World of Discovery Summer Camp of Bayside, Queens is a great introduction to the camp experience for young children ages 4 years old and up. It is also a wonderful option for older campers. We spend much time making sure that our summer camp program appeals to both young children and older children between the ages of 4 and 15 years old.
In our summer camp program, young children learn within the context of play. Children ages 4-5 years of age can benefit from our exceptionally low camper to counselor ratios of practically 2:1. As children get older, our camper to counselor ratio goes up gradually until our 15 year old campers have a 5:1 ratio.
When choosing the right summer camp, it is important to look at the camp’s philosophy when it comes to how they treat the children. For campers the focus of camp activities should be on building social skills and self esteem. Summer camp staff must be understanding and compassionate. There should be more cooperation than competition when it comes to sports activities. The camp must be safe and fun. Winning should not be more important than having fun. Campers should have opportunities for free play and there should be times when campers can choose activities they want. Arts and crafts projects should differ based on age and gender.
Time spent swimming should be split between swim instruction and free swim. Swim instruction should be done in small groups according to skill level. Swim instruction should be taught by American Red Cross certified lifeguards.
It is important to consider how long the summer camp has been in business. This will give you insight into the stability and strength of the summer camp program. It is also important to find out how many children attend the camp, how many children of each age group attend and how the groups are organized. The ratio of campers to counselors is very important as well.
Be sure to read Part II of this summer camp blog entry at: http://worldofdiscovery.org/blog/2011/05/26/tips-for-choosing-the-right-ny-summer-camp-world-of-discovery-summer-camp-of-bayside-queens-ny/