Summer Day Camp

2020 Summer Day Camp


  • Longer camp hours! 7:45 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday. Extended Care will be available from 4-6 pm at an additional fee.
  • Summer Day Camp will be held June 22- August 22, 2020- 9 weeks!
  • Preschool Enrichment Camp will be held June 22-July 31, 2020-6 weeks!
  • Experienced staff returning for another fun summer!
  • Updated staff training to ensure all staff are ready to provide the best care possible to your child.
  • New Field Trips added this year. The cost of each field trip is included in the cost of camp!
  • 6 & 7th graders have the option of registering for 3 days of camp!
  • Several discounts, scholarships, payment plans and funding for those that qualify…we will work with you to make camp as affordable as possible!
  • Camp schedule rotates through many fun activities to keep campers engaged, active and entertained. Special programs planned with arts and crafts, sports, games and archery and STEAM!


  • Register for 9 weeks of camp by May 1, 2020 and pay $165 per week
  • Register for any full week of Summer Day Camp by May 1, 2020 and pay $169 per week
  • Register siblings for camp by May 1, 2020 and pay $169 per week for the first child and $159 per week for each additional child
  • Register for camp after May 1, 2020 and pay $179 per week
  • Register a 6 or 7 grader for 3 days of camp and pay $109 per week
  • Register a 6 or 7 grader for Extended Care and pay $21 per week
  • Register for Preschool Enrichment Camp by May 1, 2020 and pay $89 per week
  • Register for Preschool Enrichment Camp after May 1, 2020 and pay $99 per week
  • Register for Extended Care from 4-6 pm and pay $35 per week
  • Register for the Leader In Training Program and pay $200 per session
  • All campers will be charged a one-time $15 administrative fee
  • All late registrations will be charged a $25 fee

CAMP PAYMENT- Pick your way to pay!

  • We accept payment plans which can be set up with a credit card at the time of registration.
  • We accept Care 4 Kids applications up until May 1, 2020. After this date, we will only accept families that are currently enrolled in Care 4 Kids.
  • We accept scholarship applications all year.  However, funds are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Scholarship applications are available at
  • You can register and pay online from the convenience of your own home.
  • You can pay by check or cash in the Recreation Office, during office hours.




June 22, 2020-August 21, 2020

 Day Camp Activity # 4365

***Dates subject to change based on Colchester Public School calendar

Colchester Recreation is committed to the children of this community. The camp staff are chosen carefully and trained to provide campers with a fun, supportive atmosphere where everyone can learn new skills, make friends, and most importantly, develop self-confidence. Attending camp is an experience that children will never forget, and we want their time spent with us to be as positive as possible.

The goal of summer camp is to help participants grow in all aspects of their lives. By using a natural campsite and providing challenging activities in both small and large group settings, summer camp gives children an experience that will last a lifetime.

Our camp supports positive physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of our campers. Daily activities are specifically designed to enhance their competence, connections, character, confidence and contribution to our community.

Municipal camps are exempt from state licensing. Per Connecticut General Statute 19a-77 we are required to disclose that our programs are not licensed by the State Office of Early Childhood.

FACILITY: Camp is held at the Colchester Recreation Complex (RecPlex) located at 215 Old Hebron Road, across from the golf course. The facility offers a variety of amenities, which includes playscapes, picnic pavilion, tennis & basketball courts, various ball fields, rest rooms, water splash pad and skate park.

THE STAFF: Our program is only as good as the people who staff it! Many of our directors, specialists, and counselors are teachers and college students who have been participants themselves. Each member of our team brings their energy, knowledge and unique passion along with their goal to make a difference in the life of each camper every day. Our goal is to serve as professional role models and help each child gain skills and enhance his/her self-esteem. Camp counselors are trained to highlight teachable moments and emphasize accomplishments and successes in all campers. All staff are required to receive a minimum of 12-16 hours of training before camp begins. We are very committed to maintaining and developing all of our camp staff. 

HOURS OF OPERATION: **New for summer 2020**  

Day camp operates from 7:45AM-4:00PM Monday through Friday. PM Extended care is available from 4:00PM-6:00PM. There is NO AM Extended Care.

GRADES: Day Camp is for children entering Kindergarten-7th Grade in Fall 2020.

TYPICAL DAY AT SUMMER CAMP: Throughout the day, campers will travel throughout the RecPlex facility and participate in a variety of activities. Every morning, all campers and counselors come together to get the camp energy going. During opening ceremonies the camp director welcomes everyone by singing songs and talking about the exciting events of the day. Day Camp has specialist-led activities campers will experience at some point in their day. The camp day ends with more camp songs and a brief reflection on all the fun had! In our efforts to create the best possible experience for campers, weekly themes and daily activities are planned. Throughout the summer, counselors and Leaders In Training collaborate to plan and facilitate camp-wide games and activities.

