Camper to Staff Ratio

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At Camp Fletcher, safety is always our very first priority. We look for the very best counselors to take care of our campers, but we know that even the best counselors can get overwhelmed if they’re looking after too many kids at once. This is why we work hard to keep our Camper-to-Staff ratios low! We want to be sure our campers are able to explore and learn in a safe environment, and the success of our programs is due, in large part, to our summer staff. Camper-to-Staff ratios are super important, and keeping a low number of campers paired with a high number of great counselors is top priority at Camp Fletcher.

Meeting Standards: Accreditation through the American Camp Association requires Camp Fletcher to meet more than 300 nationally recognized industry standards – from staff qualifications and training, to health and safety, and facility management. ACA has suggested Camper-to-Staff ratios for different age groups, and this helps ensures that all ACA camps are prioritizing safety.

The Numbers: The American Camp Association sets guidelines for all aspects of camp programming, and this includes suggestions for Camper-to-Staff ratios. At Camp Fletcher, we use ratios that strictly follow these guidelines, and our older groups actually use a smaller ratio than what is suggested by ACA.

  • For Navajo campers (Grades 1-3) we use a ratio of 1 counselor per 5 campers (1:5)
  • For Pueblo campers (Grades 4 & 5)  we use a ratio of 1 counselor per 7 campers (1:7)
  • For Iroquois campers (Grades 6-9) we use a ratio of 3 counselors per 20 campers, or roughly 1:7.

Making it Work: We work hard to keep our Camper-to-Staff ratio low because it’s better for everyone. Our campers are safer, but they also have counselors who are able to focus on them and invest in them. It’s better for our counselors because they get to know their campers and develop strong working relationships with other counselors. Our counselors are a team, and they’re all working together to insure that our campers have an incredible summer at Camp Fletcher.

Whether your camper is attending a day program or a resident program, we want you to feel secure that they are safe at Camp Fletcher. We hand select the best counselors and put a ton of thought into these numbers, and we’ve developed a system that works best for our staff, our campers and you! These guidelines help create an environment where everyone can succeed and have an unforgettable summer at Camp Fletcher!

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