Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Children

I just wanted to list some regulations that all parents should be aware of when choosing a summer camp!
(taken from the New York State Health Department Children's Camp in NYS. Here is a link to the complete brochure. 

1) Check the staff credentials/supervision: What are the qualifications of the camp director? All directors' background are screened by the Office of Children and Family Services Central Register Database. Make sure the camp director has been cleared by the NYS Health Department. 

2) In New York State all summer camps must have a state, city or county health department permit to operate legally. 

3) The camp must be inspected twice yearly by a health department representative. 
4) Ask about counselor training and camper supervision.

5) What medical staff is in residence? 

6) Is the facility safe? What procedures are in place?

7) Are the waterfront personnel qualified?

8) How much experience does the counselor have conducting camping trips or the special activity. Without incident? 

9) Are seat belts used in all vehicles?

10) Is there a fire-drill plan in place?  

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.


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