Sarah Heinz House Closed Until April 30th, 2020

Summer Camp

Camp FAQ’s

Important Documents for Overnight Campers

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 25th-July 5th
Boys’ 2nd Session: July 5th-July 15th
Girls’ 1st Session: July 18th-July 28th
Girls’ 2nd Session: July 28th-August 7th
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. From March 4th-May 9th, the full member fee is $190 per session and All Other Fee is $365 per session. From May 10th onwards, the full member fee is $205 per session and All Other Fee is $380 per session.

Q: Who will be taking care of my camper?

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 Monday, June 10th at 6 PM (Boys Camp) and on Monday, July 8th 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 they normally require 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, nights get cold) Tennis shoes and hiking shoes
  • Flashlight (extra batteries & 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-flops, 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 Feminine Hygiene Item (If applicable)

Q: What should my camper not bring to camp?

• Electronics (including, but not limited to cell phones, IPods, MP3 Players, etc. )
• Hand Held Video Games (including but not limited to Nintendo DS, PSP, etc.)
• Valuables of any kind
• Money (anything they need to buy will be subtracted from their Camp Store Account)
• Food – Please do not send food with or to camp (it may attract unwanted animals into camp)
There is no need for your child to bring any of these materials to camp.
Sarah Heinz House has no means of protecting these items and therefore cannot be held responsible if these are lost, stolen, or broken.

Q: What is the medicine policy at Heinz Camp?

A: Our First Aid Director will administer all medications to the campers. Our Medication policy is as follows:
On the day of departure, do the following:
• Put all medications in a Ziploc bag
• Print or write clearly the camper’s name on the top of the bag.
• Does it need refrigeration? Write REFRIGERATE after the name.
• Fill out the medication form (available online and at SHH) and place it in the zip lock bag.
• On the day of departure, a counselor/first aid staff will collect the medication bags.
• Please do not send over the counter medication (such as Benadryl, Advil, Tylenol, etc.). Simply state on your child’s confidential form and medical form what they use and why they need it. We will supply any over the counter medication.

Q: What does a normal day look like? 

A: The schedule is tentative and subject to change:

7:30 AM Wake Up
7:30 AM 7:45 AM Morning Roll Call & Activity
7:45 AM 8:30 AM Tent Clean-Up
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Squads (chores)
10:00 AM 12:15 PM Morning Program Session
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Rest Hour
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Camp Store
3:00 PM 5:15 PM Afternoon Program Session
5:30 PM 6:30 PM Dinner
7:15 PM 9:30 PM Evening Program Session
9:30 PM 10:00 PM Campers Prepare for Sleep
10:00 PM Lights Out

Q: What are the requirements and application process for the Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program?

A: Every interested applicant must complete an application and must have completed 9th grade.

C.I.T. Applications

CIT applications can be obtained on-site by asking for a front desk associate or downloaded electronically from our website, “www.sarahheinzhouse.org.” Applicants must complete all organization background checks. Applications may be submitted on-site to a front desk associate on or via email at Turkovich@sarahheinzhouse.com.

 

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 towards either Camp Directors, Dan Turkovich, turkovich@sarahheinzhouse.com; Sherri Kotwica, Kotwica@sarahheinzhouse.com; or Director of Program Services, Bob Bechtold, bechtold@sarahheinzhouse.com.

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

Q: What is Sarah Heinz House Day Camp?
A: Sarah Heinz House offers five day camps – Traditional Day Camp, Preschool Camp, Robotics Camp: 1st – 3rd Grade & 4th – 6th Grade Camps. Each day the campers engage with peers in numerous activities, in a safe and fun environment. These camps are hosted at our facilities on the North Side. All camps are composed of four sessions, running from June 15th – August 7th.

Q. What is the schedule?
A: Day Camp (1st-6th graders) & Robotics Camp (1st-6th graders) run Monday – Friday; 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Preschool Day Camp is Monday-Friday; 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

(tables may not be in full view with mobile device, please use desktop or desktop view, we are working on this and apologize for the inconvenience)

Session Start Finish Notes
1st Session Monday,
June 15th
Friday,
June 26th
2nd Session Monday,
June 29th
Friday,
July 10th
Closed,
July 3rd
3rd Session Monday,
July 13th
Friday,
July 24th
4th Session Monday,
July 27th
Friday,
August 7th

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: What is the cost?
A:

Camp Name Age Group Price Per Session Full-Members All Others
School-Aged Day Camp 6 yrs. & completed 1st Grade thru 6th Grade On/Before 05/09 $165 $260
On/After 5/10 $180 $275

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 volunteer Counselor In Training Program?
A: Children who will complete 7th through 10th grade in 2019/2020 school year are eligible to apply for our supervised volunteer “counselor in training” program as part of our onsite day camps. Contact the Day Camp Director for further information.

