Camp Oliver, Changing the World, One Camper at a Time.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I know if my child is ready for a overnight camp? Your child must be at least 6 years old to attend our residential camp and consider these questions. *How has my child handled staying at friends or families homes overnight? *Is my child comfortable in new surroundings? *How would my child benefit from a camp experience? If you still are not sure, please bring your family to our Open House and let your child see our camp.
2. Where will my child be sleeping? Camp Oliver has 6 cabins situated among oak and Manzanita trees. Each cabin sleeps 16 people, 12 campers and 4 counselors in bunk beds. Campers are sorted into cabins according to gender and age group. We place younger campers in our cabins that have indoor bathrooms/showers and the older campers share an outdoor bathroom/shower house.
3. Will I be able to speak to my child while he/she is at camp or may my child keep their cell phone with them? Parents may phone or email our office at any time and speak to staff to see how their child is doing at camp. We discourage parents from requesting to speak to their child to "check on them" as this disrupts activities and may create homesickness or make other children want to speak to their parents too. There is not enough time or telephones at camp to have every child speak to their parents. Of course if there is an emergency we will bring your child to the office. Cell phones are not allowed at camp as these defeat the purpose of getting away from technology at camp, also they disrupt activities, may get lost or damaged and cell reception is poor at camp anyway. If a camper brings a cell phone to camp it will be held in the office until departure. Parents are encouraged to write or send small packages to their children every day. Mail is given out at lunch or rest hour and always makes a camper feel special.
4. My child is lactose intolerant, may they still attend camp? Please state on the Health History form if your child has any dietary restrictions. We have had many campers that cannot have dairy, nut or animal products because of an intolerance or they are vegetarian/vegan. We do provide soy milk and our wonderful camp chief will create an alternative choice to dairy or meat.
5. Will my child be leaving the camp grounds? Camp Oliver has many fun activities for campers to enjoy including offsite hiking. Campers are transported via minivan with the rest of their cabin, counselors and group leaders to hiking trails that provide a challenging and fun experience. A first aid kit or needed medication (i.e. a camper's asthma inhaler) will be carried by a staff member and all campers will have hats and water.
6. Will my child be properly supervised? Camp Oliver is very selective when hiring staff and completes thorough background and reference checks. Staff are chosen based on experience, former training, personality and maturity. Each staff member completes first aid and CPR training, goes through one week of Camp Staff training and has current food handler cards. One of the most important rules at Camp Oliver is that there will be two staff members with the campers AT ALL TIMES. We have an excellent camper to counselor ratio of 6 to 1.