Shooting stars summer camp
Sponsored by The Christian Academy
Shooting Stars Summer camp is here and this is a SPECTACULAR summer you don’t want to miss! Each week offers a new and exciting theme which includes field trips, games, crafts and SO MUCH MORE! Take a look below at all Shooting Stars Summer Camp has to offer for 2023!
Shooting Stars Camper Registration Information
Registration and payment for TCA’s Shooting Stars Summer Camp must be completed and submitted by June 1st 2023, or your camper will not be allowed to attend their first week. Due at registration is a NON-REFUNDABLE $150 fee which covers 1 camp t-shirt, administration fees and transportation fees. $100 of that fee will be applied to the first week of camp.
Refund Policy: Due to limited space and staffing requirements, refunds will not be given unless the directors are notified, in writing, 2 weeks before the first week of camp. 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 3-11.
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 19th-August 11th, 2023. We are closed Saturdays and Sundays and July 4th.
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. The check-in (drop-off) area for the camp will be through our main entrance. However, pick up will be around the back of the school near our playground. 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:
A late-fee of $1.00 per minute past 3:15 will be charged, not to exceed $15 if picked up by 3:30. A full fee of $30 will be charged for any pick-up after 3:30.
After-Care: Will be available until 5:00pm daily, based on level of interest. We will notify you asap that we will be offering aftercare.
Price to 4:00 – 1 hour $60/week
Price to 5:00 – 2 hours $120/week
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
- Morning Snack
- Sunscreen (optional)
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. Families may pay in advance via credit card using the form below OR families may register for their desired weeks and then pay monthly. Payments will be due the first of each month. (June 1st, July 1st, August 1st)
There is an initial non-refundable $150 registration fee which covers administrative fees, a camp T-Shirt and a transportation fee. The registration fee must be paid in full at time of registration. $100 of that will be put towards your first week of camp.
The weekly Camp rate covers all activities, field trips, pool days and much more.
Before March 1, 2023: $300/wk
Before May 1, 2023: $315/wk
After May 1, 2023: $325/wk
Sibling Discount: Families registering more than one child from their household will receive a 5% off each additional child after the initial child is registered.
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 and an additional fee may apply. All field trips are subject to change based upon availability and booking restrictions.
Every Tuesday is a field trip day. Field Trips may include places such as;
Every Thursday is Pool Day at Knowlton Swim Club.
Listed below are some of the field trips that we are planning:
- Academy of Natural Sciences
- Kalmar Nyckel Tall Ship of Delaware
- Lego Land
- Allentown Young Chefs Academy
- Knowlton Swim Club
- AMC or Regal Movie Theater
- Bette’s Fun Center
**Field trips are subject to change based on availability.
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 – God’s Word – Weekly Swimming Lessons – Pool Days – Weekly Field Trips or Parties – Water Games – Team Building – Arts & Crafts – Educational Games – Moon Bounces – Epic Competitions & Prizes – Entertainment Acts – Gaga Ball – Nature Hikes – Movies
A typical schedule will include:
|8:00 – 8:30 Free Time in the Gym|
|8:30 – 8:45 Opening & Sunblock|
|8:45 – 10:00 Outside/Gym Activities|
|10:00 – 10:45 Snack/Bathroom Break|
|10:45 -11:45 Science|
|11:45 – 12:15 Bible / Worship Time|
|12:15 – 1:00 Bathroom/ Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:00 Arts & Crafts|
|2:00 – 2:45 DEAR Snack/Bathroom|
|2:45 – 3:00 Pack -Up|
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there discounts for booking more than one week or having multiple kids?
Yes, we do offer a sibling discount. Families registering more than one child from their household will receive a 5% off each additional child after the initial child is registered.
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 able to attend 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. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of the TCA curriculum, please ask us more about it. We would be happy to talk more about it.
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. 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. We will not be purchasing any items during our field trips or during our pool visits. If this changes, we will let you know.
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.
Camp Electronic Payment
Camp Electronic Payment
Shooting Stars Camp PaymentsFor those who are on bi-weekly or monthly payments and would like to pay using a credit card.