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Orientation Guide   a whooping crane

 

   

WELCOME TO VARSITY DAY CAMP!
To help us provide a safe, healthy and enjoyable camp experience for our campers and staff, we ask that you and your child review and discuss the camp policies included in this handout. We appreciate you adhering to all camp policies and look forward to another enjoyable camp season.


WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS
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.

FISHING EQUIPMENT
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.

SWIMMING PROGRAM
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).

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
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

ROAD RULE
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.

ROPE RULE
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.

ROCK RULE
No throwing rocks, sticks, cups or other items.

GRASS RULE
Campers are not permitted to go into the woods (poison ivy!) or where the grass is not cut.

SAFETY
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.

BEHAVIOR POLICY
We believe Varsity campers are special young people and expect appropriate behavior from everyone. We expect our campers to respect themselves, their fellow campers, counselors, nature, the water, their property and that of others, and to learn to safely have fun. Any form of harassment, bullying, teasing, bigotry, foul language, or other inappropriate or unsafe behavior will not be tolerated and may result in immediate termination of enrollment. Stealing will not be tolerated. If a child is caught stealing other peoples' property, they will be sent home and this behavior may be grounds for termination of enrollment


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.


MEDICATION
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
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STOP here first at the Master Check-in

Traffic on the camp road travels in two directions, one lane each way.
The maximum speed limit is 10 M.P.H.
Please drive carefully and watch for other vehicles when entering and exiting the camp premises.
Traffic in the parking lot circle travels ONE WAY ONLY, COUNTERCLOCKWISE:

EARLY DEPARTURE
If you need to schedule an early departure for your child (doctor appt. etc), please provide a written request. NOTE: Early departures are permitted as long as the camper departure is no later than 3:00pm.

PARENTS MAY DROP OFF CAMPERS BETWEEN 8:45 AM and 9:15 AM
Every day when you arrive stop at the entrance to parking lot and check-in with the counselor at the Master Check-in stop(*). The Master Check-in counselor will tell you who is your child's counselor and which Check-in/Check-out Area you are to drop off and pick up your child at for that entire week.

Drive to the assigned Check-in/Check-out Area (there are five Check-in/Check-out areas located around parking circle and designated by numbered signs) and pull off the road onto the shoulder and put your car in park. Be sure to pull completely off the road so you do not block traffic.

Your child's counselor will approach the driver's window. Please sign-in campers by signing your signature or initials in the "SIGN-1N" space next to the camper's name and under the appropriate day of the week.

Have campers exit your car from the shoulder side of the car only.


PARENTS MAY PICK UP CAMPERS BETWEEN 4:00 P.M. AND 4:20 P.M.
Campers are to be picked up at the SAME Check-in/Check-out Area where they were dropped off.

If someone other than you is scheduled to pick up your child, we must have written authorization advising who will be picking up your child (you must submit a Camper Release and Carpool Authorization Form or provide an appropriate note). Be sure the individual knows the Check-out Area number and who your child's Counselor is.

If you arrive before 4:00 p.m., please stop at the entrance of the parking lot circle and wait until all campers are dismissed from Flag Lowering Assembly to their Check-out areas before you enter the parking lot.

Drive to the assigned Check-out Area, pull off the road onto the shoulder and put your car in PARK.

Your child's counselor will approach the driver's window. Properly sign-out campers by signing your signature or initials in the "SIGN-OUT" space next to the camper's name and under the appropriate day of the week.

Have campers enter the vehicle from the shoulder side of the car only.

When campers are safely loaded, carefully pull into the parking lot circle drive to leave the premises.

THANK YOU!