Many working parents need child care during the summer months. Summer Camps serve children from five to 15 years of age and give children the opportunity to further develop their talents, experience new activities and learn new skills. Summer Camp Programs typically offer two-week, one-month or two-month sessions from which to choose. They also usually offer full-day schedules and may provide transportation for an additional fee. Some camps specialize in the arts, sports, science or other interests. Camps are licensed by the Department of Health in New York State. There must be a director and a trained staff of counselors and assistants.
When choosing a Summer Camp Program, you may wish to consider:
- Your child's age and maturity level
- Your scheduling needs
- How much you can afford to pay
- Location of the camp
- Experience, age and background of counselors
- Group size and ratio
- How long the camp has been in business
- Visiting the camp at an open house or another day
- Inquiring if the camp offers scholarships or a subsidy programs
- If transportation is offered and any additional fees for transportation
- Checking references with families that used the camp recently
- If the camp is accredited by the American Camping Association.