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Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Details About Campers, Activities, Structure, Staff, etc...

1. How can I tell if this is the right camp for my child?
2. What if my child is shy or not very athletic?
3. What are the age limits to attend Champion Summer Camp?
4. How are kids grouped together at camp?
5. Can you give me more detail about the sports, games, and activities that are played at camp?
6. Is every day at camp the same?
7. What is the difference among the sessions you offer?
8. Will my child benefit from participation in more than one session?
9. Can you tell me more about your staff?

Registration, Schedule, & Logistical Information

10. Can I sign up for just part of a session?
11. Can I request for my child to be paired with a friend in the same group?
12. What is your daily schedule?
13. How does drop off and pick up differ on field trip days?
14. What happens if I am late picking up my child from camp?

Policy Information Including Cancellations, Schedule Changes, Missed Days, etc...

15. What is your payment/refund/cancellation policy?
16. How do you charge to add a day(s) to a previously purchased session plan?
17. How do I make schedule changes if my summer plans change after I have already signed up?
18. Can I remove days from my session once purchased?
19. What is your transfer policy?
20. Why do you charge administrative fees for schedule changes and transfers?
21. How do schedule changes impact the Early Bird and Additional Plan discounts that you offer?
22. Do you offer "Make Up" days for missed time at camp?

Extended Care

23. How is time in Extended Care tracked and billed?
24. What if I am late picking up my child from Extended Care?

Lunch

25. What registration code should I use when signing up for Choicelunch food service at camp?

Tax ID & Other Miscellaneous

26. What is Champion Summer Camp's Tax ID?
27. Which Bay Area cities typically send campers to Champion Summer Camp?


1. How can I tell if this is the right camp for my child? 

The activities Champion Summer Camp offers are time-tested and proven to appeal to the majority of children. Camp was designed with the "average" kid in mind and typically provides great experiences for kids of different athletic ability and different social ability. Just about all kids have a great time at Champion (roughly 99% satisfaction), but kids who enjoy sports, games, and social situations typically love it the most. However, we have an amazing track record of "winning over" shy kids and athletically-challenged kids as well. We encourage you to give us a call at 415-602-0722 if you have questions or are unsure if Champion Summer Camp is right for your child.

 

2. What if my child is shy or not very athletic? 

At Champion Summer Camp, we believe that attitude is much more important than physical ability. We understand that some campers are more introverted than others, but as long as your child is willing to participate and try hard, we will see to it that camp becomes a very positive and rewarding experience for them. Please give us a call at 415-602-0722 to discuss your child in greater detail if a personality trait or physical ability is a concern of yours.

 

3. What are the age limits to attend Champion Summer Camp? 

4. How are kids grouped together at camp? 

Before each session begins, your child will be assigned to a group of about 14 children who are their same age and gender. Each group is led by an Executive Counselor and a Counselor, and most groups get additional support from a Counselor In Training (our oldest groups don't need this additional support). The campers and staff members in each group stay the same throughout the camp session. This continuity encourages positive social interaction and provides valuable consistency.

 

5. Can you give me more detail about the sports, games, and activities that are played at camp? 

A wide variety of sports, games, and activities are offered at Champion Summer Camp. Every group will have several scheduled activities per day. The schedule will change every day and each schedule is customized for the age and gender of a specific group at camp (for example youngest girls will have arts & crafts every day while oldest boys may only have it once in a session). Certain core sports (soccer, dodgeball, basketball, etc...) are played more frequently than periphery activities (croquet, ping pong, badminton, etc...). All campers get a "free play" period at lunch where they will get to choose from a variety of different options. All Wednesdays at camp feature special events, most of which are field trips (click here for our schedule). Zany camp contests (featuring events like launching water balloons, throwing whipped cream pies at the staff, etc.) are held every Friday to start your child's weekend off with a bang!

 

Click here to see a list of activates offered at camp (under "Let's Play"). However, please feel free to contact us to get more information on this topic.

 

6. Is every day at camp the same? 

A wide variety of sports, games, and activities are offered at Champion Summer Camp. Every group will have several scheduled activities per day. The schedule will change every day and each schedule is customized for the age and gender of a specific group at camp (for example youngest girls will have arts & crafts every day while oldest boys may only have it once in a session). Certain core sports (soccer, dodgeball, basketball, etc...) are played more frequently than periphery activities (croquet, ping pong, badminton, etc...). All campers get a "free play" period at lunch where they will get to choose from a variety of different options. All Wednesdays at camp feature special events, most of which are field trips (click here for our schedule). Zany camp contests (featuring events like launching water balloons, throwing whipped cream pies at the staff, etc.) are held every Friday to start your child's weekend off with a bang!

