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Summer Camp FAQs


What is the schedule for a typical day?

8:00am – 9:00am
Early Morning Care on Playground
9:00am – 9:30am Arrival and Playground Time
9:30am – 9:45am
Circle Time: Story, Song, Introduce Day’s Activities
9:45am – 11:30am Activity Time (includes free choice and snack)
11:30am – 12:00pm
Movement, Music, and Free Play
12:00pm Dismissal
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch, Free Play
12:45pm – 1:15pm Quiet Rest (campers rest their bodies and beat the heat by lying down, reading quietly, or listening to quiet music or book on tape)
1:15pm – 2:00pm Free-play (continuation of theme activities, more rest time for those still sleeping)
2:00pm – 4:00pm Water Play, Free Play, Snack
4:00pm
Dismissal
4:00pm – 5:30pm Extended Hours: Free play, Optional Activity/Craft, Snack, Theme Activities
5:30pm Last Pick Up Time


What should we bring?

Each week your camper will need:
  • A healthy lunch and two to three snack items, each day. Please pack food accordingly, depending on your child’s eating habits and needs, and whether they leave at 4:00pm or 5:30pm. See below for more lunch and snack details.
  • Sun hat (optional), and personal, labeled bug repellant and sunscreen.
  • A full change of clothes, to be left at camp for the week. If your child uses these items, please bring replacements the next day. Make sure your child is dressed in comfortable play clothes.
  • 4:00-5:30pm campers will also need a bathing suit, towel, and water shoes, to stay at camp all week. If any of these items get muddy, they will be sent home for a quick overnight wash.
  • Please label all belongings with your child’s name or initials.
  • Lunch and Snacks
    • All campers will bring their own lunches as well as a morning and afternoon snacks. If you opt for the Extended Hours option, please provide a third snack for late afternoon munchies.
    • Please label your child’s lunch box with his or her name. Since we will store lunch boxes inside, but not in the refrigerator, please use an ice pack to keep your child’s lunch cool, as necessary. Feel free to send milk in a thermos. However, we do not have the ability to heat up your child’s lunch.
    • We provide utensils, napkins, water, and cups.
    • Juice boxes, candy, gum and soda are PROHIBITED at camp.
    • Children do not share food from their lunches or snacks with each other; this protects children’s food sensitivities and promotes good hygiene. All information about food allergies should be indicated on your child’s Emergency Form.
    • We will often prepare and share food as an additional treat. Please make sure to fill out the Emergency Form with as much information as possible regarding food sensitivities, allergies, and/or food preferences (example: vegetarian, vegan, no dyes, sugars, etc.).


What are your drop-off and pick-up procedures?

Bring your child in to the After School building in the morning to check in with a staff member; don’t forget to sign-in on the roster!

Parents should park in either lot and come into the building to sign out their child/ren. At pick-up time your child may be out on the playground, but make sure you’ve checked inside for belongings or notes to go home, and that you’ve signed out your child on the roster as you leave.

Where can we park?

Parents may prefer to park in the South Parking Lot (nearest to entrance), but if the lot is full, parents may park in the North Parking Lot and walk up to After School.
 

What if my child becomes sick at Summer Camp?

If staff determines that your child is too sick to continue to participate in activities, you will be notified immediately, and you will be responsible for picking up your child within a reasonable period of time.


When can my child come back to Summer Camp after being ill?

Before returning to Summer Camp, your child must be naturally free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours. Your child must also remain at home until 24 hours have elapsed since the first dose of prescribed medication, and/or until the results of a throat culture are known.


What if my child needs medication during the day?

If your child needs any  form of medication during the day, including cough drops or ‘natural’ and/or prescribed medication, you will need to fill out the Permission to Administer Medication form in the office, and leave the medication and form with a staff member. Absolutely no medications should be put in your child’s lunch box. Please provide only those doses that are needed during the day, and keep evening doses at home.


What happens if my child is involved in an accident?

Minor accidents receive the prompt and careful attention of staff members who are trained in First Aid and CPR. In the event of a serious accident, parents (or your Emergency contacts) are notified at once. In cases of emergency, a staff member will call 911 to dispatch an ambulance, and parents (or your Emergency contacts) will be notified immediately.


How do you handle discipline?

If inappropriate behavior or a conflict occurs, children are reminded to be respectful towards themselves, toward others, and with their environment. An instructor will guide the child(ren) through the conflict resolution process using calm, neutral, and factual language, and may offer quiet time away from the group as necessary. If conflicts recur, parents are notified and consulted in working together toward a positive resolution.


How do you handle hitting or biting?

If a child physically endangers him/herself, other children, or staff members,, he/she is removed from the situation and may shadow the instructor or be given quiet time away from the group. Parents will be notified of the situation so that we may work together towards a positive resolution. MSD reserves the right to ask a camper not to return due to behavioral problems, and camp fees are forfeited.

 

What is a Dismissal Authorization?

The Dismissal Authorization section, found in the online Emergency Information Form, is a list of friends, relatives, and/or caregivers who have your permission to pick up your child on a standing basis. We will not release your child to anyone for whom we do not have your written authorization, so please keep this information current with the office. We will check the identification of individuals on your Dismissal Authorization list when it is the first time they are picking up your child.
 

What if my child is going home with someone just for the day?

If your child will be going home with someone not listed on your dismissal list (a friend from camp, perhaps) please provide your the Summer Camp director or the office with a dated, signed note that morning, specifying who will pick up your child.