Choosing a summer camp for kids can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve learned that finding a camp that’s a good fit for your child starts by asking the right questions.
There are many different types of day camps and asking these five questions will help make your selection process easier.
1) What are the qualifications of the summer staff?
There are certain state and industry requirements that apply to all camps such as passing criminal and sex offender background checks, and for certain staff members to have CPR and first aid training. But it’s crucial to speak with a camp director or other senior staff members before choosing a summer camp for kids. We also suggest reviewing a camp’s website to learn more about their staff.
At Oasis Day Camps, all of our staff members go above and beyond the state and industry requirements. Our staff has camp or child care experience and goes through extensive pre-camp and in-camp training. In addition, staff members go through a thorough internal interview process before being hired and must provide three professional references.
2) Can I meet the staff or see the facility before the summer begins?
Many camps hold open houses or host camp tours during the off-season where you can meet some of the staff and see the facilities. We highly recommend visiting a camp in person before choosing a summer camp for kids.
We hold open houses at each Oasis Day Camp at least once a month from January through the start of the camp season at each location. You can contact us at email@example.com to schedule a tour or check out our Events section to see what we have scheduled.
3) How do children get to and from camp each day?
We’ve found that transportation can be a deal breaker when deciding on a summer camp for kids. Some camps require that you use their transportation service, while others require that you drop off and pick up your child each day. Be sure to clarify with the camp so you can plan accordingly.
Oasis offers different bus options at most of our locations, so check the specific camp location you’re interested in for transportation options.
4) Does the camp provide lunch and snacks during the day?
Again, this will vary from camp to camp, so speak with the camp director or visit their website to see what type of food services they offer. We know this is especially important to campers with allergies or dietary restrictions. Many camps, including ours, offer sample menus you can review.
All of the Oasis Day Camps offer lunch service that includes a hot entrée and side, fruit, bottled water and a fresh baked desert. Campers also have the option to bring their lunch from home, packed in a soft non-disposable container. Learn more about our lunch services.
5) How flexible is enrollment? Can I register for only part of the summer?
Summer camp enrollment varies by camp so be sure to ask staff if they have à la carte or half session options. Because families often have specific time periods when their child can attend summer day camp, Oasis campers can enroll for a minimum of two consecutive weeks, a maximum of eight weeks, or any combination in between. Learn more about our enrollment options in the About section.
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