Do you have to be a current member to enroll for summer camp?
Summer camp is open to any and all members of the community. You do not have to be enrolled in any clubs, obtain any memberships, or live in an particular place. Our doors are open for everyone
Are you a travelling camp?
No, we do not travel with our programs. We implement a structured and routine daily program on each of our leased campuses.
What ages do the children range?
Children ages 4-12 are invited to enroll, but 4 year olds must be enrolled in a Kindergarten program. In our Troy branch we do have a preschool summer program for ages 3-5.
What are your camp hours?
We are open 7:30-5:30 daily. Our core program is 9-4 and we like children to be present for the full core program. Drop off and pick up can be at any time. There are no added fees for coming in early or staying later.
What are your prices?
See our summer price chart on the summer information page
Can you tell me what the program template is?
Though we do not publish our template for the viewing public, we can say our summer day is broken down into a series of routine program components that flow nicely from one activity to the next and include time for the children to play, exercise, craft, unwind, engage in water games and play during the sprinkler time, engage in small group play, whole group play, and age-integrated play. They bond as a community all day long with multiple program subtleties and program nuances that have community development in mind. This is the hallmark of the TSL program.
Are the kids separated by ages?
Sometimes we break the campers down into two distinct groups. One having ages 4-7 and another ages 8-12. Other times they work together in a cooperative and age-integrated fashion to accomplish tasks, challenges and projects. We employ a high level of diversity in how we mesh and mold the group throughout the day.
Is there any educational component / how much time is spent outdoors?
Typically, and on average there is a 50/50 split between outdoor and indoor play. We are a recreational program specializing in social teaching (character, how to behave and integrate and socialize) but we are not oriented to teach academics.
What outside activities you have the kids do?
Daily water play with sprinkler. Water relays, circle games, whole group games, scavenger hunts, nature hunts and many more!
Are the staff members all screened for the safety of the kids?
Yes. All staff submit multiple clearances as required by OCFS or DOH. Many of our staff are year round employees of TSL in our after school programs.
How many instructors or staff do you have at a site? What’s the ratio?
Our ratio is 1:10. Depending on the number of enrollees at each site, our staffing numbers vary.
How do you handle any injuries or emergencies if a child gets hurt?
For cuts, bumps and scrapes we use soap and water to clean, ice packs, band aids and TLC. Parents or 911 would be called in the event of serious injury or sickness.
Do you serve lunch?
Two days per week we offer a lunch. Tuesday is grill and chill day. We cook out and present hot dogs, hamburgers and chips. Friday is pizza and ice cream truck day. The other three days the children bring a lunch and two snacks.
How are you different from other programs?
We are different in our planning, how we present programs, how we engage children and how we integrate children. TSL is founded by elementary teachers who prefer to acknowledge the way children develop, their physical and emotional needs, and preferences. We know children. Our staff are trained to know children. Because our program is not dependent on unpredictable variables the structure and integrity of each day is ensured. We ARE childcare, and if you want safety, love, engagement, professionalism, high level communication, trust and affordability you would come to us. If you want murky lakes, amusements parks, teens on cellular phones, long hot bus rides then we wouldn’t be for you.
Do you accept DSS and WDI?
Yes, we work with local counties in their provision of government subsidies for families in need.