Friday, 25 May 2012
I help run a Summer Camp, and we're looking to expand! I'd like to ask Momaroo some questions as to what YOU would look for when sending your child to summer camp!
A little background on us...
We are a half-day summer camp that loosely uses the term "Sports Camp" to advertise. Technically, we play no actual "Sports" in the sense of Soccer or Basketball (which are Competitive games, focused on finding a winner), but play Sports-Type Participation Games, focused on getting everyone involved in the game. For example, we have big soft soccer balls, and we'll play with three of them at a time, and no goalies. That way, there's lots of chances for children of all athletic abilities to get involved in the game. We also employ an all collegiate or post-collegiate staff (no high-schoolers on staff here), and are only hire those who are tied with, or friends with, a person at the local university (where the camp is held).
So here are some of the questions we're trying to get some research on... let me know what you think!
1) How important is Swimming Lessons to your child's summer camp? Would you specifically pick a camp that offers swimming lessons over one that doesn't?
2) Would you prefer a half-day, or a full-day (school day, 8-4) camp?
3) If you are interested in a full-day camp, would you still be interested if you had to provide your child's lunches? Would this be a factor at all?
4) The most dangerous activities at Camp include Horseback Riding (almost 8% of summer camp ER visits!) and Competitive Sport Camps (Children collapsing from heat stroke while attending Football camps, getting sick while running the aptly named "suicides" at basketball camps). Would having those activities on a camp schedule cause you to not choose a particular camp?
5) How do you feel about Half-day or Full-day Field Trips? Consider especially that while we may provide training for this instance, our camp staffers are not full time professional child care specialists, nor certified educators.
6) Is it important that a camp attempts to be Educational?
7) Is it important that a camp have Fitness goals?
8) Aside from physical things (like location and price), what is your biggest fear sending your child to camp? Did this change from your first child to your second or third?
Any input is appreciated! Thanks in advance!