LINX Camps Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Policies, Procedures, and Safety Measures

What does it mean to be exposed to COVID-19?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines close contact, which causes the risk of exposure, as 

Being within within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset.

We have worked diligently to plan our camp days and programs so that no one, other than potentially a camp nurse, experiences close contact.

Will campers be inside or outside?

LINX Camps will be held outdoors at every possible opportunity, including lunch, with the exception of three camps. Project Fashion and LINX Basketball will have up to one indoor period each day. LX Basketball will have up to three non-consecutive periods indoors.

What is your mask requirement?

All campers will be required to come to camp with a mask.

  • Campers will be required to wear their mask as they exit their car.
  • If permitted by law, when campers are physically distanced outside they will be able to remove their masks from their face if they have someplace else on their person to keep it (note: not currently allowed).
  • Campers will wear their masks when within 6 feet of anyone else and when indoors.
What is your attendance policy regarding campers who show signs of illness?
  • Campers with a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, or symptoms of being ill such as, but not limited to, cough, sore throat, nausea, dizziness, aches, or chills, must stay home.

  • Campers who exhibit a fever or signs of illness while at camp and as a result, either go home early or stay home entirely, may not attend LINX Camps the next day.

  • Campers may only return to LINX Camps after they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and/or have completed any required quarantine period.

LINX Camps does not issue credits or refunds for sick days.

What travel restrictions are LINX Camps currently following?

We strongly believe that the LINX Camps' community's adherence to testing and quarantine for those who travel have helped our ability to stay open for classes since we resumed in person classes in the fall. Although Massachusetts no longer requires testing and quarantine for those who travel, LINX Camps still does.  Persons who are fully vaccinated (all doses have been received more than 14 days ago and who do not have symptoms) and persons who tested positive within 90 days of arrival to Massachusetts and successfully completed isolation are not required to quarantine.

How should I answer the daily attestation if my camper was in a group with another camper who may have COVID-19?

We have worked diligently to plan our camp days and programs so that no one, other than potentially a camp nurse, should ever be in close contact. Therefore, we do not consider the presence of an individual with possible COVID-19 symptoms to have placed the remainder of the group at risk. We respect that families may make a different choice about continuing to send their camper to camp.

Can I receive a refund or credit if I choose not to send my child to camp on a rainy day because I do not want them to be inside?

We absolutely understand your family’s preference to have your child outside at camp and to keep them home on a day when the weather may require all or part of the camp day to take place inside. Because camp is open for the day, a refund or credit for the missed day is not available.

Will I receive a refund if camp must be closed because of an outbreak of COVID-19 at camp?

The state and Wellesley Board of Health do not anticipate the need for a camp to be closed because of COVID-19 exposure. If LINX Camps are closed, we would treat families as fairly and considerately as we have throughout this global pandemic.

If camp is open but I choose not to send my child to camp because of a known or suspected case of COVID-19 at camp, will I receive a refund or credit for the days missed?

We do not issue refunds or credits for absences during camp. If your camp week has not yet started and based on availability, you could switch to a different camp week. If you are not able to make a switch, we will actively attempt to fill your child’s spot at camp using our waitlist. If we are unable to fill your spot, you will not be eligible for a credit or refund. Please note, drawing from the waitlist is not an option for an absence that is less than a full week of camp.

General Camp Info

Is LINX Camps a traditional camp?

LINX Camps proudly offers a traditional day camp experience for the entire family! We have many rituals and traditions that unite the entire community as one. We are often referred to as a day camp with an overnight camp feel. If you are looking for a traditional camp try our General or Junior camps. Within these camps, your camper will get a taste of everything LINX Camps has to offer.

Is LINX Camps a good fit for all of my children regardless of age or interests?

LINX Camps offer a wide array of program options to meet the growing needs and interests of every member of your family. Each child can explore his/her personal interests under the direction of expert counselors, while enjoying a communal camp experience. Campers unite for opening and closing ceremonies, dine together and enjoy fun Friday Special Events that bring the entire family together. A family of four can easily have each child in a different program, while the campers come home with the same hysterical stories about what happened throughout the days and weeks.

