Policies and Forms

All SSA Summer policies and forms are included as part of the online registration process. If you completed these online forms while registering your child, you do not need to take further action UNLESS you need the Authorization for Medications at Camp form, which includes epi-pens and inhalers.

For the convenience of our families, our policies and forms are available below for reference. If you would like to make any changes to the original information you provided, the forms below can be downloaded and emailed to summerprograms@shadysideacademy.org, faxed to 412-968-3004 or mailed to:

SSA Summer Programs
Shady Side Academy
423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh PA, 15238


All forms below are mandatory and completed as part of the online registration process (except the Authorization for Medication and Bus Stop Supplementary Form). Copies are provided here for reference or if parents need to update information over the summer.

Health Form - completed online if formally registered

Photo Release and Policies Form

Summer Camp Rules

Camp Ren Activity Preference Form

Authorization for Medication - Mandatory only if taking any medication during camp hours; due prior to arrival at camp, includes epi-pens and inhalers.

Bus Stop Supplementary Form - Bus reservations are included in the online registration process. However, to reserve a specific bus stop you must submit this form by June 1; families who do not express a stop preference will be assigned a stop.

Payment Policies

Important Payment Dates, Deposits and Cancellations

Full payment for all summer programs is due no later than May 31, 2019. Please read the deposit and cancellation information below.

Space in SSA Summer programs is limited, therefore, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the full tuition rate is required at the time of registration to hold the spot.

  • Canceled registrations are eligible for a refund minus 20% through March 31, 2019.
  • Canceled registrations are eligible for a refund minus 30% through May 31, 2019.
  • After June 1, canceled registrations are eligible for a 50% refund.
  • After the start of the registered program, no refunds are given.
  • Registrations received after May 31, 2019 are due in full.

Payment Plans

Shady Side Academy will do its best to facilitate installments for families wishing to pay throughout the winter and spring. In order to establish and approve a plan, families must speak to a representative from the SSA Summer office before registering. Please note, full payment for all payment plans is due by May 31, 2019. Failure to meet payment schedules will result in loss of all discounts and possible disqualification from the programs registered.

Payments received after May 31, 2019 will incur a 10% penalty charge based on the registered tuition rate. Payments after June 17, 2019 will incur a 20% penalty charge, and may disqualify families from enrolling in future SSA Summer programs. There will also be a $50 charge for any returned checks.


To maintain proper records and ensure the safety of our campers and staff, please notify the SSA Summer office at 412-447-2230 of any absences from camp. There are no credits or refunds due to illness or absence.

Camp Rules

SSA Summer ascribes to the Guiding Principles of Shady Side Academy: Honesty, Kindness, Responsibility, Respect and Safety. It’s paramount that campers act accordingly and participate as good citizens in the SSA Summer community.

Things that are never okay at camp:

  • Hitting, shoving, pushing or physical violence
  • Verbal abuse, offensive language or bullying
  • Lying or manipulating the truth
  • Stealing or taking things without asking
  • Destroying property
  • Possessing, using or distributing drugs or alcohol
  • Bringing weapons of any kind to camp
  • Ignoring counselor or staff directions

Consequences at camp:

We expect all campers to demonstrate care, respect and responsibility at all times; campers must also exhibit self-control, kindness and follow instructions. Campers who do not follow the rules will be asked to take responsibility for their actions. We understand that children make mistakes, and therefore allow a “Three Strikes” disciplinary protocol.

  1. If a camper breaks a rule, s/he will receive a verbal warning from a counselor or camp director.
  2. If the camper ignores the verbal warning and continues with poor behavior, both the camper and a parent/guardian may be asked to meet with the camp director to help the camper make a constructive plan for improved behavior.
  3. If, after the meeting, the camper still does not follow the camp rules, s/he may be suspended and/or asked to leave the program. In this case, a refund will not be issued.

In extreme cases, to ensure the safety of the camp community, the camp director(s) reserve the right to expel campers at their own discretion. In this situation, the “Three Strikes” policy will not apply, and refunds will not be provided.


Support your child(ren)! Parents are also responsible for the success and safety of their campers. We thank you in advance for taking the time to help ensure that each child has an optimal camp experience.

  • Notify SSA Summer in advance if your child has any specific learning, emotional, social, medical, behavioral or special needs. Please refer to the SSA Summer Health Form for more information.
  • Keep children home from camp when they are ill and/or pick them up if they become sick at camp. Campers must be 24 hours fever-free without medication before they can return to camp.
  • Only parents and guardians may bring medications to camp, and they should do so before camp begins. Our nurses can only accept labeled prescription medicines in original containers and will distribute during the day as required. For the well-being of all children, please do not use camp as a time to transition a camper off of medications.
  • Respect our hard-working staff by ensuring timeliness at drop-off and pick-up.
  • Please regularly check the email address you provided during registration to stay apprised of all news, events, and information at camp.
  • For the safety of all children, parents and guardians are not permitted to visit campers during the camp day. If an emergency arises and you must contact your child(ren) please contact our camp office so we can immediately assist you.

Health and Medication

Health Information & Immunization

Our Health Form is mandatory to complete the online registration. If you have registered your child online, you need take no further action unless submitting further documents and information. Please be advised that, per PA School Code, we require an up-to-date immunization form, in English, on file for all non-SSA students. This is mandatory to attend. To discuss any health matters or immunization, please call Nathan Verbanets, Director of Summer Programs, at 412-447-2230Faxes can be sent to 412-968-3004.

Medication During Camp

If your child has ANY medication that is needed during camp hours, a valid Authorization for Medication must be filled out, signed by a doctor or licensed prescriber and submitted to our SSA Summer office. All medications, including epi-pens and inhalers, must be given to the camp nurse by a parent or legal guardian and only the nurse may distribute these during camp. Any loose medications must be in a properly-labeled prescription bottle or original packaging.

Return to Camp After Injury, Sickness, Concussion or Concussion-like Symptoms

If your child is diagnosed with an injury, sickness, concussion, or concussion-like symptoms during SSA Summer Programs, we require documentation from a licensed health professional stating they can return to camp. If accommodations are needed, they must be specifically stated in this documentation. Modified schedules may be required based upon documented accommodations, especially when limiting physical activity. A majority of SSA Summer Programs are highly active programs and may pose risk to injury, therefore, parents/guardians must fully understand the risks when returning to camp, even with documentation from a licensed professional.

Nut-Free Campus

Shady Side Academy's Summer Programs are nut-free.  If sending in any snacks please check all labels to make sure they are 100% nut-free.  This includes NOT processed in a facility that may contain nuts.


Early-Bird Discount

SSA Summer offers a 5% early-bird discount until March 15, 2019 at 3pm. The online registration prices reflect this discount. The early-bird discount is valid for any SSA Summer program, except transportation, after care, or high school level summer school courses, golf camp, Soccer Shots, Drobots Tech Programs, Chess Camp, and the Handwork Studio Camps. Any changes made to a completed registration after March 15, 2019 will result in the loss of the early-bird discount. Failure to fulfill payment plans on time will result in the loss of any discounts.

Three Sibling Discount

Families who register three or more children for an SSA Summer program will receive an additional 10% discount. Please contact Nathan Verbanets at 412-447-2230 to receive this additional discount as it is not automatically applied. The discount does not apply to high school level summer courses, Drobots Tech Programs, Soccer Shots, Golf Camp, transportation, after care, or the Handwork Studio camps.

SSA Faculty & Staff Discount

If you are a Shady Side Academy faculty or staff member and interested in registering your child(ren), please contact Nathan Verbanets at 412-447-2230 by May 1, 2019.

Before/After Care & Arrival/Dismissal

Before/After Care

In order to provide more flexibility for busy families, we offer free before-care beginning at 7:30 a.m. for most camps; free before-care for East End Explorers Day Camp begins at 8 a.m..

After-care runs from 4:15 until 6 p.m. at a cost of $10 per day. You must register for after-care during the online registration process only. You will be billed at the end of each two week session.

Note: After-care families arriving after 6 p.m. will incur an additional $25 late pick-up fee. If late pick-up occurs repeatedly, it may be considered grounds for dismissal from the after-care program at the discretion of the director of summer programs without refund. Continued late pick-ups may also result in additional fees and disqualify families from enrolling in future SSA Summer programs.


Regular camp arrival time is between 8:45 and 9 a.m., and regular dismissal time is between 4 and 4:15 p.m.

Late Arrivals: To ensure the safety of all campers and staff, all campers arriving after 9 a.m. must check in with the SSA Summer office in the gym immediately upon arrival.

Early Dismissals: All early dismissals must be completed by 3:30 p.m. and be arranged through the SSA Summer office. All children leaving early must be picked up from the SSA Summer office.

Enrollment Minimums/Maximums

Please note that SSA Summer Programs, including for-credit high school courses, require at least six enrollees to run. Full refunds will be offered in the event that any summer program is canceled because of low enrollment.

Programs do begin to sell out in late May/early June. If you would like to be added to a waitlist for any sold out program, please email Summerprograms@shadysideacademy.org

Additional Policies

Email and Communication

Once registered, communication to families regarding camp is sent electronically via email. During the registration process, please make certain to provide your preferred email address. Please notify our office of any updates during the year. Parents and guardians can contact us at 412-447-2230 or summerprograms@shadysideacademy.org.

Lost and Found

The SSA Summer Lost and Found is located in the gymnasiums on all SSA campuses. At the Senior School it is located in the lower hallway of Curry Gym on the wooden shelves. At the Middle School and Junior School it is located within the gym. Lost and Found will be cleared out on August 9, 2019. All left items will be donated to charity.

Summer School Homework

Due to the nature of shortened duration lasses in the summer, homework is to be expected. For elementary and middle school classes there MAY be upwards of 15-20 minutes of light homework each evening. For-credit high school classes MAY have upwards of 45 minutes of homework each evening. These times may increased or decrease based on the level of summer school course.

Registration Closure

Registrations will close the week prior to the official start of each individual program, unless the enrollment sells out prior. If that occurs we will denote that within the registration and website.

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Nate Verbanets

Nathan Verbanets
Director of Programs


"My daughter was ecstatic to learn she was able to attend the East End Explorers camp again. Each day she came home, she poured out the day's events like a faucet. She was extremely happy. It was truly a blessing to know that it was made possible because of your thoughtfulness. Thank you so much for all your assistance. Somehow I don't feel thank you is quite enough."

"Our son has been attending [camp] for the past six years. He has enjoyed every summer attending Discovery Camp and Camp Ren and looks forward to coming back year after year!"

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