2020 Parent Guide
Camp Sonshine Parent Guide
Most of your questions about day camp at Camp Sonshine will be answered here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the office at 402.423.8746 or email us at email@example.com!
WELCOME TO THE CAMP FAMILY!
First of all, allow us to thank you for choosing Camp Sonshine this summer. We are so excited to be a part of your family’s life and look forward to providing your child and the rest of your family an exciting and positive camp experience.
In order to provide you the best service possible and to answer any questions that you may have about camp, we have put together this guide. The following pages are filled with valuable information that will enable you and your child to make the most of your experience at Camp Sonshine this summer.
Our commitment to your satisfaction extends to all of our planning and preparations for the summer, so we are working long and hard to make this the best season ever. We are dedicated to providing a safe, fun-filled, and rewarding summer camp experience for your child, so he or she will come away with positive, unforgettable “memories that last a lifetime.”
Please know that we are available to discuss your child’s progress and development at camp at any time. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and any questions you may have.
Again, we thank you for joining the Camp Sonshine family and for allowing us to serve you and your family this summer.
Jeff & Trisha Keiser
Camp Sonshine Founding Directors
Address: 13440 South 25th St. Roca, NE 68430
Phone: (402) 423-8746
Camp Office Hours
Please feel free to call Camp Sonshine during our office hours.
Non-Camp Season (August 12 – June 3)
Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp Season (June 4 – August 11)
Mon – Fri 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Our Office Manager does a tremendous job answering your emails and phone calls, answering any questions you may have and resolving most situations right away. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
**Please note that during the summer, the camp directors are often out with the campers during the day. If they are unable to take your call, they will call you back as soon as they are available.
Dates/Times 2018 Day Camp Sessions
Session 1 – June 1 – 6
Session 2 – June 8 – 13
Session 3 – June 15 – 20
Session 4 – June 22 – 27
Session 5 – June 29 – July 1 Little Sib/Sibling Camp
Session 6 – July 6 – 11
Session 7 – July 13 – 18
Session 8 – July 20 – 25
Session 9 – July 27 – Aug 1
Session 10 – Aug 3 – 8
The Camp Day 9 am – 4:30pm
AM Extended Camp 7:30am – 9 am
PM Extended Camp 4:40pm – 6:00pm
(Extended Camp services are optional)
AM & PM Bus Transportation Available.
There is an Overnighter held on the Friday night of each session and runs through 9am on Saturday morning.
At pick up on Saturday morning, you are invited to stay for our weekly Saturday Morning Pancake Breakfast. See more information in the Overnighter Section.
DOWLOAD THE "CAMP SONSHINE GO!" APP
- We always want to make sure that your experience with Camp Sonshine is as effortless as possible, but there is so much information to know before you drive onto camp grounds. We are excited to have launched “Camp Sonshine Go!”, an app that will be a hub for information and resources for camp families! Find the app in the Apple Store or Google Play Store!
Here’s what you’ll find in the app:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Parent Guides
- Session Specific News
- Easy access to Contact Information
- Calendar of Camp Events
- Early Pick Up and Swim Level Forms
- Session Videos & Assembly Songs!
Don’t forget to “subscribe” to the sessions your family will be a part of for the quickest news and updates!
WALDO PHOTOS TO YOUR PHONE
SIGN UP FOR WALDO: PHOTOS TO YOUR PHONE
Camp Sonshine is so excited to be introducing a new and easy option for parents to get pictures of their child’s favorite camp memories!
Waldo is a revolutionary new app that finds photos of your camper amongst the hundreds of photos we take each week and to securely deliver them right to your phone where you can save, share, or print them at your convenience. If you choose to use this service, there is a small fee associated. However, we are also pleased to inform you that 50% of all Waldo fees will go directly to camper scholarships.
Sign up for this service during registration on your online portal! Please note: In order to utilize the facial recognition service that Waldo provides, you must sign up by Monday morning at 10 a.m.! Otherwise, an album of the week’s pictures will be available at the end of your session.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
Please drop off your child between 9:00 – 9:20 AM. During this time, our staff will be fully available to guide and assist you.
First Day of a Session Drop-Off:
On the first day of each session, we require all cars to park and each camper to be walked to his or her appropriate arrival area. This offers parents/guardians an opportunity to meet their child’s Group Counselor and Head Counselor. A table will also be available for you to deposit money into your child’s Snack Shack account. Even if you have been to camp multiple sessions, we still ask that you assist in a smooth arrival by parking and escorting your camper to his or her group on the first day.
