Shooting stars summer camp
Sponsored by The Christian Academy
Shooting Stars Summer camp is here and this is a STELLAR summer you don’t want to miss! Each week offers a new and exciting theme which includes field trips, community events, games, movies and SO MUCH MORE! Take a look below at all Shooting Stars Summer Camp has to offer for 2021!
Shooting Stars Camper Registration Information
Registration and payment for TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp must be completed and submitted by your due date, or your student will not be allowed to attend that week. Registration closes June 9th, 2021. Full payment of registration fees ($35) is required at the time of registration to reserve the child’s space. Due to limited space and staffing requirements, refunds will not be given. Participants may sign up for any or all of the weekly camps. There will be no proration of fees for any days a child participant cannot attend.
Registration is only permitted for children ages 4-12.
Hours of Operation: TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:00 pm. Drop off begins at 7:45am and ends at 8:30am, please notify us if you will be later than 8:30am. Dates for the camp are June 14-August 20, 2021. We are closed Saturdays and Sundays.
Arrival, Dismissal & Late policy
Pick-up and Drop-Off Procedures:
Children need to arrive between 7:45-8:30am and must be picked between 3:00-3:15 pm, unless you have signed up for aftercare. The check-in (drop-off) area for the camp will be through our main entrance. The pick-up area will be in our lower parking lot at our blue playground door through the yellow gates. For campers who are late: they are to report to this door, contact a camp director, and must be accompanied by a parent for drop-off.
Late Pick-Up Policy:
We are aware unexpected circumstances may happen and ask that you contact us when you know you are going to be late. In the event that you are unable to pick your child up at their regularly scheduled time, the charges for late pick-up are as follows:
- If your child is not signed up for aftercare, a late-fee of $1.00 per minute past 3:15 will be charged not to exceed $15 if picked up by 4:30. A full fee of $30 will be charged for any pick-up after 4:30.
- If your child is signed up for a 4:30 pick-up with aftercare, a late fee of $1.00 per minute past 4:30 will be charged not to exceed $30.
- If your child is signed up for a 6:00 pick -up with aftercare, a late fee of $1.00 per minute past 6:00 will be charged.
TCA Summer Camp Supply List:
- Refillable water cup
- Comfortable clothing
- Sneakers (flip flops permitted for pool days)
- Modest swimsuit (for pool days)
- Change of clothing ie. shirt, shorts, socks, undergarments (for pool days)
- Towel for pool days
- Spending money for field trips (optional)
- Sunscreen (optional)
- TWO extra masks
Please Do Not Send In:
- Technology i.e. iPad, cell phones, etc.
- Expensive/ Valuable Items
Water Bottle: Children must bring a drink in a non-glass container each day. Beverages are encouraged to be clear, or light colored. Please do not send gum or candy.
Shooting Stars Camp Cost
Cost of Camp
The cost of the camp is on a per-week basis with a discount being offered for early registration. We are not offering discounts for multiple children or booking multiple weeks of camp. Families may pay in advance via credit card using the form below OR families may register for their desired weeks and then pay monthly or bi-weekly. Payment is due two weeks prior to the week the child is registered for camp.
There is an initial $35 registration fee which covers administrative fees and a camp T-Shirt. The registration fee must be paid first when registering for camp.
The weekly Camp rate covers all activities, field trips, pool days, morning & afternoon snacks. Aftercare is available at an additional cost.
- Register before April 9th – $260 per week
- Register before May 9th – $280 per week
- Register before June 9th – $300 per week
- We are not allowing late registration or drop in registrants
- 3-4:30 – $70/week
- 3-6 – $140/week
$35 registration is due at the time of registration. Payments must be made at the specified due dates in order for a child to attend that week of camp.
