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June 19, 12 pm to 3 pm
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more about our day camp program!
Registration required to ensure
adequate physical distancing.
Early Explorers Day Camp
Pathfinder Ranch’s Early Explorers Day Camp has been designed for all children ages 3-9 who are interested in exploring outdoors. With a well-balanced mixture of exploration, play, and activities guided by engaging camp staff, children will spend each day enjoying fresh air and the company of friends as they learn more about the natural world around them and practice new skills. Special precautions, such as small group sizes, the ability to spread out, frequent hand-washing, and the daily sanitation of materials, are planned to support the continued health and well-being of campers, their families, and staff.
Session availability dependent upon state and local health guidelines in effect at that time.
$300 per child per session. This price includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day as well as all program materials and activities.
8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
Session 1: June 22 – June 26
Session 2: June 29 – July 3
Session 3: July 6 – July 10 July 13 – July 17
Session 4: July 20 – July 24
Drop off: 8 to 8:30am
Pick up: 4 to 4:30pm
Morning and afternoon extended care options are available for families whose schedules require it. Extended care supervision is less structured than regular programming; campers will be offered opportunities for free play, structured games, and time to interact with farm animals.
Extended care costs an additional $5 an hour, and parents/guardians may choose to register their camper for as many or as few of these hours as they choose. In general, parents/guardians need to register their camper for extended care hours prior to the week of their session in order to ensure staff availability. Day camp staff may choose to accommodate extenuating circumstances on short notice when staffing is available.
AM Extended Care – Available 7:00-8:00AM
- Supervision/activities ONLY provided, no additional snacks
PM Extended Care – Available 4:30-6:30PM
- Supervision/activities provided
- Campers registered for both PM Extended Care hours will be offered an additional snack at 5:30PM
Early Explorers Day Camp Scholarship information:
To be considered for a camper scholarship you will need to fill out this Camper Scholarship Application. We ask that you and your child take the time to fill out the necessary forms completely, and return to Pathfinder Ranch by the following dates order to be eligible for consideration:
- Applications for Session 1 Scholarships: Due June 18th, 2020
- Applicants will be notified by June 19th, 2020
- Applications for Session 2 Scholarships: Due June 25th, 2020
- Applicants will be notified by June 26th, 2020
- Applications for Session 3 Scholarships: Due July 2nd, 2020 July 9th, 2020
- Applicants will be notified by July 3rd, 2020 July 10th, 2020
- Applications for Session 4 Scholarships: Due July 16th, 2020
- Applicants will be notified by July 17th, 2020
Some answers to frequently asked questions.
My child has developmental delays and/or a disability. Is this program for them?
We do not turn away campers due to disabilities or developmental delays; however, we are not able to provide continuous one-on-one care. We are happy to speak with you personally to discuss your child’s individual needs and how this program might support them. Please contact Sarah, our Early Explorers lead instructor, at email@example.com.
My child isn’t potty trained. Is that a problem?
Your child does not need to be potty trained, but keep in mind that we do not have diapering stations, so children in diapers need to be comfortable using pull ups.
What types of activities will my child participate in?
Each day will be filled with a balance of exploration, play, and guided activities. Campers will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and how to make and maintain friendships as well as about the natural environment, local animals, and plants. Because we know that play is learning for young children, we’ll also inadvertently work on academic skills such as early math and literacy.
All of this takes place on site at Pathfinder Ranch, where we’ll base out of our 15-acre Nature Preserve. Campers will also have opportunities to visit other locations on site, including our farm, garden, and nature center. Daily activities will include things like making bug hotels, practicing bird calls, daily story time, and short hikes.
Will my child be properly supervised?
Yes! We maintain a 6:1 staff to camper ratio or better at all times. All staff are certified in adult/pediatric first aid and CPR and have undergone extensive training on how to keep young children safe and engaged as well as on how to respond to emergency situations.
What will you do to make sure my child stays safe and healthy?
Health and safety are at the top of everyone’s minds these days, and understandably so. We believe that optimal child development occurs in the sweet spot between total, bubble-wrapped safety and moderate risk. Therefore, we never allow children to enter hazardous situations, but we do help them to develop their own risk assessment skills through low-risk activities such as running on uneven surfaces, climbing on low rocks/logs, and trying new things that might seem scary at first (like touching our pet snake, Gwar!).
We require campers to wash their hands frequently, including before and after each meal as well as after using the bathroom, and we sanitize materials regularly. Every staff member is trained in first aid and CPR and carries a first aid kit. They are also trained in preventing dehydration and responding to minor illnesses like upset stomachs. Whenever a child becomes ill or injured, we notify their designated parent/guardian – either immediately or at pick-up, depending on the severity of the concern.
Additionally, we closely follow the recommendations of the Governor as well as the CDC and local public health officials on how to reduce risk of transmission of infectious diseases, including the Coronavirus. Due to the fluid nature of these recommendations, our policies around personal distancing, use of face masks, and other behaviors may change week to week.
Will my child get dirty?
Most likely. Playing outside is dirty business! Your child may also get wet, sandy, or acquire grass stains. For this reason, we recommend sending children to camp in play clothes so that they don’t have to worry about getting them dirty. We also require that parents send a spare change of clothes in case their child becomes uncomfortably wet or muddy during their play and needs to change.
Do you have a preview day or open house for this program?
Yes! Provided stay at home orders have been lifted at that time, families can register for free two hour sessions throughout the day on June 19. Registration is required so that we can ensure everyone has the ability to maintain appropriate physical distancing. Should stay at home orders still be in effect at that time, this date will be pushed back to the Friday prior to the first session we’re able to open.
Can I stay with my child on their first day?
To help reduce risk of spreading communicable disease, parents are not permitted to accompany their children after drop off.
Will meals be provided?
Yes, campers will be provided a nutritious and kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day. Sample menu:
Breakfast – muffin, applesauce, milk/water
Lunch – pita bread, grilled chicken breast, sliced bell peppers & melon, chips, milk/water
Snack – carrot sticks & hummus, water
My child has a food allergy. Can you accommodate it?
We strive to accommodate camper’s dietary needs, but it’s best to make sure. Please contact Shannon, our Food Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s specific needs.