FAQ Summer Camp

Wild Bear Nature Center has made the very thoughtful decision to open up summer camp for school age children beginning June 1, 2020

Following are FAQ from parents and community members

  1. How do I register or update my current registration?
    1. We are changing out registration system for this summer to accommodate our changing model. Please call with any questions and to register at 303.258.0495
  2. What if the cost is an issue for my family?
    1. There are assistance programs available to help offset camp fees for families in need.
    2. Follow this link to learn more about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), to learn more and see if you qualify.
    3. Wild Bear is also building a scholarship fund for families in need that may not qualify for CCAP. Please contact us if you think you’d qualify, or if you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund.
  3. How is Wild Bear adhering to public health guidelines at camp?
    1. Click here to visit our COVID-19 Policy page to learn more.
  4. Can I sign my child(ren) up for just a day or week at a time?
    1. Due to our new model that is based off of public health guidelines, we are no longer able to have campers come for just a day or two, accept drop-ins, or have children for only a week a time. We are asking families to sign up blocks at a time and for consistent days. Please see this link for the parameters that we are asking parents to commit to.
  5. What do Wild Bear Camps look like this summer?
    1. We are adapting our classic model to fit health concerns, and provide safe experiences for all. We are no longer able to take drop-ins or one day sign up. We are asking for 3-4 weeks commitments for the same 2-4 days a week from families to reduce risks of exposure. Follow this link to learn more.
  6. Does my child have to wear a mask at camp?
    1. We are requiring staff and children to have masks daily at camp, please follow this link to learn more about our specific policies regarding masks.
  7. Can we take the shuttle from Boulder?
    1. We will not have the staff this year, nor are we going to encourage public transit this summer, to reduce risks. We know this is the way many families would transport their child(ren) in the past, and deeply apologize for any inconvenience.
  8. What camps are being offered this summer?
    1. Follow this link to explore our 2020 offerings!
  9. What will the max camp group size be?
    1. The maximum number of children per group will be 8, with two instructors for a total of 10 individuals per group size. Campers will be with the same instructors and other campers for the duration of their camp session.
  10. Are NCAR Fridays still an option?
    1. Unfortunately NCAR Fridays are cancelled this year, as the research center is closed, and Wild Bear will be closed on Fridays. We apologize for any inconvenience and very much look forward to offering this program again in 2021.
  11. How will drop-off and pick-up work?
    1. At drop-off and pick-up we will be using the following procedures:
    2. We ask that EVERYONE wears a mask during drop-off and pick-up. Parent to stay in the vehicle, and a staff member will come to the vehicles first come first served to check in the campers.
    3. Drop-off and pick up will occur between 8:30-9AM at your child(ren)’s camp location, with pick-up between 3:30-4:00PM.
    4. Curbside drop off and pickup! Parents will wait in their car with their child until staff has signed your child in and we have confirmed your child has arrived with mandatory supplies: Wild Bear supply pack, mask (clean), full lunch, full water bottle and sunscreen.  Your child will apply their own sunscreen throughout the day.
  12. Will the Nature Center to the general public?
    1. Currently the Nature Center is closed to the public. We are working closely with the town of Nederland, Boulder County Public Health, and others to make an informed decision on how and when to reopen.
  13. How can I be sure that other families will be honoring public health guidelines?
    1. While we are not responsible or in control of what families and individuals do outside of the camp environment, we are asking families to sign a contract, and strongly encouraging them to use every precaution in their day to day activities while not at camp and consider not only their health, but the health of everyone involved in Wild Bear summer camps.
  14. How are staff staying safe while at camp and at home?
    1. Staff are trained thoroughly on Wild Bear’s and Public Health guidelines, have signed a contract of compliance, and are strongly encouraged to maintain best practices for theirs and others’ health and safety in their personal time as well.
  15. What are my options if the new model doesn’t work for my family?
    1. If you were previously registered under our original model, and you are not able to fit the new set up, you are entitled to a refund, or we encourage you to consider donating some or all of your camp fees to our scholarship fund to help offset fees for families that our in need due to the financial burden this pandemic has caused for many.
  16. Will social distancing be possible at camp? How will Wild Bear encourage this?
    1. Wild Bear has worked tirelessly to develop policies and procedures to keep everyone safe at camp. We are going to set guidelines with each and every camper about social distancing, hand washing, not touching faces, and staying healthy. However, kids will be kids, and we know maintaining a 6ft distance at all times will be extremely difficult. We will do our best to maintain distance, plan activities that encourage distance, that are safe but still fun and enriching.
    2. Talking to your child(ren) at home about the importance of trying their best to keep their distance, hands away from their face,, wearing a mask when able to and all other personal safety steps will help us manage it at camp in a big way. Thank you!
  17. What is the protocol if a camper, staff member, or any of their inner circle exhibits symptoms or becomes ill?
    1. In the unfortunate situation of someone in the Wild Bear camp community exhibiting symptoms or becoming ill, we have the following plan in place:
    2. If a child or staff member shows any symptoms of COVID-19, they will be presumed to have the virus. We will be required by Boulder County Public Health to close the center for 72 hours, and the child or staff member will be required to self-isolate at home until:
      1. The child or staff have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is 3 full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fever) AND 
      2. Other symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND If a child or staff member shows any symptoms of COVID-19, they will be presumed to have the virus. We will be required by Boulder County Public Health to close the center for 72 hours, and the child or staff member will be required to self-isolate at home until: At least 7 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared
      3. The child or staff have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is 3 full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fever) AND 
  18. What is the inclement weather and emergency evacuation for Wild Bear camps?
    1. In case of an emergency, the Nederland Community Center or the Wild Bear Nature Center will be used for shelter and a meet up point for all camp programs.
  19. What does my child have to bring to the camps each day? 
    1. Please see our Happy Camper Checklist for a list of required items and actions to be taken before the child arrives at camp
  20. What paper work do I have to fill out before the camps start?
    1. Parents must complete the 2020 Intake Form and submit the documents listed on that form. Parents must also complete the Covid-19 acknowledgement contract sent to their email that details the specifics of Wild Bear’s response and limitations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Updated 5.15.2020

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