What does my child need to bring each day?
Here is a list of things to bring each day in your backpack:
Sturdy sports sandals: with back straps (ie. Keens/Crocs) or gym shoes to protect feet from injury. NO open-toes sandals or flip-flops, please!
Sunscreen & Bug Spray: We will spend much of our time in the forest, but sunscreen will be important for field games. Please apply before you arrive and our counselors will re-apply throughout the day.
Hat: to keep the sun off of delicate faces.
Rain jacket: Camp adventures will not be stopped by rain. We will seek shelter during lightning or severe weather.
Extra set of clothes: or swimsuit that can get wet and/or muddy. We will not be swimming but we often walk or sit in the creek.
Plastic water bottle: Proper hydration keeps our campers happy and cool. We will refill the bottles throughout the day. BPA-free water bottles are sold in our camp store.
Lunch & a snack: packed in a reusable lunchbox/bag. All wrappers/uneaten food will be kept in the lunchbox and returned home so parents can be aware of what their child is eating or not eating while at camp.
*If a child forgets their lunch, camp will call the listed contact person and emergency contacts. Lunch can be dropped off or camp will provide a pre-packaged lunch for a fee of $5.00.
*Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please label all of your child’s belonging. Unclaimed items will be held for 1 week, displayed at check-out, then donated to charity.
What makes Camp Bells Bend Beaman special?
Camp Bells Bend Beaman is unique because of our emphasis on developing independence, a sense of exploration and creativity in our campers. Each small group, lead by a counselor, will have a set of activities, games and challenges to work on throughout the day, but their schedule will be very open. The groups will travel through the park with their counselor and their lunches and they are empowered to shape their schedule for the day. This will require cooperation within the group and with the guidance of their counselors, we know that our campers will learn and thrive.
Another special feature of Camp Bells Bend Beaman is our access to thousands of acres of forest and fields! Our daily schedule is designed around outdoor play and the features of the parks. Engaging with nature has many benefits such as decreased stress, lowering anxiety and preventing obesity. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of outdoor play, the National Wildlife Federation and Children & Nature are two great resources.
What will my child do if it rains?
Rain brings the field flowers to life and replenishes the Little Marrow Bone Creek. We wouldn’t want to miss out on that! Our campers should bring rain gear and be ready for new adventures when the rain falls. Our staff will monitor the weather and if lightning or thunder is detected campers will be moved to the pavilions or inside the Nature Center. Emergency plans are in place for more severe weather events.
How will my child stay cool and hydrated this summer?
Camp Bells Bend Beaman is very aware of the dangers presented by high temps and humidity. It is quiet warm and sunny at Bells Bend, but we will take refuge in the camping area with shade. Luckily, Beaman Park’s forest is large and shady! Every camper will bring a full water bottle in the morning and their counselor will facilitate frequent water breaks and refills. The campers will also be reminded to fill up their water bottles when their group stops at the restroom. Campers will have the opportunity to play in the creeks and rivers flowing through the park. Sunscreen reapplication will be facilitated by our counselors.
Do you offer Extended care?
YES! Camp Bells Bend Beaman is offering Extended Care from 7:45 am-5:15 pm. Weekly Extended Care can be purchased as an add-on during registration for $50/week. Extended Care includes activities and supervision by our highly trained camp staff. Campers are encouraged to pack an extra snack with their lunch. Drop-off and pick-up each day is at the park nature centers. A late pickup fee of $1/minute may be assessed.
Regular drop-off is 8:45-9:00 am and pick-up is 3:45-4:00 pm, campers arriving early or staying late will be charged $1 per minutes if not enrolled in Extended Care.
Do you offer Busing Service to camp?
YES! Camp Bells Bend Beaman is offering Busing Service to camp each day combined with Extended Care from 7:45 am-5:15 pm. Weekly Bus service can be purchased as a add-on during registration for $90/week.
Busing service will be available daily from Elmington Park on West End at I-440 (3531 West End Ave.) Drop off begins at 7:45 am with buses departing at 8:25 am. Buses arrive at the park around 4:25 pm and all campers must be picked-up by 5:15 pm. (Campers not picked up by 5:15 pm will be charged $1 per minute) Bus Service includes supervision by our highly trained camp staff. Campers are encouraged to pack an extra snack with their lunch.
How does it work if I want to drive my child to camp?
The car rider option is FREE. Regular drop-off is 8:45-9:00 am and pick-up is 3:45-4:00 pm, campers arriving early or staying late will be charged $1 per minute if not enrolled in extended care (see extended care above). Drop-off and pick-up each day is at the park nature centers. Camp Bells Bend Beaman is located at both parks. Monday-Wednesday camp meets at Bells Bend Outdoor Center and Thursday-Friday camp meets at Beaman Park Nature Center.
Why can I only enroll my child for 4 sessions this summer?
Summer is a great time to develop new skills, attend overnight camps, play sports, go camping or spend time with family. At Camp Bells Bend Beaman, we believe that there are many valuable experiences for our campers and we encourage our campers to have a well-rounded summer.