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Severe weather- including extreme heat, lightning, thunderstorms, tornado, and horizontal rain withstrong winds- warrants changes in camp activities and location. In the event of severe weathercampers will be transported by bus to indoor facilities. The location of each camp’s InclementWeather Site is detailed at the parent orientation, and in communications from program staff.Communicating Changes- Programs will communicate changes to the schedule, due to weather,through postings at the site, on the camp cell-phone message, and through Twitter. Parents maycontact the program cell-phone, as well as follow outdoor camps on Twitter to find changes to thecamp and weather plans. @JCPRDescapades @JCPRDxroads @JCPRDLEADCamp
Because flexibility is highly valued by many patrons, our outdoor camps are billed as nine distinct camp sessions. This allows patrons to select and pay for only the desired weeks of camp, rather than all nine or ten. However, in this payment structure, a recurring payment plan is not an option, as it would require patrons to commit to all nine available camp weeks. Because our camp enrollments fill quickly, patrons pay for all registered sessions in advance to ensure their spot is reserved for each purchased week.
Please Email Registration with details of your camp enrollment, to receive the 2nd child discount refund.
No. Due to the limitations of outdoor camp shelters, campers will not have access to refrigeration for lunches. Campers are instructed to bring their lunch daily in a reusable, insulated lunch bag. Please also use reusable containers to limit the amount of trash. Additionally, campers will not have access to microwaves to heat food.
No. Due to safety concerns, children attending the camp cannot be released to walk homeunsupervised, regardless of proximity to their home.
No. For outdoor camps only, swimming visits are included in program costs. The program will administer payments for each participant during swimming trips.
No worries. Children who cannot swim are not allowed to go into areas of the pool where they cannot touch. Our staff monitors this by keeping a list of who has passed our swimming test and those who have not as well as all non-swimmers wear neon orange wrist bands to easy identify them at the pool.
Campers are transported by bus to all activities outside of their designated camp areas.
The children swim 2 times a week plus go on one other fieldtrip per week. When they are at camp staff keep the kids busy with arts and crafts, STEM projects, cooking projects, board games, sports, outside time, and more.
Each site director plans their own field trips so trips vary camp to camp. Sample field trips may be: museums, parks, skating, movies, baseball games, miniature golfing, bowling and more.
Participants must wear a camp T-Shirt EVERYDAY at camp. Registration fees include 2 camp T-Shirts. Additional shirts may be purchased for $5 each by contacting the Registration department at 913-831-3359. Camp shirts will be distributed to campers at their program site. Youth and Adult sizes available. Know your child’s shirt size prior to registration.
Late pick up fees may be paid by calling Registration at 913-831-3359
Throughout the day, children will participate in hands on learning experiences that focus on social and emotional development, science and math learning, literacy and the arts. Natureplay provides aplay-based learning experience for children and we spend as much time outdoorsas possible.
Familiescan enroll 30 days prior to when they want their child to start. To Register atthe Open House in April each year children need to be turning 3 years old nolater than October 1st. Children must be 3 years old and pottytrained to attend Natureplay Preschool.
Yes. We provide a healthy snack every morning andafternoon. We serve healthy snacks withan emphasis on fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables, whole wheat crackers, andtry to expose children to new foods. Children also eat food they grow out of their school garden.
No. Both Mill Creek Activity Center and Meadowbrook Park Natureplay programs follow their respective school district's (De Soto and Shawnee Mission) inclement weather closures. We will also post closure notices on our Natureplay Facebook group pages as a reminder.
Yes. Children work on recognizing letters,numbers, and words in print and in their environment each day. This is reinforced as children play andinteract with their environment indoors and out. Children will not do preschool worksheets tolearn these concepts as this is not our Natureplay philosophy. We believe children learn best by interactingwith their environment and at their own pace.