Summer Camp Checklist

By: 
BrownRichards & Assocciates

Here are some questions to ask when you are considering a summer program. Remember, the more questions you ask, the more information you will have on which to base your decisions.

Is the camp licensed by your state?

__ Yes __ No

Is the site safe and well maintained?

__ Yes

__ No

Is the resident camp accredited by the American Camping Association?

__ Yes

__ No

Is there a small group size and good ratio of adults to children?

1:6 for 6 years old and younger
1:7 for 7 and 8 year olds
1:8 for 9 through 14 year olds
1:10 for 13 and older

__ Yes

__ No

Is a responsible adult always in charge?

__ Yes

__ No

Has the director had experience in running camp programs and working with school-age children?

__ Yes

__ No

What are the camp’s written policies and procedures?

Does the camp have an onsite person trained in first aid and CPR?

__ Yes

__ No

What are the camp’s emergency procedures? Are drinking water and toilets always available during outdoor activities?

__ Yes

__ No

Do the children and staff have access to an indoor, air-conditioned place to avoid heat or rain?

__ Yes

__ No

Does the program offer a variety of activities and can a child choose the activities?

__ Yes

__ No

Is there a time for a rest or quiet period?

__ Yes

__ No

If the children are transported on field trips, who drives the van? How many adults are on each trip? Is the van well maintained? Does it have seat belts for everyone?

__ Yes

__ No

During waterfront or swimming activities, is an appropriate number of staff with water safety credentials present?

__ Yes

__ No

Are there additional fees?

__ Yes

__ No