Feature Article - April 2008
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Come Camping!

14 Tips to Ensure Happy After-School and Day Campers

By Jessica Royer Ocken


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12. CONSIDER TRANSPORTATION NEEDS.

Newman cites transportation as something to consider before launching an after-school or day camp program. How will the kids get to you?

"The numbers in our program were erratic and pretty minimal until we were able to work with a local nonprofit transportation service to provide busing from the area schools," she said.

13. TEST IT OUT.

Consider your camp or after school program a chance to try some new activities that may eventually evolve into full-fledged programs.

"We use summer camp to try out things and see if they'll work," Bailey said. "We experiment a little bit."

14. GET STARTED NOW.

"See what the market is, and get as much professional help as you can," Knapp said.

Be sure to explore local laws and requirements, and check in with the ACA for guidance, whether or not you decide to go for accreditation.

"It's a big undertaking, so give yourself enough time from when you start thinking about it to when you want to open," Knapp added. "You may need a year to plan and get things going."