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Keeping Kids Safe at Summer Camp

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The competition for summer camp is tough and if you're not signed up months in advance, you might be out of luck. Slots fill up fast but you also have to know the right questions to ask to keep your kids safe.

7 On Your Side asked Safe Kids Upstate for the questions you need answered, before you send your kids to summer camp.

One of the most important she said was finding out what type of medical treatment is available for your child and who will take care of them in an emergency.

It's important to know which hospital you'd like your child to be taken to if the need arises and who is certified on staff to perform CPR and other necessary medical procedures.

Your child may have allergies, special needs or take special medications. It's important Shaw said, to give a full medical history to the camp staff so they know how to properly treat your child.

Camps where swimming is offered, need to tell you the staff or camper ratio and you need to make sure your children will be watched at all times, Shaw said. She suggests visiting the camp before hand and when you do, look for life jackets, a place where children can rest and trained guards.

"They can see what's coming if it's a resident camp where they'll sleep what they'll do and where they'll eat their meals," said Lynn Arve from Girl Scout Camp Mary Elisabeth.

At the YMCA in Spartanburg, Swim Director Crystal Sharpe insists that the staff is trained and certified with them so they know both lifeguards and camp counselors could respond in an emergency.

We like to train our guards but also the camp staff so if one of their campers they know how to respond they know as well what they're supposed to do, " said Sharpe.

Background checks and drug screenings are a must Shaw said. She recommends you ask for proof when you visit a camp, as well as making sure the medical procedures are signed off on by a licensed doctor.

"You want to see have they had accidents and how they've handled it. Children are going to get injured but you want to see what they do to prevent injuries or take care of them," said Shaw.

You can also ask what age the staff is hired at, their methods of discipline and even how many hours of training they are required to have.

You can find more information on Girl Scout camps in our area by clicking here.

Camp safety information is also available at and

Safe Kids also recommends this website for a list of questions parents need to ask. 

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