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Choose the Right Summer Opportunities for Your Child – Tip #4

Top 10 topics to discuss when choosing the right summer opportunity for your child continues with tip# 4 (staff)

Choosing the right summer opportunity for your child is a process. In my opinion, perhaps the most important distinction between programs is the staff.

Who are you entrusting with your most precious possession? As Peg Smith the President of the National American Camp Association often says, “Who will care when I’m not there?”

Topic Tip #4

Staff Composition- Who is caring for my child? Ask about; age, experience, pre-season and on-going staff training, child abuse training, background checks, the interview process, retention rates, and camper-staff ratios.

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Richard January 31, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Interesting topic, Jamie, and so well timed. I am certainly aware of the need for skilled and well-trained instructors. I run the Nyack Boat Club Junior Sailing program. It is the premier junior sailing program in the Hudson Valley. Our mission is to support the development of juniors through recreational sailing, sailboat racing and other marine pursuits, as well as advancing their seamanship and navigation skills and fostering a lifelong passion for sailing. The sailing instructional programs follow the guidelines of the JSA/LIS, U.S. Sailing Association and U.S.O.D.A. Each instructor is certified as a US Sailing Association Level I Dinghy Sailing Instructor, and is certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and the NYS Safe Power Boat program; some instructors may be further certified at US Sailing Association Level II Dinghy Sailing Instructor. Those who want to learn more can reach us through our webpage at http://www.nyackboatclub.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=21&Itemid=215. There, you’ll find our downloadable 2012 enrollment application, as well as our training syllabus.
Marcia Stone February 01, 2012 at 12:16 AM
One of the best summer programs is the Westchester County Parks Summer Ecology Camp. One site is at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, another is at Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains and a third is at Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers. My son attended this program when he was a kid, and it influenced him so much that now he leads the Conservationists in Training group at Cranberry Lake. The camp groups are small and personalized, with a great ratio of adults to children. All the curators of the county nature centers are passionate about teaching about the environment, and are first aid certified. My son is graduating from college with a major in natural history and interpretation. He knows the nature content very well. He is also certified in first aid, and has had training in many areas important to working with children. I highly recommend anyone looking for a nature oriented camp program, to look at the Westchester County Parks Summer Ecology Camps. Information will be posted on the county website some time in February. You can read about last summer's program at this web address: http://www.westchestergov.com/parks/pdfs/Camps/CSEP2011.pdf

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