Frequently Asked Questions
- What should campers wear to camp?
- Please send campers in weather appropriate "play" clothes each day. Closed toe athletic style shoes are preferable. Flip-flops are only permitted in the pool area. During fieldtrip days, campers are to wear their Camp Nova shirt.
- What should the campers bring to camp?
- All campers must have a backpack or camp tote bag to carry their items such as sunscreen, fresh towel daily, bug repellent and bathing suits. PLEASE LABEL ALL ACCESSORIES WITH A PERMANENT MARKER. Lost and found is located in the gymnasium in the Counselors Corner
- What should campers keep at home?
- Please keep home any expensive items such as jewelry, electronics or dangerous items like fireworks, lighters, or other inappropriate items. These items will be retrieved by a counselor and given to the parents at the end of the day. Neither Camp Nova nor the counselors will be responsible for any lost or misplaced items.
- Is lunch and snack included in the tuition?
- Lunch and snack is included in the camper’s tuition. The camp provided lunch and snack daily. If you decide to pack your child’s lunch, please pack it in an insulated bag, as there is no space to refrigerate lunches and campers will have no access to a microwave. PLEASE LABEL ALL LUNCH BAGS AND ACCESSORIES WITH A PERMANENT MARKER. Lost and found is located in the gymnasium in the Counselors Corner
- Who will be supervising the campers?
- Each group will be supervised by one Senior Counselor and one Junior Counselor. Senior Counselors are at least 18 years of age who have passed a level II background check. Most of our Senior Counselors are certified teachers from the public and private schools throughout the County. Junior Counselors and Volunteer Junior Counselors are college and/or high school students chosen based on their educational backgrounds and their experience working with children.
- How can I get in touch with my child’s counselor?
- During camp hours, Senior Counselors will not be available to meet. You may email the counselor at email@example.com or call the camp business office for the Director or Assistant Director for assistance.
- How are the campers grouped?
- Campers are placed in groups with similarly aged children; i.e. first grade students are generally with other first grade students. Groups are organized to maintain a ratio of 20-25 campers to 2 counselors.
- Can my child be in the same group as their friend?
- Prior to the first day of camp we can try to place friends together in the same group if they are similar ages. With or without notice, we cannot guarantee that campers are in the same group as classes fill up quickly. We cannot adjust camper groups after each camp session begins. Please note that parents can only submit buddy requests for campers entering Camp Nova's Junior Core Camp.
- What is a typical schedule at Camp Nova like?
- The scheduled activities are based on the camper’s group. However, all campers will participate in a variety of activities, sports and field trips! We have something for everyone.
- Campers can show off their talents or learn a new skill in dance, cheerleading, martial arts, technology, etc.
- Learn to swim and enjoy water games/sports at the pool at Nova’s Rec Center pool.
- Run! Jump! Kick! Let’s get physical with our outdoor sports and activities.
- Let their creativity flow with our arts and crafts projects.
- Fun Fridays will always be lots of fun! With specially planned programs such as scavenger hunts and Mad Hatter Day.
- Enjoy field trips throughout Broward and Miami-Dade County with their new and old friends.
- Scheduled activities are subject to change without notice due to inclement weather or unforeseen events.
- How does before care and after care work?
Before Care – Campers must be dropped off at the back lot of the new lower school. A counselor will be available to walk your child into the gymnasium. Campers are not to be dropped off before 7:30a.m. Camp Nova supervision begins at 7:30a.m. We cannot be responsible for campers dropped off before that time.
After Care – Parents must park at the back lot of the new Lower School. Camper can be picked up in the gymnasium. Parents must show a picture ID to sign out each child. Remember, only those adults on your camper’s registration form can pick up the child. We cannot make changes over the phone. REMINDER: SHOWING A PICTURE ID WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. After care activities vary from structured activities in the gym, outdoor games, board games or arts and crafts.
- What is the late drop-off/early pick-up policy?
To ensure that all campers are accounted for, late arrivals cannot be dropped off at the front or back lot of the school. All counselors will be attending the morning assembly and will not be available to walk your child into the building. Late campers must be walked by an adult inside the gymnasium of the Lower School to be signed in.
If a camper is being picked up early please remember:
- If you know that you will be picking up a camper early on a particular day, sending a note to your child’s counselor allows the counselor time to pack up your camper and prepare them for pick up.
- Parents may also call and notify the Camp Nova office before 1pm at 954-262-4528.
