Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Our camp families ask us many great questions about our summer camps.  Below are a list of 10 questions that are frequently asked.  If you have a question that is not listed, please send it our way!  

Question #1:  Are your camps accredited?

Answer:  Yes, we are accredited by the American Camp Association in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and carry our practices to other states.  The American Camp Association provides a guideline of hundreds of standards, and conducts site visits for re-accreditation.  While it is a lot of work to become and remain accredited, our commitment shows the dedication that we have at Lavner Camps to providing a safe and healthy environment for our campers, and our overall commitment to excellent and your child!  

Question #2:  What are your instructor to camper ratios?

Answer:  Typically our ratios are 1 instructor to 8 campers… or better.  We strive to create a camp environment where campers receive excellent supervision and lots of personal attention during instructional and recreational periods.  We invest in great staff and low ratios to ensure the best camp experience for your child, which is what counts the most!

Question #3:  Who are your instructors?

Answer:  Answer:  Our instructors are high level and are the very best out of a large pool of qualified applicants we consider. Each year, we hire less than 8% of our applicants.  Typically, our lead instructors consist of teachers, college professors, undergrad/grad students from excellent colleges/universities, and the occasional superstar student entering college in the fall.  Assistant instructors typically consist of accomplished rising seniors. Our instructors are extremely knowledgeable in the subject area, passionate about working with kids, highly responsible, and have cleared background checks.  Instructors go through a rigorous orientation and training prior to the summer camp season and have constant support from onsite camp directors and our central office.  We put them in a position to succeed… and they do!

Question #4:  Do you have an on-site camp director?

Answer:  Yes!  Many of our onsite directors are full-time teachers during the school year.  Our on-site camp directors manage each camp location.  They are trained to make sure that daily operations at camp are running smoothly, and are also CPR Certified & First Aid trained.  Camp directors are available onsite to answer your questions, and are available by phone and email if you need to communicate with them during the day.  These positions are highly sought after, and we only hire the best. Camp directors also work directly with our central office, communicate with our central office on a daily basis, and offer great support to campers and instructors each day.  Our central office also employs regional camp directors who visit camp locations to help ensure a high quality camp environment!

Question #5:  Do campers usually attend for one week or more than one week?

Answer:  Camper attendance varies.  Most campers attend for multiple weeks, either in the same camp or in a variety of camps.  We find that many campers like to attend for multiple weeks!

Question #6:  How do you group the campers each week?

Answer:  We group campers by age and ability, and run multiple levels of curriculum in each camp.  This allows for campers to attend camp with us at any time during the summer, even if they are beginners.  Our campers can sign up for any week and be placed appropriately in camp.  This provides our camp families with maximum flexibility.  

Question #7:  Do your campers improve at camp?

Answer:  Yes!  Campers receive approximately 22.5-25 hours of concentrated time in their camp activity per week.  With this amount of focused time, combined with out cutting-edge curriculum and high level instructors, our campers improve a lot!  This is the model that our specialty camps are built on, and thousands of campers build their skills and have fun each summer!  They are also attending with other campers who share similar interests, which fosters learning through peer to peer interaction, creating an environment of collaboration and learning.

Question #8:  How do you keep camp fun?

Answer:  We hire fun and dynamic instructors, and focus on creating an awesome camp culture!  Campers are also attending a specialty camp of their choice, so they already want to be there!  We also incorporate a number of breaks during the day with opportunities for recreation and socialization.  On Fridays, there is typically a grand finale/Showcase that campers work towards – e.g. a Bake Off, ROBOWARS tournament, Tennis Olympics, Fashion Show, Beta testing video games and Minecraft™ worlds, etc… We receive tons of emails from happy parents… our campers truly love camp!

Question #9:  How do you create a safe camp environment?

Answer:  Camp safety is #1 one goal.  We work hard all year long to make sure our camp safety is top notch.  We are ACA-accredited and follow extensive guidelines. We hire very responsible staff and train them — which includes a test of our detailed handbook/procedure guide, employ procedures that promote safety and supervision, and are in constant communication.  We also implement a behavioral policy that is strict but fair, and requires that all campers exude good behavior, do not engage in bullying, and contribute to a safe and welcoming camp environment.  Your Child is our #1 priority, which means that the safety of our campers is our top priority.

Question #10:  Why should we choose Lavner Camps?

Answer:  Lavner Camps is the leading Specialty Camp organization in the United States.  At Lavner Camps, you will truly “experience the difference.”  Our mission is to provide the best camp experience available… and we do.  Here are some of the things that we offer to provide a great camp experience:

  • Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)
  • Safety Is Our #1 Priority
  • Top-Notch Camp Locations
  • Excellent Staff
  • Expert Leadership Team – Camp Professionals who drive our mission of camp excellence full-time, and have years of summer camp experience and educational backgrounds from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, Villanova University, Drexel University, EMU, Rutgers University, Temple University, and more!
  • Innovative Summer Camps
  • “Cutting Edge” curriculum
  • Skill Development For Your Child
  • A camp office that believes in excellent customer service and communication with our camp families
  • Camp owners who are passionate and hands-on!
  • Extremely high retention rate of campers and growing each year! Especially through word of mouth referrals!
  • Incredible media coverage – local and national!
  • A proven track record of thousands of campers who have succeeded and love Lavner Camps!
  • and so much more…!

Additional Questions:  If you have any additional questions, please email us at [email protected], call our year-round office at (610) 664-8800, or send us a message on our website chat.  We welcome your questions and are happy to provide you with informative answers!

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