Note: The information on this page is up to date for Lit Camp 2024.

This page contains all the details for those who are providing childcare and for parents who are requesting childcare.

It’s important to the Curator that people from all walks of life, including parents of young children, can attend. Lit Camp is not a children’s event, but we work to make it child-friendly, so that parents can bring their children, if they need to. It’s also important for us to give options by which people can lower their cost of attendance.

To kill those two birds with one stone, we are providing childcare for young children at Lit Camp during sessions. Attendees (women only) may volunteer to help provide childcare, in return for receiving a reduction in their tuition.

There are a lot of details on this page. The more familiar you are with them, the better, but don’t worry; we’ll also communicate the details relevant to you via email if you’re volunteering for childcare or if you’re a parent. And we’re here to answer any questions that you have.

Parents, thank you for bringing your children along! They always add beauty to the event. Volunteers, thank you for doing your part! You make it possible for parents of young children to take in more of the weekend.

The Details

We provide childcare during sessions for children under 7 years old and over 6 months old. Childcare will start 10 minutes before session and end 10 minutes after, so that there is time for parents to drop off and pick up their children before and after sessions.

There may be some cases in which we need to return a child to their parents. This might happen if a child ends up not being comfortable with the childcare providers, or if one or more children are making it a challenge to take care of the rest of the children.

Safeguards

We take the safety of children at Lit Camp seriously. Here are some of the safeguards we have in place:

  • There will be a whiteboard or paper where all the children currently in the charge of the childcare providers are listed, so that head counts can be done.
  • Everyone providing childcare will be taking a background check to ensure that they don’t have a record of child abuse.
  • Childcare providers, when taking a child to the bathroom, will take them to the public restrooms in the hallways. They will either stay outside or, if they need to help the child, they will not lock the bathroom door.
  • Lit Camp will have a Dean of Men and Dean of Women, both of whom will have taken background checks and who will oversee the childcare volunteers.

For Childcare Providers

During any given session, we plan to have three childcare providers on duty. That way, if a child needs to be accompanied to their parents or to the bathroom, there can still be two people on duty.

If you’re accepted to help with childcare, you’ll receive a tuition reduction for each session during which you are on childcare duty (somewhere between $25 and $45 per session).

Here’s what the volunteer process looks like:

  1. As soon as possible, you’ll take the necessary background checks (as detailed below) and submit the results to us.
  2. We’ll send you a form where you can choose the sessions during which you would like to provide childcare.
  3. Before Lit Camp, we’ll send you a detailed description of your responsibilities at Lit Camp.
  4. At Lit Camp, you’ll come prepared to lead the children in activities (as detailed below).
  5. After Lit Camp, we will refund you for the sessions where you helped to provide childcare.

Activities

Childcare providers will need to plan activities for the children. For each time slot that you will be helping with, please bring an age-appropriate activity that will take up at least 20 minutes, and be prepared to lead the children in that activity. Note:

  • Not all activities might end up being used.
  • Activities don’t need to take into account the youngest children, as long as they can be occupied with toys by the other childcare providers.

Background Checks

Childcare providers will need to take a background check. So that we can plan, we would like you to have completed your application for clearance, including all three of the steps below, by June 1.

We need the following items from you. (Note: If you reside outside of Pennsylvania, and you already have a clearance from your state or country of residence, you can provide that information instead of the three items above.)

  1. Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police
  2. Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services
  3. If you have not lived outside of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years, sign this paper and send it to us. If you have lived outside of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years, we will also need a fingerprint-based FBI criminal history clearance.

Don’t be daunted by the red tape! It’s a very straightforward process, and here’s a link to step-by-step instructions. We will deduct the cost of your applications (~$20) from your Lit Camp costs, so that you don’t have to foot the bill.

You should hear back from the government within a few days of following these instructions. When you receive your documentation, please send it to us so that we can accept you as a volunteer.