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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: Thursday, June 20th – Sunday, June 30th
  • Boys’ 2nd Session: Sunday, June 30th – Wednesday, July 10th
  • Girls’ 1st Session: Saturday, July 13th  – Tuesday, July 23rd 
  • Girls’ 2nd Session: Tuesday, July 23rd – Friday, August 2nd

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: What is the cost for camp?
A: 

Price Per Session

Full-Members

All Others

On/Before April 30th

$175

$350

On/After May 1st

$190

$365

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 Meetings on TBD (coming soon!) (Boys Camp) and on TBD (coming soon!) (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, nights get cold)
  • 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: What should my camper not bring to camp
A:

  • 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 House Camp? A: Our First Aid Director will administer all medications to the campers. Our Medication Policy is as follows: On the day of departure, bring 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 can be obtained on site by asking for a Front Desk Associate or Click Here to download an electronic version. Applications may be submitted on site to a Front Desk Associate or submit via email to Dan Turkovich.

Q: Who do I contact for more details?
A: For general inquiries, please call Sarah Heinz House directly at 412.231.2377. All camp specific concerns should be directed towards either Camp Directors, Dan Turkovich and Sherri Kotwica and/or our Director of Program Services, Bob Bechtold.

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 in the North Side. All camps are composed of four sessions, running from June 17th – August 9th.

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 17th

Friday,
June 28th

 

2nd Session

Monday,
July 1st

Friday,
July 12th 

Closed,
July 4th

3rd Session

Monday,
July 15th

Friday,
July 26th

 

4th Session

Monday,
July 29th

Friday,
August 9th

 

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 4/30 $150 $245
On/After 5/1 $165 $260
         
     

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 12th grade in 2018/19 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: (information from 2018, will be updated for 2019 Summer Camps) 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.

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

  • Welcome Letter (coming soon!)
  • Handbook (coming soon!)

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: 
(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

 Grade

Start

 

Finish

 

1st Session
(Technology Fun)

1st-3rd 

Monday,
June 17th

Friday,
June 28th

 

2nd Session
(Adventures in Technology)

4th-6th

Monday,
July 1st

Friday,
July 12th 

Closed,
July 4th

3rd Session
(Robotics Camp)

1st-3rd

Monday,
July 15th

Friday,
July 26th

 

4th Session
(Robotics Camp)

4th-6th

Monday,
July 29th

Friday,
August 9th

 

You must sign up for each session separately.

Q: What is the cost?
A: 

Price Per Session

Full-Members

All Others

On/Before April 30th

$150

$295

On/After May 1st

$165

$310

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 Day Camp Director.

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

  • Welcome Letter (coming soon!)
  • Handbook

 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 17th

Friday,
June 28th

 

2nd
Session

Monday,
July 1st

Friday,
July 12th 

Closed,
July 4th

3rd
Session

Monday,
July 15th

Friday,
July 26th

 

4th
Session

Monday,
July 29th

Friday,
August 9th

 

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 4/30

$295

On/After 5/1

$310

 

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 after-school 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 non-compliant 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 Day Camp Director. Important Information for campers (and parents) attending Day Camp, Pre-School Camp, Robotics Camp & Leadership Development Camp

  • Pre-School Introduction Letter (coming soon!)
  • Welcome Letter (coming soon!)
  • Handbook