Schooner Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Schooner Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Location: The Sound School, drop off at 17 Sea Street, New Haven

Camp Contact: or (475) 238-5778 (email preferred as many of us are working from home)

Camp is 9:00am-3:00pm. Drop off is 8:45-9:00am, campers must remain with their parent/guardian until 8:45. Pick up is 3:00-3:15pm. Campers picked up later than 3:15 will automatically be enrolled in aftercare, which is offered from 3:00-5:00pm for $75/week*.

Full and partial scholarships are available. When you register online for camp, you can use a coupon code to bypass camp payment and then complete the scholarship application found in the Health Profile section of your child’s camp registration.

A digital google form can be found on our website as well, When you get to the end of your registration process, please click on the green box for payment options. Use the minimum payment for financial aid. Financial aid will be awarded in late spring 2022.

Gather New Haven accepts credit/debit cards via our online registration website (CampDocs). Our online registration form will guide you through the process. If you would like to pay by check, or need to pay in installments, please contact us at

Click here to register online! All health profile information and medical forms must be submitted online by June 1st.

Please call (475) 238-5778 or email for help with registration.

Camp registration is ongoing until sessions are full, and registration is first-come, first-serve. Follow us on Facebook or join the Gather New Haven mailing list for the latest updates. The online system also allows you to add your child to a waitlist if the session is currently full.

Specific forms need to be completed for your child to bring medication to camp, this includes all prescription and non-prescription medicines.

 If your child will need medications at camp, two forms are required, an Administration of Medication form and an Individual Plan of Care form, both completed and signed by your child’s doctor and by the parent/guardians. Those must be uploaded to the camp registration site or mailed to the camp. Your child will not be able to attend without correct medical paperwork.

Please upload the required forms to campdocs or email camp director

Schooner Camp is NUT-FREE. The Summer Meals program is available to all campers, sign up when you register online (CampDocs). Should you opt-out of the lunch, you can provide your child with a lunch for camp. Please put an ice pack or frozen water bottle in their lunch and pack it in a reusable lunch bag or plastic zip-lock bag with the camper’s name on it. Lunch bags will not be refrigerated. We do not have access to a microwave to reheat lunches.

Face Mask (for indoors)

Close-toed Shoes

○ Water Shoes

○ Bathing Suit

○ Water Bottle

○ Lunch – No NUTS

○ Clothes that can get Dirty and Wet

○ Extra pair of dry clothes

○ Towel

○ Pre-applied Sunscreen and/or Bug Spray

○ Positive Attitude!

Campers should come prepared for the weather and will be outside in any weather as long as it is safe. In the event of extreme heat or storms, campers are inside for educational games, science experiments, arts & crafts, and more!

On a rainy day we will be conducting Pick up and/or drop off at the Anderson Building (60 S Water st). This is the building to the left of the boat ramp.


Please do not enter the building. We will have a table set up to do check in or check out and try to make the process as smooth as possible.

Dropping off:

Park your car in the lot outside of the Foote Building (17 Sea St). There will be signs(hopefully) that indicate the group to bring your child to in Bayview park (the green across from the Foote Building).  Each group will have a check in table. One staff will sign in your child for you, while another brings your child to their group to do a morning transition activity. Please use hand sanitizer provided on the check in table.

Verify emergency contact information and medication drop off

Please do not spend too much time at check in to make sure we are able to check in everyone timingly and safely following socially distant measures. If you could, please wear a mask at check in and drop off and remain 6 feet from other families dropping off.

If you have questions for the staff or Camp Director, please step to the side until we are able to assist you.

The Camp Director and/or Assistant camp Director will always be near by at drop off or pick up to answer any questions or concerns.

Pick up:

Always notify the staff of Director if there is a change in pick up. We will not be able to release your child to anyone who is not on your list of vetted pick ups unless properly notified.

Please show ID until the staff has gotten comfortable with identifying you as the designated pick up. Also let anyone else picking up know that they must show some sort of ID when picking up.

As a rule of thumb, two 2-week sailing programs or another equivalent to a month’s worth of sailing can qualify your child to participate in our advanced sailing camp. We want to campers to already know a lot of the basics so we can jump right into creating a fun and challenging sailing experience.

