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For years you've strapped your kids into their seatbelts, made sure they ate their vegetables and now your entrusting them to a complete stranger for a week or more? To make sure your children is safe at camp asking these important questions;  



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What is the counsellor-to-camper ratio?

Different ages and activities require different levels of supervision but for the most part, more is better. The ratio recommended for children ages 7 to 8 is one counsellor to every 6 campers. As children get elder and gain independence, one counsellor can handle more campers. The staff is the best overall determination of a camper’s positive experience.
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What is the procedure in case of an emergency?

Find out if there is a fire station, police department and hospital nearby. The camp must provide an on-site person certified in first aid. If the closest hospital is more than 20 minutes away, the camp must provide an on-site doctor or nurse. Camps that take remote areas on outings should have cell phones or two-way radios with them. All staff members should be trained in CPR and first aid.
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How does the camp protect children from strangers?

A staff member should always escort any camp visitors including parents.This makes children feel safe because the stranger is with someone they know and trust.
Camps have different policies as to who can pick up the children from camps. Most camps require the person who picks up the child from camp to be on an approved list made by the parent who signed the child up.
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How and by whom will the food be prepared?

Upset tummies, and stomachaches can ruin any camper’s trip. To avoid any loose motions etc. check the food details in case you feel that heavy or spicy food may affect your child’s delicate stomach.
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How is the camp protected from bad weather?

In case of a storm or heavy rains, there should always be some arrangements made. Check with the camp supervisor what facilities and alternatives they provide in case of bad weather.
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How do the camp select counsellors?

Find out what the prerequisites are for being a counsellor and if the camp runs a background check on counsellor candidates. Camps should always talk to past employers and get other references.
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What is the general age group of the campers?

Different ages all have different interests .What appeals to a 7-year-old may not appeal to a 14-year-old. To avoid boredom and a slight possibility of bullying and domination check the age group of the camp to make sure that the range of ages does not involve to big a gap between the eldest and the youngest.
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Is it a co-ed camp?

Most parents do not like the idea of both boys and girls spending a week together without the supervision of any parent. Strict rules and precautions should be taken on this point as children may tend not to use the freedom given to them in a right way. Also they may try to experience and enjoy things which otherwise are not allowed by their parents .If you do not want to send your child to a co-ed camp make sure that the camp specifies so as most camps usually arrange co-ed camps.

Check details about separate hostels/rooms/tents for both different sexes. Also make sure that there is a female camp instructor for the girls and a separate male instructor for the boys.

Also provisions should be made for separate bathrooms for both sexes.
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