Frequently asked questions
What Is The Buckids Summer Camp?
his year marks our tenth year of providing excellence to the local community. BUCkids Summer Camp is a day camp held for eight weeks during the summer on the beautiful campus of Barry University. Boys and Girls ages 5-12 are welcome to attend camp for just a day, for a week, a few weeks, or all eight weeks. BUCkids Camp offers recreational and instructional swimming, reading & writing, dance, drama, math, physical education, arts & crafts, computer education, tutoring, special events, character building programs, freedom nights, arcade games, and much more.
Does My Child Have To Attend All Eight Weeks?
No, an eight-week commitment is not required. We understand that families have summer plans, so our program is designed to be flexible for both parents and campers. Feel free to sign up for one week, two weeks, four weeks, five weeks, or all eight weeks! Pricing can be found on the camps registration page.
How Do I Register My Child?
You can register online at www.barry.edu/buckids. Please note that a $25.00 registration fee applies to each registered camper, no exceptions. Your child will not be officially enrolled in camp until the registration fee is paid.
How Do I Make A Payment?
Credit Card payments can only be made online through our website during registration or at any point during the eight weeks of camp. Please be advised that package rates become unavailable as the weeks go by. In person payments can be delivered to the Campus Recreation & Wellness office (Landon Student Union Suite 112). Check or Money order payments may also be mailed:
ATTN: Campus Recreation & Wellness
Landon Student Union Suite # 112
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161
*Weekly payments are due 7 days in advance of the week your child will attend.
How Will My Child Be Assigned?
Children will be assigned to grade appropriate groups, which look like this:
- Group 1 = Kindergarten - 1st grade
- Group 2 = 2nd - 3rd grade
- Group 3 = 4th - 5th grade
- Group 4 = 6th - 7th grade
Although your child will be spending the majority of the day with kids their age, there is also free time to mingle with campers from other groups.
What Does My Child Need To Bring To Camp?
Besides a smile, there are only a few items we ask all campers to bring on a daily basis. First, it is very important that campers bring their camp backpack everyday (with their name on it). Your child has a busy schedule, and might change clothes a number of times throughout the day, having a backpack helps keeps everything organized. Campers are also asked to bring a bathing suit for the pool and sneakers for P.E. class. In addition to a change of clothes. Anything else is up to the camper and parents. Suggested items include sunscreen, beach towel, swimming goggles, and extra snacks if they would like (food is provided). Please no Nintendo systems, handheld devices, toys, jewelry, cell phones, or bikes.
How Safe Is Your Camp?
Our camp is extremely safe. All of our counselors and instructors are CPR/FIRST AID certified and VIRTUS trained. They also go through background checks before they are hired and fingerprinted. Because the camp is located on the campus of Barry University, there is also a 24-hour security service that patrols throughout the day. The camp has a direct line to security, and the police and fire departments of Miami Shores can be on campus within a matter of minutes.
Who Is Allowed To Pick Up My Child After Camp?
This is solely a decision made by the parents/guardians. At the start of camp, we ask all parents and guardians to list the individuals that are allowed to pick up your child. We also ask that you provide the contact information for each individual, in case we need to get in touch with him or her. Other than that, NO ONE ELSE is allowed to take your child. If their name is not on your list, they cannot take the camper.
What Do I Do If I Need To Pick My Child Up Early?
Not a problem, just let us know in advance. If you need to pick up your child early, we can arrange for your child to be ready when you arrive. The sooner you let us know the easier it is for us to get you child in a timely manner. Just call our hotline at 305-899-3063. In any case, we can always locate your child within five to ten minutes.
Are Parents Allowed To Attend Field Trips?
We understand that are field trips are awesome and parents might want to tag along. However, we do not allow parents to attend field trips. We have trained staff and counselors who attend all of the field trips with the campers.
Will My Child Have Time To Eat?
Yes, your child will receive a healthy hot/cold meal with a dessert every day during lunchtime. They will also get a snack at 3:30pm every day. All of the food for the camp is prepared on campus by Chartwells, our on campus food service provider.
*If your child has allergies to certain foods or needs specialized meals please let us know, so we can accommodate them on a daily basis.
What If My Child Needs Special Medication?
Just let us know any medical needs your child might require, and we will do our best to help. Please understand that BUCkids or Barry University staff will not administer medication. This is a liability issue and done to protect the child and the rest of the campers. All campers are required to show proof of medical insurance.
BUCkids Summer Camp direct phone number:
M-F 8:00am to 6:00pm
BUCkids Summer Camp Location:
O ‘Laughlin Hall (Off of 115th Street between NE 2nd Ave and North Miami Ave)