Dartmouth Reunion Planning

REUNION PLANNING

Kids Programs and Childcare Services: FAQ

Q: For which classes are kids programs and childcare services planned?
The 30th–5th reunion classes.

Q: What is offered?
Two options:

  • Childcare service: matching your children with sitters
  • Reunion Kids Programs: Toddler, Junior, and Teen Programs

Q: What’s the difference between childcare services and the kids programs?
Childcare is a babysitting service: We’ll match your children with local sitters. Sitters of all ages (15–70) sign up to work with us each year and are available to watch children of all ages, including infants. The sitters are available to watch your children in your dorm room or room at the Hanover Inn and Six South Street Hotel until 1 am, Thursday–Saturday of reunions. Babysitting services at other properties can be discussed upon request. Sitters are necessary because, due to safety concerns, children age 12 or younger may not be left in the dorms alone and often they’re not invited to attend class functions (especially meals where exact head counts are required – check with your class to confirm).

Reunion Kids Programs include Toddler, Junior, and Teen Programs and are designed to entertain your children while taking the stress off you.

Junior Program (ages 6–12):
Thursday 2–10 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am–10 pm. Includes arts and crafts, games, sports activities, entertainment, snacks, one lunch, and three dinners.

Teen Program (ages 13–17):
Thursday 2–10 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am–midnight. Program includes arts and crafts, sports activities and Dartmouth Outing Club activities such as hiking and canoeing, campus tour and scavenger hunt, snacks, one lunch, three dinners, and two evening parties with a DJ and snacks.

Q: Is a caregiver necessary for the Junior Program?
No, kids in the Junior Program (ages 6–12) don’t need a sitter during program hours. Once the program closes at 10 pm, however, it may be necessary to get a sitter to stay with them in the dorms between 10 pm and 1 am the next day. Kids age 12 or younger can’t stay in the dorms alone and should not be taken to the class tent after hours.

Q: Can older siblings attend the Toddler Program with younger siblings as the caregiver?
They can attend, but they can’t serve as the caregiver unless they’re age 16 or older.

Q: Can I bring my child to a portion of a program and not others?
Absolutely, but the full price of the program will still be charged. It is impossible for us to track that kind of movement and all of the program costs are fixed. Parents must be present to check their children out of the program if they’re 12 or younger.

Q: Are there activities other than the kids programs for me to do with my child?
Participating in Dartmouth Outing Club offerings, walking and hiking, canoeing, and visiting the local library, museums, and working farms are options.

Q: Who staffs the kids programs? 
In addition to Dartmouth student staff, we have a staff of College employees (depending on number of kids registered for program) who are all experienced with kids programs and possess a variety of important skills, such as first-aid training, sports-injury care, coaching, parenting, teaching, and more. Your kids will be well cared for and supervised.

Q: Are sitters available for families staying off campus?
Babysitters are available to watch your children at the Hanover Inn and Six South Street Hotel until 1 am, Thursday–Saturday of reunions. Babysitting services at other properties can be discussed upon request.

 

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