Do we need to pack a lunch for summer camp?
Lunch is offered to all campers and is included in your tuition. Campers with severe food allergies are advised to pack their own lunch. Lunch menus will be posted to our facebook page each Sunday before each week of camp. We try to serve lunches that are nutritious and kid-friendly. If your child is a picky eater, packing a lunch may a better option. All campers get 2 snacks per day. These are individually prepackaged items.
Can campers take off for vacation or other camps?
Yes, we allow up to three weeks off at our full-time rates, AS LONG AS WE KNOW BY OPEN HOUSE. (We also work with parents on part time/every other week options.) You may put your dates down while registering or fill out the vacation form on our site by April 15th to receive credit – NO EXCEPTIONS.
When is open house?
We have three open houses scheduled in early April and these dates are posted to our website and our Facebook page by March.
Do parents have to attend open house? Or Fill out paperwork?
ALL parents of campers must fill out new paperwork each year before summer. ALL parents must attend one open house each year as details change from year to year. Also, we cannot handle paperwork and handing out shirts on our first day of camp, as we are focused mainly on the care of the incoming children at the time. PARENTS WHO MISS THE OPEN HOUSE(we have three options to fit your schedule)WILL BE CHARGED $25.00 PER CHILD FOR ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. ANY PARENT WHO MISSES OPEN HOUSE WILL HAVE 5 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER OUR LAST OPEN HOUSE TO COMPLETE ALL PAPERWORK OR THEY WILL LOSE THEIR SPOT.
Do campers have to wear their camp shirt every day?
Yes, this helps with safety on field trips and organization into groups at our facility.
What if my child cannot swim?
The pool we attend is Riverside Swim Club’s pool which has a 1.5 foot deep kiddie pool, a 4 foot section for moderate swimmers, and a 12 foot deep section for advanced swimmers who feel comfortable in the water. You as a parent will have the option to select which section of the pool you would like your child to be participate in. Should we feel that a camper is struggling in the section chosen by parents, we will move them to a more shallow section without notifying the parents. We will never move campers to a deeper section than parents choose without written consent by the parent. We have 5 licensed lifeguards on site and at least 5 camp counselors on site each swim outing. We welcome all parents to take a visit to the pool while we are there to see how we handle safety precautions.
How is swimming handled?
During the Summer, swimming is a recurring activity that is offered to campers. We realize the importance of safety on all field trips, but especially on trips to the pool. At open house, parents will be asked to decide what depth of water their child will be allowed to swim in. Depending on the depth, the child will be issued a specific color wrist band so that the trained lifeguards as well as staff can ensure the child remains in that area. Children given permission by their parents to swim in the deeper depths of the pool must also pass a safety swim test issued by the trained lifeguards. We also have between 5-6 lifeguards and 4-6 counselors on duty at all times at the pool. Parents are always welcome to come by and visit us at the pool if they would like.
If my four year old turns five in the middle of the summer, can they still attend camp?
We CANNOT take campers due to State Regulations until the child’s fifth birthday. They may start as soon as they turn five.
Are children grouped by age?
Yes, campers wear color coded shirts and are split into groups based on age. There are times when all campers are together, for example: drop off, pick up, and when we have onsite performers.
How is payment handled?
Registration for summer camp opens December 1st and may be completed online through our website. During one of our April open houses (dates will be posted in March on our website), we set up your credit card or checking account information to process auto payments/drafts throughout the summer or you may pay in full and receive a 12% discount. (To receive the discount you must pay by April 15th.) This eliminates unnecessary administration costs which saves our parents money. If you have any questions about time off or vacation/part-time, read our FAQs section on vacations. Moving forward, we have simplified rates to one fee for single campers and one fee for siblings. All summer fees include lunch, and all field trips and activities.
Can I pay by check or cash weekly during the summer or aftercare?
No, to continue offering our camps at an affordable cost, (we strive to offer more for less) auto payment is one of the major ways we save you money by eliminating administrative costs.