Who are the LINX Camps Counselors, and who hires and trains them?

LINX Camps is comprised of the best of the best within youth services industries. Unique to LINX Camps, over 30 year-round team members work in the summer as directors, coordinators, and counselors. This gives LINX Camps a true advantage, as they are able to train their core team for 12 months instead of just a few weekends. The rest of the staff is comprised mostly of teachers and college students who are training to become teachers. Each person must meet with Executive Director, Meesh Farrell, or founder and CEO, Joe Kahn. LINX Camps prides ourselves on only hiring those we would trust to work with our own children. We receive over 500 applications per year and only select the top 8-9% to join the LINX Camps team.

Can you explain how your general camp works?

Our general camp is called FREEDOM CAMP because it gives campers the freedom to choose some of their daily activities. In a 6 period day, the program directors have carefully selected 4 out of the 6 activity periods that make up the Freedom Campers' mornings and early afternoons. Those four periods include lunch, and a variety of other activities throughout that week that include archery, rock climbing, crafts, sports and more! See: http://www.linxcamps.com/Details/Activities .

Campers meet with their counselors and select their two freedom choice periods each day (selections can be made as individuals or with clusters of friends - offerings change from day to day to meet the needs of the groups).

What are your camp hours?

Our full day camps run from 9am-4pm. Our half day camps run from 9am-1pm. We also have early drop off available at 8am and extended day for our full day campers through 6pm. During these times the office is always staffed.

Is there continuity between programs and weeks?

LINX Camps was designed to maintain continuity even when a family does 4 different LINX Camps spanning 8 weeks of the summer! Our staff is trained to maintain consistent standards of behavioral excellence regardless of the program. The routine of structure within the days and week is similar so campers feel at home and are comforted by knowing what to expect!

Will my camper's counselors change from week to week if they sign up for the same program for several weeks?

We review the number of weeks and types of programs each camper is registered for and match the campers up with other campers who have similar schedules. We then match them up with counselors to provide them with as much continuity as possible.

Will I ever hear about my child's day from his/her counselors?

Every week counselors send parents up to date information on their child's progress and activities at camp via MyLINX Scrapbook. This custom tool enables parents to view pictures and updates of THEIR child at camp. All information about your child is password-protected and only available to families whose children appear in each of the updates. It's a great conversation starter between parents and children. Ask your child to share more specifics about their camp experience with you.

What do I do if my child is going to be absent?

If your child will be absent, please give as much advance notice as possible! To report an absence from camp, please go to your personalized schedule. Then click the date your camper will be absent and follow the directions you see.

What do I do if my child is going to be late to camp, or needs to be picked up early?

Please try your best to notify us as far in advance as possible of any late drop-offs or early pick-ups! We ask for 24 hours notice of any early pick-ups required for your camper. We do our best not to disrupt our campers' scheduled day, and having ample notice will allow our staff to make sure your camper is where they need to be with little interruption. In a late notice situation, please let us know about your early pick-up requests no later than first thing in the morning.

To request a late drop-off or early pick-up, go to your personalized schedule. Then click the date you want to make a late drop-off or early pick-up and follow the directions you see.

How does drop-off and pick-up work?

All pick-ups and drop-offs are at our Dana Hall Campus. Your family will be given access to print an AD Card (arrival and dismissal) to keep on your dash and to give to those authorized to pick up. We organize drop off by camp division (signs and staff direct you where to go).

The system in place is safe, fast and very efficient. Parents are in and out quicker than you can imagine!

You can also load a picture of your AD Card onto your phone so that you always have it with you.

How do you assure my child only goes home with an authorized adult?

Arrival and Dismissal Cards (AD Cards) serve as your authorized ID at camp. Only give AD Cards to those you approve to pick up your camper. If you do not have your AD card, please have your license so we can make sure you are an authorized pick up list. Our staff members are equipped with technology connected into our custom database so they can also easily access your account to see who is authorized to pick-up your camper!

How will you run your swim program?

