Mini Camp Parent Handbook
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 welcome you to Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club’s (SRSRC) Camp Program, and 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.
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 at PM Wrap Up.
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.
SRSRC Camps 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.
All SRSRC programs are open to all persons regardless of race, religion, creed, color or national origin.
We offer camps at two locations:
Aviary location at 9875 Aviary Drive, San Diego, CA 92131
Children's Center location at 10250 Scripps Trail, San Diego, CA 92131
People to Contact
Camp Registration Information, Transfer and Cancellation Requests: Front Desk (858) 271 – 6222
Aviary Camp Directors: Monica Oates and Jonathan Oates , (858) 271-6222 ext. 132
Children's Center Camp Director: Lauren Miller , (858) 549-5355
Camp Hours of Operation
A.M. Extended Care: 6:30 – 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.
Children's Center Location:
A.M. Extended Care: 6:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
P.M. Extended Care: 4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Extended care is included in registration.
I. Registration, Transfer, and Payment
How do you determine if a child is eligible for a camp?
Campers must be at least 5 years old, 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 at the Aviary location and kindergarten through 5th grade at the Children's Center location. SRSRC does not offer camps for preschool, transitional kindergarten, or high school grades. For specific questions about age requirements of camps, please contact a Camp Director.
Do you accept a deposit for registration?
Mini camps do not require a deposit for 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 (for Aviary camps). Other miscellaneous fees may be charged later to your account such as no lunch fees, no T-shirt fees, etc. Parents are responsible for choosing the accurate pricing during the camp registration process. Please be careful when selecting options, since many options are only available for members or have a discounted rate for members. If it has been found that you have selected options that you are not eligible for, you will be charged the correct amount and be held responsible for paying the difference. Staff members will verify membership status and that selections have been made for which you/your camper are eligible.
Does SRSRC offer financial assistance?
Unfortunately we are unable to offer financial assistance, because we are a private, non-profit organization.
What is the SRSRC 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. If you register for the discounted multiple day option for Mini Camps, you may not cancel individual days. 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.
What if the camp I want for my child is already full? Is there a waitlist?
If a camp is full you will be able to place your camper on the waiting list in the CampBrain registration system. If a spot becomes available, a staff member will notify you with a courtesy call. Placing your camper on a waiting list does not guarantee enrollment. There is no fee associated with placing your camper on the waiting list. If your camper is registered for a camp and chooses to transfer to a camp for which they are waitlisted when a spot becomes available, the transfer fee will apply.
What is the SRSRC camp transfer policy?
Campers will not be able to transfer camps unless requested, authorized, and approved by the Camp Director at least by 12:00noon the Friday prior to the start of the camp session. Mini Camps will be assessed a transfer fee of $5 per day per camper. Once a camper is signed up for a camp session, a transfer fee applies regardless of the timing of the transfer. Transfers requested on the same day of signing up for camps will be assessed the transfer fee. If your camper is registered for a camp and chooses to transfer to a camp for which they are waitlisted when a spot becomes available, the transfer fee will apply.
What is the SRSRC camp payment policy?
For mini camps, payment is due at the time of registration. By using your credit card for the registration transaction, you agree to the following: Any additional fees incurred related to SRSRC programs for which you are registering, either now or in the future, will be deducted from the credit card used for this transaction or any credit card associated with your CampBrain account. This is including, but not limited to, cancellation fees, transfer fees, late pick up fees, no lunch fees, no t-shirt fees, and all other charges as outlined in the associated program handbook for camps. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card used for this transaction or any credit card associated with your CampBrain account. If you wish to make a payment with check, cash, or a second credit card, please contact the Assistant General Manager, Amy Alexander, at 858-271-6222 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I only need to send my camper a few days a week. Will you prorate?
Mini Camps are available on a day to day sign up basis. There may be an option to register for multiple days at a discounted rate and if this option is selected, we will not prorate for missed days.
II. Pick-up, Drop-off, and Transportation Information
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 indoor lounge / TV room. If you drop off your camper between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., you may use may walk your camper to the camp's location, which is typically at the basketball court. If your camper is registered for an off-site camp, please drop off your camper by 8:45a.m. There is no Drop-Off Zone for Mini Camps. If you are picking up your child between 3:30 – 4:00 p.m., your camper will be located on the basketball court. 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 indoor lounge / TV room. Times and locations may change.
