1. The Kroc Center Day Camp program strives to offer every child, regardless of ability, the opportunity to participate in recreational activities that are both fun & educational. Our counselors work to create a positive environment, free from discrimination or other factors that may prohibit campers from having an enjoyable experience at camp. Day Camp counselors are trained to utilize positive discipline techniques to promote growth & learning.
2. Counselors and campers work together to create a “group contract” and outline the consequences for misbehavior. We deal with issues pro-actively, by informing campers of expectations and creating an environment that fosters safety, openness and respect.
3. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable and will be addressed immediately.
4. Our behavior correction process is a three step system:
Step one: Verbal warning
Step two: Temporary suspension from activity and discussion with Day Camp Manager
Step three: Parents will be notified. If campers do not follow the rules or repeatedly misbehave, we will contact parents and depending on the severity and frequency of the behavior, we may ask parents to remove the child from camp.
5. Campers are expected to follow our five guidelines for behavior:
-Respect the Kroc
If you feel that your camper may struggle with any of the above guidelines, please fill out an inclusion application to make sure we can provide the best care possible.
We strive to make camp accessible for ALL children. Unfortunately, the Kroc Center cannot provide specialized, one-on-one care for any individual camper. Parents of children with special needs must submit an inclusion application AND call the Day Camp Manager at (616) 588-7200 ext. 2021 at least two weeks before their desired camp start date to schedule a meeting to determine whether the Kroc Center can provide appropriate accommodations and, most importantly, keep the child safe while in our care. Campers are accepted on a case–by–case basis.
Our Kroc Krew day camp counselors are recruited from local colleges, where many of them are studying education, recreation, or child development. Most importantly, they love working with kids. All Kroc Krew counselors are certified in basic First Aid & CPR, receive extensive counselor training prior to the start of camp, and go through background checks as well as the Salvation Army’s child protection training program, "Safe From Harm."
HOW WE ARE MAKING CAMP KROC SAFE THIS SUMMER
• Campers will be asked health screening questions
• Campers will have their temperature taken (Temperatures cannot be 100.4 or higher)
• Campers will go to their assigned, socially distanced group
If any of the following symptoms are present, we ask that the camp participant refrain from coming to camp:
• Temperature of 100.4 F
• Sore Throat
• Cough (For children with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
• Difficulty breathing
• Diarrhea or vomiting
• New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
• New runny or stuffy nose not from allergies
We ask that the camper stays home if they have been exposed to a positive case of COVID or have any other cold symptoms just as a precaution to ensure the safety of everyone.
If your child becomes sick during the day:
• They will be assisted to a staff monitored “sick room”
• A parent or guardian will be contacted and asked to pick the child up from camp immediately
• The parent or guardian will be encouraged to visit their primary care provider
Some changes due to State of Michigan COVID safety guidelines:
• Check–in and Check–out will be in two locations so families can social distance
• All children, teens, and staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times*.
• There will be frequent hand washing breaks
• We ask that you do NOT bring comfort items from home such as toys or blankets
• We ask that you DO bring your own water bottle. Water fountains will not be on, but bottle filling stations are available.
* All photos featured in the camp guide and on the website were taken prior to the COVID–19 pandemic.