Question and Answers for Camp/Staff Standards and Training

How many campers and staff are at camp?

Camp session capacity can range from a couple dozen campers to 100, 200 or more and staffing varies accordingly. First and foremost, camp directors take into account safety and appropriate supervision. Beyond that, aspects such as activities and programming offered, the camp facilities and site, staff duties and responsibilities, and scheduling logistics also determine the level of staffing required and maximum number of campers.



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What should I look for in a camp?
Family circumstances and the individual interests or needs of your child will affect your choice of summer camp. For one...read more

What questions should I ask?
Ask about any and every aspect of the camp that interests or concerns you. General questions about the camp's philosophy,...read more

Is there more to summer camp than just fun and games?
Camp staff just about everywhere and adults raised with the camping experience will tell you camp isn't only about recreation....read more

How do I find a summer camp?
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When do camps have information sessions or tours?
If you call ahead, you can usually arrange a tour while camp is happening. In the off-season, a number of...read more

What kinds of programs do camps follow?
There are no set provincial (territorial) or association programs that camps are required to follow so you will find a...read more

I've heard about leadership (LIT or CIT) programs. What are they?
You may see the term LIT or CIT program; it's short for Leadership-in-Training or Counsellor-in-Training program.

These are opportunities camps provide...read more

What if my child is homesick?
Staff are well trained and very experienced in handling any sort of behaviour situation that arises at camp, and homesickness...read more

Is there always someone supervising the campers? Even during the night at residential/overnight camps?
Yes. Camps take their responsibility for your child very, very seriously. Their programs, staffing, facilities and schedules are all planned...read more

Can I find out how my child is doing at her first overnight camp?
Check beforehand whether you can call the camp office to speak with the camp director or your child's counsellor. Ask...read more

What is the food like? My child is a picky eater . . . My child has special dietary needs . . . My child has allergies . . .
Camps aim for balanced menus that appeal to kids and that ensure nutritious, filling and tasty food. Some automatically include...read more

Do camps need to be accredited or certified?
Camps are very conscious, attentive and responsive to the fact that children are in their care. Camps see responsibility for...read more

What sort of training do camp staff have?
Reputable camps place a high priority on staff training, often through their own programs. Information on the physical and emotional...read more

I am most concerned about the screening process of both your staff and volunteers.
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Meals, snacks provided ect., also sleeping arrangements, bedtime/wake up time, credentials of camp leaders and how they deal with unexceptable behaviour ex. bad language, behaviour issues ect.
Each camp varies in regard to meal times, snack times, sleeping arrangements and bedtime/wake up times so it's a good...read more

My daughter has a number of severe food allergies. It is not just that she could choose not to eat a particular item if it wasn't suitable- food has to be made intentionally without her allergens. She can still be around her allergens iI others were eating them but, on the other hand, I wouldn't want her to feel that what she is eating is to different or set apart as part of the camp experience is in all eating together. I would like for her to be able to experience camp but safely. Can anyone recommend a camp that truly can accommodate children with severe food allergies? So many camps I speak with tell me that they receive epipen training every year and that she could just not eat whatever wasn't safe for her! She wouldn't be able to eat anything then and hopefully she wouldn't ever need the epipen!
All of the camps that we work with are extremely attentive to children's safety and acknowledge that some children who...read more

I would like to find out about drop off/pick up processes, instructor/kid ratios, instructor qualifications and transportation options.
Each camp varies in regards to drop off/pick up processes as well as whether they offer transportation so it's a...read more

how do camps handle specific child needs such as nut allergies, multi-religious (ie. cant eat pork or gelatin)?
Camp can be a safe place for a child with even the most severe allergies, as long as camp staff,...read more


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