CRA Summer Swim Camp

CRA SUMMER SWIM CAMP 2024

This camp is appropriate for ANY LEVEL swimmer age 4-14--from true beginner to seasoned athlete.

Campers will be evaluated at the first lesson and challenged accordingly with the CRA expert focus on technique.

All campers will experience both pools during multiple group lessons each day and also enjoy daily free swim, games and activities.

Campers are guaranteed improved technique, confidence and safety in the water!

Half and full day options -- plus before and after care available!

DATES:

JUNE 17 - 21

JUNE 24 - 28

JULY 1 - 3 (3 DAY WEEK*)

JULY 8 - 12

JULY 15 - 19

JULY 22 - 26

JULY 29 - AUG 1 (4 DAY WEEK*)

AUG 5 - 9

AUG 12 - 16

AUG 19 - 23

HOURS:

HALF DAY CAMP 9 am-1 pm

FULL DAY CAMP 9 am-4 pm

BEFORE CARE 7:30-9 am

AFTER CARE 4-5:30 pm

COST:

HALF DAY CAMP $599*

FULL DAY CAMP $699*

BEFORE CARE $20/DAY

AFTER CARE $20/DAY

*short weeks are prorated accordingly

LOCATION:

IMPORTANT: Action Required - Medical Records MUST Be Submitted

Required Medical Records:

Current Physical and Immunization Record

To attend CRA Camp each participant MUST submit a copy of a physical performed within 18 months of the start of the camp session, along with an up-to-date immunization record

If this material is not received in advance of the camp session, the child may not attend.  

Submit physical and immunization record to:
medicalrecords@charlesriveraquatics.com

Fax:
(617) 207-4340  

Medical/Health Challenges:

While CRA cannot require the sharing of medical/health challenges (physical, cognitive, sensory, etc.) a camper faces, it is helpful to be aware of anything that may impact a child's experience of camp.  CRA encourages parents/guardians to share this information.  Address these issues in the comment section of the online application and feel free to reach out (617-939-8078) to discuss.  Any information shared will be kept confidential and only used to adjust the camp experience as needed to make it safe, positive, and successful for the child.   

Drop Off/ Pick Up Procedures

Where:

Boston Sports Institute (BSI)

900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

Drop-Off Procedure:

Arrival Time:

BEFORE CARE 7:30AM

CAMP 8:45–9:00 AM

Campers must arrive dressed in bathing suits, ready to swim. 

  • Please park in a legal spot and walk your swimmer(s) into the BSI building main entrance. 
  • Proceed down the main hall to the end and take a left. 
  • Follow this hallway to the glass doors on the left leading to the pools. 

PLEASE NOTE: 

Parents/guardians are not permitted on the pool deck and we do not allow spectators.

Pick-Up Procedure:

Departure Time: HALF DAY CAMP 12:45–1:00 PM / FULL DAY CAMP 3:45-4:00 PM / AFTER CARE 4:00-5:30 PM

  • Please park in a legal spot and walk into the BSI building main entrance. 
  • Proceed down the main hall to the end and take a left. 
  • Follow this hallway to the glass doors on the left leading to the pools. 
  • If a camper will be picked up by anyone other than a parent/guardian, a Transportation Form must be on file authorizing the alternate adult.
  • At the end of the day, swimmers will be:
    • in their swimsuits at the end of HALF DAY CAMP - feel free to take them into the changing room before heading out.
    • in dry clothing at the end of FULL DAY CAMP 

Late Fees:  It is essential that all campers are picked up on time at the conclusion of camp each day.  Late arrival for pickup, incurs a late fee as follows:

  • 15 minutes, $25
  • 30 minutes, $50
  • 45 minutes, $75
  • 60 minutes, $100

In the unlikely event a parent or guardian cannot be reached at numbers provided on registration materials, the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director will take the child to the police station where DCF may be contacted.

What to Bring to Camp

What To Bring to Camp:

Campers must arrive dressed in a bathing suit, ready to swim.  Tie up long hair or wear a swim cap.  Wear easy-to-get-on/off closed-toe shoes that do not require socks (crocs, etc) - but NO flip-flops please.

Please send campers daily with:

  • goggles
  • towel
  • plastic water bottle (NO GLASS ALLOWED)
  • healthy snack
  • lunch (*with an ice pack, a refrigerator is not available)
  • sunblock
  • full day campers: dry clothing to change into
  • Epi Pens and/or Inhalers (*if indicated on registration materials as necessary, these MUST accompany camper daily per the Wellesley Board of Health)

Please LABEL all belongings with the camper's name! Leave valuables home.

Daily Schedule

Half Day campers will enjoy three instructional swim lessons each day totaling about 2 hours of instruction plus free swim time. Their time out of the water is outside, weather permitting, or in our spectator seating on the mezzanine level if it is stormy. Out of water time includes stretching, an assortment of games and crafts, snack time and lunch. 

