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How Camp Works A-Z

Please read through the handbook information below.

After Camp Care
Behavior Expectations for the Campers in Our Care
Clothing and Dress
Contact Information and Communication
Drop-off and Pick-up
First Aid Procedures
Lunch and Snacks
Swimming
Transportation
Visiting Camp

After Camp Care

After camp care is available from the end of the camp day until 6PM with a free swim time when the weather permits. A snack is provided. Transportation home is not provided. Parents who pick up children after 6PM will be charged a late fee of $1/minute.

Children enrolled for both transportation and after camp care can still the ride the bus home on days when they do not stay. Please provide us with an “end of the day schedule” as it is available. It is important to alert us to changes as soon as possible. Please make sure that your child knows whether or not they are staying in after camp or riding home. Any uncertainty at the end of the day can be very upsetting to young children.

Occasional attendance is also permitted. The cost is $22/day and the camp office must be informed by 2PM. You will be billed at the end of each session for drop-in usage.

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Behavior Expectations for the Campers in Our Care

Children becoming responsible members of our camp community is an integral part of our program.

Goals for our Camp Community:

  • We want our campers to feel safe, valued, and free to grow and change.
  • We want the campus and all its elements to be cared for, explored, and treasured.
  • We want our children to develop the behaviors that will make them contributing, trusted members of the community.
  • Our commitment is to help each child meet these goals in developmentally-appropriate ways. What can be expected of a 4 year-old is different that what a 10 year-old can do.

We expect the children will:

  • treat each other with care and respect, not demeaning a person nor destroying the work of others;
  • treat the environment with care;
  • work cooperatively when participating in group activity;
  • seek help by asking for it;
  • include others in play and settle disputes in non-violent ways;
  • seek an adult for help when a conflict cannot be resolved or when dangerous or abusive behavior is occurring;
  • not use offensive language;
  • stay within the boundaries of the play area; and
  • take responsibility for their behavior.

Going over these goals and expectations with your camper will help support your child’s camp experience.

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Clothing and Dress

The dress at MDC is quite informal. We require CLOSED TOE SHOES (*sneakers, crocs, Keen-type shoes) and recommend that children dress for the weather in washable play clothes that will stand abuse. This is an outdoor camp so clothing and towels will get muddy, and feet will need protection. All clothes should be marked with your child’s name.

You will receive a tote bag for your child’s belongings, which should be marked with his/her name and bunk. On the first day of camp, please send a complete set of extra clothes to be kept at camp..

Since campers swim at least twice a day, we strongly encourage them to wear their bathing suits to camp. However, if you’d like for your child to change at the end of the day, just let us know.

We do not permit items of a personal nature, such as cards, handheld games, cell phones, radios/mp3 players, toys or jewelry at camp. Camp is not responsible for any lost, missing, broken, or stolen items.

We have a lost and found that is sorted weekly and labeled items are returned. At the end of each session, unlabeled items are donated to a local aid organization.

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Contact Information and Communication

The camp office is located in the library building by the creek in the center of campus. The office is open Monday to Friday each week camp is in session during regular business hours, 8 AM to 5 PM. The summer office telephone number is 610-828-1231. It is best not to call during arrival and dismissal (at 9 AM and 3 PM when we are busy helping children transition in and out of camp). The camp does not permit the use of cell phones by campers or staff during the camp day.

Our after hours telephone number is also the camp’s winter season cell phone number: 267-240-4456. This number will reach the personal voice mail of the Camp Director. If you leave a message, please state the nature of your call so that we can collect the necessary information before we call you back. Families will also be given an after hours contact number for a lead counselor and the bus company.

Depending on the nature of your communication and your need for a timely response, you are free to e-mail the camp director at any time. The camp director reads and responds to e-mail communication at the beginning (before 8 AM) and end of each day (after 5 PM). The email address is campdirector@miquon.org.

Notes & Letters:

Counselors will check bags of young campers each morning and forward notes to the proper person. It is suggested that notes be pinned to the outside of the camp bag.

Transportation notes may be given to the bus counselor/van driver.

A bunk update will be posted on-line weekly. Please contact the office if you cannot read this communication.

We want to hear from you. You and your child are important to us. We would like to know of any problems or concerns that you may have during the camp season. If you are especially pleased with a particular activity or situation, we would like to hear that also.

