The Westfield Area Y understands your top priority is your children. Choosing a summertime program is something that needs to be considered carefully as camp provides a wonderful opportunity for children to develop new skills, new friends, confidence and self-esteem.    
 
There are many options for parents as they choose a camp for their child.  Determining when children are ready to go to camp and finding the best match can be a very difficult decision for parents. 
 
Camping experts from the Westfield Area Y offer the following tips to help parents choose the camping experience that’s best for them: 
 
  • Know your options. When looking for a camp, parents should choose American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camps. They meet the highest standards.
  •  Know if flexibility is an option. Can you sign up by the week and choose half or full days during the summer months?
  • Know your wants. Parents should consider what they want for their child from the camp experience, e.g. a vacation from school or an opportunity to develop new skills through fun and meaningful experiences.  
  • Know the camp. Call and ask questions about staff training, all-inclusive pricing, trips, special events, ratios, activities, policies and safety procedures. If there an EMT on staff?  Are staff CPR and First Aid Certified? 
  • Know what activities your child is interested in. Include your child in the decision making process. 
Westfield Area Y camp staff are available to help parents pick the right camp experience for their child.  A helpful Parent Resource Summer Day Camp Checklist is available at http://www.westfieldynj.org/sites/default/files/attachments/dual_page/camp_parent_resource.pdf   Westfield Area Y camps are ACA-accredited and are built around the core values of caring honesty, respect and responsibility. Each of these values is considered and incorporated in every step of the planning process.
 
Limited spots are still available. Visit www.westfieldynj.org for more information on the 2016 Summer Camp Program. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.