If you have questions or concerns about the Kids Camp, please tell your child's counselor or speak directly with the camp director during camp hours.Daytime children’s staff and evening baby-sitters will contact FPU Security case of medical emergencies. Camp staff are also members of our community and deserve to enjoy their “down time” with the rest of us. Office staff is available to receive and relay any concerns during office hours.Unless there is an emergency, please do not approach Kids Camp staff with business during meal times, evening programs or on Shabbat.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP EACH DAY:
¨ PLEASE MARK ALL ITEMS INDELIBLY so they won’t be lost. Please also bring a permanent marker with you to label things once on site.
¨ BACKPACK/TOTE - Each child should have a small backpack or tote that is clearly labeled with their name that they will bring to camp each day. It should include the SUMMER ESSENTIALS - WATER BOTTLE, HAT, BATHING SUIT, SUNSCREEN, TOWEL andCHANGE OF CLOTHES.
¨ SUNSCREEN - Apply sunscreenthickly to your child each morning prior to drop-offand reapplythe sunscreen each day at lunch time.
¨ SWEATER/JACKET - The building being used for Kids Camp this year can be chilly. Please make sure you child has a sweater or jacket to leave at Camp.
¨ CLOSED-TOE SHOES – Older children (Green and up) should wear or bring closed-toe shoes every day for sports, hiking and other activities.
¨ BABIES/TODDLERS – Please bring baby food, formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, plastic bags (for dirty diapers), a few favorite toys and stuffed animals daily.
¨ DIAPERS- Please send them to camp each morning in a clean diaper and change them during the lunch break. This makes caring for many little ones at one time much easier on our staff.
You are responsible for your child(ren) during lunch. Because Kids Camp runs all day, the counselors need the mid-day lunch break each day and use part of the time for a daily staff meeting. We have found that the youngest children (6 months-6 years) need a little time with their parents in the middle of the day.
· Seating and supervision. Kids in the oldest groups may eat unsupervised, provided they behave appropriately. However, children in the younger groups must be seated with an adult or teen or parent buddy who is responsible for them. Individual arrangements are the responsibility of parents
· Lunch line flow. There will be a dedicated line for families and Kids Camp staff during lunch.
· Kid-friendly food. Each day peanut butter, jelly, bread, plain pasta, pizza, carrot sticks or baby carrots, celery sticks and more will be available at every meal.
Camp reopens at 1:30 pm and ends promptly at 4:30 pm
Keeping Track OF CHILDREN:
Each group of children will have a sign-in and sign-out sheet with the counselor or work-study assistant. Please be diligent in signing in/out your child with the group leader, so that we always know where your child is and where to find you.
Please notify your child(ren)’s counselor if they can leave without adult sign-out and complete the release form counselors have. Only children ages 11 and 12 are allowed to sign themselves in and out. All other campers must be brought to camp and picked up by an approved adult.
We will provide snack each day. If your child has any food allergies or cannot eat solid food yet, please let us know. If you child is not eating solids please send babyfood/formula as needed. Please list on the Children’s Program Consent form any food allergies and your child’s reactions.
SHARING SUPPLIES & RESOURCES:
We are renting space in college classrooms that are not equipped for children. The camp staff does a wonderful job of making the space kid-friendly and safe. You can be of enormous help by bringing age-appropriate toys, materials and books (especially with Jewish content) for everyone to share or donate. Bubbles/wands, balls of all sizes, blocks, and popular board games are always helpful.
THIS YEAR WE ESPECIALLY NEED ONE or TWO BABY-GATES. If you are driving to Institute and have a baby gate at home you will not need in the dorm that you are willing to lend Kids Camp, please contact Aileen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not donating the items, please label everything, indelibly, with your child’s name, and pick it up before 1:30 pm on Friday.
DONATIONS OF CRAFT MATERIALS & TOYS:
We do a lot of arts and crafts projects with the children throughout the week, including preparing special decorations for the entire community for Shabbat. If you are able to donate any of the following, please let us know as soon as possible and bring the materials with you to the camp orientation.
Fabric markers or paints
modeling clay, model magic,
White t-shirts in various kid sizes
Rolls of craft paper or newsprint
Empty glass jars (pasta sauce size)
Kids Camp is subsidized by a generous grant from