WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect that your child will have a lot of fun, get dirty, make new friends and learn something new each day. Your child will also be tired after a day with Mountain Kids. They will likely be happy to go home and relax after camp and get a good night’s sleep!
PREPARING FOR A MOUNTAIN KIDS! ADVENTURE
- Be sure your child has a good breakfast to start the day.
- Please sunscreen your child every morning (we reapply midday).
- Your child should wear clothing that is appropriate for getting dirty!
- Please label all of your child’s belongings! We can not return lost items with no labels.
- Please be sure they have a comfortable day pack they can carry. Campers will hike carrying their own gear.
Please pack a fleece jacket, shirt, pants (or shorts), underwear and socks in a separate ziploc (or other) bag labeled with your child’s name and bring it on the first day of camp. This will be kept in our Adventure Van for the duration of their enrollment in case of rain or water-soaked clothing. If they can fit extra clothes in their backpack and carry it comfortably, all the better! An additional pair of shoes or sandals is recommended should their feet get wet and dirty. Please label all of your child’s belongings and collect them at the end of your week of camp.
Campers are divided into age groups: 5-6 (Hummingbirds), 7-8 (Owls), 9-12 (Eagles) and 13-16 (Condors). A few weeks have different age groupings, based on camp offerings. Our camps for tweens and teens, up to 16 years of age, are during select weeks. We offer a Counselor in Training program for those 13 and up who enjoy working with children and want to learn leadership skills.
Regular camp hours are: Monday to Thursday, 8:30-3:30. Drop off is from 8:30-9:00 am and pick up is at 3:30. On Thursdays from 3:30-4:00, parents are invited to a Snack and Social. Our regular week runs from Monday to Thursday. Please drop off no later than 9:00 am so that your child can be part of morning games and circle. Please pick up your child at 3:30 pm.
PRE-CAMP, AFTER CARE AND FRIDAY CAMP
We offer Early Care, After Care and Fun Friday Camp! Pre-Registration is required for additional camp time and is available during the Registration process. Early Care begins at 8:00 am and is $30/week or $10 day. After Care is from 3:30-5:00 and is $60/week or $20/day. If you require Early or After Care at the last minute, please talk to Katie or Fran.
We have a new and improved location! It will offer more opportunities for nature-connection and play – more shade, more grass, the Santa Fe River and a pool for hot afternoons! Our new meeting location is Alto Park behind the Bicentennial Pool on Alto Street.
FIELD TRIP LOCATIONS
Examples of our favorite locations include: the Beaver Ponds, Little Tesuque Creek, Big Tesuque Campground (the Big T), Winsor Trail, Norski Trails, Ski Basin, Bandelier National Monument (Tsankawi), Jemez Falls, Rio en Medio Trail, Las Golondrinas, Deer Creek, and Pecos Historical Monument. We also spend time at our Base Camp for projects that require more focus. We adapt plans when necessary, based on the weather and forest closure.
LOST AND FOUND
We do our best to keep hats on heads and children’s belongings with them. Despite our best efforts, we end up with a lot of misplaced items! Please label all of your child’s belongings so we can return missing items to their owners. Check our lost and found for any missing items. All items left at the end of the camp season will be donated.
TRAVEL AND BOOSTER SEATS
We primarily use 15-passenger “Adventure Vans” to travel to our destination each day. Campers requiring a car seat or a booster must bring one to camp each day. Please label your booster with masking tape and your child’s name, as many boosters look alike.