Frequently Asked Questions
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Campers are boys and girls ages 3 (campers must be potty trained) through entering 8th grade.
Camper sessions can range anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks during our 2015 season. 8 weeks is an ideal amount of time for campers to form lasting friendships and experience our rich camp program. Our minimum requirement is 2 weeks. This will give campers a sufficient amount of time to gain skills, become part of our community and develop meaningful relationships with campers and counselors.
Our hours are 9:30am- 4:00pm; pre-k campers have the option of a ‘short day’ with parent pick-up at 2:00pm.
Yes! For no additional cost, early drop-off is available from 8:30 am and after care is available until 5:oo pm.
Camp provides catered lunch for campers and counselors 5 days a week. This is included in tuition. A lunch menu will be published closer to the beginning of camp. Campers may bring lunch from home if they do not wish to eat what is provided. Please label these lunch boxes. We will refrigerate all lunches brought from home. Camp provides a choice of water, milk or chocolate milk every day at lunch.
Yes! Camp provides a morning snack for pre-k and kindergarten campers and an afternoon snack for the whole camp – typically a popsicle or an ice cream with fruit and pretzels.
The typical group consists of 14– 18 campers.
One Senior Counselor (teacher or older college person) and up to four Junior Counselors (high school sophomore 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 participate with campers as they visit our talented team of specialists once they arrive at various activities throughout camp.
Specialists are adults with teaching and/or professional experience. Most of our specialists are coaches and/or teachers.
Every group has a six-period rainy day schedule. Rainy days at camp are a lot of fun. On a rainy day, campers will be introduced to new activities and there is non-stop action. The full campus is utilized. Examples of rainy day activities are:
- Lego Mania
- Wacky Games!
- Minute to Win It
- Jumbo Jenga and Jumbo Connect Four
- Activities in the Picnic Pavilion (games examples: Twister, Uno, Chess, Checkers, Trouble, Monopoly, Giant stack cups, mural painting, freeze dance)
- Games in the Rink with the Athletic staff
- Arts & Crafts
Every swim period is a combination of instruction and free swim. The pools are heated and designed for teaching. Playland campers are safe and comfortable in the water. Our Red Cross certified swim staff nurtures each child according to their ability. Both Playland counselors and campers take great pride in watching campers achieve success in the pool! From beginners to advanced swimmers, our staff will teach your child new skills and help them reach new levels of confidence. Our goal is to have every camper swimming independently by the end of the summer. Playland parents marvel at the strong swim progress their children make.
Over 90% of our campers ride the bus to and from Camp.
Yes! There is no additional charge to ride the bus.
Bus transportation is door-to-door in New Canaan, Stamford, Pound Ridge, Bedford, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Southport, Norwalk, Rowayton, Darien, Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Riverside, and Cos Cob. Camp provides central pick-up in Fairfield, Bridgeport, Rye and other towns unless otherwise discussed between parent and camp director.
Yes! We have specially selected and trained counselors 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 and games.
Buses generally pick up between 8:30-9:00 am and arrive at Camp between 9:10-9:30. Buses depart from Camp promptly at 4 pm and drop off times range between 4:00-4:45 pm. All enrolled families will be provided with definitive information on their child’s pick up and drop off times in early June.