We have a robust COVID policy which you can find on our home page. At this time we can not say if children will be required to wear masks. We will be monitoring the COVID situation as summer begins and will comply with all state and local guidelines. If your child has a fever or is feeling unwell, please keep them home from camp.
We transport children to the mountains in our 15 passenger vans. All children who legally require a car seat will need to leave one with us each day or for the week. All of our drivers are trained and have an excellent driving safety record.
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 10-10:30 am. Parents will pick up from our location by 2:45 pm.
CAMP FEES, CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES
- There is an Active Registration fee of $5.73 per week
- A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration for each week of camp.
- Cancellations prior to May 15th will receive a refund of all fees except for the $100 non-refundable deposit per camp. After May 15th there are no refunds.
- If you would like to switch weeks, there is a $20 change fee.
- Deposits are paid by credit card online 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. We are more expensive than other camps because of our very low ratios (1:6/1:4) which we maintain for safety, quality and educational reasons. 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 application by April 1. Applicants will be informed of awards in early April 2022. We can not guarantee scholarships, but will do our best to meet the demand.
Please arrive on time to pick up your child. We need time after camp for our staff meetings. Thank you!
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 maintaining low adult-child ratios we are able to keep a watchful eye on all children. We also provide children with safety rules and guidelines for self-care 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. 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.
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 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. If a child at camp continually breaks our camp rules, creates unsafe situations, or provokes and demeans other children, a parent meeting may be called or a child may be asked to leave camp immediately, or at the end of the day. A child may be asked to stay home from camp for a day, or withdraw for the remainder of the session at the counselor and camp directors discretion. There will be no camp fees refunded for a child who does not complete a session for these reasons.