The weather in the New York area has not been very spring-like lately so thinking about plans for the summer may not seem like a priority. The warmer weather will be here soon enough though and parents will be scrambling to schedule activities for their children once school is done for the year. Two of the most popular pastimes of summer are day camps and sleepaway camps. The most important decision for parents is to choose a camp that makes the safety of their children its number one priority.
No matter what type of camp parents select to send their children too, it is important to do plenty of research before making a final decision. Here are some tips for locating the right camp for your child.
- Find out if the camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. While not a legal authority, the ACA does thorough checks including on-site inspections along with reviews of programs, hiring requirements and safety policies.
- Obtain details about the staff. Ask questions regarding the training of counselors and their experience with working with children. Inquire about the ratio of counselors to campers. Younger children will need closer supervision but on average one counselor per ten campers is standard. Also, find out how much time campers will have away from organized group activities. This free time accounts for 60% of injuries to resident campers.
- Determine the communication plan the camp has for parents in case a child is injured. For sleep-away camps, find out what medical facilities the camp uses and how close they are to the camp site. If your child needs to take medication while at camp, get details on where the medication will be kept who will be administering it.
- Ask about transportation to and from camp and for off-site activities. Many times counselors are also bus drivers and should have a specific license to operate these vehicles.
- Take a look at the camp grounds for yourself. Whether it is a day camp or a sleep-away camp, you want to make sure you feel comfortable with where your child will be playing in the sun.
With more than 11 million children and adults spending the summer in over 12,000 camps nationwide, it is imperative to choose one with safe facilities and a responsible, well-trained staff. If your child has suffered an injury due to negligent supervision at a summer camp, you can fight back against those who put your child in harm’s way. Call the experienced and compassionate attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C., to work with you and for you on behalf of your child.