Sending Your Child to NorthBay
Since the NorthBay experience is designed to make a big impact on children’s lives, we want to give you answers to any and all questions you may have about your child’s experience and the lessons they will learn, so that you can reinforce, and feel confident in, their NorthBay Adventure.
Please browse the accordion menu below to find answers to the questions most parents have. And if you’re a visual learner, please watch the “Step-By-Step” video provided below!
If you are attending camp with your child, please also see our link for Adults and Chaperones On-Camp.
If you have additional questions or would like to know more, please do not hesitate to email our Night Operations Manager – CJ Ponzo.
What Parents Need to Know
NorthBay follows a standard daily schedule when students are on campus. Alongside our daily schedule below are three variations of our daily schedule programming that campers may experience based on the time of year their school visits.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Outdoor Class #1
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Outdoor Class #2
3:30 p.m. Adventure Elements (Zipline, Giant Swing, Kayaks, etc.)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Activity Time (Gym, Game Room, Snack Bar, Camp Store)
8:00 p.m. NorthBay Live Show/Character Education
9:30 p.m. Reflection/Cabin time/Prepare for Bed
10:00 p.m. Lights out!
Fall Activity Time:
Winter Outdoor Classes:
Winter Activity Time:
Spring Outdoor Classes:
Spring Activity Time:
NorthBay has a zero tolerance with the following: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes & weapons. Parents will be notified immediately and children will be sent home if found with any of the items listed above. Skateboards are also prohibited at NorthBay.
We request that cell phones and other electronic equipment be left at home as they are dangerous distractions during adventure classes. Cell phones brought to camp are stored in cabin safes and children are allowed to make calls before dinner time.
What to Bring to NorthBay — and what not to bring! Students and adults are responsible for bringing personal items and clothing which is appropriate for the season. We want your stay at NorthBay to be as pleasant and trouble free as possible. A partial, suggested list follows:
DON’T FORGET! Rain gear and boots, tennis or hiking shoes, shoes to wear in the water, sweater/sweatshirt, several changes of outer clothing, changes of inner clothing, several pairs of socks, pajamas, personal gear, towel, soap, and shampoo, toothbrush & toothpaste, medications (given to your school’s nurse or point person for transport to NorthBay), writing materials, water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight, camera, store money (small bills), & sunglasses
Seasonal Warm jacket, winter hat (ear muffs usually not enough), winter gloves (2 pairs), long underwear, swimsuit, & beach towel
Please DO NOT bring the items listed below: Radios or CD players, MP3 players or iPods, gaming platforms (XBox, GameBoy, etc.), gum of any kind, snack food, cigarettes, cell phones, any illegal substances (drugs, alcohol, etc).
What happens if my child gets sick or hurt?Our NorthBay Wellness Center is staffed 24 hours a day by either a nurse or EMT. Common or small injuries, such as bruises, bumps, and splinters, are treated and your child is returned to normal activities. Fevers, vomiting, and other more serious illnesses may require your child to be sent home or to the nearest hospital: Union Hospital of Cecil County.
What kind of medical staff do you have at NorthBay? In addition to the nurse and/or EMT staffing the Wellness Center 24 hours a day, all NorthBay educators and counselors receive annual training in basic first aid and CPR and can assist in the event of an emergency.
What if my child needs to bring medication to camp? You must complete a Medication Form for each medication brought to camp before your child arrives. Without a Medication Form, we will not be able to administer any medication to your child.
What if I can’t get a signature from my child’s doctor in time for camp? If your doctor is unavailable due to vacation or maternity leave, there should be a doctor on call who can sign the Medication Forms. If you are in the process of changing doctors, please have the doctor who prescribed your child’s medication sign the forms. If your doctor is simply late in returning the signed Medication Forms, you may send the medication to camp and send the completed forms as soon as your child’s doctor signs them. However, we cannot administer medication to your child until we have the completed and signed Medication Forms.
Eating & Nutrition at NorthBay
What type of food is served at NorthBay?
Typical meals include hot dogs, hamburgers, soups and sandwiches, and lasagna. Lunch and dinner usually consist of a main dish and two sides, plus dessert. For breakfast, your child has the option of a hot prepared meal or cold cereal.
What if my child is vegetarian or has religious dietary restrictions? Please specify your child’s dietary needs or restrictions on the NorthBay Health Form so that we may prepare special vegetarian and alternative meals (such as pork-free meals).
What if my child had food allergies? Please specify all food allergies on the NorthBay Health Form so that we may plan alternative meals for your child. Because the variety of alternative meals available at NorthBay is limited, we recommend that you send a small supply of food that you know is safe for your child.
All medications are kept in the Wellness Center and administered by NorthBay Wellness Center staff. Unless otherwise instructed, medications are given at mealtimes and bedtimes.
What if my child takes medication at 4:00 p.m. or another time that doesn’t correspond with meals or bedtime? We strongly encourage that medications be given at meals or at bedtime, as medication due at other times of the day will require your child to be removed from or miss out on camp activities.
Who makes the rules about medications? Medication is administered according to the laws and regulations of the Maryland Board of Nursing. NorthBay also establishes additional medication and safety rules.
Self-Carrying and Self-Administering Medications
What if I want my child to carry his rescue inhaler or Epi-Pen at all times? To self-carry, your child must have permission from his or her doctor and undergo an assessment by the NorthBay nurse upon arrival at camp. We must also receive the completed Medication Forms, containers, and labels.
Can my child administer his or her own medications from a pill-a-day organizer? For safety reasons, children may not carry medications in a pill-a-day organizer or plastic baggie. All medications must in the original container with the label intact. Only rescue medication, such as an Epi-Pen or inhaler, may be self-carried.
Over-the-Counter or As-Needed Medications
What if my child needs over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol for a headache? Your child must have a completed Medication Form with his or her doctor’s signature to take over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Motrin at camp. If your child has frequent headaches or pain, please have a Medication Form completed before the start of camp authorizing any over-the-counter medications your child may need. Do not send over-the-counter medications with your child in a plastic baggie or pill carrier.
Should I send the camp all over-the-counter medications my child might need? The NorthBay Wellness Center stocks a variety of common over-the-counter medications that can be administered to your child as long as it is authorized on his or her Medication Forms.
Should I send my child’s asthma or allergy medicine even if he or she hasn’t used it in a long time? Yes. Please complete a Medication Form for any medications your child might need while at camp, even if he or she hasn’t needed that medication in awhile. Outdoor activities can trigger allergies and asthma.
If your child has a one-on-one aide in the classroom, NorthBay will work with you and your school to determine who will provide assistance during your child’s stay at camp. Ultimately, it’s the school’s responsibility to meet your child’s one-on-one needs while at NorthBay.
Can NorthBay follow my child’s IEP or 504 Plan? If you provide us with a copy of your child’s IEP or 504 Plan, we will do our best to follow the parts of the plan that are applicable to our program.
What if my child can’t be outside for long periods of time? Campers with documented medical conditions who can’t tolerate heat or cold are welcome to rest in the Wellness Center as needed. Since most of our curriculum is taught outside, your child should dress appropriately for the weather.
What if my child can’t walk long distances? Campers with documented medical conditions will be transported in a golf cart or off-road vehicle.
What should I do if my child has diabetes? Please have your child’s doctor complete the NorthBay Management of Diabetes Form before your child arrives at camp. If your child uses an insulin pump, you must complete an additional Medication Form.
What sort of care or monitoring will my child receive at camp? Children with diabetes are carefully monitored by the NorthBay medical staff, including supervised blood sugar checks and the administration of insulin if authorized by a Medication Form.