you select your staff?
The vast majority of our staff have come up through our camp program and
apply as CIT's when entering the 9th grade. We have a very high staff
return rate and receive a large number of applicants each year. As a result,
we are able to be very selective in choosing our staff.
What is your staff to camper ratio?
Our overall ratio is approximately 7 to 1. However, our staff to camper
ratio varies greatly by activity. For example, our staff to camper ratio’s
for swimming lessons for the youngest campers are 5 to 1 or better. Whereas
our staff to camper ratio for an afternoon craft may be 12 to 1.
How old do campers need to be in order to attend?
In order to attend, a child must be entering kindergarten and must turn
5 years of age before they attend.
Do you offer financial aid?
Unfortunately, we do not offer financial aid. We are a private day camp
and do not receive donations or assistance to offer such programs.
Can I register my child for half days or partial weeks?
No. All registrations are done by the full day and week as we have a long
list of campers waiting to attend.
What do you to with the campers on rainy days?
If it is misting outside our campers tend to be happiest in their normal
daily routines outdoors. In the case of heavier rains, our staff is responsible
for planning indoor activities for their groups. We have covered spaces
in our pavilion (gym), craft shop, loft, and bathhouse. Each area is suited
for a variety of activities.
What should I do about sunscreen?
At our camp, children spend the majority of the day outdoors. We do have
a lot of shade, but children tend to have more sensitive skin. Please
apply sunscreen heavily in the morning before sending your child to camp.
If your child burns easily, please feel free to have them wear a hat and/or
shirt for swimming. Also, please pack sunscreen in his backpack for him
to reapply. We do give reminders, but it is ultimately the child’s
responsibility to take the sunscreen out of his bag.
What happens if I don’t want my child to have swimming lessons?
For the safety of our campers, swimming lessons are a required
part of our daily program. Although our waterfront is highly supervised,
we have a lakeside location. In the best interest of all of our campers,
we want every child to feel safe and comfortable in and around the water.
If the water or air is too cold on a given day, we will cancel lessons
for that day.
How do you monitor water quality?
The City of Manchester’s Health Department tests both of our swimming
areas every week. Please do not be alarmed if you hear that the Crystal
Lake Public Beach has been closed. Crystal Lake is a spring fed lake and
their water results vary from ours.
I would like a tour before I register....what
should I do?
During the off season we remove all of our equipment and docks and camp
is very difficult to tour. Our website offers photos to give you a feel
for our facilitiy. We understand not being completely comfortable about
registering before visiting. Therefore, we recommend that you plan a tour
with us for this summer and plan on registering for next summer.
Something has come up mid-summer, why can't I
cancel after May 1st?
All cancellations are due May 1st. This allows us to provide care for
families that have not been accepted for this summer. After our deadline,
many families find other care and we simply cannot fill those spaces.
What are your pre-season and post-season office hours?
Our camp office is open year round, but we do not have
set office hours. This allows us to spend time out and about on the property
seeding lawns, pouring molds, making repairs, and getting the property
ready for the upcoming summer. The best way to reach us during the off
season is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.