Summer Camp

ABOUT CAMP

Chester Bowl Camps are based on a philosophy of nature play, positive social interaction with peers, teen mentors, and adult staff, and immersion in nature.  We see campers thrive in an environment where they are given age-appropriate amounts of choice, responsibility, and risk.  A typical day may include unstructured play time on the playground, group games and activities with both the full group and smaller groups, arts and crafts, hiking through Chester on the way to a local field trip, fort building, making boats from natural materials, playing in the creek, smiling, laughing, making new friends, and asking “do I really need to go home now?” at the end of the day

REGISTRATION TIMELINE & AVAILABILITY

Registration is managed through Regpack which is an online registration system. Parents will need to create an account, complete health forms & other necessary forms, and then register their children.

Registration opens to returning families at noon on Thursday, March 14. A link will be emailed out at noon to all families that attended fall or summer camp 2022 or 2023. This link is not to be shared and if a new family gets the link both the family that shared the link and the new family will be removed from camp.

Registration opens to new families at noon on Monday, March 18 when the registration link is posted on our website.

We expect camp to fill very quickly and we will be keeping waitlists for each week. If you aren’t able to get into all the camp that you were hoping for, sign up for waitlists and there may be chance we can register you.

AGE REQUIREMENT & HOURS

Camp is Monday through Thursday, June 10 through August 15, and campers are signed up by the week. There is no camp on July 4. Campers can be dropped off starting at 8am and must be picked up before 5pm each day. There are no early drop-off or late pick-up options at Chester Bowl. Parents are required to adhere to the camp drop-off & pick-up times and there will be no exceptions made to the times listed above.

Campers must be between 6 years old (or have completed kindergarten) and 12 years old at the start of camp in order to attend. We have found that campers that can hike at least 2 miles are successful at camp.

COST & SCHOLARSHIPS

Each week of camp costs $170 per camper ($127.50 week of July 4) and there is one-time $75 family registration fee.

There are limited scholarships available, and they must be requested by 9am on Monday, March 4th- see more information below.

Tuition is based on registration, not attendance, and camp must be paid in full by May 1, 2024. You can cancel weeks and receive a partial refund up until May 1, 2024. After that date, if you cancel you will not be eligible for refunds.

Chester Bowl’s scholarship program is designed to support low income families so that their children can participate in our programming. There is a cap on scholarship funding this year and we will be awarding a total of $12,672. This is a departure from past summers where we were able to award 100% of scholarship requests.

All families requesting scholarship support will be required to pay the $75 registration fee. Each camper will receive one week of summer camp at no charge beyond the registration fee. The remaining funds will be dispersed to families based on their need as described by the current HUD income guidelines.

Award amounts will be emailed to families no later than March 8, 2024. Parents can then register when it opens, check out without paying and then have their scholarship award applied to their accounts. They are then responsible for paying their balance by May 1, 2024 or they will forfeit their camp spots. Please note that receiving a scholarship does not guarantee registration- you will still need to sign up for camp while there are open weeks.

We recognize that this change may limit some family’s ability to participate in summer camp programming. We are sorry for this, but scholarship requests have risen to an amount that Chester can no longer support.

Parents must complete the scholarship request form by 9am on Monday, March 4, 2024. Here is the link to the scholarship form: https://forms.gle/axZxktb8S7DZURCk6

CAMP LOCATIONS

The day camp is offered in three locations all within Chester Park.

  • Lower Chester- located at 1417 E. 5th Street, Lower Chester Park is an awesome resource for our camp. Aside from awesome hiking trails, a great swimming hole, and being a short hike away from Upper Chester, Lower Chester has a paved hockey rink perfect for skateboarding, biking, and scootering. Campers can come with their helmets and wheeled devices to take advantage of the rink.
  • Middle Chester- The chalet at the base of the ski hill is home to our Middle Chester location. Close the playground and central to the trails in the park,  Middle Chester is an awesome place to spend summer!
  • Upper Chester- Located just past the chalet, Upper Chester is located at the end of the road in the park. Upper Chester has a perfectly paved space where campers can do chalk art, and play games. This location is close to the creek and has access to some of the finest fort building locations in the park.

Each camp location offers unique opportunities for play but all three sites offer very similar programming built around the Peace in the Park philosophy. Campers at all three locations will be able to experience all the great things that the park has to offer and will spend time each week in the different park locations. For example, Lower Chester may hike up to Upper Chester to play on the playground and Chalet and Upper Chester groups may hike down to Lower Chester to play on the hockey rink. No matter where your camper is signed up they will have an awesome experience! 

HOW TO REGISTER

We use the online registration software provided by Regpack to manage our registration for summer camp. Following the timeline above, a link will be emailed out to returning families on March 14th. Families will then follow this link to our online registration where they can register their children, complete our required forms, and select a payment option. Starting March 18th, the registration link will be posted here for new families.

Please note that our registration software automatically adds a “registration protection” option to your order. This is a fee from Regpack, not Chester, and may be a “defaulted on” selection. If you do not want to pay that fee, please be sure to check that you have opted out before completing your registration! Also, if you make changes and go back to the checkout page, please confirm that this fee has not been re-added to your cart.

Follow this link to our registration guide for step-by-step instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19JL404jIIHay1X5wUf9OdQHBX7EDhzDBDGUgpnhfRvk/edit?usp=sharing

HERE IS THE LINK TO REGISTER FOR CAMP: [LINK AVAILABLE FOR NEW FAMILIES ON MARCH 18 AT NOON]

PARENT HANDBOOK

It is important that each family understands what Chester Bowl camp is about and the policies we have in place at camp. Parents are expected to review the parent handbook prior to the first day of camp, preferably before registering their children for camp. To view the parent handbook follow this link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xh8CIylbZdjwZ_f2vM2VN_mKuv5Ju0y6/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103099477608474867310&rtpof=true&sd=true

SUMMER CADET PROGRAM

We will be offering the Summer Cadet Program, a teen volunteer opportunity, again this summer for those that have completed 7th grade up through those who are 15 years old. Find out all of the details and register here: https://www.chesterbowl.org/summer-cadet-program/

QUESTIONS

Getting registered for camp can be challenging especially for new families. If you have questions about camp, registration, or anything else please email sam@chesterbowl.org.

Our promise to parents is to return your child “tired, happy, and dirty”!

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