We are very excited for our 2018 camp season! If you are a new camp family, please review the following information to answer any questions you and your camper may have regarding this new experience. For returning families, this information will also be a valuable review of important information you may have forgotten during those cold winter months! As always, please reach out via phone or email (found below) with any questions you may have.
Hidden Pines Ranch provides lessons of many kinds for your child. Campers will be scheduled for areas like character/team building, horseback riding, archery, canoeing and camping skills. If you do not want your child to participate in an activity, please make us aware of your wishes in writing – send an email to the camp address outlining your concerns. In the absence of your written request(s), we will gently encourage campers to experience the variety of activities we offer, and even inspire them to conquer personal challenges. Five-day/week campers are scheduled for two lessons per activity each week; three-day/week campers are scheduled for one lesson per activity each week.
We spend our days enjoying the outdoors, but a member of our staff will always be near the phone to answer your call or return messages promptly. If you leave a message, please include details of why you are calling and how best to contact you.
Regular camp hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We encourage campers to arrive 10 minutes early. We start and end our day at flag where we sing songs, perform skits and make announcements. Missing these announcements can affect your child’s camp day, so please make sure your child is present.
Extended day hours begin at 7:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Please be mindful of these hours as a courtesy to our staff.
Your child will meet his/her counselor and the other campers in his/her group. There will be a lot of excitement! During morning drop-off, please do not block the circle, and try to pull ahead as far as possible. Staff will be directing traffic, so please help with congestion by staying in your vehicle and allowing our staff to greet you and your child at the car. Please drive cautiously and remain alert.
You are always welcome to park and take more time to drop your child off in the morning or avoid two-way traffic on the driveway in the afternoon. To park, just follow the sign to staff parking – carefully turning left at the fork about halfway up the driveway. You may park anywhere in the pasture/parking area.
Campers arriving before 8:10 a.m. will need to sign in with the supervising extended day counselor. Campers arriving after 8:10 a.m. will be greeted by camp staff. They will help them locate their group counselor. Please do not park or block the flow of traffic, and do your best to keep the drop-off process moving.
To ensure full participation and safety of the campers, please make sure your child is wearing proper shoes. Appropriate shoes are tennis shoes or sandals with straps. Do not send your child to camp with flip flops as his/her only option.
The first car in line will be directed to STOP at top of the wooded drive by the swing set (forming a line of cars as close to the right side of the driveway as possible) until motioned to proceed forward at the conclusion of closing flag. Staff will assist campers in meeting their ride by the tennis court after the driver has driven around the circle and come to a stop as directed by the camp staff. Campers are not to cross the blacktop to meet their ride.
Parents are always welcome to visit their child at camp, and when you visit, please sign in at the camp office and pick up a visitor tag. It is not possible for us, however, to allow campers to invite friends or relatives to attend camp with them.
If you need to pick your child up before afternoon flag, please park (follow parking instructions above) and come to the camp office to sign your child out. Please let both our team and your child know in advance of your plans to pick your child up early, so they may be back from more remote activity areas and ready for early departure.
Lost & Found items are kept in the area between the garage and the pole barn. Please take frequent opportunities to re-collect your child’s belongings. Each year, a large number of unlabeled towels, clothing and footwear items are donated to various missions by the end of August.
What Not To Bring:
We ask that campers do not bring valuable personal belongings to camp, as we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged items. Cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices are not permitted at camp.
Lockers or baskets are provided for storage during the camp season.
What To Bring:
- Water Bottle
- Rain Gear
- Insect Repellent
- Lunch (Insulated bags work well)
- Backpack or Bag that can Hang (To keep your belongings together)
- Swimsuit and Towel (For water activities)
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Helmets (Required for all bike and horse riding. Camp has a limited number of helmets for shared use.)
- Shoes (Flip Flops should NOT be worn to camp, but they can live in lockers, ready for some water fun!)
- Tennis Rackets (We have tennis rackets at camp, but campers are welcome to bring their own. Label it please! Camp does have some rackets.)
Sturdy shoes with heels – we do have enough to share. Long pants for horseback riding that can be worn over shorts or swimsuit – we have some for sharing. Riding Helmet – we have enough to share, however, you are welcome to supply your own. Please know only official riding helmets are allowed.
Please Put Your Child’s Name On Everything He/She Brings, Including:
Towels, socks, underwear or anything else your child may lose throughout the day. (Many campers wear their swimsuits under their clothes each day and leave socks and/or underwear at home. This minimizes the lost and found hunt.)
Please pack your campers lunch in an insulated cooler or bag. Please help us keep waste to a minimum. Prepackaged lunch options are very convenient; however, they do generate a great deal of waste. Your help in controlling waste is appreciated.
All medications are to be turned into the office in its original container (no envelopes, plastic bags, etc.) with written directions for use and your child’s name clearly marked. Please attempt to deliver these to camp before the first day to ensure proper care and attention is given.
Please Notify the Camp:
- If a camper will be absent, call before 8:00 a.m. if possible.
- If a camper has special needs/concerns, please let us know before camp starts.
We look forward to sharing a GREAT summer with you at Hidden Pines Ranch!