FAQS

2021 Camp questions

What is the weather like at Camp?


The weather varies considerably at Camp with days being hot (90-100 degrees) and mornings and evenings being chilly. Be sure to provide your camper with warm layers. A packing list will be sent to you before your child’s session begins.




Can I visit the Camp?


Due to the Camp’s remote location and our need to maintain the safety of Camp, visitors are not allowed.




Can I send my child a care package?


Camp Mendocino discourages care packages for several reasons. Primarily, care package contents do not tend to align with the healthy eating policy of BGCSF. Furthermore, care packages can make other campers feel left out. Lastly, due to Camp’s remote location, mail is slow to reach us and campers are often gone before their packages arrive. Camp Mendocino provides three healthy meals per day. Additionally, campers can purchase snacks at the Canteen. You can add money to your camper’s Canteen account online through your CampInTouch account.




Can I make cabin requests?


Campers are placed into their cabins based on their age. We do not make special arrangements as we find that campers are more social and “team-oriented” when they aren’t around siblings or close friends.




What is the food like at Camp?


Camp Mendocino has a health initiative (like the rest of BGCSF) so all campers receive three well-balanced meals per day that meet the USDA requirements. All meals are served with milk and water. If your child has special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time.




Does my child need spending money?


We recommend putting $30 towards your camper’s Canteen account, unless your camper is interested in a larger item like a sweatshirt ($35). You can either hand in cash at the bus departure or add money to your online account. No cash is exchanged at Camp.




What is for sale at the Canteen?


The Canteen offers small snacks like popcorn, goldfish, and popsicles. There are small merchandise items like stickers, sunglasses, and magnets, as well as larger items like sweatshirts, sweat pants, and shirts.




What happens if my child gets homesick?


Many times, first year campers experience a little homesickness in the first two days. During this time we make every effort to help your child adapt to the Camp environment and make new friends. By day three most campers have settled in. On rare occasions however, some children just aren’t ready to make the transition to an overnight camp experience. If your child continues to be homesick on the third day, we will notify you and make a plan that may include you picking up your child.




What is expected of my child while (s)he is at Camp?


All campers are expected to be respectful to all staff and other campers, and be non-violent and follow instructions. Failing to meet these basic expectations may result in dismissal from Camp.




How will my child’s medical needs be handled?


We employ qualified and certified medical staff to dispense medications and treat any minor issues that may arise. If your child needs to visit the infirmary, we will notify you immediately with the details. If your child is on any prescription medication, you need to turn in all medications at the bus departure with full dosing instructions and a ten-day supply. OTC medications must also be turned in at the bus departure, but Camp medical staff will have OTC medications at Camp.

Please be advised – the nearest hospital to Camp is a one-hour drive. Please use your best judgment when sending a child with severe medical needs to Camp. Please call our office if you have additional questions or specific needs.




What kind of programs will my child experience?


Camp Mendocino provides a wide range of activities for youth including hiking, mountain biking, archery, swimming, environmental education, gardening, sports, and dance and drama. Campers participate in evening programs as well including talent shows, campfires, sing-alongs, and dances.

At Camp Mendocino, our Challenge Course consists of: Eight team building elements located on the ground (potentially available for all ages) Junior ropes course at a height of 15ft with four connected elements (ages 11-12) High ropes course at a height of 30 ft with 10 connected elements including a Zip Line (ages 13-17) Climbing wall (run as optional activity for ages 11-17) Giants Ladder (Two people assist eachother to climb up a hanging ladder while on belay) (only run occasionally with ages 15-17) Leap of Faith (Participant climbs to the top of a pole and jumps to hit a target on belay) (only run occasionally with ages 15-17)

The primary goals of the challenge course are: 1. To increase the participants’ sense of personal confidence 2. To increase mutual support within the group 3. To develop an increased level of agility and physical coordination 4. To have fun Campers




Do I have to complete the Summer Foods form even if I think I don’t qualify?