 

7. What is the difference among the sessions you offer? 

No two sessions at Champion are ever quite the same. Each will have it's own set of special events and every session develops it's own unique "personality". However, our sessions are constructed with the same architecture using Welcome Week, Tournament Week, & Olympic Week as the building blocks. A consistent Champion experience will be provided regardless of which session a child attends.

 

8. Will my child benefit from participation in more than one session? 

If you'd like to give your child extended amounts of healthy outdoor activity this summer, we invite you to consider attending more than one session at Champion. Camp was constructed with a multi-week experience in mind. Our view is that 3 to 6 weeks at Champion is the "right" amount of time in the summer for the most children. Due the wide variety of activity that we provide over the course of a session (with a changing daily schedule), campers stay engaged and entertained, even if they are participating in an event a second time around. Every session has a unique "personality", and we find that campers have just as much fun (if not more) on their second or third time through. Don't forget that you will save 10% on any extra time you add at Champion through our Additional Plan Discount.

 

9. Can you tell me more about your staff? 

Click here to read individual letters from our staff members. Three directors (one of whom is also the camp owner) are onsite each day at camp to ensure that operations run smoothly. All camp directors are college graduates that have prior educational and camp experience.


Each group is led by an Executive Counselor. All Executive Counselors are at least 19 years old, have completed one year of college, have an athletic background (at least at the high school level), and have prior camp experience. Typically our staff will feature a mix of Executive Counselors that range from college sophomores to young graduates to young teachers.

Every group will also receive support from a Counselor. Counselors must be at least 15 years old and also must be involved in high school athletics. It is worth noting that each of our groups with kids ages 9 and younger get a third level of support in the form of a Counselor In Training (CIT) to assist with group supervision as well. CITs are not paid staff (and thus not included in any of our staff to camper ratios), but candidates are carefully screened and they offer another set of eyes and hands to help manage the group they are assigned to.

Age, experience, and athletic background are important considerations for every staff member, yet they all pale in comparison to attitude. The sparkling staff personalities are what make camp special, as they entertain and maintain order within every group. We only want the best, so if you know any great teens or young adults please direct them to our Job Opportunities page.

 

10. Can I sign up for just part of a session? 

Yes. Activities at camp are organized in sessions, however, time at camp is purchased on a weekly basis. If your schedule does not allow a full session, you can take advantage of our "Create Your Own Schedule" offering. This dimension of camp allows families to create "perfect fit" schedules of any duration or any combination of days as desired, regardless of the session that they are choosing from. However, we feel strongly that attending a full session from start to finish is the best way to maximize the experience. We also suggest that more than one week of camp is required for a camper to get the most benefit from the experience. Many families attend a week here and there in different sessions. Please contact us to discuss options that best fit into your summer plans.

 

11. Can I request for my child to be paired with a friend in the same group? 

Yes. Our registration form will allow you to specify campers you would like your child to be paired with. We are almost always able to accommodate these requests as long as the campers in question are of the same approximate age/grade. Please note that we group kids by both age and gender, thus we cannot group boys and girls together.

 

12. What is your daily camp schedule? 

Morning Extended Care: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Camp Drop Off Window: 9:00 AM – 9:25 AM
Camp Activities: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Camp Pick Up Window: 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM
Afternoon Extended Care: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Three activity periods are featured in both the morning and the afternoon. A snack break is held each morning at 10:15 am. Lunch starts at noon and is followed by a free play period for the entire camp.

 

13. How does drop off and pick up differ on field trip days? 

Camp will follow normal drop off and pick up times on all field trip days. Campers should be dropped off and picked up just like they would be on any other camp day.

 

14. What happens if I am late picking up my child from camp? 

Any child still at camp at 4 pm is automatically checked into Extended Care and standard rates will apply. Please note that this service is used by many families as an impromptu service, thus we assume all kids still at camp after 4 pm are there at the will of the parents. We do not call parents unless a child indicates they should have been picked up.

