Your Journeys itinerary will be sent out before your session. Trips are subject to change and sometimes do based on weather or other circumstances that may interfere with the success of a scheduled trip.
Journeys & COVID
The 2021 Journeys program was successful and safe during the pandemic with the help of our COVID protocols. We anticipate that there may continue be some COVID requirements for summer camps in 2022, and will share more when we know more. Here are some of the safety policies that were in place in 2021:
- Capacity limited to 1 child per bus seat
- Masks worn on buses with windows open
- Trip locations focused on outdoor activities (weather permitting)
- Masks were required at any indoor location, and optional at fully outdoor locations
We will communicate to families any shift in these policies as we approach summer 2022.
Journeys campers return to Belmont Day each day after their scheduled trip. Most days, they return in time to take part in a free swim period prior to leaving for the day. Children enrolled in Journeys do not participate in swimming lessons.
In order to participate in a Journeys session that includes activities on the water, children must to be able to swim 75-yards (three lengths of the pool) without stopping and without the aid of a floatation device.
Some of the locations that we visit require individually signed waivers from parents/guardians in order for participation in said program. If this is the case, you will be sent the waiver ahead of time to sign and return. Please do this in a timely manner so that we ensure all participants are able to participate in every aspect of the program.
LocalMotion is our summer transportation company and campers will travel by school bus daily.
Extended day provides a safe, relaxed environment for children to begin and/or end their day. Children will be given the opportunity to do arts and crafts projects, play field and board games, read stories, and play with friends. Families are welcome to sign up for morning, afternoons or both. Our morning care is complimentary. However, in order to ensure the safety of the children participating, we do ask that you sign up so we know how many children to expect and can staff appropriately. There is an additional fee for extended day.
Morning extended day begins at 7:45 am and ends at 8:30 am. Afternoon extended day begins at 4:00 pm and ends at 5:30 pm.
We are a nut-safe and allergy-prepared facility. Nothing we serve contains nuts or peanuts. We ask that you not include any items containing nuts or peanuts when preparing lunches.
- A frozen treat (popsicle, ice cream sandwich, Italian ice, etc.) for all children at the end of the day
- Afternoon snack and milk or juice for all children staying in afternoon extended day
- Lunch: You must pack a lunch for your Journeys camper. Please send your child’s lunch in an insulated bag with an ice pack, if necessary, as refrigeration is not available.
We ask that you only send food for your child to camp. Please don’t send food for the whole group for any reason.
Health and Wellness
We have a registered nurse on staff at camp. The nurse is scheduled to be here each day that camp is in session to attend to all camp medical needs.
The camp nurse reviews all health records, compiles confidential concern lists for our staff, trains our staff on medical policies and procedures, and sees any camper or staff member that needs medical attention during their time at camp. The nurse can also be a resource to you should you have questions or concerns about your child’s health or well-being.
In addition to our nurse, Journeys staff are First Aid and CPR certified. Our swim staff are all lifeguard certified which includes First Aid, CPR, and AED certification. Journeys has a Unit Leader on each trip that is responsible for oversight and healthcare. For any trip that includes aquatics, a lifeguard will join for the day to oversee water safety. The Journeys group takes a medical kit with them daily that includes, if necessary, medication that needs to be, or may need to be, administered while away from Belmont Day School. Examples of emergency medications that the group would carry daily are EpiPens and inhalers.
We also work with a consulting physician that reviews and updates our standing orders annually and is available by phone to our nurse and camp staff in the event of a medical issue needing her input or expertise.
Group Placement and Friend Requests
There is only one coed group of Journeys campers. All children enrolled in Journeys during a particular week will spend their time together.