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  • What is the camp inclusion policy?

    The Town of Cary Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation and encourages individuals with and without disabilities to participate together. In order for individuals with disabilities to participate as fully as possible, reasonable modifications will be provided in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you or a family member requires a reasonable modification to participate in a program, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

  • What is the camp discipline policy?

    Each camper is expected to follow all camp rules and adhere to instructions from the staff. Campers who are disruptive or do not adhere to the rules will be subject to the Camp Discipline Policy.

    In the event that a participant does not follow the camp guidelines, an incident report will be written to document and correct behavior. All incident reports will be discussed privately with parent or guardian.

    • First incident report
      • This report is written only for repeated behavior by the participant that cannot be corrected by the counselors with time-out or other forms of behavior modifications.
        A copy of the report will be given to the parent the same day.
        A copy of this report will be kept on file in camp office.
    • Second incident report
      • This report should be written if the behavior is repeated or new behavior problems occur by the same participant. This report will follow the same criteria as the first, but a one or two-day suspension could accompany this report.
      • This report will be discussed with the parent by a camp director or supervisor.
    • Third incident report
      • This report will be completed using the same criteria as the first two. The full-time staff and camp director should write this report.
      • The full-time staff of the summer camp will give this report to the parent. Dismissal from program can occur at this time. 

    *Immediate dismissal from the program can occur at any time given severe circumstances. Refunds for missed days due to a discipline dismissal may not be granted.

  • Does camp provide sunscreen or bug spray to campers?

    It is recommended to apply sunscreen and/or bug spray to your camper prior to arriving to camp each day. You may send sunscreen/bug spray with your camper; however they must be able to apply themselves under adult supervision. Sunscreen/bug spray must be labeled with camper’s name. Campers are not to share these products with other campers.

    Should conditions warrant, and you would NOT like for us to supply sunscreen or bug spray for your camper to apply, please indicate so on the Participant Information – Medical Information Form.

  • What happens if I pick my camper up late?

    Bond Park Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camps

    Parents picking up their camper after 6 p.m. must come into the camp office to pick up their camper. Parent must pay a $13 late pick-up fee per camper.

    Mills Park Summer Day Camps

    Parents picking up their camper after 4:30 p.m. must come into the camp office to pick up their camper. Parent must pay a $13 late pick-up fee per camper.

    Bond Park Track-Out and School’s Out Camps

    Parents picking up their camper after 5:30 p.m. must come into the camp office to pick up their camper. Parent must pay a $13 late pick-up fee per camper.

  • What is the drop off & pick up policy?

    Bond Park Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camps

    Drop-off is from 7:30-8:30 a.m.  Please do not drop your camper off prior to 7:30 a.m. If dropping off after 8:30 a.m., parent must walk camper into the building.

    Outside pick-up begins at 5 p.m.  Prior to 5 p.m., you must come in the building to pick-up your camper. Check in at the front desk and camp staff will retrieve your camper. Please check your camper’s schedule to make sure he/she will be back to the facility if on a field trip.

    Parents will receive pick-up cards on the first day of camp. Please place this in the dashboard of your vehicle. These cards will need to be shown to the staff member outside the building in order for them to call the camper’s name and send them out for pick-up.

    If you do not have a pick-up card you must come inside and show a photo ID with name. The photo ID must match to the names listed on your camper’s “Authorized Pick-Up” Sheet. There are no exceptions.

    If a camper must be picked up early, then arrangements must be made by the parents with the directors and the staff will be notified. Campers must have written permission to walk/bicycle home.

    Mills Park Summer Day Camp

    Drop-off is from 8:30-9 a.m.  Please do not drop your camper off prior to 8:30 a.m. You must park and walk your camper inside each day and sign them in with staff.

    You must come in the building to sign your camper out each day. Check in at the front desk and camp staff will retrieve your camper. Please check your camper’s schedule to make sure he/she will be back to the facility if on a field trip.

    Parents will receive pick-up cards on the first day of camp. These cards will need to be shown to the staff member in the building in order for them to release your camper to you.

