FAQ

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What are the dates for camp Open Houses?

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Our 2014 open houses are on the following Sundays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: January 19, February 23, or March 16. Visits do not require an R.S.V.P. Come at any time between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Children are welcome!

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Who is eligible for Barrie Camp?

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Children must be turning age four to fourteen by December 31 of 2014. Our campers are from over 150 different schools, with Barrie School students about 11% of the total population.

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What is the minimum number of weeks a camper can attend?

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Campers must be enrolled for two weeks or more, with the exception of the C/CIT program. The C/CIT program weeks can be taken in any order and need not be consecutive. Specialty Camp weeks and Day Camp weeks can be combined as long as two of the weeks are in the specialty camp.

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When is the first day of camp and when does camp close?

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Camp opens on Monday, June 16, 2014 and closes on Friday, August 8, 2014. The camp is open a total of eight weeks. Camp is closed on Friday, July 4, 2014.

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What are the daily hours of operation?

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9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Arrival Time: 8:30 am to 9:00 am; Departure Time: 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Morning Supervision begins at 7:00 am; Afternoon Supervision ends at 6:00 pm

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Does the camp offer any tuition discounts?

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Discounts are offered to families who: enroll more than one child; enroll for more than two weeks; enroll before March 31, 2014; refer another family to camp; or enroll in the week of July 4.

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How do I enroll my child in camp?

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There are two action steps:

Step One: Submission of a Camper Application and payment. Our online enrollment option is the most popular way to enroll. The link for the online form can be found at http://www.barrie.org/barrie-camp/enrollment. If you prefer to send a hard copy mail it to Barrie Camp, 13500 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906; or fax it to 301-576-2805. Checks and all major credit cards are accepted. If paying by check, the camp will wait until the check is received to process the application.

Step Two: Completion of a Barrie Camp Health Forms for each camper enrolled. This step must be completed by May 31, 2014. The camp will mail medical forms home once a child has been enrolled. A separate instruction sheet is included. We do not accept forms from any other agencies or programs.

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How soon should I enroll my child? Does camp fill up?

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There is usually room in almost all programs through late spring. When a program is almost full, a posting will appear on our website: http://www.barrie.org/barrie-camp/enrollment.

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How much do I need to pay with the application and what is the camp's refund policy?

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Payment in full is due with the application. REFUND POLICY: As stated in the Enrollment Agreement on our camp application, through May 15, 2014, a written request can be submitted to withdraw a child from camp and parents will receive a refund of all tuition and fees paid to date minus the tuition for one week of camp. After May 15, 2014, there are NO REFUNDS, credit, or remission of fees, unless a camper is unable to attend camp due to a serious and/or extended illness or injury which is confirmed in writing by a Physician.

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How will I know that my child has been accepted to camp and what forms do I need to fill out before my child begins?

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Applications for all camp programs are processed in weekly batches and families are immediately notified if a camper cannot be enrolled because a program is full or ineligibility. To confirm enrollment, a packet containing useful information and camp forms is sent to parents within a week to ten days after an application is submitted.

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What is the average number of campers in a camp group?

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18 campers, supervised by 2 senior counselors and one junior counselor.

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What is the ratio of campers to staff?

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We maintain a one to six staff to camper ratio for children pre-K and Kindergarten and a one to seven ratio in all other groups, grade one and above.

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Tell me about your staff?

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Camp groups are supervised by an enthusiastic, caring, and well-trained team of counselors, typically two senior counselors and one junior counselor. We maintain a one to six staff to camper ratio in Lower Camp and a one to seven ratio in all other groups. Senior Counselors are age generally age eighteen to twenty one and enrolled in college. Junior Counselors are Juniors and Seniors in High School. Counselors are expected to keep campers safe; be mindful of their needs, personalities, developing set of strengths; and provide friendship, encouragement and support. Campers often value the relationships they have with their counselors above any other aspect of the camp.

Specialists and program directors run each of our programs, having a relevant college degree or specific training, experience, and certification in their field. Generally, 85% of our program staff return from one summer to the next.

Counselors-in-Training Fifteen year-olds can apply for a CIT position in our leadership training program. CIT's are learning how to care for children and earning community service hours.

All camp staff have undergone reference checks and criminal background investigations. They participate in a comprehensive, pre-camp training program specific to the needs of Barrie campers.

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What is the daily schedule for campers and how much free time is there?

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A master program schedule is sent to camp families via email on Mondays. Each camp day begins at 9:00 am with a twenty minute all-camp assembly called Flagpole. After Flagpole, campers follow a schedule of eight, thirty-five minute activity periods from 9:25 am to 3:25 pm. The daily set of activities changes from day to day, except for set swim times. Most of our core programs are scheduled for each group at least once per week, weather permitting. Included in the schedule are periods for lunch and random free periods. Lower Campers have a rest period after lunch and those in our youngest Lower Camp group have a nap.

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How often will my child get to swim?

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Campers entering Grade One and above swim twice a day and campers in Lower Camp and Specialty Camps swim once a day. Campers are swim tested when they arrive at camp to assess their skill level and to determine where they can safely swim in our pool. Our pool ranges from 2.5 feet to 5 feet and the shallow end is ideal for non-swimmers and beginning swimmers. Basic swim instruction is offered during regularly scheduled morning swim times twice a week to non-swimmers and beginning swimmers. Swim instruction is not provided for more advanced swimmers and campers in specialty programs. Lifeguards are fully credentialed and have demonstrated rescue competence. The number of guards on duty is determined by the number of swimmers in the pool. Typically, there are three guards on duty and at least an equal number of counselors assigned to be "lookouts."

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Can I request that my child is placed in a group with his or her friends?

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Campers are placed into their group based on 1) the school grade they are entering in the fall, or 2) by their chronological age if born in the same calendar year as other campers eligible for the group. Since we often have more than one group for campers of the same age, we are happy to take requests for friends to be placed in the same group. There is a field on the Camper Application for this purpose. A corresponding request should be made by the friend's parents or guardians. Without exception, we do not move campers into older or younger groups to be with friends or siblings nor do we honor requests for campers to be kept separate.

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Is my child eligible to go on an overnight? How do I sign up for them?

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Registration forms and schedules are sent home to camp families shortly before camp opens.

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Does my child need to be examined by a doctor before starting camp?

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A Barrie Camp "Health History, Examination, and Emergency Form" must be completed within the six month period preceding the opening of camp. A section of the form must be completed by your child's physician. In this section, the results of your child's most recent physical examination must be provided. The examination must have been conducted within the last two year period.

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Will the camp staff apply sunscreen to my child?

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The camp will only apply sunscreen to a camper if a Barrie Camp Sunscreen Authorization Form has been completed for the camper.

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What is the camp’s FAX number?

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301-576-2805

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What is the camp’s tax I.D. number?

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52-1336863

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When are your main special event days?

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Our special event days are on the following Fridays. Olympic Day - June 27; Klondike Day - July 11; Neptune Day - July 25; and Camp Luau is August 8.