Staff are all 19+ years of age and hired with a strong background working with kids and in environmental education and/or sailing instruction. All staff go through a 5-day training program prior to the arrival of campers. All staff members receive a background check.

There are 80 campers ages 6-14 in camp each week and the camp runs for 8 weeks throughout the summer. Counselor to camper ratios range between 1:8 and 1:12.*

We enjoy having teenage volunteers help us in the summer! Parents need to register their teen through the online camp registration system (CampDocs). Junior Counselors must attend a two-day pre-camp training and commit to 4 continuous weeks of camp. Either the first two sessions or the last two sessions. Junior Counselors who reside in New Haven and/or attend a New Haven Public High School may also apply to the City of New Haven Youth@Work program and inform us of their application. Youth@Work offers paid summer opportunities for high school students.

For more information on Youth@Work visit the City of New Haven website.

A few measures that we are putting in place to prepare for a safe summer are:
  • Each Camp Group will have it’s own gathering space both indoors and outdoors. We are asking the Sound School for more indoor space when the weather is bad and we can’t be outdoors. But when weather is favorable, indoor time will be limited with mask wearing for both kids and adult counselors. Staff will have to wear masks at all times.
  • Groups will be 8-10 campers and will limit mixing. This number may change based on guidelines.
  • The sailing portion of camp will still be Am and Pm sailing groups that go out, but the campers will be 2 campers per boat and will use the same boat all week. They will also be assigned a life jacket for the week as well. The counselors will wipe down all the equipment used in between groups each day
  • We will have a pre-questionnaire for COVID 19 that families have to fill out prior to arrival at camp and we are still developing what our procedure will be for drop off and pick up.
  • We are also encouraging that all our staff be vaccinated by the time camp starts
Safety of our campers and staff is always our number concern. This year is no exception. Something I think all of us have learned this year is we have to be flexible and take it one day at a time.
If you would like to know the most up to date guidelines, here is a link to the Office of Childhoods COVID 19 FAQs. These are the guidelines we must follow under our camp license.

According to guidance from CDC and Office of Early Childhood campers do not have to wear masks outdoors.

Indoors- Both staff and camps must wear a mask

We ask that all campers bring a mask to camp, if not one will be provided.

Note: You may still require your child to wear a mask outdoors upon your discretion. Please communicate to your child’s counselor(s) that you would like your child to wear their mask at all times- indoors/outdoors.

As of May 21,2021 Vaccination and unvaccinated staff do not have to wear masks outdoors.

No. There is no requirement for them to get the vaccine. But if you do decide to get your child vaccinated we would like to know via CampDocs because this will assist us with contact tracing if the Health Department has to go in.

The campdocs question about the vaccine prompts you to answer why you are not getting the vaccine- if you do not wish to answer this just put – “My child is not old enough”, “N/A” or” Care not to answer” in both prompts. 

Cancellation Policy: The fee to transfer to a different session is $10, and transfer depends on the availability of the new session.

Cancellations before June 1st will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative fee.

Cancellations between June 1st and two weeks before the session start date will receive a 50%


Cancellations within two weeks of the session start date will not receive a refund.

COVID Specific policy:

Should the local health department direct us to quarantine a specific camp group(s), Schooner Camp will issue a refund for days missed.

Refunds do not apply to families instructed or choosing to quarantine due to household exposure/suspected exposure (i.e. siblings in other summer programs, contact with friends/neighbors outside of camp, parent exposure at work,etc) or if a household member tests positive, thereby necessitating that their child remain quarantined. Lost time (including illness or vacation) cannot be made up in other sessions.

Email us at ,
(direct email for Camp Director) or call (475) 238-5778

* There will be adjustments on the capacity for the 2022 camp season due to COVID protocol we will be following.

*After-care will be available unless COVID guidelines put restrictions on the mixing of groups. If this is the case, refunds for after-care will be distributed.

*For the 2022 season, Junior Counselors will need to commit to a 4 week minimum due to COVID protocol we will be following during the 2022 camp season.


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