Are you feeling overwhelmed with the rush to the finish line to secure a spot in the right summer camp for your child this summer? With the ring of the final bell nearly sounding, it’s quite possible that you’re getting nervous about where your child will spend their summer.
As we mentioned in a previous post, there are five key aspects about summer camp that you should think about before you enroll. If you have already narrowed down your search and are about to secure your spot, that makes asking the questions much easier -- you just have to make sure to ask the right ones. Since our enrollment period is almost over, we’ll break it down for you so that you can enroll feeling prepared, relaxed, and ready for your child to start their summer.
Who are the teachers? What is their approach?
Asking about the staff is the first question you should ask when about to enroll. Each teacher has their own specific style and each camp has its own distinct personality. If you know your child works better with patient teachers, make sure to ask about the general temperament of the teachers in the program. If your child requires more of a firm hand, make sure the program director knows this and how to work through it.
An good way to ascertain whether the staff and directors are a true fit for you, is to gauge their willingness to listen and cooperation. If they offer to meet your child first, have your child interact with the teachers, or even offer a differentiated learning method, that’s a good sign that you’re ready to enroll.
What is the student to faculty ratio?
This is a very important aspect to understanding the staff and their role in the prospective summer camp. Generally, the best and most sought-after programs will have a low student-faculty ratio. The ACA (American Camp Association) recommends a student to faculty ratio of 1:8 for children aged 6 to 8 years old, and 1:10 for children aged 9 to 14 for day camps. However, this is only the standard recommendation, and you should bring up any concerns with the ratio of campers to counselors you have.
What is the return rate for your camp?
This is another important question because it shows how well-received the camp is, by campers and parents alike. Generally, a return rate of 50% or above is a favorable percentage. If the rate falls lower, you may want to ask why. Sometimes, a low return rate is simply because more students are in a graduating class. However, a low return rate may signal that there is an issue with the camp itself. Either way, it’s useful to ask.
What is a sample daily schedule for your camp?
If you’re on the fence about the content and rigor of the program, consider asking the program director for a sample schedule. This way, you can consider it along with your child to see if it would be a good fit. If it seems too slow-paced, but the program still seems in-line with what you’re looking for, consider asking the program director if any flexibility can be allowed for a more advanced learner.
What are your camp’s safety procedures?
Lastly, it is essential to ask about the camp’s safety procedures. Be sure to provide any emergency details, contacts, and information necessary for your child. If your child has specific needs, make sure to talk to the program director about this and formulate an appropriate solution.
We hope that these questions are helpful in your finalization of choosing a summer camp. If you are considering enrolling your child at Jump! Summer Camp, we would be happy to schedule a private tour and answer any of your questions.
We hope to see you soon!