University of Vermont

Youth and Community Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my camper need to bring to camp?

All campers should bring the following items to camp everyday:

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes (accidents happen!)
  • Plastic bag or something to put wet clothes and/or swimwear in once used
  • Sneakers (no open-toed shoes are allowed)
  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Swimwear & towel
  • Lunch and two healthy snacks

Are there any items my camper is not permitted to bring camp?

The following items are prohibited at camp and will be confiscated by the counselor and not returned until check-out at the end of the day:

  • Trading or playing cards of any sort
  • Electronic game devices
  • Portable music players
  • Sneakers with wheels
  • Cellular phones or other electronic devices
  • Digital cameras

What does a typical day at camp look like?

Campers participate in a variety of daily activities that are fun, educational, engaging, and age-appropriate. Sample daily schedules are available below (times are estimated), but for the most up-to-date and accurate information, parents are encouraged to read the daily activities schedule that is posted at each group check in area.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE FROM SUMMER 2014:

Time Rangers Trailblazers Vikings
7:45-8:30
Check in
8:30-8:45
All Camp Welcome
8:45-9:00
Group Team Building/Expectations
9:00-10:00
Sports & Games
Arts & Crafts
Aquatics
10:00-11:00
Team Building
Aquatics
Arts & Crafts
11:00-12:00
Aquatics
Free Choice
Sports & Games
12:00-12:30
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
12:30-1:30
Free Choice
Sports & Games
Excursion
1:30-1:45
Snack Break
Snack Break
1:45-2:45
Arts & Crafts
Team Building
2:45-3:45
Clubs
3:45-4:00 Transitions & Pack-Up
4:00-5:00
Check out

What time does camp run and how/where do I drop off and pick up my camper?

Campers may check in at the assigned location (below) from 7:45-8:30am. No campers will be checked in before 7:45am.

Check out is from 4:15-5:00pm.  Campers should be picked up from the same location as they are dropped off in the morning.  Campers not picked up by 5:00pm will be charged $1 per minute late pick up fee.

Parking is available in the small lot in front of the east lobby of Patrick Gymnasium for dropping off and picking up campers. If that lot is full, cars may park in either metered spaces or the upper level of the Gutterson Garage. There is no parking along the circle in front of Patrick Gymnasium. ADC is not responsible for any parking violations.

Group Check In/Out Location
Rangers Dance Studio - enter via Patrick Gym main entrance and proceed through the doors on the right. The dance studio is the second entrance on the right.
Trailblazers Multi-Purpose Courts Hallway (north end) – enter via Patrick Gym main entrance and proceed through the doors on the right.  The multi-purpose courts hallway is through the set of doors to the left of the lockers.
Vikings Multi-Purpose Courts Hallway (south end) – enter via Patrick Gym main entrance and proceed through the doors on the right.  The multi-purpose courts hallway is through the set of doors to the left of the lockers.

What should I do if I have to drop off my camper late or pick up my camper early?

If a camper is dropped off after 8:30am, the camper must be brought to the ADC administrative office.  The office can be reached through the Patrick Gymnasium west lobby, next to the dance studio (see above for directions).  From there, the camper’s current group location will be identified and the camper will be escorted to that location by an ADC staff member. 

If you are planning ahead to drop off your camper later than 8:30am, it is requested that the parent notify the ADC administrative office or complete the late drop-off form.  The late drop-off form can be obtained from a counselor during check in or check out.  Even if a late drop-off form is completed, it is still required that the camper is brought to the ADC administrative office.

If a camper must be picked up early, an early pick-up form must be completed.  The early pick-up form can be obtained from a counselor during morning check in.  If the person picking up the camper is not the emergency contact, that person must be noted on the form (any other person will not be permitted to pick up the camper without written or verbal consent from the emergency contact).  The camper will be escorted to the ADC administrative office by a counselor at the time indicated on the early pick-up form.

If an unforeseen situation arises and a camper must be picked up early, it is in the best interest of the parent to call the camp director at 656-7713 prior to arriving at PFG so that the camper can retrieve his/her belongings, be escorted to the office, and be ready to be picked up.

What do I need to know to prepare my camper for field trip days?

Field trips or special events are planned for each week of ADC. Typically these events take place on Thursday, though depending on bus schedules and field trip locations, this may not necessarily be the case. Parents will be notified of the field trip location in the email newsletter sen the Friday before their child's week at camp. This newsletter will include information about the field trip including specific details and any reminders/requirements for parents and campers.

All campers and ADC staff members are required to wear their camp t-shirts on field trip days. This allows everyone associated with ADC to be easily identified. Campers will receive one t-shirt (regardless of the number of weeks they are registered for). T-shirts can be picked up at the open house or on Monday & Tuesday of the camp week.

What should I do if my camper has a special need, requires medication, or has an allergy?

If a camper has special needs, it must be noted on the medical information & waiver form.  It is also suggested that the details of any special needs be emailed to Shelby Hinkle Smith at shinkles@uvm.edu prior to the start of camp so that any necessary arrangements can be made and counselors can be prepared to better serve the needs of all campers.

Prescription Medications: ADC counselors can dispense any necessary prescription medications provided the following conditions are met:

  • A note from the camper’s doctor which includes detailed instructions on how the medication should be administered.
  • Written consent from a parent or legal guardian to administer the medication.
  • All medications must be stored in the ADC office or in the counselor backpack, not kept on the camper.

Over the Counter Medications: ADC will not stock or dispense any over the counter medications to campers without consent from a parent or legal guardian.  Parents may bring in an over-the-counter-medication to the ADC office with instructions for dispensation.

Inhalers & Epi-Pens: Campers requiring accessibility to inhalers and/or epi-pens must have those requirements noted on the medical information & waiver form, if necessary.  The inhaler or epi-pen will be labeled and kept in the counselor backpack, which is kept with the camp group at all times, in case administration of the inhaler or epi-pen becomes necessary.

Food Allergies: Any food allergies should be reported on the medical information & waiver form.  The lunch room will maintain a “nut free” table for any campers with peanut allergies.

Aides: ADC requires all aides to submit to a background check prior to attending camp. The background check form must be submitted to ADC a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of camp. Additionally, a parent/guardian is required to meet with the Associate Director of Campus Recreation, Programs, Shelby Hinkle Smith, a minimum of 14 days prior to the child's start date at camp so that any necessary arrangements can be made and counselors can be prepared to better serve the needs of the camper. Please contact Shelby Hinkle Smith for a background check form.

Last modified December 17 2014 01:17 PM