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How To Run A Background Check On Summer Camp Employees

It’s that time of year again…  When we send our young ones off to summer camps so we can get a mini summer break for ourselves.. oh, and so they can learn new things and make new friends as well!  Some of my fondest memories from childhood surround those few weeks I would spend at various camps.  Unfortunately, I also remember some pretty scary camp employees!  We live in a time of uncertainty where it is becoming more and more difficult to trust those we charge with caring for our children.  In today’s world, it is very hard to feel totally at ease when sending your child to any summer camp, whether it lasts one day or even two weeks.  How do we keep our children safe when they are away?

I have found a way to dramatically decrease your risk level while increasing your peace of mind.  It is by using online background check services.  You may be tempted to stop reading at this point… you may think that it is too expensive or too hard to figure out… do yourself a favor and read on.  You will be surprised at how easy this has become!  When I first considered utilizing online background check services to ensure the safety of my daughter, I felt a little nervous… Was this an invasion of that person’s privacy?  After much thought, I came to the conclusion that my daughter’s safety is more important than anything and outweighs all other factors.  Plus, all background check services do is search databases full of public record information… stuff we have a legal right to know!  It’s not like you are hiring a private investigator to take pictures of them or dig through their trash (both of those are legal but start to cross my personal boundary into creepiness).

The online background check services I utilize are so easy to use… you don’t need any technical ability at all!  And it is completely anonymous.  The person you conduct a background check on will never know the information was accessed.  The best part is that you get to do it in your own home (assuming you have a computer with internet access) so nothing even passes through the mail… you can save or print the report yourself.

I believe this is a service that every parent should use regularly.  If my child’s camp director has a felony record I want to know about it… even if it was dismissed.  If they are being sued in court by some other parents, I want to know about it.  All of this and more is included on the background check report (if you use a valid service that is).  First I will walk you through how to run the report and then I can offer some recommendation from my personal experience as to which services I think are the best.

How To Run the Background Check?

This is so simple it is almost not worth it for me to add steps but I will just so you see how easy it truly is…

  1. Gather some basic data on the camp personnel such as first, middle (if possible) and last name, home and/or cell phone number, address (if possible), where they lived before (if they are new), approximate age (you can just guess on this) and anything else you might be able to learn.  You should be able to simply ask for a list of employees and most camps will even include basic bios on their personnel.
  2. Login to your service (to be chosen later).
  3. You will be presented with many different search fields.  The more you fill in, the easier it will be to narrow things down until you find the right John Smith.
  4. Once you are certain you have found the correct person, you just click a button to run the report (this is where you generally are charged the fee which we will discuss later).
  5. The report will be on your screen in moments with an option to print it out at your convenience.

How To Find A Reliable Service?

There are so many good and bad options out there.  I have spent the last 6 months researching and testing background check services for an online consumer review site (  I tell you this so you know that I have personally tested every product recommended by!  The best place to start is probably to just read the reviews on the top ranked background check products.  Those reviews are available by clicking here.  These three services are the best you can find.  Each company has access to over 3 billion records.  And one really important point is that the report you run will be nationwide.  That way you don’t have to be concerned with not finding someone’s record if they just moved in from out of state.  Once you find them in the system you will have their entire address history, court records (marriage, bankruptcy, law suits, etc), criminal record in any state (even juvenile offenses can be listed), and most important, nationwide sex offender registry search!

In the end, it is all about the safety of our children.  Making sure camp personnel are not predators in disguise should be the responsibility of the camp itself.  But we all know that sometimes that system fails us.  We must take it upon ourselves to ensure that our children are completely safe while at camp!  We have the tools at our fingertips to ensure that no predators slip through the system where they can have contact with our kids!

If you have any comments, questions or concerns about this article, please feel free to email me at

June 16, 2009 - Posted by | Background Checks, Children, Investigative Parenting, Sex Offender Registry | , , , , , , , , ,

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