Frequently Asked Questions

FaqWhat is a typical camp day like?
A typical camp day schedule can be found by clicking on each of the age groups under the Summer Camps tab on our website.  The morning schedule always includes a swim lesson.  Other activities, such as gymnastics, game zone, creation station and nature vary day to day.  Each afternoon, campers participate in open gym, open swim and a rotating schedule of special all camp activities.

Will my child have a swim lesson and a gymnastics lesson every day?
Swim lessons are part of the daily program for all campers.  We firmly believe this is a life skill and essential to the safety of all children.  Gymnastics lessons are scheduled 3x per week as part of the exercise/cardio program.  A camper’s schedule of activities is based on a full week enrollment.

Is there a difference in scheduled activities for half day campers?
No. Half day campers are placed into a group according to their age/grade level and follow that group’s daily schedule.

Is my child going to be separated from older (or younger) campers?
Yes. To provide the best program planning, appropriate staffing ratios and for overall physical safety, our camp has 7 camp groups.  Campers are assigned to a group by age/grade level. During open swim and open gym, we divide the whole camp by half. The younger groups are in one half and the older groups are in the other.

What is the camper to counselor ratio for my child’s age group?
Our camper to counselor ratio is as follows:  Yellow Stars 6:1,  Red Racers, White Waves and Silver Storm 8:1, Green Machine and Blue Blazers 8:1.

What are the staffing ratios in the pool?  Will my child be safe?
During swim lessons, depending on swimming ability, the camper to staff ratio ranges from 3:1 to 6:1.  We pride ourselves on small ratios making our swim lessons a successful part of camp.  Group Counselors remain with their group during swim lessons and assist campers who are out of the pool.  There is a lifeguard on deck all day and we increase lifeguard and counselor supervision during open swim times.

What if my child needs help changing into or out of a bathing suit?
Your child would receive assistance from their counselor.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Yes.

Are Camp Counselors required to participate in any training or certification process?
All counselors are CPR/First Aid certified and required to attend pre-camp training sessions. We run background checks on all camp staff and follow State of NH and ACA guidelines with regard to staff training.  Our counselors are chosen for their ability to nurture campers. They learn to help campers build confidence, independence, friendship skills and promote inclusion.

My child is a special needs child; do you have staff that can provide the care and/or activity modifications my child may need?
Each situation is unique and it would depend on your child’s specific needs.  All special needs requirements need to be discussed with the Camp Director.

Do you have a registered nurse on staff?
Our licensing regulations do not require us to have a registered nurse on staff.  However, all staff are CPR/First Aid certified.  The State of New Hampshire Licensing requires that at least one staff on duty be trained at the level of “Responding to Emergencies”

Do I need a form from my doctor to allow you to administer my child’s medication?  Who will dispense the medication?
Yes, a medical consent form for administering medication must accompany any and all types of medication that come with your child to camp.  The form can be downloaded from our website under the Summer Camps tab, click on Medical Consent.  Medication will be dispensed by the on duty camp director.

How is scheduled medication administered?
The camper’s counselors are notified in the morning as to what time the camper needs to be brought to the office for scheduled medication.

If my child isn’t feeling well, do you have OTC medications available to give them?
No.  We do not keep OTC medication on hand.  However, if your child is prone to headaches or stomachaches, you may bring in some OTC medication along with the medical consent form to keep on hand.

If my child is not feeling well after arriving at camp, do you provide sick care?
We do not provide sick care.  You would be contacted and asked to pick your child up from camp.

What is the drop off/pick up process?
At morning drop off (8:00-8:15), you will sign your camper in with one of our camp leaders.  A staff member will escort your child to their back pack hut where they will be greeted by their counselor and leave their belongings.  At 4:30, all campers will return to the Meeting Place.  You will need to sign your camper out at the check in/out table before they leave with you.

Do I need to pre-register for early care or late care?
During these time periods, providing appropriate staff supervision for camper safety and well being are our primary concern.  It is important that you pre-register so we can ensure proper staffing. Click here for extended care rates.

What happens if I am not pre-registered but will be late?
We understand this can happen on occasion.  Please call the front office if you are going to be late.  We will supervise your camper until you arrive.  If it is at the end of the day, we will keep your child with the other campers scheduled for late care.  If it is a half day situation, we will keep your child with their group.  Click here for extended care rates.

What if my child is also participating in the gymnastics or swim program outside of camp, how will they know when/where to go?  Is there a discount for the time they are away from camp?
We will ensure that your child makes it to their scheduled activity outside of camp.  Please feel free to remind us during morning check in!  We do not offer discounts for an overlap in schedules.

What if my child does not want to come at the time camp starts?  Can we just arrive later?
We strongly urge you to arrive on time.  We start each day with a “Hut Huddle” and “Morning Rally”.  By not starting the camp day with their group, your child will miss out on these morning gatherings that are meant to connect campers with their counselors and build community within their group.

What happens if my child is reluctant to come to camp on a scheduled day?
Our staff strive to make every day at camp a positive and fun adventure and are experienced at helping children make the transition.  It is helpful to know why your child does not want a day at camp.  We encourage you to talk with the Camp Director.  If you decide it is best to keep your child at home, please call the office and let us know.

I know campers are assigned to groups by age/grade level.  Even though they would be assigned to different groups, I want both of my children to be in the same group.  Will you make exceptions?   We do not place older and younger campers together in the same group.  The developmental needs of each group are strongly considered in all aspects of our camp experience; creative, educational and physical.  However, there are times during the day and during specific events when siblings have an opportunity to get together.

What If something comes up and I need to cancel a day of camp?
Please call the office to let us know your child won’t be here.

What if my child is sick for a scheduled day of camp?
Please call the office to let us know your child will be out sick.

Are there make-ups for a missed camp day?
Yes, make-ups are possible, based on availability.  However, due to the popularity of our camp program, availability is very limited and not guaranteed.

Are there make-ups for a missed camp swim?
No. If a camp swim lesson is cancelled due to safety issues, an on-land swim related/safety program with the swim instructors is substituted in its place.

Are there make-ups for a missed camp gymnastics lesson?
No.  Camp gymnastics lessons are scheduled 3x per week.  Make-ups are not offered.

Will Sunscreen be applied to my child?
Please apply sunscreen before your child arrives at camp.  Sunscreen will be re-applied after lunch on all campers.

Will bug spray be applied to my child?
Our grounds are professionally treated bi-weekly throughout the season, with a natural non-toxic deterrent.  We do not routinely apply bug spray to campers.

Where do I find my child’s missing belongings?
Any personal belongings that are found will be placed in the “Lost And Found” deck box located by the sign in/sign out tables.  We strongly encourage you to label all of your child’s belongings!

Did we miss something?  If you have any other questions; please email the office at  [email protected]