2015 will mark the 19th summer for Camp Reach. If your child applies and is selected for this year’s program, we will do everything we can to assure a positive—and perhaps life-changing—experience for her.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will we know if we have been accepted to Camp Reach?
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015. (Application available 2/2/2015)
Camp Reach Staff needs approximately 2-3 weeks to process applications and make a random selection of applicants from completed applications. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by early May. If an applicant is not drawn in the lottery, that does not reflect the quality of her application or her potential to do well in engineering and science. We encourage applicants who are not selected to consider attending one of our many other summer programs.
Who will be supervising my child?
The program is supervised by three co-directors, including the director of women’s programs, one of the senior assistant directors of admissions, and a professor of mechanical engineering. In addition, the campers are supervised during the day by three middle school teachers. During the evenings, campers are supervised by a staff of five resident advisors (RAs) who are WPI college students. In addition, a WPI Residential Life on-call advisor is available during evening hours. There are also six to nine volunteer high school counselors who are with the campers at all times. Throughout the program, staff supervision exceeds the state regulations for the number of girls attending the program. All staff undergoes CORI and SORI reviews before being employed by Camp Reach.
What is a typical day at Camp Reach like?
|Camp Reach Sample Day Schedule|
|7:00 AM -7:30 AM||Get up, showers, get ready for breakfast (Campers have the option of getting up earlier if they feel they need more time)|
|7:30 AM-8:00 AM||Breakfast-Morgan Dining Hall|
|8:00 AM -9:00 AM||Computer Lab Time- (Email, limited internet use, no social networking sites)|
|9:00 AM -12:00 PM||Workshops and Design Project time (Campers will work in teams to complete a Service Learning Design Project)|
|12:00 PM -1:00 PM||Lunch-Morgan Dining Hall|
|1:00 PM-5:00 PM||Hands on Workshops- (Such as Wacky Shoes, Dance pad mania, etc.)|
|3:00 PM -3:15 PM||Afternoon snack time|
|5:00 PM -6:00 PM||Dinner –Morgan Dining Hall|
|6:00 PM -6:30 PM||Free Time|
|6:30 PM -8:30 PM||Evening Program- (Crafts, movies, outdoor water activities etc.)|
|8:30 PM -9:30 PM||Room Check in- get ready for bed|
|9:30 PM||Lights out!!|
Can I communicate with my child while she is at Camp?
Campers have an opportunity to communicate with family and friends via email every morning from 8-9 AM. Unless there is an emergency, phone calls to or from campers will be restricted to ONE phone call on Sunday, half-way through the program. Phones will be supplied for the phone calls home; campers are not allowed to bring cell phones. We have found from experience that this policy is effective in reducing homesickness and helps us meet program goals. Parents, family, and friends are encouraged to send email, cards, letters, and care packages, and can contact the program staff at any time if you are concerned about your child.
Where will my daughter be staying/eating while she is on campus?
Participants will reside in a WPI residence hall typically either Daniels Hall or Sanford Riley Hall during the summer program. Staying in residence at WPI for the entire duration of the program is required, even for girls who live nearby. The thirty girls will be supervised in the residence hall by five female college student counselors and at least six female high school students, all of whom are carefully screened and trained. Depending on the specific residence hall that we are assigned to, each camper will have one or two roommates. We do not consider requests for roommates, so that all girls can have the same opportunity to make friends with roommates whom they don’t initially know. Each girl will have her own bed, a dresser, desk, and closet. Sheets and pillow are supplied. Dorms are not air conditioned and campers are strongly encouraged to bring a fan with them to camp.
Three meals per day will be provided by WPI Dining Services. Plenty of choices are available, including vegetarian options. With advance notice, special meals can be prepared for those with other dietary restrictions. Campers are also provided with two snacks per day. More information about food choices will be sent to accepted applicants in advance of the program, and girls will be asked to sign a food agreement with their parents, agreeing upon examples of healthy food choices at each meal.
What is the procedure in the event of health issues or medical emergencies?
Camp Reach employs an on-site Health Care Supervisor who will address any injuries or sickness immediately. If a participant is feeling sick (mildly ill) and the situation is not life-threatening, the Health Care Supervisor will talk to the participant, and telephone the Summer Programs office or, if applicable, the individual program coordinator to determine the best course of action. Summer Programs or the Program coordinator will contact the parent/guardian and determine the response, which may include sending the child home. Any interaction with either the Health Care Supervisor or Health Care Consultant will result in an entry being made in the Medical Log.
If a Summer Staff member or Health Care Supervisor encounters any dangerous or life-threatening condition, an emergency health care protocol is in place which includes reporting the emergency to campus police immediately. Camp Reach maintains a full policies and procedures manual which will be made available to parents of accepted campers.
If you need additional information, contact the Reach program director.