Start of Camp

Please use this page as a resource to help you prepare your enrolled camper(s) for an unforgettable summer by the sea. We ask that you also please review the TASP Parent Handbook, which can be accessed in your Camp in Touch Account or under the PARENTS CORNER tab on our website.  It is our hope that your camper’s experience will be all that you expect and much, much more!
 

Camp in Touch Account

This is where you will manage all of your camper’s information, forms, and financials. You can also create guest accounts for friends and family, view photos, and much more! You may log-in to your Camp in Touch account at anytime by clicking here.

Registration fees (due May 1)

Registration balances for all enrolled campers are due by May 1. Parents may view/print an invoice out at any time, under the Financial Management section in their account.  If you registered after May 1, payment in full is due when enrollment is confirmed. There are no refunds for late arrivals, absences, suspensions, dismissals, withdrawals or early departures.

Camper Forms (due June 1)

Forms for all enrolled campers are due by June 1. All forms (health, travel, activity/course preferences, etc) are available once enrollment is confirmed, under the Forms & Documents section. Parents are required to submit forms directly into their account, and detailed instructions for each form are provided. Please do not mail/email the forms to the TASP office. Once forms are submitted successfully, it will note in your account that they have been received. Health forms are reviewed remotely by a summer health nurse before they are marked as complete.

All campers need a physical examination by a licensed medical professional within the 12 months prior to attending camp. If your camper has not had a physical within this time frame, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with your camper’s physician now, as many doctor’s office appointment schedules for physicals fill quickly. We cannot accept campers who do not have signed physical forms. ALL forms MUST be completed and submitted by June 1, in order for your camper to participate the program.

Registration Days

Registration day is for all registered campers attending TASP and is their kick off to camp! The first day of camp can be an anxious time for everyone, including new & returning campers and parents. This is when they will meet the staff and other fellow campers. Registration will occur in the Academic Center, located at 226 Front Street. Please park in the Academic oval or Fish Center parking lot, which is located on the right hand side just before the Academic oval. Directions can be found on our website. Drive 5 MPH Please!

DAY Campers:

During the registration process campers will get to meet the TASP staff, other campers, and will receive their schedules and camp swag.

  • Sunday, June 25, 1-3 PM: campers attending weeks 1-3
  • Sunday, July 16, 1-3 PM: campers attending weeks 4-6

RESIDENTIAL Campers:

Once you go through the registration process on your designated start date you will be directed to the dormitory where you may unload your camper’s belongings.

  • Sunday, June 25, 1-3 PM: campers attending week 1
  • Sunday, July 02, 1-3 PM: campers attending week 2
  • Sunday, July 09, 1-3 PM: campers attending week 3

6 & 7 Campers:
6&7 year olds register on the Monday morning they are scheduled to start. The program will be run out of the English wing (Rooms E5 – E6) located in the Stroud Academic Center at Tabor Academy. Please drop off your camper anytime between 8:15-8:30am and pick him/her up promptly at 1:00pm. Children cannot be dropped off earlier as they are NOT under our care until 8:15 AM. Please park in the Library parking lot off of Spring Street for drop off and pick up. Look for our bright 6 & 7 Year Old sign to guide you. A staff member will greet you each morning to sign your child in for the day. PLEASE NOTE that due to the Dining Hall renovations this summer the 6 & 7 Program will be held in the English Wing in the Academic Center (NOT in the Beebe). Once you park, please walk your child to classrooms E5-E6 where you will check them in.

Camper Drop Off & Pick Up

  •  6/7 Year Old Campers: Please drop off your camper anytime between 8:15-8:30am and pick him/her up at 1:00pm. Campers cannot be dropped off earlier as they are NOT under our care until 8:15 AM. We ask parents to please park in the Fish Center parking lot, which is located on the right hand side just before the Academic Oval and walk your camper to the Beebe located next to the parking lot.
  • Day Campers: Please drop off your camper anytime between 8:15-8:25 AM. Campers cannot be dropped off earlier as they are NOT under our care until 8:15 AM. You may drop your camper off at the flagpole located at Tabor’s main oval off of Front Street. Please follow signs posted in the oval. The curb next to the flagpole is for the loading/unloading of campers.  If you need to park, please use the parking spaces in the Fish Center Parking Lot or the ones located on the left as you first enter the oval. Your campers should be picked up at the same location no later than 1:00 PM for half-day campers or 5:00 PM for full day campers.
  • Residential Campers: We cannot accept campers before 1:00 PM on their designated start date, so please arrange your travel times accordingly. On the Sunday that your camper is scheduled to end their program, they must be picked up by 12:00PM (Noon). Registration will occur in the Academic Center, located at 226 Front Street. Please park in the Academic oval or Fish Center parking lot, which is located on the right hand side just before the Academic oval. Directions can be found on our website. Once you go through the registration process, you will be directed to your camper’s dormitory where you may unload their belongings. If your camper is traveling as an unaccompanied minor, please refer to the airport transportation section below. 

