Summer Camp

Camp FAQ’s

Q: What is Sarah Heinz House Resident Camp?

A: Located right on Slippery Rock Creek, Heinz House Resident Overnight Camp offers an affordable and safe alternative to summer boredom. Our staff helps ensure that campers take advantage of everything on our 111 acres of land. Enjoy an array of activities including boating, swimming, crafts, nature hikes, and geocaching. Race down a 60 ft. water slide, take a shot at archery or enjoy playing paintball with your friends. Whether you’re the type that enjoys working up a sweat or the type that just likes to relax with a good book, Heinz Camp has something for you.

Q: What is the schedule?

A: There are four 11 day sessions. The first two sessions are for only Boys and the second two sessions are only for Girls.

  • Boys’ 1st Session: June 22nd – July 2nd
  • Boys’ 2nd Session: July 2nd – July 12th
  • Girls’ 1st Session: July 15th – July 25th
  • Girls’ 2nd Session: July 25th – August 4th

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: How old does my camper need to be to attend camp?

A: You must have completed first grade in order to attend Resident Camp. We also accept campers as old as 17 years. You do not have to be a member or live in the City of Pittsburgh to attend.

Q: Who will be taking care of my camper?

A. The staff at Sarah Heinz House are chosen on the basis of enthusiasm, teaching experience, love for children, and creativity. Candidates are drawn from the teaching profession, graduate schools, colleges, and surrounding public and private high schools. Staff in specific skill based areas are provided special training and come with additional experience. Sarah Heinz House completes criminal background checks and sex offender checks on all staff. All applicants are personally interviewed by the camp directors.

Q: What types of activities will my child be doing?

A: Each day is different at Resident Camp. Your child will participate in a variety of whole camp, and age specific activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: swimming, arts & crafts, boating, fishing, nature hikes, campfires, etc.

Q: How are campers grouped at Summer Camp?

A: Campers are grouped according to their age. Campers will have the opportunity to pick who their tentmates will be during our Camp Meeting on Wednesday, June 15th at 6 PM (Boys Camp) and on July 13th at 6 PM (Girls Camp).

Q: Can parents/family visit my child at Resident Camp?

A: One of our main goals at Resident Camp is for our campers to develop independence. They do this by being able to keep their tent clean, complete squads (a.k.a. chores) and participate and choose programs on their own. By allowing parents/family to visit, we would be limiting our campers’ potential to build this independence.   If there is an emergency where you need to contact your son/daughter, you can contact Sarah Heinz House, who will then contact the Camp Director.   We encourage parents/family to send mail as much as possible to encourage and connect with them. We will also post pictures frequently on our website and Facebook page.

Q: If a child has special physical or emotional needs, will they be able to attend camp?

A: It depends. Our camp’s highly trained staff and directors are qualified to assist in most cases; however, we are not set up to handle situations requiring more than 1:10 assistance or certain other special needs. If Heinz House determines that your child needs further assistance, and if additional support or service is not available, then Sarah Heinz House reserves the right, in the best interests of all participants and programs, to decline a participant the opportunity to participate in programs. We want all participants to have the opportunity to succeed and to have a positive experience. If your child requires additional support in a school setting, or other afterschool settings, or if s/he normally requires more than 1:10 supervision ratio, you MUST meet with the appropriate Camp Director at least a month before your child attends any session of camp.

Q: What should my camper bring to camp?

A:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
  • Small Pillow (if desired)
  • Soap box, shampoo, comb, brush
  • Small old rug (if desired)
  • Pajamas or night clothes
  • Additional Blankets (if desired)
  • Tennis shoes and hiking shoes
  • Flashlight (extra batteries and bulbs)
  • Old play clothes, shirts, shorts, jeans
  • Cloth/Mesh laundry bag (NO plastic bags)
  • Extra underwear
  • Rope (16ft for a clothes line)
  • Swimsuit/trunks (at least 2)
  • Disposable camera (if desired)
  • Flip-slops, creek shoes (water socks)
  • Pre-addressed envelopes/postcards
  • Fishing gear (if desired)
  • Stamps, pen/pencil
  • Plastic ground cloth
  • Towels (at least 3 bath/beach towels)
  • Baseball glove (if desired)
  • Sweatshirt/hoodie and pants (at least 3-4 each)
  • Plastic bucket for shower articles
  • Mattress cover – $15 available at SHH

Q: Where can I download/print the Day Camp Handbook?

