Questions and Answers
Welcome to the St. Charles Park District’s Day Camp Program. We are very excited to begin another fun summer with your child. Each week, camp focuses on a specific theme that campers will experience in a variety of ways.
Campers will enjoy everything from special speakers and walking trips to group games, singing and storytelling. Staff even includes arts and crafts, science projects and math or reading activities to keep camp interesting and challenging. Campers will embark on several outdoor adventures that include physical activities and socialization opportunities.
Most importantly, the District’s day camp program is an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone. For the Summer Camp Handbook: click here
1. Where do I drop off my child for camp?
Each day, all parents must drop off and pick up their camper in Pottawatomie Park with the exception of those campers registered for Little Scouts who pick up and drop off in the Pottawatomie Community Center. Please refer to the parent handbook for a map of drop off and pick up locations.
Adventure Day Camp, On the Go Camp and Kindergarten Camp will have the option to use a curbside service with drop off at 8:30am and pick up at 3:30pm. Curbside service means you don’t need to get out of your car. A counselor will come to your car with a clipboard so you can sign in your child in for the day. Please do not let your child get out of the car until you have signed the clipboard. If you choose not to use the curbside service, you may park your car and walk your child to the counselor to sign in.
2. What do I do if someone besides a parent or guardian needs to pick up my child from camp?
If someone besides the designated parent or guardian will be picking up your child, you must fill out the parental consent form in the emergency paperwork. Remember to tell the person you’ve chosen to pick up your child that they must have a valid ID matching the signed paperwork in order to pick up your child from camp.
3. What happens if I am late in picking up my child from camp?
In the event that the pick up person is late, the Park District will bill the camper’s parents $5 for the first five minutes of late time and $1 for each additional minute of late time. A counselor will remain with a child until a parent arrives. Parents are responsible for the late fee if their designated pick up person is late.
4. In case of emergency, how will the staff know to contact me?
It is important that you complete the Emergency Information Forms as they provide valuable information to counselors about your child’s health history and any specific needs your child may have. Remember to check both sides of each form for completion. After registering, you will receive an eMail from ePACT, the District’s secure emergency network, to create an account and complete medical & emergency contact information.
5. How is discipline handled on a daily basis?
Campers are expected to follow the guidelines listed in the parent handbook. If a behavior is not acceptable in a day camp setting, counselors will first try to redirect the camper to a different activity.
6. What happens if my child has an accident or injury at camp?
All staff have been trained in First Aid and CPR and will always put your child’s safety first should any injury occur during camp. Be sure to include all phone numbers where you can be reached during camp hours in case an emergency should arise.
7. Where will the campers be located if rain is present?
All camps will be held rain or shine. On rainy days, campers will be located in the Pottawatomie Community Center. As you enter the park, there will be a large sign indicating that all youth and preschool day camps are inside. Please bring your child into the community center if rain is present and staff will direct you to your group.
8. Is a camp T-shirt required for campers?
On the Go campers, Adventure Day campers – both Navigators and Explorers, and Kindergarten campers are required to wear a camp T-shirt every day. T-shirts are available for purchase for $6 each at Pottawatomie Community Center. Pottawatomie Park is open to the public from dawn to dusk so campers wearing the same t-shirt make it easier for counselors and supervisors to identify their groups at all times. Staff is adamant about doing frequent head-counts and attendance throughout the day to ensure the safety of your child.
9. What should my campers wear to camp?
Comfortable, slightly loose play clothing such as jeans, shorts, gym shoes and camp T-shirts are appropriate for everyday wear. Please note that it is very possible that your camper’s clothing will come in contact with paint, markers, food coloring, grass, mud and so on. Sandals are permitted at the pool only. Campers must wear sneakers or closed toe shoe for activities such as running, jumping and climbing.
10. Will there be time to apply sunscreen and bug spray?
Since we spend so much time outdoors, we require all campers to bring sunscreen and bug spray to camp each day. We recommend that you apply sunscreen to your child before arriving to camp in the morning. We do encourage campers to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day. Campers are required to apply sunscreen to themselves, however we will assist with the application of spray sunscreen if needed. A sun screen stick is a great way for your camper to apply sunscreen to their face.
11. What types of activities will my camper enjoy?
On the Go campers and Adventure Day campers will swim two times each week, weather permitting. One day, swim time will be at Swanson Pool in Pottawatomie Park and the other day, it will be at Otter Cove Aquatic Park. On days that campers travel to Otter Cove, a contracted bus service will transport them to the facility.
Kindergarten Camp will swim at Swanson Pool in Pottawatomie Park twice a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:30pm.
Adventure Day Camp for first and second grades will attend Swanson Pool on Tuesdays from 12-2pm and Otter Cove on Thursdays from 11:30am-2pm. On the Go campers and Adventure Day Camp for third and fourth grades will attend Swanson Pool on Mondays from 11:30am-2pm and Otter Cove on Wednesdays from 11:30am-2pm.
Please note that there may be some fluctuation in the On the Go Camp schedule due to bussed field trips. Parents will be notified in advance if swimming days will change.
Throughout the summer, campers will enjoy River View Miniature Golf, walking field trips to various locations in downtown St. Charles, and science, craft and music activities. Large group games, small group activities, board games, field trips, and water activities provide hours of camp fun. A 30 minute lunch break with a brief quiet time will be held every day of camp. Each day, campers are required to bring a non-refrigerated bag lunch and water bottle with their name on it.
12. Will there be an opportunity for a snack break?
Each afternoon, campers will take a snack break. Campers should bring their own snack.
13. How will I be aware of what is scheduled for my camper?
Newsletters and schedules will be emailed on Friday afternoon for the upcoming week’s activities. Hard copies will also be available with your camper’s counselor if needed.