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Please read this Waiver carefully as it affects your legal rights in the event of an injury, contraction of a communicable disease, infection and/or damage to property.
Participants understand that the use of the facilities and/or services may involve risk of bodily injury, property damage, contraction of a communicable disease and/or contraction of a viral or bacterial infection and agree to assume any such risks. In case of illness or accident at our facility, The Salvation Army is authorized to secure emergency medical treatment at member/participant’s expense. It is up to the participant to consult physicians and other professionals to make sure that they can safely participate in activities and events offered by The Salvation Army.
Participant also understands and agrees that by registering, they are giving up their right (or the minor for whom they register) to make any claim against The Salvation Army, its agents, employees, and volunteers, including the right to sue them, for bodily injury, property damage, contraction of a communicable disease and/or contraction of a viral or bacterial infection of any type and/or any other loss that they might suffer while using The Salvation Army facilities and/or services, except as limited by law.
Full payment is expected at the time of enrollment. No cash refunds are given unless the program is canceled by The Salvation Army. If the program is canceled by the Torrance Corps, you will be given the choice of a full credit or a cash refund. If you request to cancel your class enrollment five or more days prior to the first class, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 processing fee or you may choose to transfer to another session if available. Requests made less than five days prior to the start date are not eligible for a refund or credit, except in the case of personal emergencies. No credits or pro-rated credits will be issued for missed days of camp or class due to illness, partial attendance, behavior issues, or any other reason.
Individuals, families, and seniors who cannot afford fees for youth camps and/or classes can apply for a discount. Eligibility for this program is based on income level. Scholarship applications are available at the information desk.
Anyone purchasing a class will be required to show photo ID (ages 18+). The Torrance Corps may use this information to consult public sources to help determine whether a guest may pose unreasonable harm to our patrons, staff or visitors. Your safety is important to us. By showing your photo ID at the front desk, you help The Salvation Army to provide a quality, state-of-the-art, facility where individuals and families can work, play and grow together in a safe and nurturing environment. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy. View our safety information.
There is a $20 charge for each insufficient funds transaction.
The Salvation Army is dedicated to keeping children and vulnerable adults safe from physical, emotional and sexual harm. We refer to our safety efforts as "Protecting The Mission."
Protecting The Mission guidelines ensure The Salvation Army Torrance Corps emphasizes safety in the following ways:
In order to facilitate positive life experiences while at The Salvation Army Torrance Corps, mutual respect between members, guests, and staff is required at all times. Failure to observe these policies will result in disciplinary action and/or termination of guest privileges. Staff have the right to refuse service to anyone deemed disruptive or abusive.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Summer Day Camp runs Monday-Friday from 8am - 6pm, with formal programming concluding at 4:45pm. Please ensure your child is collected by 6pm by an authorized parent/guardian or a late fee will be imposed. A late fee of $10 applies after 6pm, with an additional $10 every 10 minutes. The late fees are not intended to be punitive, rather, they cover the cost of staff overtime.
The Summer Day Camp Program is coordinated and conducted by experienced staff. The Salvation Army adheres to a minimum staff ratio of 1:14 (one staff member for every 14 children), however during formal programming hours this ratio is 1:10.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The health and safety of every camper at Summer Day Camp is the highest priority of all staff. Small staff to camper ratios ensure children are well supervised at all times whether engaged in structured indoor activities or enjoying free exploration in our outdoor play spaces. Every effort is made to ensure there are no injuries during camp, however staff are trained to address minor cuts and falls if needed. A parent/guardian will be contacted in the event of a more serious injury or illness during camp hours. If your child contracts an illness before coming to camp, please ensure they have been cleared for contact with other children prior to attending.
Over the summer, activities will take place around the grounds of the Torrance Salvation Army, including our large hall, children’s room and outdoor futsol court and play area. Campers will also be taken off-site for special excursions at times throughout most weeks of the summer.
NUTRITION AND SNACKS
During the Day Camp program there are two scheduled snack times and one hour set aside for lunch. Snacks are provided for morning and afternoon recess and vary day to day. Examples of snacks are fruit and vegetables, popcorn, crackers, cheese, granola bars and baked goods. Occasionally children will participate in a cooking activity where they will prepare their own snack. If you would prefer to send your own snacks from home please notify staff on your child’s application form along with any food allergies.
A packed lunch is required for lunch on most days. At times excursions will have lunch included, in which case you will be notified during that week. Breakfast is not served at Day Camp.
Please contact the program director directly if your child requires any medication during camp hours to ensure we are able to accommodate their needs.
ELECTRONICS, CELL PHONES AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS
We strongly advise that all electronics, cell phones and unnecessary personal belongings stay at home to avoid loss or breakage. Electronics and cell phones will not be permitted during camp hours. If you need to contact your child, please call the office number with your message. All personal belongings (including shoes, hats and sweaters) should be clearly labelled with your child’s full name. Any toys or books they choose to bring for free play will be their own responsibility.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Please ensure that you or an authorized representative sign children in and out of the program each day. We ask that you escort them through the parking lot during these busy times of day. The staff member on duty may ask for photo ID at pick up to ensure your child is safely with a trusted adult. We thank you for your cooperation in this area.
EXCURSIONS AND INCURSIONS
During each themed week campers will be involved in at least two excursions or incursions. These are designed to complement the learning taking place during activities and to explore our beautiful city! All children attend excursions under the watchful supervision of staff members and travel by foot, mini van or school bus. Please note that while every effort is made to go on advertised excursions, if cancellation occurs out of our control a suitable alternative will be made. Full details and additional information will be outlined prior to each week of camp.
In order to ensure staffing and adequate supplies, we ask that you honor financial commitments by finalizing accounts no later than Monday of each week of attendance. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your child’s registration and placement on the waitlist.
ILLNESS AND INJURIES
Camp is not designed or equipped to handle ill children. If your camper becomes ill while at Camp, our staff will make your child comfortable in an area away from the other campers. Our staff will then contact you (the parent) or one of the individuals you have authorized to pick up your child. If immediate medical attention is needed or if the severity of an injury cannot be correctly established, parents will be notified immediately. The Emergency Medical System (911) will be activated at the discretion of Camp Coordinators and/or Camp Counselors. If staff are unable to reach parents whose child is in need of immediate medical attention, he/she will be transported to the nearest hospital via ambulance and staff will continue to attempt to contact parents. Parents/guardians will be responsible for all emergency medical care expenses.
As a means of maintaining a high-quality learning environment, all children are required to sign the Summer Day Camp Code of Conduct. This outlines briefly the expectations held of all children who are a part of the program. We ask that parents and guardians read through this with their child in order to prepare them for their time at camp. Any failure to follow the Code of Conduct will result in an appropriate consequence, for example a warning, time out, sitting out of an activity or writing an apology letter. More serious misdemeanors would warrant a call to parents, meeting with the camp director or possible suspension from the program. In this event there would be no refund of the camper’s fees for that week. In the Code of Conduct, campers will agree to: