For Parents

The decision to attend camp is usually easy for the students but is sometimes harder on the parents. Pfeifer Camp offers three programs for youth: ACE, Summer Camp, and the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for each program. Contact us with any questions!

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ACE FAQs for Parents

  1. Can I visit?
    There is no visitation while your child is at camp. This will interrupt the program. We don’t see a lot of homesickness, but those who are homesick have a harder time when they see their parent. Our experience has been that the parent has a much harder time with the separation than the child. You may call the office to check on your child. We also encourage you to mail letters and cards.
  2. How much does it cost?
    The program is free, but there is a one-time program fee of $20. If this is a financial burden, please contact camp.
  3. Can my child attend?
    The program is for grades 3-5 within either the Little Rock School District or the Pulaski County Special School District.
  4. Who will be taking care of my child?
    Your child will be living with nine other campers and two AmeriCorps members in a rustic cabin. This creates a family-like environment for the group with adult supervision 24 hours a day.
  5. How long is the ACE program?
    The program is for five weeks (four weeks for third grade). They arrive on Sunday evening and leave between noon and 1:00 pm on Friday.
  6. What is the parent’s responsibility?
    The parent is required to attend weekly parenting workshops which are one hour long. The parent should provide transportation to and from camp at designated times, should provide all of the required paperwork, and is responsible for the personal items the child will need such as clothing and bedding. If any of these are a barrier to attendance, please contact the camp.
  7. What about my child’s health while at camp?
    Each child is required to have a physical completed by a physician or nurse practitioner within the last year before they can stay at the camp. The child should be in good physical health as the program is active.
  8. What if my child takes medication?
    A licensed nurse or other designated staff member administers medication and first aid. The parent will turn in all medication (must be in the original prescription bottle) weekly at the Sunday parent meeting. All children with a history of asthma must have a rescue inhaler at camp.
  9. What does my child need to bring to camp?
    Your child will need items for one week at a time. They will need bedding for a twin-sized bunk bed (sleeping bag or sheets and blanket); hygiene items such as towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, comb and deodorant; and clothes (weather dependent) for a week. They do not wear uniforms. They should not bring electronics, cell phones, valuables, or money. We will provide a packing list. Please do not feel as if you need to spend a lot of money or buy new items.
  10. How will I know how my child is doing?
    During the Sunday parent meetings, the cabin group, counselors, and parents will meet together to discuss the week. On Fridays at pick-up, your child’s counselor will briefly talk to you and provide you with a written evaluation of your child’s progress in the cabin and in the classroom. You can also call the camp to ask about your child.
  11. How do I enroll my child?
    We work with the school counselor to enroll campers. To reserve a slot, the parent fills out the registration pages and returns them to camp either directly or through the school. In addition, the child’s teacher fills out a Statement of Needs form on the child. Once we receive both items, your child gets a spot, if available, or they may go on the waitlist. There is a mandatory meeting the Tuesday before each session to answer any questions and to confirm attendance.
  12. What about school?
    Your child will attend school at camp under the supervision of a licensed teacher and teacher aide. The education includes frameworks required by the state and districts as well as adapted curriculum for the needs of each child through individualized tutoring, small group learning, and experiential education. At the end of the session, your child will receive a report card that represents their time at camp. Their camp grades should be averaged with the grades received at their regular school for the nine-weeks’ grading period.
  13. What if my child gets homesick or is having a rough time?
    We use Dr. William Glasser’s Reality Therapy as our discipline model, which helps your child to accept responsibility for his or her own actions. This can be tough at first. They may not be used to being away from home either. It takes some time to adjust, so hang in there. They may not want to come back at the beginning, but they will not want to leave by the end. We encourage campers to write letters home, talk to someone at camp, and not give up. Sometimes life can be tough but if one powers through, the results can be amazing.
  14. What if my child has medical issues or physical challenges?
    Since we are not a specialized medical facility, we handle these situations on a case-by-case basis. Please call us at 501-821-3714 with specific questions.
  15. What if my child has dietary needs or allergies?
    While we are not a specialized medical facility, we do try to accommodate campers with special dietary needs. Please call us at 501-821-3714 with specific questions.
  16. Will siblings or relatives stay in the same cabin?
    Cabin assignments are made to ensure diversity and the best environment for expanding social skills.
  17. What is the best strategy to stay consistent with what my child learned at camp?
    During parent meetings, you will learn Reality Therapy discipline model and effective communication techniques. We encourage you to continue using these techniques at home. Our staff is also available for specific questions.
  18. What if English is not my first language?
    We have Spanish forms, and with prior request we will be able to provide an interpreter.
  19. What kind of training and/or background do staff have?
    Staff and AmeriCorps members at Pfeifer Camp complete training in Reality Therapy Discipline Model, Outdoor Living Skills (OLS), CPI (de-escalation techniques), CPR, First Aid, OBIS (Outdoor Biological Instructional Strategies). We prefer our AmeriCorps members to be at least 21 years of age with a college degree or comparable experience with children. We do make age exceptions, especially if the member is a former camper/counselor-in-training. Camp requires extensive background checks of all staff and AmeriCorps members including NSOPR (National Sex Offenders Public Registry), state criminal history and child maltreatment, and FBI fingerprint checks. The AmeriCorps members come from across the United States which enriches the cultural experiences of campers.
  20. Can I follow my child's camp experience on social media? (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc,).
    Although we will be taking photos and/or videos of your child and others, we will not post anything during the session for the safety and security of your child. We encourage you to follow Pfeifer Camp on social media as we will post photos after the session completes.

