Questions to Consider in Selecting a Day Camp
Day camps offer experiences that are unique from resident camps. Because of this, there are specific points to consider when choosing a day camp.
· transportation · overnights · swimming lessons · food service · horseback riding · group pictures · T-shirts · extended care · field trips
- Does the American Camp Association accredit the camp? ACA has specific standards applicable only for day camps.
- What training does the staff receive on safety, supervision, counseling, problem solving and other issues unique to working with young children?
- Is the price all-inclusive or are there extra charges for:
- If transportation is offered, where is the closest pick-up location?
- Does the camp have an “express bus” which transports children quickly?
- If before- and after-camp extended care is offered, who is with the children and what activities take place?
- Is lunch served or do campers bring their own sack lunch? Are snacks and drinks provided?
- If the camp offers swimming, are there swimming lessons or is it simply recreational swimming?
- Are campers in a group with a counselor all day? Or, are campers free to go from one activity to another with appropriate supervision? In this case, whom would you talk to if you had a question or concern about your child?
- Is an open house offered before camp starts where you can meet your child’s counselor and van/bus driver?
- Are parents allowed to drop by for visits or is there a special parent visitation day?