St. Louis, Mo., March 13, 2017– According to the American Camp Association (ACA), more than 12,000 camps in the U.S. serve over 6 million children every summer. Those numbers add up to big decisions for parents and caretakers across the country.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises that parents look beyond professional-looking brochures and websites when searching for a summer camp. A child’s safety, health and satisfaction should be the camp’s top priority.
“An excellent camp should maintain high safety and health standards while also creating an environment that is rich with opportunities for challenge and growth,” said Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO. “Camp staff should be engaging and well-trained in both education and First Aid skills.”
When choosing a camp, parents need to employ the same standards they would use in evaluating a day care program. They should look for a camp that provides activities that are of interest to their child and appropriate for the child’s age and skill level.
Parents need to take time to visit camps to inspect facilities, ask about the staff’s training and experience and find out how the camp handles medical emergencies. If the child is staying overnight, be sure to inspect cabins, showers and other facilities that your child will be using.
Camps organized around a particular sport can be highly structured and may stress development of specific skills. Other camps are more flexible and give campers the opportunity to choose some of their activities. Your child’s interest and personality should be your guide in choosing an appropriate program. If the child is old enough, ask what activities he or she would enjoy.
Parents should ask how long a camp has been in business and check with parents of past and returning students. Check BBB’s website, bbb.org, for the camp’s record on handling complaints. BBB offers the following tips for parents seeking the right camp for their child:
For more information on an individual camp or to check a BBB Business Profile go to www.bbb.org or call 314-645-3300.
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