Questions to ask for starting camps at a high school
- What is the cost of day-care in the area? We have found that we can charge $50 - $100 more a week than day-care for elementary and middle school students.
- Will you need to pay anything to use the school's computers or classroom? Will the school be locked? How will you get access? Who is the contact person in case things are locked?
- How many computers are available for use? Can the computers run the software you plan on using? Who do you contact if you have a problem with the computers? What user-ids and passwords will you use?
- Can you install free software on the school's computers (like Scratch, Alice, Snap, and Media Computation)?
- Will you need any liability insurance?
- Can you hire local high school students as helpers? Will they need a background check?
- Where can the students eat lunch? Will someone take care of the garbage?
- Will you provide lunch or ask the students to bring their own? If you ask them to bring lunch and they forget what will you do? Where can the students eat lunch? Be sure to check for food allergies and you may need to avoid things like peanuts.
- How will you handle drop-off and pick-up? Will the parents bring the kids to the room? Are kids allowed to walk to school and home? Make sure this is specified on a permission sheet. Who is allowed to pick up the kids? Who is not allowed to pick up the kids?
- Will you offer any extended hours for an extra fee? What will you do if a parent is late? Be sure to get phone numbers for parents and at least one additional emergency contact.
- Can you do any recreation at the school?
- Can parents park and come in for the parent show on the last day? Is the room big enough for parents and students?
- Will you bend your age requirements for a camp to allow a parent to send multiple kids to the same camp?
- How will you handle kids that require medication during the camp?
- How will you deal with first aid issues?
- How will you deal with bad weather?
- Do you need to create a non-profit company?
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