Why should I send my child to the camp, and especially to DELPHICAMP?
At DELPHICAMP we believe that, through the camping experience, each child can become the best version of themselves.
We are determined to create the right conditions for your child to experience an unforgettable camp experience! The rest depends on the camper’s good spirits, but also on your own!
We have been operating since the summer of 1993 and our key staff have been with us for over 10 years! If you trust us, like so many other families have trusted us over the years, you will see that Delphicamp is a safe environment where campers feel free to explore their boundaries and, in the meantime, learn new things about themselves.
So do not hesitate to become a DELPHICAMP family!
How many children are hosted in DELPHICAMP?
At each session, 150 campers aged 6-16 are assigned to their groups according to gender and age.
Every group has one or two counselors over 18 years old and 10-15 campers.
Where do the children stay?
The campers stay in brick houses with a tile roof (protected architecture of Galaxidi). They sleep on 2m long wooden beds with anatomical mattresses and hypoallergenic covers. We ask you to bring your own pillow for hygienic reasons. There is a locker next to their bed and space under the bed to put their suitcase or duffel bag. The restrooms are located at a separate building near the houses.
How many days can children go to the camp?
If your Social Security Office covers you, the program is 22 days.
If you come through OAED, the program is 15 days.
If you come in private you can come for 7 days and more, depending on your availability and budget. We recommend 7 days at least, so that the camper can have the time to adjust and enjoy the camp experience.
What should I pack?
For a comfortable stay at the camp, your child needs to pack his clothing of choise and:
In a soft suitcase or duffel bag: T-shirts and shorts, 2 pairs of sports shoes, 1 sweaters, a lot of socks and underwear, 1 pair of long pants, 2 swimsuits, flip flops, hat or cap, sun glasses, 2 sets of bed sheets (bedsheets and towels are refreshed every 7 to 10 days), pillow, 2 pillow cases, towels (2 small for the face, 2 large for the shower, 2 beach towels), a laundry bag, a flash light, table tennis balls and a water bottle.
In a separate bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo, hand soap, bath sponge, sunscreen.
Important: All of these items must be marked with the camper’s name.
It is essential to include a photocopy of the camper’s health book (the vaccination page) and to update the camp for any health problems the camper might have.
Which are the camp sessions?
You may find the camp sessions here.
When are the arrivals and departures?
You may find the hours of arrival and departure here.
If you are unable to arrive on the designated day and time, please contact the Secretariat at 2265042255 or at email@example.com to make other arrangements.
Can someone else pick up my child?
The campers may be picked up by adults other than their parents only with a written authorization from the parents and the presentation of their ID.
Can my child stay in the same cabin as his/her friend or sibling?
Of course, they can, as long as they have the same gender and age (with a deviation of up to 12 months).
At DELPHICAMP the campers are allocated to the groups according to their gender and age. The activities that each group participates in, vary according to their age.
Typically, the allocation in the groups is as follows: 6-8, 9-10, 10-11, 11-12, 13-14, 14-16, depending on the registrations. So, e.g. a child who is 10 years old would not be in the same group with his brother who is 6 and vice versa. It would influence the dynamics, needs and operation of the team.
You may explain this to your children as such: If they do not go to the same grade at school, then they would not be I the same team at the camp. They would be at their age appropriate group. Do not forget that the camp is the perfect place to make new friends.
As for you dear parents, do not worry who will care for your youngest child: his or her counselors will watch after him or her! Let’s not burden the older child with the younger one’s care, since at Delphicamp they can both have a care free summer!
At the end of the session, each child will have managed to make their own friends and their own unique experience, while having kept contact with their friend or sibling.
How can I contact my child by phone? Is there a visitation day?
Please avoid calling your child too often. Suitable hours for phone calls: 12:45 – 14:00 and 19:30 – 20:00. It would be desirable not to make phone calls every day, so that children can focus on camp life.
It would also be desirable to avoid the use of mobile phones by young children. Older campers may use their mobile at the same phone hours, ie 12:45 – 14:00 and 19:30 – 20:00.
