20 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Summer Camp

20 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Summer Camp 

By Kathy Lewiecki, Clinical Intake Coordinator, Aspire

It's never too early to start planning for your child's summer.  For parents of children with learning and social challenges, finding a summer camp that is both enriching and engaging is a top priority. Every parent wants their child to have a successful summer experience full of personal and social growth. Here are 20 common questions that parents have when seeking a summer day camp for their child:
1)   What level of education and credentials does the staff have?
2)   How many hours of training does the staff receive?
3)   Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association?
4)   What are the camp hours?
5)   What is the ratio of staff to campers?
6)   What methodologies and approaches does the camp use?
7)   What type of communication is there between camp staff and parents?
8)   What are the goals of the camp program? 
9)   What does a typical day look like? 
10)  Is the camp able to provide a schedule of activities that take place on a daily and weekly basis?
11)  In what type of environment is the camp located: mostly outdoors, or a combination of indoor and outdoor? 
12)  What level of physical stamina is required to be able to fully participate in camp activities? 
13)  How does the camp handle food allergies and/or unexpected medical emergencies?
14)  Is lunch provided or do I need to send in food with my child?
15)  Does the camp incorporate an inclusion model?
16)  Are there any planned special events or field trips?
17)  What are the policies on bringing electronics to camp?
18)  Can I pick and choose which weeks my child attends, or is does the camp program run a set number of weeks?
19)  How does the camp handle behavioral issues and/or conflict between campers?
20)  What is the cost of the camp program and is financial aid available?
 
Aspire is currently accepting camp applications! For more information about Aspire's 2016 Summer Adventure Camp, please visit our website or call Kathy Lewiecki, Clinical Intake Coordinator, at 781-860-1908.

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