Ashland – 9-11 Camps – Nature Photography

Dear DelNature Camp Parents,  

Welcome to Camp Nature Photography!  

We are thrilled to be welcoming you to our program this summer during the week of July 22nd-26th, and we can’t wait for all the amazing adventures we will have and all the memories we will make!  

Summer Camp at Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) is all about getting outdoors, exploring, and discovering. DelNature camps offer a unique and safe summer experience in natural areas and preserves while connecting children with nature through hands-on, outdoor experiences.   During this exciting week of camp, your camper will try their hand at the exciting art of nature photography as they explore local areas. Meet with local wildlife photographers, create a portfolio and be the star of their own art show. Parents can join us at 2pm on Friday to view and experience the art show that your campers create throughout the week. 

 

Full Day Programs for Ages 9-11: 

Drop Off: 8:20am – 8:45am
Drop off is in the main parking lot. Parents will be asked to stay in their cars for drop-off.  A camp staff member will meet each camper at their car and escort the camper to their camp group.  

Pick Up: 2:45pm- 3:15pm
Pick up is in the main parking lot. Parents will also be asked to remain in their vehicles.  Parents will notify staff at the designated pick-up area of camper name.  Camper will be called and delivered to parent in car and signed out by the individual picking up the child.  

To help the line move quickly please have your child’s last name posted in your front windshield.   

Please note: Campers in this camp will leave the premises for off-site excursions and for that reason, late drop off and early pick up are unable to be accommodated. 

Before Camp Care:
If your child is attending Before Camp, drop off is in the main parking lot between 7:30am and 8:15am. 

After Camp Care:
If your child is attending After Camp, pickup is in the Ashland Picnic Area located off the main parking lot. Parents will be asked to remain in their vehicles during After Camp pickup. Parents will notify staff at the designated pickup area which child they are picking up. Campers will be called over, and staff will complete sign out.  

Late Pick-Up:
Parents of children picked up late (after 3.15pm) will be sent to After Camp, pick up is in the Ashland Picnic Area located off the main parking lot. Parents will also be asked to remain in their vehicles during late pick up and will follow typical After Camp sign out.  

 

There are a few ways you can help make this process easier, smoother, and quicker.  

  • If you have any questions/concerns about the camp/your child/early dismissal – please talk to us ahead of time. You can do this by emailing us at AshlandPrograms@DelNature.org or calling us at 302.239.2334 Ext. 1003 and we will be happy to help.
  • Prepare your child – especially for young children. Explain the process. The drop-off and pick-up are a “drive through” where only the child gets out of the car. So, goodbyes, hugs, and kisses all happen in the car and the camp staff will help your children to the camp instructor. 
  • Organize your child’s items so it is easy to grab as they get out of the car. 
  • Put sunscreen/bug spray on before arriving! 
  • Be understanding and patient through the drop off and pick up process. Our primary job is to keep everyone safe and to do that – it sometimes takes a little longer than normal. Allowing us to be thorough in this process ensures peace of mind that your camper is with the correct trusted adult.

 

Basic Policies for All Summer Camps:

  • Homeroom App: Your hub for camp updates and pictures during the camp week: This summer we will be using the homeroom app to share updates during your child’s camp week. We will be posting pictures and notifying parents of any important information and reminders throughout the week. Check the app to stay up to date with camp news. The week before your camp you will receive an email with instructions to access the private group for your child’s camp. We can’t wait to share all the fun of summer camp with DelNature parents!
  • Refunds, Cancellations & Transfers: Effective June 1st, camp fees are non-refundable.
    Transfers will be accommodated as available. Two session transfers per child, to another session, are permitted. Any additional transfers will be charged a $35 administrative fee.  
  • Absence: If your child is not able to attend on a particular day, please let us know promptly so the class is not delayed waiting for your child’s arrival. See below for contact information at your camp’s site.  
      
  • Non-Parent Pick-UpAdd authorized pick up people to your childs file during registration. After registration, authorized pick up people can be added through our front desk. ID’s will be checked at pick up.  
     
  • Inclement Weather at Pick-UpIn case of heavy rain or thunderstorms please stay in your car until the storm abates. We will keep the campers in a safe, dry place during inclement weather and staff will then bring the campers out for pick up. Please note this may result in late pick up.  Parents who cannot wait out the thunderstorm at pick up are welcome to pick up their child early.   
  • Road ClosuresDuring the summer, construction and road closures happen. We will do our best to alert you of these as we become aware of them. Updates will be posted on our website and Homeroom app.    
  • Lunch & Snacks – Campers should bring water, lunch and snacks. If refrigeration is needed, campers will be asked to use an “Igloo” or similar personal lunch box with a cold pack. Water bottles can be refilled at the water fountain.
  • All allergies (food or other), emotional, physical, and behavioral exceptionalities, restrictions, or medical needs must be listed on your child’s registration form, so that we can ensure they have a safe and quality camp experience. Bring any medications labeled and in a Ziploc bag when you drop off your child. Medications must be accompanied with a Parent Permission Form for Medication.  
     
  • Sick Policy: We ask parents to screen their child for illness before coming to camp each morning. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep them home. We will send children showing signs of illness home.  

 

What To Bring: 

  • Day Pack with water bottle, snacks, and lunch. Packs will be stored in a classroom during the day.  
  • A change of clothes and shoes – shoes get wet, it’s best to have a dry pair to change in to!  
  • Non-aerosol Insect Repellent and Sunscreen.  
  • Bathing Suit and Towel 
  • Medication Form (If required, please bring completed form on your campers first day.)
  • If you would like, your camper is more than welcome to bring along their own camera or phone. We have cameras available for them to use also.

What To Wear:  

  • Hat   
  • Closed-Toe Shoes – Old Sneakers or Water Shoes (NO Flip Flops or Sandals)  
  • Dress for the weather, we go outside if it is raining.