WELCOME TO VARSITY DAY CAMP!
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
Your CAMP BAG should be used to bring a swimsuit, towel, weather and activity appropriate clothing (practical and non-offensive) and footwear. Please CLEARLY LABEL all clothing and personal items such as towels, water bottles, sunscreen, bug lotion (please no spray bottles), etc.
SNACKS AND WATER
Please do not send snacks with campers; wrappers cause a litter problem. We provide a nutritious and plentiful lunch. Water bottles are OK and can be refilled at the camp water fountain.
ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT, TOYS, ELECTRONICS
Varsity provides all necessary equipment and supplies. Campers may bring their own baseball glove, but we ask that other athletic equipment, balls and toys remain at home. NO collector cards (Pokemon, Yugio, etc.), gameboys, ipods, digital cameras, toys or other electronic equipment are permitted as they may be lost or broken. The camp will not assume responsibility for their safe keeping. If a camper would like to take photos, disposable cameras are OK.
Varsity provides bamboo fishing poles and bait. Cordley Lake is an excellent fishing lake containing bluegill, sunfish, bass, catfish, pike and more. Campers may bring their own fishing pole and lures. Varsity permits single fish hooks ONLY (no multiple hook lures), with a hook length of one inch or smaller. Please bring small sized tackle boxes only (12" or smaller). We have a "catch and release" program so a small variety and quantity of tackle is sufficient. NO fishing knives or scissors are permitted.
OTHER INAPPROPRIATE ITEMS
Lighters, matches, candles, fireworks, weapons, and the like are NOT permitted at camp; for safety reasons, they will be taken from the campers. Please do not send expensive jewelry or personal items with your child as we do not want them to be lost or damaged during activities.
Varsity employs Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors that conduct swimming lessons and testing (during Periods 1 & 3 each day), and supervise General or "Free" Swim (during periods 2 & 4' each day). All campers must take and successfully pass a swim test in order to swim in a designated area. We strongly encourage all campers to attend swimming lessons during their first few days at camp. Varsity follows the Red Cross Swimming Program with opportunities for campers to obtain swim cards for Red Cross Swimming Level 1 (Introduction to Water Skills) through Level 6 (Swimming and Skill Proficieny, with opportunities for more advanced courses such as Personal Water Safety, Lifeguard Readiness, Fundamentals of Diving, Fitness Swimmer, and Basic Water Rescue).
Throughout the summer, special activities will be conducted - usually one per week. These may include Varsity Star Search, Theme Days, Drama Productions, etc. Arts & Crafts will also include Tie Dye twice a week (during period 1 & 2). If your child would like to Tie Dye, simply send along a clean cotton tee- shirt. New camp bags do not take the dye well (due to the sealer used by the manufacturer) so we ask that camp bags be washed several times before tie dying so the dye will take. All special activities and Tie Dye days will be posted on the Master Check-in station sign at the beginning of each week.
GENERAL CAMPGROUND RULES
Campers are not permitted to enter or cross the road or parking lot. Remember to walk around the back side of the garage bathhouse on the grass; not in front of the garage.
When a red rope is tied across a path that means the area is CLOSED and campers may not go to the area - the nature path, archery range and the waterfront.
No throwing rocks, sticks, cups or other items.
Campers are not permitted to go into the woods (poison ivy!) or where the grass is not cut.
Safety is our first priority. We encourage our campers to HAVE FUN and BE SAFE. Horseplay is not permitted. Our staff members are certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
SMOKING, DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
Varsity Day Camp is a smoke-free camp and will not tolerate the possession or use of cigarettes or tobacco products on the premises. Varsity will not tolerate the possession or use of alcohol or any illegal drugs, either by a camper or a counselor. Any violation of this rule will be grounds for immediate termination of enrollment for campers. Any counselor disregarding this rule will be discharged immediately.
If medication is to be administered during camp, we must receive a completed and signed Medication Authorization Form from the camper's parent/guardian (forms are available in the camp office). The Medication Authorization Form must be submitted to the camp Director prior to your child's attendance at camp. Upon arrival at camp, please give all medication (in its original container) to the Master Check-in Counselor. All medication will be kept in the Camp Building Health Center and dispensed by the Camp Health Director as prescribed.
CAMPER CHECK-IN and CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES
STOP here first at the Master Check-in
Traffic on the camp road travels in two directions, one lane each way.