FAQ

Please review our FAQ's

General

What do you do for Shelter?

For most of the time there is no need for shelter. On rainy days and if there is thunder and lightening we have a huge army tent and a very large tipi with grounded poles. We have lots of battery operated lanterns and many activities planned. If the lightening comes very close we may choose to have the campers go into the staff cars for extra protection. Should a weather emergency warning occur (hurricane or tornado) camp will be cancelled at the beginning of the day. We will send out an e-mail and also request that you call to confirm camp is cancelled.


How long have you been in business?

There has been a Summer Day Camp on this site every summer since 1961. Kingston’s Camp started out as Little Rest Camp and was run much like it is today. We are the 5th family to run the camp and have been running the camp since 2000. We have added activities such as Archery and Log Rolling. In the interest of providing a quality camp experience we are involved with the RI Association of Camps and have pursued the rigorous requirements of being an American Camp Association Accredited Camp.


Financial and Administrative

Refunds

• Refunds: Program Fees minus Registration Fee and Non-Refundable Deposit ($125.00) are fully refundable until Open House (June 3, 2017).
• No refunds will be made after Open House except in the event of illness or injury accompanied by a physician’s note.
• In cases of homesickness, dismissal or voluntary withdrawal, no refunds will be issued.
• Once you are registered you may always add more days. So if you are uncertain whether or not Kingston’s Camp is the right choice for your child, only sign up for the minimum time possible that fits within your schedule, and add-on days later. Please remember we plan our activities based upon the attendance, and any changes in attendance must be approved by the director the week before.


Financial Information

Family Financial Contract:

  • Payment Options:  You may pay in full or installments with Check/Cash/VISA/MC/ACH online/mail/inperson by June 15, 2017.
  • After June 15, 2017, Registrations, Payments and Schedule Changes must be approved by the Director and are subject to extra fees.
  • Refunds: Program Fees minus Registration Fee and Non-Refundable Deposit ($125.00) are fully refundable until Open House (June 3, 2017).
  • No refunds will be made after Open House except in the event of illness or injury accompanied by a physician’s note.
  • In cases of homesickness, sadness, dismissal or voluntary withdrawal, no refunds will be issued.
  • Once you are registered you may always add more days, with a $20.00 Schedule Change Fee.  So if you are uncertain whether or not Kingston’s Camp is the right choice for your child, only sign up for the minimum time possible that fits within your schedule, and add-on days later.   Please remember we plan our activities based upon the attendance, and any changes in attendance must be approved by the director the week before.

With 24 hour notice you may extend your child’s day, within our normal schedule for the regular extra hours amounts. Children not picked up by 5:30 pm will be charged $20.00 per hour C.O.D. We will never leave a child unattended.

Additional days and weeks will be accepted providing we have room. Price per diem is $75.00 per day for 9:00 – 3:00. Additional hours and weeks will be priced according to ‘Schedules and Prices 2017’.

Payment is accepted via credit card on the website or mail to 123 Oakdell St. Peace Dale, RI 02879 or place payments in the hands of counselor in charge; cash or check in sealed envelopes with child’s name and date on outside. Payee is responsible for all fees incurred for checks returned for insufficient funds. Payee is responsible for all fees and charges incurred for lack of payment.
Kingston’s Camp, Inc Tax ID#: 05-0517407

Thank you. — Lisa-Beth Sanford
Tara Jane Bessette


Parking & Transportation

Transportation

Kingston’s Camp does not provide transportation. Because you will be bringing your child to camp, we will NOT call you if your child does not attend camp. However, if you have alternative methods of your child arriving at camp, (such as riding bikes or carpooling) you can request that we call you when your child arrives at camp.


Parking

Dropping off and picking up your child:

  • Please do NOT park in the street by the pond or on the other side of the road!! Please pull into the parking lot but not past the barriers.  During busy times please follow the counselor who is directing traffic.  They are there to help you.  The safety of you and your children are of utmost importance to us.
  • Our gate opens at 7:30, and we charge by the hour after 5:30. We do, however allow people who are registered for 9:00 am to come in as early as 8:40, and those registered for 3:00 to be picked up as late as 3:30 without extra charges. We do begin our activities as soon as all the scheduled campers arrive, so please try not to be later than 9:20. Most days campers will be in the pond until 2:50, giving them 10 minutes to change and gather their items.
  • For your child’s safety every person is checked in and out of Kingston’s Camp. Please tell the staff in the morning who will be picking your child up in the afternoon.
  • Please list, on the Parent’s Permission Sheet all of the people who can pick up your child in an emergency situation. Your child will only be released to the person you requested in the morning or as an Emergency Contact.
  • If your child cannot attend camp for any reason please call 401-741-3857 ( Miss Lisa) 401-218-5408 (Tara Jane) to let us know. As you are transporting your child, we will NOT call you if your child is absent, unless requested.
  • On very hot days free swim may be extended. Please do not pick your child up at the beach, or park your car there.  Park in the parking lot and use the cross walk, someone will bring your child up for you.  We have specific safety rules for crossing Ministerial Road, please help us follow these rules at all times.
  • If you need to pick your child up earlier than scheduled, let us know in the morning, when dropping off your child. Please call us on your way to pick up your child at 401-741-3857 ( Miss Lisa) 401-218-5408 (Tara Jane) and we will have your child ready for you.
  • Please keep all animals in the vehicle or restrained when dropping off campers.

