Who’s ready for camp?
The 2017 Summer Camp Enrollment Form is here!!!!!!
Returning families may email Big Red at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the enrollment form.
New families must schedule a tour with Big Red at email@example.com before requesting an enrollment form.
Did you know all families are required to check off on the enrollment form that they have read and understand the Summer Camp Parent Handbook? Click to read the ins and outs of our camp policies in the 2017 Happy Acres Ranch Summer Camp Parent Handbook!
|Summer Camp at Happy Acres offers your child an unique opportunity to experience what summer camp should be without having to leave the city. Our outdoor program gives campers a rare opportunity to be involved in traditional camp experiences and enjoy a natural relaxed setting. All activities are on site. We provide a wide variety of activities for our campers including:
Our operating hours are 6:15 am to 6:00 pm. Our facility closes at 6 pm. The Camp program operates from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Campers are divided into groups of approximately 11-15 by age and gender. Playground supervision is provided before and after the program at no additional charge. Campers may enroll for one week or all summer. Hot, nutritious meals and snacks are included with the weekly tuition or campers can bring their own.
The Summer Camp program is divided into 10 weeks, with each week having a different theme. Each week has special events and new activities. All campers are eligible to take in any horseback riding program (additional charge). Interested to see what your camper will be doing throughout each day? Each group follows their own set schedule during the day. School age campers swim 2x per day and Preschool campers swim every morning. All groups also have a special activities multiple times per week. The special activities are Art, Archery, Outdoor Ed and Nature and the groups will rotate through these activities every week.
How old does my child need to be to participate in Summer Camp?
Summer Camp is for children aged 3 and up. Must be potty trained. Campers aged 3-5 are who have not completed Kindergarten participate in Preschool Camp. Campers aged 5-13 who have completed Kindergarten participate in School Age Camp.
It looks great so far, but I want more information.
If your child has not completed Kindergarten, please visit our Preschool Camp page.
If you child will completed Kindergarten by June, please visit our School Age Day Camp page.
If you child is ready to stay all week, please visit our Summer Resident Camp Page.
Actually, your camp does look great, but I’m not sure it’s right for my child. That’s ok!
Our camp is very unique and not for everyone. Families should spend a lot of time researching camps to find the best one for their families (yes including mom and dad). When you are looking around at other camps, be sure and include these questions.
Do you background check your staff? . Every staff member (including volunteers) are level 2 background checked through the State of Florida before they begin working with campers?
Do you offer training to staff? Happy Acres Ranch does. All staff are required to attend a minimum of 24 hours worth of camp specific training before each summer (this includes returning staff). Year round staff must all complete the 40 hour DCF training within 1 year of employment. Preschool teachers are also required to have an additional 40 hours worth of job specific training each year.
Do you have insurance? Happy Acres Ranch does, We have property, liability, auto, and student accident insurance for all campers.
Are you regularly checked by any outside agencies? Happy Acres Ranch is. We are regularly, and without notice, inspected by the Department of Children and Families, Early Learning Coalition, American Camp Association, and APPLE.
Are you accredited and what does that really mean? Happy Acres Ranch is. Our camps are accredited through the American Camp Association and the Preschool through APPLE. It means following their rules and standards at all times. It means we are doing “best practices” which is over and above state standards. An accredited camp puts a lot of time and money into accreditation. We spent over $2,000 in annual dues alone this year!
Where do you get your International Staff? Happy Acres Ranch has a phenomenal international staff. We hand select (meaning our director flies to London each February to personally interview the counselors) our counselors from the hundreds of candidates. We find our counselors through Camp America, who has been doing this whole international counselor program thing for about as long as we have (60+ years). All international staff has the same background check our American counselors have plus one in their home county. The come on a 6 month J-1 visa for cultural exchange. They are as eager to find out about how Americans live as the campers are to find out how life runs in their country.