What is offered at the Convention for younger children, with or without Down syndrome?
Kids’ Camp provides a means for parents to leave their children at designated times during the weekend in a safe, structured, and fun environment. Kids’ Camp is available for children with Down syndrome from the ages of six months to 14 years old and their siblings ages six months to rising 3rd graders (Rising 4th graders may register for the Brothers & Sisters Conference.) The camp will be offered in five separate sessions. Registration is required for each session. All Kids’ Camp programming will take place in the City View rooms on the 4th floor of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
Friday, July 13 – 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
Friday, July 13 – 1:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Saturday, July 14 – 9:00 am to 1:15 pm
Saturday, July 14 – 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 15 – 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Camp activities will include arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational games and other activities. A light, healthy snack and drink will be provided.
For questions please contact KidsCamp@ndsccenter.org
- Frequently Asked Kids' Camp Questions
- What is the Kids' Camp program?For parents with young children attending the NDSC Convention, balancing their children’s needs with their ability to focus on sessions and workshops can be very challenging. Kids’ Camp provides parents a place to leave their children for all or part of the convention weekend in a safe, structured, and fun environment.
- When will Kids' Camp be available?The Camp will be offered in five separate sessions. Parents can choose one or all five based on availability at the time of registration.
- Do you offer extended care hours?No, only the hours listed above will be available for Kids’ Camp attendees.
- When can I register my child for Kids' Camp?Registration for the Kids’ Camp will ONLY be available with the established online registration system for the convention. Registration will open in March. Register early, space is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids’ Camp attendees must complete a consent form and provide support information as well as payment for registration to be complete.
- Can I register for Kids' Camp on-site?No. The preparation involved and recruiting of the extensive volunteer support needed for a safe and fun environment requires we pre-register all campers.
- How much does Kids's Camp cost?The cost for each camp session is $40.00 per child or $200 for all five sessions. A 10% discount for the second and subsequent children will be offered to families registering more than one child.
- Are there age limits?Yes. In order to participate in the Kids’ Camp program, an adult must be registered for the general convention. Kids’ Camp is available for children with Down syndrome from the ages of six months to 14 years old and their siblings ages six months to rising 3rd graders (Rising 4th graders may register for the Brothers & Sisters Conference.)
- How will check-in and out work?Kids’ Camp will open 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each session. Parents will be required to review the information provided at registration and sign it. At that time, each child will be issued a large name tag for the front or back of their shirt with their name and a number. Each parent will be issued a wristband marked with the child’s number. At the end of each camp session, parents will be asked to report to a designated area to meet their child. This process will be repeated for each session.
- Why do you need my cell phone number?This will be the only way to communicate with you in the event of an emergency. Parents will also be asked to provide the names of the workshops or sessions they are planning to attend.
- What's the camper-staff ratio?There is approximately one volunteer counselor for every five campers. This ratio may vary depending on the support needs identified when you register.
- What activities are planned?A wide variety of age-appropriate activities are planned including live dance and music performances, arts and crafts, free play, storytellers and more.
- Will camp be broken into age groups?Yes, the exact age groups will be determined once registration closes. Groups will be co-ed.
- Can all of my children be in the same group?Yes, as long as the children are close in age and this request is indicated on your registration form.
- Does Kids' Camp provide meals or snacks?All campers will be provided a healthy snack and drink in each session. We encourage all children to have a hearty meal prior to each session. Parents will be permitted to check-out their child during any session to eat with their family; however, they cannot re-check their children in during that session. Children will be permitted to bring snacks from home into Kids’ Camp if it is in a labeled zip lock bag with their name. If your child has a food allergy, please indicate that on your registration form. This information will be noted on the child’s name tag for volunteers to clearly see (as well as in their camper notes).
- What if my child has a medical consideration?If you feel your child’s situation is something we need to be aware of or special accommodations need to be made, please feel free to call us to discuss it. Please write down any medical considerations on registration form.
- Can a counselor administer my child's medication?No. All medicine must be administered by a parent.
- Should I leave an extra change of clothes at camp?Yes, accidents happen!
- Will Kids' Camp supply diapers or baby wipes?No, this will be the parent’s responsibility.
- Can campers bring toys from home?No, the NDSC will not be responsible for any toys lost or broken. All electronic equipment such as IPOD’s and Nintendo DS’s will be prohibited.
- Who is managing Kids' Camp?Lauren Camp and a team of volunteers will manage the 2016 Kids’ Camp.
- Is there someone I can contact with additional questions?Yes, Lauren Camp will be happy to take your questions via email at KidsCamp@NDSCcenter.org
- What is the Kids' Camp program?