1. What are the dates for the 2017 Camp Season?
The 2017 Camp Season runs from June 26, 2017 through August 25, 2017. That’s 9 fun-filled weeks of summer camp!
2. What are the ages of campers?
Our youngest campers are potty trained and are 4 years old. Our oldest campers are entering 10th grade and join our CIT program.
3. How many weeks should I sign my child up for?
Camper sessions range from 3 to 9 weeks! Our minimum requirement is 3 weeks, providing them with a sufficient amount of time to gain skills, become part of our wonderful community, and to develop strong and meaningful relationships with campers and counselors.
The only exception to this is our final week (August 21st – August 25th). Week 9 is designed both for the camper that will be with us for a longer session, as well as a camper that is wondering what Everwood is all about.
4. What are the summer hours?
Our normal Camp hours are 9:00am- 4:00pm.
5. Do you offer extended day options?
Yes! For an additional cost, before care is available from 7:15am- 8:45am and after care is available from 4:00pm- 6:00pm. During this time, we offer a combination of games, crafts, and athletics, all supervised by our wonderful counselors!
6. Should my child bring a lunch?
Yes, except for Friday, when we provide a BBQ lunch! Please pack a lunch for your child Mondays – Thursdays. Please also be aware that Everwood Day Camp is an peanut and tree-nut friendly facility. This means that all food products that are provided by Everwood are completely peanut and tree nut free. In addition, all families are asked to send their child to Camp with food products that are also peanut and tree-nut free.
We are also partnered with Smart Lunches, which delivers a freshly prepared (peanut and tree nut free) lunch to Camp each day for your child. They can be ordered online for an additional cost at www.smartlunches.com.
7. Do you provide snacks and drinks?
Yes! We provide a morning and afternoon snack and drink, and water is available at all times at various stations throughout the property.
8. How many campers will be in my child’s group?
The typical group consists of 15- 20 campers.
9. How many staff members will be in my child’s group?
One “Group Leader” (college-aged or older) and up to two “Counselors” (HS Junior, Senior or older), depending on the age and size of the group. This team of counselors stays with your child’s group throughout the day and will join forces with our talented team of specialists once they arrive at various activities throughout camp.
10. Who teaches the activities?
Specialists are adults with teaching and/or professional experience. Most of our specialists are coaches and/or teachers.
11. How many electives do campers get and how do we choose them?
Our elective programming grows with our campers in order to provide exposure to a wide range of activities. It also allows them to focus on particular areas of interest as they get older. Our campers going into 2nd grade have 1 elective period, and progress to 2 and then 3 or 4 electives when going into 7th grade and older. Campers will choose their electives online over the weekend prior to each camp week, and participate in their chosen elective during the same period for the course of the week.
12. What do you do on rainy days?
Everwood Day Camp has over 25 buildings including an 8000 sq. foot main building, and our performing arts center can both easily accommodate the entire camp and keep them busy and having fun! Covered activities continue as normal, while outdoor activities move inside various buildings where Specialists orchestrate games and activities for campers. If it’s safe to be outside (no thunder and lightning) we’ll still play in the rain!
13. Do you have Swim Instruction?
YES! Instructional Swim (based on the American Red Cross Swim levels) is required for campers entering Pre-K through 4th grade. For campers entering 5th to 10th grade, instructional swim is optional and campers can select it as an elective. All Everwood Campers, regardless of age, have a daily “Free Swim” and will be assessed when first starting Camp.
14. How do you screen and then educate your staff to provide the highest quality Camp environment and experience for my children?
We have only the highest standards of excellence when it comes to our camp staff. Prospective camp employees complete a rigorous staff application and interview process with our Directors. All our interviews are face-to-face with one of our Directors, where we ask in-depth questions specially designed to highlight any “red flags” or concerns. Candidates for employment demonstrate an exceptional set of skills in the areas of child development and communication, and of course demonstrate the enthusiasm, compassion and patience required to work successfully with groups of children ages 4 – 15. Candidates for employment are required to submit a comprehensive work history for the previous five years, three positive references and also pass extensive background checks including CORI and SORI reporting. This protocol is repeated every year, for ALL staff, including returnees.
Once hired, staff participate in an extensive staff training process focused on creating the safest possible physical and emotional environment for our camp community. We also collaborate with experts in the field of child development, including Michael Thompson, Ph.D., who will meet specifically with our staff throughout the orientation process. In addition, throughout the summer our leadership team actively engages in the ongoing process of reviewing and evaluating our staff to ensure the maintenance of the highest standards in safety and skill building.