Facebook: Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp (official site)
Instagram: pfeifer.camp
Twitter: @pfeifercamp


FAQs for Summer Camp

  1. Who is eligible for summer camp?
    Central Arkansas youth aged 9-14 who have attended ACE and/or are economically disadvantaged.
  2. How much does a session of summer camp cost?
    There is no cost to send your child to summer camp; we are funded by grants, private donations, and the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Little Rock.
  3. How many sessions are there per summer?
    There are five sessions that run Monday through Friday, plus one week of Honor Camp which is by invitation only.
  4. How are children assigned to cabins?
    Campers are assigned to cabins based on gender and age. There are three boys cabins and three girls cabins each week.
  5. How many campers can attend per session?
    Each cabin can accommodate up to 12 campers, for a maximum of 72 campers per week of camp.
  6. How do I sign my child up for summer camp?
    Call 501-821-3714 or email info@pfeifercamp.com. We will mail you an application. Summer camp applications are filled on a first-come first-served basis and are only accepted through postal mail.
  7. When do summer camp applications get mailed out?
    Summer camp applications are mailed in early April each year.
  8. Is there an online application?
    No, unfortunately, we do not offer online registration for summer camp at this time. Since it is first-come first-served, we want everyone to have equal standing, as some people may not have internet access or printers.
  9. Is there a medical professional on site? What happens if my child gets hurt or sick while they’re at camp?
    We have a full-time nurse at camp who handles any medical issues that arise during camp. If your child takes medication, please bring it with you to registration with the prescription label. If your child gets sick or injured, the nurse or other designated staff will treat. If the illness or injury is severe, you will be contacted by the staff and, if necessary, we will transport your child to Baptist Hospital. For fever and some illnesses, we may contact you to come pick up your child.
  10. What does my child need to bring for the week?
    Please see packing list (we should have a URL here that links to the packing list that we send out).
  11. What activities will my child participate in?
    Campers have the opportunity to participate in swimming, canoeing, camping, hiking, STEM-related activities, arts & crafts, biking, field trips, team-building games, sports, and gardening.
  12. What if my child doesn’t know how to swim?
    We provide swim lessons, but our pool also has a shallow end so that all campers can enjoy the pool regardless of swimming ability.
  13. How many campers in each cabin and what is your camper to counselor ratio? Each cabin accommodates up to 12 campers with at least 2 counselors and a CIT (Counselor-in-Training).
  14. Is this a religious camp?
    There is not a religious focus. The staff, AmeriCorps counselors and campers come from many different faiths and backgrounds, and all are accepted.
  15. Can I call my child? How can I keep in contact with my child while they’re at camp?
    Phone calls tend to distract from the camp experience, but you can call the camp office to inquire about your child. You are also encouraged to write letters to your child.
  16. What time is registration on Monday? What do I need to bring to registration?
    Summer camp registration is from 9 to 11 am each week. Bring your child’s birth certificate, social security card, a current physical (must be completed within the last year), immunization records, any medication your child takes (in prescription bottles), and their supplies for camp.
  17. Can you accommodate campers with special dietary needs?
    While we are not a specialized medical facility, we do try to accommodate campers with special dietary needs. Please call us at 501-821-3714 with specific questions.
  18. What is Honor Camp? How does my child get selected for Honor Camp?
    Honor Camp is an extra week of camp at the end of the summer. Campers are selected from that summer’s previous sessions based on their ability to get along with others, helpful attitudes, and character.

FAQs for CIT Program

  1. What is a CIT?
    A CIT is a Counselor-in-Training which is a former camper selected by AmeriCorps counselors and staff.
  2. What do CIT’s do?
    They volunteer their time to impact and make a difference in the lives of youth by initiating games/activities, role-modeling, and by demonstrating professional character.
  3. How do I apply to be a CIT?
    Please contact the Assistant Director, Binky Martin-Tollette, by emailing binky@pfeifercamp.com or by calling 501-821-3714.
  4. Who is eligible to be a CIT?
    They should be high school student aged 15 years or older and has attended the summer program in the past. CITs are selected for the position.
  5. Do CIT’s get paid?
    CITs are not paid but will receive volunteer hours for your service.
  6. Who do I contact to get my volunteer hours?
    Email or call Assistant Director, Binky Martin-Tollette
  7. I never got selected for Honor Camp, will I still be able to apply to be a CIT?
    Yes, you can still apply by contacting Assistant Director, Binky Martin-Tollette by email or phone call.
  8. Are CIT’s able to come out during the school year?
    Yes, you are invited to participate in the College and Career Readiness program that included overnight events, meetings, and other special events throughout the year.
  9. Do I have to attend all the CIT events during the year?
    No, CITs are not required to attend any events during the year. However, we strongly encourage you to try to attend as many as possible.
  10. Are there any special events that only CIT’s can attend?
    Yes, for example, we usually have a CIT-only holiday party and other specialized events.
  11. If I move out of town can I still be a CIT?
    Yes, just keep us informed and stay in contact.
  12. If I have my own car can I drive myself to the camp?
    Yes, you are able to drive your own vehicle to camp with parent verification and permission.
  13. How many weeks can I be a CIT during summer camp?
    We allow you to serve one week during summer camp, but we try to schedule you for a minimum of two weeks. It depends on your availability and the number of CITs who want to serve.