Parent Information

Parent Information

Homesickness

We have had an increasing problem with parents talking their children into being homesick. A week at camp is designed to help children gain self-confidence. Please help them grow, it will strengthen your relationship and better prepare them for the world.

The staff at Camp Shalom prepares for the inevitable cases of homesickness and is skilled at working with children who suffer the separation anxiety.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are the single most disruptive force in a camp. Camp Shalom is meant to be a “place and time apart”. Please be respectful of our rule.

Cabin Buddies

If two children both request to be in the same cabin, we will do our best to honor this request. Parents please consider ALL the children at camp when requesting cabin buddies. We try to break-up groups of 6 or 7 friends into two different cabins because it is not fair to the campers not connected to this group.

Mistakes in cabin assignments are occasionally made, but solutions are always found. Be patient and talk with someone on the leadership staff. We will work together to fix a problem.

Please keep in mind that many of the youth who attend a week of summer camp find it much more rewarding to make new friends and immerse themselves in building a new community in their cabin.

Email

Email sent to campers at camp is more expensive, labor intensive, time demanding, and unreliable than parents realize. Camp Shalom is not able to handle email messages to campers.

Care Packages

Care Packages are highly discouraged. They create a divide between the children who receive packages and those who don’t. While many times the campers share with their cabin mates, there are the times where this does not happen and it create a difficult situation for campers and staff.

Have family members write a letter. It is a memory that a child can hold onto for the rest of their life. Letters can be mailed to camp, dropped off at check-in, or dropped off at the camp office.

Lost and Found

At the end of each week, various items are left behind by campers. Here are some tips to prevent forgetting items and what to do if belongings are missing after your camper returns home.

Before camp:

Label ALL of your camper’s belongings including their pillow and sleeping bag.
Leave all electronics and valuables at home.

During Friday Pick-Up:

Check the lost and found table located in the Program Center.
Do a quick check that you take home everything brought to camp (many sleeping bags and shower caddies are left behind during Friday check-out).

Post Camp:

Check for any items that were accidentally brought home by your camper that do not belong to your family
Make note of anything lost while at camp and call or email the camp office with a description of the item (563-323-2790)

Check-in Procedures

Total payment of a session is due prior to your child’s arrival at camp. Payments can be dropped off, mailed in, or processed online. If mailed, they must be sent to our Davenport office.

Check in time is between 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Please do not show up early hoping for early check-in as staff is preparing for the week up until the scheduled check-in time. If your child is going to be late, please be sure to make arrangements with the camp office prior to check-in date.

  1. Park & drop off gear on the Soccer Field/ Climbing Wall area. Staff will be there to assist you.
  2. All campers must “check-in” at the registrar’s table in the Program Center. Before we can accept your child they must have health screening. A healthcare volunteer will be responsible for reviewing the information you provided on the heath questionnaire during registration.

All medications prescription on non-prescription must be checked in with the camp healthcare person. Medications must be in properly labeled and sealed containers. Please be sure to update any medications your child will be bringing to camp in their on-line account.

Check-out Procedures

Time: 11:15 am

  • Pick-up Gear and park car in the same place you dropped off gear.
  • Closing Worship is at 11:30 am. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate.
  • Please remember to pick-up your child’s medications!
  • Check lost and found before leaving camp.
  • All campers must sign out with their counselor prior to leaving.

Refund Policies

Overpayment: Refunds for overpayment can be given as a check/credit card refund, applied to a store purchase or given back as a donation. Overpayment refunds expire at the start of the new calendar year. Notification of overpayment will be given via email.

Cancellation Refunds: A total refund (less the $75 non-refundable deposit) will be granted if there is another camper to take your child’s spot. If there is no camper to take your child’s place, a refund cannot be given after June 1st. The $75 deposit is non-refundable regardless of whether there is someone to take your child’s place in a session.

Expiration: At the end of the calendar year, refunds become donations to camp. Registration fees cannot be transferred to a summer camp session in the next calendar year.

Parent Downloads

Campership Application PDF Download
What To Bring List

Campership Application Form