Choosing the Right Camp for Your Child


The Y of Metropolitan Chicago offers a variety of camping options. Do your best select the right camp to make sure your child has the best experience possible.

We recommend answering the following questions when selecting a camp:

  1. What are your child's interests?
  2. Do you want your child to learn a special skill?
  3. Do you want the camp to emphasize the values you teach at home?
  4. What is the experience and training of the camp director and the camp counselors?
  5. How does the camp encourage positive behavior and teamwork? How is problem behavior handled?
  6. Is your child ready for overnight camp? Has he or she ever spent a night away from home? How does it help kids cope with separation from their parents?
  7. How does the camp work with children requiring special diets, medication or accommodations?

Remember to involve your child in camp decisions and preparations.