PLEASE DRIVE 5 MPH in the oval and Fish Center Parking Lot.

Airport Transportation

If your camper is traveling as an unaccompanied minor and you have selected TASP to provide their transportation to/from Logan in Boston, we will coordinate pick up and/or drop off based on the flight information you provided on your travel request form located in your account. We will re-confirm, prior to your camper’s arrival/departure, the TASP staff member that will be providing transportation for your camper and their contact information. We can ONLY provide transportation on designated start/end dates. When booking travel, you must make your flight arrangements as follows. These are the only times that TASP staff is available to pick up/drop off campers. 

  • Arriving flight times scheduled between 8am-12pm (noon) EST.
  • Departing flight times scheduled between 10am-4pm EST.

If you are not able to book your campers flights during these times you will need to coordinate your own transportation. Please visit our “TRAVEL” page at http://taborsummer.org/travel for a list of local transportation service providers. Listings posted on this page are provided as a convenience to the TASP community and are not recommendations or endorsements of products and/or services.

Late Arrivals, Early Departures, Illness

If your camper will be arriving late, departing early, or will not be at camp due to illness, you MUST notify the office that morning by 8am (at the latest). You may call the office at 508-291-8342, or send us an email to summer@taboracademy.org. For late arrivals and/or early departures, you must come directly to the TASP office to sign your camper in and/or out. If we do not hear from you, we will contact you. 

Permission to leave camp is granted only with prior parental consent. Your list of Authorized Grown-Ups can be found (and updated if needed) in your account. Campers must be signed out in the TASP office and signed in when returning to camp. A photo ID is required of the person taking the camper out of camp.

Schedules

Scheduling is not done until the week before your campers starts their program. Schedules will be distributed on registration day. The 6 & 7 Year Old Program has a pre-set schedule that is designed to offer a range of engaging and appropriate recreational learning opportunities so that the campers have a variety of experiences each day. CITs will pick a major activity and a minor activity under the guidance of the CIT Coordinators, when they arrive at the program. Scheduling questions and/or change requests can be addressed on registration day.

Supplies & Equipment

TASP supplies ALL equipment needed for activities/courses, but if your camper brings his/her own equipment please clearly mark each item with his/her name. Campers are responsible for their property as TASP is not liable for any loss, theft, or damage to your camper’s belongings.

Packing List

A list of recommended items to pack for your camper can be found in the Parent Handbook. There is also a checklist on our website under the “Parents’ Corner” tab. Campers should NOT bring any of the following items: money, computers/iPad, cell phones (day campers: please leave your phones at home; residential campers: bring a phone only for travel; we will be collecting phones the first night at TASP), electronic games, skateboards/scooters, pets, electrical equipment such as televisions and cooking appliances. Please mark EVERY article of clothing and each personal belonging with your camper’s name, including socks, shoes, bathing suits, towels, toiletries, etc.

Laundry Service

Laundry services are only offered to campers enrolled for all 3 weeks. Laundry will not be picked up until the 2nd week, so please pack enough clothes for 11 days. Campers will receive a personalized laundry bag. 

Health Center

TASP operates a well-equipped Health Center that is administered by an on call Health Care Consultant and several Registered Nurses. The Parent Authorization Form you signed authorizes the Health Center staff to provide emergency and non-emergent care for your camper. The Health Center is available 24 hours a day. In the event of a more serious incident, your camper will be transported to Tobey Hospital in Wareham, MA, located 5 miles away. Every effort is made to contact parents in the event that off-campus medical services are needed. All expenses associated with off-campus treatment become the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the camper. If you have medical concerns/questions while your camper is in camp you may reach the camp Health Center directly by calling 508-291-8306. Should you reach the answering machine, please leave a detailed message.

