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.
The primary goals of the challenge course are:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a more specific question - who do I ask?
For more questions, call our hotline at (415) 757-6690 or email email@example.com.
What is the refund policy?
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.
Will my camper be eligible to attend more than one session this summer?
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.
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?
What if I don't have access to a computer? Can I get a paper application?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
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?
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.
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