How to Choose a Camp

Faced with two options most of us will make the best choice, faced with ten we will usually do nothing at all. With more than 5,000 summer camps in the U.S. the obvious question is, “which one is right for my child?” Below is a list of questions to help you decide if our boys camp is the right fit for your family. Some of them are by suggestion of the American Camping Association; others are questions we asked directors in making decisions for our own children.

What does the director look for in hiring counselors?

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Camp counselors are the foundation of any camp and safety is directly linked to their skills. When we hire a counselor we are very aware that the moment your child walks in the cabin they want to be exactly like their counselor. Read more about how Camp Merri-Mac for Girls and Camp Timberlake for Boys selects its summer staff.

What is the average age of the counselors?

Our average age at Merri-Mac and Timberlake last summer was twenty two. If you would like we would also be happy to send you a resume for each of our last year’s counselors.

What is the ratio of counselors to campers?

This will vary, even among good camps. Our ratio is 1 to 3.5.

How experienced are your Directors? What is their background?

Find out more about the directors of Camp Merri-Mac for Girls and Camp Timberlake for Boys.

What is the camp’s philosophy?

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This topic covers a broad range of concerns including: Is the program fairly structured? What does the camp consider a healthy sense of competition? Is the camp simply to have fun, or foster growth, or both? The best way to answer these questions is to speak with the Directors. Please feel free to call us at 828-669-8766.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Merri-Mac and Timberlake campers are housed in screened cabins, with private toilet and shower facilities in each cabin.

Is the camp accredited by the American Camping Association?

While there are lots of wonderful camps that have chosen not to seek accreditation, ACA membership verifies that a camp complies with up to 300 individual standards. Merri-Mac and Timberlake have long been accredited by the American Camping Association.

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