2022 DAY CAMP - Questions and Information

 

YOUTH PROTECTION
Camp Seton staff adheres to the BSA Guidelines for Youth Protection. For more information click here for our more detailed policy or go to www.scouting.org

 

What time is drop-off?
Camp begins at 9:00am with a flag ceremony.  Drop-off starts at 8:45am.

 

Camp Time
The Camp program begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday camp operates from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Drop-off begins at 8:45am.  Camper pick up starts at 4:00pm Monday through Thursday.  Friday camper pick up starts at 3:00pm 

 

Driving into Camp
The speed limit to Camp Seton is 10 mph at all times. In the interest of camper safety, please obey the posted speed limit. Please only park in designated areas.

 

What does my child need to bring to camp?
Please pack your child’s back pack with a lunch, water bottle, swimsuit, towel and extra pair of dry socks. We strongly recommend these additional items to ensure your child is comfortable participating in all our outdoor activities; cap or hat, sunscreen, water shoes (must have for creek exploration). Rain gear for rainy days! These items should be in the camper’s backpack, which they carry throughout the day. Please be sure to label all belongings in permanent marker with camper’s name.

 

Lunch Time
Campers need to bring a nutritious lunch from home each day. It should be placed in a plastic bag or reusable container and labeled with your child’s name, and den number.  Lunches will be kept with the individual camper this year.  Please plan your lunches accordingly, also plan to use icepacks. In the event a camper forgets their lunch we will be unable to provide a lunch for them.  A call to the contact number will be made with the expectation that a lunch will be brought to camp for the camper.    

 

How are groups structured? And how does Camp Seton group its campers?
Cub Scout Camp -Campers are organized by Dens based on gender, age, and grade. Every group is led by a Team Leader and a second counselor, each of whom supervise between 10 and 12 children depending on the camper’s age. 
Scouts Adventure Camp - Campers are organized by Patrols based on gender, age and grade.  Every group is led by a team leader and a second councilor. Each of whom supervise between 10 and 12 campers. 

 

Can my child be placed in the same group as a friend?
Participants may request to be grouped with another camper within the overall age group, however, it is not always possible to put friends in the same Den or Patrol. Please note that campers will spend their day with their Den or Patrol. We will support all campers in making new friendships during their time at camp.   

 

Does Camp Seton have a uniform?
Yes! Campers are required to wear their Camp Seton shirt to camp each day. Each camper receives one uniform shirt with each registration. Additional shirts are available in the Trading Post at $10. Closed toe shoes are required. Socks are required.

 

Do parents participate in weekly campfires?
At this point this continues to be reviewed as we are receiving guidance from the State of CT.  Parents are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend our weekly Campfires on Fridays.  Cub Camp is held at 2:00pm  Scout Camp is held at 2:30pm . Campers put on skits, sing songs and receive awards from different program areas.

 

What kind of activities do the campers participate in?
Campers will participate in swimming, boating, scout crafts, sports, games, archery, shooting sports, nature, hiking, creek exploration, handicrafts and climbing.   

 

Paperwork
Required camp forms must be submitted in person or via mail, three weeks before your child’s first day of camp. WE DO NOT ACCEPT FORMS VIA EMAIL. Your child will not be permitted to stay at camp if all required forms have not been turned in and reviewed by the camp registrar and nurse.

 

My child has allergies and/or a medical condition; should I be concerned?
Camp Seton takes precautions to protect children with allergies and other medical conditions. We employ a full-time nurse who is available to meet with parents before the camp season begins. Our Connecticut State Camp License requires a Plan of Action be on file for all campers with allergies and/or special considerations while attending camp.

 

Allergy information
At Camp Seton we are sensitive to the needs of all our campers, including those who suffer from allergies. We are not a nut-free facility however we provide “food friendly” tables in our lunch area. These designated tables are nut-free and staff members check all lunches. If campers pack a lunch with peanut butter, they must eat in the designated lunch area. Snacks are permitted at camp but must be nut-free if consumed outside of a lunch area to help avoid cross contamination. Although staff is notified in advance of campers in their group with an allergy, we strongly encourage you and/or your child to speak directly with their counselor. “Recognizing Anaphylaxis Symptoms” is part of our pre-camp training. CT State licensing requires that all campers that require special consideration submit a plan of action to the camp health office. 

