Frequently Asked Questions
What if I need to get in touch with my camper’s Leadership Team member or counselor during the camp day?
Leadership Team members handle all parent communication. The best time to talk to us over the phone is before camp between 8:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. and after camp between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Parents may call the camp office anytime during the camp day to leave a message. Leadership Team members are actively out in the program and will periodically check messages during the day and respond in a timely fashion. If it is an urgent matter, an office staff member will radio a Leadership Team member for immediate assistance. Leadership Team members work directly with counselors throughout the day to communicate about each camper’s needs.
How will I know how my camper is doing throughout the summer?
Leadership Team members call home frequently throughout the summer to partner with parents in meeting their camper’s needs. During these calls, Leadership Team members will share information with parents about their camper’s experience and talk about how their camper is enjoying Banner.
How will I know what is happening day to day at camp?
Banner continually informs parents about daily camp activities and special events throughout the summer. We encourage parents to check our website for daily online newsletters and photos. Parents will receive Camptalk newsletters every two weeks which contain important reminders and information about camp events. Regular swim progress postcards and continual phone updates give parents information about their individual camper’s experience.
What if I want to extend camp by adding additional weeks?
Please call the camp office to check on availability of additional weeks. Additional weeks may be added to a four week camper, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. To coincide with vacation needs or conflicts, Banner may be able to accommodate other requests.
Programs and Activities
What should my child bring to camp each day?
Campers should wear a Banner t-shirt and gym shoes every day. We encourage campers to apply sunscreen in the morning. Pack a backpack with a swimsuit, pool shoes and extra sunscreen. Camp will provide a swim towel. Please leave all valuables and electronics at home. Please label all camper clothing and personal belongings.
What does Banner do if it rains?
Camp continues rain or shine. Alternate activities and programs will take place in our two activity pavilions, multi-purpose rooms and dining hall. Tweens and older Senior campers may at times travel off the camp grounds.
When can I visit my camper at camp?
Banner offers parents multiple opportunities to visit during the summer. All families are invited to Banner for the Fourth of July Family Picnic. Senior and Tween Camp parents join their campers during week six for Interactive Nights. Junior Camp parents come to camp for Junior Visitor days during week seven. For safety and security reasons, we do not offer open visitation.
Does Banner offer extended hours for before or after camp care?
Yes Banner offers an extended day program for an additional cost each day. Parents can choose three, four or five days a week for the summer. You can sign up at https://bannerdaycamp.net/aftercamp.htm. Also, we are happy to work with your family regarding your camper’s busing schedule in order to accommodate individual needs. Banner can arrange for your camper to be picked up or dropped off at an alternate location within our transportation boundaries such as your place of business, a grandparent’s house, or at the home of a babysitter or family friend. Please call the Banner office to discuss how we can help.
Does my camper’s sack lunch get refrigerated?
Yes! Sack lunches (brown bag please) are separated by group and stored in the walk-in refrigerator each day.
It’s my camper’s birthday, and I would like to bring special treats for my child’s group. How can I do that?
If you would like to bring treats for your camper’s birthday, we strongly recommend sending them in your camper’s backpack or on the bus. Treats without nuts and that don’t melt in the hot sun are best (i.e. suckers, hard candy, snack bags, etc.).
If my camper has food allergies, what can I do to include them in special treats and birthdays?
Parents can send a small shoebox with safe treats that can be used for their camper if there is a birthday or special occasion being celebrated at camp.