We’re so excited to have your camper at MIT! With so many fun activities to look forward to, many guardians have questions. Below is additional information to help prepare you and your camper for their fun-filled week(s) at MIT. See you all soon!
Get Ready for Camp!
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.
- 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
*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
What should I expect on the first day?
Please come meet your camp counselors on the first day of camp!
Please inform him/her of your pick-up plans for the afternoon. If you are not picking up your child yourself, the counselor will ask you to sign a form listing the names of each person allowed to take your child from camp. Those individuals will need to bring identification with them each day they come to camp. Over time, the counselor may become familiar with the regular pick-up person. However, due to absences or special events, we cannot guarantee that the same counselor will always be responsible for your child at the end of the day.
In addition, please inform your child’s counselor of any allergies, medications, or other special concerns that will be valuable for the counselor to know.
Activities & Policies
Campers are encouraged to participate 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. Other activities include the following:
- 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
** 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 (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, (see map). 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 $38.00. 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.
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.
MIT COVID Policies
MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation follow all MIT Covid guidelines related to rentals, events, visitors, etc. This includes Day Camp participants.
Please note, campers are required to show proof of Covid vaccinations.
Pick-Up, Drop-Off, and Parking
Where do I drop off my child?
If you are walking, biking or working at MIT then you are able to drop off/pick up your child at the ice rink. You are able to access the ice rink from the outside through a large garage door. There is a sign that says MIT Day Camp right outside the entrance. This is located on Vassar Street. There are bike racks on the opposite side of the building- a staff member is happy to direct you.
If you are driving, please drop off your child at the Westgate Lot. We will be directing cars into the parking lot so there is not a traffic jam down the street. When picking up your child, we will also be directing cars in and out of the parking lot. Please be sure to sign your child out with their counselor before leaving.
What do I do if I arrive late for drop-off?
Campers must be signed in by their guardian. Once signed in, camp staff will bring campers to their groups.
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.
Who is eligible to come to camp?
Campers: 6 – 13 years old
Counselor: 16+ years old
Do campers need to speak English fluently?
We have campers from all over the world! Several may speak very little English, but we do our best to bridge any language gaps by demonstrating activities prior to participation.
What is the Camp Tax ID Number?
Camp Tax ID number: 042103594. This can be included in tax deductions.
There will be no CIT program starting Summer 2023.
How are the groups assigned?
Groups are assigned by age. Each child will be in a group with others up to approximately 1 year difference in age. There are approximately 10-14 campers per group depending on enrollment.
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 Dan Kilbridge.
How do I submit the Health Forms & Camp Waiver?
All Health Forms and waivers will be submitted online. Health Forms and waiver must be received before a camp registration is considered complete.
Please note, campers are required to show proof of Covid vaccinations.
I just registered, but haven’t received a confirmation e-mail yet.
Our confirmation e-mails are immediately sent. If you are having any trouble receiving an e-mail confirmation, e-mail email@example.com
What's the Camp refund policy?
In order to receive any refund you MUST purchase one of the 2 protection plans. The first plan is “basic” which covers cancelations due to emergency situations. An example of this could be Covid-19 or a broken bone. The second plan is “deluxe” which covers all cancelations. An example of this could be a last minute vacation.
If you have to cancel for any reason and did not purchase the insurance plan, you are able to switch weeks depending on availability.
For the full refund policy, please consult this document.