Regular Day Drop-Off Options:
Parking Lot – You may always park in one of the lots and bring your child to the appropriate arrival area.
Quick-Drop Lane – You may utilize the Quick-Drop Lane at the appropriate arrival area to drop off your child and one of our staff members will take your child to his or her group.
Please plan to pick up your child between 4:20 – 4:40 PM. During this time our staff will be available to guide and assist you with a smooth and quick departure. Please have your “Authorized Pick-up Person Card” out and visible for our staff to see when you arrive.
Authorized Pick-Up Person Cards
A few days before your session, you will receive two “Authorized Pick-up Person” cards in the mail. For the security of all our campers, please be prepared to show this card upon request whenever you or someone else comes to pick up your child/children.
GET A DIGITAL COPY! If you download the Camp Sonshine Go! App, you may also scan the QR code on your pick-up card to obtain a digital copy! If you did not receive cards by the Saturday before your session or if you need additional cards, please stop by the info table on Monday morning!
Regular Day Pick-Up Options:
Parking – You are always welcome to park your car and walk to the appropriate area to pick up your child from his/her group.
Quick Pick-up – Our staff members will be there to assist you and to get your child for you. When using the quick pick-up lane, please stay in your vehicle and pull all the way forward. Your child’s name will be called out and a staff member will walk them to your car.
Last Day of a Session Pick-up:
If your child will not be staying for the Overnighter on Friday evening, regardless of camper age, you will pick up at the Pavilion (Old White Tent Area)! Drive through the circle drive and campers will be brought to your car with all of his or her belongings.
QUICK TIPS FOR A SMOOTH & SAFE ARRIVAL
Please park on the first day of a session…even if you were at camp for a previous session.
If using the Quick-Drop Off Lane, please do not exit your vehicle for any reason. If you wish to hug your camper goodbye, apply sunscreen/bug spray, or check backpacks for lunches or water bottles, then we ask that you pull forward to a parking lot so the drop-off lane can continue to move quickly and efficiently.
When using Quick-Drop Off Lane, pull your car as far forward as possible and wait for a staff member to signal to you that it is safe to unload.
If you have campers at multiple arrival areas, you may park in one lot and walk with each of them to their groups, or you may drop each camper off using the drop-off lane that corresponds with each arrival area.
Day Camp Times Cheat Sheet!
MORNING DROP OFF TIMES
AM Extended Camp: 7:30 – 8:45 AM
Gates Closed: 8:45 – 9:00 AM
Arrival: 9:00 – 9:20 AM
AFTERNOON PICK UP TIMES
Gates Closed: 3:45 – 4:20 PM
Departure: 4:20 – 4:40 PM
PM Extended Camp: 4:40 – 6:00 PM
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE (SPECIAL SITUATIONS)
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE (SPECIAL SITUATIONS)
Early Drop-Offs: If you arrive before 8:45 AM, your child will be checked in at Extended Camp (see more info below) and you will be charged, unless you have already signed up for Extended Camp in advance. The cost is $5 per morning for a one-time use of Extended Camp, and the fee must be paid at the time the camper is dropped off.
If using Extended Camp, please arrive before 8:45. Line for regular drop-off starts at this time.
Late Drop-Offs: If you arrive late, please park your vehicle and bring your child to the Camp Office in the New Barn. For safety purposes, the camp staff need to know which campers are on grounds at all times, as well as any visitors that are on the grounds. After updating our attendance records, we will take your child to his or her group.
Early Pick-Ups: If you need to pick up your child early, you must notify the office at least 30 minutes in advance so we can have your child ready to go. There’s also a form on the Camp Sonshine Go! App to notify us of an Early Pick-Up! To prepare all of our campers for a positive and safe departure, no early pick-ups will be granted after 3:45 PM.
Please let us know if someone other than the regular caregiver must pick up your child, and make sure that person has an “Authorized Pick-Up Person” card. ALL EARLY PICK-UPS MUST BE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO 3:45 PM.
Late Pick-Ups: If you arrive after 4:40 PM, your child will have been checked in at Extended Camp and you will be charged for its use, unless you have already signed up for Extended Camp in advance. The cost is $5 per afternoon for a one-time use of Extended Camp, and the fee must be paid at the time the camper is picked up.
