Summer is fast approaching. AMEN. With summer comes summer camp. The incredible team at Camp Odyssey has done the leg work in ensuring we choose the right summer camp for our kids. Here are their top 3 ways to navigate the endless options:
I. IDENTIFY EXPECTATIONS
Before the camp hunt begins, sit down with your child and roundtable what your child is looking for in a camp experience.
Ask questions like:
"What activities do you think you'll do at camp?"
"Is there something special you wish you could do at camp?"
"What would you like to accomplish this summer (a sport, an art, a task...)?"
II. IDENTIFY YOUR WHAT
Once you have identified your child's hopes for a summer camp and activities. Ask yourself these 2 questions to understand your how:
"What group will make my child feel comfortable? How will the camp staff meet my child's special dietary or physical needs?"
"What costs fit my family budget?" (Word to the Wise...don't put off pricing! Many camps offer financial aid. Just ask!)
III. FOLLOW UP
Once your family makes a decision that is right for you, don't hesitate in calling up the staff and ask the following questions to ensure this is the best decision for your family:
"What is the camper to counselor ratio?"
"Do staff and counselors have any age requirements?"
"How are conflicts between campers handled?"
"What is a sample daily schedule?"
"My child takes medication. How is this situation managed?"
"How does the staff handle the campers' separation anxiety?"
"What are your safety and medical procedures?"