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Recognizing that day camp is often the first experience away from home, counselors provide a caring environment, facilitating personal and group adjustment. Each group consists of 15-20 campers, two Head Counselors, one Assistant Counselor and one Counselor-In-Training (CIT). Lower Camp counselors spend the entire day with their groups. They attend all activities together, many of which are planned by Special Activity Counselors. Each afternoon Lower Camp groups have a scheduled swim time where campers swim with their counselors and CITs. Lower Camp campers swim in the leisure pool unless they have passed a swim test allowing them to swim in the 25-yd pool. All campers must be able to use the bathroom independently. Pull-ups are not allowed at camp.
Middle CampAges 5 - 6 (currently in Kindergarten)
Middle Camp is for campers that are currently in kindergarten and will be entering first grade in September. Each group consists of approximately 20 campers, two Head Counselors, one Assistant Counselor, and one Counselor-In-Training (when available). Middle Camp provides a transition from Lower Camp to Upper Camp. Middle Camp children are scheduled to attend all activities that are offered to both Lower Camp and Upper Camp. Each day, one of the activity times scheduled will be a free choice period. During free choice periods, counselors help campers choose from three Upper Camp activities. Middle Camp children are escorated to and from all activities. Each afternoon Middle Camp groups have a scheduled swim time where campers swim with their counselors and CITs. Middle Camp campers swim in the leisure pool unless they have passed a swim test allowing them to swim in the 25-yd pool.
Sample Day for Middle Camp
Upper CampAges 6 through 12 (currently in 1st grade and older)
Every group consists of approximately 25-30 campers, two Counselors and one Counselor-In-Training (when available). Upper Camp children choose from 14 activities each period of the day. In daily assemblies, campers participate in group challenges and are presented with the activity choices of the day.
Campers in Upper Camp may attend a special evening program with their group and counselors. The special evening program will begin following the regular camp day and conclude at 8:00pm. Group games, swimming, a pizza party and s’mores around the campfire will fill the evening. Each Upper Camp group schedules one special evening during the second session of camp. The exact dates are not determined until the beginning of camp. There are no refunds or makeup days for missing the program.
A field trip is scheduled for Upper Camp to Groveland Oaks on August 11. Group games and activities are organized, a picnic lunch is served and children have the opportunity to swim at the park. All Upper Campers in attendance on the field trip day are expected to participate because there will be no supervision for them at camp.
In addition to the numerous daily activities offered, there are many special events and activities scheduled throughout the summer in coordination with weekly themes. The exact dates of weekly themes and activities are not decided upon until the start of camp. Some weekly theme examples include Hawaiian, Western, Disney, Space, Halloween, Pirate and Magic. Special activities have included a camp movie, talent show, cardboard boat races, reptile show, Halloween in July, climbing wall, an inflatable slide and an inflatable obstacle course.
Included in the camp tuition is a daily hot lunch. Each day two entree selections, one of which is vegetarian, are served with beverages, along with a salad bar, sandwiches, fruits and dessert. For the campers' safety, items that contain nuts, peanuts or peanut oil will not be served.
Roeper Summer Day Camp has two in-ground pools. One is a 1200 square-foot leisure pool with depths between six inches and two-and-a-half feet. This pool is used for Lower and Middle Camp children who are not quite ready for deeper water. The leisure pool has a raindrop water feature.
The second is a 25-yard pool with depths between three-and-a-half and eight feet. Both pools have water slides, are fenced and have Red Cross certified lifeguards on duty at all times. Water safety is stressed for all ages. Colored wrist bands are worn by swimmers to identify areas of the pool in which they are allowed to swim.
After Camp Enrichment
After Camp Enrichments including, Capoeira, Drawing Club, Glass Fusion, Lego Challenge and Swimming Lessons will be offered after camp. Swimming Lessons are available for all ages at the cost of $60 per session. All other enrichment opportunities are available for campers enrolled in the Upper and Hybrid Camps at the cost of $75 per session. Register online for these programs when you register for camp. For more information regarding these after camp opportunities please visit the Enrichments page.
Before- and after-camp supervision programs are available at an extra charge of $5.00 per hour. This program can be used as needed; no prior arrangements are necessary. Time used will be figured based upon the half hour, and all time will be rounded up for billing purposes. Invoices will be emailed at the end of each session.
Mornings 7:30 – 8:30am in the DomesEvenings 3:30 – 6:00pm in the Community Center Building (CCB)