Yes, everyone must complete this form. The Summer Foods program is one of the many ways we are able to make Camp affordable for everyone.




What forms of payment do you accept?


We accept cash, credit card, and money order. We do not accept personal checks.




Is Camp Mendocino on Social Media?


Yes! You can follow Camp on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/camp.mendocino and on Instagram at @camp_mendocino. Our social media accounts feature pictures of Camp and campers, bulletins about registration promotions, and updates about return buses.




Will you post pictures of my child on Social Media?


We know many parents are anxious to see photos of their child(ren) having fun while at Camp so we do try to post pictures on social media each session. However, Camp Mendocino does not have a staff photographer, so pictures can be few and far between. The staff we do employ are 100% focused on supervising campers and ensuring their safety and enjoyment and don’t always have enough time to post photos.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we may post pictures of your child on Facebook, Instagram, the Camp website, or on other promotional materials. If you wish this not to be the case, email camperapplication@kidsclub.org.




I have a more specific question - who do I ask?


For more questions, call our hotline at (415) 757-6690 or email camperapplication@kidsclub.org.




What is the refund policy?


The "hold-your-spot" fee of $30 is non-refundable for any reason. Refunds of any remaining funds paid will be allowed up to 14 days prior to the beginning of your camper's session. If a camper is not able to attend Camp due to symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the start of the session, families should contact Camp Mendocino immediately. Every effort will be made to accomodate your camper in another session (when appropriate), and refunds will be given on a case-by-case basis. No refunds are given if: families cancel with less than 14 days notice before the session begins, camper(s) does not show up for Camp, or if he/she is sent home from Camp for any reason.




Can teens age 15-17 participate in Camp programs?


Yes, but unlike last year, we will not be having a teens only (Owls) village this year. Instead, teens can either apply to the Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program or the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program. Teens between the ages of 15-17 will be eligible to apply for the Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program. In the LIT program, teens will be assigned their own village with 2-3 other LITs and work with village staff to support campers. Together with all LITs, they will participate in job readiness workshops (resume writing and money management), work in the dining hall and dish room ("clipper room"), and shadow different positions around Camp (activity specialists, maintenance staff, and kitchen staff). The LIT program requires a full session commitment, and upon successful completion, will receive a stipend of $100 and 70 community service hours (can be used towards high school graduation requirements). Teens between the ages of 16-17 can also apply to be a Counselor-in-Training (CIT). Teens in the CIT program chose one of three tracks to apply to: youth development track, maintenance track, or food service track (learn more about each track here). Depending on the track they chose, teens will learn the fundamental skills needed to get a job in their chosen track, and will leave with a certification that can be used to boost their job prospects. The CIT program requires a two session commitment (do not have to be back-to-back) and upon successful completion, teens will receive a stipend of $300 and 140 hours of community service hours (can be used towards high school graduation requirements). More information about the options for teens this summer can be found on the "Teen Leadership" page of the website.




Will my camper be eligible to attend more than one session this summer?


Yes! This season campers will be able to attend more than one session. Please keep in mind that there will be a session break between Session 3 and 4 so all campers that sign up for session 3 and 4 will have to return home at the end of session 3 and come back at the start of Session 4.




Is Camp going to be open to new and returning campers in summer 2022?


Yes! This year will be very close to our normal summer as we have 5 regular sessions and 2 new mini-sessions. Below are the current 2022 session dates: Session 1 (Project Noyo): June 26th- July 5th *Military and First Responders only* Session 2 (Full Session): July 5th- July 13th *11 + year olds only* *NEW* Mini Session 2A: July 5th- July 9th *8-10 year olds only* *NEW* Mini Session 2B: July 9th- July 13th *8-10 year olds only* Session 3: July 13-July 22nd -----Session break (all campers will retun home)----- Session 4: July 25th- August 3rd Session 5: August 3rd- Augist 11th




What are the new Mini Sessions?