 


What to Bring

What NOT to bring

Some items should not be brought to camp:
Any special toys or ‘treasures’ that may get lost or destroyed at camp. We will not be held responsible for them.
Any phones, ipads, ipods, mp3 players, tablets or electronic devises. These will be held by the director until the end of the day. We want the campers to have days where they are connected to nature, not the internet.
Any expensive sports equipment, even if they are willing to share. We provide enough equipment for everyone, with games that we know the rules and risks of. Again we will not be held responsible for them.
Anything illegal: Drugs, alcohol, or contraband.
Anything dangerous: Weapons, Guns, Knives, and other items that could harm themselves or others.
Animals: although we have a camp dog that sometimes comes to camp, and we have special guests with animals, we do not know your animals and cannot be held responsible for their actions.


What should my camper bring?

Waterproof backpack
Sun Screen
Insect Repellent
Bathing suit
Towel
Extra T-Shirt (Swim shirts are great for sun burn prevention)
Cotton Hat
Long Pants / Shorts (weather dependant)
Sweat Shirt (Polar Fleece works best when wet)
Extra socks
Flip Flops or Water shoes
Water bottle.
Please try to wear light colored cotton clothing for comfort and ease of finding insects.
Sneakers and socks
Rain coat or Poncho

If your child has long hair, please tie it back or have your child bring elastics to tie it back. This is important for swimming and other activities.

Lunch box containing morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, drinks and ice pack. (We do not have refrigeration available.) Please try to adhere to the food pyramid when packing lunches. Also try to pack a salty snack, for replenishment of salts during these hot summer days. We try to discourage sodas, fatty foods and sweets for the health of our campers. Your child will be hungrier than the school year as they will be very active all day.


Permissions & Health Requirements

My child has special needs

Kingston’s Camp is a traditional all outdoor day camp.  As such we do not have medical staff on site.  Although all of our staff are Professionally First Aid, CPR, Epi-Pen and AED trained, they are not trained to administer special medical care for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer or physical disabilities.


Forms and Information Needed to Attend

To be able to provide a safe environment for your camper we will need some information from you!

If you Register Online you will provide most of the information needed registering.  You will also be getting all the information you need in your confirmation email “Welcome to Kingston’s Camp!  Here’s what you need to know”  If you lose that email or you would rather fill out paper copies, you can download and print them from here.  You will still need to email (to info@kingstonscamp.com) bring or send in your child’s School Physical Health Form by the first day of camp.

Here are links to pdf’s of the all of the forms and information you may need:

Registration 2017
Medical Form 2017
Parents Permission 2017
Camper Supplies 2017
FINANCE 2017
Need to Know 2017

RI School Health Form


Insects and Sunscreen

Because we are an All Outdoor Camp your camper will be exposed to the elements. That includes fresh air, sunshine, deer flies, horse flies, spiders, ticks, frogs, snakes and many other parts of nature that they may not be exposed to often. We do our best protecting your child, and we need your help.

We do apply sunscreen before every swim. We also promote wearing swim shirts and hats for protection above and beyond what any amount of sunscreen will provide. We ask that you provide the sunscreen as there are many children that are sensitive to different brands, but we will not (unless you request otherwise) let your child go without.

Mosquitoes can be around in the mornings especially in the beginning of the summer. Our best protection is clothing, and having light long sleeved shirts and long pants for the mornings work better than most sprays. Please provide the sprays if you desire.

Ticks are most prevalent in Southern RI than anywhere else. Again, clothing, bug spray and peremetherine treated clothing work well for keeping ticks away from your campers skin. We will continuously check your child and remove a tick immediately if we find one. We will notify you should we remove a tick from your child. Please check your child daily for ticks!

Horseflies, Deerflies, and other stinging bugs may be around also. Bug spray can help, and if there is a summer when there seems to be an abundance of any one type of pest, we will be providing extra preventative measures for the protection of your child and the environment.


Camper Safety & Rules

Camper Rules

All of our Rules are based upon respect for ourselves, others and the environment.
For the safety of your camper we have some basic rules that we all must follow.
We reserve the right to dismiss (without refunds) any child who:
1. Hides, takes or destroys the property of any other
2. Refuses to stay with the designated group, such as
a. running ahead or staying behind in a nature expedition
b. refusing to stay in assigned area of the camp or water
3. Deliberately bites, kicks, scratches, punches, spits, splashes, dunks other children (or adults).
4. Administers verbal abuse upon another child (makes fun of, tells untrue statements which cause unhappiness, excludes another child, etc.)
5. Brings illegal or dangerous items to camp (e.g. drugs, alcohol, knives, weapons, etc.)
6. Encourages another child to break the rules.
7. We will call you if your child shows signs of illness; eg. fever, vomiting, there is an accident; eg. broken limb, allergic reaction or major behavioral issue; eg. smoking , drug or alcohol use, or at other times the Director deems necessary.
Please let your child know all rules before s/he attends camp. We want all campers to have a wonderful summer, and hope none of these items have to be addressed.


Camper Safety

Camper Safety is of utmost importance to us!  To ensure your child’s safety we have taken the following steps:

  • All Counselors have background checks
  • Counselor to Camper Ratios are age based and follow the American Camp Association guidelines
  • Emergency Procedures are reviewed and practiced prior to and after camp
  • All Special Activities Counselors are Certified in the activity they are instructing
  • All Counselors are trained in non-violence and anti-bullying techniques
  • All Counselors have Professional First-Aid, CPR, AED and Blood Borne Pathogen Training
  • All Lifeguards are RI DEM certified, along with ARC Lifeguard Training, Boating and WSI Certifications