FAQs2020-12-16T16:17:08+00:00
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Frequently Asked Questions

Please be sure to read through our updated policies and procedures pertaining to health guidelines and regulations that may be in place for Summer 2021. Covid-19 Updates Page
How do I retrieve lost items?2020-12-16T16:29:19+00:00

We kindly ask that you label everything! Labeled items can easily be reunited with their owners.  Did your child leave something behind at camp? We have a permanent lost and found area which families are welcome to look through before drop off or after pick up. Items not labeled are placed in this lost and found area. Two times a summer, items in the lost in found will be sorted through and donated. Families will be given notice of these collection days.

What if my child needs to be picked up early?2020-12-16T16:32:50+00:00

Please contact the camp office in advance with any special requests for early pick-up.  We will be happy to accommodate you and have your camper ready at the camp office.  To help with the dismissal flow, we kindly ask that all early pick-ups take place before 3:15 pm.   

Please enter by using the Walker Street entrance, park in the lot on the left, and proceed to the camp office to pick up your camper.  

In last-minute circumstances, please allow us a window of 10 minutes to retrieve your camper, our campus is big and sometimes campers may be partaking in some super fun activities in the woods!

Are there specific Drop off and Pick up instructions?2020-12-16T16:33:40+00:00

Yes! 

Drop-off/Pick-up at our Seekonk campus: Enter the campus by using the Walker Street entrance. Staff members will be on hand to help guide you in the right direction.  For the safety of our campers and for your convenience, we ask that you remain in your vehicle during this time. Staff members will help load and unload your camper(s) from and into your vehicle. You will be given a placard during drop-off on your first day of camp, to be used during pick-up.   Please be sure to have this displayed on your dashboard so that we can identify the camper(s) you are picking up.

Drop-off/Pick-up at our Providence campus (BUS Option ONLY): Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the gate located on the Meeting St. side of the school.  Drop-off will begin as early as 8:10 am, with the bus leaving promptly at 8:30 am.  End of Day Pick-Up: the bus will leave the Seekonk Campus at 4:00 pm and will arrive at the Providence Campus around 4:15 pm, please pick-up by 4:30 pm.

What does my child need to bring each day?2020-12-16T16:35:48+00:00

Campers should arrive at camp dressed inappropriate clothing and prepared with the following items to ensure a comfortable day:

  • swimsuit and towel
  • closed-toe shoes
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • refillable water bottle
  • lunch and snacks in an insulated lunch

*Appropriate clothing may vary by day based on weather conditions and themed days. Please be aware that your children will have very active outdoor days, and their clothing may receive some dirt love.

*Please label everything that comes to camp

How does the placement process work?2020-12-16T16:37:37+00:00

A core component of Wheeler Summer’s philosophy is geared towards building lasting friendships amongst our campers. Campers are divided into subgroups; Early Learning Camp, Lower Camp, Middle Camp, Upper Camp, and Senior Camp; so that they are grouped with children of like ages and similar grade level. This also allows us to provide your child with appropriate programming during their time at camp.  

What are the qualifications of your staff?2020-12-16T16:39:47+00:00

At Wheeler Summer, we pride ourselves in hiring experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff who are prepared to create a fun, safe and memorable summer camp experience for your child. Our staff is made up of a variety of individuals who are professionals in education, childcare or are working towards degrees in these fields.  All staff is CPR certified and are required to participate in a week long staff training program.  We operate under the regulations set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Health and are licensed by the Seekonk Board of Health.

What can you tell me about your health services?2020-12-16T16:46:55+00:00

At Wheeler Summer, safety is our number one priority! Each member of our staff is trained in first aid, CPR, and specific Wheeler Summer protocol.  

Wheeler Summer is directed by a health care team for the summer. Each day, a Health Supervisor is on staff during regular camp hours.   

Please help us by submitting all relevant health forms (updated physical & vaccination report) and by sending campers to us with plenty of drinking water, sunblock and bug spray.  If your camper requires any medication, you will be required to submit additional paperwork when sending your child to camp.

Wheeler Summer Camp complies with all regulations set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Health and is licensed by the Seekonk Board of Health.