 

15. What is your payment/refund/cancellation policy? 

Prior to May 15, a non-refundable $100 deposit (per week per child) is due upon signing up to secure a place in camp for your child. Full balance payments are due on May 15 and no portion is considered refundable after this date. Please send an e-mail to info@championsummercamp.com for any refund or cancellation request. Any such request must be confirmed through e-mail by a Champion staff member to be considered valid.

 

16. How do you charge to add a day(s) to a previously purchased session plan? 

Additional days can be purchased and added on to existing plans. Standard rates will apply. A current schedule of prices can be accessed here. Please send an e-mail to info@championsummercamp.com for any request to add a day(s) to an existing plan. Any additions requested will be granted based on availability and are not guaranteed. Any requested addition must be confirmed through e-mail by a Champion staff member to be considered valid.

 

17. How do I make schedule changes if my summer plans change after I have already signed up? 

Schedule changes can only be made by Champion staff members. Please send an e-mail to info@championsummercamp.com for any schedule change request. Requests will be granted based on availability and are not guaranteed. Any requested change must be confirmed through e-mail by a Champion staff member to be considered valid. There are no administrative fees when adding days to an existing schedule. However, please note that a $25 administrative fee will be applied to any completed request that switches or removes a day from an existing schedule.

 

18. Can I remove days from my session once purchased?  

Before May 15, you can remove days from a plan for a $25 fee per request. Your balance will be adjusted according to our price schedule, minus change fees that apply. After May 15, removing a day will not qualify for a refund. Please send an e-mail to info@championsummercamp.com for any schedule change request. Any requested change must be confirmed through e-mail by a Champion staff member to be considered valid.

 

19. What is your transfer policy? 

Transfers carry a $25 administration fee per request. Please send an e-mail to info@championsummercamp.com for any transfer request. Requests will be granted based on availability and are not guaranteed. Any requested transfer must be confirmed through e-mail by a Champion staff member to be considered valid.

 

20. Why do you charge administrative fees for schedule changes and transfers? 

Camp preparation requires extensive planning to have the proper staff, equipment/supplies, and facilities in place to provide a fun and safe experience for all campers. Schedule changes can be very disruptive to the planning process and sometimes set off ripple effects that reverberate far beyond any one individual. Accurate forecasting of camper participation is crucial to the planning process. We recognize that planning ahead is not always possible and that summer plans can change. We strive to accommodate change requests as best we can, and the administrative fees we charge aid us in doing so.

 

21. How do schedule changes impact the Early Bird and Additional Plan discounts that you offer? 

Our Early Bird Discount is conditional upon keeping a set schedule at the time of purchase. Thus any day awarded our Early Bird fiscount at sign up will lose this benefit upon being changed. Schedule changes have no impact on our Additional Plan Discount.

 

22. Do you offer "Make Up" days for missed time at camp? 

No "Make Up" days are offered at camp for missed time. Like most standard day care programs, any missed day is considered to be time that has been forfeited.

 

23. How is time in Extended Care tracked and billed? 

Extended care is offered in the morning from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and in the afternoon from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Time is tracked on a per child basis. We charge $2.50 per 15 minute increment of time accrued and families are only charged for time used. Families who use this service for more than one child will get a 50% discount on time accrued by each child after the first.

Our staff will record the times you drop off or pick up your child during extended care. We will sum the total you accrue and bill you for this time at the end of the session using the billing information we have on file. Parents are welcome to check our records at camp any time they like.

 

24. What if I am late picking up my child from Extended Care? 

At 5:30 PM our Extended Care rate changes to $1 per minute per child. We also will start calling all emergency contacts provided.

 

25. What registration code should I use when signing up for Choicelunch food service at camp? 

Please use registration code "Champion". Detailed lunch instructions will be sent out by e-mail once Choicelunch's summer menu becomes available.

 

26. What is Champion Summer Camp's Tax ID? 

Champion Summer Camp's Tax ID is 27-1415222.

 

27. Which Bay Area cities typically send campers to Champion Summer Camp? 

Champion Summer Camp is pleased to provide fun recreational summer camp activity to campers from all over the Bay Area. Bay Area Peninsula cities that take advantage of our summer day camp services include: San Francisco, South San Francisco, Brisbane, Daily City, Colma, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, Hillsdale, Foster City, San Carlos, Redwood Shores, Woodside, Redwood City, Atherton, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, El Grenada, Montara, and more.

 

Still have questions? Send your questions by e-mail to info@championsummercamp.com or call 415-602-0722.