300 Meetinghouse Road Jenkintown, PA 19046

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the camp dates for the 2019 Season?
Camp runs for ten weeks from June 17-August 23. We are also offering minicamp August 27-31 to the first 40 campers that register. You can select certain weeks or even certain days depending upon your schedule.

What are your camp hours?
Camp hours are from 9:00am to 3:00pm. You may drop-off between 8:50am and 9:10am and pick-up between 2:50pm and 3:10pm.

Do you offer early arrival or extended day hours?
Our early arrival program is from 7:30am to 9:00am. Our extended day program is from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The charge is $8 an hour or $2 every 15 minutes. You do have to pre-register for this program but you will not be charged until camp begins. You will only be charged for time actually accrued each week. Your credit card will be automatically charged the following week forthe before and aftercare time used.

What should I send to camp each day?
At orientation, each child will be given a camp Tshirt that is the color of their group. We ask that your child wear this everyday. Your child should also wear comfortable shorts and sneakers. We recommend wearing a bathing suit under camp clothing. In their backpack, your child should pack an additional bathing suit, towel, flip flops and sunscreen. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will also need to pack a lunch or have your child buy lunch at our restaurant. On Wednesday and Friday, lunch is free and provided.

How are the campers grouped?
Campers are grouped co-ed by age. Groups are between 15-25 campers per group.

What is the camper to staff ratio?
Ages 3 to 5 (Camper to staff 4 to1)
Ages 6 to 7 (Camper to staff 5 to 1)
Ages 8 to 9 (Camper to staff 8 to 1)
Ages 10 to 12 (Camper to staff 10 to 1)

Can my child request to be in the same group as a friend?
When you register your child, you can request your child to be with a buddy in a specific group. We make every effort to accommodate these requests but they are not guaranteed.

Who are my camper’s counselors?
Our counselors are mature and experienced role models who are at camp to make a difference. We are fortunate to have many returning staff members each summer who understand the culture of the Abington Club. Our staff is cleared through a national criminal and child abuse clearance. Head counselors and specialists are required to have CPR/First Aid certification.

Do you provide each camper with a snack or lunch daily?
We provide a snack and drink every morning. If your child stays for our extended day program, they will receive another snack around 3:30pm. Lunch is provided on Wednesdays and Friday. On Wednesdays, your child can choose from chicken fingers, cheeseburger, hamburger, hotdog, or garden salad. Fruit will be served with lunch on Wednesdays. You can select the lunch when you register or your child may choose their lunch that same day. On Friday we serve pizza. We offer refrigeration and a microwave for lunches daily.

Do I need to pack a lunch on the days when lunch is not provided or can my child buy lunch?
If you wish to purcahse a lunch, you can either bring in $5 cash or we can simply charge your card on file.

What if my child forgets their lunch?
If your child forgets their lunch, they will be provided a lunch from the restaurant. We will then charge your credit card that same day for that lunch.

What if my child is a “picky-eater”?
Our menu is designed to be kid friendly and full of variety. We are a peanut aware camp, but are not peanut free. If your child is a very “picky-eater,” we recommend you provide snacks and lunch daily.

What if my child has food allergies?
If your child has a food allergy, please be sure to indicate this when you register and take proper precautions including educating your child about his or her allergies and sending in proper medication. All children with documented food allergies will have their lunches kept in a separate refrigerator to avoid possible contamination. Also, we will have a designated nut free table where children will be advised to sit. All of our staff are made aware of which campers have allergies, and are trained to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis.

What are your policies to ensure my child’s safety in the pool?
All lifeguards adhere to the same staff training requirements including first aid and CPR certification, criminal clearance check and child abuse history clearance. Each camper will have a swim test on their first day of camp used to determine swimming ability. Swimmers will be given a band to be worn at all times in the pool that clearly marks swimming ability. Parents must provide the proper Personal Floatation Device (PDF) for their child if needed that is USCG approved. Camp counselors will be in the pool with children during their designated swim time. Children ages 3-8 also receive swim lessons throughout the week. The Abington Club also offer private and semiprivate lessons throughout the year. Visit the Abington Club website for details.

How often do you apply sunscreen to the campers?
Families are responsible for applying the first layer of sunscreen prior to morning drop-off and provide it for use during the camp day. Campers are required to reapply sunscreen before and after their initial swim and counselors are required to help younger children to ensure they are fully covered.

Do you have water stations throughout camp?
At all of our sports fields and various other points throughout camp, we keep water coolers. Campers can use the cups we provide or bring their own water bottle to camp daily.

What if my child is not athletically inclined?
The Abington Club Kids Camp schedule is balanced and focused on child development. The core program consists of swimming, creative arts, adventure and athletics. At each activity the focus is on participation, effort, and sportsmanship. No matter what the activity, we encourage campers to learn something new under the guidance of our trained activity specialists.

Can I send food in to celebrate my child’s birthday?
We have a large amount of children with a number of severe food allergies. Because of this, we ask that you do not send in food to celebrate your child’s birthday so a child within the group does not feel left out. Your child will receive a birthday crown and their group will sing to them at lunch time. You are welcome to send in prizes or toys for each child in their group.

Will I be able to change my child’s schedule?
Our policies are designed to give families maximum flexibility while considering the realities of camp enrollment. You are permitted to make any changes to your schedule by April 1. After April 1, schedules are final. You can add days or weeks to your child’s existing schedule after that date if space allows.

Can I cancel my child’s registration?
All payments, less the $25 registration fee per camper, are refundable on or before April 1. Refunds of camp tuition, field trip fees, lunch cards, extra Tshirts and bags are not provided after Apirl 1, 2019 for any reason, including, without limitation: absences, suspensions, dismissals, or withdrawals.

Are there any additional fees or charges?
Special guests, events, Wednesday and Friday lunch, snacks, camp Tshirt, a bag and more are all included in the camp tuition. There are additional fees for before/aftercare, camp field trips, additional lunches and extra t-shirts and bags. There is also a snack shack located by the pool. You can send in money with your child if they would like to purchase additional snacks from the snack shack.

If my child goes to camp but does not want to participate on the field trips, what will they do at camp that day?
For those children who do not want to participate on the field trip, they will have a regular scheduled camp day. Depending on the amount of children who do not attend, they may remain within their own group or may join another for that day. There are usually 2-5 children in each group that do not attend the field trips.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or issues?
During the summer, the Abington Club office is opened daily from 8am – 5pm. Contact the Camp Director at 215.885.0734 x113. If you need to speak with your child’s head counselor or group leader, they will call you back during a break or after the campers head home.

How can I see camp and take a tour?
We have open houses where you can come and learn about the Abington Club Kids Camp. Those dates will be announced soon. We are also available for personal tours almost any day during the off-season. Please call 215.885.0734 x113 to book a time that fits your schedule. We cannot wait to meet you in person!