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7 things to look for in a summer camp


Summer is coming! If you’re a kid, you’re probably looking forward to a couple months of no school, long days and lots of time with friends. If you’re a parent, you’re probably singing a different tune. “What am I going to do with these kids once school lets out?” This thought is usually followed directly by a google search for “Summer camps near me.”

How do you choose the right camp?

Here in Miami, there seems like an endless amount of options. So how do you pick the right camp for your girl? After all, you want her to experience all the benefits of summer camp, learn new things and make lasting memories.  Yes, there’s a bit of homework involved when seeking out the perfect summer camp, but once you know what to look for, it’s really not that hard to find the perfect fit for your girl.

Here are a few things to look for in a Summer Camp:

You already know that one of the most important things to look for is a Summer Camp that is convenient to you, in terms of location and schedule. But here are some other things to look for and questions to ask:

  • Mission Statement:

    • What is the camp’s mission and how is that mission statement integrated into its programs?

  • Staffing:

    • Is the summer camp staff well-trained, background-checked and in adequate numbers for a low camper to staff ratio (typically 10 to 1)?

  • Camp History/Longevity:

    • Though there are certainly good new camps around, a camp that’s been in operation for many years is a good indication that families trust the program.

  • Summer Camp Program Operations:

    • Are campers grouped by age level?  

    • Do campers have a choice in some of the activities? Giving your girl a choice will give her the confidence and a feeling of independence when she can make some choices in what she participates in.

    • Do campers take part in camp community activities (opening flag ceremony, kapers, etc.)?

  • Summer Camp Theme(s):

    • Are you looking for a summer camp that will give your daughter a variety of activities and experiences? Or are you looking for a specialized camp?

  • Parent Communication Procedures:

    • How and when are parents informed of upcoming events/activities?

    • What procedures are in place for notifying parents if a child becomes sick or is injured?

    • Is there a consistent policy on camper phone use and cell phones?

  • Summer Camp Safety:

    • Can parents/guardians come and go?

    • Who can pick up/drop off your girl?

    • Is the camp in an isolated area/fenced off/gated?

    • Are staff CPR-certified and background-checked?

It’s especially important to ensure that the camp’s mission, programming and activities match your girl’s interests and/or have the potential to ignite a new passion in her.

During this year’s Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida summer camp, girls will unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in a safe, fun environment. Girls will gain hands-on experience with everything from STEM and archaeology to magic and fairy tales.

Learn more about summer camp here.