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Questions Parents Should Ask the Camp Director

March 15th, 2013

 From: the Alberta Camping Association

Before your register your kids for summer camp, there are some key questions to ask:

What is your background in Camping?

The ACA recommends that the Camp Director have eight to 10 years of camping experience as a staff member, four to five of which should be in supervisory position.

What is your Camp's Philosophy?

Whether it is canoeing or computers, the activities should be vehicles to the more fundamental purpose of providing a caring community in which your child can grow and develop.

What is your ratio of campers to staff?

This ratio varies with age levels, special needs, and type of activity. Confirm that it suits your expectations.

What are the ages of your counsellors?

The ACA recommends that counsellors be a minimum age of 17. Ask about training, rate of staff turnover, and experience of senior staff.

What percentage of campers return every year?

While every camp is clearly not suited to every person, a significant number of returning campers usually indicates a high level of camper satisfaction.

 What provisions are made for campers with special needs?

 All children have special needs. Determine if the camp is able to address your unique circumstance.

How will my child get to and from camp?

 Does the camp offer a bus? Are the buses supervised by the camp staff?

 Is your camp accredited by the ACA?

 If not, why not?

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