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Camp Walt Whitman, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is the best coed sleepaway camp available in New England. Boys and girls from 2nd grade to teens have the time of their lives every summer. Visit site:\n\nCamp Walt Whitman\n1000 Cape Moonshine Rd\nPiermont, NH 03779\n603-764-5521\

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Choosing just the right overnight summer camp for your

youngster is a huge deal. After all, you’ll be sending them

off, without your care and supervision …


… for a big piece of the summer, and you’ll want to

be sure they’re safe, happy, having fun and

growing in positive ways.


By keeping a few basic must-haves in mind, you

can sleep a little easier on those much quieter

summer nights.


It’s great when your kids

have fun, but, arguably,

safety is the most

important component of a

sleepaway experience.


Are counselors and

instructors well-trained

and certified?

Are the grounds well-

maintained and is all

safety equipment

routinely inspected?

What kind of training

do counselors have?


They should also be background checked, have

verifiable references and have had a criminal

records search.


Is there a program in place to help

kids overcome homesickness?


Homesickness is a normal part of adjusting to camp

for many children and staff should be skilled …


Is it easy for you to communicate with the camp

regarding any concerns with your child?


While many camps allow kids to call home only in

emergencies, you should be able to easily get in touch

with camp staff if you have any issues you need to discuss.


You should know you’ll be immediately

contacted if your youngster is sick or injured.


Don’t assume the camp is accredited. Do your own

background check and make sure the camp is

accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).


This is generally a good indicator that the camp will

do its utmost to ensure your child’s health, happiness

and safety.


What is the ratio of counselors to campers? A relatively

low ratio is best…with a camper-to-staff ratio of about 10

to 1 being optimum for kids 8-14 years of age.


Everything should be well-maintained:

Docks and diving boards

Rock climbing walls

Canoes and mountain bikes


There should be sufficient supervision on the

waterfront at all times and safety gear in areas like the

high ropes course should be in top shape.


Are kids encouraged to work as a team, to see the

other person’s point of view and to treat each other

and staff with respect?


If at all possible, visit a camp while it is in session.

This way, you can see if the kids and counselors

seem engaged …


… and that counselors seem interested in interacting

with campers. This is the best way to judge if the

camp seems right for your child.


Staff should be trained

in CPR and first aid.


Lifeguards should be certified and staff who

lead camping expeditions should have

wilderness certification.

Ask if there is a nurse or other medical staff

on-site or if a hospital or clinic is nearby.


Counselors and instructors should be chosen for their

integrity and character as well as personality. Find out if

there are specific training programs and what these are.


What is the return rate at the camp among both

campers and staff? A good return rate is around

50% indicating the camp is well-managed …


… and can preserve the traditions so important

to creating a sense of bonding and community

among campers.


Is the program itself exciting and well-rounded?

In a traditional-style camp, there should be a

range of activities to engage campers …


… so that every child can not only enjoy favorite

activities but can experiment with new and

exciting challenges.


If you're considering sending your child to an

overnight summer camp, be sure to visit our site

to learn about Camp Walt Whitman.


Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire,

Camp Walt Whitman offers a safe, nurturing

environment in a beautiful mountain setting.


Our camp is a coed sleepaway camp, with separate

areas for boys and girls. The kids have a blast, and

make friendships that can last a lifetime.


Camp Walt Whitman

1000 Cape Moonshine Rd

Piermont, NH 03779