Electives

Electives take place at the same time each day for a week and are designed to be mini-workshops.  Depending on your child’s age he/she may have either 1, 2 or 3, or 4 electives during their Camp week.

Campers entering 3rd through 10th grade have the opportunity to customize portions of their Camp day. Our entering 3rd  and 4th graders have 1 elective,  our 5th through  6th graders have 3 elective period, and our 7th through 8th graders have 4 elective periods (though some may be combined to be double period electives!). Any programs offered to a specific age Division are for all campers in that Division.  We don’t combine campers in electives across divisions!

Electives are a great opportunity for campers to focus on activities they not only enjoy, but in which they also want to develop skills. The list of offered electives each elective period may vary from week to week so it is important to review and submit the electives form (see below)  for each camp week.

How Does My Child Choose Their Electives?

In order to make this system work, campers create an activity “Top 10” list prior to the start each camp week they are attending (see the “Top 10 Preferences Form” in the forms section of this handbook), with choices listed in order of preference-the TOP THREE CHOICES are the most desired choices, which we make every effort to schedule first and then work down the list.  Any “bumped” choices (due to scheduling conflicts, closed out, or lack of attendance) are given priority placement the next week the activity is offered and chosen.  Activity Preferences are not erased from the system – so if no updates are made in successive weeks campers may receive the same choices.  Elective offerings may change weekly, so be sure to update your camper’s “Top 10” list every week by the end of the day on Wednesday before his/her next week at Camp.  Don’t worry!  You will be receiving frequent emails from our Program Director, Ian Smith with instructions and updates prior to your camper starting at Camp!

When your child arrives at Camp they will be assigned an elective for the week based on the input provided on this form. Please note that every effort will be made to honor your child’s top requests however, it may not be possible for your child’s top choices each period and week they are at Camp.  If you have any questions or concerns about the elective your child has been assigned please reach out.

Switching Electives

If a camper isn’t happy with their elective after giving it a try,  Campers can switch electives on Tuesday for the rest of the week; however, the switch is based on availability.

If you have questions or concerns please reach out to program director Ian Smith, at ian@everwooddaycamp.com.