Camp Hochelaga Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the age range of campers at Camp Hochelaga? 

A: We welcome campers between ages 6-17 for residential, mini, and day camps! We also offer a 5 week Leadership Training program (CIT) for campers finishing 11th grade.

Q: Where can I find camper medical forms, doctor forms, and the family handbook with details on camp drop-off and pick-up? 

A: All forms needed for your camper to attend camp can be completed or downloaded by following this link and logging in to your online camper account (where you registered for camp). Forms are also located in the registration tab of the Camp Hochelaga page on our website.

Q: Is there a suggested packing list for camp?

A: Yes! A list of suggested items to bring to camp can be found on the Camp Hochelaga page of our website under the registration tab. You can also find and download the family handbook here as well.

Q: Can Camp Hochelaga accommodate unique dietary needs or allergies? 

A: Yes! At camp we strive to accommodate the needs of any child that wishes to join us for camp. We will do our best to provide vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options at all meals. Please connect with us if you would like to talk further about a specific or unique need.

Q: Can I visit or call my camper while she is at camp? 

A: You are always welcome to call us while your camper is here at camp with us. Ensuring that someone answers your call at all times, night and day, is our priority. You are also welcome to stop by the camp office to request a tour of camp while we are in session. For the safety of our campers we require that all visitors and guests come straight to the office when they arrive.

Q: How many campers stay in each cabin? Will my camper be in a cabin with other campers her age? 

A: Each cabin has space for up to 8 campers. All cabins are arranged by age so campers of the same age stay in cabins together.

Q: What is the ratio of staff to campers at Camp Hochelaga? 

A: Camp Hochelaga is an American Camp Association Accredited camp. We strive to maintain a 1 staff member to 8 campers ratio and will never exceed the ACA 1 staff to 10 campers requirement.

Q: How old are the staff caring for my camper at Camp Hochelaga and how are they trained?

A: Camp Hochelaga’s counselors and program staff are all 17 years old or older. All staff under 18 are always supervised by a staff member over 18. The majority of our summer staff are between the ages of 19 and 25. All of our summer staff participate in an intensive staff training program that focuses on prevention of bullying, caring for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children, working together as a team, and keeping children safe while having a blast supporting them to step outside of their comfort zones and try new things! Our staff are Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid certified.

Q: What is Camp Hochelaga’s bullying policy? 

A: Camp Hochelaga has a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying. Our staff are trained by professional clinicians to prevent situations that could lead to bullying and recognize potential bullying so that they can intervene immediately. We work to support any child who feels she may have experienced bullying to feel safe, strong, and confident. We also work to communicate with the child who may have acted unkindly to understand the impact of her actions and find ways to be supportive and kind to others.

Q: What happens if my camper gets sick while she is at camp? 

A: We have a medical professional on site 24 hours a day at Camp Hochelaga. Our camp nurse works hard to prevent sickness and injury by making sure campers eat well, stay hydrated, and have fun safely. In the event that your child gets sick or hurt at camp we will call you immediately, care for her in our medical facility, and place a call to emergency services if necessary.

Q: What is Camp Hochelaga’s policy on head lice? 

A: We follow the Vermont Health Department standards which state that no child or person with head lice can remain on site at camp. We will provide a discrete and thorough head check for all campers on check-in day.

Q: How will you keep my camper safe at the waterfront? 

A: Waterfront safety is a top priority at camp. Our Red Cross certified waterfront director is on site 24 hours a day and is present at the waterfront anytime campers are swimming. All of our lifeguards are Red Cross certified and practice in service training and drills regularly and are supervised by our Assistant Camp Director who is a Red Cross certified Lifeguard Instructor. At Camp Hochelaga we divide our waterfront into separate swim zones and require that all campers take a swim test before they may enter the water. We also offer swim lessons free of cost for campers at any swim level.

Q: Who can I contact if I am feeling nervous about camp or if I have more questions? 

A: We are always excited to talk about camp with you via phone or email. Please call our email our office anytime to talk with our Camp Director, Hannah Bogard, or our Assistant Director, Hope Wooten. They can answer any questions you might have and provide more information about any aspect of camp.

Q: Can my camper and I come out to see camp before her session?

A: Yes! We would love to see you at our Camp Hochelaga Open House Sunday June 10th from 12pm-3pm. We will have camp tours, barbecue lunch, and games.

Q: I am sending two or more siblings to camp at the same time. How often will they see each other? Can they stay in the same cabin? 

A: We are always excited to have siblings at camp together! If your campers are different ages they may not be in the same cabin but will have many opportunities to join one another for activities and meals throughout the day.

Didn’t find the question or answer you were looking for? Give us a call at (802) 862-7520 or send us an email at contactus@ywcavt.org

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