Do you offer swimming at camp? | steveandkate

Do you offer swimming at camp?

We did offer swimming many years ago, but we chose to discontinue it because it presented many logistical challenges for the camp and for parents. Additionally, it wasn’t a particularly popular activity for campers. Since at most locations there is no pool on-site, we had to coordinate transportation to a local pool. Campers who chose to go would have to commit 2-3 hours of their day to swimming and would miss out on the other activities being offered at camp. As a result very few campers chose to go swimming. Because swimming took place off site, it also presented challenges for parents who needed to pick up their children early. For safety reasons, swimming was a source of anxiety for many parents, and several of them asked that their children not participate. Even though we don’t have swimming, water activities are an important part of summer so we have water slides and slip n’ slides at camp which the campers seem to enjoy more.