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Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY CAMPER?
We have a fully trained staff of college students, teachers, and special education teachers that LOVE kids and care about their safety. Our staff are caring professionals who are committed to the development of all campers. Some of the training our staff attends include: American Red Cross CPR and Standard First Aid, Character Development, Child Abuse Recognition and Leadership Training. All counselors are state and federally fingerprinted and cross-checked through the National Sex Offender Registry for the utmost safety!
WHAT ARE YOUR CAMPER TO COUNSELOR RATIOS?
6-8 yrs. old; 1:8
9-14 yrs. old; 1:10
On field trips, we lower our ratios to 1:4 with 6-8 yrs. old and 1:5 to 9-14 yrs. old.
WHAT DOES A WEEK OF CAMP COST?
2019 Summer Day Camp Pricing:
Week of camp: $327 (Non-Enrolled in KF Classes)/ $313 (Enrolled in KF Classes),
Daily: $79/77 a day
**We have a two day minimum per week to attend camp. Do not have to be consecutive days.
IS LUNCH INCLUDED?
Lunch is included. Lunch options vary daily but always include an entree, two sides and a drink. Meals are contracted with local restaurants and our in-house cafe, Book Bums. A detailed lunch menu will be made available to all registered families in early May.
**Please note that any children with severe food allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to pack their lunch. Contact the Camp Director, if so, for your lunch credits.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD HAS MEDICATION?
Your camper’s medication must be checked into the camp office when you drop off your camper the first day. Emergency medications (i.e. Epi-Pens and Inhalers) will be distributed to your child’s counselor and stored in their backpack for ready use. All other medication
will be administered by the Camp Health Coordinator and will be stored and locked in the camp office. Please note that a new medication form must be submitted each year for each medication and Camp-A-Palooza cannot be responsible for medications for which we do not have a filed Medication Form.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING MY CHILD EACH DAY?
We ask that your child brings a swimsuit, towel and a change of clothes everyday. We are either swimming, slip and sliding, or getting messy!
WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO EACH WEEK?
During the summer camp session, we do two assemblies to keep the kids excited and informed on what is going with camp. The first one is on Monday morning and the second assembly is Friday afternoon. The rest of the week we do activities like gymnastics, swimming, basketball, crafts, choice activities, big games, karate, and music.
During the holiday camp session, we operate more on a daily basis with a different theme each day. These themes will direct the activities that we will be providing for the kids, but everyday activities include: swimming, gymnastics, crafts, large group games, small group games, basketball, etc.
DO YOU PROVIDE SUNSCREEN FOR MY CHILD?
Yes, we use Rocky Mountain sunscreen, SPF 70. We apply in the morning and reapply mid afternoon if we are outside for an extended period of time. We recommend that parents sunscreen your children prior to coming to camp as well for added protection.
WHAT IF MY CHILD CAN'T SWIM?
Kids First’s pool is 3 ft deep and its maximum depth of our pool is 4 ft deep. Every camper is tested by our Kids First swim staff. Your child MUST pass the swim test in order to swim in the deep end. We use red and green colored wristbands to keep track of who is allowed to swim in what areas. We also have 2 lifeguards present during every swim day (1 at the shallow end and 1 at the deep end of the pool). In addition to the lifeguards, two of our camp staff are also in the pool with the children and 1-2 counselors supervise from the pool deck.
ARE SNACKS PROVIDED?
Yes, we have a variety of snacks that we provide mid afternoon and during before care at 7:45 am and in after care at 5:15 pm daily.
DO I HAVE TO FILL OUT THE FORMS EVERY YEAR?
Yes and No. Once you fill out your health history form it is saved in our system. The only thing you have to do is update your information if it has changed. Immunization records are required annually by state law, so that is the only thing that will have to be redone year to year. Medication forms, as stated in Question 5, must be redone year to year also.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS NEVER BEEN ON A FIELD TRIP? WHAT SHOULD THEY EXPECT?
Your camper will need to wear their orange Camp-a-Palooza shirt. New campers will be given a t-shirt on the morning of the their field trip. Typically the bus will depart around 9:15am and will return around 3:30pm. We transport your camper by bus and we currently use First Student Bus Services.
We take a few things in consideration when we decide ratios for each field trip:
-The age group
-If campers are mixed with the public or not
-We also have Leaders in Training that assist our counselors in keeping extra eyes and ears on your camper. Our Leaders in Training are students that are 8th and 9th graders.
AM I ABLE TO MAKE PAYMENTS FOR CAMP EACH WEEK?
Yes, we give you the option of doing weekly installments or paying in full up front. You are able to view your statement, make payments and update your credit card in your CampMinder account. Payments are due the Thursday prior to the week of camp your child is attending.
CAMP MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
• Camper must be able to do all aspects of personal hygiene by themselves- i.e.- getting dressed, bathroom, etc.
• Campers must be able to communicate their needs to counselors.
• Campers must be able to work in a large group (28-30 Kids) setting.
Camp-a-palooza would like to remain flexible and provide more options than a weekly camp. In order to do this, we are unable to make any adjustments after the Wednesday prior to the week of attendance. (No refunds, credits or rescheduling will be permitted after this cancellation deadline.) This includes illness. We appreciate your understanding. This helps with expenses, staffing, supplies and field trip fees that we will occur regardless of attendance.
CAMP HOURS, ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE:
Camp officially begins at 9:00 am and is officially over for all campers at 4:00 pm. On field trip days, if your camper is not at camp by 9:30 am, they may not be able to attend that day. On non-field trip days, late arrivals (after 9:30 am) must check in at the front desk. For your child’s safety, please accompany your child into and out of the facility and sign in and out everyday. We are not responsible for a camper unless they are signed in. If your camper will not be attending that day, please call our staff by 9:30 am so daily activities are not delayed. Only people authorized in writing by the parents/guardians, may pick up the camper, and individuals must be at least 16 years of age. The staff will require a photo ID for unfamiliar faces. Please make your authorized people aware of this policy.
Check-in: 8:45 am - 9 am.
Any campers that arrive before 8:45 am will be billed at the before-care rate of $9.20. Please note: our counselors are in meetings prior to 8:45 am.
Check-out: 3:45 - 4:00 pm.
After 4 pm, your child will be taken to after-care and you will be charged $9.20. All after care campers must be picked up no later than 6 pm. See late pick up policy below.
Extended care is as follows:
Wake up: 7:00 am – 8:45 am
Wind down: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm