Summer Nature Day Camp: FAQ and Policies
What are the dates and hours of camp?
- The 2018 camp season is June 25-August 31.
- Each session runs Monday through Friday
- Full day sessions run from 9:00 am-3:30 pm.
- Pre-K (4-5 year olds) & Kindergarten half-day sessions run from 9:00 am-12:30 pm or 12:00-3:30 pm.
What is the dress code?
- Dress for active outdoor play — shorts, t-shirt, and two pairs of close-toed/hard-soled shoes, including one pair that can get wet.
- No flip-flops, Crocs, or any open-toed or soft-soled shoes.
- On extremely hot summer days, campers may be involved with water activities and games (no swimming). On these day they are welcome to bring in water shorts/shirts. No two-piece bathing suits.
Do you serve meals?
- No, campers must bring a lunch and two snacks daily.
- Pre- and Post-Care campers should bring extra snacks.
- On campfire days, we make accommodations for individuals who require kosher/vegetarian options. For campers with food allergies we strive to make necessary accommodations for the health and safety of all and are a nut-aware facility.
What do campers need to bring?
- Re-fillable water bottles (at least 1 liter capacity).
- Two snacks and lunch.
- A full set of extra clothes, hat, rain jacket, towel, plastic bag for wet/dirty clothing.
- A second pair of shoes for getting wet (sneakers, rubber boots, or close-toed/hard-soled water sandals).
- A large bag for everything, and a small backpack for trail essentials.
What if it rains?
- We put our jackets on and keep exploring! Bring rain boots, hat, a poncho or rain jacket — no umbrellas.
- We head under cover or inside in heavy rain or thunderstorms.
What is the staff like?
Pre-K (4-5 year olds) & Kindergarten camps are staffed at a ratio of 7 campers to 1 adult staff member.
- 1st-8th grade camps are staffed at a ratio of 9 campers to 1 adult staff member.
- 1-2 high school Counselors in Training assist camps.
- All adult camp staff members are First Aid and CPR certified, and some possess other advanced certifications.
Do you supply insect repellent or sunscreen?
- No, we do not supply either insect repellent or sunscreen.
- We ask that parents apply a liberal amount of sun-block to their children before camp each day and to make sure your camper is dressed for sun protection (i.e. hat with brim). The staff here is more than happy to remind and help campers reapply throughout the day, with a signed authorization form. Please let the staff know if your child is especially sensitive to the sun. No aerosol sprays please.
- We do not apply insect repellent here at the TNC and instead ask that you spray your camper’s clothing with an appropriate spray before leaving for camp in the morning or have your camper wear a insect repellent bracelet. Parents may want check with your doctor before doing this. We ask that you don’t spray insect repellent in our parking lot! We are a nature facility and the insects are supposed to live here :)
What about poison ivy and ticks?
- Because most of our activities are outdoors, we are sensitive to and are aware of tick and poison ivy concerns. We address these issues in a proactive, clear and efficient way through education (of staff, campers and parents) and implementation of risk management procedures.
- Staff members are trained to teach campers how to identify and avoid natural hazards like ticks and poison ivy. At camp we educate everyone about ticks, minimize off-trail hiking, establish a tick check system for campers and staff, and follow other tick-related safety procedures and practices. Parents are advised to help their camper check clothes and all body areas after each camp day. The evening bath or shower is a good time for this. If you have further questions, contact the Camp Director.
What if my child is sick before or during the camp day?
- If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home and call us to report his or her absence.
- If your child becomes ill during the camp day, we will call you; early pick-up may be necessary.
- Campers must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to camp.
Signs to note if a child is too ill to attend camp?
- A few sniffles or a dry cough are okay, but if a child has a fever over 100°F, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, rash, red draining eyes, thick yellow/green nasal discharge, please keep them at home until 24 hours AFTER these symptoms are resolved or a note from your doctor is sent to camp stating that the child can attend.
- If your child is diagnosed with an infection, it is very important to keep them out of camp for at least 24-48 hours AFTER starting antibiotics to prevent the spread of infection.
Other health reasons a child may not attend camp
A camper who shows symptoms of any of the following communicable diseases will not be allowed at camp without a note from a doctor or specialist:
- Chicken pox
- German measles (rubella)
- Measles (rubella)
- Streptococcal infections (including scarlet fever, sore throat, and erysipelas)
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
- Fifth disease (erythema infectiosum)
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- Impetigo (staphylococcus infection)
- Hepatitis infectious
- Head lice (pediculosis)
A camper who is found to have live head lice will not be permitted to attend camp until there are no active lice in the camper's hair, proof of treatment has been provided to the camp director, and until all live and/or dead head lice are removed from the camper's hair.
The presence of nits (the eggs of lice) without active head lice will not prohibit a child from attending camp provided proof of treatment has been provided to the camp director and there is no evidence of active head lice in the camper's hair.
What should a parent do if their child is going to be absent?
- If your child is going to be absent or arriving after 9:00 am for ANY reason, please contact the Nature Center office at (201) 568-6093.
- You may leave a message if your call is outside office hours — please try to call before 9:00 am each day your child will be absent.
- Makeup days are not permitted.
Do you offer before or after camp extended care?
- Yes, we offer extended care this year for your convenience. Advanced notice is required.
- Pre-Care is available from 8:00-9:00 am and Post-Care is available from 3:30-5:00 pm.
- Extended care is provided by qualified non-camp TNC staff and offers quiet time for independent activities.
- Refunds for extended care are at 7 days notice.
How do you use my email address?
- TNC will send all camp communication by email, including registration confirmation and parent information.
What are your camper healthcare and medication policies?
- All Tenafly Nature Center camp personnel are properly certified in First Aid and CPR.
- Tenafly Nature Center does not stock any medication.
- It is the policy of Tenafly Nature Center and its personnel not to physically administer any medication to participants. Properly labeled medications may be stored at TNC in the designated refrigerator in the First Aid area. Tenafly Nature Center camp personnel will retrieve medications, aid your child in receiving necessary medications, and document medication usage in a log book; your child must have the ability to self-administer all medications when necessary.
What is your cancellation/refund policy?