Q: What should I send with my camper each day?
A: Bathing suit, towel, water bottle, sun screen, tennis shoes and a back pack to put everything in. Please put your child’s name on everything to ensure it goes home with the correct child.
Q: Where can I find information about camp?
A: We are available to answer questions about camp and give tours of the Kroc Center any time during operating hours. You can also give us a call at 616.588.7200 or download a day camp brochure here.
Q: How old do my kids have to be to attend camp?
A: We offer full-day Camp Kroc for children aged 5–12 and half-day Camp Kroc Junior for ages 4 and young 5’s. Our Teen Leader/Junior Counselor program is for teens aged 13–17.
Q: Is financial aid available for summer camp?
A: Yes, we have scholarships available for those in need. Applicants must provide some basic tax information and a copy of their most recent paycheck. There are three deadlines throughout the summer for scholarships. Please call 616.588.7200 for more information or download an application here.
Q: What is the deadline for camp registration?
A: Registrations must be received no later than the 5 PM on the Friday before your selected week of camp. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available, but a late fee of $10 will be applied to the enrollment cost. Registrations received on the same day as camp attendance are subject to space availability and, if accepted, will include a $25 late fee.
Q: Can my child attend for just part of a week?
A: We register campers for a week at a time and encourage daily attendance. We do not offer a single-day purchase option. Campers are placed in groups for the week to develop friendships and help create a strong, consistent group dynamic among campers and counselors.
Q: If I register my child but decide not to send him/her to camp, will I get a refund?
A: If you request a cancellation five or more days prior to the first day of camp, you will receive a full credit on a Kroc Center gift card, minus a $25 processing fee, or you may choose to transfer into another week of camp, if available. Requests for cancellation made less than five days prior to the first day of camp are NOT eligible for a refund or credit, except in the case of personal emergencies.
Q: Can I request that my child be placed in the same group as a friend?
A: Yes, we try to place campers with their friends when requested. Please contact us if you would like to request that your child be in the same group as another camper for the week.
Q: When do I drop my child off for camp?
A: The camp day begins at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM. Before-care is offered from 7:30–9 AM. After-care is offered (for full-day campers only) from 4–5:30 PM.
Q: Should I pack a lunch for my child?
A: Campers are provided a hot lunch each day. Daily snacks are also provided in the morning and afternoon. Parents may send additional snacks with their child if they like.
Q: Do campers do the same things every week?
A: No! Each week has a different theme to make it interesting for campers attending multiple weeks. Certain activities are repeated, such as arts & crafts and rock climbing, but new weekly activities are introduced and campers take a different field trip each week to keep camp fresh and exciting.
Q: Will my child swim every day? What if they can’t swim very well?
A: Campers swim almost every day at the Kroc Center. On the first day of camp, all children will take a swim test (swimming 25 yards without touching the bottom of the pool). Campers who do not pass the swim test must wear a lifejacket or stay in the shallow end of the pool. Campers may choose not to swim and may play poolside games with camp staff, instead. The Kroc Center employs American Red Cross-certified lifeguards who supervise campers while they are in the Aquatic Center. All camp staff are trained in basic water safety, as well. Campers will NEVER be in or near the pool without lifeguard supervision. For parents looking to improve their child’s swimming abilities, the Kroc Center offers swim lessons that can be used as a day camp after care option. Please call 616.588.7200 ext. 2021 for more information.
Q: What if my child is a picky eater?
A: We offer a variety of food and many options for lunch. We also offer allergy-free and vegetarian options. Please call 616.588.7200 ext. 2021 if you have questions about our meal choices or have special requests for your child.
Q: What if my child has allergies?
A: We make accommodations for children with allergies. Please clearly describe any food and other allergies that your camper may have on the day camp medical form.
Q: Do you do anything special for camper birthdays?
A: We love to celebrate! Please let us know if your camper has a birthday during camp. We will sing “Happy Birthday” and make sure their special day is memorable. Parents are welcome to bring treats, cookies or cake to share with campers. Please provide a list of ingredients so that we can ensure the safety of children who have food allergies.
Q: How do I contact my child at camp in case of emergency?
A: In case of emergency, call the day camp manager at 616.588.7200 ext. 2021.
Q: Is there a camp nurse or doctor on site?
A: We take safety very seriously. ALL Kroc Center staff are certified in first aid, AED and CPR certified. Should an accident or illness occur at camp, attempts will be made to contact the camper’s parent or authorized guardian immediately. To protect the safety and well-being of all campers, we reserve the right to send a child home if they are ill or have been injured.
Q: How do I know what my child is doing each day?
A: Every Monday, a day camp newsletter will be sent home for parents & guardians of registered campers. The newsletter will have information about the week’s theme, field trip locations and the weekly schedule. The newsletter will also be emailed each Friday for the following week to parents who have provided their email address.
Q: What happens on the field trips and what should kids bring?
A: Campers take a field trip to a different local attraction each week and are supervised by camp staff at all times. The cost of the field trips are covered by the camp registration fee — campers do NOT need additional money for the trips. Parents will be notified in advance if children need to bring anything special to camp for a field trip.
Q: Will I receive camp information in the mail?
A: No; All camp information and forms are available here. If you would prefer to have something mailed to you, please call the day camp manager at 616.588.7200 ext. 2021.
Campers and parents are expected to review our Camp Kroc Code of Conduct together before their first day of camp. This form must be signed by both camper and parent or guardian and turned in before camp. Campers are expected to behave in the safe, caring, honest, respectful and responsible manner modeled by our camp staff. Parents will be contacted if their child’s behavior is inappropriate for camp. Refunds will not be issued if a child leaves early because of home-sickness or for disruptive behavior, as determined by the Camp Director.
Going to camp is a lot of fun, but it is important to make sure your child understands that there may also be challenges to overcome, fears to face and new skills to develop. This is all part of the camp experience and we encourage all campers to participate in all camp activities.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Camp Kroc is a faith-based program that provides children of all abilities the opportunity to play and grow in a positive and safe environment. We strive to develop the whole child: spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally through structured group activities that encourage socialization and self-confidence. We welcome and celebrate campers of all religious affiliations and denominations.