Medication Check In 

If your camper needs to take medication while at the program, we cannot accept medication for any camper without a Medication Order Form (available in your Camp in Touch account) signed by your camper’s Physician and submitted through your account. Prescription and over the counter medication brought to the program must be stored and administered by the Health Center staff. The medication must be in a pharmacy labeled bottle with the campers name and dispensing directions with the most recent date last filled.  Please send a second pharmacy labeled bottle with any medication sent. MEDICATIONS NOT CLEARLY LABELED WILL NOT BE DISPENSED. EpiPens and Inhalers will be checked in by the Health Center, labeled and then given to the camper at the discretion of the Health Center staff.  Please do not send Ibuprofen, Tylenol, antihistamine medications, etc. as they are stocked in the Health Center for campers who need them. Anyone who is on a field trip will still receive his/her medications by a licensed professional or one trained to administer medication.

Authorized Grown-Ups

The people you list on this form have permission to pick up your camper from TASP. Anyone listed here will need to show identification. If a person is not listed here, they can NOT pick up your camper (including parents). You may update your list in your account at anytime. Please note, parents’ names MUST be included on this list in order to pick up campers.

Health Insurance

All campers are required to have health insurance coverage while at Tabor. Parents are responsible to provide medical insurance for their children. Out of concern for the health and welfare of all our campers, TASP has a policy that requires all international campers to be covered by an accident and sickness insurance plan that covers care in the United States. The cost of medical insurance in the US is high and it is important that students arrive at the beginning of the summer with coverage that is acceptable to local doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. Many international plans do not cover out-of-country medical costs, and we want to ensure the best coverage for your child. For our international campers we offer, at a low rate, health insurance since most policies do not cover their children while abroad. Please contact the TASP office at summer@taboracademy.org for enrollment information.

Camper Bank

The Camper Bank is a convenient and safe place to manage personal expense money for your residential camper and can be accessed through your Camp in Touch account. It is required for all residential campers, and we suggest that parents make a deposit of $50-$100 per week (maximum deposit amount is $300) for the child’s incidental expenses or emergency purchases. Deposits into the Camper Bank MUST be made directly via credit card through your Camp in Touch account. Any additional amount of money left over will be refunded to your credit card after the child’s session is over.

Photo Gallery

The TASP Photo Gallery will be posted through the CampMinder photo system by the end of week 2. Please note that we have over 650 campers each summer and unfortunately our photographer cannot take individual requests. She does her very best to get to a majority of the activities everyday and photograph as many campers as possible.Once the gallery is posted, photos can be viewed and purchased through your Camp in Touch account under the Photos tab. Payment is required via credit card to purchase photos, and you will first need to enter a valid form of payment under the Credit Card for Email and Photos tab.

Communication Policy

We ask that day campers leave their cell phones at home for camp every day. If they must bring phones to communicate at the end of camp, we ask that they leave cell phones in their backpacks for the duration of the day.

Residential campers may bring phones with them to camp. On the day that residential campers arrive at TASP they will be asked to turn off their phones and put them in a secure location, monitored by counselors. In an effort to promote dorm bonding and to ensure that all campers are fully present during opening days, we will hold phones until Thursday of the first week. Parents and/or guardians of the campers will be contacted by a Residential Assistant via email and/or phone call to provide an update about how each child is doing in the program those first days. Beginning on that first Thursday during rest period (1:00 pm- 2:20 pm), campers will be given access to their phones. From that point forward, there will be designated times for cell phone use throughout each day. We allow campers to use their phones for 30 minutes during rest period (1:00-2:20 pm) and 30 minutes before dinner (5:00-6:00 pm). Of course, if certain circumstances arise, a camper may request a phone call before lights out (in the past, this has been useful if a child has not been able to get in touch with someone at home earlier in the day) We hope this policy will allow for your camper to have the most meaningful and fun TASP experience!

Parents of our residential campers may email their campers through their Camp in Touch under the Online Community section by clicking on the Email tab. CampStamps are used to pay for emails that you would like to send to your camper and each residential camper is issued 5 free CampStamps for the summer. Each email that you send to your camper requires one CampStamp per recipient, any unused CampStamps carry over to the next season. You can also give them to your family & friends by creating guest accounts. Due to a busy and fun-filled packed schedule, please allow up to 4 days for your camper to send a response. Additional CampStamps can be purchased through your account and you will be required to use a credit card for payment. You will first need to enter a valid form of payment under the Credit Card for Email and Photos tab.