Summer Day Camp
As always, Hempfield Township remains committed to maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment for our staff and campers. In partnership with the American Camping Association, we are closely monitoring information about COVID-19 and are activity discussing the latest updates from the Center for Diesase Control and Prevention.
At this time we are planning on providing our campers with a much-needed, fun filled summer camper experience for summer 2020. We will continue to monitor the effects of Corona-virus and our ability to run summer camp this year.
Camper Health Guidelines
• At drop off each morning a counselor will ask the parent/guardian if the child has had a cough, fever or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours. If the answer is yes, the camper will NOT be allowed to attend camp until they have been symptom free for 72 hours.
• If a camper develops a fever of 100 degrees or higher or consistent cough during the camp day a parent will be notified immediately to come pick the camper up. The camper may return after being symptom free for 72 hours
• Parents are responsible to let the Head Counselor know immediately if their child has symptoms or has been diagnosed with a Communicable Disease.
• Parent/Guardian will be notified immediately if a camper becomes ill or sustains an injury of a serious nature.
• Please do not bring your child to camp if they feel ill, or have had a fever, coughing, vomiting or diarrhea.
Prevention at Camp for COVID 19:
We will be implementing several new polices to assure that we are doing everything in our power to lessen the spread of germs at camp
Drop off: Parents will be dropping off using our new drive though procedure. Cars will pull up to the drop off tent at the main parking lot entrance where a counselor will come to your car window and ask the parent/guardian questions about fever and cough. Counselors will check campers temperature using a forehead thermometer. The counselor will direct parent to what pavilion camper is assigned to that week. Parent will drive SLOWLY to pavilion and sign in camper. They MUST have paperwork filled out before they are permitted to leave.
Pick up: Pick up will occur at the pavilion the child was dropped off at. If a parent is planning on picking up earlier, a counselor must be informed during drop off in the morning. Parents will pull up to the pavilion SLOWLY and a counselor will ask to see photo identification. Anyone picking up a camper must be listed on the Drop-Off/Pick-Up Form. No exception will be made. Once properly identified, the camper will use hand-sanitizer to protect their family, then will be allowed to leave.
Campers will be asked to wash hands a few extra times during the day. Hand washing steps will be placed on the walls in the bathrooms for campers to follow. Counselors will be monitoring coughing and sneezing and have campers immediately wash hands as well as teach them to cough and sneeze into elbows. Small groups and social distancing will be a priority through out the day as well.
Hempfield Township Parks and Recreation offers a fun and educational Summer Day Camp program for children ages 5 through 12. This is a 10-week camp beginning in June and running through August. Children may register for the entire 10-week program, on a week-by-week or partial-week basis. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up options available for an additional fee per child. Each week is theme-specific with crafts, games, and special guests. Included in the cost of the camp is a free t-shirt for each camper, free pizza on Fridays, and free weekly field trips. For more information please read below or direct to the Parent Handbook.
Registration for Summer Day Camp begins the first Monday in May for Hempfield Township residents, and the second Monday in May for no-residents. Register for camp online. Registration/Payment is due by Friday of the week prior to attending camp.
Weekly Themes/Field Trips
Early Drop Off & Late Pick Up
Weekly Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up care for Summer Day Camp participants is available for an additional fee.
Early: 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Late: 4:10 PM – 5:30 PM
Lunch & Snacks
Campers are required to bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day. Refrigeration and microwave facilities are not available to campers. One morning snack will be provided daily.
Sign In/Sign Out Procedures
For the safety of each child, all campers must be signed in and signed out each day. Campers may only be picked up and signed out by an authorized person (indicated on the Drop off and Pick up Authorization Sheet). Campers may not sign themselves in or out. Please be ready to show a photo I.D. to a staff member.
Drop Off Times
Campers registered for early drop off may begin arriving at 8:00 AM. All other campers can be signed in between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM Please have your child here on time, as activities will start promptly at 9:30 AM.
Camp Attire & Personal Items
All campers should wear comfortable clothing each day. Campers should wear athletic shoes (no sandals, open toed shoes, or flip-flops). Campers are not permitted to bringing personal items such as electronics, toys or items of value. The Hempfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for loss or damage to personal items brought to camp.
Because camp activities are outdoors, your child is at risk for sunburn. Campers should arrive at camp with sunscreen already applied, as well as with additional sunscreen. We recommend campers use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30.