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There are a variety of camps to choose from: Day or residential, single sex, coed, performing arts, all sports, specific sports, computer camps, and the list goes on. In the world of camps, there is something for everyone. At Student Summers, we will help you make the decision that is right for you and your child. We know the camps, we know the owners and directors, and we know what will be the right program. Whether your child is an athlete or an artist, a computer genius or a nature lover, loves the water or the mountains or both; whatever your child's needs are, we will make it happen.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Sleepaway Camp
Is my child ready for sleep-away camp?
There are several factors that need to be considered when determining if a child is ready for sleep-away camp. He or she should show an interest in camp. He should have spent some time away from home, at least overnight, with family or friends. There is no exact age to begin sleep-away camp. Generally, the youngest children at camp are 7 or 8 years old, but each child and each family situation is unique. The Camp Lady can help you make this decision.
When should I begin my search for a sleep-away camp?
It is always good to plan ahead. The Camp Ladies recommend you start your search for a sleep-away camp a year to 18 months ahead of the summer you think your child might be ready to go. We also recommend that you visit camps while they are in session to see them in action. It is helpful for parents to make a decision when they are able to picture their child in the actual environment. Most camps offer tours to prospective families. It is, however, important to have an appointment before visiting. The Camp Ladies can help you with this. If it is not feasible for you to visit the camps, do not be concerned. The Camp Ladies visit camps every summer. They are intimately familiar with each camp and can share their impressions with you.
What types of sleep-away camps are there?
There are many different types of sleep-away camps. There are traditional camps, specialty sport camps, arts/music/theatre camps, computer camps, adventure/wilderness camps, and many more. For those who need them, there are a variety of camps to meet special needs. Those include camps for learning issues, special dietary/nutrition needs and other specific needs. Camps can be coed or single sex; some have brother/sister camp relationships.
What factors should be considered when choosing a summer camp?
How long will my child be at camp? Camp sessions can run anywhere from one to eight weeks.
How far away is the camp from my home? There are camps in every region of the country. There may be pros and cons to certain regions Some examples may be diversity (or lack of diversity) of camper population or physical setting and facilities, such as natural lakes and mountains. The importance of choosing a camp based on its proximity to home is an individual family decision. If this is not a factor, the options are endless.
How much does camp cost? Sleep-away camps can range anywhere from $500 per week to well over $1000 per week. Additional costs that may need to be considered are camp clothing, linen/laundry service, canteen, and travel expenses. In some cases, there may also be optional extras such as horse back riding and private lessons.
What type of camp program is right for my child? There are hundreds of camps to choose from and just as many programming options. If you spend just a few minutes speaking with one of the Camp Ladies, she can help you decide which type of camp is best for your child.
When speaking with a camp director, what are some questions that I should ask?
If you visit camp, the director visits your home or you speak on the phone, here are some questions you might consider asking:
1. What are the camp's goals and philosophies?
2. What type of child is most likely to have a good experience at this camp?
3. What facilities does the camp have, such as a lake or pool? How convenient are they for campers to get to?
4. What is the schedule like? Is it a structured program or one that emphasizes a lot of free choice?
5. What is the camper-counselor ratio? What is the minimum age of the counselors?
Where do most of the counselors come from?
6. What kind of staff training is provided?
7. What percentage of campers return each year?
8. What is the total cost of the camp including extras?
9. What are the sleeping arrangements? Are the showers and toilets inside the cabins or in a separate building?
10. What type of instructional swim program is offered? Is swim instruction required? Until what age?
11. How does the camp insure the safety and security of its campers?
12. What types of food are offered at camp?
Can the camp accommodate my child's food allergies, dietary restrictions or "picky eating?"
13. What is the camp's policy about campers receiving packages, phone calls and e-mails?
14. What medical facilities are on the premises or nearby? Is their a doctor at camp?
15. What is the refund policy for a camper that leaves early?
16. Will the director supply references?
17. What types of programs and facilities are available in the event of bad weather?
18. How does the camp program meet individual needs and differences?