Completing camper forms in a timely manner is one of the most important things parents do prior to sending their children to camp. We use the information on these forms to prepare for your child and ensure that they have the most successful camp experience possible. Camper forms are due by April 1. If you register after April 1, please submit them to us within 10 days of registering. Campers without completed forms will not be able to board the buses for camp in June or July.
All forms and instructions are available through CampInTouch.
Over the years, we have received questions from parents who are concerned about the types of personal information we request on our forms. Some parents are reluctant to share certain information with us because of a concern about confidentiality or stigmatizing their child. After all, camp can be a “fresh start,” and some parents worry that by disclosing personal information, it may create bias against their child. In some cases, parents have told us their child has sworn them to secrecy because they are too embarrassed and doesn’t want anyone to know about things like bed wetting, a tic disorder, ADD or an IEP they are on at school. We understand and respect those concerns, but emphatically believe that it is better to share the concern with us than to keep it a secret.
When you entrust your child to our care, we want you to think of us as your partner in your child’s well-being. We can keep our end of the partnership only if we have the information to prepare our medical staff and counselors to ensure your child is well cared for and free to have the best summer. There have been times when, because we didn’t know about a child’s needs, we could not respond to behavior properly and the child was not able to remain at camp. The better prepared we are before camp, the better we can help your child be successful once they are here. When you share information with us, our promise is to share it only with the people who will have direct contact with your child. This may be our medical staff, social workers or your child’s village leader and counselors.
We believe that working together is the best chance we have of helping your child have a safe, happy and memorable time at camp. Please call us to discuss anything in greater detail or if you would feel more comfortable talking to us rather than putting it down on paper.
Camp provides a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends. However, if you are coming to camp with a friend, you may both request to be placed in the same cabin. Because we know how important cabin groupings are to a child’s experience, Camp Chi takes the group placement process seriously and it is one of our biggest priorities. The process of making cabin groups is very complex and difficult. We will do our best to honor all mutual requests and make sure that everyone is happy. Please consider all campers’ feelings when making requests and understand that friendship requests are not guaranteed. We strongly discourage friendship chains (linking multiple friends); friendship chains may be broken during the grouping process.
We have put into place the following policies to help ensure the formation of cohesive cabin groups:
- All requests must be in writing.
- Friendship request form is to be submitted no later than April 1.
- Changes or additional friendship requests will not be considered after April 1.
- Negative friendship requests are strongly discouraged. However, if there is a significant situation that we should be aware of, please contact our office to discuss it further.
- Friendship requests of any nature cannot be kept confidential by camp staff.
- Limit choices to 2 friends only. We will consider only 2 requests.
- Cabin placements will not be released prior to the beginning of the session that the camper is attending.
For each child enrolled, the parent (or legal guardian) must provide a current immunization record appropriate for the child’s age and a health form signed by the child’s physician or health department representative prior to the first day of the program. If the physical condition of the child is such that any one or more of the immunizing agents should not be administered, the examining physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant responsible for the performance of the health examination shall endorse that fact upon the health examination form. No other exceptions to scheduled immunizations are permitted at JCC Chicago. It is the responsibility of the parent (or legal guardian) to update their file when the health records change.
No camper will be allowed at camp or allowed to board the bus for camp unless the office has received signed and completed medical forms. All campers must have had a physical examination within 12 months from the time they are attending camp. Physical examinations are valid for one year. Returning campers can call our office to use physicals on file if these exams are still valid.
Camp Chi meets the health and safety standards of the State of Wisconsin and the American Camp Association.
Campers must have a photocopy of the family’s medical insurance card (front and back) on file in their CampInTouch accounts. This card provides camp medical staff with vital information needed in an emergency or for off-campus treatment. Campers without proof of medical insurance prior to camp will not be permitted to attend.