In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on advanced planning for upcoming summer camp themes. While it’s true that actual camps are still a few weeks or months from getting fully underway, getting a head start on several planning areas here often pays off, especially given the high demand for spots at many camps.
At Smart Kids Development Center, we’re proud to offer several quality child care programs, including a full range of summer camp services each year. We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have leading up to summer camp, whether they’re involving open spots and registration or any other part of our program. What are some of the other top areas you should be inquiring about with any summer camp staff before signing up, or preparing for as a parent? Here are a few to keep in mind.
Summer camps tend to involve some significant outdoor activity, but what about rainy days where this isn’t possible? Your camp needs to have alternatives ready to go, and it’s perfectly reasonable for you to inquire about these in advance as a parent.
Some camps have specific rooms or spaces for rainy days, and you’re shooting for this rather than a haphazard approach that involves making it up as you go along. Some camps will even have air- conditioned rooms for days where the heat is too high and kids need a bit of a cool-down. These are important themes to inquire about.
You should also ask about the basic training and qualifications of counselors and staff. Specifically, ask about whether they’re trained in First Aid and CPR, whether background checks are carried out, whether a Registered Nurse is on staff, and which other specialists are or are not present.
Does your summer camp require you to provide lunch for your kids, or does it provide this for them? If the camp provides lunch, inquire about the food options and potential alternatives if your child has any allergies or dietary restrictions. Also ask about the cost of camp-provided lunches.
Does the camp you’re considering offer field trips off-site? This may be a desirable or undesirable factor for you, but knowing in advance is important. If field trips are included, ask about basic details like supervision, transportation and any additional expenses created.
Finally, be sure to ask about the true costs of summer camp. Most camps will give this to you from the start, but just in case, ensure you’re receiving the comprehensive cost for your program, including areas like lunch and snack costs, beverages, field trips, extra care hours, T-shirts and other camp merchandise, and any others that might be included.