Summer Camp FAQ’S
Yes. When you drop off your child at check in please have all of your child’s medications clearly marked, labeled and in a sealable plastic bag. All medication MUST be in their original containers with the Name, Prescription, Dose and Dispense Information, Pharmacy, Doctors Name and Telephone Number easily readable. We will not accept medication without this information. Typical medications will be dispensed during meal times, but we will follow the prescription. Please remember to bring inhalers, emergency inhalers, etc. We will not accept “Epi” pens without a prescription. The nurses’ station will have a refrigerator for medications requiring it. If you have detailed questions concerning any of the above information, please call.
When registering, Campers may request to be bunked with one friend. Requests must be made by both campers and will be honored if possible, but are not guaranteed.
Ooohhh Yes!! Please help us by labeling your campers belongings. Hat Creek Camp is not responsible for lost or damaged items. The lost and found is located at the main office. Items will be held for one week pending calls to claim items and you will have the opportunity to come and pick those items up with prior notification. Items not claimed will automatically be donated to our Residential Program and or given to other needy charities.
Our food is GREAT! Camp food is packed full of nutrition and goodness to keep your camper healthy and energized throughout the day. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate for allergies such as Celiac’s Disease, but we may be able to provide for individuals with nut allergies or simpler forms of allergies.
Campers may want to bring $15-$25 spending money for snacks, handcrafts, souvenirs, and t-shirts.
Camp operates on a cashless system. All campers’ monies are collected at the beginning and credited to their camp account. As they make purchases, their purchase will be recorded and the account will be debited. Any remaining money at the end of the session will be returned to the camper.
We would suggest that campers bring one but no more than two bags for the items coming to camp and a laundry bag to carry dirty laundry home. Some campers may also want to bring a day pack.
In activities where a certification is required, such as our High Ropes Course and Waterfront activities, then yes, our staff is trained and certified in those areas. All water activities will be monitored and supervised by a Red Cross certified lifeguard.
All staff at the camp has received training in disaster preparedness and emergency response, and are ready to respond if the need arises. Shelters on site have been identified and will be used in the case of severe atmospheric conditions. The monitoring of weather radios are a normal part of our Early Warning System as well as 911.
Blow dryers, etc if appropriate to the age category should be okay, although we advice against it due to possible electrical overload, getting lost or misplaced and the time factor required to do these types of activities.
Camp is a wonderful time to expose all the senses to the great outdoors. We ask that campers leave all media (electronics) playing devices at home.
If a camper needs extra toiletries, they can be purchased at the camp store.
No, campers will always have the option to “pass” or “opt out” of an activity, although we will always gently encourage them to experience something new and challenging. We believe this is an important skill that can be learned while at camp.
Yes, please feel free to send letters and/or goodies to your child during their week with us. We will have “mail call” for our campers during lunch, and they are always appreciative of receiving something from home. You may want to consider sending some letters/items early so they can receive them at the beginning of the week.
Check-in for camp is Monday, the first day of the session, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Check-out is Friday, the last day of the session, at 6:30pm after the camp ceremony has concluded.
Once you register for camp you will receive a confirmation packet via snail mail or e-mail that includes a full packing list. If you do not receive it make sure to check your spam box. Generally, kids need to pack clothes you don’t mind coming home dirty; toiletries, swim attire, two towels, sleeping bag/sheets/pillow, socks and shoes, water bottle and bible if available are among the basics.
Camp counselors are safety trained, and can help with basic first aid and CPR when needed. Health Care Professionals and Certified First Responder’s are a part of our staff during camp. We also have a nurse’s station and will notify the parents immediately if the situation warrants. Procedures are in place and ready to be implemented at a moment’s notice if necessary. 911 is part of our Standard Operating Procedure.
Camp offers an excellent opportunity for campers to develop independent living skills, self-reliance, responsibility and positive friendships. Campers are assigned to a hogan, cabin or tents during their session. Units are assigned by age. All campers participate in flag ceremonies, care of program areas, the clean-up of unit bathrooms, cabins/tents and shelters. Each camper is responsible for their own personal care and grooming, although through leadership, assistance and guidance is given if necessary.
All of our camps have a very strict “no cell phones” policy, and we do not have phones or computers for the campers to use. We want them to learn self-reliance and enjoy their experience without distraction from the outside world. Please do not make this difficult by tucking one away in his/her luggage “just in case.” Tucked away cell phones often induce home sickness in children, not alleviate it.
The staff that works at Hat Creek is selected very carefully. All staff members go through an intensive interview, criminal background check and training, including first aid and CPR, before they work with our children. They are also chosen because of their commitment to youth development, their interest in nature and the environment, as well as their desire to be positive role models with servant’s hearts.
We will try to be as accommodating as possible. Although we would love to be able to accommodate children with specific special needs such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and others or physically challenged; we are not at the moment set up to care for these types of special needs. In the future, we would love to be able to provide opportunities for these types of needs. The camp program is centered on physical activities and large group involvement. We attempt to maintain a 1:6 ratio of staff to camper, which may not be suitable for some special needs.
Hat Creek Summer Camp is open to any child who would enjoy a week filled with exciting and fun activities; one that will challenge them physically, mentally and spiritually; all the while learning about themselves and building new lifelong friendships.