Arriving at Summer Camp
What time will arrivals be?
Arrival is between 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. Campers will check in with our friendly staff team, who will introduce them to their boarding house, House Parent and their room. At 1730 on the arrival day we have the Welcome event to give Campers a chance to meet everyone and to find out about the exciting week ahead!
What should by child bring with them?
Below is a suggested packing list for our Campers:
- Sun protection, such as sunglasses, sun hat and sun protection cream
- Several T-shirts
- Enough underwear for the week
- Suitable nightwear
- One waterproof jacket
- 1-2 jumpers or sweaters
- 1 pairs of casual trousers / jeans
- 2-3 pairs of shorts
- 1 pair of trousers or leggings (not jeans)
- Disco clothes (party wear)
- 2x Pairs of Shoes (Non-marking indoor sports shoes / Outdoor Trainers)
- Summer sandals / flip flops
- Swimming suit / trunks
- Toiletries (including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush and toothpaste)
- 2x towels
Bed linen is provided but towels are not.
During Summer Camp
How do I get updates during the course?
We run a Private Blog for all parents to see what their Camper has been up to! The Camp Admissions Team will be in contact before your arrival with login details. Please note, that due to the number of children on camp it is not always possible to feature every child, every day, but we’ll always do our best! If you need any specific updates, our Camp Admissions Team will always be happy to provide these!
How can my child contact home?
We know that many campers will have their own mobile phones and are happy for them to use them to contact home during house time. We do not recommend students using their phones during the activity or academy sessions so that they can fully engage and to keep their phones safe. If your child does not have a mobile phone they can call home during house time, from the office.
What happens if my child gets homesickness?
Whether its your first child’s first time at camp or if they are a veteran camper, homesickness can occur. Our friendly staff team are here to help you child have the best possible experience and usually students will overcome their homesickness in a short time after they get settled and make friends. Our staff keep an eye our for any campers who need a bit of extra support and will help them to settle in. They will also communicate with your Camp Counsellor Team who will be able to pass on any updates on how your child is settling in.
How can I contact Varsity Summer Camps?
You can make general enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org where our Camp Counsellor Team will be happy to help you. Once you make a booking, you will receive a confirmation from email@example.com. Your dedicated Camp Counsellor Team will be available to help you with you booking in the lead up to summer and during the course.
What time will departures be?
Students will depart the camp after breakfast on Saturdays, between 9am and 11 am. If you would like to pick up your child earlier, such as on Friday night, then contact your Camp Counsellor Team to discuss your plans.
Can my child use their mobile phones?
Campers will not be able to use their phone during activities, and in the interest of safety and security, there may be occasions where we collect all phones and keep them secure during the activity. Our staff will support all Campers as required to contact home, and we will also have phones available to students who do not bring one with them in order to contact home.
What if my child needs extra help?
At Varsity Camps, we aim to be as inclusive as possible, and aim to be able to welcome all children to our camps. If your child requires extra support, please get in touch with us to discuss your child’s specific needs so we can ensure that they are able to fit into the camp structure and whether any special arrangements need to be made in preparation.
As soon as possible after booking, please give us as much information as possible regarding any medical conditions or requirements in order for us to appropriately care for your child during their stay with us. We will require you to complete a medical form for your child, which will allow you to give information relating to your child’s health, dietary requirements and any other consideration needed. Please note we will only administer medication that is prescribed for that child by a health professional.
What will be in my child's room?
There is a lot taking place at Varsity Camps, so we make sure that Campers have space to rest a the end of an action packed day. Campers will have a comfy bed with space to keep their belongings. WiFi will also be available on check in and will work throughout the camp.
How will my child's clothes be washed?
Due to the length of stay at the camp, we recommend that students bring an appropriate amount of clothing for their entire stay with us (please see the kit list). On-site washing machine facilities are not available to the students, however, should there be a particular concern or need for clothes washing facilities, then please get in touch and our staff will be able to assist.
What happens if theirs an illness or accident at the camp?
At Varsity Camps we do everything possible to minimise bumps and scrapes. We have fully trained first aiders on Camp and in the event of a minor accident our staff will attend to your child as necessary. For anything beyond that you will be immediately informed, and in the unlikely event of a serious accident we will inform emergency services alongside getting in touch with you. If your child becomes ill on Camp, we will do everything we can to make them comfortable, however it may be in their best interest to be collected from Camp early depending on the severity and type of illness.
Does my child have free time?
Even though the camp is packed with exciting activities and a full schedule, we understand that there are times where Campers need to relax and interact with their new friends on-site. The boarding houses all have communal spaces for campers to relax, speak, play games and spend time with each other. Our staff will be available at all time should they be needed, and some optional activities will be available for any campers who want them.