It seems like just yesterday that we were preparing for the opening of the 2013 summer season; now we are in the home stretch. We have had a lot of new campers this year and that means that more and more families have put their faith and trust in Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. This is welcome news as this is an important part of what we try to accomplish throughout the rest of the year.
We have made an effort to attend SEPTA meetings, if we are invited, and we are reaching out to see if we can attend more school resource fairs. We know that it is important to parents of special-needs children to meet us face-to-face. We have found that a personal meeting makes the difference between a child signing up and not signing up.
When we meet prospective campers and their families face-to-face, we are able to start building a rapport with them and we start to engender feelings of trust in them toward our camp.
We, the camp staff, must be trusted to provide the safest possible environment for the children. Furthermore, we want the campers’ families to be open and honest with us and not withhold vital information that we need for the best delivery of care to the campers. They should never feel embarrassed to share information about certain behaviors their child has demonstrated. Here at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, we are not afraid of many of the things that families feel uneasy about!
We can handle and have handled a wide variety of challenges that our campers are presented with. Our staff undergoes intense training; most have some career path planned in the field of Special Education. Ultimately, we are up for the challenges that this job brings. Just so you know, it brings us much joy and amazement and lifelong friends as well! And we hope it colors a child’s world with those same things while giving the parents and caregivers a chance to relax and focus on one another or the siblings!
Thank you for your support all season!
Yours in camping,