We are unable to run our ability-based swim program or a safe free swim program this summer while ensuring physical distance. Campers will cool off and have fun during a period of outdoor water games with their group.

How do you handle bullying behavior?

We proudly maintain a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for any acts of meanness, cruelty, or bullying of any kind. LINX Camps works to build positive group dynamics that ensure all campers are in an emotionally safe place and that they are surrounded by caring and inclusive staff and campers. If bullying behavior is identified, the staff members act swiftly and remove the aggressor and work with parents to address the issue immediately. In the event a parent learns of a problem within a group, we strongly advise that you call the camp office immediately so it can be addressed. Our staff members work to build trusting relationships with each camper so the campers know they can count on the staff to be there for them as needed. We train our staff to know, "We will remove 10 campers from a group by our choosing, before we will lose a single camper by his/her choosing when it comes to negative behavior affecting the group or individual." All staff members know we are serious about positive character development!

What do the counselors do to make sure my child makes friends and has a good experience?

Each counselor is trained extensively to help campers feel right at home and make friends. From ice-breakers and 'getting to know you' games every Monday to buddying campers up throughout the week, the campers can't help but get to know and appreciate each other for their differences and similarities. We can often make play date suggestions as we work to facilitate the bonds of friendship each and every day!

How do I reach the camp office or my child's counselor?
781-235-3210 or information@linxcamps.com
What is your sunscreen policy?

All campers should come to camp fully sunscreened. Counselors will not be able to apply sunscreen on campers or assist campers with their sunscreen application. Counselors will remind and encourage campers to reapply sunscreen at approximately 10am, 12noon, and 2pm daily.

Full-day campers should bring labeled sunscreen to camp with them for reapplication through the day:

  • Campers under the age of 10 are encouraged to bring bottled sunscreen.
  • Campers 11 and older may use spray sunscreen.
Do you require campers to be potty trained?

All campers must be fully potty trained prior to the start of their camp experience at LINX Camps. Campers must be able to use the bathroom on their own without wiping assistance as counselors are not permitted to touch campers in private areas.

We understand that all children develop their potty training at their own pace. If a camper is not ready for camp this year, we will apply 100% of their tuition paid towards camp for the following year in the hopes that they will be ready next year.

Are visitors allowed at camp?

No, the guidelines prohibit visitors on campus in 2021

What if my child decides they do not like the camp they selected?

We want to make sure every camper feels comfortable and confident at LINX Camps. We are happy to work with you accommodate switches based on availability.

Please never hesitate to contact us with any issues or concerns. We have found that most issues can easily be fixed and resolved in the moment! Call the office at 781-235-3210.

How will I know if I get off a wait list?

If a spot becomes available in a full week of camp due to change or cancellation, our waitlist team will reach out to the first three families on the waitlist to confirm if you would still like to register for the spot. If all three families reply, the camper highest on the waitlist will be registered. Reach out will most commonly be text. lf we don't hear from you, we will remove your camper from the waitlist. 

What is the difference between LINX Sports Camps and LX Sports Camps?

LINX SPORTS CAMPS: Campers enjoy 3 out of 6 periods training within their chosen sport. There is a period for lunch and bonus periods (traditional camp games such as capture the flag, dodgeball, etc.). These LINX Campers also participate in the general camp opening and closing ceremonies and enjoy the camp-wide Friday Special Events. The level of intensity within their training is the same as LX (LX has 5 periods of training and LINX provides 3). LX SPORTS CAMPS: Campers are immersed in an intense sports development training program. 5 out of 6 periods are spent training and developing skills and technique. Campers receive a lunch period and join opening and closing ceremonies with all campers. ALL STAR SPORTS: These campers receive 3 out of 6 periods within a wide array of sports (Basketball, Baseball, Flag Football, Soccer and Street Hockey). They receive a period for lunch and bonus period. They are part of the general camp's opening and closing ceremonies and camp-wide Friday Special Events.

What are your rates/prices for camp? How much does each week cost? What is the pricing for extras like lunch?

