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SD Summer Program FAQ

General Camp Questions

When do the San Domenico Summer Camps run?

San Domenico summer programs start the week of June 24 and run two sessions in June. We take a brief break for the Fourth of July Holiday, and then start up again with three additional weeks of camps, starting on July 15, July 22, and July 29. Click here to browse camps by week.

Is there a deadline for registration?

You may register for camp up to the day of camp providing there is space in the program. Some programs like the ELS/San Domenico Summit, and the ELS Nike Sports Programs require transportation planning, so we advise that registrations for these camps be complete by June 1, 2019.

Where do I find information about the application requirements of a camp program?

San Domenico camp programs are open to all participants, including International campers, providing participants meet the age or experience requirements listed on each camp webpage. International participants should have basic to intermediate English skills and be able to follow basic instructions from teachers, coaches, and staff. All participants should be eager to learn, work hard, and are expected to work cooperatively in a group setting.

Who runs the camps at San Domenico?

Each camp has a Camp Director who hires their own staff to run the camps. Most Camp Directors are San Domenico Faculty or Coaches. All camp staff who work on campus have completed a full background check, have been screened for TB, and have all necessary immunizations to work with children. For our sport camps, all of our directors are college level coaches or top professionals in their field. Much of their camp staff is made up of former collegiate players and/or current players who provide a nice role model for young athletes, or those older athletes who have a goal to play sports in college. You can read about each camp director by looking at their bio’s on the camp webpage. Day campers are supervised during listed camp hours; overnight campers are supervised 24 hours a day.

How do I register for camp?

Find the camp you want to attend, click the registration link, and complete the short registration form. You can add multiple camps at one time, and/or register multiple children at one time. A deposit of $275 is required at the time of registration. Final camp payments are due for all camps by May 1, 2019. We offer easy monthly payment plans which you will be able to set this up during the check-out process.

What should my child bring to camp?

Every camper will receive a camp registration package by the end of May which will list the specific details of the camp location, along with contact information,  phone numbers, and a full list of what to bring to camp. All campers are responsible for bringing necessary sport equipment, i.e. tennis rackets, golf clubs etc., with them to camp.

What forms are required for camp?

Health, Insurance, and Liability forms are required for each camper. Forms will be sent to the registration email on file. All supplemental forms are required to be completed prior to camp. Campers will NOT be admitted to camp without these.  Health forms include immunization history as well as a statement of general health provided by parents. These forms do not require a doctor’s signature. Insurance forms ask for medical and dental insurance information for each camper. Lastly, Liability forms detail school and camp director/staff liability coverage. These forms must be signed by parents or legal guardian.

What happens on Check-In day?

If you are attending a day versus an overnight camp, the check-in process may be different. Day campers are asked to check-in on the first day at the time outlined in your registration package, usually 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of camp. Subsequent days, campers should plan to arrive at the designated start time.

Overnight campers generally check-in the day prior to camp. There is a usually a flexible two- hour window for check-in, allowing campers to get settled in and to unpack their gear prior to any activities beginning. Dinner is the first meal, so please make sure your camper has had lunch before arriving. Evening activities are light, designed to promote engagement and group bonding. Programs start on Monday morning.

Do campers need to have to have a certain skill levels to participate?

Unless a camp specifically references previous experience, all camp program are open to all participants at any skill level. For example with sport programs, campers are evaluated at the start of the session, and placed in groups based on skill and age. Each program outlines any special requirements or required experience, and you should refer to this when applying or registering for any camp.

Should I bring my own laptop or tablet to camp?

We discourage bringing personal technology items such as a laptop or tablet to camp. Phones are okay to bring, but they can not be used during instruction and must be turned off.

Each camp program will provide the technology needs for each program. Please note, that if students/campers choose to bring their own tablets, laptops, and phones to camp, the San Domenico School, and its camp staff, are not liable for any loss.

 

What are the Rules at Camp?

All day and overnight campers are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner. Students are required to treat other members of the camp community with respect, demonstrate cultural sensitivity, and to take responsibility for their own actions. Students are expected to attend all scheduled events, classes and/or field trips as designated by each camp. Campers who repeatedly disregard these principles will be asked to leave, without compensation for time missed.

How do I get in touch with a camper?

Parents/guardians will have the direct phone number of the Camp Director and campers can make calls/Skype on personal devices or use the office phone during free time. International campers who wish to use their cell phones should purchase an international data plan.

What’s the daily schedule like?

Schedules vary from camp to camp. Sample schedules can be viewed by going to the “Camp Schedule” section on the camp webpage.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

A full refund will be issued up until two weeks prior to first day of camp. Cancellations must be in writing via email; cancellation by phone is not accepted. San Domenico reserves the right to cancel a camp for any reason, including lack of enrollment. In such cases, a full refund will be made.

When will I be informed if a camp is cancelled?

We will make the decision to cancel a camp at least 30 days prior to the start date. All registered campers to date will be notified via email. A full refund for the tuition that was paid, will be provided if San Domenico cancels a program. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

What if my camper gets sick or injured?

