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Summer Camp FAQ

Summer Camp FAQs

What camps are offered for each age? When are camps offered?

NGFS Summer Camp offers four program levels:

  • Preschool Summer (ages 3-5)
  • Summer Adventures (completed grades K-3rd)
  • Summer Explorers (completed grades 4th-5th)
  • Middle School Electives (completed grades 6th-8th)

Nine weeks of summer camp are offered for each program level beginning the week of June 11, 2018, and ending the week of August 6, 2018.

A one-week music specialty camp, Friendly Violins, is offered for rising 4th-9th graders who are already involved in Suzuki violin lessons.


Where are the camps located?

NGFS has two campuses: Guilford Campus, located at 1128 New Garden Road, and Page-Frederiksen Campus, located at 2015 Pleasant Ridge Road. Program locations are:

  • Preschool Summer - Guilford Campus
  • Summer Adventures - Guilford Campus
  • Summer Explorers - Guilford Campus
  • Middle School Electives - Guilford Campus and Page-Frederiksen Campus (location depends on the week’s themes and will be announced in advance)
  • Friendly Violins - Page-Frederiksen Campus

Bus shuttle service is offered between campuses so that families that have children participating in sessions on both campuses can drop off and pick up both participants at our Guilford campus. There is no fee to ride the shuttle.


What is the daily camp schedule? Is there childcare available before and after camp?

Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Student drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m. and pick-up ends at 3:45 p.m. Extended Care is available in the morning from 8-8:45 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3:45-6 p.m. Cost is $3.25 for each ½ hour. Extended Care hours are billed bi-weekly. This program can be used informally on a drop-in basis. New in 2018 - A flat rate for Extended Care will be offered for families who regularly use this program and sign up in advance.


Do I need to sign my child in and out each day?

For the safety of your child(ren), you must accompany your child to and from camp each day where a staff member will sign your child in/out. You and your child(ren) must check in at the check-in table each Monday, even if your child(ren) has attended a previous week. On Tuesday-Friday, you may go straight to the program rooms.


What is the cost for summer camp?

Camp fees vary based on program level and camp themes.

  • Preschool Summer - $145/session
  • Summer Adventures - $195-210/session
  • Summer Explorers - $195-210/session
  • Middle School Electives - $200/session
  • Friendly Violins - $250

Camp fees cover the full camp day, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Due to staffing and programming needs, we are unable to offer prorated fees. The exception is the week of July 4th, which is pro-rated for a four-day week as we are closed for the July 4 holiday.


How do I register and pay for camps?

Registration for summer 2018 will open in mid-February. Registration, session fees, and payment information will be available at that time.


When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due for each session at the time of registration. The remaining balance of each camp is due the week before each camp session. A balance reminder email will be sent the week before each camp.


Is there a registration discount?

Yes! If you register by April 30, you will receive the Early Bird discount - $10 off each session!


What if the camp I want to register for is full?

If a camp is full, you can sign up for the waitlist. You will be notified of available space via email.


What is your refund policy?

If the cancellation is made within 5 business days of the week to be cancelled, a full refund minus the $25 non-refundable deposit will be issued. Alternatively, you can request to move the registration to another week of camp. Refunds for emergency/extenuating circumstances will be considered by camp administration. If a camper fails to show up for a camp session, and there has been no related communication, no refund will be issued. No-shows will be billed for the full camp session fee.


Should campers bring lunch and snack?

Campers must bring a lunch, snack, and water bottle each day. Campers in the Summer Adventures and Summer Explorers programs have the option to purchase Kona Ice for Wednesday afternoons. Campers in all program levels have the option to purchase pizza for Friday lunch. Middle School Electives are sometimes off campus on Fridays, so be sure to check the emailed agenda sent at the beginning of the week. Order forms and payment boxes are located in each program’s meeting room. Payment and order forms must be turned in by Wednesday morning for Kona Ice and by Friday morning for pizza.


What should my child wear to camp?

Children should wear comfortable play clothes and closed-toe shoes. No flip flops, please! In the event of specific dress needs, notification will be sent via email or the parent letter distributed at the Monday morning check-in table.


What if my child needs to take daily medication?

The registration form includes detailed medical information. There you will indicate the medication, dosage, and schedule for administration. Medications must come in their original prescription/OTC containers and be clearly labeled with the child’s name. Medications are administered by camp directors only. Inhalers and Epipens, along with administration directions, are kept in a separate first aid kit that is carried by camp staff to each activity with the child.


Do camps go on field trips?

Some camps take field trips when appropriate for age and theme. Field trips are announced in the parent email sent the week before each session begins. Preschool campers may be bussed across the street to enjoy the playground at New Garden Friends Meeting but otherwise do not take field trips.


How are children grouped?

In the Summer Adventures (completed K-3rd) program, campers are separated into groups by age for activity periods where crafts and projects related to the weekly theme are completed. There are some opportunities for all Adventures campers to interact including, snack, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks, and some group games and projects. Preschool Summer (ages 3-5), Summer Explorers (completed 4th-5th), and Middle School Electives (completed 6th-8th) are automatically grouped by age through the program level grade requirements.