We offer multi-week and ACH (pay by bank) discounts.  You can see all of our rate information on our pricing page which includes a camp calculator to determine your cost.

Do I get a refund if I cancel?

Groups

Which age group is my child?

At LINX Camps we organize our summer groups by age or grade the child is going into in the fall. At the end of the school year, or June 21st, we consider they have moved to the next grade. We recommend if you are setting up a new account prior to June 21st you put the grade your child(ren) is in currently and our system will update it following June 21st.

My kids are 3 years apart in age. Will they see each other at camp?

Family campers may see each other throughout the camp day. If they are in the same division, their lunch periods may overlap and they will attend closing ceremonies together, but for the most part, they follow their own schedule and group leaders. The stories, camp traditions and rituals will be shared by all campers.

My older child does not want to go to the same camp as his/her younger sibling!

The programs and physical layout allow each child to explore his/her own interests and passions, to make his/her own set of friends and have a unique camp experience while still sharing in the same camp rituals and traditions. You will love gathering around the dinner table and hearing them have common stories about camp, while they also have found their own niche and circle of friends. It truly is a perfect camp experience they can enjoy as individuals and as a family!

Food

Can I add the lunch plan mid-week if my child decides they want it?

In order for your camper to enjoy LINX Lunch Box, you must sign-up in advance and for an entire week.

Allergies

Are you nut-free and what do you do if a child brings in nuts?
LINX Camps is a nut-free facility. Campers are not required to be on the meal plan and may bring in their own lunch. No one is allowed to share food and absolutely no nuts are allowed in camp (that includes foods that may have been processed in a factory that contains nuts). Our staff is very vigilant and we confiscate all nut products should they arrive to camp and notify parents immediately.
What does my camper do with their EpiPen?

Campers with EpiPens must first have their EpiPens arrive through the camp nurse. Epis must be in the original container and have the prescription label on the packaging. Then, the EpiPen is given to the camper's counselor where it is kept close at hand as the camper moves through all activity periods.

My child requires an EpiPen for allergies. Will it travel with my child?

Campers with EpiPens must first have their EpiPens arrive through the camp nurse. Epis must be in the original container and have the prescription label on the packaging. Then, the EpiPen is given to the camper's counselor where it is kept close at hand as the camper moves through all activity periods.

What happens if my camper forgets their EpiPen?

Campers who require EpiPens must have their EpiPens with them at all times. Campers must bring it with them to camp in order to be able to participate. If the camper’s EpiPen is left at home, the camper must sit in the office until one is brought into camp ensure their safety is maintained.

Do you have a registered nurse on campus?

Each campus has a registered nurse who is trained to deal with a wide array of medical needs. They can handle anything from small scrapes and bumps, all the way to administering and monitoring diabetes.

Absences

Should we notify LINX about an absence?

Yes, it is always a good idea to let us know when your child(ren) will be absent from camp. Please give as much notice as possible. 

To report an absence from camp, please go to your personalized schedule. Then click the date your camper will be absent and follow the directions you see.

 

What is your attendance policy regarding campers who show signs of illness?
  • Campers with a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, or symptoms of being ill such as, but not limited to, cough, sore throat, nausea, dizziness, aches, or chills, must stay home.

  • Campers who exhibit a fever or signs of illness while at camp and as a result, either go home early or stay home entirely, may not attend LINX Camps the next day.

  • Campers may only return to LINX Camps after they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and/or have completed any required quarantine period.

  • Campers may be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test before being able to return to camp.

LINX Camps does not issue credits or refunds for sick days.

Donations & Scholarships

The LINX Foundation

The LINX Foundation was created to support the community and offer financial assistance to families in need. With the firm belief that all children deserve to be a part of the LINX camp experience, the LINX Foundation strives to accommodate as many requests for financial assistance as possible.

As of March 1st, 2021, camp scholarship applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2021.

Request a Donation

LINX Camps is proud to support many local organizations and events. We would be happy to consider working with or donating to your organization or event. Make a request

Please give at least 3 months lead up time for donation requests as we are not always able to accommodate last minute requests.