Nature Discovery Program Policies & FAQs

NDP Policies

Registration

  • Spaces are limited; classes fill quickly and are reserved only with full payment and complete registration.
  •  All credit card transactions are subject to a service fee.  The fee is $2.00 up to 67$ or 3%.
  • Print out the Registration Packet yorkcountyparks.org.
  • To register and pay with a check, or money order, mail completed forms along with full payment to York County Parks, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, PA. Your spot will not be held unless we receive the full packet returned to us with payment.
  • Registration begins Monday, January 7th for Park Members.
  • Registration begins Monday, February 4th for Non-Members.
  • If you are trying to register online, and it says the camp is sold out, please call 717-840-7440 to be placed on a waiting list.

Pick Up/Drop Off

A sign in/sign out sheet must be signed by an authorized person listed in the child’s files when the child is dropped off and again when the child is picked up.  It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to leave or pick up the child and to ensure that seasonal staff has been made aware of the fact that their child has arrived or left.  If someone other than the child’s parent or guardian is to pick up the child, a Pick up Authorization Form must be filled out and given to park staff.  If an emergency situation should arise, verbal notification is sufficient.

Absences/Tardiness

If a child will not be attending due to illness or other reason, it is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to inform the staff.  Please call Nixon County Park at 717-428-1961 as soon as possible to inform us of such occasions.  If your child is going to be tardy please call so that we can make arrangements for your child to meet up with the group if possible.

How to Prepare for the Nature Discovery Program

Please label all of your child’s clothing, lunch box, water bottle, and any other items that are brought with his or her first and last name or initials.  What to wear to the program:

  • Comfortable, appropriate, and layered clothing to accommodate changing weather conditions.
  • Solid shoes. No open-toed shoes, backless shoes, crocs, flip flops or sandals.
  • A hat for sun protection.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Raincoat as needed.

What to bring to the program:

  • Full-day program students need to bring a lunch, snack and water. Half-day program students need to bring a snack and water.
  • A full, reusable water bottle.
  • We encourage use of low waste lunches with recyclable or reusable containers.
  • A complete change of clothes and towel for those just in case moments to be stored on site for the week.
  • Medicine along with the medication form if needed.
  • Pick up Authorization Form if needed.

What to leave at home:

  • Electronics (iPods, cell phones, games, etc,)
  • Toys
  • Pocket knives
  • Matches or lighters

Behavior Expectations

  • Students are expected to be focused and listening during all activities. Children should be on task when a presenter is engaged with the group.
  • Children are expected to respect each other, the staff and all York County Parks materials.
  • Bullying is prohibited, we have a zero tolerance for bullying. Consequences are outlined in the section K. NDP Bullying Policy.
  • In the event that a child should misbehave during a program (i.e., physically or verbally aggressive or disrespectful behavior, use of profanities, continuously disruptive behavior, or defiance of authority), the staff will take action immediately.
  • If the behavior persists, the student may be instructed to take some cool down time by sitting out of the next activity.
  • If further disruptive behavior occurs seasonal staff will inform the NDP director or assistant director, who will meet with the child and the seasonal staff.
  • If the behavior persists, a call will be made to the parent. After a conference with parents if behavior does not change it will result in withdrawal from the week without a refund.

Staff members are required to perform head counts throughout all programs and when children split from the group to use the restroom. With our small student to staff ratio (7 to 1) and additional adult volunteer supervision, it is unlikely that we may be faced with a lost or missing child. We do have a procedure and missing child policy should this unfortunate circumstance arise. We have a strict minimum of a one day suspension for children that attempt to purposefully desert the group [runners].

Medication Administration

York County Parks staff will not administer medication to a child (over the counter or prescribed) unless accompanied by a Doctor’s written notice. Medication forms can be found in your packet of information to be filled out and returned to York County Parks.  The medication prescribed must be in the original container bearing the original pharmacy label, which shows the prescription number, date filled, doctor’s name, directions for use, method of administration and frequency and the child’s name. Medication is kept in storage, out of reach of children, when not being used. When no longer needed, or when expired, medications are returned to the parents.  Parents will be asked to sign a medication slip for each medication given, noting the time to be given, dose, frequency, method, and number of days to be given.

Weather

The majority of programs take place in an outdoor setting.  In the event of severe weather (i.e.: storms or extreme heat), activities will be altered as needed.

Cancellations and Refunds

Full refunds will be given when the cancellation occurs at least 30 days prior to the start of the programs.  If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the start of camp we will be unable to offer a refund.

Evaluation

We are open to and embrace any and all feedback. Please feel free to give us feedback at any time of the summer. You may schedule an appointment with a staff member at any time to discuss your family’s needs. Parents/ guardians along with their child will be asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the program. Your feedback is vitally important to us and helps us to constantly improve and provide quality programs. Please take the time to tell us how you feel we are doing and provide any suggestions or comments about your expectations of York County Parks.

NDP Bullying Policy

There is a zero tolerance for bullying at NDP. Bullying is defined as a behavioral form of violence which includes physical, verbal, social, or cyber-attacks that occur in a repetitive manner with hurtful intentions used to exploit an imbalance of power.

When a camper is involved in an incident where one camper is picking on another child during an activity, the offending camper will be taken aside and warned that they are exhibiting hurtful bully-like behaviors by staff. If this behavior continues after a warning, this has become a bullying behavior. This will result in immediate parent notification. If behavior continues a camper may be asked to leave and not return to NDP for the duration of the camp because of violation of the Bullying Policy. A refund will not be given.

NDP staff is vigilant and trained to differentiate bullying from other behaviors, but they are not omnipotent. IF there is a situation where you suspect bullying that we may be unaware of please tell us so we can take the proper steps to end bullying behavior at NDP.

Nature Discovery Program-Camp Laws

Respect everyone and respect nature.

Listen to our leaders and presenters.

Ask questions by raising a hand.

Walk indoors and listen to directions.

Respect the personal space of others.