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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

14 Questions to Ask a Camp Director

‚ÄčIn 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.

  1. What age ranges does the camp serve?
  2. How long is the camp?
  3. What activities are available?
  4. What is a typical day like?
  5. What kind of medical staff do you have?
  6. What training do medical staff have to address my child's condition?
  7. What is the counselor to camper ratio?
  8. Can you add staff for kids with particularly complex needs?
  9. 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.) 
  10. What types of medical facilities do you have?
  11. What plans are in place to address medical emergencies or problems?
  12. What types of adaptive equipment/facilities are available?
  13. 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.)