Information for Parents of Registered Campers
We recommend that parents of registered campers review the information below in the weeks before camp.
- Camp Philosophy (This is a copy of the form signed during registration.)
- Camp Policies (This is a copy of the form signed during registration.)
- Camp Rules
- Preventing Homesickness: Tips for Parents
- What to Bring to Camp
An immunization record is required to accompany the Camp Quest Chesapeake Health Forms
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get to Camp Quest Chesapeake?
You will receive the exact address, driving directions, and a map upon registration, or you can contact our Camp Director for more information.
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to transport campers to and from the airport.
2. Will I be able to contact my child while s/he is at camp?
In general, we discourage parents from contacting their children during the camp session as we’ve found that doing so greatly increases the chances that a child will feel homesick during the week. Many campers do like to receive letters from home (we can deliver pre-written or those sent to the camp mailbox, but prefer pre-written for easy planning). However, if you do need to reach your child during camp you can do so by contacting the Camp Director by email at any time. Please note that campers are not permitted to have personal cell phones with them while at camp.
3. What precautions do you take to ensure children’s safety while at camp?
Camp Quest Chesapeake will have a Registered Nurse on staff 24/7 during the camp session. We also have written Emergency Procedures and a set of Rational Rules for Living that set expectations for behavior at camp. One of the most important of these rules is to treat all people, of all beliefs and backgrounds, with respect. We also strictly enforce a “Rule of Three”, which mandates that if a camper is going to be out of sight of the larger group, s/he must be accompanied by at least two other people (generally at least one of these must be a staff person). There are a few other common sense rules, but these two are probably the most important in terms of ensuring everyone’s safety and well-being.
4. What if my child has never been to camp before? Or never been away from home for such a long time?
There’s a place on our registration form for parents to indicate that this will be their child’s first time at camp or first time away from home for a full week. Almost all kids adjust to camp very quickly, even if it’s a new experience for them. Your child will be immersed in a variety of activities, surrounded by new friends, and encouraged by an enthusiastic and caring group of adults from the moment s/he arrives at camp. If you have particular concerns about how your child will adjust to being at camp though, just let us know. We’re happy to work with you to make sure we’re in the best possible position to give every kid an enjoyable camp experience.
5. Who are the counselors and how are they chosen?
Our cabin counselors and senior staff are volunteers with a wide variety of backgrounds. Bios of some of our staff will be provided in our newsletter in the months leading up to the summer session. In reviewing staff applications, we look specifically for people who have experience with and/or enthusiasm for working with kids. We also require each potential staff member to provide three references, whom we contact to verify the applicant’s suitability for working with children.
6. Do you do background checks on staff?
Yes! We do criminal background checks on all staff (new and returning) every year. We also run a check of staff members against the Sex Offender Registry.
7. Can I contact some families of campers who have attended Camp Quest in past years?
Absolutely! Please send us an e-mail indicating that you’d like to contact some past campers or parents.
8. Do you accept parents of campers as cabin counselors?
We have accepted parents as counselors in the past, but we’re very reluctant to do so. Camp is an opportunity for kids to express and explore their independent identities in a supportive new community. We’ve found that campers are much freer to do this if mom and dad are not there with them. Our staff is trained to provide guidance and boundaries that allow kids to challenge themselves while staying safe. That said, parents may still fill out a staff application and we will consider all applicants.
9. My schedule has changed and my child will no longer be able to attend camp. Can I get a refund?
The $125 deposit is non-refundable (excepting financial aid requests). All remaining payments are refundable if we receive your request for a refund on or before June 14. After that date, we need to make final payments to various vendors and will no longer be able to issue refunds if a camper cannot attend.