Frequently Asked Questions
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. If an item is labelled we will do our best to reunite the lost item to their owner. Items not labelled 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.
Please contact the camp office with any special requests for early pick-up. We will be happy to accommodate you and have your camper ready at the camp office. Early pick-up runs until 3:15pm. 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!
Yes! These instructions pertain to drop off and pick up at our Seekonk campus. We ask that cars enter our 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 at the start of camp, which is 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.
When attending Wheeler Summer a camper should come dressed in appropriate clothing prepared with the following items to ensure for a comfortable day:
-swim suit and towel
-closed toe shoes
-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
A core component of Wheeler Summer’s philosophy is building lasting friendships amongst our campers. Campers are divided into one of four sub groups; 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.
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.
- At Wheeler Summer, safety is our number one priority! Our camp staff are 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 information on registration form and by sending campers to us with plenty of drinking water, sunblock and bug spray. If your camper requires any medication, Wheeler Summer Camp complies with all regulations set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Health and is licensed by the Seekonk Board of Health.
As long as conditions are not unsafe to outdoor activities, camp will continue. 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. Staff is also trained in other weather specific protocols around thunderstorms, lightening etc that would require immediate attention.
- Lunch option is offered for campers at $5 per/day ($25 per/week). You may purchase lunch on-line during camp registration or send your camper with cash for the week on Monday, or daily, based off of our offerings. There will be a few options offered daily to cater to different dietary needs.
- Snack will be provided in the morning. Our snack is nut free.
- There will be juice options provided during lunch time 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 actively 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.
From June 1-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 regarding all you need to know for the upcoming camp week! 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.
We group according to age. Parents will also receive a first day email the weekend prior to their child’s start date and those emails will have updated information. If you have a friend request, please send to our summer email. We do our best to 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.
Yes! Are you thinking of sending your child to the Wheeler School? Do you simply need quality summer time 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 and truly value and welcome all families!
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 lower camp counselors are trained to help with these transitions. We encourage families to try to stick to the normal drop off procedures, 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 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.
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.