With the final bell for the school year set to ring, the time to start thinking about summer activities for students is now. Michael Myles, leading youth worker, says parents must do their homework before enrolling their child in summer progammes.
Mr Myles says because of a lack of regulation and proper over sight, there is no one and no standard by to hold summer camps and their organisers accountable to.
He says the potential danger that children are exposed to is real, and needs to be taken seriously. Myles says he understands that with children out of school for the summer parents can often struggle to find inexpensive and constructive ways to keep their children occupied. Ergo they often seize the first opportunity that presents itself without giving it proper thought.
“If the camp is asking for $25 for the week and it’s telling you they are offering food and they are offering you tons of things, it doesn’t mean it’s a good camp,” said Mr Myles. He added “Anyone can walk off of a plane whether it is a child predator, whether its a person that really truly cares about children and host a camp and no one asks those questions.”
He stresses while most camps are above-board parents should not be afraid to ask questions before signing the dotted line, because keeping children safe should be the top priority for everyone.