Summer Camp Checklist

Health, safety, and nutrition policies and procedures
  • Review information about the sign-in/sign-out policies, medication policy, discipline policy, lifeguard certification/water safety policy, field trip & transportation policies, handling of sick children, and missing children policy.
  • Ask if the program follows any established nutritional guidelines.
  • Ask if their policies are in writing and if their facility meets local and state legal requirements.
Staff screenings
  • Ask if the owner/operator/director of the program has been fingerprinted through the GBI as required by law. Sometimes a camp, although not required by law, conducts a check of local law enforcement records or a statewide criminal correspondence check through the Georgia Department of Law Enforcement for all staff.
  • Ask about additional screening methods for staff.
Staff/child ratio and group size
  • Inquire about the staff/child ratio and group size for the age of your child. Georgia’s maximum staff-to-child ratio for school age children is 1-to-25. National quality standards recommend between 1-to-8 and 1-to-15 for children age 5 – teens.
  • Group sizes are no larger than 30.
Staff experience and training
  • Ask about staff experience and education in early childhood/school-age care, recreation, serving children with special needs, CPR/First Aid/ lifeguarding, and if appropriately licensed when transporting children.
Licensed or accredited program
  • Summer programs are not required to be licensed or accredited. Licensure and accreditation ensure that basic health and safety standards are met. Accreditation often requires additional quality standards.
  • Click here to learn more about summer camp monitoring and licensing in Georgia.
  • Click here to learn more about American Camp Association Accreditation.
Parent visiting and family activities
  • Programs should be accessible and welcoming to parents and families at all times.
Daily lesson plan or activity schedule
  • Inquire about a typical lesson plan. Quality programs provide more than continuous free play.
  • Plans should be consistent with the philosophy of the program and should include indoor, outdoor, quiet, active, staff-planned, child-initiated, and free choice activities.
Facility’s space and number of children enrolled
  • Observe the physical space to see if there is enough room for all program activities.
  • Outdoor programs should include indoor or sheltered areas for resting, respite from the sun and for bad weather days.
Hours of operation, fees, and payment procedures
  • Ask if there are fees for enrollment, special activities, late payments, late pickups or extended hours.
  • When early drop off and extended pick up hours are in place, ask about the procedures that ensure your child is receiving proper adult supervision.

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