Spring Tennis Camp at Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club
Located at: 9875 Aviary Drive San Diego, CA 92131 www.SRSRC.com
Table of Contents
Tennis Camp Description
Parent Handbook* Introduction & Welcome Camp Contacts Camper Readiness Registration, Transfer and Payment Drop Off, Pick Up, and Transportation Preparing for Camp Supervision of Campers Program Content Pool and Beach Safety
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*The Parent Handbook applies to all camps in general. However, some of the items in the handbook (such as transportation) may not pertain specifically to the Tennis Camp.
SPRING TENNIS CAMPS Registration opens February 14
The ﬁrst 10 families to register using the code “SPRINGCAMP” will receive a 5% discount at the time of checkout. This discount does not include add-ons. ● Tennis Camp is a week-long camp March 30-April 3
Register your camper online today at www.SRSRC.com! Camp Cost Members - $295 / Non-Members - $350 Extended Care Cost Members - $35 / Non-Members - $45
SPRING TENNIS CAMP DESCRIPTION Grades 1-8
The Spring Tennis Camp is a full day camp. Tennis instruction and activities will occur in the morning until 12:00pm. After tennis activities, campers will enjoy swimming and general camp activities, such as art, crafts, cooking projects, and more! Our program allows younger players with limited experience to participate in this very successful program, which focuses on putting a player on a good path to learning the basics of tennis, while using the U.S.P.T.A’s Quick Start approach. We infuse fun with learning the fundamentals of the game. Equipment such as foam balls, low pressure balls, and junior tennis nets are used along with creative games in a positive learning environment. This program allows for the young players to get hooked on tennis by introducing them to the game in a fun and innovative way. Children participating in tennis camps must be potty trained, enrolled in ﬁrst through eighth grade, and be at least 6 years old by the ﬁrst day of the session. Please bring a racquet (call for questions on sizes), water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, proper white-soled shoes, and snacks. This full day camp operates from 8:30am-4:00pm. After Care is available by signing up for the extended care option, which includes extended care 6:30am-6:30pm.3
Parent Handbook Introduction & Welcome Welcome to the Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club Camp Program! Our staff is dedicated to providing quality camp experiences to youth, and we understand that each child is unique and has their individual rate of development. We share the goal of providing a safe environment in which children can have fun while learning and enjoying new experiences, while also continuing to develop their own skills and interests. The SRSRC Camp Programs are dedicated to improving participant's quality of life and helping children reach their full potential. We are dedicated to continuing the growth of your child and to creating friendships and memories that will last forever. Thank you for choosing to spend your vacation with us. We look forward to having your child become a part of our camps. Please read through this information guide prior to your child’s camp experience, as it may answer many of the frequently asked questions about our program.
Located at: 9875 Aviary Drive San Diego, CA 92131
Program Goals Beyond safety and supervision, our goal is to provide every child with special, positive, and growth-oriented opportunities. SRSRC camps are dedicated to meet the following goals. Campers will: ● Goal: Feel accepted by peers and staff as an important contributor to our camp community. Outcome: Campers will share a summary of what their camp group did during the day. ● Goal: Learn valuable skills that are applicable to events in everyday life. Outcome: Campers will participate in kinesthetic learning each day with a hands on activity in one of the following: science, art, language, language, design, spatial reasoning, sports and kinesthetics, cooking, or other applicable area. ● Goal: Understand the importance of values such as sharing, cooperation, and respect. They will gain conﬁdence, self-esteem, and appreciate oneself and others. Outcome: campers will participate in challenges and activities that promote cooperation and teamwork. ● Goal: Be provided with a safe environment in which campers feel comfortable in trying new things. Outcome: Campers will feel comfortable with staff and participate in all activities during the specialty part of the camp day. ● Goal: Gain a better understanding of the subject being introduced in camp. Outcome: Campers will be able to explain their camp day and the details of the subject of their camp. ● Goal: Develop independence and enhance decision making skills. Outcome: Campers will choose activities to participate in during the later portion of the camp day.
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SRSRC Camp Mission Statement The SRSRC Camp program is dedicated to fostering development in children in areas such as social interactions, self-respect, and self-efﬁcacy in a positive and safe environment, while always ensuring that each child is treated in a respectful and caring manner.
Non-Discrimination Clause All SRSRC programs are open to all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, creed, color or national origin.