EXTENDED CAMP/BUS TRANSPORTATION
Extended hours are offered as a convenience option for parents. Campers dropped off before 9:00 AM or not picked up by 4:40 PM will be checked into Extended Camp. The cost is the same whether you use all or part of the maximum time each morning or afternoon. Enrollment in Extended Camp covers each morning or each afternoon for the entire session.
All Week AM & PM = $40 per week
All Week AM Only = $20 per week
All Week PM Only = $20 per week
One-time use = $5 per use
Be prepared to show your “Authorized Pick-Up Person” card upon request.
We’re excited to be offering bus transportation services for families who need it. The fun starts the minute campers step on the bus with camp songs, games and other planned activities. Our specially-trained bus counselors will supervise and make the ride fun & comfortable for campers! There are no refunds for missing the bus or one-time use options. If your child will not be riding the bus in the afternoon, the office MUST be notified directly by a parent or the camper will be required to load the bus. For more information call the office!
AM Bus Transportation
First Free Church (84th & Van Dorn) 7:45 – 7:55
Christ Church (70th & Yankee Hill) 8:10 – 8:20
Horizons Church (27th & Yankee Hill) 8:35 – 8:45
PM Bus Transportation
Horizons Church (27th & Yankee Hill) 4:40 – 4:50
Christ Church (70th & Yankee Hill) 5:05 – 5:15
First Free Church (84th & Van Dorn) 5:30 – 5:40
GETTING TO CAMP
GETTING TO CAMP/ TRANSPORTATION DETAILS
Due to the popularity and growing size of Camp Sonshine and its programs, it is important for us to work together to create the safest and most efficient arrival and departure times as possible. Below are a few areas that we would like to highlight for all of our camp families to not only be aware of, but for you to personally take responsibility for as you travel to and from Camp Sonshine.
Navigating the Curves
As many of you know, Camp Sonshine is situated between two 90 degree turns. Use extreme caution as you drive through these turns. Stay in your lane, drive slowly and keep your eyes looking ahead for oncoming traffic. Always look both ways prior to turning into camp’s driveway. See map.
Depending on your starting location, please note that if using a GPS or other online mapping tool, the results will often direct you to use Bennet Road to get to camp, which is an unmaintained dirt road that can be virtually impassable when wet and should be avoided. Use South 25th Street to get to camp!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the traffic as you travel to and from Camp Sonshine, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Thanks for your help! By each person doing their part we can ensure the safest, most enjoyable arrivals and departures possible.
One easy way to reduce the amount of traffic coming and going each day at camp is to participate in one of our many great car pools. Many camp families participate in a carpool and have enjoyed the opportunity to meet new families from their neighborhood as well as saving a pretty penny at the pump from not having to drive out every day. If you are interested in being added to our carpool list to be distributed in May, please contact the camp office to let us know.
Driving On Gravel
Regardless of which direction you come from, in order to get to camp, you will have to drive down our gravel road. We are grateful for all the work our county puts into maintaining our road and we want to do our part to ensure the road is not only safe, but not being abused.
Important tips for driving on gravel:
Speed – Although the allowable speed is much greater, we would ask that all camp families greatly limit their speed during peak camp traffic times.
Washboards – A natural phenomenon of gravel roads is the washboard effect that occurs. Caution should be used when driving over these to avoid loss of control.
Soft Shoulders – Gravel roads are notorious for having soft shoulders. Take care not to get too close to the edge and risk being pulled into the ditch. Additional caution should be used when approaching oncoming cars.
Rain – During times of heavy and frequent rain, gravel roads may become softer than normal and potholes can develop. Watch your speed to avoid sliding, mudslinging, or hitting a pothole.
Dust – Dust is just a natural part of driving on a gravel road, however, steps can be taken to reduce the risk of dust becoming a danger to yourself and others. Slower speeds kick-up less dust and less dust creates less risk. If a large amount of dust is “hanging” in the air and reducing visibility, use extra caution and lower your speed even further.
Whether you are driving on grounds or walking through the parking lot with your children, please use extreme caution as you move around grounds during Arrival and Departure. Help us ensure that these times are both safe and efficient by doing the following:
Allow extra time on the first day of a session for pick-up and drop-off.
Follow all instructions given by camp staff and/or parking attendants.