Full Day campers will enjoy a forth instructional swim lesson plus more free swim time before they change into dry clothing. The remainder of the afternoon is spent on dry land and includes sports & games and arts & crafts. Activities will be offered both inside and outside, weather permitting, or inside only if it is stormy. A wide variety of options will be available with age appropriate choices for swimmers ages 4 - 14.

Before and After Care Information

Before Care 7:30-9:00am $20 per day - pick and choose to customize your schedule!

After Care 4:00-5:30pm $20 per day - pick and choose to customize your schedule!

Campers will enjoy quiet activities in the spectator seating of our mezzanine level.

CRA Instructional Curriculum

CRA Instructional Swim Curriculum is focused on the development of proper technique.

When in the warm Teaching Pool, skills are systematically layered as each isolated movement is committed to muscle memory using repetition. With this approach to instruction, the goal is technical accuracy of a swimmer's movements to create efficient, safe and fast swimmers. 

Our Competition Pool is appropriate for every level swimmer - lower level swimmers will continue their development of proper technique and have the space to really use what they learn. Higher level swimmers will continue development of technique with additional endurance work where instructional time is run similar to a swim-team workout. The Competition Pool is 25 yards and 80 degrees with depth ranging from 4.5-13ft.

Swimmers are evaluated at the first meeting, grouped by skill level and challenged accordingly --click to see our Instructional Skill Levels. The amount of time each swimmer spends in each pool will be determined by what we feel benefits them most. 

Operational Procedures

A few important rules:

  • Campers must arrive dressed in bathing suits, ready to swim. 
  • Per CRA policy, spectators are not permitted at any instructional or camp/clinic programming.  After dropping off campers, parents/guardians may not linger at the natatorium.  No viewing is permitted.  
  • Instructors will be both in-water and on-deck based on instructional level and needs of campers. 
  • Platforms are installed in the pools for the youngest campers.  
  • When not swimming, campers gather outside under tents for snack, lunch, crafts and games/activities. In the case of inclement weather, campers will gather indoors in spectator seating.  
Camper Absence

If a camper will not be attending or will be arriving late, call 617-939-8078 and leave a message.  If the absence is due to illness, please make mention of the symptoms.  

Cancellation/Change Policy – CRA Summer Camp

Purchasing Camp Insurance ($35/week) allows for a refund or credit for one week without penalty if you cancel for any reason up to 72 hours before camp starts.

If you do not purchase Camp Insurance, here is the CRA Camp Cancellation/Change Policy:

  • Cancellation by April 1, CRA account credit, less $50 administrative fee
  • Cancellation April 1–May 1, CRA account credit, less $100 administrative fee for the first week, $50 for each additional week
  • Cancellation after May 1, no credits offered unless there exists a waitlist for the week.  If a waitlisted camper can take the vacated spot, cancellation will incur a $100 administrative fee for the first week, and $50 for each additional week cancelled, with the balance as a CRA account credit. 
  • Switching registration to a different scheduled week is dependent upon availability and incurs a $25 change fee
Behavior Policy

If a camper is exhibiting disruptive, disrespectful or unkind behavior, he/she will be removed from the group to discuss the incident with a staff member.  The parent/guardian will be informed.  If the behavior continues, the Camp Director may send the camper home for the duration of the day.  Any violent or threatening behavior directed at any camper or CRA Staff will result in immediate expulsion from camp.  Tuition will not be refunded for the week in which the incident occurred.  If the camper is registered for subsequent weeks, tuition for those will be refunded minus a $35 administrative fee.

 

All Campers Experience Both Pools

We are lucky enough to have two pools with very distinct features to offer our swimmers. Our warm Teaching Pool measures 23½ x 44 feet, with a depth of 4 feet and water temperature of 86-90 degrees. Our Competition Pool is 25 yards and 80 degrees with depth ranging from 4.5-13ft. After many years of instructing campers, we have learned that experiencing both pools yields the best results. All campers will enjoy lessons in both pools during their week at camp.

CRA Instructional Swim Curriculum is focused on the development of proper technique.

When in the warm Teaching Pool, skills are systematically layered as each isolated movement is committed to muscle memory using repetition. With this approach to instruction, the goal is technical accuracy of a swimmer's movements to create efficient, safe and fast swimmers. 

Our Competition Pool is appropriate for every level swimmer - lower level swimmers will continue their development of proper technique and have the space to really use what they learn. Higher level swimmers will continue development of technique with additional endurance work where instructional time is run similar to a swim-team workout. The Competition Pool is 25 yards and 80 degrees with depth ranging from 4.5-13ft.

Swimmers are evaluated at the first meeting, grouped by skill level and challenged accordingly. The amount of time each swimmer spends in each pool will be determined by what we feel benefits them most. 

CRA Summer Swim Camp complies with all regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105CMR430-00) and is licensed by the Wellesley Health Department