What To Expect
THE CAMP ENVIRONMENT
Rec & Ed camps are active and fun! Whether it's an enrichment or sports camp, our camps feature:
A typical counselor to camper ratio of 15 to 1
A day full of activities
Small and large group projects, discussions, and games
Indoor and outdoor time
Both quiet and louder times during the day
A safe, enjoyable camp environment is our #1 priority. Please be sure to review Rec & Ed's behavior policy before the start of camp.
THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP
WELCOME LETTER - Be sure to read the welcome letter that was emailed to you approximately one week before the camp start date.
PARKING - Because most parents will be arriving around the same time, give yourself a few extra minutes to park.
CAMP ENTRANCE - Look for a "Main Entrance" sign in the parking lot directing you to the school cafeteria.
FINDING YOUR CAMP & SIGNING IN: In the cafeteria, look for the sign for your child’s camp. Friendly counselors will be near the sign to greet you and help you sign in your child. Reminder: Have your photo ID ready at the end of the day when you pick up your child.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP: The excitement and noise levels tend to be higher on the first day of camp. The sign-in process often takes a little longer on the first day as well. Camp staff are there to help! Feel free to approach anyone wearing a t-shirt with "STAFF" on the back, and they'll be happy to assist.
SPECIAL REQUESTS/MESSAGES - If you have a special request or message for an instructor, please give a hand-written note to the instructor at sign-in. Providing it in writing will help prevent any misunderstandings. NOTE: If your child attends Before/After Care, and you want to get a message to an instructor, please give it to the Camp Director. She will deliver it to the instructor 15-20 minutes before camps begin.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT CAMP
CAMP HIGHLIGHTS - All camps have a one-page sheet of "Camp Highlights," which includes a list of each day's activities as well as the Camp Director's cell phone number. If you do not receive the "Camp Highlights" via email by the time you arrive at camp on Monday, ask the camp counselor for a hard copy. Have questions? Please contact Evan Grau, Youth Camp Supervisor at 734.994.2300 x53226, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DROP OFF & PICK UP
For campers ages 10 and under, Rec & Ed asks parents/guardians to walk your camper in each morning and come inside to pick them up each afternoon. Please have a driver's license or other form of picture ID ready. Only persons listed on the camper's information form are authorized to pick up and sign out your camper, unless a parent/guardian notifies us during camp. Under no circumstances are children allowed to leave our program with an unauthorized person.
Camp counselors typically arrive 15-20 minutes before camps begin - please do not leave your child unattended.
LUNCHES & SNACKS
Packed lunches at camp are often kept at room temperature for 4-6 hours. There are several ways to keep a packed lunch safe to eat:
Choose foods that may safely be kept at room temperature
Select and handle food carefully to prevent food poisoning
Insulated, soft-sided lunch boxes or bags are best for keeping food cold
Pack at least 2 (two) ice sources with any type of lunch bag or box you use
Extended care participants should pack additional snacks.
All Rec & Ed camps are "Nut Aware." There are campers with severe allergies to nuts including sesame seeds and hummus. Please respect this rule when you send food with your child. Foods that contain nuts, nut products or are produced in a facility that processes nuts need to stay at home. Campers with nut products in their lunches or snacks will be directed to eat in a safe area away from campers with allergies. Camp staff may also call home for replacement lunch or snacks.
SUPPLIES TO PACK
Supplies may include:
Make sure that any clothes, backpack, and other items your child brings are okay to get wet, soiled or ripped. Label all clothes and supplies with your child's name using a permanent market. Rec & Ed will make reasonable effort to locate lost items; however, Rec & Ed is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.
Make sure your child is dressed for comfort, safety and the current and forecasted weather. Avoid clothing with strings attached that may get caught on play equipment. Please consult the welcome letter for your individual camp for footwear requirements; some camps require closed toe shoes and most camps will go outside, weather dependent.
BEATING THE SUN
Due to the hot weather during the summer, Rec & Ed strives to ensure that children are not outdoors during the hottest time of the day. There will be shade and water stations available. Help fight heat and dehydration by sending one or more refillable water bottles with your child. Putting sunscreen on your child before coming to camp is recommended. Camps will not provide sunscreen for campers to use but assistance will be provided for your campers for reapplication.
TRAINED STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
Staff receives ongoing training in the areas of child development, quality environment, programming, behavior management, health and safety. Each camp has at least one staff member present when camp is open who is CPR and First-aid certified. Staff members are selected for their maturity, enthusiasm, and the desire to be sure your child receives the best care and attention possible at camp. All employees are subject to criminal background checks and fingerprinting. Sport camp instructors are also certified in concussion prevention and awareness.
" Instructor was amazing!
Interacted fantastically with the children!
The hours and location were perfect...
My son loved the camp! "