2017 San Francisco summer camps

2018 San Francisco Summer Camps

2017 San Francisco summer camps

San Francisco Summer Camps FAQ

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F. A. Q. for Parents



How can parents save money when enrolling their child in a summer camp?
• #1 Register early to take full advantage of all early-bird discounts!
• #2 Ask friends of your child(ren) to register together for a group discount.
• #3 Offer to volunteer at camp for a reduced price or for free registration.
• #4 ASK if they have scholarships, financial aid or a sliding scale.


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How can parents prepare their children for attending their first summer camp?

1) Day camps are more fun when children know at least one other camper who will be attending. Don't assume that they will be in the same group, let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register your child.
2) If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour. If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their website. The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less overwhelming he/she will feel.
3) Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp. Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional postings.
4) Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical day at camp---from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime routines.
5) For residential camps, make sure that this isn’t the first time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with friends or family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter (or email) to the camp director with any questions.


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How do parents find if a summer camp has had any complaints filed against them?
  • Look up the camp on the Better Business Bureau for any grievances. (BBB.org)
  • Ask your friends through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, MySpace, etc.) if they have had any positive or negative experiences with the camp. Your friends will tell you!



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When should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for summer jobs?

  • NOW. Don't wait. With the high levels of unemployment, there will be a tremendous competition for jobs. Send follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your interest. Camp Directors want fun camp counselors who campers will enjoy being around, while also respecting and obeying them. 
  • The more experience you have working with kids, the better. Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts, and other civic organizations to build your experience levels.



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What qualities should parents look for in a great summer camp?
• A high percentage of returning campers shows that the campers had fun last year.
• A low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
• Staff trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
• Low staff-turnover shows good experience.




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What different types of summer camps are there?

• Arts Camps
• Sports Camps
• Academic Camps
• Specialty Camps



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What special tips are advised for sleep-away camps?
• Kids love receiving notes, money and care packages--even if they don't tell you.
• Having a friend who is going along can make the camp experience more fun.
• Share any concerns you have with the Camp Director, but let them deal with any discipline problems. Don't be a "helicopter parent" who flies in to resolve problems and hovers to micromanage the details.





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If my child takes medication during the school year, should he take it for camp?
• First, consult with your child's pediatrician before ever deciding to stop treating your child with any medication.
• Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and impulsivity conditions are not "healed" during the summer months. Many times it can be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being outside. Children with medical issues usually need special treatment to help them enjoy their summer camp experience the most.
• For children who take medication for their attention or impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them to listen to instructions, get along with peers, and control their impulses when they are not on medication.



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F. A. Q. for Camp Directors 



How long do the listings appear on SanFranciscoSummerCamps.com?

-Until December 31, 2018


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What is the difference between a Standard listing and Premium listing?

-Standard Listings display:  Camp Name
Camp Address
Contact Name
Camp Phone number(s)
Link to Email address
Link to Website
Color logo (Max. is 250 x 250 pixels)
$299

-Premium Listings display:   Camp Name
Camp Address
Contact Name
Camp Phone number(s)
Link to Email address
Link to Website
Color logo (Max. is 250 x 250 pixels)
PLUS: Top placement in the category, above all Standard listings
200 character description
Up to 3 extra links for Youtube, Facebook & Twitter
$399

 



How do I include my color logo on my listings?



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Who can I contact for questions or updates about my listing?




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What is Google Analytics? 
  • There are other websites that provide this same services, but this is free. All you have to do is have your webmaster enter some HTML code on your first page of your website to install an invisible counter that starts tracking your visitors. You can find all websites that refer traffic to your website and even how long they stay on your website.
  • Visit  Google Analytics to get started and find how to best use your advertising dollars.


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Is it better to advertise on national or state-wide websites?
  • Great question! National marketing definitely has its advantages--especially when you are trying to draw campers from outside your state. Websites like ACAcamps.org and SummerCamps.org provide adequate national summer camp options. Since the overwhelming majority of campers travel less than 3 hours to attend a summer camp, most camps do their best marketing when they focus on campers within that radius.
  • SummerCampDirectories.com helps parents find all of the Arts, Sports, Academic, and Specialty Camps in their city.


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