People to Contact Camp Registration Information: Front Desk (858) 271 – 6222 Aviary Camp Directors: Monica Oates (858) 271-6222 ext. 132, email@example.com and Jonathan Oates (858) 271-6222 ext. 132, firstname.lastname@example.org Children’s Center Camp Director: Lauren Miller (858) 549-5355, email@example.com Camp Refund, Transfer, and Cancellation Requests: Front Desk (858) 271 – 6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Hours of Operation ● ● ●
A.M. Extended Care: 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. P.M. Extended Care: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Extended care is an additional fee for Aviary camp programs.
Camper Readiness - Is My Child Ready for Camps? Camps are a wonderful experience that enrich the lives of youth. It is important that the camper is ready for the experience to make their time at camp successful and enjoyable. Things to think about when determining if your child is ready for the camp environment includes, but is not limited to, the following: ● Does your child put his or her own clothes on without assistance? ● Does your child listen to instructions? ● Does your child ask an adult for help when needed? ● Does your child perform all toileting independently? ● Does your child feel comfortable in loud and busy environments? ● Does your child cooperate with his or her playmates? ● Does your child respond reasonably well to changes? ● Does your child enjoy making friends? These questions should be asked by the parents in order to assist with determining readiness. If the answers are primarily “no,” then it might not be the right time for your child to get the most out of a camp experience. That’s okay! Each child is different and camps may not be the right ﬁt for every child or at every stage of life. Campers may feel more comfortable being able to ask an adult for help, when he or she can adapt to changes, and when he or she is able to follow instructions. This is important in setting up campers for success. If the answers are “yes,” the camper may be better prepared for a happy, enjoyable experience in the camp environment, and get more out of what the camp day has to offer. Pool time is more fun when the camper can change independently and go straight to the activity, free choice activities are better with cooperation skills and being able to handle a loud environment, and the group setting can be more enjoyable when a child likes making new friends. If you have any questions regarding your child’s readiness for camp, feel free to contact a Camp Director to have your questions answered.
Registration, Transfer, and Payment Do you accept a deposit for registration? The Mini Camps do not require a deposit for registration; however, all costs must be paid in full at the time of registration. Installments are not available for Mini Camps.
What types of fees are there for registration?
Each camp has a registration fee. Fees will vary depending on membership status ( member or non-member) and whether extended care is selected. Other miscellaneous fees include ﬁeld trip add-ons, additional programming add-ons, and extended care.
Does SRSRC offer financial assistance? Unfortunately, we are unable to offer ﬁnancial assistance.
What is the SRSRC Mini Camp refund policy? Mini Camps Refund Policy: If SRSRC must cancel a camp, you will be refunded the entire amount. If you complete a cancellation request with the Aviary Front Ofﬁce 3 days or more prior to the day of camp being cancelled - SRSRC will grant a refund minus a $10.00 processing fee per day. Less than 3 days prior to the camp day - SRSRC will not grant a refund. Mini Camps will not receive a refund when cancelling the day of camp, unless a medical note is provided. Refunds requested on the same day of signing up for camps will follow the refund/cancellation penalties as outlined above.
How do you determine if a child is eligible for a camp? Campers must be at least 5 years old by the ﬁrst day of the session for which they are enrolled, potty trained, and be in the grade range speciﬁed for the camp in which they are registering. SRSRC offers camps for kindergarten through 8th grade. SRSRC does not offer camps for preschool, transitional kindergarten, or high school grades. We do not make exceptions.
Why can’t I see the camp or add-on option I want for my child when I try to register? You will not be able to see camps during the registration process when your child does not meet the registration requirements, such as grade level, or when the camp is full.
Many of our camps have age or grade requirements determined by our vendors. This may be due to equipment used or other variables. For speciﬁc questions about age requirements of camps, please contact the camp directors. 6
What if the camp I want for my child is already full? Is there a waiting list? Our online registration is open to all and you may add your camper to the online waiting list. Camps that are full and offering a waiting list will show up when you log in to the CampBrain registration system. Please continue to check back frequently by logging into the registration system to see if a spot has opened up for your camper. We will do our best to notify parents from the waiting list when a spot becomes available.
What is the SRSRC camp transfer policy? Transfer Policy: Campers will not be able to transfer camps unless requested, authorized and approved by 12:00noon the Thursday prior to the beginning of the camp. Mini Camps will be assessed a $5.00 transfer fee per day.
I only need to send my camper a few days per week. Will you prorate? We do not prorate camps. Registration for Mini Camps is done per day, which is convenient for anyone needing camp for one day, multiple days, or all days.
