Who are the Staff who are working at the Camps?
Many CampCo Staff are off-season teachers, substitute teachers, college and high school students. Many staff are studying to be teachers, recreation professionals, or similar professions. Since CampCo is a great place to work, many new staff tend to be family, friends and former co-workers of our returning Staff. We attempt to have an even number of male and female staff.
What sort of screening occurs prior to the Camp Staff being hired? What background checks are done on the Camp Staff?
Potential CampCo Staff participate in an intensive face-to-face interviews and a group interview where applicants will be asked to participate in active games as well as run their own game with the group. Those applying to be a Site Director will also participate in written projects. CampCo Management contacts several previous employers, references, professors, etc… Upon hire, CampCo Staff are fingerprinted and must pass Department of Justice and FBI background checks before they can work with children.
What sort of training do the Camp Staff receive?
All of our Camp Staff participate in a minimum of 30 hours of Training per year including Camp Games, Songs, Crafts and other Recreational Activities, CampCo Policies & Procedures, Child Abuse, CPR, First Aid, Basic Water Rescue and Emergency Situations, disease transmission prevention, Sexual Harrasment and other camp-related subjects.
In addition, Site Directors will participate in an 8 hours of Management Training each year.
What are the Ratios of Staff to Children?
For our School-age Camps for ages 5-12, the ratio is 1 adult for every 10 children. There are always a minimum of 2 staff scheduled, even if the camp only has enough children to require 1 staff (less than 10 children). One staff person will never work alone with one child.
How far in advance do I have to register my child? Can we walk in?
Some camp dates will fill early! Register online early for the best chance to guarantee your dates!
All Registration is on a space available basis. To avoid the Last-minute Registration Fee, register online prior to 5pm on the Friday
before camp begins each week. Last-minute online registration is available until 7am on the day of camp, on a space-available basis, for an additional $5 fee. We do not accept walk in registrations.
Can we arrive late or pick up early?
The following procedures are subject to change dependent on Covid-19 safety guidelines.
We ask that campers arrive no later than 9:10am as campers will miss important announcements, rules, lunch orders (LMVA only),
signing up for boats (LMVA only) and other important beginning-of-the-day activities.
Campers who are late may interrupt, delay or miss out on activities.
If parents must pick up early, they should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the end of the camp day.
During the last 30 minutes of camp, staff is very busy doing closing activities with campers and preparing for parents to pick them up.
If parents arrive during this time, it delays us in getting the remaining campers ready for their parents to pick them up.
In order to limit the number of people within the facility, we request that families only use our drive-through times and are discouraged from parking and walking in to camp at off-times. If you must drop off or pick your child outside of the drive-through times, parents will need to park and walk their child to camp. Due to Covid-19 safety measures, please wait just outside the camp boundaries (coned area) for staff to sign your child in or out. Only campers and staff are permitted within camp boundaries.
Can my 6 and 8 year old children be in the same group at camp?
Campers are divided into groups by age for many of our daily activities,
but siblings of different ages will have opportunities to spend time together.
Depending on COVID-19 guidelines, our grouping methods may be altered for Summer 2021
For my child's birthday, I would like to bring a treat for the kids at camp. Are there any restrictions?
Please call our office regarding Summer 2021 COVID-19 policies regarding birthday treats.
During non-Covid times, any food items for the children must be store-bought, individually wrapped and have a nutrition label.
Where can I get detailed information regarding my child's camp?
On the Program page for your child’s camp, you will find a detailed Information Letter and an Orientation Video.
My child takes prescription medications or carries an epi-pen during the camp day. How is that handled?
All prescription medications brought to camp by campers must be given to the Site Director upon sign-in. Parents should ask staff to return the medications at the end of each camp day. Prescription medications must be in 1) original, labeled container, or 2) container accompanied by specific written dispensing directions from a parent, legal guardian, or physician. Parents must be very specific as to the times when medications are to be dispensed by staff. Medications will be kept in a locked container at the campsite, or in some circumstances (ex. emergency epi-pens) may be kept in the Site Director/Staff’s bag that is kept on their person at all times.