Camp FAQ

Frequently asked questions for Full-Day and Specialty Camps


What are the camp hours?


Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended care available 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for an additional $35 per week. Camps begin June 19 and end August 25.

Where is THE camp office?


Camp office for all full, half, sports, and specialty camps is located at 77 Reads Way, New Castle.

When will my camper go swimming?


Brandywine Springs Elementary School Camp
Monday, 2:00pm -3:00pm
Cedar Lane Elementary School Camp
Monday swim, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Science Explorers Camp @ Carriage House/Rockwood
Monday swim, 12:45pm -1:45pm
Richey Elementary School Camp
Friday, 1:15pm -2:15pm
Talley Day Camp @ Brandywine Hundred Library
Friday, 2:30pm -3:30pm
Garfield Park Camp/Pal
Friday, 12:00pm -1:00pm

What should my camper bring?


A backpack with:
- Swimsuit (see list for camp swim day for camp site)
- Towel
- Sunscreen
- Healthy snacks (2)
- Water bottle filled with cold water
- Lunch if camp site does not provide (see list)
- Label everything!

What should MY camper wear?


Sneakers and lightweight clothes that are okay to get dirty (open-toed shoes and flip flops are NOT ALLOWED at camp for safety reasons). Bring a change of clothes on rainy days.

What about Lunch?


Send your camper with a nutritionally-balanced lunch and snacks. Keep in mind there are NO refrigerators or microwaves at camp. Packing lunch in an insulated bag or hard-top cooler is recommended, labeled with your camper’s name. Check individual camp locations for
lunches provided by the School District or the Food Bank of Delaware.


What should MY camper NOT bring to camp?


- Cell phones, tablets, or other similar devices
- Money (unless on field trip day for gift shop)
- Handheld video games
- Skateboards/scooters, HEELYS, or "hoverboards"
- Personal property, toys, games, jewelry, etc.
(unless requested by camp counselor for theme week)
New Castle County will not be responsible for the safety of valuable items brought to camp.


What happens on rainy days?


We have camp rain or shine. If it is dangerous weather
(thunder and lightning, extreme heat index), we will bring the campers indoors. However, in a light drizzle or rain, we will still have limited outside activities and keep playing! Dress appropriately on these days and pack an extra set of clothes!

Why do we need a parent/guardian email address?


We use your email address for confirmations, receipts, reconciliation of billing, and email updates.

What if my camper loses something while at camp?


We strongly encourage you to label EVERY item your camper brings or wears to camp. Each camp site will have a lost and found box at the sign in/out table that all items are brought to at the end of every day.

DOES MY CAMPER GET A Camp T-shirt?


Campers will receive one t-shirt per week prior to their first off-site field trip. Campers MUST WEAR their camp t-shirt when they go on a field trip. (Financial aid recipients will not receive a camp t-shirt.)

Will my child go on a field trip?


All full-day, specialty, and full-day sports campers will participate in an off-site field trip once a week on Wednesdays. These same campers will also participate in an off-site swim trip once a week (day determined by camp site).


How CAN I prevent sunburn?


Before your camper arrives at camp each day, apply waterproof sunscreen. Our camp staff is NOT PERMITTED to provide, share, or apply sunscreen on any camper. Parents are encouraged to show their camper how to reapply sunscreen on areas that may be exposed
to the sun. Mark your camper’s sunscreen with his/her name and sunscreen must be in original container. Parents should also consider hats, short- and/or long-sleeve shirts, and an extra shirt for swimming for children who are sensitive to the sun.

What if I need to pick my camper up early from camp?


If your child has to leave early, please send a note letting us know what time and who will be picking your camper up. If the person picking up your child is NOT listed on the camp pick-up consent form, you must make the camp office aware of this prior to pick up. Any person picking up camper will be asked to show picture identification. Also, no person under the age of 18 is allowed to pick camper up from camp. There are no pick-ups allowed during field trips unless previous
arrangement has been made with the camp office.

Who are the camp staff members?


Our staff is comprised of teachers, counselors, and college students from the local area. All staff must pass a background check, child abuse registry, and rapid drug screen through New Castle County’s Human Resources Department.

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?


We follow State guidelines for camper-to-counselor ratio.
Therefore, 5-6 year olds will have 8:1 ratio and 7-12 year
olds will have a 10:1 ratio.


What if the camp I want is full?


Your name will be placed on our waiting list. You will be notified no later than the Wednesday before the camp begins if a spot becomes available.