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Summer Nature Day Camp: Policies & Procedures 


We welcome kids of all abilities and will work closely with you to make sure your child feels safe and has a wonderful summer!

COVID-19

Please read our updated 2021 Summer Camp Guide for full information on COVID-19 & Camp. 

Weekly Camp Fees

  • Pre-K & Kindergarten
    • Full Day Session (9:00 am-3:00 pm)- $375/week 
    • AM Session Only (9:00 am-12:30 pm)- $225/week 

    • PM Session Only (12:00 pm- 3:00 pm - $225/week

  • 1st-8th grade 
    • Full Day Session (9:00 am-3:00 pm)- $375/wee
  • 9th-12th grade

Discounts & Early Bird

One type of discount per family permitted.

  • Early Bird Discount: $35 off per week when families register by March 31, 2022
    Payment must also be completed by March 31, 2022 to receive discount. 
  • Sibling Discount: $15 off per sibling when attending the same week.
  • Multi-week Discount: $15 off per week per camper when attending multiple weeks.


To Register:

  1. Complete the registration form online. Registration is complete after full payment is made. Separate registrations are required for each camper. 
  2. After registering your child, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within two weeks. This e-mail contains the follow-up requirements necessary to complete your registration. If you have not paid, you will not receive this email. 

  3. Please log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS.

    This is where you will tell us about your camper, fill out health information, emergency contacts, other important safety data, and submit the following required files:
      • Including an Immunization History:
        Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds.
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session (New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year).
Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee. Additional camp information may be emailed once registration is complete including the Participant daily checklist (know what to pack and send with your child to camp).

To Be Added to a Wait List

If a session is marked as (Full), add your child to the waitlist option on the registration page. Please be prepared to include the following information and if a spot becomes available you will be contacted: 
  • Your name
  • Your home phone number
  • Your cell phone number
  • Your child's name
  • Your child's birthdate

Summer Camp Cancel & Refund Information

  • A $50 processing fee applies to all refunds. 
  • Membership is a tax-deductible donation with year-round benefits, and is non-refundable.
  • Full tuition refunds will be given for cancellations with 6 weeks notice (minus the $50 processing fee).
  • No refunds or credits will be given with less than 3 weeks notice. In this instance, a tax receipt will be issued to you indicating that the program fee was converted to a charitable donation.
  • Switching camp weeks is allowed depending on availability and at the discretion of the Camp Director. After June 1, a $20 switching fee will be applied. 
  • In cases of cancellation due to major illness and/or family emergency, refunds will be assessed on case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Director. 
  • If a child or household member is COVID-19 positive, that child will not be able to return to camp until cleared by their doctor. A refund will be determined given how many days the child will need to miss camp. If a full week of camp (5 days) is needed then a full refund will be offered minus the $50 cancellation fee. 
TNC will be sharing the financial risk during this unique time. If there is a confirmed COVID-19 exposure and the Health Department closes camp we will determine refunds on a case-by-base basis depending on the severity of the closure.
  • TNC reserves the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior or if children are registered for the incorrect age group/grade level.
  • TNC reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or change programs as needed.

  • Failure to submit all CAMPDOCS forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee.
These policies are necessary to cover the costs we incur when we commit to you to have camp available this summer. TNC is a non-profit independent nature preserve and we need financial policies that provide some budget stability to keep us running.


Behavior Guidelines

The Tenafly Nature Center’s first priority is the safety of our campers. Here at Tenafly Nature Center we strive to make camp a healthy and safe community, one in which campers can have fun, connect with others and with the Earth. Therefore, we expect all campers will:

  1. Stay with their group
  2. Participate in camp activities
  3. Interact with other campers and staff members in respectful ways
  4. Be supportive of other campers’ needs and efforts
  5. Always act in ways that are safe for themselves and others 
  6. Treat other campers’ (and the camp’s) property and belongings with respect and consideration
  7. Never threaten, imply a threat or “get in the face” of another camper
  8. Not engage in put-downs of any type or make “fun” of another camper
  9. Not purposefully and with ill intent exclude another camper
  10. Never intentionally physically harm another camper or staff (I.E No hitting, kicking, pushing, biting, etc.)

The consequences of not following the camp’s code of conduct are:

  1. First time- meeting at camp with the camp staff and parent(s) to discuss the incident.
  2. Second time- the camper will miss one day of camp in order to better understand that there are better behavior choices to be made relative to the incident.
  3. Third time- a decision-making meeting with parents in order to look at the real possibility that perhaps Tenafly Nature Center Day Camp is not a good match for the camper and his/her needs.

Our goal is to help each camper have a successful and positive camp experience. Of course, each incident will be looked at individually and in terms of degree of seriousness.

Please go over the behavior policy and expectations with your camper(s), including the consequences for not following them. Clarity and consistency, at camp and at home, are the keys for making our camp a healthy, nurturing environment for children. The staff reserves the right to cancel registration without refund during camp week for unacceptable behavior.

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. Refunds will not be given for absence.
 
Signs to note if a child is too ill to attend camp?

If a child has a fever over 100°F, diarrhea, vomiting, a sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, a rash, red draining eyes, thick yellow or 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 him/her out of camp for at least 24-48 hours AFTER starting antibiotics to prevent the spread of infection.

    If the sickness is a COVID-19 related symptom, fever of 100.4 F or excessive coughing or difficulty breathing, child must be fever-free for 3 days without fever reducing medicines, and stay home for 7 days since symptom start. If the child has a negative COVID-19 test then they may return after 72 hours of being symptom-free. Parents will be notified to observe your child and to let us know if they display any symptoms. 


    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:

    1. Chicken pox
    2. German measles (rubella)
    3. Measles (rubella)
    4. Mumps
    5. Streptococcal infections (including scarlet fever, sore throat, and erysipelas)
    6. Whooping cough (pertussis)
    7. Fifth disease (erythema infectiosum)
    8. Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
    9. Impetigo (staphylococcus infection)
    10. Meningitis-meningococcal
    11. Hepatitis infectious
    12. 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.
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