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      Make sure there’s a healthy balance between structure and choice.
natural disasters, intruders and other threats. Also consider the child- to-staff ratio. Will your child feel lost in a group that's too big, even if it meets state criteria?
"It's vitally important for staff to have child development knowledge and experience to ensure that appropriate, engaging and enriching activities are offered," says Katrina Ball, a childcare resource and referral director.
Try it before you buy
Attend a camp expo or camp fair to find out what options exist in the area. Some organizations feature their own camp fairs and mini- camps during the spring for families to try.
"As a parent you know your child best and what program would be best for them. Trust your instincts," Katrina says.
Calm butterflies
Many youngsters have a hard time adjusting to new situations and people and may feel scared or intimidated. Include them in the process of choosing a camp. Discuss the schedule of activities and what a typical day will look like.
"Children can help pack their lunch (if needed) and pack their backpack with the items they'll need for camp. This helps them know what they have in their backpack and know what they will need to bring home," says camp director DD Gass.
Find out if one of your child's friends would like to attend the camp with him. Attending orientations, visiting the campsite and meeting the staff prior to the beginning of camp can also help reduce any pre- camp jitters.
Don’t delay! Find a camp your child will enjoy by checking out our Summer Camps & Programs Directory on pages 38-46.
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