If you drop off your camper during A.M. Extended Care between the hours of 6:45 – 8:30 a.m., you should enter through the Children's Center using your assigned door code and bring your child inside to Room 2. If you drop off your camper between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., you may use may walk your camper to the camp's location using the parking lot gate, and sign in at the small grassy field. If your camper is registered for an off-site camp, please drop off your camper by 8:45a.m. When picking up your child, please enter the Children's Center using your issued door code and sign out with a counselor. Times and locations may change.
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. We reserve the right to request picture I.D. from any individual picking up a child.
Who provides transportation?
For our Mini Camps SRSRC will utilize our SRSRC company passenger vans. SRSRC does not provide transportation between the camper's home and camp. 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 drivers license and be insured, maintain a good driving record, and hold current certification in first aid and CPR.
What are the safety procedures and camp rules during transportation?
When using transportation for an SRSRC camp, we follow strict procedures recommended by ACA. We always carry SRSRC communication devices (such as SRSRC cellular phones and 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 vehicles for transportation.
1. Always follow the staff's directions.
2. Always wear a seat belt in the vans and when provided on the bus.
3. No turning around. Backs on backs and seats on seats.
4. No standing up unless a counselor tells you to when the van/bus 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/bus emergency exits.
8. No food, drink, or gum
What time do the vans leave for off-site camps?
Vans begin to leave around 8:45 a.m. unless otherwise specified. Please ask your child’s camp counselors for specific departure times and check the website for the posted camp agendas. It is extremely important that campers arrive at SRSRC no later than 8:45a.m. every day, unless otherwise specified. If a child is dropped off for a day camp program after the vans have departed SRSRC will not be able to accommodate a second trip to transport the child. It is not always feasible for the camper to be dropped off by the parent at the off-site location. If the parent has the permission from the Camp Director that the parent may drop off the camper to the off-site location the parent is responsible for: transporting the child to the camp location, delivering the child to the camp counselor, and reporting that the child is late and is joining the camp. There will also be no credits or refunds if a camper needs to join an on-site camp due to late drop off. Campers will arrive back to SRSRC usually between 2:00pm and 4:00pm depending on the camp agenda. Camp agendas will be posted online prior to the start of the camp session. If there are any changes or emergences that may affect the arrival times of vans back to camp, parents may be notified by the posting of a sign at the individual camp station, by phone call, by app message, or by email depending on the circumstance.
6:30 a.m. Aviary/6:45a.m. Children's Center – Camp opens for A.M. Extended Care. (included for Children's Center, additional registration for Aviary)
8:30 a.m. – Camper sign in begins and campers participate in camp warm-up activities.
8:45 a.m. – Off-Site campers must be signed in unless otherwise specified
9:00 a.m. – Review camp rules.
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Campers begin activities.
2:00p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Buses/vans return (off-site trips).
3:45p.m.-4:00p.m. - Camper Pick Up
4:00p.m. - P.M. Extended Care begins (included for Children's Center, additional registration for Aviary)
6:15p.m. Children's Center/6:30 p.m. Aviary – Camp P.M. Extended Care closes.
What if my camper is going to be absent?
If your camper will be absent from camp, please call or e-mail a Camp Director by 8:00 a.m. There will be no credits or refunds for missed days of camp.
What if I am going to be late picking up my camper?
Camper Pick Up is 3:45p.m.-4:00p.m. If the camper is not registered for extended care, the fee for a late camper pick-up past 4:15p.m. is a flat fee of $12 for Mini Camps. 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. 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 or another emergency contact, we have no other alternative but to turn the child over to Child Protective Services.
Camper Pick Up is 3:45p.m.-4:00p.m., however, extended care is included for Children's Center. If you are late past the end of camp extended care, which ends at 6:15p.m., you will be charged $1.00 per minute for every minute past 6:15p.m. If the child is not picked up by 6:15p.m., we refer to his/her emergency information and begin calling numbers listed. If by 7:15p.m., we have not heard from a parent or another emergency contact, we have no other alternative but to turn the child over to Child Protective Services.
What if I need to add or delete someone from my authorized pick-up list?
