Leisure Services
Summer Camp Information
  • Welcome to Camp Patriots! 

    Welcome to the City of Port Wentworth Leisure Services Camp Patriots! We know there are many choices when it comes to camp and we thank you for choosing to send your child(ren) to Camp Patriots.

    The information listed on this page will help you to have a better understanding of the events and guidelines regarding your child’s time at Camp Patriots. A careful reading will answer many of your questions and help you prepare for camp in the summer of 2018. Together, we can work to give your camper a confident growing experience that will last a lifetime.
  • Camp Patriots Goals 

    The goal of Camp Patriots is to help its participants between the ages of 6 and 12 grow physically, mentally and emotionally all while having fun. Campers will use the City of Port Wentworth’s facilities to engage in challenging activities in both small and large group settings under the guidance of caring and well-trained counselors. Camp Patriots is designed to provide your child(ren) with a unique rewarding experience.

  • Camp Fees

    The registration fee for Camp Patriots is:

    • $50.00 for Port Wentworth residents
    • $70.00 for Non-residents

    The weekly rate is:

    • $70.00 for Port Wentworth residents
    • $90.00 for Non-residents
    Payment is due the Friday BEFORE the week of camp. A $15.00 late fee will be assessed per child if not paid by the due date.
    For after-hour payments, please use the drop box located on the North side of City Hall. Please do not place cash inside the box. 

    Drop-off

    Parents are asked to drop off campers between the hours of 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. Upon arrival, please sign in your camper at the front door of the P.B. Edwards Jr. Gymnasium. Children will not be allowed drop-off without being signed in.

    Remember, payment is due the Friday BEFORE the week of camp. A $15.00 late fee will be assessed per child if not paid by the due date.
    Campers will not be allowed to attend camp until payment is received. 
    If a camper arrives late on a scheduled field trip day, it will be the responsibility of the parent to make other arrangements for their child(ren) on this day. Camp counselors will not be available to watch your child(ren).

    Pick-up

    Parents are asked to pick-up their camper no later than 6:00 p.m. For early pick-up, please notify the Leisure Services Director as soon as possible by calling 912-966-7428.

    There will be a late charge of $1.00 per minute per camper beginning at 6:05 p.m. for all late pick-ups. 
    Each camper must be signed out daily by the person(s) whose name is listed on the Registration Form; i.e. the campers parents, guardian, or other authorized person aged 18 or older. 

    Please note that no camper will be released in the care of a child under the age of 18. A picture I.D. will be required for verification before the camper can be released.

  • Parent Involvement 

    Parents are encouraged to participate in special activities with their children during the camp day. We also know that some parents may have a special talent or skill that they would like to share or teach. If you are interested in participating or volunteering during camp, please speak with the Leisure Services Director so arrangements can be made.

  • Disciplinary Policy  

    A camper’s behavior is a great concern to us. We expect all campers to respect, listen and follow the camp staff’s instruction. We also expect our counselors to treat the campers with respect and courtesy. We have a behavior form that needs to be signed by the child and the parent and returned to Leisure Services Department before any child can start camp.

    Campers may be removed from their group for rule violations and placed in a separate activity area with other campers. Once the problem is corrected, campers may return to their group.
    Just as we expect the Camp staff to treat parents with dignity and respect, we expect the parents to treat the staff with the same manner. Any parent or guardian who shows disrespect to our staff will automatically forfeit their child’s spot in the program, effective immediately.
    Also, any authorized pick up who displays the same unacceptable behavior will be removed from the pick-up list and not be allowed on the program’s premises.
    IMPORTANT: Any act that could be considered dangerous to the campers or staff is grounds for immediate suspension/dismissal. Any act which threatens the life of another child or staff will result in immediate suspension or dismissal from the program.
    Refunds or credits will not be given if a camper is suspended from camp.

    Bullying

    Bullying is the nation’s growing trend of peer on peer abuse. Camp staff is trained on preventing, recognizing and dealing with this behavior; but, we also need help from the parents to assist us in addressing these situations. Encourage your camper to speak up and tell camp staff if they are being bullied.

    Some children may wait until they get home and tell the parents. If this happens, please call and let us know immediately so we can resolve the situation promptly. The City of Port Wentworth wants campers to have a positive experience at camp. This unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated and will be dealt with appropriately.
  • Medical Treatment Standards and Guidelines 

    The City of Port Wentworth is committed to providing your child with a safe and healthy camping experience. We will contact the parent or legal guardian immediately should care be given and/or the services of physicians are required.

    Medication and Medical Concerns During Camp

    The City of Port Wentworth will assist those campers who have prescription medications. In order to do this, the parent or guardian must complete and sign the City of Port Wentworth Medical Authorization Form and turn it in to the Leisure Services Director. Any medication must be in the original container with the prescription label and directions on the container.

    Please note that the City of Port Wentworth staff will follow the directions on the label in all cases, even if it conflicts with the parent’s directions. Please notify the Leisure Services Director of any medical problems or if the camper is on any medication. This information is vital to providing your camper with the appropriate care.
    The City of Port Wentworth staff will not dispense any over the counter medications to the campers such as, but not limited to, Tylenol or Benadryl, even if it is provided by the parent.

