5 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Overnight Camp

Drew Hullinger, Executive Director of YMCA Camp High Harbour, shares five things to look for in an overnight summer camp experience for your child.

1. Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association? The ACA accreditation certificate ensures that camp is up to the standards so that safety and nurturing your child comes first.

2. What is the ratio of staff to campers? For younger kids, this may be 1:5. For older kids, it may be 1:10. It’s important to make sure that the ratios include those directly supervising your kids.

3. Does the camp hire and employ trained medical staff, who live on site?  At Camp High Harbour, we have a registered nurse on the property 24/7 to take care of any campers or staff.

4. What certifications does a staff member need to work at the camp? Look for a summer camp where all the staff have first aid, A.E.D. and C.P.R.  training. If they’re watching over the waterfront, lifeguarding and water safety is a must.

5. How long has the camp been in operation? Make sure to research the camp history. Look for camps that have been in the community five or more years, where they have a legacy and commitment to that community.

To learn more about YMCA Camp High Harbour, visit