Summer Session FAQs

Pre-Registration / Waitlist

How do I know which group my child is in?
All of our camp divisions are based on the grade campers will enter in the fall of the following school year.

What are the divisions called?
Minis are campers entering grade 1 or 2, Rookies are campers entering grades 3 or 4, Juniors are campers entering grades  5 or 6, Seniors are campers entering grades 7 or 8, and Majors are campers entering grade 9.

Is there a waitlist for Summer Session?
Yes. The waitlist begins in September for the following summer. The waitlist does not carry over from one summer to the next.

How do I get my child on the waitlist?
Call the SRS office to add your name to the list.

When will we be notified of openings?
Once we have returning camper schedules, we will call people on the waitlist. It is usually April before we know of any openings.

Will I be able to get all of the classic camp days or specialty camps I want if I am on the waitlist?
Many of the specialty camps and classic camp days fill up quickly. We will inform you which camps/days are available once you are called on the waitlist.

How does the waitlist work?
The waitlist is based on the specific camp groups. For instance, if there are openings in the Rookie group, we will call those who are entering grades 2-3 in order of date of call.

Do I automatically have an opening the following summer once my child has attended?
We will send re-enrollment postcards to any campers that have attended the prior summer unless there was an issue with prompt payment or camper behavior.

When can I expect my re-enrollment postcard?
We will send postcards out during the month of February and provide one month to reply.

What do I do once I get the postcard?
The postcard directs you online to www.shakerroadschool.org to find the camp forms. You will need to print them, fill them out and send them back by the due date with the deposit to reserve your days.

What paperwork do I need to send in?
The required paperwork includes the registration contract, camper information sheet and medical record including proof of a camp physical and immunization record.

Specialty Camps

What are Specialty Camps?
Specialty Camps are optional and occur 3-5 days during specified weeks from either 9:00am-12:00pm or 9:00am-3:00pm depending on the specialty camp or age division.

Does my child have to come all of the days that the Specialty Camp takes place?
There are a required number of days you must contract for in order to reserve a spot in a Specialty Camp.

Is there an additional fee for Specialty Camps?
There are some Specialty Camps that require an additional ‘materials, activity or overnight fee’ which is indicated on the registration contract.

What do they do during Specialty Camps?
A brief description about each Specialty Camp can be found along-side the registration forms online at www.shakerroad.com under summer camp.

Is there a maximum number of students allowed in Specialty camps?
Yes, all spaces are reserved on a first come first serve basis. We will put late registrations on the waitlist for desired specialty camps.

When/How will I know if I come off the Specialty camp waitlist?
We can take campers off the waitlist as late as the start of the activity. We will call to let you know you have gotten in.

Classic Camp

What is Classic Camp?
Classic Camp is good ol’ camp fun where campers play games, do arts and crafts, swim etc. Classic camp is offered everyday during and after Specialty Camps. Campers not registered for a Specialty camp will participate in Classic Camp. There are some weeks where only Classic Camp is offered.

Is there a minimum number of days for a Classic Camp week we need to attend? If you elect to participate in Classic Camp, you will be required to register for a minimum of 2 days/week.

How many days per week can I register for?
You can register for 2-5 days/week unless you are participating in a Specialty Camp. Just remember, whatever you register for, you pay for.

Are there directions for filling out the registration contract?
It takes some getting used to but there are directions online as well as a ‘sample’ contract. If you need more help or have questions we can always be reached by phone.

Can I make changes to my registration contract?
There will be a specific date indicated for changes which is usually about a month after the initial registration deadline. After that date you will not be allowed to subtract days from your contract. You can sometimes swap or add days if there is availability but you must call to authorize such changes.

How will I get billed or pay for what I have contracted for?
Once your contract is finalized we will total up the number of days you have selected and any added charges. The total amount is then split into three payments that are due each month (June 15th, July 15th, August 15th). Payments can be mailed or brought into the main office.

How do I pay for an added day?
Any days added will be charged at the end of the summer.

Is there a discount for siblings?
There is a $2.00 discount for each additional sibling.

Camp Store

Do you serve lunch or snack?
Campers are responsible for bringing all of their food and drinks for the day unless they are planning to purchase items from the Camp Store.

What does the Camp Store offer?
The camp store offers a variety of lunch and snack items such as pizza, pretzels, cookies and juices.

When is the store open?
The store is open during our business hours, 6:30-6:00.

When do campers go to the store?
Campers have the option to go to the store during their two snack breaks as well as lunch.

Do the campers need cash for the store?
NO, please do not send cash with your camper! Debit cards can be purchased in the store by cash, credit or check and will be left in there for safe keeping. Each time a camper buys something, it will be deducted from their card. The card will go home when it is gone. Parents may also want to check in with the store staff to check the balance on their camper’s card.

Can I put restrictions on what and how much my camper spends in the store?
Yes, the store staff will help you put whatever restrictions you wish on your camper’s account.

What to Bring

What does my camper need to bring on a daily basis?
Campers should bring a bathing suit, towel, lunch, snacks and drinks, and SUNSCREEN with them every day. A hat and/or sunglasses are optional.

Are there any rules about footwear?
Campers are required to wear footwear that securely fastens to their foot. Sneakers are best but Keen sandals (or the like) are also acceptable. NO CROCS (or the like), and NO FLIP FLOPS!

