With so many camps from which to choose, how do you know which camp is the best one for your child?
Here are some topics and questions to consider:
Religious vs secular
Rugged vs high comfort
Distance to camp
Single gender vs mixed gender
Age range of campers
Grouping of campers
Total number of campers
One-time experience vs ongoing commitment
Day vs overnight
Length of stay
General vs specialized (sports camp, etc)
Structured schedule vs choice
How well maintained is the program equipment?
Tents, tepees, cabins
How modern are the facilities? What does "rustic" really mean?
How well maintained are the facilities?
Volunteers vs paid
How are staff selected and screened?
If a denominational camp, are all staff from the denomination?
How experienced is the leadership?
How well trained are the staff?
How nutritional are the meals?
Does the kitchen staff cater to dietary needs?
Health and safety
What health services staff are on duty?
How many staff are trained in first aid and CPR?
What's the camp's track record for safety?
Are risk management policies in place?
Are emergency procedures in place for severe weather, lost camper, etc?
Does the price relate to the quality of the camping experience?
What's included in the price (snacks, crafts, T-shirts, etc)?
Are discounts available (early bird, sibling, recruitment, etc)?
Can child earn money for camp (fundraising, Bible memory, etc)
Are camperships available?
Ask other campers.
Ask other parents.
Associations / Accreditations
American Camping Association
Christian Camp and Conference Association