There are three ways to pay for summer camp:
- Pay in full using the registration form below
- Pay monthly:
- June payment by May 25th
- July payment by June 21st
- August payment by July 19th
- Pay Bi-weekly (payment for the week due two weeks prior)
- Week 1 (June 14) due by May 25
- Week 2 (June 21) due by June 7
- Week 3 (June 28) due by June 14
- Week 4 (July 5) due by June 21
- Week 5 (July 12) due by June 28
- Week 6 (July 19) due by July 5
- Week 7 (July 26) due by July 12
- Week 8 (August 2) due by July 19
- Week 9 (August 9) due by July 26
- Week 10 (August 16) due by August 2
Field Trip Dates & Times
Part of the weekly cost covers the cost for a field trip that matches the theme of the week. Parents are invited to attend a field trip if they have proper PA clearances on file with our school office. All events are subject to change based upon availability and COVID 19 restrictions/guidelines.
Every Thursday is Pool Day at Knowlton Swim Club.
Friday, June 18, 6:15-7:30 PM – Family Camp Fire
Friday, June 25 – Franklin Institute
Friday, July 2 – Booths Corner
Friday, July 9 – Oasis Family Fun Center
Friday, July 16 – Super Hero Movie Party
Friday, July 23 – Smith Memorial Playground
Friday, July 30 – Camden Aquarium
Friday, August 6 – Color Run on Campus
Wednesday, August 11 – Linvilla Orchards
Friday, August 13 – Philadelphia Zoo
Friday, August 20 – Carnival Playhouse Party
Shooting Stars Important Dates/Schedules
Each day is going to be a little different as we will offer a variety of activities to allow our campers to have max fun in a safe yet fun environment.
Daily activities may include:
Morning Snack – Afternoon Snack – Lunch – Weekly Swimming Lessons – Pool Days – Weekly Field Trips or Parties – Community Events – Water Games – Team Building – Covid-19 Remediation/Tutoring – Arts & Crafts – Video Games – Educational Games – Moon Bounces – Epic Competitions & Prizes – Guest Speakers – Talent Shows – Entertainment Acts – Gaga Ball – Nature Hikes – Movies
A typical schedule will include:
|8:45-9:00 am||Morning Snack|
|9:00-9:30 am||Morning Worship/Memory Verse|
|9:30-10:30 am||Covid Catch-up|
|10:30-12:00 pm||Game time/Competitions|
|1:00-2:00 pm||Arts and crafts|
|2:00-2:40 pm||Free Play within Group Teams|
|3:00-6:00 pm||Aftercare schedule|
A waiver for Knowlton Swim Club in Media, PA must be signed by every parent for every camper in order to attend camp. Children will need to bring a swimsuit or wear a swimsuit under their clothing on every Thursday. Towels ARE NOT provided, they must be packed every Thursday, with a change of clothes. Swimmers under 7 are highly encouraged to wear floaties or a life vest, for swimmers under 5 – it is required unless able to pass the swim test. There will be a smaller pool for age-appropriate campers. Every camper will be chaperoned at all times and a lifeguard will be present at all times. For older swimmers must demonstrate they can swim and pass a quick swim test the first time they attend the pool for free swim. The trip to the pool is not optional, however, a student may sit out if they don’t want to swim. Weekly swimming lessons will be given and are free to every camper. The swim test allows children to play in the deeper areas of the pool (4-9 feet). If the child cannot pass the swim test, he or she must stay in the 3 1⁄2 foot depth of the pool area.
required forms & Waivers
for Shooting Stars Campers
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there discounts for booking more than one week or having multiple kids?
The only discount we offer is the early bird registration. There are no discounts for booking more than 1 week, though families are free to choose what weeks they would like to send their kids. If a family is experiencing financial difficulties, please speak with our Camp Director.
Should my child be potty trained before REGISTERING?
A child enrolled in Shooting Stars Camp must be toilet trained before attending camp. He/She must be wearing underwear. A child having accidents daily would not be considered toilet trained. Please note that wearing pull ups is NOT considered toilet trained and is not permissible for the camp program.
