300 Meetinghouse Road Jenkintown, PA 19046

Policies and Procedures

At the Abington Club, our number one priority is your child’s safety. We understand that you are trusting us with your most precious possessions when you send your kids to camp, and we take that trust very seriously. Here are just a few of the many policies we have in place to keep your child safe.

Enrollment and Health Forms
All campers must complete the necessary camp forms in order to participate in the Abington Club Summer Camp. Enrollment and medical forms are due by June 1. If we do not have an enrollment or medical form on file for your child, they will be unable to attend camp.

2019 Camp Schedule
Kids Camp will run from June 17 to August 23 Monday thru Friday and will be open from 9:00am-3:00pm, with before and after care options. Early Arrival begins at 7:30am. Extended day begins at 3:00pm and ends at 6:00pm. Parents must sign their child up at the time of registration and keep a credit card on file. Charges are $8 per hour or $2 every 15 minutes. Your card will be charged every Friday for time used.

Pick Up
We take attendance every day as campers arrive, and we check them out as they are picked up. When you register, you will have the opportunity to list those individuals who have your authority to pick your children up from camp. We will not allow your child to be picked up by anyone else without your prior written consent.

Staff
All of our staff are required to obtain first aid and CPR certification, criminal clearance check, child abuse history clearance and fingerprinting. They also must watch and complete the online child abuse workshop and receive training on medical emergencies. We have three lifeguards staffed at the outdoor pool and two staffed at the indoor pool at all times. Our counselor staff uniform includes a camp T-shirt that makes it easy for both campers and parents to identify who the counselors are at camp.

Water Safety
All Lifeguards adhere to the same staff training requirements including first aid and CPR certification, criminal clearance check and child abuse history clearance. Three lifeguards are required at our outdoor facility and two in the indoor facility. Each camper will have a swim test on their first day of camp used to determine swimming ability. Swimmers who do not take the swim test will be automatically designated as non-swimmers. 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 that is USCG approved. The Abington Club recommends the Puddle Jumper™ for children who weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. The inherently-buoyant flotation bands that go around the upper arms and across the chest are designed to provide stability while also allowing arm movement. That combination helps to build confidence because its unrestrictive design permits a comfort level and a range of movement that is unusual in PFDs.

Medication
The camp will administer medication to your child only according to written directions. We will not administer any medication without written instructions or verbal consent. We strongly encourage parents of children with serious health concerns such as severe allergies leading to anaphylactic shock, severe asthma, seizure disorders and diabetes, etc., to have proper identification on the camper (i.e. Medic-Alert bracelet) at all times. Campers with serious allergies are required to send in medications with the camp director. We need a Doctor’s permission note to give out any medication. Counselors will carry medication on them and will receive training to administer in case of emergency.

Food Allergies
If your child has a food allergy, please be sure to indicate this on the registration form and take proper precautions including educating your child about his or her allergies. 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.

Reporting Illnesses and Absences Due to Illness
The Abington Club should be notified if a child is ill. Please call the front desk at 215.885.0734 x101 before 9:00AM. Children with fevers will not be admitted to the program. Parents will be notified if the child becomes sick during the day and will be expected to come for the child immediately. Please do not bring your child back until he/she is fully recovered. If it is longer than three days, a credit will be given to be used during the 2019 camp season.

Sunscreen
Parents need to provide sunscreen for use during the camp day. Sunscreen sent to camp should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and labeled with the child’s first and last name. If parents/guardians have more than one camper attending camp, we ask each camper have their own supply of sunscreen so that it is readily accessible throughout the camp day. 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. For campers who are in the extended day program, they will have sunblock reapplied again at 3:00. The Abington Club staff will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to help each child reapply sunscreen to exposed skin–including the face, the tops of ears, and bare shoulders, arms, legs, & feet– prior to campers’ participation in outdoor programs. Counselors will not apply sunscreen when skin is broken or an adverse reaction has been observed. When staff notices these reactions, they will report them to the Director who will contact the camper's family.

Heat Protection
We have frequent water breaks built into our schedule, and all of our staff model proper sun safety for our campers. Our counselors will supervise application of sunscreen and will ensure that campers drink water frequently. We have the flexibility to adjust our schedule to suit the weather conditions, so on especially hot days we will spend additional time indoors or in the shade.

