We have a robust COVID policy which you can find on our home page. In short, we take COVID-safety seriously and ask all families to do the same. Children will have their temperature taken and be asked to wash hands or hand sanitize upon arrival at camp. Children, staff and parents are asked to wear masks while at camp. Children may take masks off while sitting down 6′ or greater from others to drink water or eat. If your child is feeling unwell, please keep them home from camp.
If you wish to transport your own child to our location for the day you are welcome to do so. Parents will follow our camp van to our location each day, leaving Patrick Smith Park at 9 am sharp. Parents will pick up from our location between 2:30-3pm.
Children riding in our Adventure Vans will be dropped off at Patrick Smith Park between 8:30-8:45 and pick up with be at 3:30 at the park.
CAMP AND REGISTRATION FEES
There is an Active Registration fee of $5.73 per week. A $100 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit for each week of camp is due at the time of registration. Cancellations prior to May 12th will receive a refund of all fees except for the $100 non-refundable deposit per camp. After May 12th there are no refunds, as camps are harder to fill at that time.
Deposits are paid by credit card and remaining balance may be paid by credit card or check. You may pay in full at the time of registration if you wish. The balance of camp fees is due two weeks prior to the start of camp.
Families may apply for tuition assistance if they are unable to pay program fees. Our goal is to develop a robust scholarship fund in order to reach all children, regardless of socioeconomic background.
To apply for Financial Aid download and submit the following application. Applicants will be informed of awards within 2 weeks of the deadline, April 15, 2021 for Summer 2021.
CANCELLATIONS AND CAMP CHANGE POLICIES
Cancellations prior to May 7th will receive a refund of all fees except for the $100 non-refundable deposit per camp. During this uncertain time, we are offering your deposit as a credit toward future programs. If you would like to switch weeks, there is a $20 change fee.
Please arrive on time to pick up your child. If you are repeatedly late we will charge $10 per 15 minute time frame.
Parents must sign an (electronic) Release of Liability Waiver prior to their child participating in camp. This includes a Photo Release which enables Mountain Kids! to use images of your child on our Blog or for promotional purposes. This is done during Registration.
MEDICAL INFORMATION AND FIRST AID
Our first priority is the prevention of accidents. By providing children with safety rules and guidelines for self-care, we aim to prevent accidents or illness from occurring. However, there are many circumstances that are beyond our control (weather, natural disasters, forces of nature, child behavior) and we can not guarantee the safety of of your child. We use best practices for risk management in the outdoor industry.
During enrollment you will be asked to supply information about your medical insurance. Should a medical emergency occur you will be contacted as soon as possible.
We take allergies and medical issues seriously and need to know about these in advance. All our Staff are trained in First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid at a minimum, with several Wilderness First Responders.
Should your child require first aid at camp, we will administer it. If it is more serious than a cut or skinned knee, an Incident Report Form will be completed and you will be informed of the first aid provided. If an injury requires immediate medical attention, 911 will be called, you will be called, and your child will be evacuated immediately.
If we encounter rain, our first priority is getting everyone in their rain jackets and hats. If it is raining hard, we teach children how to find shelter and put up a tarp to get out of the rain. We may also head back to the Adventure Van when in the national forest or to a rain shelter at our Pacheco Canyon Base Camp, to get out of the rain.
TOYS, KNIVES AND ELECTRONICS, NO THANK YOU
Nature provides all that we need for entertainment. Please have your child leave toys, knives and cell phones at home.
WILDERNESS TOOLS, YES PLEASE!
Children may bring a compass, flashlight, signal mirror, bandana, or binoculars. These are especially encouraged during Wilderness Skills week, or our Bird week (binoculars).
DISCIPLINE AND BEHAVIOR ISSUES
Our goal at camp is to keep everyone safe, having fun and learning. Should a child at camp continually break our camp rules, creating unsafe situations, or provoke and demean other children, a parent meeting will be called. If the behavior does not improve following a parent meeting, we reserve the right to ask a child to stay home from camp for a day, or withdraw for the remainder of the session. There will be no camp fees refunded for a child who does not complete a session for these reasons.