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 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: Campers should wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty. We also recommend tennis shoes with socks over sandals or crocks. They should also bring a bathing suit and towel, and 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: Camps begin officially at 10 am. All other campers may arrive at or after 9:30am with no penalty. Should you decide to partake in our Pre-Care service, campers can arrive anywhere between 7:30am-9:30am. 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: Free lunch and snack are provided daily. If your child would like to bring their lunch, they may do so.

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 if they are not eating free meal.

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 and will hand in their ID to a staff member as they leave the building. 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 may result in campers’ loss of pre and post-care privileges.

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.

Important Information for campers (and parents) attending Day Camp, Pre-School Camp, Robotics Camp

Q: What is Sarah Heinz House Robotics and Technology Camp?
A: Sarah Heinz House runs two different camps depending on which session is signed up for. In Robotics Camp 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) through age-appropriate software, technology, and activities.

The 1st Session is “Technology Fun” and is for 1st-3rd graders from June 15th-June 26th. The 2nd Session is “Adventures in Technology” and is for 4th-6th graders from June 29th-July 10th (SHH is closed on July 3rd). The 3rd Session is Robotics Camp for 1st-3rd graders. 4th Session is July 27th-August 7th and is Robotics Camp for 4th-6th grade youth.

Q. What is the schedule?
A:
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Session  Grade Start Finish  
1st Session
(Technology Fun)
1st-3rd Monday,
June 15th
Friday,
June 26th
2nd Session
(Adventures in Technology)
4th-6th Monday,
June 29th
Friday,
July 10th
Closed,
July 3rd
3rd Session
(Robotics Camp)
1st-3rd Monday,
July 13th
Friday,
July 24th
4th Session
(Robotics Camp)
4th-6th Monday,
July 27th
Friday,
August 7th

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: What is the cost?
A:

Price Per Session Full-Members All Others
On/Before May 9th, 2020 $165 $310
On/After May 10th, 2020 $180 $325

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: Camps begin officially at 10 am. All other campers may arrive at or after 9:30am with no penalty. Should you decide to partake in our Pre-Care service, campers can arrive anywhere between 7:30am-9:30am. 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: Free lunch and snack are provided daily. If your child would like to bring their lunch, they may do so.

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 if they are not eating free meal.

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 and will hand in their ID to a staff member as they leave the building. 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 4:00 pm. At 4:15 pm, any child who has not been picked up will go to Post-Care and be charged accordingly. Day camp staff leave the building at 5:30 pm. Children must be picked up by an adult by that time. For any child that is picked up after 5:30 pm, parents will be charged $15 for every 15 minutes their child is there and will receive one warning. Any subsequent abuse of this rule may result in campers’ loss of pre and post-care privileges.

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.

Important Information for campers (and parents) attending Day Camp, Pre-School Camp, Robotics Camp

 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. What is the schedule?
A: Preschool Day Camp is Monday-Friday; 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

(tables may not be in full view with mobile device, please use desktop or desktop view, we are working on this and apologize for the inconvenience)

Session Start Finish Notes
1st
Session
Monday,
June 15th
Friday,
June 26th
2nd
Session
Monday,
June 29th
Friday,
July 10th
Closed,
July 3rd
3rd
Session
Monday,
July 13th
Friday,
July 24th
4th
Session
Monday,
July 27th
Friday,
August 7th

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: What is the cost?
A:
(tables may not be in full view with mobile device, please use desktop or desktop view, we are working on this and apologize for the inconvenience)

Price Per Session
On/Before 05/09/2020 $310
On/After 5/10/2020 $325

 

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: What is the dismissal process for Preschool?
A: Preschool campers begin and end their day in the same space. Preschool campers must be signed in and signed out during drop-off and pickup. Parents must come into the building when bringing or picking up their children.  If your child is not picked up by 4:15, 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: 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: How early may my child arrive at the facility?
A: Camps begin officially at 10 am. All other campers may arrive at or after 9:30am with no penalty. Should you decide to partake in our Pre-Care service, campers can arrive anywhere between 7:30am-9:30am. 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: Free lunch and snack are provided daily. If your child would like to bring their lunch, they may do so.

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 if they are not eating free meal.

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: 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 may result in campers’ loss of pre and post-care privileges.

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.

Important Information for campers (and parents) attending Day Camp, Pre-School Camp, Robotics Camp