In addition to fun–filled days at the Kroc Center, each week of camp includes an off–site adventure, with the exception of our campers age 6 and under. Parents will receive more specific information before each week's outing.
LUNCH & SNACKS
Nutritious, kid–friendly lunches are provided for every full day camper. The menu for each week will be sent in the weekly email newsletter and posted at check-in. Campers are welcome to bring their own lunch if they do not like the meal that is offered. Our kitchen will provide a vegetarian option, but we are not a gluten-free kitchen and cannot accommodate for all dietary restrictions. For questions, contact our Day Camp Supervisor at (616) 588-7200 ext. 2021.
Morning and afternoon snacks are provided for campers every day. Feel free to send additional snacks if you feel your child needs them, but please do NOT send candy or sugary drinks.
If your camper is a picky eater, has severe allergies or has very limiting dietary restrictions, they are welcome to bring a sack lunch from home (this will not reduce the price of camp). You may also contact us in advance and we may be able to prepare meals suitable for your child.
Campers are grouped by age and specific activities are targeted towards their age group. Requests for campers to be in specific groups may not be able to be accommodated.
Parents will receive a newsletter via email the week before each week registered. This will include all camp policies and procedures. This information is also available on our website or at the Kroc Center Welcome Desk. For specific questions feel free to contact our Day Camp Supervisor at (616) 588-7200 ext. 2021. Join us for an exclusive parent orientation on June 9 to learn more information about camp and ask questions to our camp staff.
Scholarships covering up to 50% of camp costs are available throughout the summer on a limited basis for families that qualify for assistance. Application deadline is May 1. Applications are available at the Kroc Center. Scholarships are available for Day Camp only – extended care, teen leaders and specialty camps are not included.
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
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."