programs and philosophies vary in many ways. You'll find specialized programs,
different session lengths (some with split sessions), emphasis (or de-emphasis)
on competition, different ideas on how much freedom of choice in activities
to allow...the possibilities are endless.
Decide on what
sort of experience you and your youngster want, then look for the camp
which can offer it. Look for quality, and a good fit between camp and
camper; look for the essentials behind the veneer. It should be a lot
of fun, of course! But, it should be much more. A good camp experience
can be one of the wisest investments in your child's future you will ever
Facilities, and Equipment: Are they safe? Adequate? (One horse
does not make a riding program.)
What activities are offered? How much variety? Flexibility? Is
it regimented? What opportunity is there for individual instruction?
What is the camp's purpose? What are its goals? How does it attempt
to accomplish them?
Ratio to campers? Average age? Experience? Qualifications? Minimum
age and schooling? How many return each year? Look especially
at the experience level of the head counselors.
Is it long enough to accomplish its goals?
Ask for the names of current and former campers, and check with