Spring Break Camp
It’s a full day in the woods!
Your camper’s day begins between 8am and 8:45am when the bus picks him/her up at the designated neighborhood pick-up point. The camp day runs from 9am to 4pm, with a snack provided mid-morning. Your camper will then be dropped off at the pick-up point between 4:15pm and 5pm, ready to share with you his/her adventures of the day.
Canoeing and Kayaking:
Campers will be able to work on their canoeing and kayaking skills on our 2-acre lake. The slalom gates will be up, and we promise a challenging and thrilling week.
Archery provides campers time out from their active schedule and a chance to focus on their targets. Counselors maintain strict safety measures by using the guidelines set by the National Archery Association.
Our 27′ training wall provides campers the opportunity to safely learn and practice rock climbing skills. Small class sizes mean more time on the wall.
Native American Indian Craft and Games:
This activity is a big hit with campers! Using materials found in our own woods, John Fishback teaches crafts and games in the manner of the Native Americans.
Open House 2018 – Open House times are 11am – 4 pm.
Dates & Prices for 2018:
March 26 – 30 (Both MCPS and DCPS)
PLEASE SEE CAMP APPLICATION FOR TUITION DEPOSIT AND REFUND POLICY.
$475.00 per week
A minimum of 15 campers is required for each week.
Open House 2018
Here is are the dates for next Spring. Open House times are 11am – 4 pm.
The dates for the 2018 Summer Camp Season are as follows:
- Week 1 June 18 – 22
- Week 2 June 25 – 29
- Week 3 July 2 – 6 ( NO Camp on July 4th!)
- Week 4 July 9 – 13
- Week 5 July 16 – 20
2nd Session (Session A)
- Week 6 July 23 – 27
- Week 7 July 30 – Aug 3
2nd Session (Session B)
10th Week Aug 20 – 24
- Week 8 Aug 6 -10
- Week 9 Aug 13 – 17
- Watershow – July 19
- 1st Session Parent’s Days – June 28, July 10
- Session A – July 31
- Session B – Aug 14
Summer Camp – $550.00/Week
Horseback Riding – Additional $55/Week
Deposits (Due at Registration):
Single Session – $250
Multiple Sessions – $500
1st Session: April 1st
2nd Session, A & B Sessions, 10th Week: May 1st
Valley Mill Camp’s Anti-Bullying Policy
Valley Mill Camp is completely opposed to bullying and will not tolerate it. It is entirely contrary to the values and principles we work and live by. All members of the camp community have a right to work and play in a secure and caring environment without intimidation or fear. They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
- Physical violence such as hitting, pushing or spitting at another camper.
- Interfering with another camper’s property, by stealing, hiding or damaging it.
- Using offensive names when addressing another camper.
- Teasing or spreading rumours about another camper or his/her family.
- Belittling another camper’s abilities and achievements.
- Writing offensive notes or graffiti about another camper.
- Excluding another camper from a group activity.
- Ridiculing another camper’s appearance, way of speaking or personal mannerisms.
- Misusing technology (internet or mobiles) to hurt or humiliate another person.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL STAFF
- Foster in our campers self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others
- Demonstrate by example the high standards of personal and social behaviour we expect of our campers.
- Discuss bullying with all groups, so that every camper learns about the damage it causes to both the child who is bullied and to the bully.
- Be alert to signs of distress and other possible indications of bullying.
- Listen to children who have been bullied, take what they say seriously and support and protect them.
- Report suspected cases of bullying to a Camp Director
- Follow up any complaint by a parent about bullying, and report back promptly and fully on the action which has been taken.
- Deal with observed instances of bullying promptly and effectively, in accordance with agreed procedures.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL CAMPERS
- Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying, even at the risk of incurring temporary unpopularity.
- Intervene to protect the camper who is being bullied, unless it is unsafe to do so.
- Report to a member of staff any witnessed or suspected instances of bullying, to dispel any climate of secrecy and help to prevent further instances.
- Not suffer in silence, but have the courage to speak out, to put an end to their own suffering and that of other potential targets.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL PARENTS
- Watching for signs of distress or unusual behaviour in their children, which might be evidence of bullying.
- Advising their children to report any bullying to a Camp Director
- Advising their children not to retaliate violently to any forms of bullying.
- Being sympathetic and supportive towards their children, and reassuring them that appropriate action will be taken.
In First Session, Girls Parents Day is Thursday, July 6th from 10 AM to 2 PM and Boys Parents Day is Tuesday, July 11th from 10 AM to 2PM.
In Second Session there will 2 combined Boy’s and Girl’s Parents Day on Tuesday August 1st, and Tuesday August 15th
Parents Day is a Open House style event and parents can visit for their child’s favorite activity, or for the entire time (10 am to 2pm). Parent’s are encouraged to participate in the activities so come dressed for camp. If you plan on taking your child home with you please bring a photo ID and sign them out at the sign out table.
We will call or email each family with the pick-up and drop-off times, as well as provide you with information about pick-up points. You can help your driver by providing information about dead end streets, short cuts, and traffic patterns. The time may need to be adjusted after the first couple of days as everyone becomes used to the routine.
How to Pick up Your Camper–
If it is necessary to pick up your child at camp, please follow the following procedure. This procedure will be strictly enforced to insure camper’s safety. Please note: no cars may move on the property while children are loading between 3:45 pm and 4:10pm. Valley Mill Camp Staff Safety Net will direct parents when it is safe to move your car.
1) Notify our Main Office by phone (301-948-0220) or note via bus driver by the morning of the pick up.
2) You or your designated representative, must have a photo identification when signing out your camper at the Main Office.
FIRST AID FACTS:
Living, playing and working outdoors necessarily exposes campers to environmental hazards. Ticks and poison ivy are two such hazards at Valley Mill. Our principle defenses are education and protection. We ask for parental assistance in this.
Since Valley Mill is mostly wooded, it is important to protect campers from tick bites. We urge parents to examine their children every evening. If a tick is found and is not attached to the skin, it can be removed with tweezers or tissues. If attached, grasp firmly with tweezers, pull straight out, and apply antiseptic to the bite. Look in the creases and folds of the body, in and behind ears, and through the hair.
The ticks we usually see at Valley Mill Camp are called wood ticks. The ticks that carry Lyme’s Disease are called deer ticks. They are very tiny, they can be the size of a pencil dot. Since Lyme’s Disease has been reported in Maryland, we have begun a prevention program that has been proven successful in Connecticut.
Since 1995 we have spread tubes of cotton balls treated with insecticide over the property. Mice take this material to their nest. The insecticide is harmless to mice but will kill any deer tick at the beginning of their cycle. We will continue this annual treatment and provide you with the latest information.
2) Poison Ivy:
Poison Ivy is another hazard at camp for some children. We begin with an education program of teaching campers to identify and avoid contact with the plant. The toxin in poison ivy is an oil. The reaction is an itchy rash with clear blisters that usually appears 2-5 days after contact. The poison ivy reaction can be
reduced if campers immediately wash the exposed skin with (non oily) soap and water to remove the oil. Treatments include: applying cool compresses to affected parts, calamine lotion or cortisone cream may be used to relieve mild itching, a doctor may prescribe on oral medication if the reaction is more severe.
The oil from poison ivy can remain active on clothing and footwear as long as a year.