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Some questions to ask about summer programs

Sending your child to a summer program involves more than just finding something that meets your budget and covers the hours needed. With assistance from the Office of Safe Environment of the Diocese of Oakland, The Catholic Voice has assembled some questions parents might consider when evaluating a summer camp or program.

• What is the ratio of adult staff (over 21) to student supervision0

• Have the adults on site been fingerprinted and cleared through LiveScan?

• Have they completed child abuse prevention training?

• How much training does the staff complete before the students arrive?

• If some of the counselors are minors, how are they screened?

• What are the standards the minors are expected to uphold?

• What are the policies about fireworks and dangerous devices at the site?

• How are medical emergencies handled?

• How many staff members are trained in first aid?

• What equipment will campers need to provide?

• If pools are involved, what are the lifeguard hours and policies?

• Are physical boundaries clearly marked and how are they patrolled?

• What is the policy for students leaving the facility?

• What is the policy for students communicating with parents?

• How much training does the staff complete before the students arrive?

• If some of the counselors are minors, how are they screened? What are the standards the minors are expected to uphold?

Before campers arrive at San Francisco's CYO Summer Camp at Occidental, for example, the staff will go through a two-week program on the site, executive director Jim Willford said in an interview last year. The staff of 50 counselors is composed of college students and college graduates, with many returning for repeat seasons. "They're great role models," he said.

Parents shouldn't be afraid to ask tough questions. For additional information on safe environment standards see www.oakdiocese.org/ministries/safe-environment.

 
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