When researching summer camps and programs for your child, speak to the camp directors. You need to feel comfortable with them and ensure that their approach aligns with your own.
Not sure what you should be asking? Below are 20 comprehensive questions that cover all camp basics, as well as things that set camps apart. Download the printable guide at the end and take it with you on your tour or rookie day!
What is your background and experience? How long have you owned and run the camp/program?
Where do campers come from?
How do you handle homesickness?
What do the first couple days of camp look like for a new camper? How do you orientate new campers and promote bonding in the bunk/age group?
What is the daily schedule? How much activity choice will my child have?
What is the camper-counselor ratio? What is the minimum age of the counselors? Where do most of the counselors come from? How are counselors selected and trained?
What percentage of campers return each year?
What are the accommodations like? (e.g., tents, cabins, are there bathrooms and showers inside the cabin, electricity, etc.) How many campers and counselors live in each cabin/tent?
What are the camps visiting and communication policy? How does the camp communicate with parents (do they post pictures daily, have a Facebook account, have a blog or newsletter)? What is the camp’s policy about campers receiving packages, phone calls and e-mails?
What is the electronic policy?
Who are your medical personnel (e.g. rotating doctor, 24 hour nurses, consistent doctor on call)? What are the onsite health care facilities like? How close is the local doctor’s office, hospital, dentist, etc.?
Want to take these questions with you? Download this printable guide to make the most out of your camp or program evaluation process.