What if it rains?2020-12-16T16:49:18+00:00

As long as conditions are not unsafe to remain outdoors, camp will still be held! Staff will adjust activities to comply with safety and age of campers. We encourage camp families to check the weather before traveling to camp and pack accordingly. In the occurrence that conditions are not safe, alternative plans will be implemented. Our staff is trained in weather-specific protocols pertaining to thunderstorms, lightening, and any other situation that would require immediate attention.

Do you provide lunch, snacks, or drinks?2020-12-16T16:51:23+00:00
  • Lunch option is offered for campers at $5 per/day ($50/session).  You may purchase lunch on-line during camp registration or send your camper with cash for the week on Monday, or daily, based on our offerings.  There will be a few options offered daily to cater to different dietary needs.
  • Snack will be provided in the morning. Our snacks are nut-free.
  • There will be juice options provided during lunchtime for any camper who has purchased lunch.  If you are purchasing lunch, please also send your child to camp with a refillable water bottle.
  • If you are packing lunch for your camper please make sure to include a full lunch, afternoon snacks, and a refillable water bottle. Please send all food items with your camper in soft-sided, insulated bags with ice packs for cooling.
  • Camp days are long and campers are active outside in the summer sun. To ensure that your camper is staying hydrated, please be sure to pack a refillable water bottle.  Counselors will be making time for water breaks and water refills during the days. We have water coolers stationed around camp for refills.
How should I communicate with Wheeler Summer Camp?2020-12-16T17:04:47+00:00

September 1st-May 31st: Send email inquiries to [email protected] and/or [email protected] or call us at 401-528-2148.   

June 1st-August 30th: please call our office at (508) 336-8377 or email us at [email protected] and we will get a response to you within 24 hours.

At the beginning of each camp session, you will receive a welcome email filled with all-you-need-to-know for the upcoming session! This e-mail will include specifics regarding drop off and pick up, lunch, what to pack, the theme of the week, and any other information that may be relevant to your camper.

 

How will I know what group my child is in?2021-01-07T16:08:25+00:00

We group according to age and take into consideration, your child’s grade level.  Parents will also receive a welcome email the Thursday prior to their child’s start date.  This email will include updated information regarding your upcoming week at camp!

Please send any friend requests to [email protected], we will do our best to accommodate these requests and in doing so will group campers as closer to their own age as possible. Campers will be introduced to their counselors and new friends on the 1st day of each session.

 

 

Does it make sense for my child to attend Wheeler Summer Camp if s/he does not attend the Wheeler School?2020-12-16T17:09:31+00:00

Yes! Are you thinking of sending your child to the Wheeler School?  Do you simply need quality summertime care for your children? Whatever your needs, we strive to provide a  Wheeler experience during the summer months!

Our campers come from over 20 different towns and cities, different states and countries, and from public, independent, and parochial schools.  We want all campers in and outside of Wheeler to experience our dynamic, creative, and innovative play-based curriculum on our beautiful Farm campus. We pride ourselves on being a diverse community, one that truly values and welcomes all families!

What if my child is nervous at drop-off?2020-12-16T17:11:30+00:00

Having jitters for camp is totally normal, and sometimes drop off can lead to a tough event with some campers. Our staff members, especially our Early Learning & Lower Camp counselors are trained to help with these transitions. We encourage families to try to stick to the normal drop off procedure, allowing our counselors to open the door, greet the camper, and bring them to their group. We find that the child will get used to a routine and each day will become easier. If this does not feel like the best option for your camper, and you will need to get out of the car, we ask the family to pull into the gym parking lot and walk the camper over from there. We ask for a quick goodbye. This may be hard for both camper and family, but it is common for the camper to recover quickly and get started with their day.

What are the regular drop off and pick-up hours?2020-12-16T17:13:12+00:00

The following drop off and pick up hours pertain to our Seekonk campus.  Any campers utilizing the bus option will need to follow different drop-off and pick-up times and procedures.

Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m and concludes by 9:00 a.m. Pick-up runs from 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm.

If your child is enrolled in early morning care or extended day after care, drop off begins at 7:30 a.m and pick-up is no later than 6:00 pm. For more information about extended day programs click here.