Camp Raintree 2021


Camp Raintree Paperwork is required of all campers wishing to attend Camp Raintree this summer! Click here for those documents.

CAMP RAINTREE OVERVIEW

MODIFIED HOURS FOR THIS SUMMER

Camp Raintree will begin Tuesday, June 1st.

Hours of operation will be modified during the summer session. Camp Raintree hours will be 7:30-5:00 to alleviate congestion in the parking lot and to allow for proper time for sanitation.

Dear Parent,

We are excited to welcome your campers to Camp Raintree 2021. From speaking with parents, we know the children are eager to have a change of scenery and socialize with friends.

We also recognize that because of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, these are trying times. Please be assured that we at Raintree take the safety and health of our students, including your child, and our staff very seriously.  Because of this, we have implemented protocols and practices in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, while continuing to offer a rich and fun-filled summer experience.

In this preparation we have been in close contact with our local health department surveyors to brainstorm best practice procedures that take into account our unique program and our large campus. From their guidance, we have been preparing the physical environments (classrooms and common areas), modifying our daily routines to encourage more open space, researching and purchasing the best cleaning materials for our environments, and collaborating with and training staff on best practices with respect to minimizing exposure to Covid-19.

The following is our camp information including camp policies, rules and procedures which have been modified to include new health and hygiene protocols we must follow.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Raintree Administration and Camp Raintree Staff

WHAT TO BRING

  • Swimsuit and towel, labeled that goes home at least every week to be laundered, a rashguard is suggested for swimming
  • Camper’s own sunscreen, labeled and not aerosol (Please make sure to replenish throughout the summer.)
  • Change of clothes, labeled to stay supplied at Raintree
  • Water bottle, labeled that goes home at least every week to be washed
  • Totebag or backpack that houses the art supplies below, labeled that stays at Raintree
  • Art supplies: pencil box, regular graphite pencils, large eraser, colored pencils, crayola markers, 9×12″ sketch book,  ruler, lined notebook (These do not need to be new items! Theme is “let’s re-use materials around the house.” Of course, if a child does not have any necessary material, Raintree will provide those.)
  • Outside hat, labeled
  • Appropriate shoes everyday
  • Please DO NOT allow your child to bring ANYTHING ELSE to camp. Cosmetics, games, trading cards, video games, cell phones, skateboards, and all other paraphernalia must stay at home.

CAMP GROUPS

We will have nine stable camp groups, each housed in their own room. This will be their home base and will allow for the ability to physically distance within the rooms as well as outside (to the greatest extent possible). Rotations will not occur between rooms so that we may minimize possible exposure. Instead, special activities will be brought to the children by our workshop hosts including art, drama, crafts, to name a few. We have a large and beautiful campus and we plan on using it to our advantage.  We will make sure there are ample opportunities for outdoor games, nature exploration, swimming, fishing, and boating.

SEE OUR CAMP ROOMS

HEALTH AND HYGIENE PROTOCOLS

Many have said that we are all in this together, and this is just as true here at Raintree as it is anywhere else.  There are important roles for all of us to play to protect our community, our families, and ourselves. We expect our families to be informed with updates regarding Covid-19 and following best practice on how to reduce risk of exposure. Here is a link to the updated amendments to our Raintree Parent Handbook.

Information from the CDC can found at:
CDC – Caring for Children
CDC – Household Checklist

SIGNS OF ILLNESS

We will notify parents if a camper becomes ill during the day. We ask that you pick up your camper within the hour.  Click here for our COVID-19 Attendance Guide.

Possible COVID-19 exposure will be communicated to public health officials and they will instruct us with next steps.

HYGIENE

  • We will continue to implement handwashing, between activities, before and after eating, after swimming and outside times, etc.
  • Staff will disinfect materials after use within the rooms throughout the day.
  • Campers may be asked to bring additional materials to lessen the use of shared items.
  • In the evenings and throughout the day, the rooms and the common areas will be sanitized using aqueous ozone.

LUNCH

Those campers eating Raintree lunch will be served by the camp staff who will wear a mask and gloves. Lunch will be enjoyed outside on each classroom patio or deck whenever possible with only their camp group.

