Yes. Because Kamparama is a licensed day care summer camp, we are required to comply with all state licensing requirements. When you drop off your camper, you need to stop at the front desk and have a Camp Staff member sign your child in.
When you pick up your child from Kamparama, please stop back at the front desk and complete a sign out sheet. Children will not be released to anyone not listed on the approved pick-up list. New parents, please be prepared to show ID when you pick up your child until our Camp Staff is familiar with you. If you are having someone pick your child up from camp that is not on the approved pick-up list, please call ahead of time and speak to one of the Camp Directors.
Once your child has signed into camp, he or she can choose any empty cubby to put his or her belongings in. Cubbies are not assigned, so your camper may have a different cubby from day to day.
Each week at Kamparama involves field trips. If your camper does not want to attend a field trip, other than the park, for any reason, they have the option of staying at Kamparama for “Stay and Play.” “Stay and Plays” are filled with fun activities and games that are tied to that week’s theme, along with plenty of free time for campers to explore and engage in activities of their choice.
Please note, if we do not reach our 10 children minimum for the “Stay & Play” option then all children will need to attend the field trip.
“Stay and Plays” are housed at our Heather Kamparama site throughout the summer. Please note, children who normally attend the Arundel site will need to be dropped off and picked up by their parents at the Heather Kamparama site on the days they are participating in Stay and Play.
Lunch is provided for campers twice per week, and is sometimes provided within the cost of a field trip. Please check the field trip schedule to determine what days you need to back a lunch for your camper. Snacks are only provided in the afternoon, please pack a snack for your child in the morning.
Healthy snacks are served in the afternoon–such as fruits, veggies, and healthy beverages. We also provide supplemental fruit or veggies and milk every day.
Every Thursday, campers are allowed to bring their “wheels,” i.e. roller blades, scooters, or bikes to camp. A designated spot will be set up at camp for supervised wheel time. Helmets are required. No skateboards.
Every Monday, weather permitting, Kamparama will have special activities and playtime that involve water. Campers should be prepared to get wet on these days.
Children need to bring their own lunch on days when Lunch Bunch is not provided. In addition, we ask that all campers bring a bottle of sunscreen with them on the first day of camp to add to our shared sunscreen bucket. We apply sunscreen twice per day (once in the morning, once in the afternoon). If your child has allergies or needs special sunscreen, please put his or her name on the bottle and let one of our Camp Staff know.
Kamparama uses buses provided by the Catholic Youth Organization. All buses are certified for use with elementary school children and have seat belts.
Field trip costs vary, but are usually between $12 and $50. Please visit the field trip page for specific field trip costs.
Campers are arranged in groups prior to leaving for field trips, with one dedicated Camp Staff per 10 campers. Children are also buddied up within their groups. In addition, there is one or two Camp Directors present at each field trip without a group of their own to assist with any issues that come up. All Camp Staff carry cell phones with them at big venues and are in contact with Camp Directors throughout the day.
Kamparama staff are fully prepared to handle any issue that may arise. At least one Camp Director is present at every field trip, equipped with first aid kits, parent contact information, and emergency medical releases for every child.
Sometimes, children are given the opportunity to bring spending money with them on field trips to buy snacks or souvenirs. Other field trips have spending money included within the cost of the field trip. More details can be found here.
We also recognize that our youngest campers (we call them “Tikis”!) may benefit from some extra care. Tiki’s will have a special opportunity each morning and afternoon with dedicated group time along with one of our professional teachers. This may include a story, name game, art project or other small group activity. The Tiki teacher will also make sure that our Tikis understand what activities are being offered during the day. If Tiki time isn’t right for your young camper, you can opt them out at any time.