Keep small children close when walking through parking lots or crossing traffic lanes.
Be patient. Take your time getting into and out of parking stalls.
Please do not allow campers to ride outside of your vehicle while on camp property.
Campers will have the opportunity to try many different types of activities over the course of the week. Some of the activities that campers will rotate through include: Archery, Off-road Go-karts, Crafts, Nature, Sports, Swimming, Bible Discovery Time, Counselor Planned Activity Time, and more!
Swimming & Water Activities
Camp Sonshine campers and their counselors have always loved the fun and games associated with swimming and water activities. This is always a great time to cool off, play games, and spend some time with friends. Camp provides a variety of high energy water activities and a swimming pool facility for campers and counselors to stay cool!
Pool Location: Our pool area is located just behind the Camp Barn. The pool is surrounded by a gated fence to prevent unauthorized access outside of scheduled swim times. The pool is primarily 3½‘ – 4’ in depth with a roped-off landing zone for the water slide that reaches 5’.
Personnel: Camp Sonshine hires a certified lifeguard to monitor all swimming activities and to maintain a safe pool experience for our campers. Group counselors are always present and actively participating in pool activities.
Swimming Ability: On our camper application form you were asked to select a swim level that best represents the swimming ability of your child. If you have not done so, please go online to your registration and select a swim level for your camper(s). We use this information to guide us as we conduct swimming evaluations with the kids.
Any rating system can be objective so it is important to us that our counselors are familiar and comfortable with your child’s swimming ability. We will never move a camper to a higher level without parental approval, but a camper may be moved to a lower level if it is determined to be best for the safety of the child.
RED – No Swim
YELLOW – Must Use Life Jacket
GREEN – May Swim Unrestricted
Need to change a swim level?
Go to the Camp Sonshine Go! App and fill out the Swim Level Form.
Campers wishing to use the water slide will be evaluated by the lifeguard for comfortability using the slide and an ability to resurface and swim to the ladder. A slide bracelet will be issued to campers for continued use of slide during the scheduled pool time.
Campers needing to swim with a life jacket will need to bring one from home. Life jackets need to be checked in with a Head Counselor on Monday morning. It will be tagged with the camper & counselor name and stored in the pool shed until the group’s swim time. Life jackets can be picked up at the end of the week.
As always, please send a modest swimsuit (one-piece, tankini or two-piece with t-shirt) with your
camper each day in their backpack.
HIGH ADVENTURE (5 - 6TH GRADE) ELECTIVES
HIGH ADVENTURE (5 – 6TH GRADE) ELECTIVES
Kids are different and have different interests…we get that! That is why we’ve created our Elective Program. Each session, High Adventure Campers will have the opportunity to spend extra time doing the types of activities that they are most interested in. Electives are included in the cost of tuition for High Adventure and will take place for 90 minutes on Tuesday & Friday each session.
Signing up for Electives – Every High Adventure Camper will have the opportunity to choose their electives on the first day of the session. Campers may select a different elective option for each day.
Elective Options (subject to change):
X-Treme Art & Pottery: Take art to the extreme and create a variety of art projects using all sorts of techniques and “canvases.” Campers will also get to paint and glaze a ceramic piece to take home with them at the end of the session.
Airsoft Adventures: A closely supervised environment for campers to safely learn Airsoft as they practice their speed and accuracy. Teamwork and communication are key as each squad of campers attempt to successfully complete a variety of challenges and scenarios.
**Personal Airsoft equipment brought to camp must be limited to 400 fps. All personal equipment must be brought to camp in a black trash bag with the camper’s name printed on a piece of masking tape. Trash bags must be sealed and checked in with the camp staff immediately upon arrival at camp. Any airsoft equipment carried by campers throughout the day will be confiscated and returned to a parent at the end of the week.
Sports Spectacular: Every camper is an all-star in this action packed, game-oriented elective. Groups will participate in a variety of games and sports from a wide range of themes and styles including classic American sports, dodgeball games, and international sports.
Culinary Creations: Try your hand at creating a culinary masterpiece. Add some special ingredients and enjoy the flavor of what could be the beginning of your new secret family recipe.
Wet n’ Wild: A closely supervised extra swim time in our pool! Campers will be able to swim in our pool and participate in other activities like Oasis and fun water games.
