Camp teko parent Information
Camper Information Packet (coming soon)
Camper Health History and Medical Form (coming soon)
Q: What does my child need to bring to camp each day?
A: Check out our daily packing list.
Q: How are Camp TEKO staff members selected?
A: Camp TEKO staff members are carefully selected from the Twin City communities and Israel to ensure the safest environment for our campers. Staff range in grade level from entering high school seniors to college graduates. All are committed to providing kids with great and memorable camp experiences. TEKO staff are interviewed, have reference checks, fill out a voluntary disclosure form and, those 18 and older, go through a background check. All staff members are required to attend an orientation and are trained in a variety of topics including safety procedures, child development, group dynamics, leadership skills, programming and more.
Q: What are your procedures at the Waterfront?
A: One of the many great assets of the Camp TEKO facility is our access to Lake Minnetonka. Our highly trained and lifeguard-certified staff members supervise a swimming beach and boating dock where kids safely enjoy a variety of water activities. Waterfront rules are carefully explained and enforced. On the first day of each session, every camper takes a swim test to determine the swimming area that matches his/her ability. Lifeguards teach “TEKO-style” swim lessons and provide appropriate games and fun in the water for a variety of skill levels. We have a buddy system check as part of the American Camp Association standards-based safety procedures. Also, Counselors are required to be in the water with their campers at all times.
Q: My child has a severe food allergy. What do I need to know?
A: Please make sure that you have listed all of your child’s allergies on the required camp forms. We are not a nut-free camp, however, we will e-mail families and send letters home asking that only nut-free lunches and snacks be sent with your child to camp if your child is in a group with a child with a severe allergy. Finally, a certified nurse is on duty at all times when campers are on campgrounds.
Q: Can you tell me about Lost and Found?
A: The best way to prevent your child from losing his/her belongings at camp is to label everything with your child’s first and last name! We will make every attempt to reunite your child with his/her lost items. Various campers may have belongings that look similar, so it is especially helpful when items are clearly labeled. Although we will do our best to protect campers’ belongings, Camp TEKO is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. If your child forgets something at camp, please call or e-mail the TEKO office. We will do our best to locate the missing item(s) and send them home the following day. Lost and Found will be available during each Shabbat Picnic at Camp TEKO. Any unclaimed items will be brought to Temple Israel and will be held until September 1st. After September 1st, all unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.
Q: Do you offer Extended Care?
A: For an extra fee, camp participants can ride the Temple Israel bus back to the synagogue and spend the rest of the afternoon there. Parents may pick up their children at Temple Israel between 4:15 and 5:30pm Monday-Thursday and between 4:15 and 5:00pm on Friday.
Q: Do you post pictures throughout the summer?
A: Yes! We do our best to post pictures on a daily basis on www.tekocamp.shutterfly.com
This page is password protected—the password can be found in your parent handbook or by calling the Camp TEKO office.
Q: What do you do during bad weather?
A: In the event of a very hot day, we will provide appropriate programming. We always ensure that campers drink plenty of water. On light rainy days, programming will proceed outdoors as planned. If rain is moderate to heavy, or if there is thunder or lightning, all activities will be assigned to indoor locations. In the event that the weather appears threatening, staff will move campers to safe buildings. All TEKO staff members are trained in emergency weather procedures. All Waterfront activities will be canceled until threatening weather subsides. If a weather emergency occurs near the end of the camp day, the buses will be held at camp until the “all clear” is given by the Director.
Q: What if I need to drive my child to camp or pick him/her up early?
A: If you need to drive your camper to camp, drop off is between 9:05-9:15 a.m. Please have your child at camp during this time or call camp at 952-471-8216 to let us know you will be late. Afternoon pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. Parking is available on the path to the left of the Office building. Please remember to check your child in and out of the office each day. If you are picking up your child early from camp, please call ahead so we can have your child waiting for you in the main office.