Frequently Asked Questions
Summer Conservation Camp
Can my son/daughter stay in same cabin with their friends?
Yes. We want the campers to be happy and have a good time. They just
need to stay together after they get off the bus at camp and every effort will be made to
keep friends in the same cabin.
How will my child get to camp, do I have to take them?
Campers are transported by school bus and there will be a
pre-determined pick-up point in your county. You will be notified in writing regarding
transportation arrangements at a later date, usually around the end of May.
How do you screen the counselors?
We do the best we can to make sure we hire quality college
counselors. Each counselor is run through a background check (by law enforcement) and
personally interviewed by the camp director. Counselors spend two weeks in training prior
to the arrival of campers. Most of our counselors are referred to us by Dept. employees or
by other counselors.
My child is on medication - do you make sure they take their
It is the responsibility of the camper to make sure he/she takes
their prescribed medication. Camp staff will remind the campers four (4) times a day to
take their medication. This is something the parent and camper need to discuss before
applying for camp. If the parent feels the camper is not responsible enough to take
his/her own medication, then camp may not be for them. Medication is kept in the sick bay
area of the camp office.
What if my child becomes sick or is hurt while at camp?
We have trained medical personnel on duty at all times at camp. If
the injury or sickness requires professional attention, we will make every effort to
contact a parent before we take your child to the Hospital or Doctor. Insurance? Your
child is insured from the time they get on the school bus to leave for camp until they get
off the bus upon returning on Friday. The insurance cost is included in the camp fee. It
does not cover pre-existing conditions.
The application says the campers can not call home - what if my
child is homesick?
Homesickness is probably the most difficult thing to deal with at
summer camp. We do our very best to talk the camper into staying, at least the first
night. We have found that if they stay the first night, they will usually get over their
homesickness and have a great time. If the camper is still homesick the next day, or
extremely homesick the first day, we will call the parents. We do not keep the camper
against his/her will.
Do I need to send the check in with the application, or can I send
A check for the full amount needs to be sent with the application.
Do you offer scholarships?
If a child wants to go to camp but cant afford it,
scholarships are available on a limited basis. Check with your local Conservation
Will you mail me an application?
Applications are available for download
here or by calling
1-800-858-1549. Save time...apply
How will I know if my child is accepted?
You will receive transportation arrangements and "what to
bring" information by the end of May. You can also confirm by calling the
Conservation Educator in your county, or by calling 1-800-858-1549.
What kind of staff to camper ratio do you have?
Camp staff consists of 6 Conservation
3 Certified Teachers, 21 college counselors, 3 cooks, and full-time maintenance
personnel. The staff to camper ratio is one staff for each 6-8 campers.
How many kids to you have at one time? How many kids in one cabin?
Each camp has a capacity of 200 campers per week. Each cabin houses
25-30 campers. We have a total of 9 weeks of camp at each camp. Approximately
campers per summer - total all three camps.
Are the campers supervised 24 hours a day?
We do our best to make sure the campers are under constant
supervision. There are times when that is not always possible. For example, if the
counselor in the cabin goes to the bathroom, the cabin will be unsupervised for a few
minutes; while the campers are walking to and from their cabin for an activity (such as
swimming), they will not be under direct supervision. For the most part, however, campers
are supervised 99% of the time.
If you have other specific questions, please contact our Information
Center at 1-800-858-1549.