So you are thinking about a Wisconsin Summer Camp for your
child. GREAT! Here are the top 10 questions to ask a summer
camp director. This list was compiled by the American Camp
What's the camp's ideology? Are you comfortable with this ?
Is it a good fit for your child? Is competition or
cooperation emphasized? What religious observances or
practices are part of the program?
How does the camp recruit, screen and train its staff? Do
counselors have criminal background checks? First aid
training? Drug Testing?
What about return rates? How many counselors are returning
this year? How many campers are returning? ask the director
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What's the ratio of counselors to campers? ACA guidelines
for overnight camps call for a 1:6 ratio for ages 7 and 8,
1:8 for ages 9-14; and 1:10 for ages 15-18. Day camp
guidelines call for 1:8 for children ages 6-8; 1:10 for
children ages 9-14; and 1:12 for ages 15-18.
How old are the counselors? The ACA recommends that 80
percent of the staff be 18 or older and that all staffers be
at least 16 and a minimum of two years older than the
campers they supervise.
What about Health Care? Overnight camp have a licensed
physician or registered nurse on the site daily, Day camps
should be have direct phone access. Be sure you are
comfortable that the camp will be able to handle your
child's special health care needs.
How does the camp Punish campers? Know what your summer
camp's rules and regulations. Be sure they match yur
parental thoughts. Know what breaches would send a camper
What is a day at camp like? This will help you know if your
child will find happiness with the level of activity. Is
their choice in selecting activities.
Does the camp have vans for transportation? How often are
camp vehicles inspected? Who will be driving them and what's
References,References, References Most important, get the
names of parents with children the same age who have
attended the camp. They will tell you what makes camp so
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