How do I know if my child is ready for camp?

While RECkids Camp is open to children as young as six, some children are not yet ready for camp. Please make sure your camper is ready by asking yourself the following:

  • Is my child able to change his or her own clothing? Due to liability reasons, camp staff is instructed to not assist children in changing their clothing for any reason.
  • Is my child able to tend to personal needs such as toileting and eating? Camp staff is not able to assist with personal needs.
  • Will my child generally follow simple directions and rules in a structured setting? Most rules are set to ensure the safety of all campers, and children must be able to follow these rules.

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What is the age requirement?

Campers must be born between 6/2/2002 and 9/30/2008. These dates are consistent with the standard for school registration by the City of Dayton School District.

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How will I know what is going on at camp every day?

We anticipate your camper to have a ton to talk about after each camp day. To wrap up each week, we will send via email an electronic photo slide-show and weekly recap of the week’s magical moments. 

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Is lunch or snack provided?

  • We expect campers to arrive at camp with a lunch. There are a two times during the camp program for a snack break. Children are responsible to bring their own snacks and lunch every day. We also ask campers to bring a water bottle (labeled with their first and last name in black permanent marker). Water will be readily available for campers throughout the day.
  • Occasionally, we do provide a light snack that aligns with the weekly theme.  In this case, we will inform families with a written notice and permission slip prior to the planned snack date. 

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What does my child wear to camp?

  • Clothing: Please have your camper dress comfortably for active sports that can get dirty and possibly wet. Hats are strongly recommended for outdoor activities. Please also pack a swim suit and towel for pool time. Some days may be UD spirit or themed-dress up days, which you will be informed with advanced notice. 
  • Foot wear: For your camper's protection, we ask that campers wear athletic, closed-toe shoes with socks. Sandals are permissible for pool time.
  • Sun screen: All children are required to bring sunscreen to camp. Please assist campers in putting on sunscreen before arriving to camp. Your child will also have frequent opportunities to reapply the sunscreen during the day. We have found that spray bottles work best. Please be aware that staff is not allowed to apply sunscreen on your child; they must apply lotion by themselves.

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What if my child has a special need?

Camp encourages physical activity and endurance during various sports and activities that are played. If your child is not able to participate in any activity, please notify us and speak to your child's counselor. We encourage you to bring to our attention any special needs or concern.

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Now that I am registered, how can I learn more about camp?

RECkids Camp holds an orientation session for parents to attend.  This session occurs before camp begins and is for registered families to meet the camp staff and learn more about the activities planned for camp.  In addition, we will email registered families our RECkids Camp Handbook.

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If I come to pick up my child but forgot my ID can I still take my child home?

Our top priority is to ensure your child is safe at camp. We insist on each individual picking up a camper to show a valid identification card that was documented at time of registration. Even if it is your sixth week of camp, will still verify your driver’s license number each and every day.

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What if I need to check in my child late or pick up them early?

If you are checking in a camper after 9 a.m., please walk your camper to the RecPlex’s Welcome Desk. The Welcome Desk staff will radio to our counselors who will meet you at the Welcome Desk.  If you need to pick your child up before 4 p.m., please also speak to a staff member at the RecPlex Welcome Desk who will radio to our counselors and walk your child to you.

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How do I contact my campers during the day?

For communications to campers and staff, please call the Campus Recreation Welcome Desk at 937-229-2704 or the Main Office at 937-229-2731. The staff will then share the message with the RECkids Director and/or Lead RECkids staff who will contact the counselors.

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What is the refund policy?

It is necessary for the RECkids Camp Director to properly plan for the number of campers scheduled for each session. With this in mind, the following refund policy has been developed by UDCR administration to accommodate our camper families. Please note, all refunds take one to two weeks to process and will be made in the form of a reimbursement check. Our refund policy is:

  • Refund request made 30 days or more prior to the first day of the session will be refunded in full minus a $10 administrative fee. 
  • Refund request made 29 to 11 days prior to the first day of the session will be refunded at 50% minus a $10 administrative fee. 
  • Refund request made 10 days or fewer prior to the first day of the session will not be given.  Illness, injury, or other extraneous circumstances documented by a physician or accredited third-party representative may be directed to the Camp Director for consideration of a refund.  These requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may or may not be awarded.

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What if I have other questions?

You are always welcome to contact Emily Wilk, the RECkids Camp Director, by phone at 937.229.2731 or by email at ewilk1@udayton.edu.

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