4 things parents should know about camps
As parents prepare to register their children for programs, here are some things to consider:
“The great thing about camps is that the kids interact. They socialize, so they have to get off of their computers!,” says Tom Quinlisk, recreation supervisor for the Orange County Parks Department
. He’s also been running the county’s summer day camp for the past 25 years. What makes this particular camp unusual is that the counselors are all adults. Most of them work as local school teachers during the school year.
Municipal camps remain the best bargain. Orange County’s camp program may be the most affordable in the region. Last year, it cost $175 to send a kid to camp for two weeks. With rising costs, rates are expected to go up, but Quinlisk says he doesn’t expect much of a price hike.
Most municipal camps begin their registration in the Spring. While private camps are taking applications now, Orange County will begin making its camp applications available in May. Next month, Quinlisk and his staff will begin putting together their camp mailing list. If you wish to be placed on that list, you’re welcome to contact him at 845-457-4910 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Camps are regulated by the health department. All camps in New York fall under State Health Department
regulations. Kitchens must pass inspection and each camp must submit an acceptable safety plan.