Parent Corner

Welcome Parents!

This space is meant to help answer questions that you have about camp!

Open House

We invite you to visit Killoqua on either Saturday, May 6 or Saturday, June 24, from 2-4 p.m. to tour camp and meet our staff.  Your family will enjoy it and your child will benefit from it!  No RSVP is required.

Balance of Fee

Remember, the balance of your fee must be paid no later than two weeks before camp.  No camp fees will be accepted at camp.  If an emergency makes it impossible to pay before this time, please notify the office, or your deposit and reservation will be forfeited.  You may pay your balance by check, Visa or MasterCard.  A $10 processing fee will be charged on all returned checks.  Access your UltraCamp account to make payments.

Health History, Medications and Wellness

Our health history form is an online form included with your confirmation paperwork. Please fill out the form at least two weeks prior to your child’s camp session. Please note: our immunization record requirements have been updated. We now require the date of the last tetanus shot.  If medication is brought, it must be in its original container with prescription and/or store label.  All medication is kept and dispensed by the nurse.

Please help us keep camp a healthy place.  If your child shows signs of illness (fever, coughing, sore throat or vomiting) in the 72 hours before your session starts, keep your child home and contact camp for advisement.  We take many steps to encourage healthy group living while at camp, including frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, regular cleaning of common spaces and disinfection of living spaces between sessions.

Packing for Resident Camp

Packing for camp is fun for your child and for you! The packing list document will help you make sure your camper has everything they need while they are at camp. Please remember to label your child’s belongings!

Resident Camp Packing List

We believe that summer camp is one of the few environments where children can truly be ‘unplugged’ from technology. Unplugging helps kids develop face-to-face social skills and authentic personal relationships while at camp. Having a cell phone at camp will most likely prevent your camper from enjoying the full camp experience. Please help us provide this experience for your child by leaving cell phones and other screens/internet capable devices at home.

Packing for Day Camp

Many activities are outdoors, so please come dressed for outdoor activities; socks, shoes (no sandals, please) shorts, a sweater or sweatshirt, and a swimsuit and towel for swimming days.  Bring a pair of long pants for hikes.  Remember to plan for the weather – hats and sunscreen on hot days and a raincoat on rainy days.  Each camper needs to bring a sack lunch (non-perishable food only, please) and a water bottle.  A daypack is suggested for children to carry their clothing and lunch.

An outline of the session’s program will be given to each camper on the first day of camp. This newsletter will introduce the counselors, and include information on what days campers will go swimming, what day they will cook out (no packed lunch necessary that day), and what day they will tie dye. Have a white t-shirt or white item, i.e. socks, available if your child would like to tie dye.

Please leave all toys at home, unless the camp director has granted permission.  Camp Killoqua or Camp Fire is not responsible for camper possessions and the use of personal equipment brought to camp.  Pets are not allowed at camp.

Lost & Found

Items will be taken to the Camp Fire Snohomish County Office in Everett one week after the closing day of camp and held until September 1st.  PLEASE MARK EVERYTHING BROUGHT TO CAMP WITH YOUR CAMPER’S NAME.

Transportation / Directions to Camp

Parents of resident campers furnish transportation to and from camp.  The camp entrance is across the road from Wenberg County Park.  Take the Wenberg/Smokey Point Exit #206 from Interstate 5, north of Marysville.  Go west on Highway #531 (Lakewood Road) for 2.2 miles to a stop sign.  Turn right and continue 3.5 miles (still on #531/Lakewood Road).  Turn left onto E. Lake Goodwin Road and continue 1.5 miles; Wenberg is on the right, and the Killoqua entrance is on the left.  Our staff will meet you in the camp parking lot.  Campers who need to drive themselves to camp must make prior arrangements with the camp director.

In day camp, parents can drive their camper to camp or they have the option to pay for transportation on the camp bus from the pickup site options listed here.

Arrival At Camp (Resident Camp)

When you get to camp:

  1. Deliver luggage at camp entrance.
  2. Continue to the meadow/lodge to receive your child’s cabin assignment.
  3. Health form, any money for the store and any medications are turned in at this time (do not pack these items in luggage)
  4. Continue to your child’s unit to meet the counselor and sign in your child.

Staff will meet you in the parking lot to guide you through the check-in process. Please leave your dogs at home.

All Resident Camp Sessions start on Sunday and end on Saturday.
Arrival time:         Between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please arrive on-time, so your child may participate in all the first-day welcoming activities.

