Summer Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What age groups do Bank Street camps serve?

    Bank Street Spring and Summer Camp programs are for children going into pre-K to 8th grade the following year. Campers going into Pre-K must be 4 years old and fully potty trained by their first day of camp. See below for more information on the specifics of our programs.

  • Why should your child come to Bank Street Summer Camp?

    The American Camp Association conducted national research with more than 5,000 families, specifically about the immeasurable skills that campers receive and practice during the summer camp experience. Parents, campers, and camp staff reported significant growth in the following non-academic concentrations; environmental awareness, decision making, adventure and exploration, independence, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, peer relationships, and leadership.

    Through love of play, creativity, and collaboration, Bank Street Summer Camp provides time, space, and structure for campers to develop outside of an academic environment. Celebrating the child’s non-academic self and providing an emotionally supportive environment for campers to connect with themselves and each other nurtures a zest for learning and contributes to a positive camp culture. This healthy, supportive environment helps children celebrate each other’s differences and ways of life.

  • How does the camp follow Bank Street School’s progressive philosophy?

    Bank Street Summer Camp encourages campers to engage with and investigate the world around them. For young campers, this can mean exploring their classroom and neighborhood, interacting with their peers, and engaging in dramatic play. For example, before a younger group embarks on a dramatic play scenario or ventures out to a playground, counselors will often sit the group down to make a plan for the day that helps both the bold, adventurous children and the shy, timid children find a way to feel comfortable during the anticipated activity.

    With older campers, investigating and engaging with the world around them can often mean experimenting in ways they may not be comfortable with trying at school. Starting in second grade, Middle Camp and Upper Camp campers can chose more focused programs such as science, theater, sports, and the Spanish language. In these programs, children are encouraged to voice their interests so counselors can help steer the direction of the group to support both comfort and skill.

  • What is our staff like?

    Passionate about their work and dedicated to their campers, our staff brings out the best in children. These remarkable staff members are made up of teachers, graduate students or alumni from the Graduate School, outside specialists, and other experts in the field. Our staff body is very diverse with respect to family structure, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and learning styles, giving all of our campers the opportunity to see themselves in our staff members.

    The Supervisory Staff consists of educators who teach during the year as well as educators who have committed themselves to recreational education during the summer. Many of them were students in the Bank Street School for Children and Graduate School and/or campers and counselors in the Summer Camp.

  • Does the camp provide lunch?

    Bank Street Summer Camp provides healthy and delicious snacks and lunches for campers. Fresh fruit and crackers are provided in the morning as a snack and, in very hot weather, juice will be provided as well. A lunch menu will be available shortly. 

    Campers are welcome to bring lunch from home but we ask that any lunch brought from home does not have to be heated up.

    Please also keep in mind that we are a nut-aware camp, which means we do not allow nut products of any kind. While we are sensitive to the needs of children with nut allergies, Bank Street College cannot guarantee a 100 percent nut-aware environment but will try to accommodate children with these allergies. The School for Children has marked nut-aware classrooms and lunch tables with appropriate signage. Parents of children with such allergies are required to provide the Health Office with written Medical Forms, an Action Plan/instructions, and medications as directed by a physician to the Health Office.

  • How do we manage camper health, safety, and security?

    COVID-19

    Bank Street Summer Camp will follow the same Health and Safety plans that have been developed by the School for Children.

    Health

    An on-site nurse is available all day from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Each classroom has a first aid kit as well as a mobile kit for trips. Counselors carry a cell phone and all emergency contact lists with them.

    While 40 Head Counselors and Supervisory staff are certified in RTE (Responding to Emergencies) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), we still employ at least 16 lifeguards trained in First Aid and CPR. Each Head Counselor is also taught how to administer EpiPens.

    Reporting Illnesses & Incidents   

    We take the safety of our campers seriously. When camp counselors identify a camper who is not feeling well, the camper is sent to the nurse for evaluation and care. If the concern is deemed important or serious, the nurse contacts the head counselor, the camp director, and the child’s guardians. If necessary, parents/guardians will be asked to pick up their children. The same criteria will apply to accidents (slips, falls, etc.).

    In an effort to keep all children healthy, campers often wash their hands with soap (not antibacterial) and water. Campers are not permitted to share food or drinks.

    Safety

    The Summer Camp adheres to the following rules to ensure safety. We ask that all guardians observe the same rules when in the building.

    • No running or roughhousing anywhere in the building
    • No outdoor-type games inside, especially the lobby or in front of the building
    • No shouting
    • No profanity
    • No headphones, iPods, DS, or portable music devices in the building
    • No Switches or any portable games of any kind
    • No baseballs
    • No skateboards or scooters
    • No water guns of any kind
    • No whistles
    • Personal cell phone must be turned off during camp hours except for emergencies

    Identification, Keychains, and Building Access

    At the Kraft Center, each guardian must produce a valid form of identification in order to receive a camp keychain. This keychain allows them to enter the building to drop off and pick up their campers. No adult may enter the camp without a keychain.