CAMP POLICIES

  • Please send your camper to Raintree in old clothes that are loose fitting and comfortable. Our motto for the last 43 years has been, “The business of learning is often messy.” Your camper will be involved in a lot of outdoor activities that are messy and require running so please make sure she is dressed appropriately. No flip-flops. Shoes must have a strap on the back. The majority of our camp activities are outdoors and require your child’s active participation.
  • If your camper needs to take medication during the camp day, be on the look out for a permission form can be found online. Bring it along with the medication to your camper’s counselor. It will be kept and administered in their camp home room.
  • If your camper brings lunch, bring a healthy lunch. No soda pop or candy, lots of fruits, veggies and healthy foods instead. Remember to put a cold pack or a frozen juice box in the lunch bag to keep food items fresh. Lunches are not refrigerated at Raintree, but are stored in camp rooms. To minimize waste, please pack in reusable containers. Another lunch option is to sign up for Raintree lunches. (See Kelli.) In order to accommodate the campers who select this option, larger food orders are made so there are no refunds should a camper decide to bring his lunch. If your child has special dietary needs, please consider sending lunch instead of choosing the Raintree lunch option.
  • We have special Wheel Days where campers may bring their bikes, skateboards or scooters on those days. On Wheel Days, campers must wear a helmet to ride a bike, and both a helmet and kneepads to ride a scooter or skateboard. No exceptions.

 

MEDICATION FORM

If you need Raintree to administer medications to your child, please download, complete the medication form, and bring it to your camper’s counselor. Thank you.

 

CAMP SAFETY RULES

  • Campers must wear either close-toed shoes, or sandals with a back strap. No flip-flops, platform shoes, or Crocs, please. They do not allow the campers to fully participate in outdoor activities, which is the beauty of Camp Raintree, the opportunity to spend so much time outside! The safety of the campers is our first concern, and a camper with flip flops will not be allowed to participate in outdoor activities and instead will sit out for that time.
  • Campers walk not run from activity to activity.
  • Campers can wear hats outside and inside. We have also built shaded spots throughout the campus—over the archery area, shuffle board/play area, climbing wall, and sandbox—to further protect our students from the sun.
  • Campers wear sunscreen when participating in all outdoor activities. Please make sure to replenish throughout the summer. Campers will supply and use their own sunscreen and will not share with others.
  • Campers must bring water bottles to keep hydrated. They will be filled in classrooms as needed. No water fountains will be used this summer.
  • Campers must wear a life vest when fishing or boating at the Raintree Pond.

CAMP DISCIPLINE POLICY

We follow the Golden Rule at Camp Raintree: We treat others the way we would like to be treated. Campers are expected to care for the Camp Raintree environment, be respectful of the camp staff, follow the camp policies and rules, show kindness toward others, and use appropriate language.

We also know the busier we keep the campers, the less time they have to get into mischief. Each camp activity room is equipped with a range of choices, not just one activity. With so much to do, we expect the campers to engage and participate.

Even with all there is to do at Raintree, children sometimes misbehave. If this happens, counselors are trained to employ techniques to redirect the behavior. We give campers, especially new ones, more time to familiarize themselves with Camp Raintree and our rules. The most important thing our counselors can do is to bond with them, get to know them, enlist their help, and make them feel a part of the camp experience. In this way, we often can minimize most behavior issues. If we see a pattern of misbehavior developing, parents are notified.

In the event a camper continues to misbehave, parents will be notified by the Camp Director that the camper is not following the camp rules and the measures that have been taken to correct the behavior. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, a camper may be suspended for the day or the week.

If a camper continues to disrupt the group, compromises activities, disrespects a counselor, or disregards camp rules, we reserve the right to dismiss the camper without refund. We do not tolerate emotional or physical abuse, the threat of abuse, or any kind of emotional or psychological intimidation. We strive to maintain a peaceful camp community so that every camper can have a fun camp experience.

If a camper continues to disrupt the group, compromises activities, disrespects a counselor, or disregards camp rules, we reserve the right to dismiss the camper without refund. We do not tolerate emotional or physical abuse, the threat of abuse, or any kind of emotional or psychological intimidation. We strive to maintain a peaceful camp community so that every camper can have a fun camp experience.

COMMUNICATION and PICK-UP

LEAVING A MESSAGE ABOUT MY CAMPER

HOW DO I LEAVE A MESSAGE about my CAMPER?

Please leave your message by 9:00 AM so that we can get your message to your camper’s counselor!

  1. Call the office and press “2” for attendance (or “0” to talk with Kelli or Nikki).
  2. Send an email to Raintree at kelli@raintreemontessori.org or attendance@raintreemontessori.org

DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH A CAMP COUNSELOR AT DROP-OFF OR PICK-UP!

Think of the office as a funnel through which ALL messages flow!

HALF-DAY PROCEDURE

  • Half-day Campers: At 12:15 a counselor escorts the half-day campers to South Check-in Drop-off Zone (tent) for easy pickup, and parents who are delivering a camper at that time may pull into the South Check-in Drop-off Zone (tent) where the counselor will greet the camper.
  • Half-day Campers: At 12:45 a counselor escorts the campers who are leaving at 12:45 to the South Check-in Drop-off Zone (tent) and also greets those who are arriving at that time.