A: Handbook will be available closer to Camp dates

Q: What is Sarah Heinz House Day Camp?

A: Sarah Heinz House offers five day camps – Preschool Camp, Robotics Camp, 1st – 4th Grade Camp, 5th – 8th Grade Camp, and a Leadership Camp for Counselors in Training. Each day the campers engage with peers in numerous activities, in a safe and fun environment. These camps are hosted at our facilities in the North Side. All camps are composed of four sessions, running from June 19th – August 11th.

Q. What is the schedule?

A: Day Camp (1st-8th graders), Robotics Camp, and the Leadership Development Program all run Monday – Friday; 10:00AM-4:00PM. Preschool Day Camp is Monday-Friday; 9:00AM-4:00PM.

Sessions

Start (Week 1) Finish (Week 2)

Session Dates

1st Session

Monday, June 19th – Friday, June 30th

2nd Session

Monday, July 3rd – Friday, July 14th (closed, July 4th)

3rd Session

Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 28th (Closed July 21st)

4th Session

Monday, July 31st – Friday, August 11th

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: How old does my camper need to be to attend camp?

A: Preschool camp starts at age 3, and must be potty trained. Our school age camp starts with campers that have completed 1st grade.

Q: What are the requirements and application process for the Leadership Development program?

A: Every interested applicant must complete an application, for details, email Chris Basel at cbasel@sarahheinzhouse.com

New Applicants to the Leadership Development Program

Any youth NEW to the program (defined for our purposes, as youth who did not participate in the program during the summer of 2014), may not register or pay for the program until after they have submitted an application and have had an interview. The program director and/or supporting staff from that program will review all applications and contact

youth to schedule an interview. If youth are accepted into the program, then they will be cleared to move forward with the registration and payment process.

Former Members of the Leadership Development Program

Every FORMER member of the program (defined for our purposes, as youth that have participated in the program during the summer of 2014) will be grandfathered into the program (as they are considered to be in good standing). They too must complete an application, but may register and pay immediately after submission (with no immediate interview required). Every former member of the program will be required to meet with the program’s director and/or Chris Basel on an individual basis for assessment (to clarify their role, behavior to date and expectations moving forward). However, their application must still be present at time of registration and payment. Interested youth will be contacted for an assessment after their application is received.

Leadership Development Applications

Leadership Development applications can be obtained on site by asking for a front desk associate or downloaded electronically from our website, “www.sarahheinzhouse.org.” Applications may be submitted on site to a front desk associate on or via email at: cbasel@sarahheinzhouse.com

Q: Who will be taking care of my camper?

The staff at Sarah Heinz House is chosen on the basis of enthusiasm, teaching experience, love for children, and creativity. Candidates are drawn from the teaching profession, graduate schools, colleges, and surrounding public and private high schools. Staff in specific skill based areas are provided special training and come with additional experience. Sarah Heinz House completes criminal background checks and sex offender checks on all staff. All applicants are personally interviewed by the camp directors.

Q: What types of activities will my child be doing?

A: Each day is different at Day Camp. Your child will participate in a variety of whole camp, and age specific activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: swimming, arts & crafts, gym, field trips, etc.

Q: How are campers grouped at Summer Camp?

A: Campers are grouped according to what grade they have just completed in school. All groups are coed, and assigned a “color” group to easily identify their group.

Purple: completed 1st grade Red: completed 2nd grade Blue: completed 3rd grade Green: completed 4th grade

Orange: completed 5th -6th grade

Gold: completed 7th-8th   grade

Light Blue: Leadership Development Campers

Gray: Robotics Campers

White: Preschool Campers

Q: May campers move into different color groups by age rather than grade?

A: All campers are put into their color group based on their grade completed. Any issue with your child’s color group can be brought to your child’s specific camp director, but changes will be at the Camp Director’s discretion.

The Camp Director has the right to move your child to a different camp if they deem it necessary. For example, if your child is attending our completed 1-4th Grade Camp and needs more direct supervision, then he/she may be moved to our Pre-School Day Camp. A child can also be moved up into a different camp (i.e. from the 5th-8th Grade Camp to our Leadership Development Program). If the Camp Director decides to move your child to a different camp so we can better serve them, you will be notified and will receive a credit or a charge for any difference in fees.

