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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FEES & DISCOUNTS:

Base cost for SMLI Summer Camp is $550 per week/per child for non-members.

  • Early bird discount if you are registering before March 15th! 

  • SMLI members receive a 10% discount per week/per child.

  • Additional discounts include:

    • $15 off per week if registering for ALL 8 weeks of camp

    • $10 off per week if registering for at least FOUR weeks of camp.

Registration for members begins on February 1st, and Feb 15th for non-members.

 

HOW ARE CHILDREN GROUPED?

Campers are split into groups based on their age & grade they’ll be entering the following school year. Each group has their own unique, age-appropriate activities related to the week’s theme. General breakdown is as follows:

  • Pre-K: Pre-K campers are never mixed with other camp groups. Children must be at least 4 years old and able to use the bathroom independently.

  • Ages 5-9: Children entering 1st-4th grade for the 2023-2024 school year. Campers must have completed at least Kindergarten. Campers are typically split into 2-3 groups at this age level.

  • Ages 10-12: Children entered 5th-7th grade for the 2023-2024 school year.

WHAT DOES THE TYPICAL CAMP DAY LOOK LIKE?

  • 8:30 - 9:30am: AM Extended hours. 

  • 9:30 - 10:00am: Drop-off (staggered times based on groups)

  • 10:00 - 11:30am: Morning science activities/experiments/projects

  • 11:30 - 1:00pm: LUNCH & RECESS

  • 1:00 - 2:45pm: Afternoon science activities/experiments/projects

    • Note: PreK group will have a short snack during 2nd half of the day​

  • 2:45pm: Pick-Up Begins (staggered times based on groups)

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: PM Extended hours

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP:

We recommend your child bring the following items to camp with them (please remember to label all items)

  • Sunscreen & bug spray (SMLI will provide if your child does not have their own)

  • Extra change of clothing 

  • Bathing Suit & Towel*

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Any necessary medications

*Campers will have access to sprinklers during recess each day and also make trips to the beach during Week 4 of camp. Due to limited changing space and time, we request that campers come to camp with their bathing suits on underneath their clothing if possible. Towels should be labeled and will be hung up to dry each day. Towels will be sent home every Friday even if a camper will be returning the following week.

MY CHILD HAS ALLERGIES HOW WILL THEY BE CARED FOR?

SMLI has educators that are certified in First Aid and CPR. If your child has an EpiPen/Auvi-Q, or other epinephrine injector, please provide it in a labeled plastic bag for their educator to keep on hand during the day. Any specific instructions should be included. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions regarding allergens, dietary restrictions and other medical concerns.

WHAT FORMS ARE REQUIRED?

Parents/guardians will be required to provide SMLI with basic information about their child prior to fully registering for camp. This information includes; child’s age/date of birth, known allergies/medical issues, emergency contact information, list of persons authorized to pick up their children, etc.  Physical forms must be submitted via email (campforms@smli.org) or mail by June 1st. Children who do not have a form will not be allowed to attend camp and will not receive a refund or credit for missed days.   Families can submit the SMLI Physical Form or submit a copy of their child's school physical examination form.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY FORMS ARE LATE?

All medical forms are due by June 1st. Families will missing medical forms will be charged a $25 fee per week that they are late. No camper will be admitted to attend summer camp if they have missing medical forms. No refunds/credits will be issues for missed days/weeks of camp due to missing forms.

WHAT IS THE POLICY IF I NEED TO CHANGE OR CANCEL A WEEK?

Cancellations made prior to the start of camp are subject to administrative fees and will receive partial refunds or credits. Please see the full refund policy for more details. Cancellations made after June 1st are not eligible for a refund or credit of any type, except in the case of an emergency. These situations are considered on a case-by-case basis by SMLI.

IS LUNCH PROVIDED?

All campers should be sent to camp with a packed lunch Monday - Thursday. SMLI will provide pizza lunch on Fridays at no additional cost to families. You can provide authorization for SMLI to give your child pizza lunch when registering for camp.

IS THERE AN EXTENDED DAY OPTION?

SLMI offers both AM and PM extend hours Monday-Friday. Early drop-off begins at 8:30am and late pick-up ends at 4:00pm. Cost is $10/day for AM/PM only, or $15/day for both and can be purchased either when registering your child or day of.

HOW DO I GET A CAMP T-SHIRT?

All campers receive one t-shirt per summer and tie-dye them on their first day of camp. Additional t-shirts can be purchased when registering your child. Although preferred, campers are not required to wear their shirts to camp every day. Returning campers are encouraged to bring other materials to tie-dye on Mondays as well.

ARE THEIR SNACKS OR FOOD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?

SMLI’s snack shop is open every day of camp and is made available to campers during lunch & recess. Campers may pay with either cash or by using their camper cash account. Campers will also have the opportunity to visit the SMLI gift shop every Friday.

WHAT IS A CAMPER CASH CARD?

Families may create camper cash accounts for their child to use towards in-camp purchase, including snacks and gift shop items. To learn more, click here.

DO I TIP MY CHILDS TEACHER & COUNSLERS? 

Gratuities are not required but are extremely appreciated. Our staff works hard to make every camper’s experience special. Your child may not have the same educator or counselor each week if they are attending multiple sessions. It is recommended that families interested in offering gratuities do so at the end of each session. The staff appreciates your sentiments and thanks.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CIT?

SMLI’s CIT program is designed for students have completed at least 8th grade. Ideally, they have attended SMLI’s summer camp program in the past. For more information, click here.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A COUNSLER?

High school students who have completed at least 11th grade or higher are eligible to apply for a position as either a Camp Counselor or Summer Staff. For more information and to apply, please contact Caitlin Orellana at corellana@smli.org. Please note: student must apply themselves for these positions. SMLI will not accept emails/calls/applications sent in on the behalf of a student by their parent or guardian.

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