Questions to ask a camp director
January 19th, 2021
The Camp Business & COVID
October 8, 2020
Recently, we attended a couple of day camp conferences, as we do every year at this time. It gives us a chance to converse with our peers, compare notes & discuss and review best practices. This year’s discussions were dominated by the pandemic. More than half the NY & NJ day camps we met, opened. Most reported enrollment at approximately 50% capacity. Many of the experiences we shared were similar.
-Owners, directors & staff were anxious and even “scared” of both opening & not opening, (same as us).
- There was NOT one case of COVID- campers or staff, at any camp.
-Parents were more appreciative & thankful than any summer in memory.
-Even with limited activities, restrictions & horrible weather, (for us, a tornado, hurricane & Black-outs) most campers raved that this summer was the best, ever.
-Parents who did cancel & there were many, were regretful, got refunds and credits with most planning to return in 2021
- Most expect 2021 to be normal, but are prepared for any contingency
- Camps improvised & adjusted operations in many ways, mostly with session length, lunch, busing & drastically curtailed enrollment & group size.
-Without exception, every director who opened their camp, were happy they did and thought 2020 to be the most gratifying summer of their career
We plan to participate in more conferences, virtual seminars, and meetings, thru out the year. Our effort to remain the most innovative, safe & successful day camps, continues long after we say goodbye to you each summer.
Skills gained from camp
June 14, 2019
Camp will begin soon. You may be wondering how we help prepare our children with the skills and competencies our campers will need to tackle changes in our world? We believe that quest begins with a positive camp experience. A quality camp provides your children with the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living.
Camp promotes community. Camp is a place where kids can “practice” growing up stretching their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive muscles outside the context of their immediate family. This is what childhood is supposed to provide.
Camp creates future leaders. The camp experience offers kids a close-up look at compassionate leadership through the camp director, counselors, resident nutritionist, and other camp personnel. And kids get loads of opportunities to practice being a leader themselves — song leader, lunch table leader, team captain, the list goes on and on.
Camp has a lasting impact. One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is a sense of success and achievement.
Camp teaches kids how to be active participants, ask questions, ask for help, and try new things. Now more than ever, kids need camp.
Summers are for having fun. It’s a time to spend with friends & make memories and experiences that last a lifetime. That’s what RC Day Camp is all about. We provide an exciting and fulfilling camp experience by providing of fun, recreational, safe and educational activities.
Our staff consists of professionals who work in child related fields throughout the year. Our directors are licensed teachers and coaches in various schools and thru-out the city.
Our camp offers a wide range of activities for children from four to 15 years of age. Our programs are innovative, safe & healthy activities that best suits the needs of our campers. Safety is always our highest priority. Have a wonderful summer
RC Day camp
The Benefits of Summer camp
October 7, 2018
Each year, over six million children attend camp in the U.S. alone. While there are endless reasons camp is invaluable for your children, here are a few of the most important benefits from summer camp:
P: Parental Relief
Connectivity: When you ask adults who were campers for their biggest take-away from camp, more than half of the time they’ll respond that it’s their friends. Of course, spending time with any group of people will bring you closer together, but there is something special about summer camp that gives kids a shared purpose and a greater sense of community – from the sports, games and bonding, to experiencing new activities for the first time with one another, camp is a support system that builds friendships far beyond summertime.
Activity: Kids were born to run! After 10 months of pent up energy, camp gives kids a structured way to release and channel their excitement through nonstop activity. While campers may be active during the school year, the outdoor environment of camp is exponentially beneficial to your camper’s physical and mental health. Biologist Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., introduced his theory of ‘Biophilia’ about thirty years ago which explains humans’ innate affinity for the natural world. Stay tuned for more about camp and the great outdoors in our next blog post!
Maturity: The only way for a bird to learn how to fly is to leave the nest. (Cliche, but true). Camp provides an opportunity for kids to make decisions for themselves and to navigate a new world as an individual. With the support of counselors, staff, and friends, children have the chance not only to explore the outer world, but also their inner world. Through the development of self-confidence along with social skills, your campers will return home more mature than ever!
Parental relief: As we’ve mentioned, it is tremendously beneficial for your campers to develop their independence with some time away from their parents. However, it is also beneficial for you as well. Although it may sound silly, spending time away from your children will make you miss them, and consequently, end up strengthening your relationship. Also, if you rely on camp so you can work, knowing they are safe and having fun in a healthy environment will help keep you stress free and happy. Check out this great article in The Huffington Post for more reasons: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-visintainer/10-reasons-its-healthy-for-parents-to-spend-time-away-from-their-kids_b_6783916.html course, this is just a bird’s eye view of all the benefits of summer camp, but we look forward to exploring these ideas more in depth as the summer goes on. Even better, we’d love to hear about your favorite parts of camp – either from your own experiences or some from your campers.