DCF promotes "safe summer camp" tips to parents

Apr 5, 2012

With Summer just around the corner, some Florida parents have already started looking for camps to sign their kids up for. As Sascha Cordner reports, the Department of Children and Families has some tips for parents on how to choose a safe camp for their children.

Florida is one of a few states in the nation that requires high-level background screenings for summer camp employees. Department of Children and Families Spokeswoman Erin Gillespie says there are basic questions that parents can ask to make sure camp personnel are appropriately screened and trained.

“Ask the director if the background screens have been done. Does the facility look appropriate, are there any issues there? Make sure the employees know first aid or CPR. Know what their policies and procedures are if you child were to get sick or injured. If there was an emergency nearby, like any kind of police action, how would they handle it?”

If parents have concerns that a summer camp is operating without a proper background check, they are asked to contact DCF.