Before Coming to Camp
Please review the following information with your camper before the first day of camp:
- Campers should learn their counselor’s name and group number immediately upon arriving at camp on the first day.
- A counselor will be with your child until he/she is picked up by you or an adult authorized by you.
- Campers must stay with their counselor and group at all times.
- Lunch time is a quiet, rest time.
- Lunch time is to be spent with your group in your designated area. To leave your assigned area for any reason, you will need your counselor’s permission.
- Visits to the Student Center may only take place before or after camp with parental supervision.
- Camp begins and is dismissed at the Johnson Athletics Center next to the Kresge Parking Lot.
- If your child reports to camp late or needs to be dismissed early, he/she must be checked in/out when dropped off/picked up at the day camp office.
- Please call the Day Camp Summer Office at (617) 258-7528 between 9:00 am – 5:30 pm if your child will be absent from camp, or if you need to get a message to your child.
- If you know in advance that your child will be absent during certain days of camp, please contact the All Sports Summer Day Camp Office by note or call 617-258-7528 between 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
What to Bring
- Packed lunch, snack, and drink*
- Refillable water bottle
- Swimsuit and towel
*Smart Lunch delivery service is also available. Visit their website for more information.
**All campers must wear sneakers.
What Not to Bring
- Valuables: We strongly encourage that all valuables including cell phone, money and electronics remain at home. We cannot be responsible for lost articles.
- Sandals, Crocs, flip-flops, etc.
- Heelies/Heelys or roller blades
Activities & Policies
As mentioned, campers are encouraged to participant in all activities. Swimming activities take place in our professionally managed aquatics center and are supervised by American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. Swimming lessons will be taught by Certified American Red Cross Swim Instructors. Qualified swimmers must swim 100 yards followed by 10 minutes of treading water. Test administered first Monday of each session.
On the last day of each 2-week session, campers will participate in a Skit Show at 2pm in the Kresge Auditorium, Building W16. Parents are encouraged to attend. At the end of the show, counselors and campers will proceed outside to the usual pick up location. T-shirts will be sold for $10. Late stay will be held as usual until 5:30pm.
- Field Hockey
- American Red Cross Swim Lessons
- Skit Show
- Jr. Life Guarding**
- Capture the Flag
- Water Polo**
- Dodgeball (with foam balls)
- Counselor’s Activity Choice
*Dance will be open for all girl groups as well as the youngest boy group.
**Jr. Lifeguard, Water Polo, Diving, need a two week teaching progression and are not offered during one week sessions 1A,1B. Watch Our Jr. Lifeguarding Video
The early arrival and late stay program are a service for parents to help meet the needs of the work schedules. It is not a highly structured program like the Day Camp. Kids do not have to participate in activities at early arrival and/or late stay. Kids may just want to talk to kids and staff, read, play board games, etc. We have basketball hoops, badminton, 4square, etc. set up to play IF THE KIDS CHOOSE TO. Our staff will monitor all activities.
Early Arrival starts at 8:00 o’clock. Drop off children inside the Johnson Ice Rink by way of the Kresge Parking Lot (see map). Go to the main Zesiger front desk (building W35) for directions to Johnson Ice Rink.
Late stay starts at 4:00pm and ends at 5:30pm. Pick up children in the Johnson Ice Rink (see map). In an attempt to ensure the safety of all campers, we must require identification from the individual picking-up your child from Late Stay. We currently require identification and a note giving permission for any individual other than the child’s parent to pick-up a child from camp and Late Stay. This policy works well when your child’s counselor has become familiar with the parent dropping off the child, but is not sufficient for Late Stay. Because different counselors care for your child during Late Stay, they may not know each child’s parents. For this reason, we will request identification from mothers and fathers as well.
Regular Drop-Off (9am) and Pick-Up (3:45pm)
This season, campers may be dropped off at Johnson Athletic Center, which is accessed from the Kresge Parking Lot by taking Amherst Street from Massachusetts Avenue (see map). After campers are dropped off, vehicles may access Memorial Drive. Campers will organize by groups with their counselors in or near Johnson. Group lists with camper’s names will be posted on the glass windows at camp drop-off.
Campers will be dismissed from the morning drop-off location. Campers not picked up by 4:00 pm will become part of “Late Stay” located in the air-conditioned Johnson Athletic Center, at the daily enrollment rate of $37.00. Checks should be made out to MIT Summer Day Camp.
Child’s Exclusion Due to Illness
Children will be excluded from the camp for the following reasons:
- Illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities.
- Fever (100°axillary(armpit), 101°orally 102°aural(ear) accompanied by other symptoms such as lethargy, constant crying, difficulty breathing, diarrhea and vomiting.
