Frequently Asked Questions:
Is CampNWMI a continuation of CampRamadan?
Yes! With Ramadan moving further into the school year, it was impossible to host camp during the holy month. Although we will miss sharing the blessings of fasting, hosting a camp without fasting has great advantages too! The American Muslim youth can bond through the joys of summer, with much water play, outdoor sports, watermelon and popsicles.
What is CampNWMI’s philosophy?
We believe that a high-quality program will promote the long-term spiritual and social development of youth campers. We believe in creating a positive, supportive environment in which youth learn about Islam with meaning and relevance to their lives as American-Muslims. We believe in modeling Islamic values of patience, integrity, and respect for all. We are committed to making each camper feel valued and to motivating each camper to rise to his/her best self.
How are campers placed into a class?
Campers are divided into classes based on age. All classes are co-ed.
Classes are divided into the following age groups:
- 3-4 years old (nap encouraged)
- 4-5 years old (rest time, but no nap)
- 6-7 years old
- 8-9 years old
- 10-11 years old
- 12-14 years old
Will my child be with his younger/older friend/cousin/sibling?
Campers are divided into classes based on age (see Q #1). This year we have planned additional daily camp-wide activities to allow friends and family divided by class lines to be together. Teachers in consecutive ages may also collaborate for certain activities such as charity projects or outdoor sports. That said, we try to accommodate special requests for campers to be together with their friends and family when possible.
What are camp-wide activities?
Camp-wide activities are just that – activities in which campers ages 6 to 16 will participate. In year’s past, the only camp-wide activity was congregational prayer: Salat-ul-Dhuhr. An exciting new camp-wide addition this year: each day will end with a snack and outdoor sports time. Both the before and aftercare will also be comprised of multiple age groups.
In the camp-wide activities description, campers in the 3-5-year-old class were omitted, why?
So that our youngest campers are not overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and energy of their older peers, it is at the teacher’s discretion to have the youngest ones participate when appropriate.
What is the program for the 3-5-year-old age group?
The 3 to 4 year-olds will be in one class with a daily schedule that includes a naptime. There is a separate class for the 4-5-year-olds, with a daily schedule that includes a quiet rest time, but no naptime. Both classes will do similar activities - indoor free play (the Waldorf School where camp is held is replete with natural playthings that stimulate creativity), circle time with Islamic themed finger plays and simple songs, daily crafts (cutting, gluing, painting, etc.), outdoor play (sometimes with water play and popsicles), lunch, and a visit as quiet observers each day at congregational prayer where they learn a bit about prayer etiquette through the modeling of the teachers and older camp participants. A daily snack is provided.
What is the structure of the day?
The camp week maintains a general daily structure on Monday through Thursday. Friday is a celebratory day with a separate schedule. Click here to open a printable version of both of the schedules. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at the outdoor field day and most welcome to come view our closing ceremony at 2pm after the Friday congregational prayer.
What food will be provided?
During the outdoor game time at the end of the day, Monday through Thursday, a snack of watermelon and/or popsicles will be offered. Friday will be a celebratory day with popcorn and snow cones provided. (Snow cones are sweetened with 100% fruit juice concentrate, with no artificial colors or flavors). A pizza lunch will be offered on Friday for $1 per slice.
A daily morning snack will be provided for the youngest campers ages 3-5 years old. All age groups should also arrive to camp with a packed lunch that is nut-free.
What should my child bring to camp?
Each day campers should arrive with a backpack filled with a sunhat (we will play outside!), an extra set of clothes (if change is needed after art projects or water play), a nut-free lunch (with the exception of Friday, if they wish to purchase pizza), and a water bottle.
Is technology (cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPods, mp3 players, etc.) allowed at camp?
Such devices will be allowed only if campers need to communicate with their parents. To ensure campers are fully engaged in their activities and to ensure their valuables stay safe, we ask that electronic devices be left at home when possible. If not, we ask that during camp hours all such devices are tucked away.
Why is before care only $25?
To help accommodate working parents we have orchestrated an early drop off program. Starting at 8:15am campers will play on the playground and connect with their peers before the camp day officially begins. Sports balls, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, sand pit and supervision provided. Before care is open to all ages. To ensure high quality care at all times, parents must sign their kids into the early drop off program each morning. After signing your child in at the foyer of the school, a teen volunteer will escort your child to the before care program on the playground.
What is the aftercare program like?
Aftercare is available from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Unlike the unstructured free play of before care, aftercare will have a weekly plan with daily crafts and counselor-led group games. An additional snack, sports equipment and craft supplies will be provided.
Pick up for aftercare will be on the school’s playground. To ensure quality supervision at all times, parents must sign campers out from camp.
How early can I drop my child off at camp?
If a camper is not enrolled in the official before care program, they may be signed into camp at 8:50am. Teen volunteers will escort campers to their classrooms. If they like, parents are permitted to escort their own children to the classroom on the first day to meet their child’s teacher. They are also welcome on subsequent days if their young child is having a difficult time separating. We want all participants to enjoy their camp experience, if that includes more parental time, we are happy to accommodate.
What is the camper to teacher ratio?
In the youngest age group (ages 3 to 5) the ratio is one adult per six children. In the older age classes, it is typically one adult per eight to nine children. Each classroom will have one lead teacher and one assistant teacher, as well as floating teen counselors for extra support.
Are the two weeks of camp identical?
While the structure of the days will remain the same, the specific activities will vary from one week to the other. All campers will enjoy understanding how camp "works" and feel confidence knowing what to expect. They will also enjoy perpetuating established bonds with their teacher and peers – as such, signing up for both weeks is highly encouraged.
If I sign my child up for camp, but later want to cancel what is your refund policy?
Full refunds will be offered up to 30 days prior to the first date of camp; making July 1, 2017 the last day refunds will be issued. For extenuating circumstances, such as complications with health or safety, please contact the Camp Director at email@example.com.
Can I volunteer at camp?
Yes, absolutely! Your support only helps to make camp more successful and depending on your availability there are many ways to get involved. To gain blessings through service by being part of the Camp Team, please contact the Camp Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.