Camp J: Policies & Procedures

Camp J is where campers make memories and friendships that last a lifetime! With program options for every age and interest, Camp J is the place for your child to grow and shine.

Behavior

For the well-being and enjoyment of all our campers, our staff closely monitor camper behavior at all times, and are trained to work with campers to maintain a positive, constructive camp atmosphere. When a camper exhibits inappropriate behavior, we will do the following:

  • The counselor will work with the camper and attempt to correct the behavior.
  • If the behavior has been seen before or if it is particularly concerning, a member of the leadership team will be informed, and the parent will receive a phone call informing them of what happened, and what actions were taken by our staff.
  • In some cases, such as repeat behavior problems or particularly concerning behavior, the director may request a meeting with the parent/guardian to discuss the behavior and strategies to prevent it in the future.

 

It is our goal that all campers will have a positive experience at camp, and we are committed to working with all campers and parents to make that a reality. While our staff are trained and supported in addressing camper behavior, we also recognize that parents are a critical part of the process, and we strive to include them in it. If you have concerns about your camper that you would like to share prior to the summer to help our counselors best care for them, we encourage you to contact the camp office.

Cell Phones

Campers are not permitted to bring or use cell phones or other communications devices while at camp. Valuables such as these often get lost or broken at camp, lead to jealousy and competition between campers, and serve as a distraction from the many exciting activities taking place throughout the day. In the event that a parent needs to be in touch with a camper during the camp day, we encourage you to contact the camp office to coordinate a call.

 

Any cell phones found in a camper’s possession will be confiscated. If this happens, we will notify you and you may retrieve the phone at the camp office.

Sunscreen

Campers must arrive at camp each morning with sunscreen already applied. As is required by Florida law, our camp staff may not apply sunscreen to campers without written permission from a parent/guardian. This permission may be granted when you fill out your camp forms prior to the summer, or via e-mail to our camp office.

Visits

To protect the safety of our campers, we do not allow unscheduled visits during the camp day. We love to give tours, and encourage you to contact the camp office to schedule a tour with a camp director so we can show you our fabulous facility and program in action.

Tuition and Payment

Tuition and fees for camp varies depending on program, session, age, membership status, and other factors. We encourage you to visit the list of programs and fees on our website for complete details. All registrations must be accompanied by payment in full. Registrations may be canceled up to 2 weeks prior to the start of a session for a $25 administrative fee; refunds will be in the form of a credit on your JCC account. We are unable to refund lunch fees.

 

If your summer plans change following registration, we may be able to change your registration to another program week depending on availability. Changes are subject to a change fee of $25 per camper per week. Please contact our camp office to make any changes to your registration.

Gratuities & Tipping

Our counselors and staff are fantastic! We take great pride in the hard work that they do providing your camper with a positive experience at camp. We understand that many parents want to show this same appreciation to their child’s counselor, but we kindly ask that you refrain from giving individual counselors tips or gratuities. Instead, we recommend a donation to the Staff Appreciation Fund in their honor. These funds will be used for our staff celebration at the end of the summer, and any leftover money will be divided equally among all our seasonal camp staff. Please contact the camp office for more information about contributing to the Staff Appreciation Fund.

Health & Safety

The physical and emotional health and well-being of your camper is our top priority. This section includes important information that explains how we will keep your campers safe this summer, and what steps your family can take to help us ensure that safety. If you have any questions or concerns about any element of camper safety, please do not hesitate to contact the camp office.

Staff Training

We strive to meet the standards set forth by the American Camp Association for safety and wellness. Campers are supervised at all times by a team of counselors, specialists, and leadership staff. All staff members are interviewed for their ability to care for children, reference-checked and background-checked, and participate in 30 hours of training and orientation prior to the start of camp. All full-time staff members are also trained and certified in CPR and First Aid.

Bumps & Bruises

Sometimes during the course of normal play at camp, bumps and bruises can occur. If a child has a very minor injury, such as a small cut, a surface abrasion or a bruise, a staff member will treat it (for example, by applying a bandage or an ice pack), and a member of our leadership team will place a note in the camper’s backpack letting you know about it.

Emergencies

In the event of a medical emergency, we will contact the parents/guardians using the information listed on your registration form. In the event that the emergency requires an ambulance, we will call 911 before calling you. As per the recommendation of the American Camp Association, we maintain a registered nurse on-call who is able to advise us via phone as to the severity of an injury and the required action in the event it is not immediately clear.

Medication

Our staff is unable to prescribe or dispense any medication, including over-the-counter medications, without the specific written instructions of a physician. These instructions must include the name of the medication, the name of the camper, the dosage to be given, and the time and frequency to administer it. Parents requiring medication to be administered during the camp day must contact the office prior to the summer.

Sickness

We are unable to treat or monitor campers that come down with an illness during camp. For the safety and wellness of others in our community, campers who are sick should stay home and not be brought to camp. Children with the following symptoms or diagnoses may not return to camp until the listed time period/treatment has occurred:

  • Conjunctivitis: treatment must be in progress for 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea: must be free of symptoms at least 24 hours before returning.
  • Fever: temperature must be 99.0 degrees or less for at least 24 hours.
  • Lice/Scabies: Proof of treatment must be demonstrated.
  • Strep Throat: treatment must be in progress for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting: must be free of symptoms at least 24 hours before returning.
  • Rashes: must be diagnosed by a physician and cleared to return.
  • Bronchitis: must be diagnosed by a physician and cleared to return.
  • Measles, chicken pox, roseola, Fifth Disease, mumps: must be diagnosed by a physician and cleared to return.

If your camper becomes sick during the camp day, he or she will be brought to the camp office, and we will contact you to arrange for them to be picked up as soon as possible.

Allergies

Campers’ allergies should be noted on the camp registration form in the medical information section. If your camper has severe allergies (such as a nut allergy that requires the camp to keep an Epi-Pen on site), you must contact us directly to coordinate proper care prior to the summer.

Many of our campers have allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, of different levels of severity. Our camp is “nut aware” but not entirely “nut free”. For more information on nut allergies, please see the Lunches & Snacks section on page 6.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Camp J has a zero-tolerance anti-bully policy. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines bullying as consisting of the following two components:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Further, “Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.” A more complete description of bullying can be found at stopbullying.gov.

Our staff members are trained to spot disruptive and inappropriate camper behavior and take action to correct camper behavior before it becomes a larger problem. Nonetheless, we know that bullying may still occur in a camp environment. As a result, any camper that is determined to be actively engaged in bullying is subject to removal from our camp program without refund.

We encourage you to speak with your camper prior to the first day of camp to discuss bullying. Campers should know that, if they feel that they are being bullied, they can always tell their counselors, a member of the leadership team, or the director. If you, as a parent, become aware of a bullying situation, we encourage you to contact the camp office so that we can address it immediately.

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