Drop Oﬀ, Pick Up, and Transportation Where do I drop off and pick up my camper? If you drop off your camper during A.M. Extended Care between the hours of 6:30 – 8:30 a.m., you should bring your child to the TV Room to sign-in. If you drop off your camper between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., please park in our front parking lot, and walk your camper to the sign-in station. Depending on the morning activity, camp sign-in may be in the TV Room or outside at the playground or basketball court. Please be aware that some ﬁeld trips may leave prior to 9:00 a.m. Please check the website for camp agendas. If you are picking up your child between 3:30 – 4:00 p.m., your camper can be signed out with staff on the basketball court or at the playground. If you are picking up your camper between 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. from P.M. Extended Care, your child will either be on the basketball court, playground, patio, or in the TV room.
Do I need to bring my ID to pick up my camper? Yes. Camp staff reserve the right to request identiﬁcation from any parent/guardian or other individual picking up a camper. This is for safety purposes.
What if I am not the person who will be picking up my camper? Anyone picking up a child must be authorized on the Camper Health History Form and must present a picture I.D. If someone not listed on the Camper Health History Form will be picking up for the day, you may make a note of the name of the individual picking up on the sign-in and out sheet with your child’s camp counselor.
Who provides transportation? For Mini Camps, we utilize our SRSRC vans to allow for the safest means of transportation. Under no circumstances do we permit more passengers than the maximum allowed for the number of seats available. Our drivers are required to have a valid driver’s license and be insured, maintain a good driving record, and hold a current certiﬁcation in ﬁrst aid and CPR.
Do you provide transportation between camp and home? No, we do not pick up campers from home or drop off campers to their home.
What are the safety procedures and camp rules during transportation? When using transportation by van for an SRSRC camp, we follow strict procedures recommended by American Camp Association. We always carry SRSRC communication devices (such as cellular phones and/or walkie talkies), ﬁrst aid supplies, camp roster, as well as copies of camper health history forms in order to ensure a safe trip. SRSRC does not use private personal vehicles for transportation. VAN RULES 1. Always follow the staff's directions. 2. Always wear a seatbelt in the vans. 3. No turning around. Backs on backs and seats on seats. 4. No standing up unless a counselor tells you to when the van is completely stopped. 5. Do not touch the door locks, handles, lights, or air conditioner vents. 6. Do not distract the driver - use a quiet voice. 7. In case of an accident, listen to the counselors. Follow their instructions on unlocking and opening the van doors. 8. No food, drink, or gum.
Important times: AVIARY CAMPS 6:30 a.m. – Camp opens for A.M. Extended Care. 8:30 a.m. – Camper sign in begins. 9:00 a.m. – Review camp rules. 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Campers begin activities. 4:00 p.m. – Camp ends. PM Extended Care begins. 6:30 p.m. – Camp P.M. Extended Care closes.
What time do camps leave for off-site trips? Vans begin to leave around 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise speciﬁed. Camps may leave at staggered times throughout the morning. Please ask your child’s camp counselors for speciﬁc departure times and check the camp agendas posted on the website at www.srsrc.com. It is extremely important that campers arrive at camp no later than 8:45a.m., unless otherwise speciﬁed. If a child is dropped off for a Mini Camp program after the van has departed, the parent is responsible for: transporting the child to the camp location (only if it is deemed feasible to do so by a Camp Director), delivering the child to the camp counselor, and reporting that the child is late and is joining the camp. This may not be feasible depending on the off-site location. If it is not feasible for the camper to meet the camp group at the off-site location, the camper will stay on-site. SRSRC Camps will not send a vehicle back to pick up late campers or deliver a child to the program. There will also be no credits or refunds if a camper misses an off-site trip due to late drop off. Campers will arrive back to camp usually between 2:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. depending on the camp agenda. There may be some ﬁeld trips scheduled to arrive back to camp later than 4:00p.m. Camp agendas will be posted online prior to the start of the camp session.
What if the vans will be late?
