can parents prepare their children for attending 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
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.
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
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
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 if a summer camp has had any complaints filed
Look up the camp
on the Better Business Bureau for
any grievances. (BBB.org)
Ask your friends
through social media (Facebook,
etc.) if they have had any positive or negative experiences with the
camp. Your friends will tell you--but you sometimes need to ask!
should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for
seeking staff. Most start interviewing from December through February,
but they are always accepting great candidates. Don't wait. 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.
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.
experience in being able to help children
conflicts, take the initiative to get projects done without needing
constant instruction, and always keep a positive attitude to keep camp
qualities should parents look for in a great summer camp?
High percentage of returning campers shows that the campers had fun
low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
Low staff-turnover shows good experience.
special tips are advised for sleep-away camps?
receiving notes, money and care
they don't tell you.
Having a friend
who is going along can make the camp
concerns you have with the Camp Director,
but let them deal
with any discipline problems. Don't be a "helicopter parent" who flies
to resolve problems and hovers to micromanage the details.
my child takes medication during the school year, should he
take it for camp?
with your child's pediatrician before
ever deciding to
treating your child with any medication.
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
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.
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Listing shows: Camp Name
to Email address
logo, with link to website (250 x 250 pixels)
extra links! (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter)
are other websites that provide this
same services, but this is free. All you have to do
is have your webmaster enter some HTML code on your first page of your
to install an invisible counter that starts tracking your visitors. You
can find all websites
that refer traffic to your website and even how long they stay on your
it better to advertise on national or state-wide
question! National marketing definitely has its
advantages--especially when you
trying to draw campers from outside your state.
Websites like ACAcamps.org
designed to help parents find the summer camps in their own regions
which are convenient and up-to-date. Since the overwhelming
majority of campers travel less than 3 hours to attend a summer camp,
camps do their best marketing when they focus on campers within that