JCC Brooklyn Summer Camp
All upper staff are certified in first aid for professional rescuers, RTE, AED, CPR and many are certified as lifeguards as well. First aid and lifeguard staff will always be stationed with the groups. These emergency staff members, as well as the group leaders, will carry first aid kits on them at all times.
All staff are equipped with walkie-talkies. On the buses, campers are properly seat-belted prior to beginning the trip. All counselors do face checks (we do not simply use “head counts” – our staff always goes the extra step to ensure our children’s well being and safety). Upon arrival at the destination, a “safe zone” is designated (typically near a food court) where there are directional signs. A staff person certified in first aid for professional rescuers, RTE, AED, CPR is stationed at the safety zone with a first aid kit, to be used in emergency situations only. Campers will walk in two lines, with a counselor stationed at the front, rear, and middle of the line. Every 15 steps the counselors do a face check.
During the second week of camp, campers are tested by a certified water Instructor, and their individual swimming level will be assigned. The pool is sectioned off in three parts horizontally. Each swim level is divided into a section. Within each section there are counselors assigned to remain in the water. Around the perimeter of the pool, counselors are placed 5 ft apart and are instructed to remain in place watching campers and the pool area. Each section will have its own lifeguard, as well as a swimming instructor to train the campers, and provide for their safety. Each camper is given a brightly colored swim cap that they must wear when swimming. Each swim level has a
different colored swim cap (i.e. blue, yellow, red). Each camper is paired with a swim buddy within their swim level and camper group (we utilize the buddy check system). For each swimming level, staff is fully equipped with toys/supplies/equipment/safety belts, etc. Around the outer area of the pool, a counselor will be stationed to record whenever a camper leaves or returns to the water. For each day, there are themed games/activities within the pool that correspond with a 30-minute instructional lesson taught by the instructor. The activities are designed to be fun, and to further the theme of that day. Campers receive 30 minutes of recreational swim during each lesson.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
If you have chosen transportation, your child will be picked up at your door between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM, and arrive home between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM, depending on the placement on the route. A staff member will contact each family to tell them the exact pick -up and drop-off times, but if you have further questions regarding your child’s transportation please call our office. We ask that all campers be ready by 7:30 AM on their first day, although your child may be picked up later. After the first day, all pick-up and drop-off times will remain as consistent as possible. In order for someone to pick up a child, they must have a photo ID on them. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. Our staff will match the name on the photo id with the name on the list that was provided to us with your application. You may email regarding all absences, late arrivals, or special requests, or call the camp office. If your child is going to be absent, or will be arriving late to camp or being picked up early, it is extremely important that you notify the camp office in order for us to make any necessary arrangements. Please DO NOT give messages to the driver or counselors. The number to call is (718) 407-6377 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to leave a message with information regarding absences or route changes on our machine if we
are away from the office. Remember – If for some reason you are late to pick up your child past 6:00 PM, there is an additional fee of $1.00 for each additional minute past 6:00 pm. An invoice will be sent home or an additional charge will be added to the camp tuition. To avoid additional charges, please notify the camp office if you are going to be late.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Each camper is provided with a nutritious snack and 100% juice in camp daily. Each camper brings a NUT free lunch from home. Campers are reminded to always have a water bottle with them.
All campers should have sunblock brought from home. Staff will assist with sunblock if needed.
CAMPER BEHAVIOR CODE
Our camp is designed to encourage success-building skills in children. All camp activities are designed to reinforce the five character principles of Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Friendship. In our camp we reward children for displaying positive behaviors. We practice progressive discipline and we employ positive reinforcement.
Zero Bullying and Violence Policy:
Any act of bullying, violence or extreme aggression towards participants, staff, or camp property will result in a child’s immediate dismissal from camp for the remainder of the day. Bullying, violence and aggressive acts may also include forms of extreme emotional abuse. Repeated behaviors may result in the child’s expulsion from camp for
the rest of the summer. Please note: Any action that jeopardizes the safety of the camp or any participants will result in immediate dismissal. If a camper’s behavior is disruptive to the experience of others, appropriate action will be taken by the counselors. Most incidents are handled effectively by the staff. If behavior problems continue, we will
always call parents or guardians to enlist their help. Campers who are continuously disruptive will be sent home from camp. There is no camper refund for any child sent home for disciplinary reasons. Any questions or concerns about your child’s behavior at camp should be directed to our Camp Director.
SPECIAL COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES:
Based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health (DOH) experts that will ensure the safest possible environment for our program participants.
Some of them include:
- Access to the 177-acre Fort Hamilton Army Base, which will help us adequately promote social distancing guidelines.
- Group sizes no larger than 15 campers.
- No cross-group activities for proper containment.
- Enhanced and modified classrooms and specialist activities.
- One camper per seat on transportation.
- Screenings and safety checks upon arrival.
- Modified and updated health protocols.
- Constant updates regarding CDC and DOH information pertaining to summer day camp.
- No more than 3 staff members per group of 15.
- Deep cleaning/sanitizing schedule for all zones with larger maintenance staff.
As we all know, this summer’s final camp regulations are not yet issued by the Department of Health and we are updating our policy in anticipation of this still fluid COVID situation. As a result of our deliberations and in anticipation of NYC’s guidelines for day camps, we are implementing some COVID safety-related changes to our MASK policies following our conversations with our Parent Advisory Board.
Use of Masks by Summer Camp Staff
All Staff will be REQUIRED to wear masks at all times during camp hours with the exception of lunch meals and during water breaks.
Use of Masks by Campers while utilizing our Transportation (Bus Stops & Shuttling)
ALL Campers and Staff will be REQUIRED to wear masks when on camp buses (Bus Stops, JCC Brooklyn Shuttling, and Bay Ridge Campus Shuttling).
Use of Masks by Campers during OUTDOOR Activities
As per NYS Governor Orders (released March 2021) children WILL NOT be REQUIRED to wear masks during outdoor activities and during swimming. We are awaiting updated guidance from the NYC DOH in regards to rules regarding additional outdoor activities.
Use of Masks by Campers during INDOOR Activities (UPDATED 4/15/2021)
Campers will be REQUIRED to wear masks INDOORS during activities (barring medical exemptions). We are still awaiting guidance regarding indoor sporting activities specifically for large areas that allow for proper social distancing.
As more guidance is provided by our governing health agencies, we will update accordingly.
Please keep in mind that our Camp is run on a beautiful 177-acre campus that allows us to maximize time spent outdoors in our separate cohort model! Although it is not a barometer of success, we are once again excited to report that we as a program had 0 reported positive cases of COVID-19 in summer camp 2020, and we attribute this to the high level of commitment to safety exhibited by our camp leadership and families alike.