What I Wish Parents Knew
Quit calling camp so often. "Everyone wants updates. But if the camp says to wait three days before you call to see how your child is, then wait," says Howard Salzberg, director of Camp Modin, in Belgrade, Maine. "Don't call Friday at 11 P.M. and again at 7 A.M. on Saturday. You make staff trip over one another, and, ironically, it slows down response time."
Be meticulous when filling out forms. "So many parents leave crucial information off the health and personality forms," says Salzberg. "Camp directors hate finding out at the last minute about allergies and anxiety disorders. Most camps will not reject a child with an emotional or medical issue. Be honest."
Don't take a vacation from medication. "Parents often think summer is the time to give a child a break from medication," like attention-deficit-disorder meds, says Lisa Samick, director of Camp Keshet, in New York City. "But a child will still be asked to follow rules and make new friends, and these are difficult for any child, let alone someone with special needs."