Summer Camp Policies and F.A.Q.s

What are the dates of camp?
View Lakeside’s Dates and Rates

What should I bring / not bring to Lakeside?
View the Lakeside Camp Packing List

Check In Procedure

  • Registration begins at 2:30 PM and continues until 4 PM. Campers expecting to arrive after 4:00 PM should notify the Lakeside administrative office in advance.
  • When you arrive, you will be greeted in the parking lot by the Lakeside Summer Staff. Staff will help you unload and label your luggage and will take it for you to your child’s cabin.
  • You and your child will then begin the registration process.  Parents will meet with the Lead Summer staff to turn in any missing paperwork and meet with the camp nurse to discuss any camper concerns.  Children will go with a counselor to their cabin to get settled and ready for their swim test while parents complete the check-in process.
  • When done with check-in, parents can find their camper at their cabin to say goodbye.  We ask that you make goodbyes brief in order to cut down on the chance of homesickness.  This also allows for a smooth transition of the parental role to the counselors who will be caring for your child.
  • Parents will depart from camp no later than 4:00 PM

Check Out Procedure

  • Saturday Celebration begins in the Chapel at 9:00 am.  This is a time for parents to see what their children have been up to all week.
  • You are free to sign your child out after Saturday Celebration ends at 9:30am.
  • Your camper must be signed out by the person (people) indicated for pick-up when you arrived and signed your camper in.  If there are any changes to whom your child may be released upon departure, Lakeside must be notified ahead of time.
  • All campers must be picked up no later than 10:00AM

Campers may be contacted by mail, or e-mail.

  • Letters may be mailed to campers in care of Lakeside Christian Camp, 195 Cloverdale Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
  • E-mails may be sent to campermail@lakesideonline.org with the name of the intended camper in the subject line. (Please limit to one email per day, no pictures)

Emergencies
In the event of an emergency, campers may be contacted by telephone through our administrative office, at 413-447-8930.
For after hour emergencies only:  413-347-9655

Can I send my child care packages?
Yes, but please do not send anything restricted in our Camp Packing List.

Can I visit my child at camp?

Visiting campers while camp is in session is strongly discouraged. Lakeside Christian Camp seeks to maintain a safe and secure environment for all campers. In the event of extraordinary circumstances, visits to the Camp while youth camp is in session must be scheduled in advance by contacting our administrative office, at 413-447-8930.

Food in Cabins

  • Food is no longer allowed in cabins due to food allergies and the fact that the food attracts unwanted pests.  Because of this we ask that campers refrain from bringing snacks and drinks to camp. (Bottled water and other sugar-free, dye-free drinks are fine.)
  • We also ask that all care packages keep this policy in mind.  In other words, campers will need to eat any snacks outside of their cabin and will not have the ability to store large quantities of food in their cabin, so please do not send a weeks worth of candy in one package.
  • Smaller care packages can be left with office staff so that they can be distributed with camper mail throughout the week.
  • If you would prefer to provide your child snacks for the week, arrangements can be made during check-in to store their snacks in the Taste and See snack shop.

Camper Email

You can email your camper directly at campermail@lakesideonline.org. (Please put the name and cabin number of your camper in the subject line.)

Camp Pictures
We will be taking pictures throughout your camper’s session and uploading them daily to our Facebook page so that you can see all the exciting things your child is up to.

Summer Camp Cancellation Policy

  • 30+ days in advance = Full refund minus deposit.
  • 8-29 Days in advance = 50% refund minus deposit.
  • 0-7 Days in advance = No refund.

What are Lakeside’s discipline policies?
It is the policy of Lakeside to seek behavior modification for disruptive campers, rather than use punishment. However, in the event punishment is deemed necessary it shall be applied in a manner that is consistent and based upon an understanding of the individual needs and development of the children and for protecting the group and individuals within it.

Discipline shall be directed toward the goal of maximizing the growth and development of the children and for protecting the group and individuals within it.

Lakeside prohibits the use of corporal punishment, including spanking. No camper shall be subjected to cruel or severe punishment, humiliation, or verbal abuse. No camper shall be denied food or shelter as a form of punishment. No child shall be punished for soiling, wetting or not using the toilet.

Lakeside’s Anti-Bullying Policy
Bullying is when one or more people exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, pr put down another person with the intent to hurt another. Bullying happens when a person or group of people want to have power or another and use their power to her their way, at the expense of someone else. Bullying can also happen through cyberspace: through the use of emails, text messaging, instant messaging, and other less direct methods. This type of bullying can also lead to persons being hurt during or between the camp sessions and be especially hurtful when persons are targeted with meanness and exclusion.

At Lakeside Christian Camp, bullying is inexcusable, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Our camp philosophy is based on our mission statement which is to engage, equip, and encourage people for Christian life.  We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self confidence, make new friends, and go home with great memories.

Unfortunately, persons who are bullied may not have the same opportunity to get the most out of their camp experience. Our leadership takes all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with their staff and their campers so both staff and campers will be comfortable alerting us to any problems during their camp experience and between camp seasons. Every person has the right to expect to have the best possible experience here at Lakeside and by working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can ensure that all campers and staff have a great summer at Lakeside Christian Camp.

Treatment of Mildly Ill Campers and When Parents Are Contacted

Mildly ill children are treated at the discretion of the on-site, licensed health care professional. Parents will be contacted by telephone in the event:

  • Illness requiring the child to be in the infirmary overnight per Camp Physician’s Treatment Plan (Standing Orders)
  • Illness requiring medical attention so that the parent may take the child to her own personal physician
  • Injury which requires outside medical attention
  • Injury which interferes with the participation of a child’s chosen program

Medication

It is policy that all medication (stock meds and personal meds of both staff and campers) is kept in a locked cabinet in the infirmary under the health care staff’s supervision. Controlled medications are stored in a lock box in a locked cabinet. Medications in need of refrigeration are stored in a locked refrigerator.

Routine personal medications are administered under the supervision of the health supervisor and in accord with orders from the camper’s physician and with the permission of the guardians.. Medications are most commonly given at a meal time.

Emergency Medical Care

Emergency transportation will be provided In the event that emergency medical care is required. Generally speaking, an ambulance service is used to transport individuals to a medical care facility. At the discretion of the executive director and in consultation with the health care team, for example, when an ambulance is not readily available, an individual may be transported in a personal vehicle.

Lakeside Christian Camp Healthcare Manual

Camper parents and guardians are entitled to receive a complete copy of the Lakeside Christian Camp Health Care Manual. Please contact the Lakeside Christian Camp executive director, by calling 413-447-8930, or by e-mailing executivedirector@lakesideonline.org, to request a copy of the Health Care Manual.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.

Parents and guardians may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.