Special Needs Policy - Silver Lake makes every effort to include campers of different abilities; however, we are not a special needs camp. Read our policy to see if Silver Lake is right for your camper.
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When packing for camp, be sure to pack enough for the day. We recommend a small backpack.
2 face masks* (so you can change it after lunch or if it gets wet or dirty)
Swim suit and towel
Rain coat (afternoon showers can be common)
Extra socks (wet socks are a drag!)
*Cloth masks are allowed, but please note cloth masks must be at least 2-ply without a valve. Gaiters/buffs are not acceptable.
Our programs are held outside as much as possible, which brings us into contact with various biting insects. We recommend sending a non-aerosol insect repellent (make sure that it works against ticks) with your child with instructions to apply daily. Staff will help with reminders. As in all parts of Connecticut, ticks can be found at Silver Lake. Please instruct your child in how to do a tick check. Campers are encouraged to do a tick check daily. If your child is bitten by a tick, they will be taken to the nurse, who will remove it. You will receive a “tick letter” when you pick up your child with information on after care.
This summer, our campers will be exploring God’s creation alongside the Silver Lake Summer Staff. Our staff pass mandatory background checks and undergo intensive training, as well as become certified in First Aid and CPR. By the end of training, our staff are well equipped to meet the needs of our campers.
Silver Lake provides two swimming areas at the waterfront. There is a shallow entrance area for campers who do not wish to take or who do not complete the swim test, or who are beginner swimmers. The deeper swimming area is available for those who have successfully completed the swim test.
The swim test is optional and can be taken at most swim times.
The swim test consists of the following:
- Swimming 6 lengths between the docks, any stroke, nonstop.
- Treading water for 60 seconds.
If a child does not successfully complete the swim test on their first try, they are encouraged to try again.
Cell phones are NOT permitted and will be confiscated. Please do NOT bring: alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, weapons, expensive jewelry, pets, pocket knives, fireworks, gum, candy, food, or valuables, including electronic and handheld devices: cell phones, radios, mp3 players, CD players, beepers, laptops, walkmans, or video games. Silver Lake cannot be responsible for items that may be lost, stolen, or broken.
The very best way to prevent the loss of an item while at Silver Lake is to label all personal items. If your child is missing a particular item, the staff will make every effort to help them find the item in the Lost and Found.
Silver Lake summer programs provide an environment that seeks to nurture children and youth of many ability levels so that all may have the opportunity to share in our community. It is our sincerest wish to ensure a positive conference experience for all God’s children. We strongly encourage parental involvement ahead of their program to ensure programs and facilities meet the requirements of your individual child. If your child has special physical, mental, developmental, or dietary needs that require special support, please contact the Program Director prior to the start of the program. Every reasonable effort will be made to meet your child’s special needs. Please inform the Program Director of any special circumstances that your child may be facing prior to arriving at Silver Lake. A recent death of a loved one, family divorce, or a change in medication may contribute to a child’s behavior while at Silver Lake and any information you share with us will assist us in understanding and meeting the needs of your child. All information shared with the Program Director will be handled confidentially.
Any camper who uses illegal drugs or alcohol, abusive language, promotes or participates in sexual behavior/misconduct, or demonstrates aggressive/violent behavior will be asked to leave Silver Lake immediately. The conferee’s parents/guardians and church pastor will be notified so that counseling or other relevant services may be arranged to assist the camper and family. All issues related to misconduct will be managed by the Executive Director, or an Alternate Director if needed.
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