FIELD TRIPS/ENTERTAINERS: Field trips are planned throughout the summer. In addition to field trips, performers and entertainers come to camp for some additional fun. These are included in the day camp fee at no additional cost to families.  Note: Trips & Performances are subject to change without notice.

ELECTIVES: Electives are an opportunity for campers to participate in interest-based activities. Electives may include: STEAM, Newspaper/Journalism, Cooking, Nature, Salsa Dancing, and Architecture & More!

CAMP FEES: Based on 1 week sessions

Monday – Friday                 7:45 a.m. -4:00 p.m.           $179** per week

        **Price includes field trip fees and transportation costs

Extended Care - PM     4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.          $35 per week (Minimum of 10 children required)

One-time administrative fee per child     $15

Three-Day a week option for Grades 6 & 7 ONLY! (9 Weeks)


Day Camp                  7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.          $109 per week

Extended Care - PM     4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.          $21 per week

One-time administrative fee per child     $15

**To register for the partial week, search Activity #4385

Registration deadline is 4:30PM on Monday the week before. After 4:30PM on Monday, registrations will only be accepted in person at the Parks & Recreation office, which is located in Town Hall. If space is available, a $25 late fee, per child, will apply. No registration paperwork will be accepted on-site at camp.

(Example: Deadline for Camp starting on Monday June 29, 2020 is 4:30PM Monday June 22, 2020. If space is available, registering after June 22, 2020 will incur the $25 late fee)


Early Registration Price (March 9, 2020-May 1, 2020): $169 per week.

Sibling Discount Price (March 9, 2020-May 1, 2020): $169 for the first child and $159 for each additional child.

Register for all 9 weeks of summer camp by May 1, 2020 and pay $165 per week!  

Payment Plans are available!!


REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Registration is available online at our website ( or in person at the Recreation office. Registration requires a 50% deposit. All balances must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the start of the session. All costs associated with camp, with the exception of extended care, are covered in the weekly fee.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT: Health Assessment Records dated within 2 years of the exam date are required for all campers. Health Assessment records are required two weeks prior to your child attending Camp. Please email them to to complete your registration. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Registration deadline is 4:30PM on Monday the week before. After 4:30PM on Monday, registrations will only be accepted in person at the Parks & Recreation office, which is located in Town Hall. If space is available, a $25 late fee, per child, will apply. No registration paperwork will be accepted on-site at Camp.

(Example: Deadline for Camp starting on Monday June 29, 2020 is 4:30PM Monday June 22, 2020. If space is available, registering after June 22, 2020 will incur the $25 late fee)

ADMINISTRATIVE FEE: One-time administrative fee of $15 per child will be charged upon his/her initial registration and must be paid with the deposit.

EXTENDED CARE: NEW FOR SUMMER 20202- NO AM EXTENDED CARE. Extended Care PM operates from 4:00PM-6:00PM. Extended Care PM is available at an additional cost and is open to all campers. A minimum of 10 participants are required to offer this program.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & PAYMENT PLANS: Parks & Recreation believes in making our camp affordable for all. There are several ways to pay for your summer camp. 

  • Payment Plan- Payment plans are available to any family registering for camp. Payment Plans must be set up with a credit card and payments occur automatically. Please register and plan ahead so that your camp fees are paid 2 weeks prior to the start of each session.
  • Care4Kids assistance program-  Please allow plenty of time to submit your paperwork to Care4Kids. Families with new accounts must provide proof of acceptance into the program prior to registering for camp- please plan ahead and submit your forms to Care4Kids early!  Care4Kid applications will be accepted until May 1, 2020. After May 1st, only families already enrolled and accepted into Care4Kids will be accepted.
  • Financial Assistance- An application for financial assistance is available by calling (860)537-7297. Financial Assistance determination is based on need and is made available on a first come, first serve basis. Funds are limited. A complete application is required prior to an award offer being made. Please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your notification of assistance.

CANCELLATION/REFUNDS: Colchester Recreation stands behind all of our community offerings.  All programs, events and activities are self-funded and must cover all costs associated with the activity.  With that in mind, we will gladly help all participants with any registration or refund requests to the best of our ability. 

  • Program or activity refunds: Refund requests must be made in writing.  Refunds will be given if requested at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.  Any request made within two weeks of the start of the program will be issued as a credit to the participants' account for future use.  Once the program has started, no refunds or credits will be issued unless the program is cancelled by Colchester Recreation.  Certain programs and bus trips may have a different refund policy based on the contract.  Participants with extenuating circumstances may request a review of their case by providing written documentation of their situation to the Recreation Director.  A $15 cancellation fee will be charged for all refunds and credits requested by a participant.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: If it is raining or if there is extreme heat, camp will be held at William J. Johnston Middle School. If a weather situation arises during the camp day and the decision is made to relocate children, all children will be transported by bus to the alternate location. Campers will be accompanied by their counselors during the relocation process. Parents will be notified. We reserve the right to transport/bus campers locally as needed (rainy days, special events, etc.).

