Camp Rules and Info


• A child must be between the ages of 5 and 13 years old at the start of the first session of camp and they must have been enrolled in school/daycare for the 2023-2024 school year.

• A liability release waiver must be completed for each camper by their parent/legal guardian. Waiver must be signed in front of camp staff. 

• Only registered campers will be allowed to participate in camp. Visitors, including parents, will not be permitted without permission.

*All photos or likeness of you and/or your child(ren) will be the property of GTL Culinary and The Philip House Mission and will be used to promote our organization and its campaigns


• The camp will maintain a camper to counselor ratio of 10:1 (or better) during all field trips.

• A safe, fun environment will be maintained at all times. Behavior that may cause an accident, injury, or that may hurt another camper’s feelings will not be tolerated. On-going/continued discipline problems may result in the camper being removed from the activity or the camper’s removal from the Summer Camp Program. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR CAMPERS WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM DUE TO BEHAVIOR ISSUES.


•911 will be called, followed by a call to the camper’s parent/legal guardian.

•Should a child require an emergency epi pen or emergency inhaler, they will be kept in a secure location


•If your child requires daily medicine, please make sure it is taken before arriving to camp, or make arrangements with the Director for you to visit the camp during the day to administer the medicine to your child.

•We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Camp staff asks that campers leave all cell phones, tablets, iPods/iPads, video games, toys, or other personal items at home, unless otherwise approved by the Director. The camp day is full of activities, so these items are not necessary. A phone is always available for campers, should they need to contact a parent/guardian.


•Campers DO NOT need to bring lunch with them each day, unless otherwise specified.

•Lunches will not be stored in a refrigerator.

•There will be two healthy snack times throughout the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please DO NOT pack your camper a snack.

•Snacks WILL NOT be available for purchase. 

• For the health of all campers and staff, we ask that children who get sick do not attend camp. If a child gets sick at camp, staff will contact the parent/guardian and ask that the camper be picked up immediately. The child must be cleared of the illness for a complete 24 hours before returning to camp.


• A variety of activities will be scheduled to provide a diverse mix of indoor and outdoor fun.


•The program registration fee INCLUDES aprons. Field trips, T-shirts, Latchkey and Transportation ARE EXTRA.

•All camp staff and campers will attend each field trip. If a child is not attending a field trip, their parent/guardian will have to make other arrangements for them that day. Supervision will not be available at the camp facility when the camp is out on a field trip.

•Campers must be on-time for all field trips. The camp will not be able to wait at the camp facility for late drop-offs.

ALL field trips will include a lunch. Campers will either have picnic style themed lunch at the field trip location or visit a restaurant that is within the themed week.

•Campers WILL NOT be allowed to be dropped off to or picked up from any field trip location, unless prior approval is obtained from the Director. 

•Campers MUST wear their camp t-shirt on all field trips only. Campers will be charged for new shirts if lost.

Discipline Policy

The following discipline plan will be in place so all Campers will have fun in a safe environment. 

1. If a child engages in behavior that is not appropriate, the camper will first be verbally redirected.

2. If the behavior does not stop, a Camp Staff member will talk with the camper one on one to help redirect. Staff will be encouraged to provide positive verbal reinforcement for good behavior that the camper demonstrates. We believe most difficulties will stop here.

3. If the behavior continues, the Camp Director or Assistant Director will intervene and remove camper from the large or small group to prevent further distraction of the other campers.

4. If the behavior cannot be resolved, Parents will be contacted and asked to pick up the camper for the remainder of the day.

5. If the behavior continues the following day, Parents will be called and asked to pick up the camper. At this time, Parents should make other arrangements for their camper for the next two days, or remainder of the week (whichever is less).

6. If the behavior continues the following week, it will be necessary for Parents to find other arrangements for the remainder of the summer. 

Staff Discipline Directives:

1. Staff shall be prohibited from using the following as a means of punishment:

• Hitting, spanking, shaking, biting, pinching, or inflicting other forms of corporal punishment.

• Restricting a child’s movement by binding or tying him or her.

• Inflicting mental or emotional punishment, such as humiliating, shaming, or threatening a child.

• Depriving a child of meals, snacks, rest, or necessary toilet use.

• Confining a child in an enclosed area, such as a closet, locked room, box, or similar cubicle.

2. Non-severe and developmentally appropriate discipline or restraint may be used when reasonably necessary to prevent a child from harming himself or to prevent a child from harming persons or property, excluding those forms of punishment prohibited by the above rule.