We are very excited to offer our new mini sessions to new campers between the ages of 8 and 10 only. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to have new campers at this age go away to summer camo for 10 days so our mini sessions are only 5 days long. These 2 sessions were created especially for our new campers. Sign up today!




What is the cost for Camp?


Here are the 2022 pricing options this year!




What if I need help filling out the online application?


Please feel free to email camperapplication@kidsclub.org for any questions as this email is checked very regularly. We will also offer drop-in Zoom meetings with the Manager of Camp Administration to get help completing the application, forms and documents. The links are under "Register for Camp 2022" and below are the dates: Friday, January 21, 2022, at 3:00-4:30 pm Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 4:00-5:30 pm Friday, March 18, 2022 at 3:00-4:30 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 4:00-5:30 pm Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 3:00-4:00 pm




What if I don't have access to a computer? Can I get a paper application?


Although paper applications won't be available this year as we are trying to digitize everything, we want to help you get your camper to Camp! If you a member of BGCSF… We will offer in-person camper application help in our BGCSF Clubhouses! Please feel free to drop in to meet the Manager of Camp Administration and the Assistant Camp Director and get your camper signed up. We will bring the computers and all you have to bring: - Your campers 2022 Doctor’s Physical (physical must be completed prior to August 1, 2020) - 2022 Immunization Form - $30 application deposit - (optional) Health Insurance/Policy Number - (optional) Government Food Program Number. Even if you don't have these documents, please come and get enrolled, these documents will be due 14 days prior to your session start date. Speak to your Clubhouse Director for application drop-in dates & times. If you are not a BGCSF member… - You can apply using your mobile device - Email camperapplication@kidsclub.org and schedule support over the phone - Drop in Zoom hours below Friday, January 21, 2022, at 3:00-4:30 pm Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 4:00-5:30 pm Friday, March 18, 2022 at 3:00-4:30pm Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 4:00-5:30 pm Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 3:00-4:00 pm




What are your transportation procedures?


We will continue to provide bus transportation from San Francisco this summer and from Travis Air Force Base (Session 1 only). We have partnered with our bus company to ensure that we use all the same safety procedures as last year.




How will I have contact with my kids?


Parents are encouraged to send emails to their children (campers@kidsclub.org) and (NEW FOR 2022!) campers will be able to send families a letter via email during their session. Please make sure that the email you use when signing up is a working email- that is where emails from campers will be sent. If any family needs to contact the camp or their child because of a personal emergency, we can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We recognize that, as loving and caring parents, you miss your children, but we have found that, often, telephone calls are counter-productive to the camp experience. One of the major benefits of camp attendance is for your child to gain independence. This can only happen when there is some separation between parent and child. Being in constant contact with your child will inhibit this. The leadership staff at Camp are always available should you have any questions about your child’s camp experience. Please see our updated 2022 Parent Communication Policy under 'Camper Expectations'




Will a doctor’s physical be required for Summer 2022?


We ask that you submit an updated 2022 doctor's physical (signed by a RN or Doctor prior to August 1, 2020) and immunization record to us 14 days before your session starts.




Is it required that my camper has to be vaccinated?


No, but we highly recommend that our campers be vaccinated. If campers are not vaccinated, they will be asked to self-isolate at home for 10 days prior to their first day at Camp. During this time, campers, and their households will be asked to limit their exposure with the general public when at all possible and screen themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. The recommendation to self-isolate will be one of many Non-Pharmacological Interventions used to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Prior to boarding the bus to Camp, we will require all staff and campers to have a negative COVID-19 test. More information will be provided to register families prior to the summer.




How will Camp look for summer 2022 during COVID-19?


In the event that your child is feeling sick, or has been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, in the 14 days leading up to Camp, you will contact Camp staff. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. All campers & staff will be asked to self-quarantine for 10 days prior to their first day at Camp. In the 5 days prior to the start of your Camp session, all campers must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Testing will occur as needed while at Camp





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