Summer Day Camps - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We offer camp to children aged 5-9. Children must have turned 5 by the time their camp begins. We also offer a junior leader program to returning campers aged 10-12. For more information on the junior leader program please contact the office.
Can I register my child for more than one camp?
Yes! We offer ten nature camps throughout the summer that each explore a different nature theme. Both daily and weekly registrations are welcome. Note: Junior leaders are limited to two full weeks in the summer.
Who are the camp leaders?
Camp leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, who have experience working with school aged children. Leaders are university students between the ages of 19-30. Our camp leaders thrive on the joys and challenges of teaching about the amazing facets of nature through hands- on creative and fun activities.
What about safety? Are your staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
Yes, at least one leader must be trained in CPR and first aid.
What if my child has special needs?
Morrell Nature Sanctuary aims to accommodate all interested children. However, it is an extremely active camp with a large number of transitions and sensory changes throughout the day. Children are expected to keep up and keep going. They must also be able to follow all directions, rules and expectations independently. Children must participate well with others and follow safety rules without adult prompts.
Please call to discuss your child’s particular needs. If possible, be prepared to discuss any school service plans applicable to your child.
What do campers wear and bring?
Camp will run rain or shine. Campers should dress for the weather and in clothes that can get dirty since we will be outdoors most of the time and occasionally use paint with craft activities. Sturdy walking shoes are required and sandals are not recommended. Campers can also bring a hat, raincoat, sunscreen and bug repellent. Each child is responsible for their own belongings. Please DO NOT send video games, cell phones or iPods, etc. These items are disruptive distractions and are not allowed at camp.
The Morrell Nature Sanctuary takes no responsibility for lost items. Any items we do find (including lunch boxes, shoes, hats, jackets, etc.) are put in lost and found until one month after the end of camp.
When can I register?
All Morrell summer camp registrations begin the first week in May. Please see our registration form for more information.
What is your camper-to-staff ratio?
Our camper to staff ratio is no more than ten campers to one staff member. The number of campers is limited in order to ensure a fun, safe and memorable learning experience for all campers.
May I attend camp with my child?
No. All camps are designed for the appropriate ages to allow them time to bond with kids of their own age.
What if my child needs medication?
The policy of Morrell Nature Sanctuary Summer Camps is to only give emergency, life-saving medications such as epi-pens or rescue inhalers. If your child has other medication needs, such as oral antihistamines and ointments, we ask you administer it before or after camp.
What and how should I pack for lunch?
Please send your child with a snack, lunch and water bottle. Lunches are not and cannot be refrigerated or microwaved. Children will be expected to carry their own lunch and water bottle, as we commonly hike to the lake to eat lunch. If your child has a special food allergy or condition, please note it on the camper registration form.
*Note: We are not a nut-free site, however if your child has a nut allergy we will take the necessary precautions to ensure your child’s wellbeing.
Are sunscreen and bug repellant provided?
Due to allergies and sensitivities of some children’s skin, we ask that you apply these things at home BEFORE arriving at camp. Your campers may bring their own to camp for application. Leaders will not reapply.
Some children are sensitive to chemical scents so we ask that you don’t use heavily scented fabric softeners, shampoos, hand lotions or sunscreen.
What are your bathroom policies?
All campers must be toilet trained. When campers are at camp, they use the Woods Room bathrooms or outhouses. Please send a change of clothes in case of an accident.