Visits to the campers are optional and only on a Sunday 10:30 – 14:00 and 17:30 – 19:45. You may find the visitation days here.
Do not bring sweets and foods that can go bad and become hazardous to the camper’s health. You may bring books, magazines, comic books, board games, etc.
Visits are prohibited during the week.
How can I contact Delphicamp;
During the summer, the Secretariat is open 9:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 20:00. You may call us at +30 2265042255 and +30 2265042256 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case of an emergency the Secretariat will contact the parents promptly.
From August 28th to June 15th, the Secretariat is open from 9am to 5pm. You may call us at +30 2109630487 or email: email@example.com.
What if the child wants to leave before the session ends?
It always depends on the case. If there is a serious health or family issue, you should contact the Secretariat to make arrangements for the camper’s departure.
If it’s a matter of difficulty to adapt to the new camp environment, then contact us in order to make an action plan together to help the camper better adjust and enjoy the camp experience. It is usually a matter of perseverance and time. One of the main problems faced by children today is the lack of patience and persistence. Whenever something is just different from their daily routines and habits, they tend to reject it, without the patience of giving themselves time to process the new conditions and to make the best out of the new situation.
If a child is having difficulties to adapt to the new environment after the 3rd or 4th day at the camp, we communicate with the parents to discuss ways to deal with the issue. If despite the joint efforts there is no positive result, we consult with the parents to arrange for the camper’s departure. It is important for the child to feel successful and for us to emphasize that for the first time he/she made an effort and managed to stay for 3, 4 or 5 days. The next year, when the camper is one year older, he/she will manage to stay the whole session.
For any concerns you may have on this subject, you may contact the Camp Director and/or the Secretariat at 2109630487 preferably before, but also during the camp season.
The Parents and Delphicamp are allies in this endeavor.
Does my Social Security Office cover the camp fees?
Most Social Security Offices cover all or part of the camp fees for 22 days.
Please contact us for more information at +30-210-9630487 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the OAED program?
Children 6 – 16 years old whose parents are either unemployed or are employees with IKA social security and family income under €28.000 may apply for 15 days of camp.
The application is online at www.oaed.gr on specific dates each year.
For registrations and more information please contact us at +30-210-9630487 and email@example.com.
Is it a separate registration procedure at the SSO and another at the camp?
Yes. To pre-book your child’s spot at the camp, you must contact our office at 2109630487.
In addition, you must contact your SSO to find out how to register your child there.
Due to the fact that availability at Delphicamp is limited, we recommend that you make your application to your SSO on the first day of registrations early in the morning.
Can my child attend camp privately?
If neither your SSO nor OAED is a solution for you then please contact our Secretariat at 2109630487 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org from March 1 of each year to get detailed information on the camp sessions, fees and payment methods.
Will my child need pocket money?
The activities, services and accommodation are included in the camp fee.
The only pocket money your child will need is if they want to purchase anything from the camp store. The amount of pocket money is up to you.
What about safety?
The campers stay with their counselor. The activities are led and overseen by the camp staff.
We go to the beach in groups and there is always at least one lifeguard and the counselors of the teams that are at the beach.
Our swimming pool is fenced and it wiped and sanitized every day. The PH of the pool is being measured every day.
There is a nursery, a doctor and a nurse on a 24-hour basis.
The camp is located away from residential areas, it is fenced and there is a guard day and night. There is civil liability insurance.
My child does not know how to swim, can he/she go to the pool and the beach?
There are certified lifeguards. The groups go first to the pool, where the swimming ability of each camper is assessed. The weaker swimmers are encouraged to practice at every opportunity. The shallow end of the pool is 80cm and the deep is 180cm.
At the beach, the younger campers stay at the shallow end. There is a lifeguard that supervised from a lifeguard tower, while the rest of the staff supervise scattered around the campers.
You may also pack the camper’s floaties and flippers.
How far is the beach?
The beach is about 500 m from the camp. We walk around 7 to 10 minutes while singing songs and camp anthems!
My child is taking medication. Will he/she be able to continue his/her treatment at the camp?
