Important camp information - the ins and outs of camp
Our camps are not nut-free camps, however, we do our best to accommodate our campers with allergies. All campers are encouraged not to bring foods to camp that contain nuts. During lunch and snack periods, a nut free table is designated and any campers who have food items that are not free are invited to sit at this table.
Each camper needs a backpack to hold the items they will need each day: lunch, water bottle, and an extra set of clothes. Only Whitman Day Campers will need to bring a towel and wear a bathing suit each day. Campers will also need bug repellent. For more information regarding sunscreen and bugspray, please see the "Bugspray" and "Sunscreen" sections.
Summertime brings lots of annoying bugs. In order to ensure the comfort and safety of your camp please use bug repellent wipes or spray. Please pack extra bug wipes or spray in a bag marked with camper’s name and a signed note directing, “The Whitman Camp staff may apply bug repellent as needed”. This can be kept in the camper's backpack.
Parents can opt to deposit money into our Camp Bank. Each day when campers visit the Camp Store they can purchase drinks and snacks without having to bring in cash each day. A running balance will be kept throughout the week and any remaining money will be returned to the camper on the last day of the camp session. Balances can roll over to the next camp session at the request of the parent.
CAMP SNACK BAR
Each day at snack time, campers may visit the Camp Store to purchase a snack and drink. A variety of snacks will be available, along with waters and gatorade. Portions sizes are small and attempts are made to stock the Camp Store with healthy snack choices. Parents can opt out of the Camp Store and pack a snack from home to be eaten during our snack breaks. All snacks available for purchase are nut-free and approved by our Camp Nurse.
Campers should bring their own lunches. Lunches will be kept at room temperature; refrigeration is not available. Campers are encouraged to pack an extra snack and drink if they choose to not visit the Camp Snack Bar.
Camp is always fun, but it can be even better if enjoyed with a friend, or group of friends! There is a friend request section in the online registration. We will do our best to accommodate friend requests.
We also believe that part of a great summer camp experience is meeting new friends and forming new friendships. Our camp provides a variety of camp activities and a variety of camper groupings throughout the camp day in order to encourage new friendships. This helps bond our campers as a whole camp family!
Whitman Summer Camp has a full time camp nurse on-site at all times during camp hours. This registered nurse is will tend to any camper medical issues that arise during camp, including tending to minor injuries and illnesses and administering medications to campers who have submitted the proper forms. Email our nurse: Amanda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Campers will not be allowed to carry medication nor administer medication independently. All campers needing an epi-pen will need to fill out a special Health Form that will be sent directly to families that require this form of medication. Medication Authorization Form
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
Please plan to pull up curb side at the SCHOOL carpool circle for drop-off and pick-up. A counselor will check campers in and out each day at the curb.
During drop-off and pick-up, counselors will be on duty to check your camper in and out of camp.
First Day only: Camper families are asked to park their cars and walk their camper to the registration table to drop off forms, pick up camp t-shirts and deposit money into the camp store.
If your child is going home with a friend they will need to have a signed parent note notifying the Camp Directors of the change in pick-up.
Campers will have an option to buy pizza at our snack bar on Fridays during lunch. Pizza will cost $2.00 per slice and campers can use money from their Camp Bank. This is optional. Campers who are not interested in purchasing pizza, can bring their regular packed lunch to camp that day.
To help our camp staff protect your camper from sunburn while at camp, please do the following essential steps:
Always apply sunscreen on your camper at home each morning
Use a lotion that has at least 30-50% UVA/UVB protection.
Day Campers ONLY - If needed, we will re-apply a sunscreen to campers prior to Water Activities in the afternoon. Please bring sunscreen to camp in a ziploc bag, clearly labeled with you camper's name.
Our camp currently does not offer a swimming experience. However, campers at Whitman Day Camp will be provided an opportunity to participate in water play each day during the week. Campers at Whitman Day Camp will need to bring wear a swimsuit to camp each day and bring a towel each day.