Skills Required to Be Successful at Camp

Behavioral Skills

Campers should have the ability to:

  • Manage self-care in an age appropriate manner
  • Live in a rustic outdoor setting with no personal electronic devices (including cell phones, tablets, gaming devices or computers)
  • Independently function in a community without consistent one on one support
  • Practice personal health routines, including: showering, brushing teeth, going to the bathroom, dietary management etc.
  • Self-calm following an event that causes frustration, sadness, or anger
  • Communicate how they are feeling using differing emotions, such as happiness, distress, nervousness, frustration
  • Advocate for personal needs by talking to a staff member
  • Manage the sleep-away aspects of camp in an age appropriate manner
  • Complete duration of session without in-person visits or outside phone calls
  • Participate in a group living situation
  • Sleep in a room with up to 11 other people without sleep aids
  • Follow verbal instructions and rules
  • Communicate conversationally in English
  • Remain in areas of supervision as defined by staff
  • Resolve conflicts without resorting to physical contact or verbal abuse
  • Live successfully in an active social community that includes constant interaction with other children
  • Understand camp rules regarding safety and respect
  • Will remain in their assigned living units after lights out
  • And will not possess or use alcoholic beverages, tobacco, E-cigarettes, Juuls, narcotics, recreational drugs and firearms/weapons

Activity Skills

Campers should have the ability to:

  • Participate daily in outdoor activities, including: walking up and downhill on uneven ground and varied terrain; remain outside for extended periods at a time; learn to stay warm, dry, and safe from exposure to the sun and mountain weather; manage levels of physical stress and challenge
  • Move independently from activity to activity
  • Follow safety instructions given verbally by staff
  • Sleep overnight in a tent at a backcountry campsite
  • Go to the bathroom in the outdoors
  • Junior Campers: Hike up to 3 miles carrying a light daypack with water bottles, layers, and other essentials (at least 10 pounds)
  • Month Long Campers: Hike for a minimum of 3 miles with a backpacking pack containing personal and group gear (at least 25 pounds)

Medical Management Skills

Campers should have the ability to:

  • Communicate medical care needs with staff
  • Provide accurate information to staff during check-ins and assessments
  • Independently navigate food allergies and dietary restrictions
  • Live at high altitude (8,600’) in a dry climate (low humidity)
  • Manage environmental allergies, including grass, pollen, animal dander
  • Self-carry and/or administer emergency albuterol inhaler, epi-pen, or other emergency medicine (if applicable)
  • Manage any chronic medical conditions independently and be incident free (no hospitalizations) for a minimum of one year