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Old 04-16-2018, 07:03 AM
 
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I'm thinking of sending my 10 year old daughter to sleep away camp. Any suggestions on how to go about with the research? What questions should I be asking the camp directors?
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:15 AM
 
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Get word of mouth referrals and send her with a friend if possible. You probably won’t get to talk to directors for the popular ones and will likely be waitlisted at this point. If there’s a lot of vacancy that would be a red flag to me. Otherwise you just have to give it a whirl and see what she honks. I loved going and will be sending my son when he’s ready.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:19 AM
 
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I think you just want to make sure its well established. That the kids are spending their time with kids the same age. You might want to ask her friend's moms if they are interested in sending their daughters and sign them up for the same week. Most camps will assign them to the same dorm/group if requested. That can do a lot to help with homesickness.

Not a lot of over night camps take 10 year olds...or at least where I live. Some do a partial week for them to try it out.

If your daughter has any special needs, you might want to call and ask about that. And rules for swimming.

But good over night camps will have everything explained in their info packet.

As for finding them, google

"summer camps *your area*"
"over night camps *your area*"

If you like your local YMCA program, give them a call. Or other community centers (JCC etc)
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:20 AM
 
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Get word of mouth referrals and send her with a friend if possible. You probably won’t get to talk to directors for the popular ones and will likely be waitlisted at this point. If there’s a lot of vacancy that would be a red flag to me. Otherwise you just have to give it a whirl and see what she honks. I loved going and will be sending my son when he’s ready.
In my area they aren't even signing anyone up yet. But in my last city, some places were booked up by the end of March. But you could usually find some availability unless they were wildly popular (i.e. the zoo one would sell out in days)
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:03 PM
 
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ACA accreditation for starters.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:30 AM
 
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If she's involved in girls scouts try those or even if she's not you can still send her there.I agree with another PP to try to send her with a friend. Word of mouth is always good ask around to her friends mom's and see if they know of any that are good. I agree a lot of them will probably be full already. They started signups in Jan/Feb for the upcoming summer here in NC.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:41 AM
 
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Send her with a friend to a one to two week session, for a first try. A lot of camps have a trial session for first time young campers.

In my area, meaning New England, YMCA camps are excellent, but not cheap. 4H camps are cheap, fun, not luxurious. Girl Scout camps are good, and an excellent value.
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:36 AM
 
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I think I will try a 1 or 2 weeks session first.
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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I'm thinking of sending my 10 year old daughter to sleep away camp. Any suggestions on how to go about with the research? What questions should I be asking the camp directors?
Get some background checks on the camp directors. They are strangers to you...and you will put your 10 year old daughter in their care multiple nights.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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I think I will try a 1 or 2 weeks session first.
2 weeks sounds really long. The longest my kids have gone was 1 week. It felt like forever. They had fun but were very ready to go home after 5-7 days.
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