Camp Rules and Regulations
· Camps at Mayapple are outdoor camps, and on most days campers will be outside for the entire session (minus bathroom breaks) rain or shine, excepting hazardous weather such as tornado, hurricane, hail, etc. Camp will not be cancelled due to rain, and campers must come prepared.
· All campers must come prepared with every item on this list:
- Rain gear, such as rain jacket, rain pants, or rain suit, and rain boots, on every day, even if it is not forecasted to rain
- Full change of clothing including shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, socks, and shoes
- A wide brimmed hat, for keeping away gnats (even if your child says she does not like to wear hats)
- Water bottle filled with water only (no milk, Gatorade, soda, fruit juice, etc).
- DO NOT pack: electronic devices, sunscreen, medicine, or any item that says “keep away from children” on its packaging. If you would like your child to wear sunscreen, please apply waterproof sunscreen ahead of time.
· All campers must wear closed toed shoes to camp, due to the increased risk of injury while wearing open toed shoes (altered gait, tripping, items becoming caught between toes and sole of sandal) compared to being barefoot or wearing closed toe shoes. Parents must inform camp counselors if they do not wish their child to go barefoot.
· Parents recognize that playing outside carries with it many rewards and certain risks not present while playing in a controlled indoor environment. Risks may include the presence of ticks, spiders, bees, and other insects, as well as hazardous plants such as poison ivy. Additionally, due to environmental degradation and natural factors, the health of the air, water, and land may pose risk to your child through smog, waterborne illnesses, presence of tetanus, or other factors. We make no promises to, nor do we have the ability to, remove these risks, and we will continue to play outside despite these risks. Additionally, children have access to and are encouraged to play with their peers, and with natural materials such as sticks, stones, and sand, which could potentially result in normal childhood bumps, bruises, and irritations. Camp counselors will model and encourage non-hazardous ways of playing, and parents will be informed at the end of the morning of minor injuries and immediately of major injuries.
· Camp counselors will make every effort to provide a quality program for your child. Therefore, this list of rules and regulations may be augmented during the summer camp by teacher requests of you and your family, in order to maintain program integrity. We expect families to maintain open and honest communication about their child’s needs and developmental stages.
· Snack is provided. Please do not send your child with a snack unless prearranged with Mayapple staff.