Day Camp- Waveny Day Camp- ages 7-12

Waveny Camp 2020

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Waveny Camp- Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Recreation Department sponsored Waveny Camp is truly a New Canaan tradition for New Canaan children.  Assistant Recreation Director Bill Kapp oversees the staff and program presenting a daily schedule of social interaction, learning, physical exercise, and educational activities all staged in the outdoors at the camp locations of Waveny Park, Waveny House and Kiwanis Park Beach Swimming Facility.

Staff selection consists of a majority of high school and college kids from New Canaan who may be your neighbors, babysitters and friends.  All are interviewed and selected based on their experience working with children. Pre-camp staff training focuses on camper interaction, bullying, conflict resolution, social skills, fun, friendships, first aid applications/emergencies, and more.  The camp observes a staff to camper ratio of 1/7

The maximum enrollment per session is 72 campers.  A mix of boys and girls are selected to small groups based on birthdate and are paired with a trained counselor for the two-week session.  Parents will be able to request their child be assigned to a group with friends at registration time. 

The camp daily schedule coordinates camper fun with arts & crafts, sports, earth science-nature, and music.  These specialist led activities are pre-selected age appropriate for the campers.  In addition, the two-week session will include special events like chess/checkers day, beach day, field day, critter caravan live animal show, minute-to-win-it day, kids in the kitchen, and more.  The final day of each session has a camper special event in the morning and invites parents to attend an end of day special “Parents Program” showcasing camp songs, a special group song/skit, and awards.

Swimming at the Kiwanis Park beach will be part of the daily activities of Waveny Camp.  The campers will be transported by school bus (with staff supervision riding on board) to Kiwanis each day.  While at Kiwanis, the children will be monitored by both the camp staff and lifeguards.  Campers can choose to swim, play at water’s edge building sand castles, or be monitored with games on the beach or under the sheltered pavilion.   

Compared to other private town camps, Waveny Camp registration fees are amazingly low and the best deal in town for all to afford.  We work in conjunction with the public schools and social services to provide scholarship fees for qualifying families.  We do not turn anyone away from their chance to attend Waveny Camp this summer.  We have found the majority of campers return year-to-year for more Waveny Camp fun.  If you would like any additional information about Waveny Camp, you may contact Assistant Recreation Director Bill Kapp for a detailed description and examples of past camper experiences. We hope to see you this summer.

Medical Form 

We require your pediatrician to submit an annual signed document, (and for this year it must be dated after January 1, 2020), that provides the following information: date of the last physical, copy of immunization record, and certification that your child may participate in all camp activities. The document must be signed by the doctor or a licensed advanced practice registered nurse or licensed registered nurse or a licensed physician assistant. The pediatrician may use their own “office form” provided it answers these questions or use the New Canaan Recreation Department Youth Camp Health Exam Record. Requirements- the document must be received and in our office before the child attends camp; the document must be dated in the current year 2020; the physical examination date must have been within thirty-six months prior to the date of arrival at camp. Please get health certificates in as soon as possible. Phone your doctor’s office and ask for the documents to be sent to the New Canaan Recreation Department. FAX: 203-594-3606 or by mail: New Canaan Recreation Department, Post Office Box 852 New Canaan, Connecticut 06840. Children will not be permitted to attend camp without the proper health certificate. Please be aware that the camp staff is not permitted to distribute medications to campers. If a child needs to take a certain medication during camp hours, the parent or caregiver can make an appointment with the Camp Director to visit the camp and distribute that medication to his/her child.

Program Dates and Fees 2020

SESSION 1: JUNE 22 - JULY 2 (no camp July 3)

Waveny Camp 
Birthdate eligibility (born between) January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2013 
Session 1 $383 per session; Session 2 or Session 3 $425 per session 

Registration Format, Parents may register either online or in-office starting Wednesday, February 19
Two ways to register:
ONLINE REGISTRATION-This procedure requires parents to have a system login which includes a username and password before you can register. If you do not have a username and password, please call the Recreation Department office @203-594-3600.   If you have a child who is currently in Kindergarten, please check with the Recreation Department to make sure his/her information in the database reflects a date of birth and current grade.  Registration payment via credit card will be required at the end of the online registration process.  See “Late Registration Penalty” below

RECREATION OFFICE-Over the counter registration will require a completed camp registration form and full payment.  See “Late Registration Penalty” below.  Registration forms are available online at the Recreation Department office in Waveny House.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All camps are open to New Canaan residents only

You may register children from only your family
Late Registration Penalty- Camper registrations within one week of the start of the camp session require a supervisor approval and are subject to a $25 fee.
If a session is full, you may request to be placed on a wait list by contacting the Recreation Department Office @203-594-3600.