Soldiers_happy_to_help_kids_at_Camp_SOS_130711-A-LS265-014The weather is warming up, and the school year is beginning to wind down. You may be starting to think about summer camp for your child. Whether it is a sleep-away camp or a day camp, summer camp provides a great opportunity for kids to spend time in nature, meet new people, try new things, and build great memories. Great Kids has an excellent list of seven questions to ask a summer camp before you sign up. Those questions are:

  1. How are counselors chosen?
  2. How is the staff trained in terms of safety?
  3. What’s the camp’s policy vis-à-vis disciplining campers and staff?
  4. Have there ever been serious injuries or deaths at the camp?
  5. Does the summer camp do overnight trips or excursions, and, if so, what’s the safety protocol?
  6. Does the camp have an emergency plan?
  7. Is the summer camp accredited by the American Camp Association?

You can find more information on what answers you should hear to these questions from the Great Kids article. Be sure to ask these critical questions before signing your child up for a camp.

Photo courtesy Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, U.S. Army