Sonshine Spa: In the harsh environment of outdoor camping adventures, this unique elective offers campers an oasis to pamper themselves with self-given manicures and pedicures while sampling various refreshments and treats.
SNACK SHACK / OVERNIGHTERS
NANA’S SNACK SHACK
Every day during the week, groups stop by “Nana’s Snack Shack” to purchase a small treat or a refreshing ice cream. Snacks range in price from $.50 – $2. There will be free flavor ice available during group visits for those campers who did not bring any money.
Special camp items are also available from $1-$20, including additional camp clothing and other Camp Sonshine memorabilia. “Nanas” do their very best to make sure snack money is “used wisely.”
We suggest that parents deposit money into their snack shack account to avoid campers carrying money around all day. Nana will have a table set-up at each arrival area on the first day of a session to collect deposits for the snack shack. Account credits may be used for the snack shack upon request.
Where Do I Deposit Snack Shack Money?
- Online Portal When You Register or During The Week
- Snack Shack Table at Monday Morning Arrival Area
- In the Snack Shack during Arrival and/or Departure on Tuesday – Friday
- When In Doubt, Call The Office!
Some of the best memories of camp come from the overnighters. Instead of being picked up on Friday afternoon, campers have the option to stay overnight. Campers will participate in various special activities and themed events. We will be cooking dinner over the fire and have the opportunity to roast marshmallows in the evening.
The cost of the Overnighter is $25 per camper, which covers dinner, activities, and breakfast in the morning. For campers with specific food requests, allergies, or dietary restrictions, we encourage you to pack dinner items for them to eat during dinner time. Please alert the office of any food allergies your child may have.
Overnighter Packing List
What to Bring:
- Sleeping Bag & Pillow
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Change of Clothes for overnight & for the morning
What Not to Bring:
- Cell Phones, Smart Watches, iPods, any electronics, or handheld
video game devices
- Matches, Knives or Weapons
- Anything else that is valuable or could be considered dangerous.
10:00 Pick Up Option
Campers who have prior commitments on Saturday morning or are unsure about staying all night can still sign-up to enjoy dinner and all the activities, but can schedule to get picked up at 10:00 PM on Friday night. If you decide to utilize this option, please notify the office by arrival on Friday morning by doing one of the following:
- Tell a staff member or one of the office ladies at drop off on Friday
- Call the office
- Email email@example.com
Parents, Grandparents & other family members are invited to join us at 9:00 AM for breakfast with their camper and the rest of the Camp Sonshine staff. We will also have some closing activities and the showing of the End of Session Video. This video is a special time for each of our campers and a great way for you to see some of the things your camper has done during the week.
At Camp Sonshine, we believe that teens are capable of making a positive difference in their world. We actively seek to provide teens with meaningful experiences, to not only learn what it means to be a leader and take on additional responsibilities, but to also give them the confidence to make positive contributions at home, in their schools and around their communities. This is why we put so much time and effort into planning our LIT program.
LIT Program (7th – 9th Grade)
LIT stands for “Leader In Training”. This is our traditional leadership training program and a great building block for all of our other leadership and teen programs. Teens in this program have the opportunity to:
- Assist in monitoring and maintaining group control
- Help create a safe environment for campers
- Assist with activities and theme day rotations
- Practice leadership skills daily in a variety of situations
- Work directly with and assist a trained counselor with
K-4th grade groups
- Gain practical leadership experience to put on college
and scholarship applications
All week LITs help counselors and use the many leadership skills they’ve learned to work with campers. On Friday night, however, LITs have the opportunity to sign up for a unique Overnighter experience designed just for them.
They will utilize the facilities at Camp Solaris for their Overnighter activities and a special celebration time to commemorate all of the life lessons they have learned and memories they have made together. LITs will sleep at Camp Solaris and return to Camp Sonshine on Saturday morning for breakfast at 9:00 AM.
Note: Since we will be off-site, the 10:00 pick up option is not available for LITs.
LIT Nuts & Bolts
Extended Camp: There is no charge for LITs needing to use either the AM or PM Extended Camp Programs.
Overnighters: Overnighters are optional for LITs but they are encouraged to attend to assist with the facilitation of our overnighter program for campers. There is a special overnighter activity planned for LITs to participate in after their responsibilities with campers are complete.
Lunches: LITs will need to pack their own sack lunch each day.
T-shirts: We ask that LITs wear their LIT shirt each day of camp. One t-shirt will be given for each session attending. Additional t-shirts are available to purchase for $10.
