Camp FAQ


Frequently asked questions for Full-Day Camps

What are the camp hours?

Full-day recreation camps run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended care available 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. for an additional $35 per week. Half-day recreation camps run 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Half-day fine art camps times vary from class and participant age.

What safety measures are you following to keep my child safe and healthy at camp?

NCC Summer Camps follow all regulations set by the State and Public Health Department. Our sites are inspected at least twice prior to camp start date to be certified by the State. Our camps all perform a regimented cleaning schedule each day and following each activity. Children are checked in through a touch free system. In addition, the majority of our activities are held outside, with limited time spent in a confined indoor spaces.

What should my camper wear?

Sneakers and lightweight clothes that are okay to get dirty (open-toed shoes and flip-flops are not allowed at camp for safety reasons). Bring a change of clothes on rainy days.

What should my camper bring?

A backpack with:

  • Swimsuit (full-day recreation only)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Healthy snacks (2)
  • Water bottle filled with cold water
  • Lunch
  • Please label everything!

What should my camper not bring?

  • Cell phones, tablets or similar devices
  • Money
  • Handheld video games
  • Skateboards/scooters, HEELYS or “hoverboards”
  • Personal property, toys, games, jewelry, etc. (unless requested by camp counselors with theme week)

New Castle County is not responsible for the safety of items brought to camp.

What about lunch?

Send your full-day recreation and sports camper with a nutritionally balanced lunch, snacks and water/drinks. Keep in mind there are no refrigerators or microwaves at camp. Packing lunch in an insulated bag or hard-top cooler is recommended, labeled with your camper’s name.

Where is the Camp Office?

The Camp Office is located at 77 Reads Way, New Castle 19720 and can be reached at (302) 395-5654.

What happens on rainy days?

Recreation and specialty camps are held rain or shine. If it is dangerous weather (thunder and lightning, extreme heat index, etc.), campers move indoors. However, in a light drizzle or rain, we still have limited outside activities and keep playing! Dress appropriately on these days and pack an extra set of clothes.

What if my camper loses something at camp?

We strongly encourage you to label every item your camper brings or wears to camp. Each camp has a lost and found box at the sign in/out table that all items are brought to at the end of every day.

Why do we need a parent/guardian email?

We use your email address as our primary method of communications. All confirmations, receipts, reconciliation of billing and email updates. The Camp Office often sends two or more emails a week to be keep you informed on all important camp schedule and health and safety information.

Does my camper get a t-shirt?

Campers who attend a full-day recreation camp receive one t-shirt. Campers must wear their camp shirts on Fridays for weekly color wars events.

Is a field trip planned for my camper?

Currently, we are limiting the camp experience to only the camp site. The Camp Office will continue to monitor state guidance and adjust as we get closer to summer.

How can I help prevent sunburn on my camper?

Please apply waterproof sunscreen before your camper arrives at camp each day. Camp staff is not permitted to provide, share or apply sunscreen on any camper. Parents/guardians are encouraged to show their camper how to reapply sunscreen on areas that may be exposed to the sun. Mark your camper's sunscreen with their name. Sunscreen must be in original container. Consider hats, short and/or long-sleeve shirts and an extra shirt for swimming for children who are sensitive to the sun.

What if I need to pick up my camper early?

If your child needs to leave early, please send a note letting staff know what time and who is picking your camper up. If the person picking up your child is not listed on the camp pick-up consent form, you must make the Camp Office aware of this prior to pick up. Any person picking up a camper is asked to show picture identification. No one under the age of 18 may pick up campers.

Who are the camp staff members?

Our staff is comprised of teachers, counselors and college students from the local area. All staff must pass a background check, child abuse registry and drug screen prior to attending our full training orientation before camp starts.

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

The State currently recommends limiting camp groups to cohorts of 15 of less. We plan to have three to four staff members with each cohort. These counselors stay with their cohorts for the entire summer camp season in compliance with current state guidance.

What if the camp I want is full?

Your name is placed on our waiting list. You are notified no later than the Wednesday before the camp begins if a spot becomes available.