Which Summer Camp Is Best for My Child, Safe and Fun?
Summer camp should be more than just a place for your child to pass the time. Summer camp can give your child a break from the pressures of school and give him a chance to “be a kid”. But how do you choose the right camp — one that is both fun and safe?
Do you want a camp specializing in fun and games or education, or a balance of the two? Does your child want to make new friends? Learn new skills? Explore a special interest or passion? Talk to your child and to other parents to get some ideas.
It is not too late to make summer camp plans. While it may seem overwhelming if you’ve never researched camps before, the number of camps in Frederick County alone should make it easy for you to find a camp for your child that will also meet your needs and requirements as a parent.
Here are some important questions to ask any Camp Director:
- What does a typical day at camp look like? How much time is spent indoors vs. outdoors? Is the day tightly structured, or is there time for free play? Are there outings or field trips included? What happens if bad weather cancels the planned activities?
- What is the camp’s philosophy or mission statement? What are the camp’s goals for your child? What are your goals for your child?
- What are the hours of operation? What is the earliest time your child can be dropped off each day, and the latest time she can be picked up? Is there before-care and after-care, and how much does it cost?
- Is there a Camp Nurse on staff in case a child gets sick or hurt? If your child has special needs, allergies, takes medications, or has other medical or behavioral issues, is the camp equipped to handle those circumstances?
- Know who the camp leadership and employees are. What are their qualifications? How long has the camp been operating? Are there college students on the staff? How about high school students? Have all employees been fingerprinted and cleared by the FBI and the state of Maryland? Have they passed drug tests? Are they First Aid and CPR certified?
These are just a few considerations. We invite you to add to this discussion on our EK4Kids Blog or Facebook page.
Regardless of the camp you choose, having EK4Kids all-female team of drivers bring your child to and from camp each day will give you peace of mind. The safety of your little camper is our highest priority! Here are some of our requirements:
- Our Drivers must pass a criminal background check and be cleared through the FBI, the Child Abuse/Neglect Registry, and the Sex Offender Registry
- Our Drivers must pass a pre-employment drug screening and random follow-up drug screenings
- Our Drivers must be CPR and First Aid certified
- Our Drivers must submit a clean driving record twice per year
- Our Drivers must have proper booster/car seats mandated by law
- Our Drivers must wear the official EK4KIDS polo shirt and identification name badge while working
- Our Drivers must love being around kids!
For more about our safety and service policies, click http://www.ek4kids.com/policies/. We are available to drive your children safely to and from camp, school, sports practice, the mall, music lessons, etc. Book NOW for the summer by calling (202) 827-7381 or register online.