Summer Camp Guidelines
- Updated on Monday, March 24, 2014 March 24, 2014
Thank you for choosing an Albany Parks and Recreation Camp for your child. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer full of activities, fun, and adventures. Please read through these guidelines carefully and review them with your child. If we can provide you with any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 917-7771.
What to Bring
Each day of camp, your child will need to bring:
- Appropriate Clothing (Shorts, T-shirts, Hat)
- Appropriate Footwear (Tennis Shoes or Sandals)
- Camp T-Shirt (For Field Trip Days)
If your child is not going to attend camp for the day, please report his/her absence bycalling camp staff at 917-7771 or 917-7777. If your child will be leaving early, please notify the camp staff on the morning of the designated day.
Please do not arrive prior to the start time of camp. When dropping your child off,please leave them with a staff member. Do not leave them unattended on the playground.
If campers are not picked up by the closing time of camp, there will be a late fee of $2 per minute per child. If you are running late, please contact the staff at 926-3471 or 917-7771.
Children should wear clothing suitable for an active day at camp. Appropriate items include shorts, t-shirts, athletic shoes, or sandals. Please bring a towel, sunscreen, and a swimming suit each day as we will be visiting COOL! Please do not send expensive clothing or video games, trading cards, or other items of value to camp.
Our code of conduct is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of our camp participants and staff. We ask that individuals act appropriately while they are in our programs. Our code of conduct does not permit language or actions that can hurt or frighten another person or falls below a generally accepted standard of conduct. Specifically this includes:
- Angry or vulgar language including swearing, name calling, or shouting.
- Physical contact with another person in an angry or threatening way.
- Any demonstration of sexual activity or contact with another person.
- Harassment or intimidation with words, gestures, body language, or other menacing behavior.
- Carrying or concealing any weapons or devices that may be used as weapons.
Participants are responsible for their own personal comfort and safety and should ask any person whose behavior threatens their personal comfort to refrain from doing so. Staff are trained and expected to respond to any reported violation of our code of conduct. Please do not hesitate to notify a staff person if you need assistance.
Dismissal from a program or camp may result from any violation of the code of conduct. No refunds will be given for camp dismissals.
In order for us to provide the best day camp experience for your child, we ask that prior to registration you consult the camp director regarding any special needs your child may have.
We have the right to refuse any child who is ill or has a fever. If a child becomes ill during camp, a parent will be notified and asked to pick-up the child. If the parent is unavailable, an emergency contact will be called.
If your child has been receiving assistance in behavior management during the school year, it is imperative that this information be shared with the camp staff. This will enable us to work more effectively and productively with your child. Good behavior will be elicited in a positive and kind way. Children will be given understandable guidelines for their behavior so that they develop internal control of their actions. The staff will work cooperatively with parents, keeping them informed of problems and methods used to teach and guide the child towards socially acceptable behavior. Behavior problems that cannot be resolved may result in the child's dismissal from camp without a refund. Certain abusive behaviors will result in immediate dismissal.
Lunches and Snacks
Lunches are provided through a partnership with Nutrition Services Summer Feeding Program. However, if your child has an allergy to a particular food, please plan on providing a lunch for them.
All precautions will be taken to prevent serious health risk to all of our campers. In the event that a minor injury occurs, a certified staff person will administer first aid at the campsite and an incident form will be filled out.
The following procedures will be implemented in the event of a major injury or health problem:
- 911 will be called
- A First Aid certified staff person will administer immediate first aid at the campsite until professional services arrive. All efforts will be made by the staff to make your child comfortable.
- The parent will be contacted. If the parent can't be reached, the emergency contact person will be notified.
- A staff person will accompany the child to the hospital and will remain with the child until the parent or emergency contact person arrives.
- The incident will be recorded on an Albany Parks and Recreation Safety Incident report form.
Do not allow your child to bring money to camp.
Rules and Safety
Safety is important to our camp program. All children MUST be brought to and picked up from camp by a parent or authorized person. Camp rules will be established and discussed with the children at the beginning of each camp and regularly reviewed to ensure the safety of all campers. Please review the following list of rules with your child:
- No climbing on gates, fences, or trees.
- No horseplay, screaming, or yelling while in the mini-bus.
- No inappropriate or abusive language is permitted.
- No hitting, kicking, or other physical abuse is permitted.
- Listen to and respect the rules and boundaries of any games played in camp.
- Listen to and respect camp counselors and camp participants.
- Participate and cooperate during activities.
- All campers will be expected to display good teamwork.
- Bring a lunch, snack, and beverage each day.
- Please come prepared for outside activities (i.e. sunscreen, hat, etc.)
At Albany Parks and Recreation, we want the recreational experience for participants to be a positive and enjoyable one. We work hard at creating an environment that will allow this to happen. Along with our efforts, we need the children to help us create that environment by following some simple, but effective rules. Each child and parent are asked to review the Behavior Agreement together, and then sign it to signify their commitment to helping create a great atmosphere.