Q: What should my camper bring each day to camp?

A: Each camper should have: Tennis Shoes and Socks (Please NO Crocks or Sandals!), “Comfortable T-shirt and Shorts (Please do not wear skirts or dresses unless advised.),” can be changed to “campers should wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty”, Bathing suit and Towel, and A Bag Lunch, Sunscreen. Preschool campers are additionally asked to bring a change of clothes to stay at camp, and a sheet or blanket for rest time.

Q: How early may my child arrive at the facility?

A: Campers in the preschool camp may arrive at 8:45am with no penalty. All other campers may arrive at 9:45am with no penalty. Should you decide to partake in our Pre-Care service, campers can arrive anywhere between 7:30am-9:45am. Day camp staff do NOT arrive at camp before 7:30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult until staff arrive. For any child that is dropped off before 7:30am, parents will be charged $15 for each 15 minutes their child is there, and will receive one warning. Any subsequent abuse of this rule will result in campers loss of pre and post care privileges. If the camper attempts to use pre/post care after this point, they will be removed from the camp without refund.

Q: Is lunch provided?

A: Sarah Heinz House does not sell or provide lunch in any capacity. It is important that you send a lunch with your child daily. Drinks will be provided to your child daily. Sarah Heinz House does NOT have an available microwave or refrigerator for camper use. Any lunches dropped off after 10am cannot be guaranteed to get to your child before their lunch period. Please make sure your child brings their lunch each day.

Q: May I deliver lunch to my child during camp? May my child order lunch if they bring money?

A: Any lunches dropped off after 10am cannot be guaranteed to get to your child before their lunch period. Please make sure your child brings their lunch each day.

Q: My child is allergic to peanuts or is a vegetarian, how are these needs handled at your camp?

A: Special dietary needs should be communicated with camp prior to camper’s arrival by putting them on your signature form for the staff to be made aware of. Please contact us if you are concerned in any way about your child’s special dietary concerns.

Q: What is the dismissal process?

A: Campers will be dismissed by color group one at a time starting with the oldest campers first. They will “scan out” and turn their ID in to a staff member. We will not permit the campers to wait outside for their ride. A counselor will be posted at the front door in the Great Hall to observe any unusual occurrences. If your child has a problem with being picked up, please have them see a counselor. Please park in the parking lot and NOT in the turnaround. If your child is not picked up by 4:15, we will take your child to post-care. On field trip days, we will have your child back by the normal dismissal time.

Q: How late can my child stay at the facility? What are the repercussions for violations?

A: Day Camp ends at 4:00pm. At 4:15pm, any child who has not been picked up will go to Post-Care and be charged accordingly. Day camp staff leave the building at 5:30pm. Children must be picked up by an adult by that time. For any child that is picked up after 5:30pm, parents will be charged $15 for each 15 minutes their child is there, and will receive one warning. Any subsequent abuse of this rule will result in campers loss of pre and post care privileges. If the camper attempts to use pre/post care after this point, they will be removed from the camp without refund.

Q: If a child has special physical or emotional needs, will they be able to attend camp?

A: It depends. Our camp’s highly trained staff and directors are qualified to assist in most cases; however, we are not set up to handle situations requiring more than 1:10 assistance or certain other special needs. If Heinz House determines that your child needs further assistance, and if additional support or service is not available, then Sarah Heinz House reserves the right, in the best interests of all participants and programs, to decline a participant the opportunity to participate in programs. We want all participants to have the opportunity to succeed and to have a positive experience. If your child requires additional support in a school setting, or other afterschool settings, or if s/he normally requires more than 1:10 supervision ratio, you MUST meet with the appropriate Camp Director at least one week before your child attends any session of camp.

Q: What is the disciplinary process for noncompliant members?

A: To ensure the best care of our campers, it is necessary to maintain good communication with parents and guardians in a calm atmosphere at Sarah Heinz House. However, it is important that all campers and their families know that Sarah Heinz House and its operating bodies are no place for:

  • Bullying (Verbal or Physical)
  • Verbal or physical fighting
  • Hostile tones of voice and disrespect with defiant attitude to any staff, campers, members, etc.
  • Rude, profane, racist or culturally offensive remarks
  • Threats of physical harm, intimidation, or coercive behavior
  • Inappropriate Clothing and Attire
  • Weapons of any type: play toys, guns, knives, pepper spray, etc.
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs or behavior indicating drug or alcohol use
  • Stealing
  • Vandalism of any property belonging to Sarah Heinz House, staff, campers, members, etc
  • Any other inappropriate behavior as determined by the Camp Director.