On-site school nurses and trainers are available to take care of on-site injuries and illness. In the case of an emergency situation, campers will be taken to the nearest hospital which is Marin General Hospital in Larkspur, about 15 minutes away. If a day camper is sick and will not be able to attend camp, please inform the Camp Director by email the night before a day of camp.

How is my child supervised at Camp?

Camp staff are always present during instruction and at all on and off campus activities.

Please see the camper rules and conduct below:

  • No student is allowed to travel off campus without a program staff member present. Exceptions will be made ONLY with previously arranged permission from the Camp Director.
  • NO smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages, or drug use will be tolerated while attending any of our camp programs. Doing so will result in immediate expulsion from camp with no refund.
  • Boys and girls must stay in their assigned floors in the dorms.
  • Students will be held responsible for any damages they create. Disciplinary action will be taken.
  • Sexual conduct between campers is strictly prohibited.
  • Attendance at all classes/instruction and scheduled program events is mandatory.
  • Student must not abuse or tamper with the fire equipment.
  • Campers must always be polite and respectful to other participants and staff.

Camp Payments

How do you pay for camp?

We accept Visa and Mastercard for all camp payments.

What is due at the time of registration?

A minimum camp deposit of $275 is due at the time of registration.

Can I set up a payment plan?

Yes, when you register for camp, you will be able to set up a monthly payment plan as you check-out. Final camp payments are due in full by May 1, 2019.

Do you accept wire transfers?

We will accept wire transfers from contracted agents representing individuals or groups. Please email SD Summer Programs to get wire transfer instructions. All wire transfers must include the participant’s registration number on the wire so that it can be credited properly. 

International Camper Questions

What is an International Camp Program?

International camps are designed for international students who are traveling from outside of the United States to attend camp at San Domenico. These programs provide the chance for international students to experience San Domenico first hand and to experience life and learning on our 515-acre campus. International camp programs offer overnight accommodations, dining, multi-week options (one week to three weeks), meet and greet services at SFO airport, linens, and evening and weekend programs. International campers are welcome to participate in any of our camp programs, providing they meet age requirements.

What are ELS + Nike Sport Camps?

ELS+Nike Sport Camps provide two hours of English Language instruction along with four hours of Nike Sport instruction/training, Monday through Thursday. Participants can choose to play Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Cross-Country Running, or Tennis, as their sport of choice. Note that not every sport runs each week. Please check the sport calendars. With other overnight programs, such as Mountain Biking, campers have the option to add ELS language lessons in the morning for an additional charge.

What is the ELS and San Domenico Summit Camp Program?

This camp is a three-week Academic intensive program designed specifically for international students aged 12-17.  Participants will improve their English language and comprehension skills as well as learn more about the educational offerings and residential boarding experience at San Domenico. Students are tested and grouped according to their age and English language proficiency levels. For more information, please visit the ELS/Summer Summit camp page.

Are there application requirements to attend either the ELS NIke Sport or the ELS/SD Summit Programs?

International programs are open to all students who meet the age requirements. (ELS/Nike Sports Camps, 9-17 years old; ELS/San Domenico Summit 12-17 years old ) Students should be eager to learn, work hard, and want to improve their English skills. International participants should have basic to intermediate English skills and be able to follow instructions from teachers, coaches, and staff. All participants are expected to work cooperatively in a group setting. San Domenico school does not tolerate students who lack cultural sensitivity or are unwilling to work in a team environment.

Where do International students come from?

Past students who have participated in San Domenico programs come from Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, and the Congo, just to name a few.

Which of your San Domenico Camps are appropriate for International students?

Any of our multi-week or overnight programs would make great options for International participants, as you can live on campus in our residential dorms and meals are provided. It’s a great way to see what life is like at a California boarding school. Additionally, students can participate in one, two, or three week programs, so that they can make the most of their trip to the United States. Lastly, we have specialized programs to help international students improve their language skills, athletic, music, or academic skills. Click here for a list of all Overnight camps. (Nike Basketball Camp, Nike Swim Camp, Nike Tennis Camp, O’Sullivan Soccer Academy, Nike Running Camp, Orchestra Performance Camp, Nike Sport and ELS Language Camps, or the ELS/San Domenico Summit Program.

Is a Visa required?

Yes, a U.S. tourist Visa is all that’s required for traveling international students. Campers arriving from Visa waiver countries can complete the ESTA online. Campers traveling from non-visa waiver countries, should consult the U.S. government website outlining steps and requirements. San Domenico does not provide Visa processing services, but will provide a confirmation letter, after successful registration, to support a Visa application for a camper.  It will verify to the US Embassy that a camper has registered for one of our Summer Camp programs and is planning to traveling to the U.S. Please send request for one of these letters to summercamp@sandomenico.org. Please provide your child’s full name, date of birth, travel dates (Entering and departure date into the U.S.,) and include a copy of their passport. If an accompanying parent needs to be included in the letter, the same information listed above will be required.

Will someone from the Camp be there to meet my child at the airport?

