Summer Adventure Program

Frequently Asked Questions 

DAILY SCHEDULE

7:00 am: Drop-off, interest rooms open
7:30 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Clean up
9:15 am: Morning circle
9:30 am: Activity One*
10:30 am: Activity Two
11:30 am: Outside and Lunch
1:30 pm: Activity Three
2:30 pm: Activity Four
3:30 pm: Outside and snack
4:30 pm: Activity Clubs**
5:15 pm: Free time***
6:00 pm: Pick-up (6:30pm in Eagle River)

* In groups, daily planned activities with games
** Clubs dedicated to what kids are interested in (Pokémon, Star Wars, etc.)
*** Arts & crafts, lego room, etc.

 PARENT QUESTIONS

Can I drop off my child early or pick them up late?
Summer Adventure starts at 7am and ends at 6pm (6:30pm in Eagle River). We do not offer before and after care outside of these times.

What if I can’t pick up my child on time?
If you are going to be late picking your child up (after 6pm in Anchorage or after 6:30 in Eagle River), please call your site and let the site director know when you expect to be there. Please be aware that a late charge of $15 per child /per quarter hour applies if the child is not picked up by designated closing time.

Can I sign up for more than one week of program?
Yes! Summer Adventure runs from June 4 to August 3, and each week has a different theme. Sign up for one week, two, or for the whole summer to experience all of our fantastic themes.

How do I cancel or change my registration?
Registration for Summer Adventure is by the day and is non-refundable and non-changeable. Please register only for the days you plan to attend. There are no credits or refunds for non-attendance on any contracted days.

What should my child bring to camp?
We go outside every day! Children should be prepared with adequate outdoor/rain gear, and a positive attitude! Candy, gum, food, matches, lighters, weapons, fireworks, cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed.

Can my child be in the same group with his or her friends?
Yes, if your child has a preference, please request at site.

I have a 12-year-old and an 8-year-old–can they be together?
We group everyone by age and find that they have the best experiences when they are with others their own age. This helps with developing skills such as independence, confidence, and identity.

What if my child has special needs?
We are generally able to accommodate most children, but reserve the right to make determinations on a case-by-case basis. Please give us a call to discuss your child’s needs.

What if I can’t afford the program?
Scholarships are available. Call us or click here for more information.

Can I call or text my child?
Electronic devices are not allowed at Summer Adventure. In the event of an emergency, you can call the Camp Fire office to pass along a message to your child.

 Can I visit my child during the day?
Any visitor must check in with the leadership staff upon arrival. For the safety of our kids and staff, Summer Adventure is a closed program, and all visits during sessions must be scheduled and approved by the program manager.

 

STAFF AND FACILITIES QUESTIONS

What are the staff members like?
Camp staff are carefully screened to ensure that they 1) love and respect the needs of children and know how to have fun 2) have first aid, CPR, and other appropriate certifications. Our staff typically come from our school year program and return to work at Summer Adventure for several years. They are often college students who are studying education, psychology, sociology, recreation or other youth development related fields. All staff are required to be at least 18 years old.

What training do staff receive?
Staff are required to have their first aid and CPR certificates, a completed background check, two interviews and three excellent references completed before working. Camp Fire Alaska hosts ten days of training before the beginning of the summer where staff are oriented in the Camp Fire program philosophy, safety and emergency procedures, group and behavior management, roles and responsibilities, and child development.

What are the facilities like?
Summer Adventure is located in elementary schools in Anchorage and Eagle River. We go outside every day, regardless of weather, so please bring appropriate gear.
 

EMERGENCY AND ILLNESS

What happens if there is an emergency situation or my child is injured?
In the event of an emergency, Camp Fire staff will follow our emergency procedures and will keep your child safe until you can pick them up. Camp Fire will attempt to contact parents by phone and/or text message if the situation warrants it, but parents should also check Facebook, our website, and email accounts for communication about the situation and instructions on where and when to pick their child up. If you do not hear from Camp Fire, the event has not disrupted our ability to provide a fun and safe learning environment, and you can plan to pick your child up as usual.

When should I keep my child home/When will my child be sent home due to illness?
Camp Fire staff will notify the registering parent/adult immediately if their child becomes ill. An adult must pick up the child as soon as possible. Staff will call the Emergency Contact(s) if they cannot reach the registering parent/adult. Symptoms to keep/send your child home:

• Severe pain or discomfort particularly in joints, ears, or abdomen
• Two or more episodes of acute vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours
• Severe cough or sore throat
• Oral or axillary temperature of 101.5 degrees F or more
• Yellow skin or eyes
• Red eyes with discharge
• Infected, untreated skin patches or lesions
• Difficult or rapid breathing
• Severe itching of body or scalp
• Skin rashes lasting more than one day
• Swollen joints
• Visibly enlarged lymph nodes
• Stiff neck
• Blood or pus from ear, skin, urine or stool
• Unusual behavior for the child characterized by no playing, confusion, inconsolable crying
• Loss of appetite characterized by refusing all solids

 

Have a question not listed here? Please refer to our parent handbook or call the main office at 279-3551. We are available Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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