Conduct Agreement: All LITs are required to read and sign a conduct agreement form that outlines desired and acceptable behaviors of a young leader at Camp Sonshine.
Orientation: LIT Orientation & Training will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Please feel free to call the camp office with questions or comments concerning any of the opportunities available at Camp Sonshine for teens.
CAMP ELECTRONICS POLICY
CAMP ELECTRONICS POLICY
It has always been Camp Sonshine’s policy that campers and group counselors are NOT PERMITTED to bring electronics to camp, which include but not limited to: cell phone, smart watches, handheld gaming devices, laptops, iPods, iPads, etc. Not only are these devices expensive and can be lost or severely damaged in an outdoor camp setting, but their use also interferes with and even undermines a child’s complete camp experience.
We believe that being at camp is an opportunity for your camper to experience a world beyond home. This allows children and youth to develop autonomy, independence, and a stronger sense of self. It allows them to make new friends, take responsibility for themselves and other members of their camp group, problem solve, and do a bit of maturing. These important developmental milestones cannot be achieved when parents are only a text or phone call away.
For some campers, this is the first setting where they are given the opportunity to make decisions without the input of a parent, while still being in a positive and supportive environment. Being “unplugged” is good for a child’s development. Growing in one’s ability to make decisions, deal with difficulties and navigate peer interactions builds resilience and is a vital piece of growing up and maturing.
Our Electronics Policy is designed to:
- Encourage each child to spend more time in the outdoors
- Promote socialization between campers
- Remove the divide between “the haves and the have-nots” in each group
- Remove the issues associated with the damage to and theft of electronics
- Give your children a much needed break from the world of technology
- Allow your children to fully embrace and “plug into” the connections they make with other campers as they “unplug” from their electronics
- Ensure that your children are not exposed to inappropriate content & material
- Ensure that campers cannot post camp photos of other campers on the internet
- Ensure that campers are not focusing on uncontrollable situations involving friends at home
- Prevent your children from hearing about situations and incidents concerning home and family members before their parents have a chance to communicate with them
Remind yourself why your son/daughter is going to camp. You’ve sent your son or daughter off for a new experience, and for a reason. Having your kids spend time with their fellow campers rather than texting friends back home will ensure a more valuable and memorable camp experience.
Connect the old fashioned way. You may miss hearing your kid’s voice, but nothing beats a letter from your sleep-away camper telling you about new friends and new experiences at camp. And for your kid, nothing beats a letter from home with news of familiar places and people, filled with expressions of love and “We miss you.”
Tech that Works.
Send a digital or disposable camera – Campers can capture their memories without the worry of losing an expensive phone or camera alternative!
Get updates and pictures from our Social Media, the Camp Sonshine Go! App, or sign up for Waldo Photos!
Send us an email – We’ll give it to your camper during the week (works great for overnight campers at Camp Solaris – firstname.lastname@example.org).
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT POLICY
Our commitment to each parent and child is to do our best to create a safe and fun experience, which naturally requires an effective discipline procedure if a child is creating a situation that is unsafe for him/her or for others. Safety includes both physical safety and emotional safety. If a child creates a situation where a disciplinary process is necessary, we look to the parent to work with us to help the child learn what are acceptable limits and boundaries.
All disciplinary efforts are based on these practices. When a child’s behavior creates a risk for the emotional or physical health and safety of another child or the staff, the following procedures shall be followed:
- The child is separated from the problem activity or situation.
- A staff member listens to the child, discusses better choices and the consequences of further misbehavior.
- Repeated misbehavior will be handled by separating the child from the group and a telephone call or conference with the parent, if necessary.
- The parent, child and staff agree to a behavior plan aimed at improving the child’s behavior.
- Continued disruption of camp or failure to adhere to behavior plan may result in camper being removed from the camp program.
Our staff understands that children may misbehave and that the majority of camper misbehavior will be minor or inconsequential. Sometimes a child’s misbehavior may be serious enough to warrant adult intervention. The following are some examples of serious misbehavior at camp.
- Refusing to follow instructions, directions, or safety rules.
- Disrupting the program process.
- Refusing to participate in program activities without just cause.
- Behavior requiring constant attention from staff.
- Leaving the group without permission.
- Inflicting physical or emotional harm on other children or staff.
