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SUMMER CAMP RESOURCES

Resources & Policies

 

What to Bring to Camp / Packing List

(Overnight Camp)

 

What to Bring to Camp / Packing List

(Special Needs Camp)

 

What to Bring to Camp / Packing List

(Day Camp)

 

Maps / Directions

 

 

HEALTH POLICIES

In accordance with the Standards of the American Camp Association, and the Licensing Rules of the State of Michigan, Skyline's Health policy documents are reviewed annually by a licensed physician.

 

OTHER POLICIES & RESOURCES

 

CAMPER MAIL

Campers may be sent mail to:

"Campers Name, Skyline"

5650 Sandhill Rd, Almont MI 48003.

Please send by Tuesday at the latest to ensure delivery during camp.

 

We will help campers mail letters home if they wish, but please consider sending stamped envelopes.

 

You can email campers, using the camper's name as the subject line, to:

camper@campskyline.org

 

Campers will not be able to email back.

 

 

SUMMER CAMP DEPOSITS AND REFUND POLICIES

 

* If a camp session is full before the deposit is received, it is returned to the payer, in full.

 

* Full payment is due 30 days before camp session begins.

 

* Cancellations less than 30 days before the camp session begins will result in the forfeiture of all payments.

 

* Cancellations more than 30 days before the camp session begins  will be refunded all but the $75 deposit.

 

* Campers leaving early due to illness/extenuating circumstances will be refunded proportionately.

 

* Campers leaving early due to behavior are subject to forfeiting the full fee.

Frequently Asked Questions - All Camps

 

See below for questions specific to our Special Needs Camps, and our Day Camps.

 

WHO LOOKS AFTER THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF CAMPERS?

  • All of Skyline's summer staff is trained in their health and safety responsibilities, and we strive to reach 100% of staff being trained in American Red Cross First Aid / CPR / AED / Bloodborne Pathogens.

  • Our Health and Safety Officer for the summer is dedicated solely to the care of health needs, and acts within the policies which are annually reviewed by a licensed physician.

 

WHAT IF THE HEALTH CONCERN IS MORE SERIOUS?

  • Skyline is within about 6 minutes of EMS response; about 10 minutes to our closest Urgent Care, and about 25 minutes from large hospital emergency facilities.  Our first call in serious matters will be 911, our second call(s) will be until we reach a parent/guardian.

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL I BE TELEPHONED?

Skyline will always attempt to reach you if:

  • Your camper spends a night or a significant part of any day in the infirmary.

  • An emergency call has been placed for your camper.

  • Your camper has been taken (but not a 911 call) offsite to seek further medical assistance.

  • Something occurs that you have requested contact about.

 

DO YOU ACCOMODATE SPECIAL DIETS / ALLERGIES?

  • We are able to accommodate special dietary needs including gluten, dairy and nut free diets, low sugar diets, vegetarian diets and a variety of other allergies. Great care is taken by our staff regarding our campers with food allergies. We ensure that special meals are prepared separately to avoid cross contamination. At Skyline we value the communal dining experience and make it a goal for every camper to enjoy the food at our Dining hall. Meals are a special time at camp and we do our best to make sure everyone is healthfully nourished. Please click on the Special Diet & Allergy FAQ for more information.

 

DOES A CAMPER NEED ANY MONEY AT CAMP?

  • No. We have the Camp Store open only at check-in and check-out, where parents/guardians can be there.  We allow the week at camp to be free of shopping.

 

STAFF QUESTIONS....WHAT IS THE COUNSELOR:CAMPER RATIO? HOW ARE COUNSELORS SELECTED AND SCREENED? ARE COUNSELORS ADULTS?

  • Our staff-to-camper ratio varies according to camp. For Special Needs campers, it is better than 1:3 (typically about 2:3). For Typical Needs campers, we exceed State and ACA guidelines, which vary according to age group (ranging from 1:6 up to 1:12). All activities are staffed by a minimum of two counselors. Our largest weeks have approximately 120 campers and 30 staff.

  • Counselors are interviewed, have a minimum of three references, and undergo two or three (depending on age) background checks. Our counselors are paid staff.  Occasional volunteer staff undergo the same process.

  • The majority of our summer staff are adults. We are composed of Counselors (18+, with at least one full year out of high school or two years as a Junior Counselor); Junior Counselors (age 16+); and FLOSS (Future Leaders of Skyline Summers) participants (13-15).  Staff must be at least two years older than campers before they are counted in the ratio.

 

CAN I CALL MY CAMPER DURING THE WEEK?

  • Campers may not receive phone calls while at camp. You may send emails or regular mail to your camper. Be sure to include their name and their counselor’s name. Our mailing address is 5650 Sandhill Rd, Almont, MI, 48003.

  • Emails may be sent to camper@campskyline.org. Please include the camper's name in the subject line. We try to distribute emails at lunchtime.

 

SOMEONE OTHER THAN ME (LEGAL GUARDIAN) WILL BE PICKING UP MY CAMPER. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

  • Please use this Camper Release Form. Make sure to sign the form. This is REQUIRED for anyone other than a legal guardian/parent picking up or dropping off your camper.

 

 

Special Needs Camp FAQs

 

WHAT SORTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS DO YOUR CAMPERS HAVE?

  • Our campers have a range of different special needs. No particular label or diagnosis is categorically ruled in or out. Skyline is physically spread out and hilly, so some physical limitations can be too much for the camper here.  We expect that campers are able to attend to toileting and showering mostly independently. We aim to meet with first-time campers before camp to make sure we have the right staffing and programming to meet the camper's needs.

 

WHAT ARE THE STAFF RATIOS FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS?

  • These camp sessions have about 35-40 campers, and are staffed by about 25-30 adults, including health-care specific staff.

 

AN AGENCY IS HELPING PAY FOR CAMP - HOW DO I PROCEED?

  • During the application, there will be a prompt to indicate that an agency will be assisting. You will also need to enter the promo code AGENCY when that option shows in the form. From there, we will work with you and the agency as needed.

 

Day Camp FAQs

 

IS LUNCH PROVIDED?

  • Yes.

 

DO YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETS & ALLERGIES?

 

CAN MY CAMPER DROP IN & OUT FOR DAYS HERE & THERE?

  • No. Our program is designed to build on community and develop friendships, and to have activities that progress. Of course, appointments and illnesses etc., can arise, but we do not plan for single-day campers.

 

ARE THE STAFF ADULTS?

  • Yes - our leadership, health staff and counselors are adults; we also have some teens as assistants, but not leaders. We do not count the teens when figuring our staff ratios.

 

If your question is not answered here or in the general FAQ, please contact us!

Summer Camps are certainly not the only thing we do at Skyline, but it has always been a central piece of our reason for being. We approach summer camp with a great deal of preparation...

 

Our Focus

The safety, welfare and well-being of all our campers.

 

Our Philosophy

Skyline’s spirituality begins with wonder and gratitude for every blessing; no camper is expected to bring a particular belief background, and all will be welcomed as they are. With Skyline’s roots in Christian values, we encourage in our campers a sense of compassion, a respect for creation, and an embrace of creativity.

Values of fairness, kindness, beauty, diversity and generosity are modeled, expected and celebrated.

 

Our Intentions

• That every camper has fun.

• That every camper feels safe and supported to explore new activities and adventures.

• That every camper experiences unconditional love and acceptance, and that this grows beyond camp.

• That every camper experiences a positive sense of the natural world, a positive sense of community, and a positive sense of self.

 

 

Skyline is licensed by

the State of Michigan,

and accredited by

the American Camp Association.

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