At All Aboard for Kids, bullying is inexcusable, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Each camper is expected to treat all other campers with respect, and to help each other achieve the best possible experience. If a camper has difficulty meeting this expectation, parents may be called upon to assist.
Our leadership addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with their staff and their campers. We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with a positive camp experience.
Please read our behavior policy with your camper before camp.
We expect campers to act respectfully at all times when they are on our property or participating in our programs. Campers are to behave in a mature, responsible way and respect the rights and dignity of others.
Actions will reflect Four Core Values:
- Campers take Responsibility for their actions.
- Campers Respect themselves, each other, staff, camp equipment and the environment.
- Honesty will be the basis for all relationships and interactions.
- Campers will be Caring in their relationships with others.
Campers should talk to the Lead Teacher or any camp staff member if they are uncomfortable with any experiences or need assistance while at camp.
When a camper does not follow the behavior guidelines, we will take the following action steps as behavior problems progress.
- Staff will redirect the camper to more appropriate behavior.
- If inappropriate behavior continues, the camper will be reminded of behavior guidelines and camp rules, and the camper will be asked to decide on action steps to correct his/her behavior.
- If a child’s behavior still does not meet expectations and is affecting the experience of other campers, he/she will meet with the Lead Teacher and Lisa McCarty to develop a plan.
- If inappropriate behavior continues, as a final action step the camper may be dismissed from camp.
Examples of unacceptable behavior: Camper fees are non-refundable if a camper is sent home for disciplinary reasons. Physical violence or bullying toward another camper or staff member may result in immediate dismissal from the camp program.
- Refusing to follow behavior guidelines or camp rules
- Using profanity, vulgarity or obscenity
- Stealing or damaging property (personal or camp property)
- Refusal to participate in activities or cooperate with staff
- Disrupting a program
- Leaving a program without permission
- Endangering the health and safety of children and/or staff
- Use of illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco or sexual conduct of any kind
- Teasing, making fun or bullying of other campers or staff
- Fighting of any kind
If your child is sick or will not be attending camp, please call Lisa McCarty between 7:30-8:00 @ (515 290 5349). If you know in advance your child will be gone please let your child’s Lead Teacher know. There will not be refunds of tuition due to absences.
Students will be participating in in various activities which may result in clothing being stained. Please make sure that your child is prepared with a “paint shirt” or wears clothing you are fine with being stained.
Please refer to the incident rubric located on All Aboard for Kids website. For significant incidents at camp, a team meeting (including the camper’s family) will be held. If it is determined that a camper requires support which is beyond the resources the camp can offer, the camper may not be able to continue attending camp.
If your child has a birthday during camp, feel free to bring treats for his or her group. Ask the Lead Teacher before the big day for a count of the number of students who should be in attendance on a specific day and if any students in the class have special dietary concerns such as allergies to peanuts.
Families must update Lisa McCarty and the Lead Teacher immediately of any changes in contact information.
Doors at both locations will be open from 7:45am-12:15pm. All campers and families must enter and exit through the front doors.
Please be respectful of our staff by arriving between 7:45-8:00am so activities can begin promptly. Parents need to pick up their children no later than 12:15pm. It is expected that parents or designee will sign the child in and out each day.
All Aboard for Kids follows basic rules regarding illness. If your child has had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours, please keep them home from camp. If your child vomits or runs a fever, you will be called to pick him or her up. If your child turns up with anything else that is contagious (Pink Eye, head lice, etc.), they must have doctor’s clearance to return to camp. Please notify the camp before 7:30 a.m. if your child will be missing that day to illness.
If your child needs to have prescription or over-the-counter medication administered during the day, we must have a signed consent form. We have certified teachers on staff who will administer all medications.
Some activities will occur outside each week. Campers will be given break times/recess where they can access the age-appropriate playgrounds and equipment. Also, around the elementary building is a mile-long walking trail that goes near a pond that students and staff may enjoy.
Campers will be offered a snack during mid-morning. You are free to send a snack with your child if you wish, however, we do not have access to a refrigerator. Snacks usually consist of pretzels, Goldfish, and animal crackers, but options can vary. Please make sure the camp is aware of any dietary concerns and allergies.
- Facebook: Those of you on Facebook please “like” All Aboard for Kids. This will be a great way to share photos, ask questions, and get updates from staff. Reminders will also be sent to parents by email.
- Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat: Feel free to share information regarding camp, but please refrain from posting pictures if other children are present unless written consent has be obtained.
Below are the items your child needs to bring with them to camp. The rest will stay at camp for the course of their time with us:
- Sunscreen – spray preferred
- A spare set of clothes (in case of spills, mud or other accidents)
- Reusable water bottle