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Camp Nawakwa FAQ

Summer Camp's Most Frequently Asked Questions

How do you hire staff?
We recruit our staff from local colleges and universities. We also recruit from Craig’s list and we do have some counselors returning from previous years. In addition, we have some counselors in training that have reached the right age to be counselors. We interview all the applicants and returning staff, we do background checks, and check all references. We require all new and returning staff to attend camp training each summer.

Do you fingerprint staff?
All on-site staff are fingerprinted and screened in accordance with the laws of the State of California.

How old are your counselors?
Our head counselors are twenty one and older, our assistant counselors are eighteen through twenty, and counselors in Training (CIT’s) are sixteen and seventeen years old.

What do you feed the campers?
Our goal is to serve nutritious, appetizing meals that meet USDA’s meal pattern requirements. Meal pattern requirements assure well-balanced meals that supply the kinds and amounts of foods that children need to help meet nutrient and energy needs.

What time do they eat?
Breakfast is scheduled at 8:00 a.m., lunch at 12:00 p.m., and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Do the campers do their own cooking?
No, but we do have a cook-out on western day. Campers will roast wieners and make s’mores. All other meal components are prepared by staff.

Do you carter to special diet needs?
Yes, but only if a camper has a medical condition and requires a special meal, or if a camper is requesting a special meal due to food intolerance(s) or other medical reasons. Food preferences are accommodated only within reasonable requests.

What if my child has food allergies?
Any allergies should be stated on their health history form, and we will make sure to have substitutions for those foods that should be omitted.

What time do campers go to bed?
Campers are scheduled to have lights out by 9:00 p.m.

How many kids go to camp each week?
We will have an average of 120 campers per session. Each cabin will be assigned no more than 14 campers.

How far is the lake?
The lake is about three quarters of a mile hike from camp.

Can my child be driven to the lake?
If a camper has any medical problems that will prevent him from a hike to the lake, we do make arrangements to drive them there. This information has to be stated on their health history form.

What does my child need to bring to camp?
There is a packing list at the end of the online registration packet.

Can I drive, or pick up my child from camp?
If you prefer to drive or pick up your child from camp, you can, but you need to make arrangements with our office.

Can I send an 8 year old child to camp?
Only if the eight year old child is mature enough, and you know that he/she won’t get homesick. If your child becomes homesick and needs to go home, it is your responsibility to pick them up from camp. There will be no refund given.

Can I send a 13, 14, or 15 year old to camp?
All of our activities are progressive, so even if your child has attended camp before and is now over 13 years old, they can still continue to attend camp until the age of 15. If they get bored and want to go home as a result, it is your responsibility to pick them up from camp. There will be no refund given.

If I send two or more campers can they all be assigned to the same cabin?
It depends on their age. If the campers are within one year apart and are of same gender we are more that glad to accommodate your request. Make sure you write that request in your registration form.

How do you assign campers to cabins?
We separate campers by gender and by age.

Can parents or relatives get in contact with campers?
Parents can call the office and leave messages for campers, mail letters to them, or send one-way emails. We do not allow campers to bring cell phones to camp.

Can my child call me?
Phone calls are only allowed if there is an emergency.

Click here for our Camper Email.