Summer Camp FAQ's

Answers to some commonly asked questions can be found below. If you don't see the answer to your question below please call our office at (203) 762-7280 or email your question to

If you are attending camp this summer, please review these important camp documents:

What to Expect at Camp (everything you might need to know!)

Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures

Mask Policy
Happy Camper Checklist
 (aka What to Bring!)



What adjustments have you made to ensure the safety of campers and staff during the pandemic?


Our dedicated staff has worked hard to adapt our camp programs and create high-level protocols that meet the guidelines laid out by the CDC, CT Office of Early Childhood and American Camp Association. While we know that there is no guarantee that our protocols will 100% eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we will continue to adjust to mitigate risks. Please read our detailed page What to Expect This Summer.

What are your policies regarding quarantine and covid exposure?

If your child is in quarantine through exposure to covid at other programs or, if you are quarantining for travel-related purposes, your child is not permitted to attend our programs until the mandated quarantine period is complete regardless of testing. If your child or a close family member tests positive for Covid-19 please do not attend any Woodcock programs and notify us at immediately if your child tested positive after attending one of our programs. If there is a covid-exposure at Woodcock you will be notified as soon as possible via email. Woodcock is required to notify the Wilton Health Department and provide the names of all affected individuals. Further communication related to any quarantine periods or testing will be directed by the Health Department. More information about covid exposure can be found at the Connecticut Department of Public Health.


The camp week I am interested in is full. Is there a waitlist?


Yes, if you want to be in a session that is currently full, please email or call the office at (203) 762-7280. Occasionally families cancel registration and space becomes available. If space does become available we will call you. If you signed up for another session and the wait-listed session opens and you want to switch into it please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please also read our policies page for more information.

Can I register my child for a group other than the grade they are entering in the Fall?

We structure the activities of each group to be appropriate for the ages of the children relative to their grade. Children cannot be placed in a group whose grade is higher than the grade they are entering in the Fall.  In the case of Nestlings (3’s and early 4’s) children must have turned 3 by at least one month prior to the start of the desired camp week. In the case of Fledglings (PreK/K) children must have turned 4 by the start of their camp week.

Why is the registration system not showing my child’s age/grade group as an available option?

The age/grade group may be sold out. Check our camp schedule to see if the age/grade group is marked “full”.  Contact our office if you’d like to be added to a waitlist. Alternatively, your child’s birth date might fall outside of the preset age parameters in our system. Contact our office and we can assist you with making necessary adjustments.

Why is the registration system showing a different age/grade group than my child should fall into?

A: Your child’s birth date might fall into a different age parameter preset in our system, therefore placing them into a different grade. Contact our office at (203) 762-7280 and we can assist you with making necessary adjustments to ensure your child is registered for the group appropriate for their grade.


Can I drop my child off earlier than the designated start time or pick them later than the designated end time?

Due to limited staff, we do not offer before or aftercare for campers. We cannot accept early drop-offs or late pick-ups. We understand schedules can be challenging and recommend carpooling with other camp families. 

What about ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy at camp?

Please click  here  for State of Connecticut and Woodcock specific information regarding ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy at camp.


My child's physician cannot complete the Youth Camp Health Exam/Record in time to meet the camp form deadline. Can my child still attend camp?

According to Connecticut State law, campers may not attend camp without all necessary completed health forms. Your child's State of Connecticut Department of Education Health Assessment Record can be submitted in place of the Youth Camp Health Assessment Exam/Record. Required forms can be found here


Are there payment plans or scholarships available for Summer Camp?


Summer Camp scholarships are given out based on financial need and distributed on a case by case basis, dependent on fund availability. Full or partial scholarships may be awarded. Payment plans may be available to handle the balance due after partial scholarships or if a scholarship is not available. To be considered for a camp scholarship or payment plan, please complete an application available here.  

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