    If you do not have a pick-up card you must show a photo ID with name. The photo ID must match to the names listed on your camper’s “Authorized Pick-Up” Sheet. There are no exceptions.

    If a camper must be picked up early, then arrangements must be made by the parents with the directors and the staff will be notified. Campers must have written permission to walk/bicycle home.

    Bond Park Track-Out and School’s Out Camps

    Drop-off is from 8-9 a.m.  Please do not drop your camper off prior to 8 a.m. You must park and walk your camper inside each day and sign them in with staff.

    You must come in the building to sign your camper out each day. Check in at the front desk and camp staff will retrieve your camper. Please check your camper’s schedule to make sure he/she will be back to the facility if on a field trip.

    Parents will receive pick-up cards on the first day of camp. These cards will need to be shown to the staff member in the building in order for them to release your camper to you.

    If you do not have a pick-up card you must show a photo ID with name. The photo ID must match to the names listed on your camper’s “Authorized Pick-Up” Sheet. There are no exceptions.

    If a camper must be picked up early, then arrangements must be made by the parents with the directors and the staff will be notified. Campers must have written permission to walk/bicycle home

  • What if I want to withdraw my camper from a week of camp?

    Registration fees are 100% refundable when the Department cancels the activity. Credits that remain inactive for one year will be donated to the Relief for Recreation Scholarship Fund. Refund for payments made by check cannot be processed for three weeks from the date payment was made.

    Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camps

    Participants wishing to withdraw from Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camp must provide a written request at least two weeks before the scheduled start of the session. Within the two weeks prior to the scheduled start of the session, refund/credits will not be given except for verified medical or hardship cases. All Summer Day or Teen Adventure Camp refunds/credits are subject to a minimum of a $25 administrative fee per participant per week.

    Track-Out and School’s Out Camps

    Participants wishing to withdraw from Track-Out Day Camp and School’s Out Camps must provide a written request at least one week prior to the schedule start of the camp. Within one the week prior to the scheduled start of the camp, refunds/credits will not be given except for verified medical or hardship cases. All Track-Out or School's Out Camps refunds/credits are subject to a minimum of a $5 administrative fee per participant per week.

  • What if my camper has medical concerns?

    Please note any medical concerns on the Participant Information – Medical Information form. If your camper becomes ill or injured during camp, the parent/guardian or emergency contact person noted on the Participant Information – Emergency Contact & Release Authorization form will be notified. You should make necessary arrangements to have your child picked up.

    Please fill out the Medication Description and Authorization form if medication needs to be administered during camp hours (including medication for asthma and epi-pen). Medication will be kept in a locked box at all times. Camp counselors will carry medication to dispense as appropriate while on field trips or away from the camp’s base location.

  • What methods of transportation are used to transport the campers?

    Campers will be transported in a Town of Cary or Town approved vehicle driven by a Town authorized contracted employee or a Town of Cary employee.

    All campers must arrive to camp at least 15 minutes prior to field trip departure time. If a program participant arrives at camp after the scheduled departure for a field trip, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to either:

    • Transport the participant to the field trip location and sign-in the camper with a camp staff member at the field trip site, or;
    • Transport the participant to the camp base once the camp returns from the field trip location and sign-in.
    • Participants cannot be left at a camp base without camp staff present. 
    • If a camper needs to be picked up while the group in on a field trip, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pick up the participant at the field trip location.  Please inform camp director of the needed early release prior to participant being picked up.

    In accordance with the NC Child Passenger Safety Law – G.S. 20-137.1, the Town of Cary will require children who are less than 8 years old to use a child restraint device when being transported in a passenger vehicle excluding a charter coach bus. Camp will provide the child restraint device (Evenflo Big Kid Amp High Back Booster Car Seat) for campers who are less than 8 years old.

  • Is the price of admission for trips included in the registration fee?

    Admission prices have been included in your registration fee however some attractions have concession areas. Campers may bring additional money for concession areas, but each camper will be responsible for his/her own money.
  • Will my camper go swimming?

    Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camps will swim once a week at a City of Raleigh operated pool.

    Track-Out and School's Out Camps may go swimming at various locations.

    Your camper will need to bring a swimsuit and towel on the day he/she swims. The weekly schedule will indicate which day your camper will swim. Campers will be given a skills ability swim test each time they visit the pool. Parents may request life jackets at any time.

  • When is the weekly schedule available?

    The weekly camp schedules are available by Friday afternoon before the next session. Current and past schedules are also available online. Schedules are subject to change.
  • What will my camper do while at camp?

    Campers participate in a wide variety of recreational/educational activities. Activities may include arts and crafts, dance, drama, movies, music, nature, pedal boating, archery, tennis, reading, outdoor adventures, sports, games and field trips.
  • What should my camper NOT wear?

    Campers should not wear sandals, flip-flops, croc-style or any other type of open shoe should not be worn to camp. If your camper is not properly attired, they will not be permitted to participate in camp activities and a parent/guardian will be notified.
  • Is there a camp dress code?

    • Campers should dress accordingly for the activities scheduled. Participants should wear shorts and a light weight shirt or top. On rainy/cool days your camper may need a light jacket. Campers need to wear some type of athletic shoe or sneaker each day to camp.
    • Sandals, flip-flops crocs-style or any other type of open shoe should not be worn to camp.  If your camper is not properly attired, they will not be permitted to participate in camp activities and a parent/guardian will be notified and asked to bring appropriate attire.
    • Campers will be given a T-shirt the first day of the session. These shirts should be worn on field trip days. Campers will only receive one shirt. Lost shirts will not be replaced. Replacement shirt can be purchased for $7.

    In addition to the above information, Track-Out and School’s Out Camps are year round camps and both indoor and outdoor activities will be scheduled. Please dress your camper accordingly. Layering is always best.


  • What food do I need to provide for my camper?

    Campers must bring a bag lunch, two snacks and a drink in a non-glass container each day.

    • Lunches should be in a paper, plastic, or reusable bag with their name clearly labeled on the bag. Coolers will be provided for each group’s bag lunches and there is limited space.
    • Do not send bubble/chewing gum or hard candy. Children will not be allowed to use the vending machines unless accompanied by a parent.
    • Learn how to pack a healthy snack and lunch by viewing the Camp Snack Game Plan and the Pack a Healthy Lunch.
  • Am I guaranteed a space if I am currently participating in the camps?

    You must register for each camp. Space is not reserved for any previous participants.
  • Do I need to fill out a separate registration form for each camper if I am registering multiple campers?

    Each camper must be listed separately on a registration form. For you convenience, our registration form has space available for multiple children. You may also register online via EZ-REG Web.
  • When does camp actually start?

    Bond Park Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camps activities typically occur between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Mills Park Summer Day Camp activities typically occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    Bond Park Track-Out & School's Out Camp activities typically occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • What are the Camp Hours?

    Bond Park Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camps operate Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants must be walked into the facility on the first day of camp.

    Mills Park Summer Day Camp operates Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Participants must be walked into the facility on the first day of camp.

    Bond Park Track-Out and School's Out Camps operate Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Participants must be walked into the facility each day.

    Please do not drop off your child prior to camp start or after camp end times.

    There is a $13 late pick-up fee per child.

  • What do I pay when I register?

    For Summer Day and Teen Adventure Camps, a $25 non-refundable deposit per camper per week will be accepted until April 30. The balance is due two (2) weeks prior to the start of each registered session. Any balance not paid by due date will result in loss of space and deposit for that session. You may pay in full at the time of registration if you desire.

    For School's Out Camp and Track-Out Camps, full payment is required at time of registration.

  • Who do I call if I have any questions about my camp registration?

    Call Bond Park Community Center at (919) 462-3970 or email Maria at maria.ni@townofcary.org for Mills Park Summer Day Camp, Bond Park Summer Day Camp, Bond Park Teen Adventure Camp, Track-Out Day Camp or School's Out Day Camp.