In overnight camps, the counselors are looking after these kids all the time. Twenty-four hours a day. Seven days a week.
The American Camp Association (ACA) mandates that there be one counselor for every 10 campers between the ages of 15 and 17, one counselor for every eight campers between the ages of 9 and 14 and a single counselor for every six campers between the ages of 7 and 8. Those might sound like reasonable ratios, but as we've mentioned, many of these counselors are young, too. They've been trained to handle most situations, but there's no telling how a young, underpaid counselor will react at 2:00 a.m. in a cabin full of screaming 7-year-olds and an intruding poisonous snake.