    When Illness/Health Concerns Occur During Camp

    When your camper is ill for any reason, please do not bring him/her to camp that day. It is our policy not to accept campers when any communicable disease is present. This is a preventive measure to protect the other campers. If your camper comes to camp ill or becomes ill at camp, you will be notified to pick up your camper. If you cannot get here within 1 hour, you must make other arrangements for his/her pick up.

    We ask that you keep your camper at home if there are signs of: Fever, Frequent or Severe Pain, Frequent Coughing, Conjunctivitis, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lice, etc. Children with Communicable Diseases, such as, but not limited to Strep Throat, Chicken Pox, Flu, Ringworm, etc., must also be kept at home but the City of Port Wentworth must be notified immediately, so that other parents can be notified of exposure.
    If your camper is being treated for any of these conditions, he/she must be kept out of camp until the parent can provide a Doctor’s note stating that the camper has been treated and can return without risk to others.

    It is also the parent’s responsibility to make sure that all provided phone contact numbers are working numbers. If at any time the number is not working, the parent must provide new numbers. If a parent does not provide the proper information and it continually becomes difficult to reach someone due to insufficient information, it can result in dismissal from the program.

    • What will I need for camp?

      The following items are needed to ensure that your camper will have a fun-filled day. Please label your child belongings with a permanent marker:

      - Athletic Shoes and Socks (no sandals, flip flops, Crocs, or Heely’s)

      - Lunch (w/drinks and snacks in a lunch box or cooler)

      - Duffel bag or book bag

      - Sunglasses/Cap or Hat

      - Water bottle

       
    • What is a typical day at camp like?

      - Pre-Camp (parent drop off) 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

      - Camp Starts 9:00 a.m. (opening ceremony and announcements)

      - Small group activities

      - Snack- Lunch- Large group activities

      - Snack- (closing ceremony)

      - Post Camp (parent pick up) 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

      - Pick up by 6:00 p.m.

      Please note that we will be outside every day, weather permitting. Exposure to outdoor elements will occur, so please take this into consideration when preparing for camp activities. All campers will be required to stay with their group and go outside.

      2017 Schedule 

      Week (1) May 22-May 26 - Aloha to Summer Time Week
      Week (2) May 30-June 2 Closed Monday - Moving and Grooving Week
      Week (3) June 5-9 - Back to the Future Week
      Week (4) June 12-16 - Sizzling Safety Week
      Week (5) June 19-23 - Earth Week
      Week (6) June 26-30 - Pay It Forward Week
      Week (7) July 5-7 Closed Monday - Let Freedom Ring
      Week (8) July 10-14 – Super Hero Week
      Week (9) July 17-21 – Wallow, Splatter, and Splash Week
      Week (10) July 24-28 – Race to the Finish “Olympic Week”

    • What field trips and special activities take place during camp? 

      Special activities and field trips are scheduled throughout each week of Camp Patriots. You will be notified about all upcoming events by camp staff. Please pay by the deadline to ensure your camper’s spot for each of the weeks.

      When returning from a field trip, we do our best to arrive back to camp on time, but inclement weather or traffic problems might delay our arrival time. We appreciate your patience when this occurs. If you need to pick up your child early, please let camp staff know ahead of time.
       

      A Field Trip Permission Statement is included on the Camp Registration Form. Campers will not be allowed to leave the campsite or the City of Port Wentworth gymnasium without this statement being signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

      The City of Port Wentworth reserves the right to suspend any child’s field trip privileges for disciplinary or safety reasons.
       
    • What's for lunch?

      We will have picnic lunches daily! Children must bring their lunch, drink (no soda) and eating utensils (plastic ware) everyday unless specified. Lunches will NOT be refrigerated or heated in the microwave. Due to an active schedule, please make lunches healthy and nutritious and not easily spoiled. Drinking fountains are available throughout the day. Children are encouraged to drink plenty of water and to carry a water bottle with them. Please label the outside of your child'd lunch box/container, as many look alike. Refer to www.choosemyplate.gov for examples of a healthy lunch.

    • What if I lose my valuables while at camp? 

      Do not bring ANY items of value such as, but not limited to, cell phones, I-Pods, CD players, CDs, DVDs, handheld games, trading cards, toys, movies, etc. If your camper brings any valuables to camp, it will be taken up and returned to you at the time of pick up that same day. If it is brought back, it will be taken away for one week and returned to the parent at the end of the 5 days at the time of parent pick up.

      There will be a designated area for Lost and Found. Please check this daily. Unclaimed items will be donated on a bi-weekly basis. The City of Port Wentworth will not be responsible for the loss of valuables or personal property items. It will be your camper’s responsibility to keep up with his/her belongings, not the City of Port Wentworth, or the camp staff.

For more information, please call Leisure Services at 912-966-7428 or send an email to tlancaster@cityofportwentworth.com

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