- Diarrhea-stools with blood or mucous, and/or uncontrolled, unformed stools that cannot be contained in a diaper/underwear or toilet.Or Vomiting-green or bloody, and/or two or more times during the previous 24 hours.
Camp Fees: In order to reserve your space in any camp session, your registration must be accompanied by a RESERVATION FEE of $50 per camper per session that will be applied towards your camper’s tuition. RESERVATION FEES are non-refundable and non-transferable. This fee will be charged for any session in which your camper is enrolled. This fee will be applied to your tuition for that enrolled session only, and cannot be refunded or applied to any other camp session or camp balance at any other time. The Reservation Fee will also be kept if you switch sessions. Final payment for all fees is due by May 17, 2019.
NO TUITION REFUNDS AFTER MAY 17, 2019
Emergency Contact Information and Procedures:
- MIT emergency telephone numbers:
Rescue/Ambulance: x100 or 253-1212
Poison Prevention Center: 253-5360 (Environmental Medical Service)
- Hospital utilized for emergencies:
Name: Children’s Hospital
Address: 300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: 617/355-6000 (Main #)
617/355-6611 (Emergency #)
- Emergency procedures:
- In case of emergency, dial 100 from any campus phone, request the assistance of MIT Police/Ambulance and describe the illness or injury. A staff member waits with the camper until the MIT Police arrive.
- Another staff member notifies the Program Director who will notify parents by telephone of any emergency requiring more than minor first aid. If the parents cannot be reached, the Director will notify the alternate contact person indicated on the student’s application.
- The camp maintains a medical log, a record of all camper and staff health complaints and treatments.
Who is eligible?
MIT All Sports Summer Day Camp is open to the world.
Do campers need to speak English fluently?
We speak the international language of FUN. We have campers from all over the world who may speak very little English.
What is the Camp Tax ID Number?
Camp Tax ID number: 042103594. This can be included in tax deductions.
What is a CIT?
A CIT is a Counselor in Training program created for 14-16 year olds who will assist counselors with daily activities. Visit our CIT Page to learn more.
Can I split 2-week sessions?
No; full tuition is required for each session. If your camper cannot attend one week in the 2-week sessions, full tuition is still required; no exceptions.
Where do I drop off my child?
Each morning, groups will meet under the overhang outside the front of the Johnson Athletic Center, adjacent to the Kresge Parking Lot (see map).
Where do I park my car for pick-up/drop-off?
Parking is a problem. We do not have any spots assigned to Day Camp. If it is at all possible to walk your child to camp, please do so. Otherwise, pull into the Kresge Parking Lot (see map) and inform the attendant that you are just dropping off your child for camp. This has been a successful approach in years past, however, we cannot be responsible for your vehicle while you are dropping your child off. Please check your child in with his/her counselors. Do not allow campers to walk from car to group unattended.
At the request of the campus police, do not drop off your child from the Vassar Street side of campus. The traffic patterns at this spot of campus are very dangerous and present a safety issue for your children.
What do I do if I arrive late for drop-off?
Campers must be signed in at the day camp office. When possible, we request that you take your child to their group, after signing them in. We must request, however, that parents do not bring their children to the pool. Campers are not with their groups at that time, and counselors will not be aware that a camper has arrived. If there is enough time in the morning session, camp staff will bring campers to the pool.
What should I expect on the first day?
What do I do if I need to pick up my camper early?
Please notify your child’s counselor at morning drop-off in order that your child will be waiting for you at the Day Camp office at the desired time.
What happens if I am late picking up my camper?
Pick-up time begins at 3:45. After 4:00 p.m., your camper will automatically be enrolled in our late stay program. We will charge a fee for late pick-up. Late stay campers will enjoy activities in the air-conditioned Johnson Athletic Center.
How are the groups assigned?
What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?
All campers must participate in all activities. The MIT All Sports Summer Day Camp is committed to the development of the campers’ life skills through group activities and exposure to diverse athletic and social experiences.
Does the camp have a camper discipline plan?
Our programs are designed to ensure each camper a safe and enjoyable experience. MIT All Sports Summer Day Camp embraces the numerous cultural and personal differences of campers and their families. Our staff actively promotes respect and appreciation for diversity of our campers’ races, ethnicities, cultures, family structures, and other personal characteristics. If you would like a copy of our discipline plan contact camp Director Brian Callahan.
How do I submit the Health Forms & Camp Waiver?
All Health Forms and waivers should be mailed to MIT Day Camp, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. Health Forms and waiver must be received before a camp registration is considered complete.
I just registered, but haven’t received a confirmation e-mail yet, did my registration go through?
Our confirmation e-mails are not immediate, but are sent out late in the evening on the day you registered. If you were presented with a registration number upon submitting the application, your registration was received. If by the following day you still have not received an e-mail confirmation, e-mail email@example.com or call our camp administrator at 617-253-2913.