Certainly! As long as the camper does not have a contagious disease, you must inform the camp office, mention it on the medical form of the camper and inform the camp doctor upon arrival at camp.
The medicines are kept at the nursery for safety reasons and to ensure that they will be administered correctly.
My child and I co-sleep. Can he/she go to camp?
Of course, he/she can go to camp, as long as some preparation is done at home first.
Imagine how difficult it is be for a child who has not learned to sleep in his/her own bed alone, to suddenly have to sleep in a new bed at the camp, in a room with children he/she has just met.
For your child to have a successful stay at camp, we recommend that you try the following 1-2 months prior to camp:
Discuss with your child about the camp, the activities, the cabins, the beds, the restrooms and the showers.
Gently introduce the idea that if they want to go to camp they will have to start sleeping in their own bed, to practice.
You may start by putting the child’s bed in your room (if it fits). Or you may go directly to step number 2, that is to take the child to his/her room and stay there until they fall asleep, but without holding the child. Say goodnight, hug and then stay in the room until the child is asleep, without speaking. Gradually stand closer to the door, until you reach the stage where after saying goodnight and hugging, you simply exit the room.
There are no rules, try what fits your own family best and remember that children over 6 years old are usually ready to sleep in their own room.
What does the counselor do? How are the camp counselors selected?
The counselors are responsible for the teams to which campers are allocated based on gender and age. It is up to the counselor to encourage the campers to participate in camp life with joy and grace.
DELPHICAMP staff is comprised of trainers, pre-school, kinder garden and school teachers, musicians, actors and university students. They all enjoy working with children with joy and responsibility.
Each one has been chosen for their love for children, their personality and their ability to communicate knowledge to children, responsibly and safely.
Their goal is to create happy campers by teaching them new things, and helping them make many friends, all in a safe, supervised and entertaining environment.
Our staff is the heart of DELPHICAMP. They love life in nature and children. The counselors stay with the children in the cabins and are responsible for supervising and conducting the activities in which the children participate.
What do we want from our counselors?
- A serious work ethic: a commitment to provide the best summer possible for the campers.
- Teamwork: to be able to work and co-operate with others, while receiving constant feedback from supervisors.
- Brightness: to be able to solve problems and make sound decisions.
- Understanding: sensitivity, compassion and understanding with the children.
- Adaptability: ability to think fast and improvise.
- Positive attitude: to be optimistic and have a positive outlook on things. To create the perfect conditions for a fun time.
- Camp experience: preferred but not required.
How can I prepare my child for camp life?
Separation anxiety or missing home are normal and expected feelings, that most campers have. The duration varies only. You can prepare your child psychologically for the magical camp experience they will have with the following ways:
- Read with your child books that talk about camp.
- Help your child prepare for camp: choose their clothes together, help them pack, show them how to make their bed and brush their teeth.
- Discuss what issues they may face at camp and how they can deal with them, for example – What if … (I lose my towel? … don’t feel well? … want to use the restroom during the night? Etc.) If you are not sure about the answers, call the camp office!
- Explain to your child that the counselor is there to watch over him/her, solve any questions and make sure that the child has a good time at camp. Clarify that camp is a place to make new friends and that he/she will never be alone.
- Discuss about how and when you will communicate with your child (when it is permitted to phone). Perhaps give the child a t-shirt of yours or his/her favorite stuffed animal.
- Discuss about how normal it is for your child to miss you during camp. This may help the child better cope with this feeling. Also explain that you trust Mr. Michael, the director and that his/her counselor and the rest of the staff are there to help in any way they can.
- Prepare yourself for the separation. The fact that your child goes to camp is a positive experience that promotes his/her growth. It is natural to have ambiguous feelings about it.
- Insist on the fact that your child “goes to camp” and that that you “send” them to camp.
- Avoid phrases like “I will miss you so much!”. Focus on: “You will have a great time!”.
- Especially avoid expressions like: “if you do not like it, I will come and get you”. Children who experience difficulties adjusting to the new environment will not make an effort to adjust. Instead they will focus on returning home.
Do you still have questions?
Call us at +30 2109630487 or at +30 2265042255, we will be happy to talk to you!