Day Camp FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
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1) What ages do we accept in our camp?
Lakeside Day Camp offers a Traditional Camp for children ages 5-13 and an Adventure Camp option for ages 9-13.

2) What is the camp hours and weeks of operation?
Lakeside Day Camp hours are Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We generally operate for 10 weeks each summer from mid-June to mid-August.

3) Do you pay additional fees for before and after care camp?
NO! Our camp fees include the extended day that is from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4) Do you accept special needs children?
We do not discriminate against any child with special needs. If you have a child who requires special care, we ask that you meet with the director prior to enrollment to determine if our camp setting is appropriate. We have specially trained staff to meet some medical needs but we do not have a full time nurse. We have experience with children who are diabetic, ADD, asthmatic and allergic to a variety of foods and environmental allergens. We strongly caution parents to carefully consider enrolling children with a fear of water since we are in the pools and around the pond regularly.

5) What kind of activities do you offer during the day?
American Red Cross swim lessons, supervised recreational swimming, sports, creative arts, drama/music, and environmental appreciation for the General Activities Camp. The Adventure Camp option consists of a zip line, target sports, low ropes course, Earth Treks and Red Zone field trips, swimming, athletics, "specials", and more.

6) Do club members receive a discount for Lakeside Day Camp?
There is a discount to club members for the camp, and those rates are provided in our brochure or on the website under Lakeside Day Camp.

7) Do you have to pre-register for the whole summer or can you do it for less blocks of time?
One of the great advantages to Lakeside Day Camp is that it provides care for your child from one day to 10 weeks. You register and pay for only those days or weeks that you need child care. There are some required registration procedures, but this flexibility has been great for families working around other specialty camps, vacations or other needs.

8) How old are camp counselors?
We schedule our staff to get the best possible combinations of experience, proper ratios, and quality leadership. We have Specialty Counselors who are instructors for the various activities; they are typically at least 21 years of age and are often teachers who are out of school for the summer. We have Head and Assistant Head Counselors who lead the groups of children through the daily rotation of activities. They are typically college students or graduates. General counselors who assist within the groups are high school students – preferably sophomores and older. We also hire a small percentage of Junior Counselors who work in the groups as part of their on-the-job training to maintain child to counselor ratios.

9) Is our camp structured to the different age groups?
Each activity is structured to address the needs of different ages of children. The campers are divided into their respective age groups within the camp. Each group is assigned counselors who will be trained specifically for their age group of children. Counselor-to-camper ratio is maintained to provide a safe and fun environment for all.

10) What is the difference between the General Activities Camp and Adventure Camp option?
The General Activities Camp has flexible scheduling from one day to 10 weeks, provides summer fun for ages 5-13, offers traditional camp activities which include American Red Cross Swim Lessons as well as recreational swimming. The Adventure Camp is based on full week commitments, provides summer fun for ages 9 -13, and provides instruction for target sports, zipline, low ropes course while also offering recreational swimming. The similarity to the two programs is that they are both offered on a beautfiful thirty acre campus, provide swimming everyday and loads of organized and safe fun for your children. The beauty of your experience with Lakeside Day Camp is that your child can experience both camps throughout the summer.

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