Summer Camp: FAQ

SUMMER CAMP: FAQ

We know that picking the best summer camp for your children is a big decision, and you may have some questions along the way. Here is a list of frequently asked questions that may be useful. Please feel free to contact Grace Jaen, Lead Educator and Summer Camp Director, at [email protected]

WHAT DO CAMPERS NEED TO BRING?
Please provide your child with a backpack containing: a full water bottle, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, a long-sleeved shirt, a raincoat, an extra pair of socks, a small hand towel and water shoes. We will do a lot of walking, so please make sure your child is wearing comfortable shoes with socks. NO sandals or Crocs, please. Children my also bring exploratory tools such as binoculars or magnifiers. (In many cases, BLNC will also provide these items.) Children will not be allowed under any circumstances to use electronics such as video games, radios, or cell phones.

All campers need to bring a morning snack. Full-day campers also need a lunch. Campers staying for post-camp should bring an afternoon snack. Please bring only non-perishable food as we have no refrigeration.

WHERE DO I DROP OFF AND PICK UP MY CAMPER?
Campers should be dropped off at Isabella Bird Community School (IBCS) (2701 Lima St., Denver CO 80238) before the camp day begins at 9 a.m. IBCS is a few blocks from Bluff Lake, and campers and staff walk over to Bluff Lake at 9 a.m. sharp.

Although the official camp day begins at 9 a.m., we offer pre-camp care from 7:30 to 9 a.m. every day at ISBC. Pre-camp is purchased in a weekly bundle and costs $25 for the week. Campers can be dropped off anytime between 7:30 and 9 a.m. at IBCS.

Half-day campers should be picked up at Bluff Lake at 12:30 p.m. Full-day campers should be picked up at Bluff Lake at 3 p.m.

We also offer post-camp care from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at IBCS. Post-camp is purchased in a weekly bundle and costs $65 for the week. Campers can be picked up anytime between 3 and 5:30 p.m. at IBCS.

DO YOU OFFER BEFORE OR AFTER CAMP HOURS?
Yes, we offer both! See the above answer for all the details.

WHO ARE THE STAFF AT CAMP?
All Bluff Lake Nature Center Summer Camp staff have passed background checks through the Sate of Colorado and are trained in First Aid and CPR. In addition, our Camp Directors are also trained in Universal Precautions and Medication Administration. Most of our staff are over the age of 21 and have multiple years experience in classroom teaching and outdoor education. Our beloved Lead Educator, Keith Wood, will be back for his 9th summer!

WHAT ABOUT FOOD AND WATER DURING CAMP?
All campers need to bring a morning snack and water. Full-day campers also need to bring a lunch and an additional afternoon snack if they are staying for extended post-camp care. Please make sure all food is non-perishable or is stored in a person, lunch-bag sized cooler.

Bluff Lake does not have access to running water, so please provide your child with AT LEAST one full 16oz. water bottle per day. We will have hand-washing stations available prior to snack time and lunch.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY CAMPER’S MEDICATION?
ALL medication (including over-the-counter medicine) requires medical forms to be completed and signed by the child’s physician. Medicine should never be placed in a child’s backpack as it must be given directly to the camp staff member. Camp staff must be informed of any medication the child may need to be administered during camp hours. BLNC is not able to accept medication without a physician-signed form. The forms and instructions on how to complete them can be found in your ACTIVE account after you register.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS AND/OR IS VERY HOT?
Rain and heat are part of the outdoor experience, so we plan to hold camps regardless of weather. We do understand the dangers of lightning, however, and we will take appropriate shelter if lightning is present. If lightning storms persist, we will notify parents, and camp sessions will end early, or will be moved to Isabella Bird Community School. During Ozone Alert days we will take precautions to stay in the shade, rest in the afternoon and can also move inside in extreme heat. Please make sure your camper is prepared for all likely weather conditions by bringing a raincoat, sun hat, and plenty of water.

WHY CAN’T MY 6 YEAR OLD PARTICIPATE IN CAMP IN AUGUST?
To accommodate six year-olds, the state and Denver city/county require our camps to have access to a building with appropriate bathroom facilities. We do this through starting the day at Isabella Bird Community School during June and July. Unfortunately, we are not able to use the school building in August. This year we are working with the State and Denver city/county to offer an outdoor based camp for two weeks in August. The state and Denver city/council license stipulates outdoor based campers must be seven years-old or older.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS MEDICAL, PHYSICAL, OR EMOTIONAL NEEDS?
Bluff Lake Summer Camp tries to accommodate youth with medical conditions, developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities. In order to ensure a fun and safe experience for all campers, please contact Fran Taffer, Bluff Lake Education Program Coordinator ([email protected]) to discuss your child’s unique needs before signing up for camp. We will do our best to accommodate your child, but we cannot guarantee we can meet your child’s specific medical needs at Bluff Lake.

WHAT WILL I NEED WHEN REGISTERING MY CHILD FOR CAMP?
Our online registration system ACTIVE is quick and easy to understand. You will be asked to create a camp account where you can see your purchases and download paperwork. At the time of registration, you need the contact information for your children’s healthcare providers and emergency contacts. Before camp begins, you will need to send us a photo of your child (so we can learn his/her name) and the required Health and Medication Forms.

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?
A 50% deposit is needed between now and March 31, 2017, to hold a spot for your child at summer camp. Final payment is due May 1, 2017. Deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable.

CAN I GET ON A WAITLIST WHEN CAMPS FILL UP?
Yes, when a camp week is full, we will create a waitlist. We will contact you if there is an opening in the session. Through joining the waitlist is free, payment will be due upon acceptance. We will fill camp openings in the order campers are placed on the waitlist. You must join the waitlist for each camp session you are interested in.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COSTS, DISCOUNTS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS?
Please see the Overview & Costs page on our website.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?
Because our programs require intensive staff preparation and often fill early, we have developed the following cancellation and refund policy. Cancellations made six weeks prior to the program will receive full reimbursements. Cancellations made two to six weeks prior to the program will receive 50% reimbursements. Cancellations made within two weeks of the program will not be eligible for reimbursement.

HOW DO I REGISTER
Just click here and complete the sign-up form.