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.
Are snacks provided?
Breakfast and lunch is provided by the camp. Last year’s schedule is attached on the Breakfast/Lunch Tab. As soon as this year’s schedule becomes available, it will be updated. Parents are encouraged to look at the camp schedule and provide lunch to campers in the event that their child may not like the lunch.
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 all campers ages 8 and up can participate in.
Are all camp locations the same?
All camp locations follow very similar schedules and activities. The only location that has a different schedule is the Kendall campus because they are required to travel every day. Traveling takes time and may limit the amount of activities that are completed each day.
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/Kendall 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.
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.
Are the counselors certified teachers?
Most camp staff are certified teachers in the state of Florida.
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.
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.