What should we wear to camp?
Campers should dress for the weather -- generally shorts and t-shirts, with good-traction shoes. KEEN's are such a popular footwear
choice that we highly recommend labeling them with your name!
What is the weekly schedule at camp?
- Monday: Groups, Rules and Routines (Fire Drill Day!)
- Tuesday: Special Visitor Day
- Wednesday: Water Day
- Thursday: Adventure/Field Trip Day
- Friday: Sharing and Goodbye Day
What should we pack for snacks and lunches?
Hearty, healthy snacks are appreciated. Usually a fruit/veggie, a protein, a beverage, and a treat make a sufficient camp-day snack for most kids. We have a water cooler available for refilling water bottles, and supplemental snacks should anyone forget. For full-day campers, add a second drink, another protein food, and extra fruits and veggies to fill them up at lunch. Remember, camp is an active day of learning and engaging creatively with others; we find campers are very hungry and sometimes more tired than usual post-camp (i.e. some younger kids go back to taking naps after the morning session!)
What is the protocol for drop-off and pick-up?
Drop-off is usually a time for younger kids to adjust to being in the camp environment and sometimes takes longer for one kid or is surprisingly easy for another. Parental wisdom is the guide here. Older kids may be dropped off at the sidewalk and will be watched as they make their way indoors by our attentive staff.
Assuming fair skies, we will be waiting for you outside at pick-up time, so you can pull through the circular driveway and we'll bring your kids to you. Of course, if it's a gorgeous day, you are welcome to stay and spend some time on the playground.
What is Water Day? How should I prepare my child?
Wednesday is always Water Day at Impulse City. This means our morning outside time is dominated by water activities: sprinklers, water tables, chalk drawing, finger painting, and sometimes even water balloons. We also always enjoy a delicious snack of watermelon wedges. It is best for your child to arrive at camp on Wednesday wearing their swimsuit under their clothes. Pack underwear and a towel into a bag and bring it with your snack or lunch. After water play, we return indoors to the cool air-conditioning, so a towel and dry clothes feel great for crafting and creating later in the day.
Do you give refunds or allow exchanges?
Yes indeed! We pride ourselves on being a fair business. If your plans change, we're happy to give you a refund or move you to another week of camp. If you don't need our service, we're not going to charge you for it. Depending on the circumstances, we may ask you to cover the associated Paypal fees. We are strict about our numbers for each camp, so exchanges are only available if there are open spots in your desired camp.
How many staff members do you have?
For most weeks we have about 10 counselors for a maximum of 60 campers. This includes 2 directors, 2 assistant directors, and the Camp Nurse who works with all campers. There are also weekly specialists that change depending on the theme.
Who is the camp nurse?
Our camp nurse, Nancy Ross is a registered Nurse and a local University Park Super Mom of 4 wonderful children. We also have Carol Nelson, a registered Nurse Practitioner, recently retired from private practice in Silver Spring. They will be on site to handle any campers' medications and take care of ouchies and boo-boos. So, we're all in good hands.
What is your daily schedule at camp?
A typical day looks like this:
- 9:00am Campers arrive, say goodbye to parents and put snacks and lunches away in their individual cubbies
- 9:15am The Staff lead a group warm-up where we sing silly songs, do call and response games, and practice using our bodies, imaginations and minds to work together for a common goal focused on the theme of the week.
- 9:45am Assuming fair skies, we go outside to play a big group game.
- 10:30am We break for our morning snack and enjoy read-aloud time while we eat.
- 11:00am We divide into smaller groups and rotate through more games, art projects or activities designed specifically to enhance the children's individual experiences with the weekly theme. Some weeks this will mean meeting with an Entomologist or Farmer and holding live insects or petting sheep and pigs and sometimes it will mean learning a new dance style with an improvisational dance instructor or making a more elaborate art project. Children are encouraged to choose their own activity from a number of options, which always include: easel painting, an outdoor game, dress-up/dramatic play. We have walks, groups puzzles, treasure hunts, Duplo stations, and more!
- 11:45am Younger campers will pack up and come outside for pick-up circle and good-bye games. Full-day campers will continue their activities inside through to noon.
- 12:00pm Full day campers have lunch outside at the picnic tables.
- 12:30pm Campers enjoy read-aloud time of our weekly book. Depending on the weather, this may be indoors or outdoors.
- 1:00pm Campers break into choice activities again with more time for each activity area to create a deeper experience.
- 2:15pm Campers come together for dramatic play or a big group game, pretending to be kings and queens or alien invaders -- this is the culmination of what they have learned and experienced so far, applied in a creative context -- and its usually the most fun.
- 3pm Full Day Camper Pickup. Weather permitting, we'll gather our belongings and meet you outside. Super Day campers have afternoon snack
- 3:30pm Campers enjoy read-aloud time of our weekly book.
- 4pm Choice activities include art, outdoor play, music, theatre, dance, improv, science, technology and more.
- 5pm Small Group Activities.
- 5:30pm We get together as a whole camp for end of day Big Group Activities and time to discuss and process the camp day.
- 5:45pm Super Day campers will pack up and come outside for pick-up circle and good-bye games.
- 6pm Super Day Camper Pickup.
Can I send my older kid to the morning only (9am til Noon) part of Camp?
Sure, no problem at all. Just register for the Half Day Camp for the week that you want. When you get the confirmation email from us, make sure we know this is an older child registering for the half-day camp, so we put your child in the right groupings. Your child will not go on the Thursday field trip since we need the full day to travel, but will be able to participate in all the other aspects of camp.
Can I send my younger kid (3 or 4 year olds) to the full-day camp?
No, unfortunately we cannot accommodate younger children in our full-day program. We have found that children this young do not have the stamina for our full day camp, especially on special days like Water Day, Field Trip Day and Performance Day.
Should I send my 5 or 6 year old for a full-day or half-day?
If they have been attending Full Day Kindergarten, then they'll do fine. If you are trying to keep them close together with a younger sibling, then maybe the half-day option is better for you. We're happy to discuss it with you. Please contact the Camp Directors at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com