What if my camper is going to be absent? If your camper will be absent from camp, please call or email the Camp Directors by 8:00 a.m. There will be no credits or refunds for missed days of camp. AVIARY CAMPS - Monica Oates, 858-271-6222 ext. 132, email@example.com and Jonathan Oates, 858-271-6222 ext. 132, firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I am going to be late picking up my camper? Camp Hours are 8:30am-4:00pm. It is suggested that you contact the Front Desk at 271-6222 and notify staff that you will be late to pick up. You may choose to add extended care for the day either over the phone or online. Extended care must be added before 4:00p.m. If your camper is not registered for extended care you will be charged a late camper pick-up fee past 4:15pm, which is a ﬂat fee of $12. If you are late past the end of camp extended care, which ends at 6:30pm, you will be charged $1.00 per minute for every minute past 6:30pm per child. If the child is not picked up by 6:30p.m., we refer to his/her emergency information and begin calling numbers listed. If by 7:30p.m., we have not heard from a parent, and the camper has not been picked up, we have no other alternative and are obligated to turn the child over to Child Protective Services.
If there are any changes or emergencies that may affect the arrival times of vans back to camp, parents may be notiﬁed by email, by phone, or by the posting of a sign at the individual camp station, depending on the circumstance.
What if I need to add or delete someone from my authorized pick-up list?
Am I required to sign my camper in and out daily?
Please make the necessary changes on your camper’s health history on your online camp registration account. If you have difﬁculties updating the necessary information, please contact the Front Desk for assistance at 858-271-6222.
SRSRC requires that all children are to be properly signed in and out by an adult age 18 or older, so that children can be properly assigned to SRSRC staff in the morning and properly signed out to the adult after camp.
If the change needs to be made the day of, then please notate the information on the sign in sheet during sign in that day, as well as verbally notify your child’s camp counselor.
Can my teenager sign him/herself out?
What if I need to drop off my camper late or pick up my camper early?
Participants 6th-8th grade will be allowed to sign him/herself in and out with a Camper Release Form completed/signed by the parents. Campers with a release form will not be allowed to sign out until the end of the camp day at 4:00pm.
Please communicate the details with a Camp Director. Make arrangements at least 1 day in advance.
What is the pick-up procedure if there is an emergency at camp?
It is extremely important that campers arrive at camp no later than 8:45 a.m. every day, unless otherwise speciﬁed. More information can be found under the section, “What time do camps leave for off-site trips?” Please contact the counselor or the camp director prior to needing an early pick-up. If you must pick up your child due to an emergency, please contact the front ofﬁce, who can relay your message to the camp director or lead staff.
If there is an emergency at camp, such as a ﬁre, lockdown, etc., we will notify the parents by email and/or phone call. We will let the parents know when it is safe to come pick up their camper and provide parents with further instructions.
What if I need before and/or after care for my camper? Mini Camps Before care is offered from 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. and after care is offered from 4:00p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for an additional fee, which can be paid at the time of registration. This can be added online or by calling the Front Desk after original sign up. Adding the extended care option enables you to use both the morning and after care. 10
Preparing for Camp
How do I get camp T-shirts for my camper? Staff will provide one camp shirt per season to campers who are signed up for an off-site ﬁeld trip. Additional shirts may be purchased for $5.
How can I get a camp daily schedule?
What should my camper bring to camp?
The camp daily schedules are posted on the camp portion of our website at www.SRSRC.com. Camp daily schedules can be obtained at the front ofﬁce. The front desk receptionist can make a copy of the schedule for you. These schedules are subject to change. The schedule gives you an idea of what your camper will be doing and what they need to bring in order to be prepared for their activities.
Campers must bring a lunch, a drink, and a snack daily. Snack Shack is closed during Mini Camps. Campers may not make purchases from the Front Ofﬁce. Campers cannot buy lunch, and must bring a lunch, a drink, and a snack unless otherwise noted on the daily schedule.
What should my camper wear to camp? Campers are required to wear closed-toe shoes, such as tennis shoes. Campers may bring sandals to wear at the pool or beach, but must wear closed-toe shoes during all other camp activities. Skirts and dresses should not be worn to camp. We will be engaging in activities that require running and some activities that may get messy, so we suggest that campers wear clothing appropriate for their camp activities. If a camper is participating in an off-site ﬁeld trip, the camper must wear an SRSRC camp T-shirt. One will be provided during the Mini Camp Season for participants registered for an off-site ﬁeld trip. On-site campers are also encouraged to wear their SRSRC camp T-shirt. If an off-site camper does not have a camp T-shirt after having received one, they will be given one for a fee of $5.00 to be charged to your CampBrain account and the parent picking up child will receive a no T-Shirt form.