    Bank Street College of Education is a public space. Adherence to the following regulations concerning the use of ID cards and security is necessary in order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all. The parents/guardians of each camper will receive two Bank Street ID cards for entry into Bank Street’s main building. Counselors may ask to see your ID cards when you pick up your camper(s) until they recognize you. All cards have been numerically assigned to each family, so please return all cards at the end of camp.

    Emergency Procedures for Thunderstorms

    In the event of thunderstorms, all groups must seek shelter immediately. Upon arriving at any facility, head counselors should identify safe shelter.  Groups will stay in shelter until 15 minutes after hearing the last strike of thunder.

    Fire Drills and Evacuation

    Fire drills are conducted regularly at Bank Street. Campers and staff will be instructed beforehand regarding proper conduct and where to assemble after exiting the building.

  • When should campers stay home?

    Campers should look and behave like themselves for 24 hours before returning to camp. A sick child who returns to camp too soon is at risk for picking up other infections due to a lowered immunity and is likely to infect other students and staff. All immunizations need to be up to date before campers come to camp.

    Campers may not be in camp if they:

    • Have a temperature over 100 degrees. Children who attend camp should be fever free for at least 24 hours (without anti-fever medication) before returning to camp.
    • Are vomiting or have diarrhea within the past 24 hours
    • Have a positive throat culture for strep throat. If this is the case, the child should be on an antibiotic therapy for 24 hours before returning to camp.
    • Have a red eye with white or yellow eye drainage with matted or crusted eyelids after sleep.
    • Have a runny nose accompanied by a headache or nausea (or the child is too tired to concentrate).
    • Have any type of rash, unless it is determined to be non-communicable by a physician.
    • Have lice and/or nits. A camper may return to camp after their first treatment and after having a follow up clean lice check by the camp nurse.
    • Have chickenpox (Varicella). A camper may return once all lesions have dried and crusted, which is usually six days after the onset of the rash.
    • Have contracted pertussis (whooping cough). A camper may return after five days of antibiotic therapy (which is to be given for a total of 14 days).
    • Have been infected with impetigo (a bacterial skin infection). A camper may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.
  • Do we offer Financial Aid?

    Bank Street Summer Camp gives a maximum of 45 percent for combined financial aid and discounts. Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed to all that apply. All applications are due April 9. If you receive financial aid from Bank Street School for Children and/or Family Center – you do not need to complete a financial aid application. Your child(ren)’s aid percentage(s) from the 2020-21 school year will be applied to your camp account, reduced by 15%, subject to the maximum scholarship policy described below. 

    Before you apply for financial aid, make sure:

    • Your child(ren) is registered for camp online.
    • You have paid the online registration deposit of $100 per week, per child, along with a non-refundable registration fee of $50 per child.

    If you DO NOT receive financial aid from your child’s current school, you need to:

    If you DO receive financial aid from your child’s current school, you need to:

    • Email the completed Financial Aid Short Application Form (PDF) to the Camp office.
    • Email a copy of the financial aid letter you received, on school letterhead, stating the percentage or allotment you received for the 2020-21 school year, to the Summer Camp office.

    It is only necessary to complete one application form per family. If guardians reside in separate households, each guardian needs to submit a financial aid application and tax information. If there are special circumstances in your family that would help us better understand your financial situation, please include a written explanation.

    Please note that due to the reduced pricing for LDP, financial aid not available for this program.

    If you have any questions about this process, feel free to email the Camp team at camp@bankstreet.edu

  • What is our refund policy?

    There is a deposit of $100 per week and a non-refundable processing fee of $50 due upon registration. The balance is due on or before June 1, 2021, at which point all fees are non-refundable.

  • How do 1199 families register for Summer Camp?

    If you are a member of 1199 SEIU, please see our Information for 1199 SEIU page for more information.

  • What is Campium?

    Campium is our registration system. Upon registering for camp, you will set up a profile in the Campium system, complete with a login and password.

    Logging into Campium allows you to:

    • Make and change program selections
    • Update and change registration and contact information. Please make sure you’ve updated all of the information on your form before camp begins.
    • Make payments
    • View important information and communications from counselors and the camp office
  • What medical forms do we need you to submit for your child(ren)?

    All campers must have current medical forms submitted before they attend camp. Campers are not allowed into camp without the proper medical documentation posted and approved in their Magnus Health system. We are unable to accept forms submitted on your child’s first day of camp. Bank Street School for Children student’s profiles do not need to be updated for camp, as their information is already up to date.

    The below medical forms are required. All campers going into 7th and 8th grade must have their first dose of the Meningococcal vaccine.

    The following forms are required only if your child has Food Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes, and/or Seizures. All of these need to be filled out by your child’s doctor.

    Magnus Health System

    After registering for camp, each family receives an email from Magnus Health SMR complete with instructions and prompts. To make this process as easy as possible for families, you can send the forms to Bank Street Summer Camp and we will upload them for you. Magnus is a secure and easy-to-use website for submitting health information. The Magnus system provides secure access to your child’s information in the event of an emergency.

    Please remember, if your child has food allergies, asthma, diabetes, and/or seizures, then you must submit a corresponding action plan filled out by your child’s doctor.

    Magnus Health Contact:

    Parent Helpdesk: 877.461.6931
    International Helpdesk: 919.502.7689
    service@magnushealthportal.com