DAY CAMP FAQs
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When is the first day of camp? The first day of camp this year is Monday, June 15, 2020.
What are the hours of your program? Our program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We also offer before care starting at 7:30 AM and after care ending at 5:00 PM for an extra cost.
What age are your campers? Our youngest campers must be five years old by the first day they attend camp. Our campers are in age-specific groups ranging from 5 to 13 years old. We also have a few alumni campers who are 14-15 years old that are in our leadership training (LIT) program.
Is Camp Aldersgate just for Methodists? No! Camp Aldersgate is open to all campers, regardless of their faith background. Campers from many faiths - and those without a faith background - have found Aldersgate to be an excellent place to explore and strengthen their spiritual life. Aldersgate has a progressive Methodist theology, which emphasizes that everyone is created in God's image and is loved and accepted for who they truly are. Therefore, we are called to love and accept each other for who God has made them to be.
Is the information in the online registration system secure? Camp Aldersgate has partnered with Camp Brain, a leader in the camp software industry, to offer online registration for camp. The information in the system is accessible only to the camper's family and appropriate Aldersgate staff.
What about lunch? What if my camper is a picky eater? We provide lunch for campers each day. Our professional chef plans kid-friendly menus like chicken tenders, tacos, and macaroni & cheese. However, if your camper does not like the option provided, we also have a full salad bar and the opportunity to make a sunbutter & jelly or a cheese sandwich.
Campers have the option of bringing their own lunch if they are worried about the options. Please note that campers cannot bring any food or snack item that contains peanuts or tree nuts due to camper allergies.
My camper is not a strong swimmer. Can they still go swimming in the lake? Every Monday afternoon we have a waterfront orientation where all campers who are new that week learn the rules for the waterfront and the boating procedures. All campers can swim in the shallow end and use canoes with staff. Campers who are 11 or older can boat with friends even if they do not take a swim test. Campers who want to swim in the raft area must successfully pass a swim test on Monday afternoon. Our swim test consists of swimming to the end of the swimming area, treading water for a minute, and swimming back to the shallow end.
What if my camper needs medication during the camp day? Please indicate on your health form that your camper takes medication during the camp day and our nurse will contact you. If appropriate, many families change their medication time during the summer so campers can take their medication before or after camp. However, we understand this cannot be done for some medications!
If your camper has an emergency medication (like an inhaler or Epi-Pen), our nurse will discuss with you whether your camper or their counselor should carry that medication with them during the day depending on your camper's age and what they do at home/during the school year.
All of our senior staff members are trained in Basic First Aid and have specific training on how and when to administer Epi-Pens to our campers who require them.
I think my camper left something behind at camp. Do you have a lost and found? Of course! If your item is labeled, we will call you to let you know that we have found it. If not, we keep everything that is left behind until our fall festival in October so please call camp and let us know what you are missing! After the fall festival, we donate all items from the lost and found.