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ALL-DAY EXPLORER CAMP PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION

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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!

Camp Hours
  • Drop-off: 7:00-9:00am
  • Structured camp activities: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Pick up: 4:00-6:00pm
Camp Policies

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 and are required to report any suspected child abuse to the proper authorities. 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.

RATIOS: We adhere to the following staff to camper ratio:1 staff for every 8 campers.

GROUP ASSIGNMENTS: Day camp is divided into groups based on grade and age; grouping campers who are within one year of age and one grade level in school. Staff are trained in team-building and in helping campers learn to make new friends within their group.

SWIMMING: Not all camps offer swimming. Check the camp calendar to see what days your camper may be swimming. Swimsuit and towel are required to participate. If a camper forgets their swimsuit or does not want to participate, there will be supervised alternative activities on the pool deck.

BEHAVIOR: Campers who are unable to abide by camp rules or are disrupting other campers’ ability to enjoy camp may be dismissed without refund. The following behavior will result in immediate removal from the day camp program:

  • Theft
  • Verbal abuse or bullying
  • Physical aggression, verbal threats of harm
  • Disruptive, defiant, or blatant disrespect for staff or participants
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Leaving designated camp area without authorized adult
  • Parents who disrespect children, other parents, or staff


ILLNESS:
 Please do not bring sick children to camp. In the event of exposure to a communicable condition, parents will be notified as quickly as possible. Make sure we have current contact information on file. We will contact you 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, 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. In the case of an injury, staff will make every effort to ensure proper care. Care may include treatment by staff for minor injuries, contacting a parent or guardian, or calling local emergency care providers. Staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian prior to providing treatment.

SUPERVISION: All-Day Explorer camp is not staffed to provide one-on-one supervision. Talk with our camp directors about solutions if additional care is required by your camper.

MEDICATION: Staff is not authorized to provide medication to campers; the only exception is inhalers. If your camper requires an EpiPen®, please see a camp director at the start of the camp session.

INSURANCE: The parent or guardian is responsible for any medical expenses for an 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

FEES

To accurately staff each week of camp, we require the balance of all camp fees to be paid the Friday one week before camp begins.

REFUNDS/CANCELLATIONS

Refunds will be in the form of a credit to your household account unless you request a check.

  • Programs canceled by the Park District will receive a full refund.
  • Refunds will not be granted for requests made after the program is over even with a doctor’s note.
  • Please leave a message if you are calling outside of business hours to make a cancellation, 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 129.

Special Accommodations
If your camper requires special accommodations to be successful in camp, please set up a time to speak with the camp director and recreation aide at least two weeks before camp starts. This way, we will be prepared to give your camper the extra help they need to be successful in camp.
What to Bring
  • Extra snacks
  • Filled water bottle
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Plastic bag for wet items
  • Closed-toe shoes (please leave flip-flops and sandals at home)
  • Small backpack (to hold belongings)
  • Sunscreen
  • Please label all belongings with child’s name

PERSONAL BELONGINGS: Please only allow your child to bring items that are necessary for day camp. Money, toys, sports equipment, gum, and makeup are not permitted.

SNACKS: Please only send peanut-free snacks with your child and discuss with them the importance of not sharing snacks because other children may have food allergies. Snacks should not require refrigeration or microwaving.

SUNSCREEN: Please apply sunscreen to your child every day before camp begins. 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. (This only applies to summer and spring camps.)

DRESS CODE: Dress your child in athletic apparel that allows them to fully participate in camp activities and games. Leave sandals, flip-flops, and clothes that you don’t want dirty at home.

Pick up & Drop-off
SIGNING CAMPERS IN AND OUT: Photo ID is required. Parents or guardians are responsible for checking campers in and out by signing the roster. Be sure to indicate the time of pick up and drop-off. Additional adults must be on the authorized list and have their photo ID. Campers will not leave camp with an unauthorized adult. Anyone who could be picking up your camper must be listed on the authorized pick up list and must present photo ID at the time of pick up.

MAKING CHANGES TO AUTHORIZED PICK UP:  Changes to the authorized pick up list must be done in person by the parent/guardian who filled out the registration form. You will be asked to show ID. We cannot make any changes to the authorized pick up list over the phone, so please be sure to list anyone who will be picking up your camper on the registration form.

CAMPER RELEASE: A release form is required for all campers. Please complete and sign as a parent or guardian. Include at least three people authorized to pick your child up.

  • Separated parents: If the parents are separated but not legally divorced, the staff have 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. Custody agreements must be kept on file with the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District.
  • Guardianship: Copies of appropriate legal documents must be on file with the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District.

CHANGE OF CAMPER INFORMATION: Changes to authorized adults or their contact information must be made in-person and in writing. Please see a camp director to update.

LATE PICK UP FEES: There is a $1 per minute charge after camp closes. Late fees must be paid before the camper returns to camp. If a camper is not picked up and camp has not been notified by parent or authorized adults within one hour of camp closure, the Park District will call the local child protective services and sheriff’s department.