As deadlines approach for summer-camp applications, consider the following criteria for choosing a camp:
*How are the safety procedures set up?
*Is the camp accredited by the American Camping Association, and do the camp director's credentials include a degree and previous administration experience?
*There should be one counselor per eight campers. He or she should be well-versed in handling homesickness and behavioral problems.
*Ask for the percentage of counselors who return each year. A return rate lower than 40 percent is worth inquiring about.
*Can the camp provide you with the names of previous attendees who can tell you about their experiences?
Source: The American Camping Association. www.ACAcamps.org
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