Camp Policy FAQ’s

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At Stanford Athletics, PE, Recreation and Wellness, we believe that people develop a relationship with wellness at different ages through different experiences. We seek to provide numerous opportunities in each week’s All-Sports Camp session for our campers to explore new challenges in a safe, friendly environment. Physical activity keeps our minds and bodies healthy. What better time to start learning the lifelong fun and benefits of activity and wellness than during childhood?

Today’s children live very programmed and scheduled lives. Our camp seeks to establish a less structured feel while giving the campers opportunities to be active, try new things, and even choose some downtime as well. Our activities include sports, games, and arts & crafts. The counselors seek to be positive role models and develop mentoring relationships with the campers that enable them to encourage the children to discover new challenges.

Please read all of our Frequently Asked Questions so that you know more about our camp details and policies. If you have any questions, please contact our staff here.  We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Camp Program

Who are the counselors?
Pool & Swimming – Can my child take swimming lessons?
Why are the campers grouped by grade instead of age?
Why are 6 year olds not included in All Sports Camp?
My child turns 7 after camp ends. Can she enroll in All-Sports Camp?
My child is 12 entering the 8th grade.  Is she too old for All-Sports Camp?
My child is 13 years old and wants to attend camp. Is he too old for All-Sports Camp?
Can you group my child with his friend?
Will my child learn to play Tennis/Volleyball/Basketball/Soccer?
Why the Field Trips?
I am concerned about my younger child going on field trips to certain places. Is there an alternative option on field trip days?
My camper really wants to be with her friend on the field trip? Can I make this request?
What if I want my child to go on a specific trip or have a specific activity?
Does All-Sports Camp provide lunch?
Does All-Sports provide snacks during the day?
What does the day look like?
How is camp different for the older campers in 6th-7th grade?

Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Registration

Can I sign up for multiple sessions?
Is there a discount for siblings or registering for multiple sessions?
What are Pre- and Post-Camp Supervision?
Can I use Post-Camp Supervision for only 1 or 2 afternoons?
Do I have to register online?
Do I need to pay a deposit to register?
What is the refund policy?
What happens if my camper is sick or is injured before camp?
How do I know if there is a place available when I am on the waitlist?
What happens if I am able to enroll one camper but not the other?

Frequently Asked Questions After Camp Registration

When is the balance due?
Where do I drop off my child in the morning and pick up in the afternoon?
What is the policy regarding early drop off or late pick up?
Can my camper arrive late or leave early for a doctor’s or other appointment?
What should my child wear to camp?
Does my child need to bring sports equipment?
Can my child bring an iPod or other portable electronic devices?
What should my child bring to camp?

Who are the counselors?

Our counselor staff is comprised of high school and college students. All our counselors are active in sports and recreational opportunities. Most of our counselors are varsity, club sport or recreational student-athletes from Stanford and other universities with exceptional backgrounds in athletics and student leadership. In addition, we have a select group of junior counselors who represent the best-of-the best from our community’s high school student-athletes. All counselors are First Aid and CPR certified and complete thorough staff training before camp begins.

We believe that our counselors are what make our program unique and successful. The relationships developed between campers and counselors make the most significant impact on the child’s experience.
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Pool & Swimming – Can my child take swimming lessons?

We offer open swimming as a choice activity in the afternoons from 1-3 p.m. for children whose parents allow them to swim. There are two lifeguards on duty and counselors are required to supervise the children in a 6:1 ratio. Please check back here later for information about swim lessons.
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Why are the campers grouped by grade instead of age?

Due to parent feedback and requests, we group the campers by grade based on camper Fall 2014 grade level. In the past campers who were on their younger side for their grade did not want to be separated from their school friends in the same grade. We feel this grouping method more easily meets the preferences of most campers wishing to participate with friends. Top

Why are 6 year olds not included in All Sports Camp?

We have found that most 6 year olds are not ready for the full day camp environment. We want all campers to have the best camp experience possible so they want to continue in the future with sports and camps. We have determined that 7 year olds who have completed 1st grade (full day of school) are consistently ready for camp and can adapt to our camp setting most successfully. Enrolling campers that are camp ready helps ensure positive experiences for all campers.
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My child turns 7 after camp ends. Can she enroll in All-Sports Camp?

All campers must be 7 years old by December 1, 2014. Campers who have completed first grade before summer starts will be more camp ready. If your 7 year old is entering 1st grade but has participated in group sports AND has experienced a year in a full day of school/child care, you may enroll her in the 2nd grade group. If your 7 year old is having difficulty or is determined to not be camp ready, he/she may be removed from camp to ensure safety and positive experience for all campers.
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My child is 12 entering the 8th grade. Is she too old for All-Sports Camp?

