Frequently Asked Questions


General Information for All Camps

Cost: Prices for Summer 2019 have not been set yet, but will be announced shortly.

Campers will be registered according to the grade they will be entering in the Fall (Pre-K 4 - Grade 6).

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Extended Care is available at an additional cost during the following times:
   • 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ($25/week)
   • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ($50/week)

Camp Office Phone: (904) 641-4166

What is the difference between Day Camp and Specialty Camp?

Day Camp is divided into eight, one-week sessions, so that campers and families can choose the weeks that best fit their schedule. Day Camp will include group games and activities, arts and crafts, swimming, once-a-week field trips, and lunch.

Specialty Camp is designed to help campers explore new interests and build their skills. We provide specialized options such as dance, robotics, basketball, karate, and more! Each specialty camp will be led by JCDS instructors or local experts. These campers will spend the majority of their day doing activities which are geared toward the topic of their camp, while still enjoying the fun of Day Camp, with activities such as daily swim and play time. Lunch is provided, but specialty campers will not attend field trips.

Both Day Camp and Specialty Camp utilize the state of the art facilities of Jacksonville Country Day Schools’ campus. This includes classrooms, outdoor spaces, the junior olympic and wading pools, art rooms and the Smith Center (a multipurpose indoor athletic facility.)

Note: Campers can attend either a Specialty Camp or Day camp each week, but not both in the same week.
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What is your payment policy?

Each camp session that you register for will require a non-refundable $75 deposit. You may pay the balance in full at the time of registration or over 3 installments. The installment dates are:

• April 5
• May 5
• June 5

Any additional registrations or changes made after June 4 will require full payment. All camps are available as complete one-week sessions, and cannot be prorated into daily rates.
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What is your cancellation policy?

In the event of a cancellation, JCDS Summer Camp will issue a refund, minus the $75 non-refundable deposit. The only exception to this policy is illness with qualifying documentation. Cancellations must be made at least one week (7 days) prior to the beginning of that session, otherwise full payment is required.
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What will my child's day look like?

Camp activities will be split up according to age group. Each day will start with cabin time. From there, your child will enjoy playground time, gym time or arts and crafts, lunch, and swimming. Once a week, all those in Day Camp will leave campus for a field trip.
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Will lunch be provided?

Campers will have a daily lunch choice of a hot entree or sandwich, with sides of fruits and vegetables. Lunch menus will be sent out prior to the start of each session. A healthy afternoon snack will also be provided once per day. You may however, choose to send a packed lunch and/or additional snacks with your child if this is your preference.
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What should my child bring?

Each camper should bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and a water bottle. Campers should dress comfortably and plan to be active. Sneakers or tennis shoes are preferred. You may also send your child with water shoes for the pool. All items should be labeled with the camper’s name. Children are expected to be responsible for their own belongings, and JCDS is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Personal items such as iPads, cell phones, and other electronics are not allowed at camp. These items will be held in the camp office until a parent comes for pickup.
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How does the swimming program work?

All day campers entering Pre-K 4 through 2nd grade will have swim lessons given by a lifeguard who is responsible for establishing and enforcing pool safety procedures. Campers will be evaluated on their first visit to the pool and placed in groups according to ability. We also offer an aquatic recess or, “free swim” for all campers. Pool time is a scheduled daily activity, but is also weather-dependent.
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How will I know which cabin my child is in each session?

Cabin assignments will be sent out on the Thursday before each session begins. Please note that cabin assignments may change through the summer to encourage new relationships and provide the best camp experience to all campers. Cabin requests can sometimes be accommodated, and need to be submitted at the time of registration.
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Do you offer any academic programs?

JCDS Summer Camp offers a great opportunity for academic refresher and preparation through our specialty camp program. Typically programs in reading/language arts, math, and 1st/2nd grade readiness are all offered over the summer. Check out each session’s offerings page for more information.
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Is camp only open to JCDS students?

No! Attending school at JCDS is not a requirement to attend camp over the summer. Campers at JCDS over the summer come from all over Jacksonville. Some campers even come to us from out-of-state or other countries! Our camp program is designed for students entering Pre-K 4 through those entering 6th grade.
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Who are the staff and what are their qualifications?

Our Summer Staff is an energetic and fun team of individuals, dedicated to creating a great camp experience for your camper. All of our staff receive age specific training, are background checked and vetted by the camp administration. Our counseling team will spend their day directly supervising campers, and leading them from activity to activity. Camp counselors will also plan in-cabin activities, games, and competitions. Younger counselors will be paired with older, more experienced counselors to give them plenty of support.
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What are your Medical and First Aid procedures?

The Camp Office will employ a qualified staff member to dispense medicine and handle any emergencies that may arise. If your child will need any medications (prescription or over the counter), you must bring the medication to the Camp Office and fill out a medical permission form. All medications must be in their original packaging or, by Florida Law, JCDS cannot dispense the medicine. All medications will remain in the Camp Office with the exception of asthma inhalers and EpiPens.
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What is your Disciplinary Policy?

JCDS reserves the right to remove any camper due to his or her behavior or a parent’s conduct. Any behavior that is determined by camp administrators to be disruptive, detrimental, dangerous to other campers, or interferes with the daily operations of our summer camp will be handled in an appropriate manner. This policy will be exercised at the sole discretion of the camp administration.
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