Yes. If you are participating in an ELS+Nike Sport or the ELS/San Domenico Summit program, Camp staff will meet your child and provide transportation to and from the airport . This service is included in your tuition. Camp staff will meet your child outside the customs area. Students should look for a staff member holding a sign that reads “ELS SD Summer Programs”, along with the name of the child. As soon as the student’s program is confirmed, please send us the camper’s full flight details including date, time of arrival, flight number, airline departure airport, and ALL connecting flights. Also, please advise if your child is traveling as an unaccompanied minor.

My child is flying as an unaccompanied minor. How do I receive the information needed to present to the airline?

This information will be provided to you ten days prior to camp.

If the plane is late or if my child misses the plane, what should he or she do?

A detailed travel confirmation will be provided prior to camp.  Please call the emergency phone number indicated on the travel confirmation. If no one answers, please leave a message. We monitor this emergency number closely during the camp season, and someone will get right back to you.

Overnight Programs

What is the housing like at San Domenico?

Students will be housed in a single-sex dormitory. With the guidance of trained dorm supervisors who also stay in the dorms, students learn to make adjustments necessary for communal living. Living closely with other young people from widely differing backgrounds is one of the most rewarding experiences of these overnight programs. For students who will soon be faced with the responsibility and independence of a boarding school or college life, a week or two of living in the dorm provides ample opportunity for developing self-discipline, confidence in self-advocating, time management skills, and respect for others.

What should I pack?

A full packing list will be provided prior to camp and will be included in your Camp Registration package. This package includes all necessary items to bring, along with health and insurance forms that must be completed. Registration packages also include other camp details such as Director contact phone or email, directions to camp, time and location check-in and check-out. Camp Registration packages will be sent to the registration email on file, closer to the date of camp.

What airport should I fly into?

Both San Francisco and Oakland International Airport offer convenient access to San Domenico School. However, San Francisco International Airport is the ONLY designated airport for meet and greet services to camp. Driving Directions to SD can be found here.

Is Airport Transportation, or a “Meet and Greet Service” available to campers?

Yes, we partner with licensed transportation services to pick up and drop off campers at the airport/camp. You may select this option during registration and send us the travel information when it becomes available. If camp transportation is not included in your tuition, you can send an email to summercamp@sandomenico.org and we will contact you about making transportation arrangements for a fee. The round trip airport transfer fee is $250.

What are some nearby hotels?

If you are visiting San Domenico or are looking for a hotel or restaurants while your child is at camp, please visit www.sandomenico.org/concierge for helpful resources.

Is there a place where important student paperwork and spending money will be safely kept at camp?

At check-in, Camp staff will collect important papers, such as passports, visas, and spending money and hold on to this on behalf of students in a camp safe to discourage theft. A sign in and sign out form will be used to track all personal items that are checked-in/checked-out.

What is the cell reception like on campus?

Due to San Domenico’s location in a valley, cell service is limited. We recommend texting, or communication via email. We will also have SKYPE setup in the camp office, so campers and parents can communicate. There will be designated times during the week for calling home. Parents should feel free to check in with the Camp Director at any time.

Do the dormitories have internet service?

Yes, WIFI is provided on campus and also for overnight campers.

How can I receive phone calls?

We discourage phone calls at Camp, but we have a 24-hour contact phone number in case parents need to reach their children. This number will be provided in the registration package you will receive with all camp details closer to the date of camp.

Where can I buy toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, etc?

We ask that students participating in overnight programs bring these items with them to camp. However, each Monday, overnight campers can attend an off-campus trip to a local store where students can shop for any necessities that they need.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes, two campers share a room. Every attempt will be made to pair campers with roommates of similar age and of gender. We do not guarantee that International campers will be placed with American students, but we will try to ensure that English is the common language between the campers. Please note, with the exception of sleeping, campers do not spend much time in their rooms.

Can a roommate be requested?

Yes, and this must be indicated upon registration. Both parties must request each other.

Should I bring my own linens?

Linens are provided. Please bring a pillow and personal towels for bathing and for the pool. Laundry machines are available, free of charge in the dorms, for campers to wash personal items and towels.

How can I do my laundry?

Each dorm is equipped with washers and dryers that are free to use. Laundry soap is also provided. Campers are responsible for doing their own laundry. If needed, our camp staff can assist them.

What evening/off campus activities are included?

Camp Directors plan all activities which vary from camp to camp. Evening and off-campus activities may include movie nights, going to a sport event and visiting the surrounding area. See your registration packet (sent in May) for details. Camp activities fees are included in all-inclusive programs/pricing. Additional fees may apply for programs chosen outside of all-inclusive programs.

Do campers need spending money?

We recommend campers bring $100 in spending money per week. Your child’s spending money will be placed in a “camp bank” at check-in and it will be available upon their request. We do not monitor individual camper spending. Your child is responsible for their own purchases. Please make sure your child has cash in $USD as there are no facilities nearby to exchange money. Credit cards are discouraged.

Where do you send camp participant mail?

Please send mail to:
San Domenico School
℅ SD Summer Programs - please include Camper Name/program
1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960, USA