Please send food with your camper that is non-perishable and does not require heating, as we cannot accommodate with refrigeration and heating. Campers should bring a snack daily, as many camps take a snack break in the morning. Campers should also bring water in a reﬁllable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. Campers should bring a swimsuit and towel since swimming is offered daily. Sunscreen will be provided for campers; however, they can bring their own to use, as well as a hat and a sweatshirt. Campers are encouraged to keep items in a backpack; everything should be labeled.
Should I pack water and a snack for my child? There will be a snack break in the morning during camp for most camps. Snack at this time is not provided by SRSRC. Though we provide snack time and water breaks, it is ultimately the parent’s responsibility to send enough ﬂuids with the child for the day. Only extended care campers will receive an afternoon snack. 11
What shouldn’t my camper bring to camp? Expensive clothing, jewelry, CD players, iPods, money (unless otherwise speciﬁed), toys, games, cards, alcohol, drugs, personal sports equipment (unless required by SRSRC), vehicles, animals, weapons, cell phones, etc. SRSRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Campers are responsible for the belongings that they bring with them to camp. Certain items, if brought to camp, may result in immediate removal from the camp, such as weapons, alcohol, and drugs. If cell phones are brought to camp, they must be kept in the child’s backpack with the exception of approved electronics time for 6th-8th grade campers. SRSRC is not responsible for the loss, theft, or damage of cell phones and electronics, nor the content accessed on these devices.
Can my camper buy lunch during camp? During Mini Camps, the Snack Shack is not open. Campers also may not purchase items from the Front Ofﬁce during camp. Campers should always pack a snack and a drink in addition to their lunch.
What if my camper forgets his/her lunch?
Should my camper bring money to camp? Campers should not bring money to camp unless a notice has been sent to the parents that an off-site camp will be allowed to buy souvenirs during a ﬁeld trip.
Does the camp provide a snack? We do not provide a snack for campers during the general camp day. Campers are encouraged to bring an AM snack from home daily. Campers in P.M. Extended Care will receive a snack between 4:30pm and 4:45pm. Campers with dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring a snack for Extended Care. SRSRC will be able to provide a nut-free snack to campers with nut allergies.
What if my camper loses something at camp? If a camper loses an item on-site, there are lost and found bins. If an item was left at the pool, please ask the lifeguard on duty if it may have been brought into the lifeguard ofﬁce for safe keeping. Labeling items, keeping items together in a backpack, and not bringing expensive items are a good way to help prevent loss. SRSRC is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen. At the end of the camp session, SRSRC may donate left behind items.
Before off-site trips, counselors check that campers have their lunches with them. If any camper forgets their lunch, lunch will be provided and the parent picking up child will receive a no lunch form. A $10.00 fee will be assessed and charged to your CampBrain account.
What camps have additional waivers? How do I get them? Some camps require additional waivers to be completed for the vendors that we utilize. Under the camp descriptions, it will be noted if a waiver is required. These waivers will be available at the front desk before the camp session begins. Waivers will also be available Monday morning of the session by Front Desk, AM Extended Care Staff, and Counselors. Waivers can be turned in to the camp counselors during morning sign-in. Campers must have the waiver completely ﬁlled out by a parent in order to participate. There cannot be any exceptions made.
Supervision of Campers Who is watching my camper? The majority of our school year Mini Camp staff are also Before and After School program staff at SRSRC. Of our staff, in accordance with American Camp Association standards, at least 80% of our staff are at least 18 years of age. All counselors are trained in CPR and ﬁrst aid. Some may have lifeguarding certiﬁcation or other relevant special certiﬁcations. We make sure your child will be safe in the event of an emergency. All of our staff is devoted to working with and providing care for the children in our camps.
What training does the camp staff receive? Camp staff generally undergo three to ﬁve days of camp speciﬁc training. During the training sessions, camp counselors learn the policies, procedures, leadership skills, how to properly perform head counts, how to sign campers in and out, and their responsibilities. Training sessions also focus on developing and improving interaction skills with children and how to respond to disruptive behavior in a positive way. Some staff also have college units in related areas. Many of our staff members have been with our camp program for at least two prior camp seasons. Lead staff also attend additional training sessions during the year.
How many staff will be watching my child? We implement the following ratios, which are recommended by the American Camp Association. However, there are some times where there may be exceptions to ratios depending on the camp environment. Exceptions include movie time and extended care. Age 5 years Ratio: 1:6 Ages 6-8 years Ratio: 1:8 Ages 9-14 years Ratio: 1:10
Can staff baby-sit? Our camp counselors work well with children, and it is our policy that staff members can only babysit for those who are in our SRSRC camp program if it is something set up on their own, and any babysitting done by staff is not afﬁliating with our camp program or any SRSRC program.
