Health and Safety
The staff of DC Summer Programs is fully committed to the health and safety of your child both physically and emotionally during their time with us. We employ a registered nurse to be on camp at all times throughout the summer. This person manages all camper health forms and allergy concerns, relaying necessary information to other staff members and monitoring campers closely throughout each day. Our camp nurse is not tied to a specific schedule during the camp day to ensure availability to handle any situation that may arise in a timely manner.
As an important part of training, all staff members are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to help campers have a fun and safe summer, including how to care for campers who need special attention for a variety of reasons.
This year at camp we will need to implement a new sunscreen policy due to a new law passed in the state of Pennsylvania regarding the application of sun screen in a school setting. Although you are attending summer camp, since it is run by the school, the requirements of Pennsylvania School Code, Section 1414.10 still apply. This code requires that parents sign a self application waiver in order for their child to carry and apply their own sunscreen at camp. These waivers will be available at the nurses table at registration on Monday morning for you to fill out so please be sure to walk your child in for their first day of camp. We will make these waivers available electronically as soon as possible. Sunscreen can be on any SPF rating, but must be FDA approved (you should not have an issue with common brands) and must be non-aerosol.
Discover Day Camp (ages 3-5) Potty Training Policy
DC Summer Programs requires all campers to be fully potty trained in order to attend camp.
A potty trained child can do the following:
1. Wear underwear and not diapers or pullups every day
2. Avoids having daily and weekly accidents
3. Communicates to the teachers their need to go to the restroom and can wait for their turn
4. Alerts themselves to stop what they are doing to go and use the bathroom
5. Pulls down their clothes and get them back up without assistance
6. Wipes themselves after using the toilet
7. Gets on and off the toilet independently
8. Can wash and dry hands
9. Will awaken during naptime should he/she need to use the restroom
There are strict licensing standards and regulations for changing and disposing of wet or soiled diapers. Our summer camp program does not possess these licenses and as a result can not legally accommodate for the care of children who are not fully potty trained.
When an adult is needed to change a child’s soiled clothing regularly, their attention is taken away from all other campers and it removes one adult from the direct supervision of and interaction with the rest of the group, which causes us to be outside of the required ratios.
We do understand that even potty trained children will occasionally have toileting accidents. In these instances, trained camp staff will gladly help children to change their clothes, and encourage independence as much as possible.