Frequently Asked Questions
Is this camp a good fit for my child?
Is your child adventurous and open to trying new
things? Does your child enjoy running around, hiking,
and being outside? Does your child like music and dance?
Then the answer is probably yes!
What are your teachers qualifications?
All of our staff have extensive experience with
children, while our specialized music/dance teachers
additionally have extensive experience in their modality,
many of them being masters in their artform. Please
visit the teachers section for more about each teacher.
Additionally, all of our camp counselors are
CPR/First Aid certificated, have passed a background
checks, and went through our camp training.
What should I bring every day?
A water bottle
Lunch and Snack
Weather-appropriate clothing! We will be outside
in ALL weather, please bring raincoats/boots for
rainy days, warm sweatshirts/hats/gloves for chilly
days and mornings - layer, layer, layer!
A change of clothes including something warm
Sunscreen and/or bug spray
A backpack to carry everything (occasionally we may hike in for a picnic)
What happens during choice time?
Choice is a time for children to explore their surroundings. They can choose from a variety of activities including arts/crafts, nature projects, games, hikes, and/or dance parties with the group. This time will vary according to the desires of the group as well as the age range.
Is snack provided?
No, please provide your own snack and lunch from home.
Is your camp nut-free?
We are not nut-free. If your child has a nut allergy, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your child!
What happens if my child has a fever, feels sick, and/or is found to have nits/lice?
We will contact you and expect your child to be picked up ASAP. Nobody wants to be out at camp when they aren't feeling well and, as we all know, nits/lice are very contagious. The health/safety of our campers and staff are always top priority so everyone stays well.
Do you provide extended care?
Extended care is not provided, however if you are in need, please contact us as sometimes our daily camp counselors are willing to help out!
Can my child bring toys from home to camp?
Sorry! We ask that toys stay at home where they won't get damaged or lost.
My child has specific needs, can they be accommodated?
We welcome children of varying needs including aids/therapists as needed. Please contact us directly if your child has particular needs so we can discuss accommodations and whether we can provide for them.
Do you offer a CIT program?
We do! Please contact us directly if your child is 12 years old or older and is interested in working with us as a CIT.
What if my child can only attend 1 week?
We encourage the full 2-week session for multiple reasons. It allows for children to establish a stronger bond with their new friends as well as allows them more time to become familiar with the camp and their teachers as a whole. It is exciting, not only to learn new skills, but also to have time and space to develop them. Additionally, due to previous COVID protocol, we are maintaining 2-week sessions with consistent groups to reduce any risk.
*Please note* COVID protocol last summer of 2020 required summer camps in Contra Costa County (the location of our Tilden site) to operate for 3-week sessions. We are currently uncertain if such protocol will be implemented, however, so far nothing has been specified.
What is the cost of camp?
Camp is offered in 2-week sessions. Regular pricing is $1100 for 2 weeks (or $550/week). During Early Bird Registration offered through March 15, we offer camp for $900 per session (or $450/week). We strive to make camp as affordable as possible, while also seeking to compensate our amazing teachers what they deserve. Discounts and scholarships are also available (please see below).
Do you offer discounts?
Discounts are offered for Early Bird Registrations (before March 15, automatically applied at registration), siblings, and solo-parent households. Additional need-based financial scholarships may be available. Please contact us directly for discounts and scholarships so discount codes may be given when appropriate.
Can I get a refund if my plans change?
A full refund, minus a 5% processing fee, may be returned up to 30 days before the start of camp. After 30 days before the start of camp, we are typically unable to provide a refund so we can make our plans for camp. However, as we are not in typical times, we wish to extend our full refund policy (minus the 5% processing fee) up to 2 weeks before the start of your child's camp session.
*Please note: If your child is asked to leave for any reason and/or COVID causes camp to close after the summer camp season has begun, no refund will be given.*