Please make the necessary changes on your camper’s health history on your online camp registration account. If the change needs to be made the day of, then please notate on sign in sheet upon sign in that day. For assistance, you may contact the Aviary Front Office at 858-271-6222.
What if I need to drop off my camper late or pick up my camper early?
Please communicate the details with your child’s camp counselors for the week for drop-off and pick-up. Make arrangements at least 1 day in advance. It is extremely important that campers arrive at SRSRC Camps no later than 8:45 a.m. every day, unless otherwise specified. If a child is dropped off for a day camp program after the vans have departed SRSRC will not be able to accommodate a second trip to transport the child. It is not always feasible for the camper to be dropped off by the parent at the off-site location. If the parent has the permission from the Camp Director that the parent may drop off the camper to the off-site location the parent is responsible for: transporting the child to the camp location, delivering the child to the camp counselor, and reporting that the child is late and is joining the camp. There will also be no credits or refunds if a camper needs to join an on-site camp due to late drop off. Campers will arrive back to SRSRC usually between 2:00pm and 4:00pm depending on the camp agenda. Camp agendas will be posted online prior to the start of the camp session. Please contact the counselor or the camp director prior to early pick-up. There may be some off-site locations from which an early pick up may not be possible. 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.
What if I need before and/or after care for my camper?
Before care is offered from 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. and after care is offered 4:00p.m.-6:30 p.m. for an additional fee, which can be paid at the time of registration. This can be added on after original sign up by contacting the front desk.
Before care is offered from 6:45 – 8:30 a.m. and after care is offered 4:00p.m.-6:15 p.m. and is included in the camp registration.
Am I required to sign my camper in and out daily?
SRSRC requires that all children are to be properly signed in and out by an adult, so that children can be properly assigned to SRSRC staff in the morning and properly signed out to the adult after camp. SRSRC Camps reserve the right to request a picture I.D. at the time of pick up.
Can my teenager sign him/herself out?
Campers who are in 6th-8th grade will only be allowed to sign him/herself out of camp with a Camper Release Form completed/signed by the parents. This form may be obtained from the Camp Director.
III. Preparing for Camp
How can I get a camp daily schedule?
Camp daily schedules can be obtained at the Aviary front office. The front desk receptionist can make a copy of the schedule for you. In addition, the camp daily schedules are posted on the camp portion of our website at www.SRSRC.com. 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.
What should my camper wear to camp?
Campers are required to wear close-toed shoes, such as tennis shoes. Campers may bring sandals to wear at the pool or beach, but must wear close-toed 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 who is participating in an off-site camp, site must wear an SRSRC camp T-shirt. 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, they will be given one for a fee of $5.00 to be paid at time of pick-up.
How do I get camp T-shirts for my camper?
Mini Camp participants will receive a camp T-shirt if they are participating in an off-site camp. Counselors will hand out the camp T-shirt to the campers on the day of camp.
What should my camper bring to camp?
Campers must bring a lunch, a drink, and a snack daily. The Snack Shack is not available during Mini Camps. Off-site campers cannot buy lunch, and must bring a lunch, a drink, and a snack unless otherwise noted on the daily schedule. 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 to stay hydrated throughout the day. Campers should bring a swimsuit and towel since swimming is offered daily weather permitting. Sunscreen will be provided for campers; however, they can bring their own to use, and we suggest bring a hat and a sweatshirt as well. 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 provided by SRSRC.
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.
Can my camper buy lunch during camp?
No. During Mini Camps we do not have an option for campers to purchase lunch.
What if my camper forgets his/her lunch?
Before off-site camps leave for their field trip, counselors check that campers have their lunches with them. If either an on-site or off-site camper forgets their lunch, a lunch will be provided and the parent picking up child will receive a no lunch form. A $10.00 fee will be assessed and will be assessed to your CampBrain account.
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 or for another special reason as communicated by a Camp Director.
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 who are signed up for P.M. Extended Care will receive a snack between 4:30pm and 4:45pm.
What if my camper loses something at camp?
If a camper loses an item on-site, there are lost and found bins at both locations. 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. There are also bins that are used daily at the camp stations that serve as individual camp lost and found bins after camp hours. Items will be emptied out of the camp bins at the end of each session/week. 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, broken, or stolen.