Can camp staff accept presents? Our staff members are very dedicated and work hard; however, it is our policy that camp staff cannot accept gratuities. If instead you wish to offer feedback on a staff member’s job well done please contact the Camp Director.
What happens if my camper has a discipline problem at camp? Our camp staff is trained to deal with discipline problems in a respectful and positive manner in order to resolve the misbehavior. Our staff speaks with the camper, allows the camper to share his/her view of the issue and any relevant information, allows the camper to take time out to think about their actions, and then let the child return to the activity. If misbehavior is recurrent or the misbehavior is more severe, the child may either be asked to sit out during an activity or the parent may be called to pick up the child. Some acts may result in immediate suspension or expulsion of the child from the camp program including but not limited to: ﬁghting, intentionally harming others, theft, and possession of weapons or drugs. Our policies do not grant refunds or credits for missed days of the camp program due to a behavior issue. The following steps are generally used for our discipline plan: The camper is given a verbal warning, which may or may not involve a timeout depending on severity. The camper is given a written behavior report, which one copy is given to the parent and another copy is given to the camp director. With a behavior report, the camper will sit out during part of an activity and reﬂect upon their actions with the guidance of a staff member. If the camper receives three behavior reports, suspension or expulsion from the camp program may result depending on the severity. We do our best to work with the camper to help resolve the issue before implementing a suspension or expulsion.
What if my camper needs to take medication during the camp day? The Camp Director, a Coordinator, a lead counselor, or staff member with Camp Director authorization, will administer your child's medication as directed. In order to administer the medication, we must have the following: 1. The camper's medication needs to be brought to camp and given to the Camp Director or Coordinator in a paper bag in its original container. Please label the bag with the camper's name, and camp. Please do not pack the medication in the child's backpack or in the child's lunch. 2. The medication must be prescribed by a doctor and in its original prescription bottle with your child's name printed on the label. Include written instructions from a physician as per quantity, time to administer, any other directions, and written clearance giving SRSRC permission to administer the medication. Please specify if refrigeration is necessary. 3. A completed medication release form (available from the Camp Director or Coordinator) must be completed every session or season for campers who register for multiple sessions. This medication release form must be on ﬁle with the Camp Director before medication can be administered to your child. 4. No over the counter medication will be administered unless approved on the Health History form or with parent's written consent. 5. Please pick up your child’s medication after the last session for which your camper is enrolled. If it is not picked up in a timely manner, SRSRC may dispose of the medication.
What if my camper needs special accommodations? If your camper requires special accommodations, such as special medical needs, please contact the Camp Director prior to registering for camps to discuss if we are able to provide suitable accommodations for a successful camp experience. Our goal is for our campers to be successful and feel included at camp, however, we must also work within the limitations of our training and resources.
What if my camper becomes ill or injured while at camp? If your camper becomes ill during camp, we will contact the parent to pick the camper up. If the legal guardian cannot be contacted, SRSRC staff will begin contacting the emergency contacts listed on your child's medical form. Camp is not designed to handle ill children, so it is the parent's responsibility to pick his/her child up in a timely manner. If your child becomes injured while at camp, SRSRC staff will take whatever steps necessary to obtain medical care for your child. For a minor injury an accident report will be ﬁlled out. If we cannot reach the parent, and if it is necessary, emergency personnel will be called or your child will be transported to the hospital in an SRSRC vehicle. Any expenses for medical care, emergency or otherwise, are the responsibility of the parent.
Will sunscreen be applied to my camper throughout the day? Sunscreen application times are in the morning, during snack time, during lunchtime, and in the afternoon. Sunscreen is also applied before any water activities, such as swimming. If you do not want sunscreen applied to your camper, or would like a speciﬁc type of sunscreen applied, please have a note sent to the camper's camp counselor for the session and provide them with the speciﬁc sunscreen. At SRSRC, although we provide sunscreen to each camper, our camp counselors do not physically apply sunscreen to the campers, unless you ﬁll out a Sunscreen Waiver. Counselors will then do their best to assist your camper when applying sunscreen.
What is the camp's bathroom procedure? On-site campers utilize the buddy system. Off-site campers are taken in groups with counselor supervision to a restroom that has been designated as being cleared for safety. If in an enclosed facility, campers may utilize the buddy system. No camper is to go to the restroom without a buddy or without a group.
