14 Questions to Ask a Camp Director
In the April/May 2017 issue, we feature a guide to summer camps for children with neurologic disorders. In this online exclusive, we ask the experts what parents should ask before choosing a camp.
BY GINA SHAW
Once you've identified a camp or camps that you think might be a good fit for your child, it's time to check them out further. Start with these questions.
- What age ranges does the camp serve?
- How long is the camp?
- What activities are available?
- What is a typical day like?
- What kind of medical staff do you have?
- What training do medical staff have to address my child's condition?
- What is the counselor to camper ratio?
- Can you add staff for kids with particularly complex needs?
- What are the facilities like? (Most of these camps run for only a few days or a week every summer, so they aren't housed in their own purpose-built facilities. Instead, they often make temporary use of the facilities of other summer camps, such as YMCA camps.)
- What types of medical facilities do you have?
- What plans are in place to address medical emergencies or problems?
- What types of adaptive equipment/facilities are available?
- What is the cost?
Are scholarships available? (Many programs for kids with neurologic conditions are offered at either no cost or at very minimal expense to the families.)