For the safety and comfort of all, Sarah Heinz House staff may remove campers from daily activities, an entire session and/or the rest of camp depending on the severity of the incident.

**NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN TO INDIVIDUALS WHO WITHDRAW OR SUSPENDED FROM MEMBERSHIP BECAUSE OF BEHAVIOR.**

If your child/children are reprimanded for participating in any of the above incidents or inappropriate behaviors, the parent and/or guardian must comply with any discipline given by the Camp Director and must have a meeting with the Sarah Heinz House staff to review the guidelines set forth by this Code of Conduct. Discipline issues will carry over from session to session.

Q: Who do I contact for more details?

A: For general inquiry, please call Sarah Heinz House directly at (412) 231-2377. All camp specific questions or concerns should be directed to the Camp Director who oversees your child’s age group and program.

Q: What is Sarah Heinz House Robotics and Technology Camp?

A: Sarah Heinz House runs two different camps depending which session is signed up for.

In Robotics Camp (“Robocamp”), children will learn about how robots work and what tasks they can be used for (volcano research, space exploration, manufacturing, and more). Using the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit, campers will modify a base robot using sensors and attachments. They will also learn the basics of programming using the simple-to-understand Mindstorms programming language. Combining these two skills will allow them to complete the challenges we have set up for them throughout the week. At the end of the session, campers will put their knowledge to the test by competing in our Big Board Challenge, a themed arena with various challenges that will utilize what they have learned over the past two weeks. In Technology Camp, we will be focused on exploring the different parts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Below are some of the activities we have planned:

  • Campers will get to use Algodoo, a physics based program that will allow them to create their own machines and structures.
  • Campers will create fun animations in Pivot, a free animation tool.
  • Google SketchUp will be used to show the basics of architecture.

Campers will build marvels based on the Day Camp theme that session.

  • Using GarageBand and Audacity, Campers will learn about tonality while altering audio and creating their own music.

At the end of the session, campers will use all of their knowledge to create a short movie. They will write, shoot, and edit their movies based on Day Camp’s current theme using iMovie and the programs above. “Technology Fun” will be oriented more towards younger campers while “Adventures in Technology” will delve more into those topics.

These camps are hosted at our facilities in the North Side. All camps are composed of four sessions, running from June 19th – August 11th.

Q. What is the schedule?

A: Robotics Camp and Technology Camp run Monday – Friday; 10:00AM-4:00PM.

NOTE: Robotics Camps are grade specific (based on grade to be completed in June 2017)

Session Dates and Grades

1st Session (Technology Fun) June 19th – Friday, June 30th

1st – 3rd Graders only

2nd Session (Robotics Camp) July 3rd – Friday, July 14th (Closed July 4th)

1st – 3rd Graders

3rd Session (Adventures in Technology) July 17th – Friday, July 28th (Closed July 21st)

4th – 8th Graders only

4th Session (Robotics Camp) July 31st – Friday, August 11th

4th – 8th Graders only

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: How old does my camper need to be to attend camp?

A: Please see the above chart for age requirements and restrictions.

Q: Who will be taking care of my camper?

A: The staff at Sarah Heinz House is chosen on the basis of enthusiasm, teaching experience, love for children, and creativity. Candidates are drawn from the teaching profession, graduate schools, colleges, and surrounding public and private high schools. Staff in specific skill based areas are provided special training and come with additional experience. Sarah Heinz House completes criminal background checks and sex offender checks on all staff. All applicants are personally interviewed by the camp directors.

Q: What types of activities will my child be doing?

A: In the morning, campers will work with their peers in either Robotics or Technology camp. They will be given an introductory lesson and then will do activities and work on projects relating to the lesson. In the afternoon, they will merge with Day Camp, where your child will participate in a variety of whole camp, and age specific activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: swimming, arts & crafts, gym, field trips, etc.

Q: How are campers grouped at Robotics/Technology Camp?

A: Campers are grouped according to what grade they have just completed in school and their current technological ability. All groups are coed.

