Get Ready for Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration

Summer is just around the corner and PenMet Parks has prepared a full line-up of high-quality summer camps and events for everyone.

Camp registration dates:

  • April 3 for District residents
  • April 10 for non-residents

Enjoy added flexibility with our new extended care option, allowing drop-offs from 7:30 AM to late pickups at 5:30 PM. Ensure enriching and convenient experiences for your child, perfect for busy schedules. Embrace our extended care option and make the most of your camp experience.

Extended care is available for select full-day camps and indicated with the “sunshine” icon (shown at right) on pages seven and eight of the Summer Camp Guide.

We’re thrilled to introduce our brand new payment plan option for summer camp registration! Now, securing your child’s spot in the ultimate summer adventure has never been easier or more flexible. Payment plans are available to all.

When parents register for a summer camp they will be offered the option to be charged 20% at the time of registering, with the remaining 80% to be split evenly across four calendar dates. These charges are automatically deducted from the credit/debit card that you used during checkout. The payment schedule is:

  • Date of Registration – 20% Due
  • May 6
  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 17

Payment Plans can be customized to meet your needs. If you would like to update your payment plan dates, change the number of payments, or update your payment plan payment method, then please contact us directly at 253-858-3400.

Financial assistance ensures broader access to PenMet Parks’ fee-based programs for all ages and all classes. Eligibility is based on HUD income limits and qualifying households receive up to 75% off programs, with assistance up to $400 per person, per calendar year.

Applications are available online, or in person.

Are you passionate about creating memorable summer experiences for children? We’re hiring enthusiastic Summer Day Camp counselors to lead activities, foster relationships, and create a safe, inclusive environment for campers, age 3 1/2 to 12 years old. If you’re at least 16 years old with strong communication skills and a LOVE of working with kids, we want you!

Q: What should my child wear/bring to camp?

A: Please ensure that your child wears comfortable, weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and that they bring a jacket. Please send your child with a reusable water bottle, snack, and any supplies that they would need for the day. If your child is attending a full day camp, then you will need to pack them a sack lunch. We recommend leaving stuffed animals, toys, and other non-essential items at home. Pre-school campers should pack an extra change of clothes.

Q: How do drop-off and pick-up work during camp?

A: All adults that are authorized to pick up your participant must be recorded in your ePACT account. All authorized adults must show a photo ID upon pickup. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify all authorized adults to bring a photo ID with them for pickup.

Q: My child does not meet the age requirements, but they are close. Can I still enroll them?

A: At our camp, we consider more than just age for enrollment. If your child’s age is close to the camp’s requirement, please contact us directly at 253-858-3400 to request an age exception.

Q: What does it mean to be waitlisted?  

A: That means that the activity is already full, and you have been put “in line” in case another person withdraws. Your receipt will show you your position on the waitlist. We recommend adding yourself to the wait list in the event that an opening becomes available. You will be contacted via phone if a spot opens up for your child.

Q: What kind of training do your summer camp counselors receive?

A: Our summer camp counselors receive thorough training in child development, behavior management, and emergency procedures. With ongoing professional development workshops and hands-on practice, they are well-prepared to provide a safe, supportive, and enjoyable experience for campers. Overall, our goal is to empower energetic counselors with the skills and support necessary to create a positive and enriching camp environment.

Q: Will someone with a First Aid/CPR/AED certification be on-site?

A: Yes, each camp has one or more staff members on-site with a First Aid/CPR/AED certification.

Q: Are all staff background checked thoroughly?

A: Yes, we conduct background checks on all staff through the National Center for Safety Initiative – NCSI which searches County, Federal, and Nationwide Criminal History. Staff are background checked annually in accordance with our District Background Check Policy.

Q: I signed my kid(s) up for camp, but I don’t remember the details. Where can I find that information?

A: The dates, times, and locations of your child’s activity are included in the activity information when signing up. This information is also generally included on your receipt when you register your child. You will also receive a welcome email (usually a week before camp begins) that includes all pertinent camp information. If your activity is coming up within the next few days and you haven’t seen your Welcome Email, please check your spam/junk folder as it may be in there. If you still cannot locate it, please call our office at 253-858-3400, and we would be happy to help you.

Q: What if my child has allergies or medical needs?

A: PenMet Parks uses emergency medical software called ePACT to safely store all emergency contact and authorized pickup information. Please check your email for an invite directly from ePACT to set up your account.

Q: Am I able to pack my child peanut butter or other common allergy foods?

A: We use Epact to track all food allergies. If there is a food allergy participants need to be respectful of, we will make them aware in the welcome email.

Q: What happens when camp experiences extreme heat?

A: As temperatures rise up to 95 degrees, our staff will make changes to the activities, utilize available shaded areas, and include extra breaks for water. If the temperature goes beyond 95 degrees, we’ll make even more adjustments to minimize our time spent outdoors. We might postpone more strenuous activities to a cooler part of the day. And if the temperature reaches 100 degrees, we’ll either cancel outdoor activities or, if feasible, move them indoors.

To help us in keeping your camper comfortable and cool, please take these precautions:

  • Dress your child in light, breathable clothing. Campers should still wear closed-toed shoes for safety
  • Apply sunscreen to your child before drop-off. We’ll reapply it every two hours. If your child is allergic to aerosol sunscreen, please pack a safe sunscreen for them to reapply.
  • Pack a reuseable water bottle for your child. We’ll have spots where campers can refill their water bottles.

Q: Should I pack my child sunscreen?

A: We provide spray-on sunscreen during camp. We ask that all parents apply sunscreen to their child before drop-off. PenMet Parks staff will facilitate “sunscreen breaks” every two hours, using spray sunscreen, allowing the camper to rub himself/herself with the sunscreen after application. Camp staff will never apply rub-on sunscreen to any camper. You may pack your child their own sunscreen if they have sensitivities or allergies. Please be advised that they will be required to apply it themselves, and that they are not permitted to share their sunscreen with other participants. Sensitivities and allergies can be recorded in Epact.

Q: Summer Camp Parent Tips:

  • Label your child’s personal items and water bottle prior to your arrival at camp so that we can return it to you if lost.
  • Leave stuffed animals and other toys at home. These can often be left behind.
  • Add your family’s activity schedule from your ActiveNet account to your calendar. Contact us for instructions.