- Only persons listed on the Camper’s Release form will be allowed to pick up the camper. We cannot accept changes or additions over the phone.
- What if I am late picking up my camper from camp or aftercare?
Carpool ends at 3:45pm. Any parent late picking up his/her child will automatically be assessed a $15.00 aftercare fee per child. Campers will be placed in the appropriate aftercare group.
Aftercare campers must be signed out by an adult. Parents must enter the gymnasium to sign their camper(s) out.
Aftercare pick-up ends at 5:30pm sharp. Any child picked up after 5:30pm will accrue a $1.00 per minute per child fee.
- Can I get a refund for days my child cannot attend Camp Nova?
As stated on the registration form, refunds are not permitted. Camp Nova pays for all fieldtrips, lunches and activities in advance.
- Do the campers go swimming?
Campers swim every day at NSU’s Rec Center, except on days that field trips are scheduled or inclement weather. During inclement weather, we will substitute activities as necessary.
Please have your child wear his/her swimming gear and sunscreen daily. Please include a fresh towel daily and a tote bag.
- Will my child be going on fieldtrips?
All campers will be going on field trips. Camp Nova t-shirts must be worn by campers on field trip days. One free t-shirt will be given out at orientation. All additional t-shirts may be purchased at orientation or at the Camp Nova business office.
If you do not want your camper to go on a scheduled field trip, you must notify the counselor and Camp Nova office in writing. The child will have to stay home because the all-campers and staff will be on the fieldtrip.
On field trip days, campers are expected to return to camp no later than 3:15pm.
Water park fieldtrips require that campers wear their camp shirts in the water. We suggest campers bring an additional set of clothes to change into.
Scheduled fieldtrips are subject to change without notice due to inclement weather or unforeseen events.
- What is Camp Nova’s health policy?
Our Health policy promotes preventative health care. Please continue to help prevent the spread of germs by your family taking direct responsibility for personal hygiene. That means avoiding unnecessary contact with obviously ill people, and thoroughly covering your mouth and nose with disposable tissues or the inside of the elbow when sneezing or coughing. Be sure to dispose of used tissues properly. You should also encourage your family members to frequently and thoroughly wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when available.
It is important to monitor your family’s health and keep your child home from camp if he or she becomes ill with flu-like symptoms. If you suspect you or your child may have the flu, stay home and contact your health care provider.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that your child may return to school/camp 24 hours after he or she no longer has symptoms or fever without the use of fever reducing medicine. Symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever of 100 or higher
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Chills and fatigue
- What if my child needs to take medication during camp hours?
All campers must have an Authorization of Medication & Treatment Form on file.
If your child has severe allergies or conditions that require special attention, please contact us prior to camp to insure we can meet all of your child’s needs.
In the event that your child is given medication at home that he is not required to be given at camp, it is helpful for the counselor’s to know. Often children may have reactions to medication, which alter their behavior and routine.
All Epi-pens will be kept with the Camp nurse. Epi-pens will be checked out by the camper’s senior counselor during off-campus field trips. Don’t forget to pick up your Epi-pens at the end of summer.
Campers are NOT allowed to keep any medicine (cough drops, Moltrin etc.) on them during camp hours!
- What happens if my child gets mildly ill?
Camp Nova has a licensed nurse on staff for the duration of the camp. A sick camper will be brought to the clinic located in the Lower School to receive adequate care and rest. If deemed necessary by the nurse, parents will be notified to pick up their camper.
- What is Camp Nova’s behavior policy?
All children behave in different manners, and our staff wants to make sure that those campers going above and beyond are recognized for their efforts. When a camper has behaved very well, has come to camp with a good attitude, and has gone above and beyond with things such as politeness, helpfulness, etc., a certificate of recognition will be sent home with them to acknowledge their efforts at camp. Our staff feels that it is very important for campers to understand that being polite and helpful goes a long way in making everyone’s time at Camp Nova much more enjoyable
Camp Nova is dedicated to providing every camper with a positive summer experience. As such, we have a set of community standards and expectations for behavior to which all day camp participants must agree.
When a camper breaks a rule, the staff will address the situation directly and in a timely manner by clarifying expectations, rules and suggesting appropriate behaviors. With recurring or persistent misbehavior, staff will involve camp administrators, who in turn, will contact parents to discuss the issue and create a plan to resolve it.
Camp Nova reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose behavior is deemed inappropriate. It is also important to note that there are some “zero-tolerance” behaviors that may result in immediate expulsion. In the event that a camper is expelled, there will not be any refunds.