Drop Off / Pick Up

Where and when do I drop my camper off?
Drop off is in front of the Camp Store. We ask that campers arrive no earlier than 6:30 am and no later than 8:30-8:45 because the first activity starts at 9:00 sharp!

Where and when do I pick my camper up?
Pick up is in front of the Camp store. Someone will be there with a walkie-talkie to call your camper down to meet you. The last activity ends at 4:00 but you can pick your camper up at any time before 6:00pm.

What if my camper has an ‘off campus’ appointment during the day?
Whenever you come to pick up there should be someone in the Camp Store who can help find your camper.

What if my camper doesn’t want to stay for classic camp after they complete specialty camp in the morning?
Half-day specialty camps end at 12:00pm, you can pick up then at the Camp Store but there is no half-day rate available.

What if we arrive late to camp?
Someone will be in the Camp Store to help your camper find their group.

Swim Lessons

When will my camper have swimming lessons?
Each camper will have lessons 2x/week depending on the days they are contracted for and their ability level. Fridays are reserved for make-up lessons, testing and free swim.

Are swim lessons required?
All campers must take swim lessons until they have tested out of the program. If a camper does not take lessons, they will not be allowed to free swim at camp or on field trips.

Olympics

What is Olympics week?
Olympics week is one of the most popular weeks of the summer. Campers break into different groups under the name of a country and compete in a variety of games.

If my child is registered for this week, do they have to participate in the Olympic events?
Yes, this week is dedicated to Olympic events. No specialty camps will be offered this week.

Do the events run all day?
Yes, the events should run between the hours of 9:00am-4:00pm with a break for lunch.

River Days

What is a “river day”?
Junior and Senior campers go to our river site on the Merrimack River to swim, play games in the field and kayak or canoe.

What day do they go? Do they go more than once in a week?
Both Junior and Senior camps will go one full day and one half day each week. Each summer the day(s) may change but will be listed in the registration paperwork.

What time do they go to the river? Return?
The bus leaves campus around 9:30 and returns around 12:00 on the half day and 3:00 on the full day.

If a camper arrives late, can they still go to the river?
If a camper is going to be late, parents may drop them off at the river. Please make counselors aware of these arrangements in advance if possible.

What if a camper needs to be picked up early?
Campers may be picked up at the river by a parent if they need to leave early. Please make counselors aware of these arrangements in advance if possible. Remember, they will be kayaking on the river and may not be available for pick up if the staff do not know about it in advance.

What do they need to bring?
Campers should bring a lunch (full day) and snacks (both days), plenty of water, sunscreen, bathing suit and towel, and water shoes (optional but recommended).

Do they wear life jackets at the river?
YES! All campers must wear a life jacket regardless of their swimming ability. Campers may bring their own life jacket if they wish otherwise we will provide one for them.

What if the weather is poor and they cannot go or have to leave early?
If the weather is poor, campers will stay on campus for the day. If they are at the river and the weather gets bad, they will return early.

Field Trips (Grammy’s camp)

Where do campers go on field trips?
Field trips that are planned as part of the specialty camp program will have specific guidelines to follow. Please read the registration contract information for specific details. Grammy’s camp field trips are open to all campers but must be signed up for in advance.

How do you sign up for Grammy’s camp trips?
Grammy’s camp trips are considered a specialty camp trip and must be registered for in advance. There are two trips per camp group every summer. Spaces for these trips are limited so campers may only sign up for one of the two dates unless space is available for both. Campers that do not get into a trip or wish to do both will be placed on a waitlist.

Can you register for a trip to Grammy’s camp and another specialty camp in the same week?
No, campers will have to choose. If they choose to go to Grammy’s camp, they will be in classic camp for the remaining contracted days for that week. If they choose another specialty camp, they will not be able to go to Grammy’s camp that week.

Where is Grammy’s camp?
Grammy’s camp is a small, private cottage on Lake Winnisquam in Belmont, NH.

What will they do at Grammy’s camp?
Campers will swim, play games in the field and maybe even go for a boat ride.

When do trips leave?
In general, field trips such as trips to Grammy’s camp leave at 9:00 and return no later than 4:00. However there may be some exceptions to this.

What do they need to bring?
To Grammy’s camp, campers should bring a lunch and snacks, plenty to drink, sunscreen, a bathing suit and towel. Specialty camp trips may have other items campers are expected to bring. Please read registration materials carefully.

What if the weather is poor and they cannot go or have to leave early?
If the weather is poor, campers will stay on campus for the day. We may try to reschedule the trip but it is not always possible. If they are at the lake and the weather gets bad, they will return early.

Camper vs. Counselor Challenge

What is Camper vs. Counselor Challenge Week?
Camper vs. Counselor Challenge Week is a fun week where all campers participate in events against the counselors.

If my child is registered for that week, do they have to participate in these events?
Yes, this week of camp will be dedicated to the Camper vs Counselor Challenge events. No specialty camps will be offered this week.

What kinds of events will there be?
The events will consist of activities such as dodgeball, swim relays, golf, volleycatch and more.

Will the events be all day?
Yes, the events should run between the hours of 9:00am-4:00pm with a break for lunch.