Departure time:  SATURDAY at 10 am.  Join us for a short closing ceremony on the last day (arrive 15 minutes before it starts).

 

Arrival at Camp (Day Camp)

Day Campers will check in at our parking lot in the Welcome Shelter, or at the transportation drop sites, if your camper is riding the bus.

Please arrive by 9 am each day, so that your camper does not miss any of the day’s activities. Day camp ends at 4pm each day, and extended hours are available at camp from 7:30-9 AM and 4-5:30 PM.

Swim Check

All campers will be tested for swimming skills by the waterfront staff, and then placed in the swimming level that will result in the greatest benefits to the camper.

Camp Store

The Trading Post is where you will find the latest in Camp Killoqua merchandise.  Items include T-shirts, sweatshirts, stuffed animals, waterbottles, toothbrushes and even stamps are available.  Clothing prices range from $10 to $30. Resident campers can turn money in to the camp bank upon arrival if they would like to purchase items, and day campers can bring money on Friday if they would like to go to the camp store after camp is over on Friday.

 

Camp Killoqua Communication Information

Sending Mail To Your Child

We encourage you to send mail to your child during the camp session.  Especially for newer campers, mail is reassuring and fun to receive.  Please keep notes cheerful and encouraging, and focus on activities at camp.  Mail is delivered each full day at rest hour.  We encourage you to send postal mail, and also offer e-mail for your convenience.  New this year, our camper email system is included in your online account for a small fee.  Please note, campers don’t have computer access, so if they respond, it will be by USPS mail.  When sending USPS mail to camp, please address it to:

“Camper Name”, “Unit”
Camp Killoqua
15207 East Lake Goodwin Road
Stanwood, WA  98292

Sending Email to your Camper

One way camper email is available for purchase within your online registration account. Please direct any questions after registration to the Camp Fire Office at 425-258-5437.

Emergency Contact at Camp

In the event of a personal/family emergency where you need to reach a camp director after hours, please call our on call phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx.

No Cell Phones, please

Outside of camp, you may be used to contacting your child by cell phone.  At camp, we have a “no cell phone” policy.  Aside from being expensive, and easy to break or get stolen, cell phones may prevent us from helping campers settle into camp, since they may try to talk to you instead of our staff.  When kids come to camp, they – and you – are allowing our staff to be their primary caretakers.  This is a great act of faith for a parent, and we intend to earn and keep that trust.  Sending a cell phone is akin to saying to your child that you haven’t come to peace with them being in our care.  It also prevents them from truly settling into the special world we create at camp.

We work diligently to partner with parents.  Should your child have a challenge adjusting to camp, we will call you to explain the situation and request your advice.  You can help by talking with your child before camp and telling them that there is always someone to whom they can reach out, whether it’s the counselor, unit coordinator, an activity leader, nurse or even the director.  We specifically introduce campers to many staff on the first day, to help them feel comfortable.  We appreciate your assistance!

Communication After Camp

We take the safety and well-being of our campers seriously. During camp, safety and respect are emphasized in our activities. After camp, even though campers are not under our supervision, we remain concerned about their safety. Because campers now use the Internet, cell phones, and text messaging, we appeal to you as parents and guardians to help us maintain a safe environment for your child.  Please review these details; we hope you will share them with your camper, too.

Campers and Social Networking Sites

Social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and other communication between campers can be a positive extension of the camp experience. When used responsibly, these sites are great places to exchange camp stories and keep in touch with friends.  Since we emphasize positive and respectful communication at camp, we ask that campers continue to be positive and respectful in their correspondence. This includes using appropriate language and always acting in a non-threatening manner. If the rare circumstance arises that your child receives a threatening message and you suspect the sender is a fellow camper, please contact camp administration immediately.

Contacting Staff After Camp

Campers often develop positive mentor relationships with camp staff, and may want to keep in touch after summer.  We have set up a communication format that benefits and protects both campers and seasonal staff.  Here’s how it works: If your child would like to contact a staff member, please help them write a letter to that person, and mail it to the address above.  We’ll forward the letter to the staff member, and encourage them to write back.  Staff responses are mailed to camp, and then forwarded to you.  This system keeps communication linked to camp after both campers and staff are no longer on-site.  It also encourages campers to write letters – a skill we feel is important for kids to practice.  We ask seasonal staff to not communicate with campers via the Internet, phone, or in person, since this is not monitored by camp.  Please help us support this policy, for the security of both your child and our staff members.  Summer camp is a special experience, and these measures keep it that way all year.

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