Top 5 Things to look for in Summer Day Camps for your kids

What type of activities are the kids going to do during the day and do they align with your families values?

No matter the type of camp you sign your children up to attend, they will be under the influence of the facility they are at. Do you agree with that facilities values and mission? If a healthy environment is important to you, do they encourage children to act responsibly? (ie: no waste lunches, cleaning up after themselves, being nice to mother nature, using only what they need, being active.)

How active are the kids during the day?

Childhood obesity is higher than ever and we want to ensure that we match the level of activity of the camp to the you sign them up for.  A very active 10 year old may not be the best choice to enroll in an all day art camp. That being said, you also don’t want your kids sitting in front of movies all day – they can do that at home.

What is the counselor to camper ratio

There are guidelines set out by the Alberta Campers Association, however you want to make sure the facility you are looking into provides numbers that you and your child are comfortable with.

Do they do background/security checks on counselors?

You want to ensure that your child is left in a safe environment.  A vulnerable sector search is also important when looking at someone who is offering care for children.

What are the safety procedures that will keep your child safe during their stay?

Emergency, first aid, sign in and sign out procedures? Who is able to drop off and pick up my child? Sign out time can be a hectic and frantic time with excited kids running everywhere and large number of parents and possibly siblings trying to locate each other. This situation can lead to mis-communication or confusion for all involved. Make sure there is a procedure that you are comfortable with and is easy for kids to follow.