A toilet trained child is a child who can do the following:
- Communicate to the teachers that he/she needs to go to the bathroom BEFORE they have to go
- Pull down his/her clothes and get them back up without assistance
- Wipe him/herself after using the toilet
- Get on/off the toilet by him/herself
- Wash and dry hands
- Postpone going if they must wait for someone who is in the bathroom or if we are away from the bathroom.
- Wake up during nap time should they need to use the bathroom
Does my child have to attend TCA to be ALLOWED to go to summer camp?
Shooting Stars Summer Camp is open for all children who desire to attend. TCA Families do not have to provide any medical paperwork; however, families who are not part of TCA are required to submit a medical form at the time of their registration.
What if my child has allergies or other special needs?
Parents and guardians whose children do not attend The Christian Academy are required to fill out the “Camper Health History Form” at the time of registration. In case of serious illness or injury this information may be used before consultation with the family if this is felt necessary. The nurse’s office is open during camp hours for emergencies and campers who are ill. Nursing staff will stock over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.), diphenhydramine (Benadryl, etc.) and antacid tablets (Tums, etc.) in children’s tablet form for occasional use when needed. It is the desire of TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp to help support the well-being of our students who have life-threatening allergies. Parents and guardians will be responsible for giving verbal and written notification of the life threatening allergy as well as supplying up to date equipment, medications and doctors orders.
Parents and guardians are required to inform the TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp in writing of any special circumferences which may affect the child’s ability to participate fully and within the guidelines of acceptable behavior, including, but not limited to, any serious behavioral problems or special circumstances regarding psychological, medical, or physical conditions. Once the notice is submitted, a conference will be scheduled with the parent/guardian to discuss the special circumstances and whether the Center can accommodate the circumstances.
What is the dress code?
Children should dress appropriately for the activities scheduled. TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp recommends shorts and a light weight shirt or top, and some type of athletic shoe or sneaker in order to participate in recreational or athletic activities. Sandals, flip-flops, rubber “crocs”-style shoes, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended for active recreation activities.
Can my child bring personal belongings? Are lockers provided?
Please put the child’s name on all articles of clothing, snack bags, bags, etc. Children should not bring toys, mobile phones, electronic devices, jewelry, money, or any possession of value with them to any of the programs. Children will be responsible for their belongings.
Should my child bring extra money?
Your child does not need any extra money. They may bring extra money if they wish to order additional snacks at lunch or while on a field trip. TCA is not responsible for any funds that are lost.
Should my child bring SUNSCREEN?
TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp will be following the Pennsylvania School Code, Section 1414.10 regarding the application of sunscreen. Parents/Guardians will need to fill out the “Sunscreen Use Form” to allow the camper to use topical sunscreen. All sunscreen must be non-aerosol and approved by the FDA.
Do you have a discipline policy?
TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp staff will create a fun and safe environment for participants in the program. Praise and positive reinforcement are used as effective methods of behavior management. Children who do not respond to these methods and continue to be physical towards others or destructive to property, will be dealt with in a professional, positive, and timely manner to correct the behavior. The following procedures will be followed for behavior management:
- All incident reports will be discussed privately with parents/guardians and a copy of each report will be kept on file at TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp.
- In the event a child’s behavior is a repeated behavior and cannot be corrected by the TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp with a verbal warning, a first incident report will be written to document and correct behavior. A copy of the report will be given to the parent/guardian the same day as the incident.
- A second incident report will be written if the behavior is repeated by or new behavior problems occur with the same child. This report will follow the same process as the first, and a copy of the report will be given to the parent/guardian the same day as the second incident.
- A third incident report will be completed using the same process as the first two. Staff will provide this report to the parent/guardian. Incident reports will be discussed privately with a parent/guardian by TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp and Director. A one day suspension could accompany this report, and no refund will be provided for suspended days. Shooting Stars reserves the rights to dismiss a child from the program at this time.
NOTE: Immediate dismissal from the program can occur given severe circumstances. Unused weeks will be refunded. However, refunds for missed days due to a discipline suspension will not be granted.