Camp is a wonderful time to expose all the senses to the great outdoors. We ask that campers leave all electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, music players, handheld games, etc) at home. If a camper is found with an electronic device it will be confiscated and returned to the parent at the end of the week.
Our camp has a strict no cell phone policy and we do not provide phones/computers for the campers to use. Please do not make this difficult by tucking one away in his/her luggage “just in case.” Cell phones often induce homesickness in children, not alleviate it, and will, therefore, be confiscated and returned to the parent at the end of the session.
Yes, please feel free to send letters and/or goodies to your child during their week with us. We will have mail call daily during lunch and campers always appreciate receiving something from home. Hat Creek, however, is not responsible for any late or lost mail. You may want to consider sending letters/items early so your child can receive them promptly.
Campers may want to bring $15-$25 spending money for snacks, souvenirs, and t-shirts. The camp store operates on a cashless system. All monies are collected at registration and credited to the camper’s account. As they make purchases it will be recorded and the account will be debited. Any remaining money at the end of the session will be returned to the parent.
When registering campers may request to be bunked with one other person. Requests must be made by both campers and will be honored if possible, but are not guaranteed.
No, campers will always have the option to opt out of an activity if they feel uneasy, although we will gently encourage them to experience something new and challenging. We believe this is an important skill that can be learned while at camp.
We will try to be as accommodating as possible. Although we are trained to handle many psychological needs such as autism, we are not at the moment set up to accommodate children with severe physical needs. The camp program is centered on strenuous physical activities and large group involvement, which may not be suitable for some special needs. If you are unsure if this is the right fit for your child please call for more details and other potential programs.
Camp food is packed full of nutrition and goodness to keep your camper healthy and energized throughout the day. Try as we might, we will not be able to consistently accommodate allergies such as Celiac’s Disease, but may be able to provide for individuals with nut allergies or other simple forms of allergies.
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 wording easily readable. Medications will be dispensed during meal times unless otherwise noted by the prescription. Please remember to bring inhalers. We will not accept Epipens without a prescription. The nurse’s station will have a refrigerator for medications requiring it. If you have detailed questions concerning any of the above information, please call.
The staff 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 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. In activities where a special certification is required, such as our high ropes course, our staff is trained in those areas. All water activities are monitored and supervised by multiple Red Cross certified lifeguards.