AUTHORIZED RELEASES:  Camp staff will release your child only to authorized persons identified on the child’s registration form. Staff members will ask for identification-Please have your photo ID ready. In the event an unauthorized person needs to pick your child up, parents must provide written notification at drop off that day. If an emergency or unexpected need should arise for an unauthorized person to pick up your child, please contact the Camp. Please leave a number you can be reached at and wait for the Camp Director to call you back to confirm your request. No child will be released to any individuals without proper ID

LATE PICK UP: There is a $5.00 late charge for every 5 minutes or part thereof that a parent is late picking up a child.

MEDICATION: If your child requires prescription or over the counter medication during the camp day, please request the medical form from the Parks and Recreation office. An Authorized Medication Form will be provided for the parent to fill out. Each form must be completely filled out including signature and date, and signed by the child’s doctor.

  • Medication will not be permitted at camp without proper documentation.
  • Medications will only be administered under the following guidelines:
  • Prescription medication must be in its original container with the child's name, address, and dosage instructions listed.
  • Medications are to be given to the Colchester Recreation office, one week prior to the child’s attendance at camp. The Recreation Office will ensure that all paperwork associated with the medication is complete and will deliver the medication to the appropriate camp staff.
  • No medication is to be given to camp staff directly, without prior authorization from the Recreation office.
  • Medication is not to be left with the child (in backpacks/bags etc.) This includes all prescription & non-prescription medications, including but not limited to inhalers and epi-pens and topical medications.

GROUP PLACEMENT: At Camp, children are placed in groups according to the age/grade of the participant. Summer camp is a great place to meet new friends! 

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT: Discipline and guidance shall be consistent and based on an understanding of the individual needs and level of development of each child. Care will be taken to ensure that all rules and limits are clearly explained to the children frequently, so they understand them and feel secure the adults in charge care enough to keep them safe. Developmentally appropriate methods of behavior management will be used in dealing with unacceptable behavior. These techniques include: distraction, redirection, gentle reminders, offering acceptable choices, natural consequences, and when absolutely necessary, "renewal time" (time away from the situation to relax and renew self-control). Repeated behavior which threatens the physical and/or emotional safety of the child, other children or staff (i.e.: hitting, biting, verbal assault, kicking, throwing objects, pushing, and temper tantrums) will result in suspension, with possible termination of the child from camp.

LUNCH: Lunches, drinks, and snacks are to be brought from home every day. Please make sure your child's name is written on all containers. All children will have a set lunch time to sit and eat with their group.  Please pack your child with a large re-fillable water bottle. We do not have access to refrigeration or heating for snacks or meals. Snacks are recommended and should be non-refrigerated items such as crackers or granola bars. All lunches must be cold - unless you have a thermos to keep food warm. We are not able to cook or heat up lunches. Due to severe allergies, we are a peanut/tree nut free camp. Please do not pack any foods that contain peanuts or tree nuts.  

All Colchester Recreation Camps are Peanut &Tree Nut Free!

WHAT TO BRING & WHAT NOT TO BRING TO CAMP: Please make sure your child's name is on everything he/she brings to camp!

Items that should be brought to camp:

  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen (spray)
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Healthy Lunch (with name on it)
  • Snacks
  • Insect repellent (spray)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Children must wear sneakers daily. No open toed shoes or sandals. Water shoes are required for the splash pad. A child will not be permitted to use the splash pad if he/she does not have appropriate footwear.
  • Weather appropriate clothes

*Sunscreen and insect repellent must be applied prior to arriving (Staff will have the children reapply during the day)

Items that should NOT be brought to camp:

  • Toys from home
  • Cell Phones
  • Electronics (portable gaming devices, music players etc.)
  • Trading Cards (Pokeman etc.)
  • Candy/Gum
  • Glass bottles
  • Pocket knives and weapons of any kind

Colchester Parks & Recreation is not responsible for any lost or stolen items at camp. Camp staff will confiscate items not allowed at camp and will return them to a parent/guardian at the end of the day. Our Summer Program is a physical experience each day.  Please understand that your child may come home dirty & tired. 

LOST AND FOUND: We will do our best to return marked items, but we cannot guarantee the return of unidentified articles. All unclaimed items will be kept for one week. All unclaimed items will be donated. Your child's name should be on everything that he or she brings to camp. The Lost & Found is located outside of the Camp Director’s office.

PHOTO PERMISSION: Participants permit the taking of photographs and video of themselves and their children during recreation activities for publication and use by the Recreation Department for promotional purposes unless otherwise stated.

INSURANCE INFORMATION: Colchester Recreation is unable to assume responsibility for injuries/accidents occurring at programs or on park facilities.