Here are some tips, ideas, and important information that will help your camper have an experience to remember.
Camp Director: Tanequa Hampton, (269) 381-1574 ext 15, (269) 815-8326, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What To Bring to Camp
For Overnight Campers:
For Young Farmers:
For All Campers:
Certain Camps require certain medical forms or waivers. Please find your Camp listed below and click on the waiver to download.
For camp questions: Registrar (269) 381-1574 ext 24 or email email@example.com
Camp Director: Tanequa Hampton, (269) 381-1574 ext 24 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to safety concerns, there will be no transportation for camp this year.
For camp questions: Registrar (269) 381-1574 ext 24 or email email@example.com
Camp Director: Tanequa Hampton, (269) 381-1574 ext 15 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Need After Care? If you would like to pick your camper later, please sign up for After Care. After Care is 3-4 pm at $15 per week. Register your camper online during the registration process. Families who pick their camper up after 3 pm will be charged the After Care price.
Note: After Care is not available for Junior Naturalists AM Camps. Also, you must be registered for the Before or/and After Care option through registration for your camper to be eligible. Families who bring their camper or pick them up after 3pm without registering them online will still be charged and are subject to a late fee.
We are unable to give refunds for cancellations within one week (5 business days) of the camp’s start date. A $50 processing fee will be charged for any cancellation prior to one week before a camp’s start date. There is no fee for switching to another available camp of the same price in the current camp season. If prices differ, you will need to pay the difference or we will refund or credit you the difference.
We ask that all personal belongings be marked with the camper’s name. At the end of each day we will make an effort to match lost items with their owners. Lost & Found will be kept for one week. All unclaimed items will be given to a local charity. Please do not bring items of great value to camp. KNC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
ALL campers MUST be signed in and out DAILY by a parent/adult guardian. Photo ID is required at the time of pick-up. Please have your license or photo ID ready to show to our staff whether we know you or not. There is space on the health form to list additional adults authorized to pick up your child. Anytime someone other than those designated will be picking up your camper(s), you must add those extra persons to your child(ren)’s registration form. Whether or not we already know you, you must bring your ID to your child’s counselor. This procedure is to ensure the safety of your child. If you add an authorized person a week before camp starts or after please email the camp director this information. This will ensure the person is added to all paperwork. If your child is walking/driving home from camp or the bus stop, they may check in and out themselves with a signed waiver from a parent/guardian
(not applicable summer 2021).
“Medication” is any substance a person takes to maintain and/or improve their health. This includes vitamins and natural remedies. If your child will be taking medication while at camp, fill out and return the Permission to Administer Medication form and provide enough of each medication to last the entire time at camp. Medications must be brought in the original pharmacy container. Bring only enough of the medications needed while at camp. Any unused medications will not be carried home by the camper. Medications are returned to the parent/guardian at check-out. All medications must be checked in at registration with the Health Officer. All medications will be stored inside the Camp Office except for inhalers and epi pens (which will stay with the camp group but still must be checked in). The Health Officer will ensure that your camper takes their medication when needed.
Should there be any emergency involving your child, or if your child becomes ill while at camp, we will contact you immediately. Families need to pick their sick child(ren) up within 30 minutes of the call. If you cannot be reached, we will call the individuals you have designated as alternate emergency contacts. Please make sure all information provided is accurate.
If a camper has any symptoms or has been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, they will be denied admission to camp and sent home. All other children from the car/household will also be denied admission to camp and sent home (even if they have no symptoms).
If a household member becomes ill during the day or get notified that they have been exposed to COVID the camp director should be notified immediately.
If you have a family emergency at home and need to pick your child up early, please call the Camp Office Phone 269-978-2404
Camp Director: Tanequa Hampton, (269) 381-1574 ext 15, (269) 978-2404, or email email@example.com
Camp will implement several methods of prevention at camp to aid in limiting chances for exposure while at camp. We know that campers may need extra reminders and grace during this time. For this reason, several methods will be used, not just one. It is important to note that due to the nature of COVID-19 even with all these practices in place camp cannot eliminate all risk of exposure. These methods include but are not limited to health screenings, mask wearing, physical distancing, hand washing, and cohort use (small groups).
Pre screening: Campers (with the assistance of parents/guardians) should self-monitor for 14 days and conduct pre-screening activities before camp to screen for COVID-19 or other illness.
Taking and recording their own temperature for 14 days before camp.
Self-screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, tiredness/fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, ect.) within the past two weeks. Symptoms Screening List
Other symptoms not necessarily related to COVID- sore or discharging eye or ear, profuse nasal discharge, contagious disease, strep throat, and etc.
Determining if, within the past two weeks, the individual has traveled nationally or internationally.
Determining if the individual has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of Covid-19.
Reporting Illness: ✴Parents/guardians should contact (with a call) the Camp Director directly to report possible illness if anyone in their household shows symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, or a person with a pending test, including the child, staff, roommate, or family member if they or their children experience possible symptoms or have a positive test. If a camper is flagged during the day the family will be asked to keep their child(ren) home and staff will be asked to stay home.
The individual must remain at home until:
They are symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever reducing or other symptom-altering medicine (e.g., cough suppressants). AND
Other symptoms have improved AND
At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared or since they tested positive for COVID-19.
They should also follow CDC guidance: What to do if you are sick.
For more information regarding KNC Camp’s Covid-19 policies and guidelines please refer to the Guardian Handbook. (add hyper-link to the Guardian Handbook)
✴NOTES: Families may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before attending camp.
✴These policies apply even if the family feels sure the illness may not be due to COVID.
It is possible that while exploring the habitats at the Nature Center and beyond, your child may come in contact with ticks, mosquitoes or other biting flies, or poison ivy. Our staff will do their best to remind campers to check themselves for ticks and reapply their bug spray. However, you must check your children each night when they get home because ticks hide in places that it is only appropriate for parents to check. We will teach your children how to identify and avoid poison ivy and other plants that may irritate the skin. The general recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics to limit the use of DEET-containing products on kids to those that contain 10% or less DEET.
Camp grades are based on the grade your child is going into (the grade they’ll be in after summer), so a current 3rd grader should be looking at Wild Child Camps. A current kindergarten student would go to the Explorers camp. A current 5th grader should look at the Adventure Skills or Adventure Trek camps.
During the registration process there is an opportunity for you to list one camp mate for your camper. Please list the camp buddy here and we will make every effort to make sure they are in the same group. It may be helpful to email and check in the week before your child’s camp starts to know whether or not your child and their friend are in the same group, if needed.
We do not recommend that siblings be in the same group nor do we allow younger grades to be moved up into older groups for many reasons. We divide camps up by age and grade. Generally, we have a 1st grade group, a 2nd grade group, and so on. We do not like to mix grades because younger children sometimes aren’t able to keep up with older children. That means the older child gets put with the younger group, and let’s face it, the older child will get bored.
Young Farmers will spend their week at the Delano Homestead. They will have the opportunity to help in the greenhouse or garden and learn many tricks of the trade. They also have the opportunity to help with our farm animals in residence when they are on site. There will be farm activities each day as well as some fun camp activities that all campers know and love.
A registered camper is a camper who has paid the registration cost in full and has a spot in camp.
An enrolled camper has shown interest in camp, but has not paid, so their spot is not saved.
If someone pays for camp it can potentially fill up camp, so that there is not room for an enrolled camper.
If you are having problems paying in full, please call the Registrar at 269-381-1574 x 24.
We ask for three adults to be listed for every child. In case of an emergency we generally start by calling Guardian 1, then Guardian 2 and lastly the Emergency Contact. You may be unable to finish registration until you have entered information for three adults.
No problem! When you arrive, please let your child(ren)'s counselor know the first and last name of the person who will be picking them up. Please also, email the Camp Director with that information so that we have this change in writing for you. Please also, remember to remind the person picking up to bring their photo ID and relay information (pick up location and process).
Here at the Nature Center, you never know when we will be playing with water! Please pack a swimsuit and towel for your child every day. This will prevent children from having to get wet in their clothes.
Staff may ask you to send your child with their swimsuit underneath their clothes at times. Please remember to send underwear/undergarments in their backpacks on those days.
We are constantly active, both physically and mentally, all day long. Pack a good lunch filled with protein and carbohydrates to give them fuel throughout the day. We also encourage extra food for a morning AND afternoon snack. We want to give them back tired, not hungry as well!
Each camp and age group have their own theme for the week. Generally there are at least 3 camp activities planned throughout the week that relate to the camp theme. There are times when there is an activity planned everyday related to the theme, this varies based on theme and staff. Please note that camp has many classic activities that are specific to summer camp that campers love. In an effort to ensure campers still get to do the activities they know and love there is a mix of regular camp activities and themed activities.
My First Nature Camp | 3 Year Olds
Jr. Naturalists | 4 & 5 Year Olds
Explorers | Grades 1-3
Wild Child | Grades 4 & 5
Adventurers | Grades 6-8
Teens | Grades 9-12
Family Campout | August 26-27
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For camp questions: Registrar
(269) 381-1574 ext 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org