- Inappropriate language.
The Four Camp Rules
The “Four Camp Rules” are a big part of our philosophy at Camp Sonshine, and they help it to be a safe place – physically and emotionally – for all campers. If your child is new to camp, it may be helpful to familiarize him or her with the camp rules before camp starts.
- No cut-downs…because we want camp to be a place where campers feel accepted and loved.
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself…because we want campers to feel safe physically and to have their personal space respected.
- No whining or complaining…because there are better ways to express opinions and feedback. We want camp to be a positive place, and words should be used in a positive way.
- No talking when someone else is talking…because people are important and what they have to say is too. If someone is saying something important, we all want to listen; and when you say something important, everyone else will listen to you as well.
Please send the following things with your child every day:
- A sack-lunch. Some parents also include a healthy snack.
- A modest swimsuit & beach towel
- Water-shoes (optional)
- Refillable water bottle
- A dry change of clothes.
- Sturdy, closed-toe shoes.(Campers will not be able to participate in activities in any type of sandal or flip-flop.)
- Sunscreen and a hat
- Parents are reminded to bring the “Authorized Pick-Up Person” card daily.
For information on sending medications, see the Health Procedures & Medications section.
Please DO NOT SEND the following things with your child:
- Do Not Send – Large amounts of money other than snack shack money.
- Do Not Send – Valuables such as electronics, jewelry, watches, smart watches, cell phones, iPods, etc.
- Do Not Send – Chewing gum.
- Do Not Send – Water guns
- Do Not Send – Animals or bring them among the campers at drop-off and pick-up.
- Do Not Send – Knives or anything else that may be perceived as a danger to others.
- No Notes Please – All communication with the camp should be called in to the office.
- Do Not Send – Trading cards (such as Baseball, Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon)
- Campers should never carry daily medications with them (Emergency Medication Only).
- Parents must bring ALL medications accompanied by a Drug Authorization Form to the office.
- Please, NO open-toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops.
HEALTH PROCEDURES & MEDICATIONS
Key leadership staff at Camp Sonshine have been trained in CPR and First Aid and will take care of any basic first aid needs of the campers. It is important to remember that the staff members are not doctors and cannot diagnose injuries/illnesses or prescribe/recommend medication. Please notify the office of any medication your child is presently taking or any condition that you have not specified on the registration form. If your child is sick or recovering, please keep him or her at home as a protection to the other children. Any child having a communicable disease must have a release note sent to the office by a physician.
Medications at Camp
If your child will need to take any medications during the camp day, please visit the website to obtain a Drug Authorization Form. This form will need to be turned into the First Aid Supervisor or office staff at drop off along with the medicine. For the safety of your child and the other children at camp, Please DO NOT send any medication to camp with your child in his or her backpack. An adult needs to bring any medication into the First Aid Supervisor, the office, or give it to a director.
Emergency Contact Person(s)
Please be certain that you have designated someone in the immediate vicinity who will be free to pick up your child if you are not available. If you have specific instructions in regards to calling you during the day, please call and let us know (i.e. “call father first, he’s easier to reach”, etc.). Please be sure to update us regarding any changes in home, business, or cell phone numbers.
Illness or Injury at Camp
Parents will be contacted to take campers home for the following reasons:
- Suspected strep throat
- Suspected Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Suspected Chicken Pox, measles or other contagious rashes
- Pediculosis (head lice)
- Skin rashes
- Any injury requiring a doctor’s care
- When the Camp Directors deem it to be in the best interest of the camper.
What if my child wakes up sick?
We realize that keeping an ill child at home may be difficult for working parents. However, for the protection of your child and others, we ask for your cooperation.
The Camp First Aid Station is primarily a short-term treatment center, not one that is equipped to handle full-day nursing care. If your child wakes up and does not feel well, please allow him or her to spend the day resting comfortably at home in bed.
We have found that children who come to camp not feeling well do not improve as the day goes on and eventually do need to be picked up. Younger children especially do not have the stamina required to get through a day at camp when they are not feeling well. If your child comes to camp sick, one of our Camp Directors will call you to pick him or her up.
All fees are due May 11, 2020. Full payment must accompany any registrations that are submitted on or after May 11. Payments can be made by check, cash, credit card (MasterCard or Visa only), or money order. There is a $25 fee charged for returned checks.
