What is a day at ERDC like?
Campers will be placed in a small group with other kids in their grade.* The day is broken up into 3 scheduled activity periods, one swimming period, 1 daily elective and club, which is chosen weekly (plus lunch and snack). During their time at camp, campers will have the opportunity to try every activity that we offer during their session of enrollment! Elective choices are made while the campers are at camp, so they can pick whatever they are most interested in that day! Please note that the schedule may be modified on special event days. Please note that the schedule is slightly different for campers entering Kindergarten and 1st grade.
*at times based on enrollment campers may be in combined grade groups (for example 2nd and 3rd graders may be together)*
What are the qualifications of ERDC staff?
The ERDC staff is made up of teachers, parents, college & high school students ages 16 and up. All staff are thoroughly screened, including an interview, references and background checks.
Do I have to send a lunch and snacks for my camper?
ERDC provides lunch and an afternoon snack to all campers. The lunch menu will include a daily main course: Pizza Mondays, a Sandwich and salad bar on Tues, Wed, Thurs and cookout on Friday. Campers can choose to bring lunch if they would prefer and we can refrigerate them.
Can ERDC administer medication?
Yes! The ERDC nurse, along with other members of the administration and select counselors, are trained to administer emergency medications such as Epi-pens and Inhalers. We just ask for an additional form, completed by a parent and doctor. In addition, the nurse can administer over the counter medications such as Tylenol & Bacitracin as needed. The over-the- counter medications are provided by ERDC and do not require additional paperwork from your camper’s doctor. If your camper requires an over-the- counter medication which is not stocked by ERDC, additional forms are required by the State of CT.
Can I see photos of my camper while they are at camp?
Yes! We post photos daily in a password protected folder on our website. Enrolled families will be notified of the password before their camper's first day. Please note that our photographer will take as many photos as possible at camp each day. While we try to take a variety of shots, not every camper will necessarily be in a photo each day.
Why are the camp colors green and orange?
The green represents the beautiful pine forests of New England. Orange is happiness. ERDC's colors mean, "happiness in the pineforest of New England.”
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