Locations:  UM and FIU

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General (14)

Are the campers separated into age groups?
Campers are separated into age groups.  Usually the groups consist of campers ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14.
Are electronic devices allowed at camp?
Electronic devices are allowed in camp but the campers are responsible for their own device.  It is highly recommended that the campers do not bring any electronic devices to camp because there are enough activities to keep all campers entertained throughout the day.  Items brought are at your own risk.
What do the kids do in early and after care?
Early and after care is a time for campers to meet new friends and have a good time.  Campers are encouraged to participate in fun activities and form friendships that may last a lifetime.  All campers will be supervised during these times but activities are usually informal and can vary from day to day. During early care, campers are also encouraged to eat breakfast.  There may be days that we may have snacks to offer campers during after care.
What happens if a child is injured?
If a child is seriously injured, 911 will be called immediately.  Head counselors will contact the parents and update them on the status of their children.  Counselors will remain with the campers throughout any emergency situation.
Do the kids receive enough physical activity?

Our summer camp program emphasizes the importance of outdoor play.  All campers will participate in outdoor activities regardless of age or gender.  In addition to our already physical schedule, we do offer an additional fitness mini elective that campers can participate in.

Are all camp locations the same?

All camp locations follow very similar schedules and activities. 

What are the camp times?

Early Care:  7:30 am - 9:30 am

Camp Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

After Care:  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Are there any discounts and how are they applied?

Discounts are based on the number of weeks attended and applied automatically after the initial deposit is made.  Our registration process is done by a third party company and accounts need to be activated in order for Wise Choice staff members to adjust the invoice.  To activate an account, make the deposit payment at the end of the registration process.  All invoices are usually updated with the discounted price within 24 hours.  

To view discounts visit https://www.wisechoicesummercamp.com/prices .

When do campers get the t-shirts, book bag, and cap?

Campers will receive all camp supplies on the first day of camp.  We do not distribute camp supplies prior to the first day of camp.  

What ages do you accept?

All campers must be 5-14 years of age.  We do not accept 4 year old campers in our program.  Campers must be 5 years old prior to the first day of camp.  

Do you offer a spring break or winter camp?

Unfortunately, we do not offer a spring camp because the vacation period for the university and elementary/middle school do not coincide.  We also do not offer a winter camp because most of our staff and personnel travel or prefer to take the break to spend time with their family. 

Are staff members CPR certified?

We have multiple staff members that are CPR certified in both locations.  We believe that it is important to have staff members that are CPR certified but not all staff members are CPR certified.  

How are mini-electives chosen?

Mini-electives are chosen every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning by the camper.  Mini-electives have a certain number of spaces available.  Once an elective becomes full, campers will have to choose among the remaining electives.  To be fair, we rotate the way that mini-electives are selected throughout the week.  

Can I register my child if I live in another country?

Yes, our summer camp program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.  

Lunch/Snack (4)

Are snacks provided?

Lunch and snacks are provided by the camp.  Packaged untouched food that is not eaten by a camper may be placed on a sharing table.  Campers may grab anything from the sharing table at any time throughout the day.  We recommend that parents look at the camp lunch/snack schedule and determine if they want to pack extra snacks for their children.  Snacks will also be sold at the camp.

Are peanut butter snacks allowed in camp?
Peanut butter snacks are not allowed in camp.  Some of our campers are highly allergic and the number one priority is the safety of all children.    

What if my child does not like the lunch?

All campers will receive a full meal for lunch everyday.  All meals have a variety of items and even the most picky eaters usually likes one or two items on the plate.  Campers that do not want a closed item may place it on the sharing table for any other camper to have.   

Are vegetarian meals provided?

Unfortunately, we do not provide vegetarian meals.  All meals do come with a milk, fruit/juice, and vegetables.  Campers are encouraged to eat any of the items that they like on the menu.  It is highly recommended that parents provide a meal to their children so that they are not hungry during the day.  

Pool (4)

Are the kids supervised in the pool?
All campers are supervised at all times in the pool by the counselors and certified lifeguards assigned to oversee our camp.
What if my child doesn’t know how to swim?

If your child does not know how to swim in the FIU campus, your child can still go swimming with a life vest that is provided by the Tamiami Pool.  If your child does not know how to swim in the UM campus, your child will not be allowed in the pool.  Non swimmers must purchase additional swimming lessons in order to swimming at the UM pool.

Are life jackets available?
Life jackets are only available at the Tamiami for swimmers that do not pass the swim test.
What do you do with the kids that do not go to the pool?
Campers that do not go swimming will stay at the camp and participate in fun activities.  Activities may include watching a movie, playing board games, drawing, dancing, or playing video games.

Fieldtrips (3)

How are the kids transported to field trips?
All campers are transported via the yellow school buses.  We use a Dade-County certified school bus company called Maya School Bus.
Do I need to give my child money on fieldtrip days?
Field trip tuitions are included with the weekly rate.  There is no need to give your child additional money.  Some field trip locations sell souvenirs that campers can purchase for additional fees.  Giving campers additional money is up to the parents but will never be required.
Are parents allowed to attend the field trips?
Parents are allowed to meet us at any field trip location in their own vehicle.  Parents are not allowed to ride in the bus with the campers.  All staff, including volunteers, have to be cleared and fingerprinted prior to the summer.  

Counselors (3)

Are the counselors certified teachers?

Staff members are certified teachers in the state of Florida, college graduates, and third-fourth year college students..

What is the counselor to child ratio?
The counselor to child ratio is at most 10:1.  The camp ratio is usually much better when you calculate the camp directors and volunteers that are assisting in the daily activities.
Are background checks performed on the employees?
All employees and volunteers have to go through a level 2 background and fingerprints screening.  If a person is not cleared, they cannot work at Wise Choice Summer Camp.

Volunteers (2)

Are the volunteers left alone with the kids?
Volunteers are never alone with the campers. Certified staff members will be at the camp site at all times. Volunteers are at camp to assist counselors with the daily activities.  Volunteers do not discipline, reprimand, or order campers around.
Do volunteers need to do a background check?
Yes, all volunteers need to be cleared prior to volunteering at the camp.

Payments (5)

How do I register for camp?

All campers must register online.  Click the registration tab, create a profile, and fill out the form.  Campers will not be enrolled in our camp program unless a deposit payment is made at the end of the form.  A deposit payment will activate your account and reserve the weeks selected for your child.

How do I pay the remaining balance on my account?

To pay the remaining balance log into your account at https://wisechoice.campium.com/login.php.  Once logged in, click the account button on the top right and the Account History, Balance, Make Payments link.  This will take you to the payment screen.

When are payments due?

Camp is on a pre-paid basis and the camp week must be paid for by the Saturday before the following week.  Ex:  Week 1 will begin on June 11, this week must be paid for in full by June 9.  On June 10, our staff members will make sure that all accounts are current.  Accounts that are not up to date will be automatically charged on the credit card on file.  If by any chance the payment does not go through, the parent will have until Monday (June 10) to make the payment.  Failure to do so will result in the child not being admitted to camp on the following day.  

What happens if I fall behind on payments?

Camp is on a pre-paid basis and the following week of camp is always due on the Saturday leading to the camp week.  Parents have until the Monday of the camp week to make the accounts current.  Failure to do so will result in the camper not being admitted the following day.

What type of payments are accepted?

All initial registrations must be paid online with a credit card (American Express is not accepted).  Once camp starts, parents can pay with a check or cash on the Monday of the camp week to the director in charge.  Online payments are the preferred method in order to avoid falling behind.  Please note that if you forget to pay on Monday, your child will only be admitted to camp on Tuesday with the updated payment.