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Camp Visits - Making the Most of the Interview

When you receive a camp's brochure, you will have questions for the camp director. From that first phone call or letter, you begin developing an impression of what a particular camp is like and how it's run. Get to know the camp director and ask the director describe the camp's philosophy and how it is carried out by the staff.

  1. What is the camp's philosophy and program emphasis?
    Each camp has its own method of constructing programs based on its philosophy. Does it complement your own parenting philosophy?

  2. What training do counselors receive?
    At a minimum, camp staff should be trained in safety regulations, emergency procedures and communication, behavior management techniques, child abuse prevention, appropriate staff and camper behavior, and specific procedures for supervision.

  3. What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?
    ACA standards require different ratios for varying ages and special needs. Generally, the ratios at resident camps range from one staff for every six campers ages 7 and 8; one staff for every eight campers ages 9 to 14; and one staff for every 10 campers ages 15 to 18. At day camps the ratios range from one staff for every eight campers ages 6 to 8; one staff for every 10 campers ages 9 to 14; and one staff for every 12 campers ages 15 to 18.

  4. What are the ages and qualities of the counselors and staff?
    80 percent of the counselor/program staff be at least 18 years old. Staff must be at least 16 years old and be at least two years older than the campers with whom they work. The same qualities of trustworthiness and dependability sought by any employer are valued commodities. Also, the ability to adapt to a variety of situations, empathy for and ability to work with camp clientele, a strong self-image, and an outgoing personality are important characteristics for camp staff.

  5. What percentage of the counselors returned from last year?
    Most camps have from 40-60 percent returning staff. If the rate is lower, find out why.

  6. How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?

  7. How does the camp handle special needs?
    If your child has special requirements, ask the camp director about needed provisions and facilities. Is there a nurse on staff? A designated place to store insulin or allergy medicine? Are special foods available for campers with restricted diets?

  8. How does the camp handle homesickness and other adjustment issues?
    Again, the camp's philosophy on helping children adjust is important. Be sure you are comfortable with the camp's guidelines on parent/child contact.

  9. Is the camp accredited by the Manitoba Camping Association? Why? Why not?

Visit the Manitoba Camping Associatioon wbsite for more information.


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