civic organizations to build your experience levels.
What qualities should parents look for
in a great summer camp?
High percentage of returning campers = Campers had fun last year!
low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
Staff trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution
Low staff-turnover shows good experience.
What different types of summer camps are there?
What special tips are advised for sleep-away camps?
||• Kids love receiving notes, money and
care packages--even if they don't tell you.
• Having a friend who is going along can make the camp experience
• Share any concerns you have with the Camp Director, but let them
deal with any discipline problems. Don't be a "helicopter parent" who
flies in to resolve problems and hovers to micromanage the details.
If my child takes medication during the school year,
should he take it for camp?
||• First, consult with your child's
pediatrician before ever deciding to stop treating your child with any
• Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and
impulsivity conditions are not "healed" during the summer months. Many
times it can be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being
outside. Children with medical issues usually need special treatment to
help them enjoy their summer camp experience the most.
• For children who take medication for their attention or
impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them to listen to
instructions, get along with peers, and control their impulses when
they are not on medication.
F. A. Q. for Camp