A. Q. for Parents
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
can parents prepare their children for their first summer
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
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
The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less
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.
do parents find any complaints filed
against a summer camp?
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!
should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for
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.
follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your interest. Camp
fun camp counselors who campers will enjoy being around, while also
respecting and obeying them. The more experience you have
working with kids,
Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts,
and other civic organizations to build your experience levels.
my child takes medication during the school year, should my child
take it for summer camp?
First, consult with your child's pediatrician before ever deciding to
treating your child with any medication.
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.
A. Q. for Camp Directors