 

Medical Attention
Camp Seton is staffed by a certified Registered Nurse or Director of First Aid. Written policies and procedures for the administration of medication by RN and Director of First Aid are posted in the camp health office.

 

Should I be concerned about ticks and wildlife at Camp Seton?
Camp Seton has over 200 acres of wilderness area. Campers adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace and the safety guidelines recommended by the BSA’s conservation plan and wildlife protection. Ticks are carriers of Lyme disease and it is strongly recommended that campers wear bug spray that is applied at home prior to arrival at camp.  Parents are encouraged to check campers every afternoon or evening for ticks.  No aerosol cans allowed. DEET free recommended.  If an embedded tick is removed from your child, it will be sent home with the camper, along with an information sheet. 

 

Fishing Gear
The Camp provides fishing gear. If your child would like to use his personal gear, please label and bring it to the Camp Office for storage.  Tackle is available for purchase in the camp Trading Post.

 

Daily Check In & Out
Campers must check-in at the registration table each morning. Late Campers must check-in at the Camp Office in the Neilsen Building. Parents must check-out each camper individually at the end of the day. If you have to pick up your child earlier than 2:00pm please use an Early Pick-Up form. Children waiting for early dismissal will be at the Neilsen Building. If your child will not be in Camp on a specific day, please notify the Camp Office at 203-869-6633 and leave a message.

 

Car Pools
If your child is being sent to camp or picked up from Camp by someone other than a parent or legal guardian you must notify the camp office in writing. Please make sure to fill out the appropriate form at check out on the first day as to who is authorized to pick up your camper.  If your plans change suddenly, please call the Camp Office at (203) 869-6633.

 

What if I have to pick my camper up early?
If you need to pick your camper up early from camp, complete an “Early Pick Up” form the morning of the early pickup. Forms are available in the camp office or by clicking here. Due to program scheduling, we will not be able to accommodate early pick-ups after 2:00pm. 

 

Behavior
Camp Seton reserves the right to dismiss at its sole discretion any camper whose condition, conduct, influence or behavior is deemed by the Camp as unsatisfactory or detrimental to the best interests of the Camp or who violates the Camp Rules and Regulations. No refunds will be made for campers dismissed for misconduct or disciplinary reason.

 

Cancellation Policy
Once a registration is processed, all refunded camp fees are subject to a $100 cancellation fee by June 1st. After June 1st, no refunds will be offered for any cancellations.

 

Whom do I contact if I have questions or issues?
The Camp office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. In most cases, the Area Director or Team Leader is the best person to talk to because they work closely with your child. Since their primary responsibility during the camp day is to supervise campers, please leave a message with our office manager and they will call you back when they have a break. Our Camp Directors and Program Directors are available to assist families with their needs. 

 

What happens on rainy days?
Camp runs all day rain or shine.  In the event of rain, please pack your child with appropriate rain gear. Rain creates more opportunities for fun. Rainy day program is sunny day program with a poncho!  In the event of lightning or thunder, campers will go to their assigned indoor areas for board games, movies, crafts and much more! 

 

What happens on very hot days?
In the event of extremely hot temperatures, camp activities are modified to help keep campers cool. Water games, extended swimming periods, and activities in shaded areas along with drinking plenty of water ensure that your child will beat the heat. The campers are monitored through the day to make sure they are drinking enough water.  

 

What is the swim check?
All campers are required to take a swim check before entering the pool. Conducted by a BSA certified Aquatics Director, the test is designed to assess your child’s swimming ability to ensure that they remain safe and comfortable while participating in pool activities. Campers are assigned to different levels based on their ability and have the opportunity to change their swim group as their skills progress.