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Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers arrive and leave Terp Quest at a variety of times, so we have put parent and camper-friendly procedures in place to facilitate both. The vast majority of participant drop-offs and pick-ups occur adjacent our base camp at the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC), at the top of Valley Drive. You will see our directional signs around campus, a large sign at the drop site, and the Terp Quest staff dressed in neon yellow shirts. 

Expect our staff to do the following:

  • greet you in your car upon arrival at the circle
  • ask to see valid ID and have you sign your camper in/out
  • welcome your child in the morning and send them off with a wave at pick-up
  • assist them to safely exit or enter your vehicle
  • accompany them personally to and from our base camp in the Eppley Recreation Center East Gym

 

Terp Quest wants to make the drop off experience easy and quick for parents and engaging for campers. We provide car to camp drop off for the convenience of our families. Choose the times that best match your daily schedule to learn what to expect. 
 
 
7:30 am - 8:30 am - Morning Care Drop-Off Toggle Accordion
 
Beginning at 7:30 am, parents of children enrolled in extended (morning) care must park and escort their camper into the East Gym to sign in. See our parking information section for details on where to park. Terp Quest is not responsible for parking violation fees.
 
CAUTION: Please be aware that camps sponsored by the School of Public Health may be dropping off or picking up campers on or about the same time. There will be traffic. Please be patient and move all the way to the top of the circle to drop off or pick up your Terp Quest camper.
8:15 am - 8:45 am - Day Camp Drop-Off Toggle Accordion

Campers may be dropped off between 8:15 am and 8:45 am at the Terp Quest drop-off circle outside the ERC. The circle is located at the end of Valley Drive (where the School of Public Health building and Eppley Recreation Center meet). A staff member will sign your child in and escort him/her to base camp. It will help us all if your camper is ready to go! At the end of the camp day, this is also where you may pick up your camper between 4:00 and 4:30 pm by meeting with a staff member to sign out your child.

CAUTION: Please be aware that camps sponsored by the School of Public Health may be dropping off or picking up campers on or about the same time. There will be traffic. Please be patient and move all the way to the top of the circle to drop off or pick up your Terp Quest camper.

After 8:45 am and after - Late Drop-Off Toggle Accordion
Between 8:45 am and 9:00 am ONLY, you may park and escort your camper down the ramp adjacent the Terp Quest Base Camp in the East Gym  for check-in with camp staff. All campers must be signed in for the day and should never walk to camp without an adult escort.
 
Promptly at 9:00 am, doors will be locked and you will be required to enter the Eppley Recreation Center through the front doors and report to the Information Desk. The Info Desk staff will gladly contact a Terp Quest staff member to sign your child in and personally insure he or she gets to their group. Late arriving families should expect a wait time in being served.
 
See our parking information section for details on where to park. Terp Quest is not responsible for parking violation fees. 
 

Campers can be picked up early from camp, on time, from extended care, or following participation in a lesson. For the safety and security of your child, only persons designated by you, and who present valid identification, will be allowed to pick up your child from camp. Camper safety is #1 at Terp Quest.

Before 3:45 pm - Early Pick-Up Toggle Accordion

Special arrangements should be made in advance if you are picking up your camper before 3:45 pm. You can do this by submitting your request online a minimum of two hours in advance at terpquest@umd.edu . We will have your camper ready to go at the Information Desk of the ERC. Campers will be returned to their activity groups iIf you arrive more than 10 minutes past your pre-planned pick-up time. If we had to return your camper to their group, there will be a delay in picking them up. Be sure to arrive on time!

Authorized persons must always present a valid photo ID when picking up a child from Terp Quest.

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm - NO Pick-Ups Allowed Toggle Accordion
For the safety of all campers, pick-ups between 3:45 and 4:00 pm are not permitted. Please plan accordingly. After 4:00 pm, all pick-ups are completed via the car line or the walk-up sign out station at the east corner of the Eppley Recreation Center adjacent the car line. Please refer to our Early Pick-Up procedures to ensure you reach your destination on time. 
 
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm - End of Camp Day Pick-Up Toggle Accordion

Parents/guardians may pick up campers between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm at the Drop Off/Pick Up circle. If you are on campus or park elsewhere, you can walk up and sign your child out adjacent the pick up circle.  Please be patient as we bring campers to their cars. Authorized persons must always present a valid photo ID when picking up a child from Terp Quest.

 
 
 
 
 
4:30 - 6:00 - Extended Care Pick-Up Toggle Accordion
If your child is registered for Extended Care, he/she must be picked up by 6:00 pm. Please park in the numbered spaces adjacent the Eppley Recreation Center, and either pay the parking fee or utilize the 15 minutes free option (see parking information) before entering the ERC. Facility staff will direct you to the East Gym of the ERC to sign your camper out. Authorized persons must always present a valid photo ID when picking up a child from Terp Quest.
 
**NOTE: Terp Quest is not responsible for parking violation fees**
 
Extra-curricular Activity Pick-Up Toggle Accordion
Pick-up from the pool deck or tennis courts is not permitted.  If your child participates in tennis or swimming after camp, he/she is automatically enrolled in extended care until 6:00 pm. When picking up, please park in the numbered spaces adjacent the Eppley Recreation Center and either pay the parking fee or utilize the 15 minutes free option (see parking information) before entering the ERC. RecWell facility staff will direct you to the East Gym of the ERC to sign your camper out. Authorized persons must always present a valid photo ID when picking up a child from Terp Quest.
 
**NOTE: Terp Quest is not responsible for parking violation fees**
Special Considerations Toggle Accordion
If your child is still at camp after their designated pick up time, parents will immediately be assessed a late fee of $1.00 per minute, per child. Terp Quest will make reasonable attempts to reach the family and authorized Emergency Contacts for the unclaimed camper. If any camper remains on site with Terp Quest after 6:00 pm, and attempts have been made to reach the family and authorized Emergency Contacts, the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety will be notified as will the local branch of Child Protective Services. Please be sure all family contact information is accurate. 
 
Terp Quest is not responsible for ensuring your child leaves with the parent of another camper. If your child is to be picked up by another parent, that parent must request their release AND be pre-authorized to pick up your camper.
 
**NOTE: Terp Quest is not responsible for parking violation fees**