15. How long has your organization been in operation?
Everwood Day Camp is part of an organization that has been in operation since 1930. Everwood Day Camp, is the newest Campus of this organization, and completed its first season in 2011. Everwood’s founder is Scott Brody, Owner & Director of Camps Kenwood & Evergreen – overnight camps in New Hampshire. In addition, speaks nationally about summer Camp and teaching 21st century skills through the summer experience. He is also the former National Vice President of the American Camp Association. Camps Kenwood & Evergreen have earned a reputation as one of the finest overnight camps in the country. Their former Program Directors and Head Counselors, Dane & Jaime Pickles are excited to now be able to focus their combined 30 years of Camp experience as Directors of Everwood Day Camp.
This team of year-round camp professionals is also working in collaboration with co-founder Andy Pritikin, owner and director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in New Jersey. He is a member of the board of the ACA NY section and is a recognized author of numerous articles on Youth Development and Summer camp. Collectively our team has over 100 years of camp experience and are dedicated to making your child’s summer at Everwood Day camp extraordinary!
1. What percentage of Campers ride the bus to Everwood Day Camp?
Over 90% of our campers ride the bus to and from Camp. Even our local Sharon families who could easily drive to Camp choose the bus because they recognize it as an important, exciting and fun part of the Camp experience!
2. Is transportation included in your tuition?
Yes! There is no additional charge to ride the bus, as your child’s camp day starts the minute they step on the bus!
3. How long does it take to get to Everwood Day Camp?
As Sharon is known to be part of the South Shore, many often over-estimate the actual driving time to Everwood. In fact, Everwood is easily accessible from Rt. 95, and many of our campers spend less time on the bus to Camp then they do or will on the bus to school!
4. Where do your buses pick up and drop off?
Based on the location of our Camp families, our centrally located bus stops are usually at shopping centers, school parking lots, or other easily accessible and safe stops. These designated drop off and pick up locations are strategically chosen so that each stop shouldn’t be more than a couple of miles from your home. We will confirm pick-up and drop off locations with all our enrolled families in early June.
5. Do you provided transportation in my town?
Generally speaking we provided transportation to and from Camp within a 45 minute radius of Everwood Day Camp. That includes Brookline, Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Medfield, Attleboro, Hingham, Milton, Franklin, Providence and many other surrounding communities. Please see our Transportation Page for bus stop locations.
6. Is there supervision on the bus to and from Camp?
Absolutely! We have specially selected and trained bus counselors, certified in First Aid and CPR, riding the bus to and from Camp each day. Our bus counselors engage the campers on their bus in a rich program of activities including songs, games, and even bus decorating contests! The bus program changes each week, as our bus counselors receive a new packet of goodies, games and activities to make sure the bus ride to and from Camp is just as fun as the rest of our summer days!
7. What is the average length of a bus ride?
Buses generally pick up between 8:00-8:30 am and arrive at Camp at 8:45 am. Buses depart from Camp promptly at 4 pm and drop off times range between 4:00-5:00 pm. All enrolled families will be provided with definitive information on their child’s pick up and drop off times in early June.
8. Are there seat-belts on your buses?
Yes! We use one of the finest bus companies in the area. All of their buses have seat-belts for every rider, and buses are driven by trained, experienced, and qualified drivers, not our own Camp staff.
9. Can I change my drop off and pick up locations if my plans change?
We are certainly flexible, and if need be you can change your travel plans by giving us at least 24 hours notice.
10. Can a friend or family member pick up my child if I can’t make it to the bus?
Yes! Prior to your child’s session at Camp, you will be asked to complete an online form entitled “Authorized Grown-ups.” You can use this form to indicate all those who have your permission to pick up your child (please include yourself, other family members, and ANYONE else who may be picking up your camper).
Whether you are picking up from Camp or from one of our bus stops, our staff members will ask for a picture ID to confirm the identity of the authorized grown up upon pick up. We will NEVER release your child to someone who has not been authorized by you. This form is always updatable through your parent account and you can add or remove an authorized adult at any time.
This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be Licensed by the local Board of Health. All parents have the right to review our complete background check, health care, behavior and discipline policy and grievance procedures upon request.