Here in the Northeast, we finally saw some snow, but that didn’t last long at all! Many days have been very warm for this season of the year, making it feel like a warm spring day instead of the middle of February! With all this warm weather, now is the perfect time to think about summer. I think everyone should think about summer all the time, actually but summer is my favorite season. But on a serious note, this is the best time to start making summer plans. Here are 6 things to look for when looking to find the perfect summer camp.
Look at the mission and values. You want to pick the camp that best fits what you want for your child. There are thousands of camps out there. Choosing the right fit might seem tough, but going back to the core of why the camp exist is the best place to start. If you are on board with their mission and values it’s a great sign that that camp is for you.
Check out the location. With the many camps out there, you could send your child to a camp down the road or across the country. Don’t immediately turn down a camp because it’s far away, but also don’t just pick a camp because it’s close. Even more importantly, what are the facilities like? How is the weather? Is it a beautiful location? Do they have a lake? Find a camp that has a great location that fits what you’re looking for.
Reviews, reviews, reviews. Honestly, I am a review-a-holic. I don’t buy anything without researching it thoroughly first. But even if you aren’t, looking at reviews is the best way to get the inside scoop on how other people feel about camps. Some great places for camp reviews are Facebook, Google, and http://www.campratingz.com.
Compare the cost. Camp does cost money, even ones that are not-for-profit. Prices can vary pretty dramatically. Camp may look like a luxury, but it’s an essential part of preparing your child for adulthood. Really the question you want to ask yourself is how much is in your budget and what are ways you can save money? Many camps offer scholarship programs, so don’t be afraid to ask! I have even seen campers save up money each week from their allowances in order to attend.
Who do they hire? This is one of the more important things to look for, as these people are the ones who are going to have the biggest impact on your child. The counselors are going to have an impact you your child you wouldn’t believe! Number one-make sure the camp does background checks. If they are ACA (American Camp Association) accredited, then you know they are required to perform a background check. State health departments also have regulations on background checks. Also look at how the camp trains their staff. How long is the staff training? What are some of the topics they cover? What kind of activity training and certifications do they require of their staff? The amount of time, money and influence camps invest in their staff is a great sign of how much they care about your child, so it’s an indicator of a great camp.
The Camp Director. Last but not least, the camp director is the go-to for questions about camp. Make sure the camp director is someone you like and click with. Spending some time in person or over the phone chatting with the camp director will show you how much they love and are invested in partnering with parents to help young children grow into great adults. Find out the background of the camp director, where they went to school, what is their training, are they a seasonal or year round employee? Don’t be shy in asking the camp director to make a home visit either!
Whatever camp you pick, I hope that your child has a fabulous summer!
Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks is a Christian girls camp located in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. Our goal is to partner with parents to help grow young girls into great Godly women. We want to inspire girls to live each day for Christ. We do that through a focus on Christ, forming friendships, building confidence, and exploring nature. Don’t be afraid to check us out! www.campcedarbrook.org