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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What time should my child arrive at BSSC and when should I be there to pick-up my child?
A: Your child should arrive at 8:30 AM and be picked-up at 4:30 PM (full day) or 12 PM (half day).

Q: Can I pick-up my child earlier than 4:30 PM?
A: Yes … when you drop-off your child in the morning please be sure to notify the Executive Director and also write date, your child’s name and time of pick-up on the parent white board located (on the right) just inside the classroom’s double glass doors. If at all possible, a 24-hour advance notice is most appreciated.

Q: What does my child need to bring each day?
A: Life jacket, bathing suit, sunscreen, towel, a change of clothes, a jacket/sweatshirt/fleece, hat, full bottle of water, and an extra pair of shoes (recommended).

Q: What should my child wear?
A: Lightweight, quick dry pants or shorts (please no jeans), t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt, jacket/sweatshirt, closed toed shoes (required). Please direct all questions concerning proper footwear to the BSSC Executive Director.

Q: Do we meet on rainy days?
A: Yes! We have lots of fun sea and science activities planned for rainy days including games, crafts, knot-tying, and dry-land skills and training!

Q: Do we always wear life jackets?
A: Yes! Everyone is required to wear their life jacket while near or on the water – no exceptions!

Q: To whom should I talk to if my child is having problems?
A: Please speak with the Executive Director.

Q: What weather conditions prevent the sailors from going out on the water?
A: If there is dense fog, heavy rain and/or the threat of thunderstorms, and wind speed beyond the capability of the boat and/or sailor (we will still meet and have fun!).

Q: Will my child be in a boat by him/herself?
A: The Turnabout accommodates 2 – 3 sailors. The Sonar is a floating classroom for 6 sailors and an Instructor. We will be assigning boats adhering to recommended CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and the use of facemasks.

Q: What is the Swim “Test”?
A: The “Swim Test” is held every Monday morning for all newly arriving BSSC participants. This activity is done dockside under strict supervision with your child wearing his/her life jacket. This “test” gives the BSSC instructors the opportunity to evaluate how your child reacts to the “cold” Maine ocean water. Unfortunately, your child cannot attend BSSC’s summer programs if he/she refuses to take the swim “test”.

Q: Can children and their families attend special events that take place before or after their participation in the program?
A: Yes! We encourage all children registered, along with their families, to attend all the BSSC special events – including the Friday “Family Cookout”!

Q: My child(ren) are in the full-day program. In addition to their lunch should I also pack snacks?
A: Yes! Please pack a morning and an afternoon snack. We encourage fresh fruit, cheese sticks, peanut butter crackers, etc. … please no candy.

Q: What actions will be taken if a child attending the program and/or a member of the BSSC staff test positive for COVID-19?
A: BSSC will follow the Federal and State of Maine CDC COVID-19 guidelines and procedures and the recommendations set forth by local healthcare organizations at the time.

Q: What is BSSC’s refund policy in the event it needs to close due to COVID-19?
A: BSSC will make every effort to run a safe, healthy and responsible program. The fluidity of the COVID-19 situation may cause BSSC to either seek alternates to in-person programming or cancel its summer program. If the BSSC is left with no other choice than to cancel its summer program, BSSC will give a full refund minus a $25 processing fee or give the option for families to receive a credit towards the 2023 summer program. This policy will only apply to those full weeks that a child was unable to attend and that partial days and/or weeks will not be refunded or credited.