Q: May campers move into different color groups by age rather than grade?

A: All campers are put into their color group based on their grade completed. Any issue with your child’s color group can be brought to your child’s specific camp director, but changes will be at the Camp Director’s discretion.

Q: What should my camper bring each day to camp?

A: Each camper should have: tennis shoes and socks (Please NO crocks or sandals!), “Comfortable T-shirt and Shorts (Please do not wear skirts or dresses unless advised.),” can be changed to “campers should wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty”, bathing suit and towel, and a bagged lunch, and sunscreen.

Q: How early may my child arrive at the facility?

A: Campers may arrive at 9:45am with no penalty. Should you decide to partake in our Pre-Care service, campers can arrive anywhere between 7:30am-9:45am. Day camp staff do NOT arrive at camp before 7:30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult until staff arrive. For any child that is dropped off before 7:30am, parents will be charged $15 for each 15 minutes their child is there, and will receive one warning. Any subsequent abuse of this rule will result in campers’ loss of pre and post care privileges. If the camper attempts to use pre/post care after this point, they will be removed from the camp without refund.

Q: Is lunch provided?

A: Sarah Heinz House does not sell or provide lunch in any capacity. It is important that you send a lunch with your child daily. Drinks will be provided to your child daily. Sarah Heinz House does NOT have an available microwave or refrigerator for camper use. Any lunches dropped off after 10am cannot be guaranteed to get to your child before their lunch period. Please make sure your child brings their lunch each day.

Q: May I deliver lunch to my child during camp? May my child order lunch if they bring money?

A: Any lunches dropped off after 10am cannot be guaranteed to get to your child before their lunch period. Please make sure your child brings their lunch each day. Children will not be allowed to order lunch.

Q: My child is allergic to peanuts or is a vegetarian, how are these needs handled at your camp?

A: Special dietary needs should be communicated with camp prior to camper’s arrival by putting them on your signature form for the staff to be made aware of. Please contact us if you are concerned in any way about your child’s special dietary concerns. The Robotics/Technology Camp Director will make sure their needs are met.

Q: What is the dismissal process?

A: Campers will be dismissed by their group one at a time. They will “scan out” and turn their ID in to a staff member. We will not permit the campers to wait outside for their ride. A counselor will be posted at the front door in the Great Hall to observe any unusual occurrences. When you pick up your child, please check in with their counselor so we know they have left. If your child has a problem with being picked up, please have them see a counselor. Please park in the parking lot and NOT in the turnaround. If your child is not picked up by 4:15, we will take your child to post-care. On field trip days, we will have your child back by the normal dismissal time.

Q: How late can my child stay at the facility? What are the repercussions for violations?

A: Camp ends at 4:00pm. At 4:15pm, any child who has not been picked up will go to Post-Care and be charged accordingly. Camp staff leave the building at 5:30pm. Children must be picked up by an adult by that time. For any child that is picked up after 5:30pm, parents will be charged $15 for each 15 minutes their child is there, and will receive one warning. Any subsequent abuse of this rule will result in campers’ loss of pre and post care privileges. If the camper attempts to use pre/post care after this point, they will be removed from the camp without refund.

Q: If a child has special physical or emotional needs, will they be able to attend camp?

A: It depends. Our camp’s highly trained staff and directors are qualified to assist in most cases; however, we are not set up to handle situations requiring more than 1:10 assistance or certain other special needs. If Heinz House determines that your child needs further assistance, and if additional support or service is not available, then Sarah Heinz House reserves the right, in the best interests of all participants and programs, to decline a participant the opportunity to participate in programs. We want all participants to have the opportunity to succeed and to have a positive experience. If your child requires additional support in a school setting, or other after school settings, or if s/he normally requires more than 1:10 supervision ratio, you MUST meet with the appropriate Camp Director at least one week before your child attends any session of camp.

Q: What is the disciplinary process for noncompliant members?

A: To ensure the best care of our campers, it is necessary to maintain good communication with parents and guardians in a calm atmosphere at Sarah Heinz House. However, it is important that all campers and their families know that Sarah Heinz House and its operating bodies are no place for:

  • Bullying (Verbal or Physical)
  • Verbal or physical fighting
  • Hostile tones of voice and disrespect with defiant attitude to any staff, campers, members, etc.
  • Rude, profane, racist or culturally offensive remarks
  • Threats of physical harm, intimidation, or coercive behavior
  • Inappropriate Clothing and Attire
  • Weapons of any type: play toys, guns, knives, pepper spray, etc.
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs or behavior indicating drug or alcohol use
  • Stealing
  • Vandalism of any property belonging to Sarah Heinz House, staff, campers, members, etc.
  • Any other inappropriate behavior as determined by the Camp Director.

