CAMP LIFE – FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS
Our camp staff members are college students or recent graduates who are studying a related field, such as education, outdoor leadership or psychology, and are seeking hands-on experience. Most have had experience working with young people, and all have been chosen because of their good judgment, compassion and insight into our population – children with autism and Aspergers.
We strongly discourage parents from altering their campers’ meds while at camp (no med vacations!), or in the weeks right before camp. If your camper has a condition that requires specific medical oversight, please discuss this with us during the admissions process, to ensure we can meet that need.
We can meet many special dietary needs, including allergies, GFCF diets and vegetarians and vegans. There is an extra charge to cover the additional ingredient and preparation costs. Some meal alternatives may cover several needs (e.g., a child who is gluten-free may have a dish that is also dairy-free and soy-free; vegetarians may be served vegan dishes).
In an effort to promote healthy eating habits, access to junk food is highly limited, and we do not accept any care packages with food. We also encourage our campers to try new foods, by asking them to accept no-thank-you helpings on their plate and consider trying them. We do have limited meal alternatives for extremely picky eaters and will not let them go hungry. Families comment every year about the new foods their children have tried and now love.
We discourage visits (except between sessions) and generally do not allow kids to make phone calls home, as this disrupts the group process. We do make an exception to this policy for family birthdays.
All of our staff are trained in CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and our emergency protocols. We have close relationships with local emergency services, including fire, sheriff, and the Forest Service. Should an emergency occur, we will notify and update you in a timely fashion.