All arriving campers must pass through the check-in station before reporting to their group every Monday. Upon arrival on Barrie's upper campus, cars drive counter-clockwise around the circle and stop in front of the check-in station. Camp staff are there to welcome campers, open the car doors and escort campers as needed to their group. All Lower Camp children are escorted to their group. All parents are welcome to park and walk their children to their groups.
A master program schedule is sent to camp families via email each Monday. The daily schedule of activities changes from day to day, except for set swim times. Core programs are scheduled for each group at least once per week, weather permitting. Included in the schedule are periods for lunch and free periods. Lower Campers have a rest period after lunch and the youngest Lower Camp group may nap.
Barrie Camp is an outdoor summer program and campers are expected to spend the majority of their time outdoors. The amount of time outdoors varies from day to day depending on the group's schedule. On heat advisory days and during extreme weather, activities are moved indoors and camper schedules are adjusted to ensure camper safety.
Campers bring their own bag lunches that are refrigerated until lunchtime. Snacks are offered to Lower Camp children in the morning and PM Supervision participants. Popsicles are available at the end of the day for all campers.
Campers are strongly encouraged to bring bottled water to carry throughout the day. Water fountains are available in every building. Ice water stations are placed around campus.
Campers in our Day Camp program enjoy a double swim period each day while campers in our Specialty and Super Camps have a single swim period. Campers are swim tested on their first day at camp to assess their skill levels and to determine where they can safely swim. 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 or 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."
Pick up is on our upper campus between 4:00pm - 4:30pm. Cars are not permitted to drive onto our upper campus after 3:25 pm to ensure the safety of campers as they transition to our dismissal procedures. The only exception is Barrie staff.
When a parent arrives, they should form a single file line on Barrie Campus Drive and wait for the signal from the staff member at the stop sign next to the turf field. Upon reaching upper campus, parents should turn into the circle counter-clockwise. Please relay your campers name(s) to the staff member at the bottom of the circle to be announced. Camp staff will walk the camper(s) to their car. Parents are encouraged to remain in their car during this process.