Frequently asked questions for Full-Day and Specialty Camps
What are the camp hours?
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with extended care available from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for an additional charge $35 per week. Camps begin on June 18, 2018 and ends on August 24, 2018.
Where is camp office?
Camp office for all full, half, sports and specialty camps is located at 77 Reads Way, New Castle, Delaware 19720.
What should camper bring to camp?
A backpack with:
- Swimsuit (see list for camp swim day for camp site) flip flops pool time only
- Healthy Snacks (2)
- Water bottle filled with cold water
- Lunch if camp site does not provide (see list)
- Label everything!
What should camper wear?
- Light weight clothes
- Clothes you are comfortable getting dirty!-Sneakers (Open toed shoes and flip flops are NOT ALLOWED at camp for safety reasons) Flip Flops/sandals may be worn on swim days to and from the pool
- Rainy day clothes/Change of clothes on rainy days
What about Lunch?
Please send your camper with a nutritionally-balanced lunch and snacks. Please keep in mind that there are no refrigerators or microwaves available at camp. Packing lunch in an insulated bag or hard top cooler is recommended, labeled with your camper’s name. Check individual camp locations for Food Bank of DE or lunch provided by School District.
What should camper NOT bring to camp?
- Cell phones or iPod
- Money (unless on field trip day for gift shop)
- Handheld video games
- Skateboards/scooters or HEELY’s
- Personal property, toys, games, jewelry, etc. (unless requested by camp counselor for theme week)
New Castle County will not be responsible for the safety of valuable items brought to camp
What happens on rainy days?
We have camp rain or shine-if it is dangerous weather (thunder and lightning, extreme heat index) we will bring the campers indoors. However, in a light drizzle or rain, we will still have limited outside activities and keep playing! Please dress appropriately on these days and pack an extra set of clothes!
Why do we need parent/guardian email address?
Confirmations, receipts, reconciliation of billing and email updates
What if your camper loses something while at camp?
We strongly encourage you to label EVERY item your camper brings to camp or wears to camp. Each camp site will have a lost and found box at the sign in/out table that all items are brought to at the end of every day.
Will my child be in large groups for the activities?
Our activities are geared to the developmental needs and interests of each age group. We protect the quality of the experience by limiting the number of campers for some activities. Smaller, more intimate groups create better bonding. People really get to know one another and counselors are better able to manage the experience. However, there will be many opportunities for large group activities during the camp day as well
How to prevent sunburn?
Please apply waterproof sunscreen to your camper before he/she arrives at camp each day. Our camp staff is NOT PERMITTED to provide, share or apply sunscreen on any camper. Parents are encouraged to show their camper how to reapply sunscreen on areas that may be exposed to the sun. Please mark your camper’s sunscreen with your camper’s name and must be in original container. Parents should also consider hats, short and or long sleeve shirts and an extra shirt for swimming for children who are sensitive to the sun.
Campers will receive one t-shirt per week prior to their first off-site field trip. Campers MUST WEAR their Camp T-shirt when they go on a field trip. Financial Aid recipients will receive 2 camp shirts total.
Will my child go on a field trip?
All full-day, specialty and full-day sports campers will participate in an offsite field trip once a week on Wednesday’s. These same campers will also participate in an off-site swim trip once a week (day determined by camp site)
What if you need to pick your camper up early from camp?
If your child has to leave early, please send a note letting us know what time and who will be picking your camper up. If the person picking up your child is NOT listed on the camp pick-up consent form you must make the camp office aware of this prior to pick up. Any person picking up camper will be asked to show picture identification. Also, no person under the age of 18 is allowed to pick camper up from camp. There are no pick-ups allowed during field trips unless previous arrangement has been made with the camp office.
Who works on the camp staff?
Our staff is comprised of teachers, counselors and college students from the local area. All staff must pass background check, child abuse registry and rapid drug screen through New Castle County’s Human Resources Department. Staff is also required to be fingerprinted by Delaware State Police, Troop 2 location.
What is the age range of the counselors?
New Castle County counselors are at least 18 years old. They must have completed high school; many are college graduates and or currently working towards their degree. Each counselor undergoes 5 to 8 days of thorough training prior to the start of camp, covering topics such as safety and risk management issues, team building, CPR/AED basic first aid skills and communication and teaching skills.
What is the camper to counselor ratio?
We follow state guidelines for counselor/camper ratio. Therefore, 5 -to 6 year olds will have 1:5 ratio, 7-12 year olds will have a 1:10 ratio.
What if the camp I want is full?
Your name will be placed on our waiting list. You will be notified no later than the Wednesday before the camp begins if a spot becomes available.