Our older group of campers includes mostly 11-12 year olds who are in 6th-7th grades. If your 12 year old 8th grader has attended All-Sports before (knowing very well how our camp operates) and wants to attend our camp, you can register her as a 7th grader. For 12 year old children who are entering 8th grade and not familiar with our camp through previous attendance, we recommend other camps offered through Stanford Athletics.
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My child is 13 years old and wants to attend camp. Is he too old for All-Sports Camp?

Our camp is for 7-12 year olds. If your camper will be 13 years old this summer or if he is 13 when entering 8th grade in the coming fall, he is no longer eligible to attend All-Sports Camp. However, there are many sports camps on campus through Stanford Athletics that are offered for children 13 years and older.
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Can you group my child with his friend?

Yes, usually. In the interest of keeping things fun (it is SUMMER after all!), we like to accommodate such requests. Sometimes, however, for personnel or behavioral reasons, we may choose to separate a pack of friends. Please note that campers are grouped by grade in the morning sessions and offered free choice in the afternoon. Top

Will my child learn to play Tennis/Volleyball/Basketball/Soccer?

We certainly touch on the basics of these sports (and more!) during different sessions of camp. However, in the interest of keeping it fun and semi-competitive, we often play hybrid versions of these sports, in game form. The children usually enjoy the hybrid games much more than traditional sports partly because of their novelty and partly because they usually are appropriate for a larger variety of abilities while some sports are difficult for younger and/or smaller campers to all play.

Each session we offer both repeat and new activities to maintain camp favorites and also mix things up for campers attending multiple sessions. We are not able to guarantee specific sports offerings during specific sessions because facility and instructor availability varies throughout the summer. If you want your child to play a specific sport at camp or focus on specific sports skills, we recommend the sport specific camps offered through Stanford Athletics that focus on one sport for the entire camp session. Top

Why the Field Trips?

In the interest of trying new things –we include a weekly field trip to our camp sessions. Field trips range from a Giants game at AT&T Park to bowling. The older campers (11-12 year olds) will go to Raging Waters some weeks. The learning opportunities are immense – ranging from learning a new skill to working with a group to taking care of themselves away from mom and dad. Top

I am concerned about my child going on field trips to certain places. Is there an alternative option on field trip days?

On field trip days, all campers and staff go on the trip so there aren’t alternative programs or supervision on campus. We have many safety rules and protocols in place to ensure the safety of all campers on our trips. Specifically for the younger campers in grades 2-5, groups of 4-5 campers are matched and remain with an assigned counselor for the day. If you have any questions about our field trips or safety protocols, please let us know. Top

My camper really wants to be with her friend on the field trip? Can I make this request?

Unfortunately, with so many campers each session, we are not able to take requests for campers to be in certain groups on the field trips. However, counselors will often work together so that campers can be with friends or near their friends on the field trip even if they are not in the same group. Top

What if I want my child to go on a specific trip or have a specific activity?

The availability of sports/games/activities rotates on a daily basis based on facility availability, size of the age groups and staffing. We do not provide activity schedules in advance but we do strive to offer a variety of activities kids will enjoy.

This year we are providing the scheduled field trip locations on our website so that you can use this information when selecting your camp sessions for registration. Please note that field trip locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons and we will not be able to process registration changes/transfers/refunds as a result of field trip changes after registration begins. Top

Does All-Sports Camp provide lunch?

Your camper should bring lunch Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, we provide a pizza lunch for the campers. Some field trips will include lunch but we will let you know in advance for those days. Campers in 6th-7th grades can bring lunch or money to purchase lunch at the student union Monday-Thursday. Please be sure to let our staff know if your camper has any food allergies both on the camper online registration form and when you check in on Monday.
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Does All-Sports provide snacks during the day?

We provide the following for all campers each day: 1) water and Gatorade throughout the day, 2) morning popsicle snack, and 3) post-camp campers will also receive an afternoon snack. Please be sure to let our staff know if your camper has any food allergies.
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What does the day look like?