For the safety and comfort of all, Sarah Heinz House staff may remove campers from daily activities, an entire session and/or the rest of camp depending on the severity of the incident.

**NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN TO INDIVIDUALS WHO WITHDRAW OR ARE SUSPENDED FROM MEMBERSHIP BECAUSE OF BEHAVIOR.** If your child/children are reprimanded for participating in any of the above incidents or inappropriate behaviors, the parent and/or guardian must comply with any discipline given by the Camp Director and must have a

meeting with the Sarah Heinz House staff to review the guidelines set forth by this Code of Conduct. Discipline issues will carry over from session to session.

Q: Who do I contact for more details?

A: For general inquiry, please call Sarah Heinz House directly at (412) 231-2377. All camp specific questions or concerns should be directed to the current Robotics/Technology Camp Director, J.J. Lynn, at lynn@sarahheinzhouse.org

 Q: How old does my camper need to be to attend Preschool camp? 

A: Preschool camp starts at age 3, and must be potty trained. Our school age camp starts with campers that have completed 1st grade.

Q: Who will be taking care of my camper?

A: The staff at Sarah Heinz House is chosen on the basis of enthusiasm, teaching experience, love for children, and creativity. Candidates are drawn from the teaching profession, graduate schools, colleges, and surrounding public and private high schools. Staff in specific skill based areas are provided special training and come with additional experience. Sarah Heinz House completes criminal background checks and sex offender checks on all staff. All applicants are personally interviewed by the camp directors.

Q: What types of activities will my child be doing?

A: Each day is different at Day Camp. Your child will participate in a variety of whole camp, and age specific activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: swimming, arts & crafts, gym, field trips, etc.

Q: How are campers grouped at Preschool Camp?

A: Preschool campers are grouped together, regardless of age, for most activities. Occasionally 3&4 and 5&6 year olds will be split by age for convenience, when an activity is not able to be done by all 48 campers simultaneously, to allow for rotation. Most of the time, however, 3&4 and 5&6 are together. Splitting Preschool 3&4 and Preschool 5&6 is a tool for registration, not an indicator that the two are separate camps. We view Preschool Camp at SHH as one camp.

Q: May campers move into different color groups by age rather than grade?

A: All campers are put into their color group based on their grade completed. No camper who has not completed the first grade may attend the 1st-4th camp at SHH. Any camper, regardless of age, who has not completed first grade must attend the Preschool Camp.

Q: What should my camper bring each day to camp? 

A: Each camper should have: Tennis Shoes and Socks (Please NO Crocks or Sandals!), Comfortable T-shirt and Shorts (Please do not wear skirts or dresses unless advised.), Bathing suit and Towel, and A Bag Lunch, Sunscreen. Preschool campers are additionally asked to bring a change of clothes to stay at camp, and a sheet or blanket for rest time.

Q: How early may my child arrive at the facility? 

A: Campers in the preschool camp may arrive at 8:45am with no penalty. Should you decide to partake in our Pre-Care service, campers can arrive anywhere between 7:30am-9:45am.  Day camp staff do NOT arrive at camp before 7:30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult until staff arrive.  For any child that is dropped off before 7:30am, parents will be charged $15 for each 15 minutes their child is there, and will receive one warning. Any subsequent abuse of this rule will result in campers loss of pre and post care privileges.  If the camper attempts to use pre/post care after this point, they will be removed from the camp without refund.

Q: Is lunch provided? 

A: Sarah Heinz House does not sell or provide lunch in any capacity. It is important that you send a lunch with your child daily. Drinks will be provided to your child daily.  Sarah Heinz House does NOT have an available microwave or refrigerator for camper use.  Any lunches dropped off after 10am cannot be guaranteed to get to your child before their lunch period. Please make sure your child brings their lunch each day.

Q: May I deliver lunch to my child during camp? May my child order lunch if they bring money?

