Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to be a Lake Highland student to attend camp?
Highlander Summer is open to all children ages 4-17. Academic courses offered during the summer are for Lake Highland students only.
Do you provide transportation to/from camp?

Highlander summer does not provide transportation to and from camp each day. We do provide a shuttle bus between our two campuses for those students participating in our Extended Day, as needed.

How does my child get from one campus to another?

The shuttle bus between the Bradshaw Campus (main campus) and the Charles Clayton Middle School Campus, will be available for those attending summer programs and Extended Day.

Can you visit the camp beforehand?

Due to Lake Highland’s strict COVID-19 precautions set in place, tours must be scheduled in advance Monday through Thursday between 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Can campers be in a group with their friends?

All Highlander Summer camps are based on grade levels. Campers registered for a program for a specific grade level will be in the same group. Campers registered for a program with multiple grade levels may be divided into smaller sub-groups based on grade level, if necessary. We do not guarantee campers from different grade levels being in the same sub-group, as sub-groups are often determined by enrollment.

How is Highlander Day Camp structured?

Campers enrolled in Highlander Day Camp will be placed into a “cabin” group, with a “home-base” in a specified classroom. We have three cabin groups based on grade levels: Lower Camp, Middle Camp, and Upper Camp. Our Lower Camp is designed for our youngest Pre-K and Kindergarten campers and is led by a certified teacher. Our Middle and Upper Camps are led by college-aged Senior Counselors who move campers through their weekly schedule of activities. Highlander Day Camp provides over 25 exciting and fun activities each week, such as Arts and Crafts, Basketball, Beads, Capture-the-Flag, Cartooning, Food Crafts, Football, Gym Games, Karaoke, Lanyards, Scavenger Hunts, Shrinky Dinks, Soccer, Swimming, Water Games, and more. There is truly something for everyone!

What should my child wear to camp?

Attire must be tasteful and appropriate for the classroom and campus. We recommend campers/students wear breathable shorts and t-shirts as they will be outside at some point during the day. All campers/students are required to wear closed-toe or athletic shoes every day. Campers are allowed to bring sandals or flip-flops to change into while walking to and from the pool.

What should my child bring to camp each day?

Parents will receive a welcome letter prior to the beginning of each camp that will list the items needed for that specific camp. In general, campers may want to bring a snack (or two) and water bottle along with a swimsuit and towel. We recommend leaving any valuable items at home. Additional optional items may include goggles and sunscreen.

Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?

Cell phone privileges come with expectations and guidelines appropriate for the age of the student and the expected use of such devices. We recommend campers to leave their phones at home. Students may not use their phones during regular camp hours or while attending Extended Day. If you need to contact your child during the camp day, you can call our office and we will make sure to relay any important information to your child. Middle and Upper School students taking summer courses may bring their phones on campus but are not permitted to use their phones during course periods.

Are swim lessons available during camp?

Highlander Summer does not offer swim lessons as part of the camp day. If you are interested in signing your child up for swim lessons, please call our Aquatics Office at 407-206-1900 x 1182.

What if my child can’t swim? Is there an alternate activity during pool time?
If your child attends a camp program that utilizes the pool (grades K-6) and is a non-swimmer, they will stay in the classroom and enjoy free play with a staff member.
Can my child bring their own lunch?
Yes, all campers have the option to bring a lunch from home or purchase a weekly meal plan from the cafeteria during registration.
What type of food is served in the cafeteria?
Our cafeteria will offer an assortment of daily food choices such as chicken, pizza, macaroni and cheese, burgers, quesadillas, pasta, veggies, rice, beans, baked potatoes, and more! In addition to our hot lunch options, we offer freshly made and packaged salads and sandwiches, fresh fruit, snacks, and a variety of drinks.
Are snacks provided during the day?

Although some individual camps do purchase individually wrapped snacks for their campers, all campers are encouraged to bring a healthy snack or two from home and a water bottle each day. Contactless water fountains are stationed around campus and available to refill water bottles throughout the day.

Do you offer morning or afternoon care?

Highlander Summer offers an extended morning and afternoon program that is designed to keep your child safe and active outside the regular scheduled program hours. Morning Extended Day runs from 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and our Afternoon Extended Day runs from 3:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

What forms of payments do you accept?
Highlander Summer accepts credit cards and checks, including e-checks. We do not accept student billing through our school-year billing system.
Once my child is registered, can I make a change?

If there is a need to switch programs, parents must email summer@lhps.org or call the Auxiliary Office at 407-206-1900 x1176. All monies will be transferred to the new program selection, and your account will be adjusted accordingly.

What is your refund policy?

Highlander Summer has a NO-REFUND policy regarding all deposits made after the initial 24-hour registration review time period. Prior to May 14th, we will issue a full refund minus the deposit. After May 17th, we will issue a 50% refund UNLESS it is within 14 days of the camp start date, in which case, a refund will not be issued.

**COVID-19: In the event your child is not able to attend camp due to a COVID-19 quarantine for exposure or a positive test, we will offer a 100% refund or transfer all monies, including deposits, to a different camp at a later date.

I registered my child(ren) for one of the waitlists. When will I hear if they got into the camp or not?

If your child is on a waitlist and a spot becomes available at any point prior to the start of the program, the Auxiliary Office will contact parents in waitlist order. Parents will have the opportunity to accept or decline the available opening.

Do you have a nurse on duty during camp hours?
Highlander Summer has at least one registered nurse on staff every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., as well as certified athletic trainers.
How do you handle medications?
If you or your child’s physician decides it is necessary for your child to receive medication during the camp day, including self-administered medication, a Medication Administration Form must be on file in the clinic; this includes medications for all campers and students in grades PK-12th.
Are parents welcome at the camp anytime?

During the global pandemic, Highlander Summer continues to take proactive measures to secure its campuses and limit potential exposure to COVID-19. All visitors must wear a mask at all times, and comply with physical distancing protocols of at least 6 feet between individuals. Parents may drop off items to the Auxiliary office but may not stay on campus for extended periods or visit classrooms/camps without prior approval through the Auxiliary Office.

Do you have a policy in place for severe summer weather?

For safety, students may not leave a building on campus when lightning is detected in the area. If we are under a lightning alert at dismissal time, students will not be allowed to exit buildings until the threat passes. For your safety, please wait patiently in your car, and we will send out a push notification (text) or email alerting parents when the carline will resume.

How do I contact the camp?

Highlander Summer is run through Lake Highland’s Auxiliary Office located in our Lower School Bradshaw Building. You may contact us by calling 407-206-1900 x1176 or by emailing summer@lhps.org.