ALL-DAY EXPLORER CAMP PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION
Throughout the year the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District offers enriching camp experiences on no-school days and school breaks. We want youth to get more out of their time away from school; more friendships, more experiences, more fun!
- Flexible Drop-off: 7:00-9:00am
- Structured camp activities: 9:00am-4:00pm
- Flexible Pick-up: 4:00-6:00pm
STAFF: Our staff are trained in working with children, day camp operations, CPR, and first aid. All staff and volunteers are mandated child abuse reporters. Camp staff are great with children; however, they are not permitted to babysit, transport in personal vehicles, or have contact with campers outside of camp.
SUPERVISION: All-Day Explorer camp is not designed to provide one-on-one supervision. Contact the Park District or Program Manager if your camper requires individual support to be successful.
RATIOS: We adhere to the following staff to camper ratio:1 staff for every 8 campers.
WATER PLAY: Not all camps offer swimming or water play. Check the camp schedule to confirm days your camper may be in the water. Swimsuit and towel are required to participate in water play. If a camper forgets their swim things or chooses not to participate, there will be alternative supervised dry activities.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT: Campers whose behavior disrupts or endangers other campers’ ability to enjoy camp may be dismissed from camp without refund. Examples are:
- Verbal abuse or bullying
- Physical aggression
- Inappropriate touching
- Leaving designated camp area without authorized adult
BIMPRD COVID-19 Guidelines supersede the following information:
ILLNESS: Do not bring sick children to camp. In the event of unintended exposure to a communicable condition, families will be notified as quickly as possible. We will contact parents to pick up your camper immediately if:
- Camper is feeling ill for 30 minutes or longer
- Camper has a fever of 100.1 degrees or higher
- Camper is vomiting
- Camper has diarrhea, persistent cough, watery or inflamed eyes, acute skin rash, or sore throat
Children absent because of contagious disease may return with a statement from a physician indicating the child is no longer contagious.
Children absent because of lice may return when there is no sign of lice or nits.
In the case of an injury, staff will make every effort to ensure proper care. Care may include first aid for minor injuries, contacting a parent or guardian, or calling local emergency care providers. In the event of an emergency, staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian prior to treatment.
MEDICATION: Explorer Camp staff are not authorized to provide medication to campers; however, staff may assist campers to self-medicate inhalers. If your camper requires an EpiPen®, please see the Explorer Camp Program Supervisor at the start of the camp session.
INSURANCE: The parent or guardian is responsible for any medical expenses related to any injury incurred at camp.
EMERGENCIES: Camp staff are prepared and trained to activate emergency procedures in the event of severe weather, fire, building evacuation, or other immediate safety measures.
Fees & Cancellation Policy
Explorer Camp registration is available online from this Park District website or at the Aquatics Center by phone (206)842-2302 or in person. All fees are due in full prior to participation.
Refunds will be in the form of an automatic credit to the appropriate BIMPRD household account.
- Programs canceled by the Park District will receive a full refund.
- Refunds will not be granted after a camp is over, even with a doctor’s note.
- If you call to leave a cancellation message outside of business hours, all calls are time and date stamped.
Unless a doctor’s note is received, the following refund policy applies:
- Requests made 7 days or more prior to start of the program will receive a full refund less a $10 service charge.The seven day period does not include the day the class begins (i.e. the seventh day is the day before the class starts). Counting backwards to the first day, a refund request must be received no later than midnight before the first day of the seven day period.
- No refunds will be granted if requests are received less than 7 days before the start of the program.
- No refunds will be granted if requests are made once the program has started.
Some exceptions may be made for documented injury or illness. Please call us at (206) 842-2306 ext 125.
If your camper requires special accommodation to be successful in All-Day Explorer Camp, please contact the Park District at least two weeks before camp starts. This way, the District can determine whether we can adequately provide your camper the extra help they need to be successful in camp. Learn more about our accomodations here.
What to Bring
- Filled water bottle
- Swimsuit and towel
- Plastic bag for wet items
- Wear closed-toe shoes (leave flip-flops and sandals at home)
- Small tote bag or backpack (to hold belongings)
- Please label all belongings with child’s name
PERSONAL BELONGINGS: Only allow your camper to bring items that are necessary for day camp. Extra money, toys, sports equipment, candy & gum, and personal electronics stay home.
OPTIONAL SNACKS: 2 daily snacks are provided by Explorer Camp. If you choose to send a snack from home for your camper, Please send nut-free items only. Snacks should not require refrigeration or microwaving.
SUNSCREEN: For Spring and Summer camps, pre-apply sunscreen to your camper every day prior to camp. If additional applications are necessary, send sunscreen with your child to reapply later in the day. Remember to label the lotion with your child’s full name.
DRESS CODE: Campers should dress in play clothes or athletic apparel that allows them to safely and comfortably participate in messy camp activities and games.
Drop-off & Pick Up
CAMP ACCESS: Explorer Camp access is via the outside entry door awning at the west end of the Aquatics Center. Parents/Caregivers are asked to remain outside while staff escort campers.
SIGNING CAMPERS IN AND OUT: Photo ID is required by anyone picking up your camper. Parents or guardians are responsible for signing campers in and out on the roster, including times. Any additional adults must be on the authorized pick-up list and have their photo ID ready. Campers may not leave camp with an unauthorized adult. Anyone who could possibly be picking up your camper needs to be listed on your camper’s authorized pick up list and be prepared to present photo ID at time of pick up.
MAKING CHANGES TO AUTHORIZED PICK UP: Changes to your camper’s authorized pick up list must be done in person by the parent/guardian who filled out the registration form, with proof of ID. Staff cannot make any changes to the authorized pick up list over the phone.
- Separated parents: If the parents are separated but not legally divorced, the staff may not deny access to a child by either parent. Appropriate court issued documents are required for staff to deny parental access.
- Divorced parents: Either parent may pick up the child unless a court order indicates limited or no visitation. Such custody agreements must be kept on file with the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District.
- Guardianship: Copies of appropriate legal guardianship documents must be on file with the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District.
LATE PICK UP FEES: As with most child care facilities, there is a $1 per minute late fee charge accrued and applied to your account after camp closes at 6p. Late fees must be paid before that camper returns to camp. If a camper remains after camp and the Explorer staff have not been notified by a parent or other authorized adult within one hour of camp closure, the Park District may notify the camper’s emergency contact or appropriate authorities.