What if I need to speak with my camper while he/she is at camp? Some situations may arise in which it is necessary to get a hold of your child during camp. Please call the front desk staff, and leave a message with them. They will do their best to relay the message to the appropriate camp counselors and notify your child.
How do I communicate with the SRSRC staff? Communication between parents and the camp staff can either be informal or formal. We value communication with parents as it gives staff valuable insight. Vital information to relay to camp staff may include changes in the family, including: moving, hospitalization of a family member or friend, altercations in the parents' relationship, etc. Such factors may inﬂuence a camper's behavior and relationships with peers, so this information is beneﬁcial to staff in order to best provide for the child's needs. All such information will be treated with the utmost conﬁdence. Communication can occur through camp counselors, the camp director, or the coordinators.
Program Content How do I find out if my camper will have a parent show or activity during the day? Certain camps may have a parent performance, and some sports-related camps may even have a camper vs. parent’s game. Dates and times of these performances are listed on the website in the daily agendas of the camp. An email will also be sent out with information. Fliers may also be posted at the camp's station and ﬂiers are also handed out to parents at the beginning of the week.
How much instruction will my camper receive during his/her sports camp or special activity? For a description of all the camp activities for the camp, please see the camp's agenda. Our camps are geared towards recreational levels, and have the goals of fostering cooperation between peers and learning new skills.
Can my camper and his/her friend be in the same group during the day? Campers usually stays together in a large group during a majority of the day; however, they may divide into groups for activities or ﬁeld trips. We may group campers based on age and/or ability, in which case we may not always be able to keep friends in the same group. We try to keep friends together, but we also encourage campers to make additional new friends.
What if it rains? Campers usually stays together in a large group during a majority of the day; however, they may divide into groups for activities or ﬁeld trips. We may group campers based on age and/or ability, in which case we may not always be able to keep friends in the same group. We try to keep friends together, but we also encourage campers to make additional new friends.
Will there be camp evaluations? We value your input and will send out an online survey to help us to evaluate our camp programs.
Pool and Beach Safety What if my camper can’t swim? SRSRC lifeguarding and camp personnel perform a swim assessment to determine a camper’s swimming abilities. This assessment consists of one lap across the pool in any style the camper feels most comfortable. Those that pass are allowed to swim in all areas of the pool, except for the lap lanes. Campers who either choose not to take the swim assessment or do not satisfactorily complete the swim assessment receive an orange bracelet and remain in the designated shallow areas. Campers who pass the swim assessment, but then show obvious signs of fatigue may receive an orange bracelet and swim in the designated shallow areas. Campers may use the wader pool.
How deep are the campers allowed to go into the water at the beach? Campers are asked to pass a swim assessment at some of the vendors that we may use for camps to determine how deep they can go in the ocean or to determine suitability for activities. SRSRC also conducts an informal swim assessment to help determine the camper’s skill level of swimming to determine how far in the ocean they can go. The supervision at the beach also requires at least one staff member on shore and one staff member in the water at all times. Frequent head counts are conducted throughout the time campers are at the beach. SRSRC Camps will only utilize pools and beaches staffed with lifeguards.
How often do campers take the swim assessment? Swim assessments are given once a week on Mondays or on the ﬁrst day that the camper chooses to swim for the week. Campers may only take the swim assessment once per week. A camper who does not pass the swim assessment has the opportunity to take the swim assessment the next session they attend camp. This gives the camper time to progress and work on becoming a stronger swimmer before retaking the swim assessment. Campers who pass the swim assessment may still be asked to stay in the shallow area at times depending on certain factors such as fatigue.
Where do campers change into their swimsuits? Campers change into their swimsuits in our locker rooms while on-site. When off-site campers will use a locker room, changing area, or restroom that has been deemed safe by camp staff while off-site. The changing areas are okayed by staff and then monitored for safety (typically auditorily) while campers are utilizing them. Campers must be able to change in and out of swim attire independently.
What if my camper does not want to swim or forgot his/her swimsuit? If a camper does not bring his/her swimsuit, they will not participate in swimming. If a camper does not want to swim he/she may be given an alternate activity. During swim time, campers may also have other options depending on the camp ranging from games, art cart activities, playground time, or a movie. Some of our activities besides swimming will involve water and clothes may still get wet, so dress your camper in clothes in which they can get messy. 17