Frequently Asked Questions

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ARE CAMPERS REQUIRED TO WEAR THE CAMP T-SHIRT?

Yes, all campers are required to the wear the camp T-shirt everyday for safety reasons. Each camper will receive one t-shirt for each week they are registered. If your camper is pre-registered for multiple sessions, you may pick up all the t-shirts on the first day of the first camp that you attend. Additional t-shirts will be for sale at check-in for $10 each. 

IS THE CAMP BROKEN UP BY AGE/ARE THE CAMPERS GROUPED BY AGE?

Campers are assigned to groups based on age. Groups are 10:1, or less, staying aligned with our camper to counselor ratio. Groups remain intact for morning team activities and then travel in pairs (teamed up with another age appropriate group) during the morning three activity rotation cycle. This allows our activity stations and camp counselors the flexibility to create an age appropriate environment for that specific activity. Activities rotate every 30-40 minutes so the activity can take shape and remain nimble based on the age group engaging in the activity at that time. At times the entire camp does remain intact. Those instances are for morning welcome, on campus field trips (hiking etc.),  afternoon pool time, and cool down debriefs. 

WHAT IS THE SWIMMING SCHEDULE AND PROCESS?

Swim time is programmed daily, Monday - Friday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, save for weather or random occasions where we take an on campus afternoon field trip. We highly encourage campers to participate in this activity. All campers who want to swim will be required to pass a swim test. The swim test will be staged and monitored by the UCSC Pool and Lifeguard Staff. The test will gauge the camper's ability to swim one length of the pool (25 yards) with confidence. Once the camper passes the test, they are cleared to enjoy the pool, including the high and low diving boards. Campers who do not pass the swim test will be outfitted with a life jacket so that they can engage in the activity safely and comfortably. Campers who do not pass the swim test on Monday can also take the swim test on Tues, Wed, etc. in an attempt to pass as they gain exposure and confidence. Campers who choose not to swim due to personal reasons will have an alternate activity to participate in. Alternate activities might include cards, board games, crafts, or Frisbee poolside. 

DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS or DISCOUNTS?

We do offer scholarships. The number and amount of scholarships we can provide is very minimal at this time. Interested individuals should fill out the online application (CLICK HERE). Applications for Summer 2017 are due by May 17th. Families/households who enroll 2 or more children in the same camp session will receive a 20% discount on each additional camper's registration for that session. The 20% discount is not applied to pre or post camp. 

HOW WILL SNACKS AND LUNCH BE ORGANIZED?

Please send your camper to camp having eaten breakfast. Feel free to also send them with an additional light snack to complement their breakfast, as you see fit. We will provide a short transitional break after our morning welcome and group stretch for campers to grab their quick snacks before heading out to the fields/off into campus. Water will be readily available at all times and breaks will be structured into our morning camp activities.

We will provide snacks in the afternoon, around 3pm, during our pool time. There will be gluten and lactose free options provided.

Half-Day and Full-Day Campers must bring their own lunch Monday through Thursday. On Friday Woodstock's Pizza will be provided along with fresh veggies. If your camper does not like pizza, please plan accordingly and send them with a packed lunch on Friday as well. If notified in advance we can order gluten and/or lactose free pizzas. 

We are also a "peanut-free" camp, please do not pack any peanut items in your camper's lunch. A good alternative is sunflower seed butter/sunbutter.  Other nuts, beisdes peanuts are welcome, and eating arrangements will be made for those thatbring other nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.)  Children with nut allergies are highly encouraged to still bring their epipens.

WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?

Formerly known at the Counselor In Training (CIT) Program. LDP Campers assist counselors with the goal of learning leadership skills including time management, responsibility, communication, team work, and decision making. For more information please see our Leadership Development Program page

WHAT ARE THE MOVIES?

On occasion there will be a film shown. We typically show films as part of our morning activity rotation on rainy days/when we are waiting for the morning fog to burn off. These films are approximately 30-45 minutes in length and educational in nature, and correlate to the camp theme weeks and/or the craft for that day. All short films are screened for content by the Camp Director and 2 Student Coordinators or Counselors. As we select titles for various weeks we will notify parents. As a point of reference in prior years we have shown various titles from the Discovery Education's Backyard Habitats series. We also typically serve popcorn during the film. 

WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY'S TAX ID NUMBER?

UCSC's Federal Tax ID Number is: 94-1539563. This number is what you may need for the purposes of filling out your income tax forms if you want to claim Sammy Slug Summer Camp as a child care expense.