Now that the school year is in full swing, the thought of summer camp may be far from one’s mind. However, the off season is actually the ideal time to begin thinking about and deciding upon a camp for the coming summer. Countless articles have been written about how to choose a camp, and some even include lists of questions to ask when visiting campuses during the off season. What does one look for in a camp? What are important factors to consider?
When asked what makes Green Acres Camp unique, more often than not, parents, staff members, and campers respond with two words: The Staff! When asked to elaborate, most people comment on the relationships that the staff members have with campers and the connections that the staff members help campers make during their time at camp.
What makes a Green Acres Camp staff member unique? Every member of the Administrative Team has a degree in the education field as well as years of classroom teaching experience. Unit Leaders also have degrees in education and countless years of classroom teaching experience. In addition, Head Counselors are college students who are pursuing degrees in education, and most of them have had some student teaching practicum experience. Younger staff members are mentored by experienced staff members, so that they, too, can develop a strong understanding of child development. In a nutshell, Green Acres staff members understand children. They have a good grasp of the developmental needs of campers and work hard to make sure that those needs are met in a variety of ways. Each and every day staff members work hard to make a camper’s experience rich, meaningful, and fun-filled.
Visiting camps in the off season can be challenging because visitors do not get to see the camp “in action.” However, ask questions about the staff members. Ask about their experience working with children, and ask about how they connect with the campers. After all, these are the people who will be spending several weeks with your child!
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