Summer dawns, which means one thing for thousands of Texas children: camp.
Here are the questions every parent should ask when choosing a summer camp for their children,
- What is the camper to teacher ratio for the majority of the day?
- How do they handle supervision of children, discipline issues?
- What age groups will be combined together? (If you have a younger child, you may not want them mixed with older children.)
- What is the schedule for the program, what will they be doing each day? Review how much is downtime versus planned activities.
- Ask the qualifications of the teacher? Age, training, years working with children: especially ask who has First Aid and CPR
- Does all staff have satisfactory and up-to-date criminal background checks?
- What is the policy for handling injuries and illness?
- What does the physical space and outside play area look like? Can children wander away or can outsiders reach them? Are there fences, locks or other precautions?
- Do the campers go swimming or near water? Do they take swim proficiency tests? Is there a lifeguard on duty? What are the ratios for supervision in water?
- What insurance does the program carry? Do they have liability insurance?
Consideration for field trips
- Who is driving the vehicle and what is their driving record?
- Are there safety restraints in the vehicle?
- How far do they go on field trips?
- What is their procedure for checking the vehicle to ensure no child is left on?
- How many teachers attend a field trip?
- Is there a vehicle inspection report?