Potty Training
All campers are expected to be fully potty-trained by their first day of camp. We ask that families provide an extra set of clothes with campers, if a camper has a history of accidents.

Lice
Campers who have signs of head lice (itching, head irritation, etc.) will be removed from their group and escorted to the camp office. If we believe there is a possibility of head lice, we will ask the family to pick their camper up from camp. In order to return to camp, a camper must have had all active lice removed from his or her hair and no longer show any signs of infestation, itching or irritation.

Discipline
The Abington Club Staff uses the positive techniques of guidance, including logical or natural consequences applied in problem situations, redirection of children to more acceptable behavior, anticipation of and elimination of potential problems and encouragement of appropriate behavior rather than comparison, competition or criticism. Consistent and clear rules are established. Staff members encourage children to solve problems rather than imposing solutions and help children to recognize and respect one another’s feelings. Counselors encourage pro-social behavior such as cooperation, helping, taking turns and constructive verbal communication to solve problems. The goal is to help children internalize rules and become self-directed in their behavior.

The Abington Club reserves the right to dismiss a child for consistent behavior that makes it difficult or impossible for the staff to meet his/her needs and/or the needs of other children in the group. This will occur without a refund (or portion thereof) or credit towards a future program. This will occur only after parent/staff discussion has occurred.

Code of Behavior
We maintain an environment of mutual respect for all campers and staff. We have a policy of no foul language, including no rude/offensive t-shirts, and we do not tolerate bullying of any kind.
We believe the best way to avoid inappropriate behavior is to plan an engaging program that keeps our campers so busy they have no time to act out. We also make our expectations clear from the start so that campers know what is acceptable. However, we have a policy in place for any problems that should arise:
1st Offense: Camp rules are reviewed with the camper.
2nd Offense: Time out from activity.
3rd Offense: Call to parents.

We will make every effort to help every child to have a successful time at camp. However, if, in the opinion of the director, a child presents a serious risk to him/herself and/or others, he or she will be asked not to return to camp.

Items Needed for Camp
Each child will receive a camp shirt, which must be worn every day. Sneakers or athletic type shoes with socks are required. Campers must bring swimsuits and towels in a bag labeled with the camper’s name. Valuables, cash, and jewelry are not to be brought or worn to camp, as we do not assume responsibility for their safekeeping. Additional camp shirts can be purchased for $10.00 each.

Meals
We will provide one snack during camp hours (9am- 3pm) and one snack during extended day (3:15pm-4:00pm). Lunch will be provided on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please fill out a menu for your child to receive a lunch of his/her choice on Wednesday that includes a choice of hot dog, garden salad, chicken fingers, hamburger or cheeseburger. On Fridays, children will be served pizza. There are no substitutions for these foods so please bring a lunch for your child if they would like or need to eat another meal. If your child would like to purcahse a meal, you can bring in $5 cash or we will simply charge your card on file. 

Buddy Policy
Buddy requests can be made during the registration process until June 1. We always do our very best to accommodate buddy requests as we know how important this can be to our campers. Please remember we cannot guarantee all requests because the camper ratios we must adhere to.

Electronics
The Abington Club Camps strives to provide a program free from video games, cell phones, audio players and other distractions during ALL camp hours from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. No electronics are to be used during camp hours.

Hygiene
Campers wash their hands thoroughly before each meal and snack under the supervision of staff. We do not share water bottles, drinks, or food brought from home.

Walk-Up Registration Information
Parents are encouraged to register in advance, but we understand that for unforeseen reasons, parents sometimes need to register at the last minute. If you find yourself in this situation, you can enroll at any time if space is still available, you provide the mandatory enrollment and medical forms and we have the appropriate counselor to camper ratio for that day or week.

Refunds
Registration of $25.00 per child is taken in advance and in NON-REFUNDABLE. To secure your child’s spot in camp, we must receive payment in full by your indicated payment enrollment date. No refunds will be given for absences, change of days or camp withdrawals after April 1. Upon cancellation, a refund will be given within 60 days of submittal. Tuition is NONREFUNDABLE after April 1.