What is the child to teacher ratio at the Archaeology Summer Camp?
In a camp that is at maximum enrollment, the child to teacher ratio varies between 10:1 and 7:1. Mornings, when the half day kids are at camp, there are three classes, each with a teacher and an assistant, as well as the director, for a 10:1 ratio. When the half day children leave, the ration improves to 7:1 for the more teaching-intensive afternoon session. There are ample, experienced, well-trained staff members to handle the teaching, as well as any emergencies that may arise.
Are there trained medical staff on hand at camp?
No. Except at Universities where ambulance and other facilities exist, we follow the instructions and use the emergency number listed on a child's medical form. Often, children with allergies, bring their own medications and use them on an as-needed basis. It is very helpful that we be fully informed in advance of any child's food, respiratory or insect-bite related allergies so that we can take immediate and appropriate action in the case of an incident. Over the years of the summer camp, there have been neither incident nor injury beyond minor scrapes, cuts and bruises.
Do you provide transport to and from the camp?
No. For liability and other reasons we do not provide transport.
Does the camp provide/offer before-care and after-care?
There is aftercare from Monday to Thursday, to 5:15pm. It costs $30 for the week. Friday is excluded from aftercare because staff is fully engaged in cleaning up after the camp. There is no early care but children can be dropped off after 8:30am.
What should my child/ren bring to camp?
All children should bring something to drink, a healthy snack, and a hearty lunch (they get hungry digging!). They should wear weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty, even ruined, and footwear that is at once light and flexible but protective (like old sneakers). For headwear they should have a baseball cap, bandana or Panama/boonie hat. I recommend that fair-skinned children bring sunblock (SPF 15 or higher) and all should have their favored type of insect repellent. If they have a mid-day medication, or something for allergies like antihistamine or Benadryl, they will need to have those in their lunch or backpack AND IT SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION. Finally, on days that threaten rain or cold temperatures, a poncho/windbreaker or pullover should be packed. And, of course, they bring things about which they have questions: artifacts, photographs and books.
What should my child/ren NOT bring to camp?
Please discourage your child from bringing portable electronic devices: gameboys and the like. It will only cause a distraction from the mission of the camp. Likewise children should not bring pets or toys of any kind. If necessary a prohibition about certain foods (especially peanuts and other foods to which some children have severe allergies) will be announced, and these types of food should be left at home. Children should not attend camp in loose sandals, because there are too many chances to stub toes, step on rough or sharp objects, and lose loose footwear.
At the end of the camp it says there is a celebration and an exhibit. What does that entail?
At the celebration each family will be asked to bring a dish based on a theme that kids have been studying. It can be homemade or store-bought. The idea is that this will enhance the experience for everyone. The typical dish should be medium-casserole sized, so that it can feed more than a few people. Recipes will be posted to The Archaeological Perspective's website in the summer. As for the exhibit, it represents the children's aesthetic and ideas about the meaning of their finds expressed as a story. They are supposed to be able to lead you through the exhibit and explain the story to you. At the end of the exhibit, campers are free to leave with family or stay until 4pm. (REMEMBER: THERE IS NO AFTERCARE PROVIDED ON FRIDAYS.)
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