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Drop-off and Pick-up

  • Adults dropping off/picking up campers should always check them in and out with the staff person on duty. The staff person on duty can be found with a clipboard in the woodchip area between 8-9AM and 3:00-3:30PM. After 9AM and before 3PM, please check in/check out your child in the camp office.
  • When picking up from After Camp Care, please check out with any member of the After Camp Staff.
  • Please note that parents must notify the office in advance if you want to let someone else pick up your child, and tell us how to recognize that person.
  • Please use extreme caution when driving in the parking lot.
  • If you pick up at the end of the camp day, please wait until buses and vans have dismissed.
  • Campers awaiting pick-up at 3:30 PM will be sent to the After Camp Program.

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First Aid

We have a nurse on staff during camp hours and a local pediatrician available for consultation. In an emergency, if we feel prompt medical attention is required, and we cannot reach you or your child’s doctor, we will take your child to the emergency room at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Allergy medicine, or other special medications that you child requires should be given to the camp nurse. Please provide accurate directions, or in some cases doctor’s orders, and written consent allowing the nurse to dispense the medication to your child. Only the nurse may dispense medication.

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Lunch and Snacks

Campers will bring their lunch to camp everyday, except Wednesdays when the camp provides a hot dog BBQ. Lunches that are not packed in insulated totes will be refrigerated.

Lunch boxes/bags should be clearly marked with the camper’s name and group. Morning snacks and lunchtime beverages are provided daily.

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Swimming

The Miquon Swim Program has three components:

  1. Each day every camper has an afternoon free swim.
  2. Monday through Thursday, all groups have daily instructional swim. This period is designed to help campers improve their swimming ability and become more relaxed and confident in the water, to contribute to health and physical fitness, and to increase the camper’s awareness for safety in the aquatic environment.
  3. Each Friday, during the instructional period, we have “play swim”. Groups engage in cooperative aquatic games, play with equipment, ring toys, etc., and learn safety skills, such as the use of PFD’s. This child-centered component is very popular with campers and also helps to reinforce many of the skills that are learned during the week’s instructional periods.

All three components combine to achieve our two primary objectives for the swim program, to help every camper improve his/her ability in the water and enjoy learning swimming skills.

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Transportation

  1. Busses and vans are assigned a name in order to help campers remember their route. For example, the “Star Bus” transports from Center City and the “Sky Bus” from Chestnut Hill.
  2. In the mornings, please have your child ready when the bus/van arrives to the pick-up spot. Our drivers are instructed to wait up to three minutes for occasional delays, but not longer.
  3. Children who are not registered for the bus/van may not be picked-up or dropped off without express permission from the Camp Director.
  4. In the afternoon, drivers are not permitted to drop off your child unless you or a caregiver makes your presence known. Exceptions for older children may be requested in advance and approved by the Camp Director.
  5. The week before the start of camp, you will receive, via email, an estimated time for pick up/drop off and the name and contact information for your driver and bus counselor. After the first few days of camp, pick up/drop off times settle into a regular time slot. Until that happens, it is normal for the bus/van to arrive late. Please allow this. Please expect normal city traffic delays or bad weather delays that are typical when transporting in urban areas.
  6. If your child is enrolled after first week of camp, please contact your bus counselor for a more accurate pick up and drop off times.
  7. If the driver is late and/or there is a problem, the bus company or bus counselor will call us and we will contact you. Again, please expect normal city traffic delays or bad weather delays that are typical when transporting in urban areas.
  8. Because the number of campers going home on the bus/van varies from day to day, we do not try to maintain a precise drop off schedule. If you feel that the bus is unreasonably late, please call. We dismiss at 3:15 PM, later on the first few days of each session and new campers get used to the end of day routine.
  9. If you wish to pick-up your child, please notify the camp before 2 PM. For your child’s protection, you or any person picking up your child must stop in at the camp office to sign your child out if it is prior to 3 PM. Between 3-3:30 PM there will be a staff member on duty outside on the woodchip area. Please do not be offended if we ask for identification.

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Visiting Camp

As a parent, you are always welcome to visit us during the summer, as we have no special visiting day. Please call or send a note to see if something special is planned and check in at the camp office once you have arrived. Remember that children often become self-conscious among their peers when their parents are present.

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