Girls Incorporated of Sioux City

Girls Inc of Sioux City

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FAQ

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[su_spoiler title=”Where will camp be held?”]
500 Main Street
Sioux City IA 51103
Please ring the bell to the right for entry.
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[su_spoiler title=”What are the dates for the camp?”]

Session 1:  June 1 – July 3
Session 2:  July 13 – August 14

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[su_spoiler title=”What are the camp days and hours?”]

  • Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Flexible drop-off is available 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Flexible pick-up 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • If a girl is picked up after 5:30 p.m., a $10 late fee will be imposed for the first 5 minutes and $1 for every minute after the first 5. If there is a second late, your child will not be able to return for the rest of the session.  Please have a backup plan in place should you think you’re going to be close to 5:30 or at all late.
  • Girls must be escorted out of the building and signed out every day by an adult.
  • No early drop-offs permitted. Your child will not be supervised before 7:30 a.m.

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[su_spoiler title=”How much does camp cost? What is included in the fee?”]

  • The cost to attend is per week/per child. The weekly cost is dependent on income and family size.  Weekly fees are $15/$25/$50 per week/per child.  This all-inclusive fee includes breakfast, lunch, and snack, summer camp T-shirt, field trips, and program materials.
  • There is a one-time activity fee of $45 per girl/per session or pay only $80 for both sessions. This is due no later than May 15th.  This fee must be paid in full to reserve your child’s spot in camp.
  • Any previous balance is due by May 15th.
  • Payment Options:
    • Pay in full at the time of registration.
    • Pay at camp by cash/check/credit/debit – weekly.
  • Payments are due before the end of the day on Friday. Failure to pay the weekly fees by the due date will cause your child to lose their spot in camp.
  • Families are granted 1 week of vacation per session during the summer program. All other weeks must be paid.  The weekly fee is the same for attendance one day or all days of a week.  Please notify the Front Desk staff of vacations in advance.

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[su_spoiler title=”Do you offer any scholarship assistance for camp?”]

  • Yes, we do offer need based partial scholarship assistance to those that qualify.
  • The scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 15th.
  • Scholarships will reduce the weekly fee, but will not eliminate it.
  • Applications are available at the center. Please attach your most recent tax returns or W2 income statements.

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[su_spoiler title=”What are the pick-up and drop-off procedures?”]

  • Parents/Guardians are required to escort girls out of our center. They must be signed out every day.
  • Drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.; everyone needs to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9:00 a.m.
  • Flexible pick-up is available between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Please inform the front desk staff and the Program Director of anyone who may not pick up your child(ren).
  • Girls may only be dropped off/picked up at the center.

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[su_spoiler title=”What will my child do every day?”]

  • Our summer day camps are designed to inspire girls, ages 6-18, by challenging them mentally, enhancing their physical ability, promoting creativity, and encouraging them to take positive, healthy risks. Summer camp includes hands-on activities in a friendly all-girl environment.
  • Please see “Programs” at www.girlsincofsiouxcity.org for national program descriptions.
  • Girls will attend weekly field trips around town. Please pick up a monthly calendar at the front desk.

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[su_spoiler title=”What should my child wear to camp?”]

  • We are very active and sometimes messy when we are doing activities. We want girls to be prepared to participate in all of the fun projects, so play clothes would probably work best for our active camp. Girls should wear closed toe shoes daily.
  • On all girl field trip days send your child in their Girls Inc. camp T-shirt. If the T-shirt is lost, a $5 fee will be applied for a replacement.
  • Girls will be swimming twice per week. Girls will need a swimsuit and towel.  They can bring flip flops to change into at swim time.  If you would like us to keep your daughters swimsuit and towel here, and launder it each time, please label each piece.  It would be helpful to bring a light weight towel.

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[su_spoiler title=”Is food included in the camp fee? Can my child bring their own lunch?”]

  • Breakfast is optional, but you must be signed in before 9:00 a.m. in order to be served.
  • Girls will be offered lunch and snack daily. If your child has a specific dietary need, please inform us at sign up time, and we will do our best to accommodate her need. Documentation from a medical professional may be required.
  • We do not allow girls to bring their own meals.
  • No candy or gum is allowed at Girls Inc.
  • Girls will have regular access to water fountains, but are encouraged to bring a water bottle to keep with them throughout the day. Be sure to put a name on the water bottle!