Below is a general schedule based on our previous camp program years. We will be using different facilities this year so please check back later for updated examples of a typical day’s schedule. Due to construction we may not have access to Roble Field, limiting our field activities this summer. We will update the website with more information as soon as possible.
8:15-9am • Drop off at Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center
9-9:30am • All Camp Warm Up and Stretch
9:30am • Announce Morning Sessions by Groups
• Possible activities: volleyball, floor hockey, soccer, kickball, yoga, climbing wall, etc.
• Campers grouped by school grade for a.m. sessions and each group has planned schedule of 3 activities each morning
9:30-10:15am • Session 1 – Indoor Soccer
10:15-11am • Session 2 – Basketball
11-11:15am • Popsicle Break
11:15-12:00pm • Session 3 – Climbing Wall
11:50-1pm • Lunch and Down Time
12:50pm • Announce Afternoon Session Choices
• Possible activities: swimming, tennis, arts & crafts, football, etc.
• Campers may choose from 3-4 activities for each p.m. session. We often end with all camp dodge ball.
1-2pm • Session 1 – Swim
2-3pm • Session 2 – Tennis at West Campus Courts
3-3:50pm • Session 3 – Arts & Crafts
3:50-4:10pm • Pick Up at Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center
4:10-5pm • Post Camp Supervision for additional fee
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How is camp different for the older campers in 6th – 7th grade?

The older group of campers (aka Sports Plus) will participate in some camp activities with the younger groups depending on the activities. The typical day for the older group is organized similarly but these campers may have a separate field trip to Raging Waters some weeks and other privileges appropriate for their greater age and maturity. For example, the older group may choose to bring their lunch or buy lunch at the student union. These older campers also participate in activities that younger campers may not be ready for, big enough for or interested in based on their younger age and/or smaller size. Top


Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Registration

Can I sign up for multiple sessions?

YES! Due to our access to multiple facilities and other benefits of Stanford Athletics, each session can be different. While there is some repetition of activities, things like field trips and session theme days will change on a weekly basis. Top

Is there a discount for siblings or registering for multiple sessions?

There is no discount for registering for multiple children or sessions. We do offer a discount of $25 per session to parents who study or work at Stanford University/Stanford Hospital/LPCH/SLAC (must provide ID number at registration). We also offer a scholarship program for families in need to assist them with one week of camp. Top

What are Pre- and Post-Camp Supervision Options?

We realize some extra time for drop off and pick up may be helpful for some parents. We provide care before camp so that you can drop off your camper any time between 8:15-9am. We also provide post-camp supervision from 4:10-5pm with snack for an additional fee. You can add the post-camp option during registration or later by sending us an email to allsportscamp@lists.stanford.edu.
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Do camp sessions fill up right away?

Some grade groups and sessions do fill up quickly once online registration opens.  We typically have some sessions fill up the first day while many others fill up in the first few days. Some sessions will remain open longer as each year high demand grades and weeks differ. We recommend registering early to increase the likelihood of confirming your preferred sessions. If the session you want is full, we recommend adding to the waitlist at no charge.  We work hard to help move campers from the waitlists, especially those that tried to register within the first week of registration.    Top

Do I have to register online?

You do need to register online for our camp program. Many sessions fill up quickly and registering online allows you to 1) increase the likelihood of securing a place and 2) immediately know your registration status (enrolled or waitlisted) in order to better make decisions regarding additional/alternate sessions or to coordinate with other camper friends. Our staff is not able to take credit card payments by phone, paper form or in person. If you do not have access to a computer or prefer to pay with check or cash instead of online with a credit or debit card, you can schedule to meet with our staff during business hours to complete the registration on one of our computers. We are not able to hold spots in camp so registration is first come first serve online whether you register on your computer or come into our office. Please email allsportscamp@lists.stanford.edu if you need to come in to use our computer to register. Top

Do I need to pay a deposit to register?

In order to register for your child for a camp session, a non-refundable $75 deposit is required for each camper’s session. If you prefer, you may pay in full when registering (see refund policy). The balance is due in full for all sessions by Monday, June 2, 2014.
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What is the refund policy?

You may cancel your camp registration for any reason within 2 weeks of your session and receive a refund less your non-refundable deposit for each camper’s session. Cancellations less than 2 weeks before the camp session begins are non-refundable. Top

What happens if my camper is sick or is injured before camp?

Ill or injured campers may transfer to another session if there is availability or be eligible to receive a partial refund if approved, upon request only. All transfer/refund requests for illness/injury must be submitted to allsportscamp@lists.stanford.edu before the first day of the session (unless it is an injury that occurs during your camp session in which it is due before the last day of the camp session). Each request will be reviewed and additional documentation may be required before transfer or refund decision is made. Top

How do I know if there is a place available when I am on the waitlist?

If a space opens in a session for which you are waitlisted, you will be emailed by camp staff and given instructions on how to register from the waitlist. In most cases, we will need your response within 48 hours to move your camper from the waitlist but the email notification will give you specific information regarding response time to confirm your registration. Top

What happens if I am able to enroll one of my children but not the other?

