Frequently Asked Questions
We will only be allowing for full week registrations for the 2022 season.
Our camp experience is purposefully less structured. We hope that by giving children time and choice we can help nurture social and emotional skills often overlooked in a school setting. We leave room for our Campers to learn about themselves and develop independent thinking and problem solving. Because of this, the single day option, while wonderful for a visiting cousin or friend for the day, can leave a Camper feeling rather lost. We have found that campers not attending for a week at a time may not have as an enjoyable experience. We feel that they are not having a chance to become comfortable with Camp’s Philosophy. Because of this, and other reasons, we are requiring at least one full week. Attending for two or more weeks can have an even greater benefit. They do not need to be concurrent. It allows deeper relationships to develop. Also allowing children to observe and explore initially, gives them confidence to immerse themselves in the things they like and to take risks in new opportunities. You know your child best and we welcome them to the 2022 Camp Season!
What impact will Covid have on camp this year?
Frankly, we don't know. We will be heeding recommendations from the Chester County Health Department and the CDC. Covid conditions and variants continue to change.
At this point (January) we do not intend to have campers or vaccinated counselors masked outdoors. THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF NECESSARY. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED DUE TO MASKING CONCERNS. Masks would be required if we need to go inside for thunderstorms.
How and when are the best times to contact the Director?
Before camp is in session, please email the Director and your email will be returned by the end of the week.
During camp, email is checked daily around 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. If you know your child will be picked up early, please use email.
You can call or text the Camp phone number anytime during the day. If, when calling by phone, your call is not answered please leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours. Text is preferred if you need to reach me during the day, such as an unscheduled early pickup. Make sure you identify your name and your child's name.
Phone: (415) 713-6343 Please do not call between 7pm and 7am unless it is an emergency.
How do I drop off my child?
Campers are unloaded from their car and then guided to the top of the hill. There they are placed with their counselors and wait until directed to head down to camp. Please be aware of other campers, follow driving instructions while entering and exiting the parking lot, and NEVER USE YOUR PHONE in our parking lot.
What time can I drop my child off?
Camp starts at 9, children can be dropped off before camp as long Allegra or Cathy are in the parking lot. No Exceptions! While we don’t want to encourage early drop off, we are flexible.
How do I pick up my child?
Enter our parking lot and follow the directions given to you. You will be asked your child’s name. Please respond with first and last name as well as what Tent they are in. EG Dave Smith 2nd grade boys. We recommend bringing a large piece of paper with your camper's name and group written on it to help make the process easier as the volume can get quite loud during pickup and hearing each other can become difficult. We have the Campers sit with their Tent so we can locate them quickly. Please tell your child if you know a different car will be picking them up.
If you plan on picking up a child before the close of camp, please email and send a note in for the counselor. You may park, walk into camp to find your child, and then check out with the Director.
What time is pick up?
The children are up on the hill and ready to be picked up at 2:50, we like pick up staggered, arriving between 2:50 and 3:10 helps pick up run more smoothly. Younger children often prefer an earlier pickup.
How do I keep up to date with what is happening at camp?
The directors send newsletters every Sunday, and alerts as needed, please sign up to receive them. You may need to pull newsletters from Spam or Junk! Head Counselors also send home a welcome letter with general information about themselves and the week every Monday. All newsletters are posted to the homepage as well so check there every Sunday if your inbox is empty.
Will my camper have to wear a mask?
We are not requiring campers to wear masks this season. Only un-vaccinated counselors have to wear masks. We only ask that campers carry masks with them in case of emergencies.
What should my child bring?
Each child should bring a lunch with plenty of water, a bathing suit, towel and creek shoes (old sneakers are the best). They also need shoes for playing sports. Please mark children's belongings with their name and be prepared to get messy! During the 2022 season we are also asking that each camper bring 2 masks to camp, one to be kept on their person at all times and a back up to keep in their tent. In case we have to congregate in the barn during thunder storms we would ask everyone to mask up at that time.
Can I sign up for a single day?
No. Guests this year will be only with permission from Cathy or Allegra. If you have an out-of-town visitor or want to try camp for the first time as a guest please email email@example.com
What does my child need for cookout?
On Thursdays we host a “cookout”. Campers can bring precooked meat, hot dogs or anything they would like warmed up on the grill. We cannot cook raw meat. Campers also enjoy cooking marshmallows for s’mores!
What happens if it rains?
If there is thunder or lightning, we gather everyone in the barn where we shelter until the electrical storm has passed. If it is just rain Campers can come and go as usual. The exception is entering the creek, we always monitor the level of the creek. It will be off limits when it becomes too high and quick.