A: Any lunches dropped off after 10am cannot be guaranteed to get to your child before their lunch period. SHH does not allow for deliveries to Preschool campers. Please make sure your child brings their lunch each day.

Q: My child is allergic to peanuts or is a vegetarian, how are these needs handled at your camp?

A: Special dietary needs should be communicated with camp prior to camper’s arrival by putting them on your signature form for the staff to be made aware of. Please contact us if you are concerned in any way about your child’s special dietary concerns.

Q: What is the dismissal process for Preschool? 

A: Preschool campers begin and end their day in the Basement, in a space we at SHH call “Education Nation.” Preschool campers must be signed in and signed out during drop-off and pickup. Parents must come into the building and come down to the basement when bringing or picking up their child.  If your child is not picked up by 4:10, we will consider your child as utilizing the Post-Care program. If you have not paid for Post-Care for that session, a charge will be applied. On field trip days, we will have your child back by the normal dismissal time.

Q: How late can my child stay at the facility? What are the repercussions for violations?

A: Day Camp ends at 4:00pm. At 4:10pm, any child who has not been picked up will go to Post-Care and be charged accordingly.  Day camp staff leave the building at 5:30pm. Children must be picked up by an adult by that time.  For any child that is picked up after 5:30pm, parents will be charged $15 for each 15 minutes their child is there, and will receive one warning. Any subsequent abuse of this rule will result in campers loss of pre and post care privileges.  If the camper attempts to use pre/post care after this point, they will be removed from the camp without refund.

Q: Can my camper nap at camp?

A: Yes. SHH Preschool Camp provides campers with a “Rest Hour” each day after our recess time. For campers who need a nap, this is a time to lay down and do so. We dim the lights and require only quiet conversation. For campers who do NOT need or want a nap, we provide quiet activities, including educational, enriching and age-appropriate children’s programming, coloring and puzzles. As stated above, we recommend all campers have a blanket and/or pillow for this rest time.

Q: If a child has special physical or emotional needs, will they be able to attend camp? 

A: It depends. Our camp’s highly trained staff and directors are qualified to assist in most cases; however, we are not set up to handle situations requiring more than 1:10 assistance or certain other special needs. If Heinz House determines that your child needs further assistance, and if additional support or service is not available, then Sarah Heinz House reserves the right, in the best interests of all participants and programs, to decline a participant the opportunity to participate in programs. We want all participants to have the opportunity to succeed and to have a positive experience. If your child requires additional support in a school setting, or other afterschool settings, or if s/he normally requires more than 1:10 supervision ratio, you MUST meet with the Camp Director at least one week before your child attends any session of camp.

Q: What is the disciplinary process for noncompliant members?

A: To ensure the best care of our campers, it is necessary to maintain good communication with parents and guardians in a calm atmosphere at Sarah Heinz House.  However, it is important that all campers and their families know that Sarah Heinz House and its operating bodies are no place for:

  • Bullying (Verbal or Physical)
  • Verbal or physical fighting
  • Hostile tones of voice and disrespect with defiant attitude to any staff, campers, members, etc.
  • Rude, profane, racist or culturally offensive remarks
  • Threats of physical harm, intimidation, or coercive behavior
  • Inappropriate Clothing and Attire
  • Weapons of any type: play toys, guns, knives, pepper spray, etc.
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs or behavior indicating drug or alcohol use
  • Stealing
  • Vandalism of any property belonging to Sarah Heinz House, staff, campers, members, etc
  • Any other inappropriate behavior as determined by the Camp Director.

 

For the safety and comfort of all, Sarah Heinz House staff may remove campers from daily activities, an entire session and/or the rest of camp depending on the severity of the incident.

**NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN TO INDIVIDUALS WHO WITHDRAW OR SUSPENDED FROM MEMBERSHIP BECAUSE OF BEHAVIOR.**

If your child/children are reprimanded for participating in any of the above incidents or inappropriate behaviors, the parent and/or guardian must comply with any discipline given by the Camp Director and must have a meeting with the Sarah Heinz House staff to review the guidelines set forth by this Code of Conduct. Discipline issues will carry over from session to session.

Q: Who do I contact for more details? 

A: For general inquiry, please call Sarah Heinz House directly at (412) 231-2377. All Preschool camp specific questions or concerns should be directed to the Preschool Camp Director.

Kyle Glaser: Glaser@sarahheinzhouse.com