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[su_spoiler title=”Who are the staff and what training have they received?”]

  • Our camp is led by enthusiastic staff members who deliver hands-on, age-appropriate activities to inspire girls in a fun, friendly environment.
  • Each staff member is trained in CPR, first aid, girl development, conflict resolution, team building, and overall safety to ensure that your girl has a great camp experience.
  • Girls are constantly supervised by Girls Inc. staff in the building and on field trips.
  • All staff and volunteers working with the girls have undergone extensive interviews, criminal background screenings and reference checks..

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[su_spoiler title=”My child takes daily medication. Is this okay to send to camp?”]

  • Any medication brought to camp by the girl’s parent/guardian must be in the original pharmacy bottle, with the girl’s name and instructions for administering the medicine printed on the label.
  • The front desk administrator will be responsible for keeping all medicine in a locked cabinet and will administer the dosage as prescribed.

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  • Do not send any cell phones, iPods, handhelds or any other electronic devices to camp. In the event of an emergency, you can contact the front desk administrator. Therefore, there is no need for any child to have a cell phone at camp. If there is an emergency at camp, we will call you.
  • If it is discovered that your child has an electronic device, it will be confiscated. The item will be held at the front desk and can be taken home at pick up time.
  • Girls are responsible for their own personal belongings. Please put a name on everything that you send to camp to ensure its safe return to its rightful owner. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items brought to camp, so please label everything and do not send any valuables.

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  • Activities at Girls Inc. are done in a group setting. All girls must be able to function in a group setting and abide by Girls Inc. rules in order to attend.  This includes behavior on the bus, at the center, or at events with Girls Inc.  If your child is not able to behave in a group setting, or requires one-on-one assistance from a staff member, the parent will be notified, and the girl will need to leave.  Should your daughter have a recurring problem abiding by these rules, she may be dismissed from the program without refund.
  • If you have questions, please contact the Program Director or the Executive Director.
    • There are no refunds for any child that withdraws or is suspended or expelled due to behavior.
    • Behavior Consequences:

Behavior Consequences:

  • First Offense – verbal reminder of expectations and/or time out away from current activity.
  • Second Offense – Thumbs down – Each girl at Girls Inc. has a Girls Inc. bank account where they keep their Girls Inc. money. The girls are able to spend their money at the store once a week. Girls earn $1 Girls Inc. dollar per day they attend, and earn $4 for a thumbs up. Girls lose $5 for a thumbs down. With both a thumbs up and down you will receive a note from her counselor that explains the reason behind the thumbs up or down.
  • Third Offense – conference with the parent/guardian.

Suspension Policy – The following offenses will require more severe discipline, such as suspension or expulsion:

  • Stealing
  • Verbal or physical abuse to anyone including other campers and staff
  • Bullying
  • Possession or consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol
  • Swearing or other inappropriate language, including racial or discriminatory references.
  • Bringing a weapon onto the premises
  • Gross insubordination – for example, absolute refusal to follow the rules

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  • If your child is ill, you will be responsible to pick up the child as soon as possible. There isn’t a nurse’s office, so we are not equipped with the resources to care for a sick child very long.
  • We do regular lice checks and your daughter will be sent home if nits or bugs are present. When you treat your daughter (with combing), she is allowed to come back and will be checked upon her return.
  • A parent/guardian bulletin board will be by the check-in desk with daily announcements.
  • We also use a file folder system. Each family will have a folder with their name on it where items like payment invoices can be found.
  • We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. If it is valuable please do not send it to camp.
  • Our federal tax ID number for tax purposes is 42-1272032.

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[su_spoiler title=”In an emergency or if I have concerns, whom should I contact?”]

  • The Administrative Coordinator will be on site at all times, and will be accessible through the main Girls Inc. phone number and/or the Girls Inc. cell phone.
  • The Program Director and Executive Director will be emergency contacts for you as well.
  • Contact information will be provided to all parents/guardians of enrolled campers as we get closer to the start of camp.

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