Requests for tuition refunds (excluding the deposit) must be received in writing at the camp office prior to May 31, 2020. No tuition refunds will be granted on or after June 1, 2020.
Fee Amounts & Explanations
Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, we’ve instituted a voluntary tiered pricing program. This pricing structure is voluntary, requires no paperwork, and in no way will affect the experience each child receives.
SPECIALTY CAMP PROGRAMS
SPECIALTY CAMP PROGRAMS
Lil Sibs/Sibling Camp
July 2 and/or 3
Campers are invited to bring their younger siblings for a fun-filled day (or two) of making memories together! Siblings will be placed together in a group led by a Camp Sonshine Counselor. Focus will be placed on the values of working together, sharing, building each other up, and strengthening the natural bonds between siblings. There will be a variety of camp activities for your campers to enjoy together.
Campers as young as 3 are invited to join in on the fun! Even if your child does not have an older sibling who comes to camp they are still invited to participate. Many families use this program to give their child a small taste of camp and what’s to come when they get a little older.
Drop Off – 9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
Pick Up – 2:10 – 2:30
Extended Camp Available
Morning 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. – $5/Camper/Day
Afternoon 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – $5/Camper/Day
CAMP SONSHINE'S OVERNIGHT FACILITY: CAMP SOLARIS
Camp Solaris is Camp Sonshine’s Overnight Facility located just south of Firth, NE (25 minutes south of Lincoln). We are so excited to give our campers and their families an overnight camp experience with the same great staff and quality programs that families have come to expect from Camp Sonshine.
One of the feature activities found at Solaris is our one-of-a-kind Aerial Park. This 30-foot high challenge course comes with over a dozen team and individual challenges for our campers to explore and conquer. A variety of elements await participants of all experiences and abilities.
This and other high-energy activities like Archery Tag, paddle boards, kayaks, off-road go-karts and black-light games in the evening, combine with a group of staff members who are out-of-this-world-amazing to create the most memorable and life-changing overnight program you can imagine.
CAMP SOLARIS PROGRAMS
Solaris Adventures 3rd – 6th Grade // 3 Nights // Sessions – 4 & 6
This special program opens up the fun and adventure of Camp Solaris to a younger group of campers. This program will begin on Monday morning and give campers a 4-day, 3-night experience filled with fun activities, encouraging team experiences, and constructive and caring adult leadership.
Journey 5th – 6th Grade // 5 Nights // Sessions – 2, 3, 7 & 8
This is the “overnight” version of our already popular High Adventure program at Camp Sonshine. Campers will experience days filled with classic camp activities and evening programs that are planned to build friendships and personal growth.
Expedition 7th – 9th Grade // 5 Nights // Sessions – 2, 3, 7 & 8
This program is designed to create an enriching environment for teens during a pivotal time in their lives. Combining favorite camp activities, team challenges, community services projects, and off-site field trips, Expedition provides opportunities for teens to learn and grow with a positive and constructive community of peers and leaders.
9th Inning Baseball Camp 3rd – 8th // 4 Nights // Session 9
Camp Sonshine and Brothers Baseball Club are teaming up again this summer to bring you an amazing week of baseball camp! College & Professional level coaching on the field will be combined with Camp Sonshine counselors and programming off the field to create the most amazing week of baseball camp ever!
High School Camp // 10th – 12th Grade // 5 Nights // Session 10
Delivering an unforgettable combination of favorite camp activities, team challenges, community service and off-site field trips, High School Camp is sure to give your teen a positive and constructive community of peers to grow and serve with, while having the time of their life. Serve as an Assistant Counselor at Camp Sonshine and get discounted High School Camp Tuition!
To be exact, $50 per week for up to 5 weeks!
Can my kiddos attend more than one week?
• YES – Each week is completely unique and many families already attend camp more than one week
OR EVEN ALL 9 SESSIONS!
Where do you get your amazing staff and are they trained?
• Camp Sonshine counselors come from all over the world. Most are college students working towards a degree in a field working with children. Each person goes through a thorough application process including reference & background checks as well as a team interview conducted by full-time camp staff. Counselors also undergo an intense week of classroom and hands-on training. They truly are the best, are well trained, and all have amazing hearts ready to serve kids.
Where did the director’s hair go?
• Contrary to popular belief, it is not from working with too many kids over the years. ϑ It was originally cut after campers reached a service project fundraising goal and it’s been that way ever since.
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