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 in the morning of the camp day by Front Desk, AM Extended Care Staff, and Counselors. Waivers can be turned in to the Camp Director or camp counselors. Campers must have the waiver completely filled out by a parent in order to participate. There cannot be any exceptions made.
IV. Supervision of Campers
Who is watching my camper?
The majority of our camp staff is college students. Some members of our staff are credentialed teachers, some are in college majoring in elementary education, or some are already working at schools in local school districts. Of our staff, at least 90% are 18 years of age or older. 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 trainings does the camp staff receive?
All new camp staff members are required to attend four to five days of training prior to working in the camp program. Those who are designated as Lead Counselors have been with our camp program for at least two prior camp seasons and many of which are year round employees of SRSRC. Lead Counselors also attend training sessions prior to the start of camp. During the training sessions, camp counselors learn the policies, the procedures, how to 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 use respond to disruptive behavior in a positive way.
How many staff will be watching my child?
We implement the following ratios, which are recommended by the American Camp Association.
Ages 4-5 years Ratio: 1/6
Ages 6-8 years Ratio: 1/8
Ages 9-14 years Ratio: 1/10
Can staff baby-sit?
We understand that our camp counselors work well with children, however any babysitting performed by SRSRC staff is unaffiliated with SRSRC and not tied to any SRSRC programs.
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 recognize a staff member, 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 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 may sit out during part of an activity and reflect on their actions with the guidance of a staff member, the parent may be called for pick up, or the camper may be suspended from the program depending on the severity.
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 Camp 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:
The camper's medication needs to be brought to camp and given to the Camp Director or 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.
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.
A completed medication release form (available from the Camp Director) must be completed every session. This medication release form must be on file with the Camp Director before medication can be administered to your child.
No over the counter medication will be administered unless approved on the Health History form or with parent's written consent.
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 emergency medical care 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. 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 relationship 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, and the Camp Directors.
V. Program Content
Will there be camp evaluations?
During the camp season, an evaluation will be available to fill out. Completed evaluations can be dropped off with the front desk staff or camp staff. We value your input. We will also do end of the summer evaluations online.
How do I find out if my camper will have a parent show or activity during the day?
Certain camps will 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. Fliers are also 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 specialty camp?
For a description of all the camp activities for the specialty camp, please see the camp's agenda. Campers will participate in a variety of activities related to the specialty activity that is the focus of the camp. 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?
Each individual camp usually stays together in a large group during a majority of the day; however, some camps do 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?
In the event that it does rain, SRSRC staff will make a decision based on the intensity of the weather. If the decision is made that the rain does impact previously made plans, staff will utilize other appropriate parts of our facility or make alternative plans or trips than what were previously scheduled. For some camps, the goal is to enjoy the water (such as aquatic camps, Soak Zone, etc.) so a little rain may not cause a change in plans.
VI. Pool and Beach Safety
Where do campers change into their swimsuits?
Campers change into their swimsuits in our locker rooms while on-site, or a changing area that has been deemed safe by camp staff while off-site. The changing areas are monitored for safety while campers are utilizing them.
What if my camper does not want to swim or forgot his/her swimsuit?
If a camper does not bring his/her swimsuit, they simply 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 the option of free-choice, watching a movie, or another activity depending on the programming offered.
What if my camper can’t swim?
SRSRC lifeguarding and camp personnel perform a swim assessment to determine a camper’s abilities. This assessment consists of one short 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 recieve an orange bracelet and remain in the designated shallow areas.
How often do campers take the swim test?
Swim assessments are given once a week on Mondays. Campers will be assessed to swim across the pool the short distance to see what level they are at. If the camper DOES NOT pass the swim assessment, he/she will be given a bracelet to be easily identified and will be required to stay in the shallow part of the pool.
How deep are the campers allowed to go into the water at the beach?
Campers are sometimes asked to pass a swim assessment at some of the outside organizations we use for camps to determine how deep they can go in the ocean. SRSRC also conducts a swim assessment on-site in the pool to determine the camper’s skill level of swimming to determine how far in the ocean they can go. Typically, campers are only allowed to go in up to their knees (weaker swimmers), hips (strong swimmers), or waist (teens only) depending on age group. The supervision at the beach is also at least one person on shore and one person in the water at all times. SRSRC Camp Programs only swim at beaches staffed with lifeguards. SRSRC Camps follows directions of lifeguard personnel while at the beach.