If you can register one camper but the same session for your other child is full, you may register the first camper, add the second camper to the waitlist and email us at allsportscamp@lists.stanford.edu. While we can’t guarantee a spot for the waitlisted camper, we make every effort to keep siblings registered together for the same sessions. Top


Frequently Asked Questions After Camp Registration

When is the balance due?

The balance is due for all sessions by Monday, June 2, 2014. You may pay the balance online by logging into your camp account at the camp account link found on the registration page or mail a check to:
Stanford All-Sports Camp
641 East Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-6150

If you would like to pay cash, please contact the All-Sports Camp office at 650-725-0745 to arrange payment.
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Where do I drop off my child in the morning and pick up in the afternoon?

The Drop-Off and Pick-Up are located at Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center at 285 Santa Teresa Street. Please note that parking rules will be enforced during camp hours so parking without a permit or paid meter could result in a ticket (check back for parking option details closer to camp).

Please allow for extra time on Monday if you are not familiar with the area and parking. We will have staff located in adjacent lots to help you.

Campers must have a parent or authorized person sign them in and out each day. All authorized pick-up people must be designated on your online registration account and may be required to show a photo ID at time of pick-up. You may add any additional authorized persons on your account for camper pick-up. You can also add names manually to the list at sign-in on Monday.

To view a searchable campus map, go to: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/maps.html.
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What is the policy regarding early drop off or late pick up?

For staffing and planning purposes, it is important that you arrive at the appropriate times for drop off and pick up.

Drop Off: You may drop off your camper between 8:15-9:00 a.m. Please respect our other campers by dropping off by 9:00 a.m. so that we can start our program on time without interruptions. It can be very disruptive and challenging to get campers to various program locations when campers repeatedly arrive late. There is no additional charge for the pre-camp supervision as it is included in your tuition.

Pick Up: If you are late for registered pick up time (i.e. after 4:10 p.m. without registering for post-camp supervision), you will be charged for the post-camp supervision for the session after the second incident. If you arrive after 5:00 p.m. for pick up, additional charges may apply. Please respect our counselors and their personal time by arriving on time for pick up and allowing them to leave work on time just as they arrive on time ready to work and play with your children each day!

Repeated incidents of drop off after 9:00a.m. and/or pick up after 5:00 p.m. may result in dismissal from future camp participation during current or future sessions.
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Can my camper arrive late or leave early for a doctor’s or other appointment?

If you need to schedule an appointment for your camper, we recommend doing so early or late in the day for easier drop off and pick up. Let your camper’s group leader know about the appointment at check in the day before the appointment so they can give you the location of the camper’s group at your expected arrival or departure time or the contact information to reach them.
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What should my child wear to camp?

Campers should wear clothes they are comfortable wearing while being active indoors and outdoors. We recommend campers wear shorts, t-shirts, sneakers and SUNBLOCK. Also, it can be cool in the mornings so a sweatshirt is good layer to have on. See below for additional items campers should also bring and be sure to label everything so we can get it back to you if it is separated from your camper. Top

Does my child need to bring sports equipment?

We will provide the equipment that the campers need. There may be a theme week where the campers may bring in specific item or dress up in our theme if they choose. For example, if the theme of the week is baseball, we will let the campers know to bring a glove on a certain day if they already have one. Top

Can my child bring an iPod or other portable electronic devices?

We strongly discourage campers from bringing electronic games, music players, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Not only are they vulnerable to being taken, forgotten and broken, they discourage personal interaction and participation. Campers that bring electronic devices and accessories, do so at their own risk. If campers do bring these items, counselors will ask that they keep these devices in their bags and out of sight throughout the camp day. We want campers to interact with each other and the counselors while being active for the best All-Sports experience possible! Top

What should my child bring to camp?

Please label everything so we can more easily return it to you if it is left behind:

• A bag or backpack
• Towel, swimsuit, pool shoes (if your child is going to choose afternoon free swim)
• Hat
• Book, comic book, coloring book or other item for down time after lunch (please no iPods, cell phones or electronic games – we don’t want them to be lost or taken!)
• SUNBLOCK!! Please apply sunblock in morning before drop off and we will remind campers to reapply throughout the day.
• Lunch Monday-Thursday. The 6th-7th graders may bring lunch or money to buy lunch at the student union.
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Additional Questions

If you have a question that is not answer by our FAQ’s, please email us at allsportscamp@lists.stanford.edu.
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