Everyone is welcome!
Everyone is welcome to attend Summer Programs at Princeton Day School. Campers do not have to be PDS students and are admitted without regard to race, gender or ethnic background.
Pre-Camp and Extended Day Programs
We offer a Pre-Camp option beginning at 7:30 a.m. as well as an extended day recreational program for children wishing to stay at PDS from 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Health Services and Safety
Our medical team includes a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Athletic Trainer. There is a medical supervisor on campus at all times.
In the event of illness or injury, students will be escorted to the nurse by a staff member. Any prescription medications to be administered to campers during the day are to be left at the Health Office and will be administered solely by the camp nurse. Campers may not keep medications with them.
Parents will be notified by the nurse when:
- Camper has been taken to the Emergency Room.
- Camper has been injured, beyond minor cuts or bruises.
- A tick is removed from a camper.
- Other instances under the guidelines of the Princeton Day School School Exclusion Policy. Parents will be required to pick camper up.
- Nurse will call camper’s parent or guardian using number in Camp Site. If unable to reach them, a message will be left (if it is not an emergency).
- In emergency situations, if unable to reach parent, alternate numbers will be used. Staff will continue trying until someone is reached.
- If the nurse is going off duty and has left a message for a parent, the nurse will be sure to inform staff on duty of the nature of the call and what information should be given to parent.
- Written notices will be sent home in the event of the following: head injury, bone/joint injury, eye injury, insect bite or tick bite.
All camper visits to the Health Office will be documented by the Nurse. The EMT and Athletic Trainer(s) will document all care they have given.
In the event of Lice, camper must be picked up and treated before returning to camp. Camper must be examined by the nurse to rejoin activities.
Your child must have formal documentation from their doctor confirming the completion of their TB (Tuberculosis) Test. You must also provide our Registered Nurse with your child's immunization records.
Lunch and Snacks
Snacks and lunch are served in our air-conditioned student center.
Morning-only campers may stay for lunch and will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. for pick up. Afternoon campers may come in at 11:30 a.m. for lunch before their program. All indoor camps break for snack at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Campers may bring their lunch and snacks or purchase all or part of the menu. Participants in outdoor sports camps should bring their own snack and sign-up for the lunch option if they choose to stay for lunch. Campers may pre-purchase a lunch wrist band. These bands will be distributed to participants on the first day of each session.Lunch: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
- 1. Lunch may be purchased for campers on a one-week ($35.00) plan. A wristband will be placed on each camper purchasing lunch at the start of each session. This allows the campers to move freely through the cafeteria without having to wait on the checkout line. Please keep the wristband on your child for the duration of camp. If the wristband is lost, a $5.00 replacement fee will be charged.
- Lunch may also be purchased ala cart, $7.00 for a single day (includes 1 entree, 2 sides, and one beverage).
Snack will be offered two times per day* and purchased with cash. The morning snack will focus on breakfast food with such items as bagels, muffins, fruit, yogurt, and granola bars. The afternoon snack will have some of the morning offerings, but will also have such items as popcorn, soft pretzels, fruit and carrots. During snack time we will offer bottled water, juice, and milk as beverages. The cost of each snack item will be approximately $1.00, and there will be a complete price list available for the first day of camp
Snack: 10:00 am and1:30 pm
*Important Note: Outside sports camps do not return to the campus center for snack so students should bring a snack with them that can be eaten on the field or courts rather than purchasing a snack.
First Day Check-In:
We ask that you walk your child in on the first day of each session. We will no longer use registration passes. Upon check-in your child will receive a name tag with his/her name and the programs your camper is signed up for. Lunch wrist bands will also be given out during check-in. Please arrive between 8:15 - 8:25 am. Faculty and student staffers will be available to assist you throughout the process. Panther Mini-Campers must be escorted by parent or guardian, each day, to and from their classroom.
Most Sports camps will check in the first day at the PDS Tent on Smoyer Parking lot, which serves as "home base" for all PDS Summer Sports Programs. Exceptions are Fencing, Sixers Basketball, and Nike Basketball. All of these programs will be dropped off and picked up from the school building. All families will receive email notification prior to opening day with detailed information about drop-off and pick-up. After the first day, the tent will continue to serve as the drop-off and pick-up location for all other sports camps.
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