Stuff People Ask A Lot (FAQ)
Summer Camp 2020 FAQ:
Q: Given the situation with COVID-19, are you having camp this year?
A: No and yes. But mostly no. We will not have camp as we've grown to know and love it. All sessions of camp on the property have been cancelled. Please read here to learn more about our reasoning and decision-making processes. We WILL still be connecting and supporting our families, however, with Gales Creek Camp-at-Home program. Sign up here. It's totally free. Your campers will get a Camp Kit in the mail, and we'll send them invitations to interactive virtual camp activates during their camp week.
Q: We were registered for camp before all this started, and we've already made payments for camp this year. What happens to the money?
A: You have three options. Please click here to let us know how you would like us to process any payments you've already made for 2020.
- A credit to your account. You can use it for your camp fees in 2021.
- A full refund. This will be processed in the same form as your payment. If you paid by credit card, your card will be refunded. If you paid by check, a check will be issued to you.
- Or, if you are able, you can choose to donate whatever you've paid to Gales Creek Camp, which will help fund the Camp-at-Home program.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out here.
Q: This was going to be my camper's final year at Gales Creek Camp. Is there anything you can do to make this situation better?
A: We are certainly going to try! We are making last-year campers a priority in our planning. Ideas range from putting them first in line if we get the chance to do a special day or weekend at camp, to sending them on an adventure with one of our nonprofit partners (don't want to give away any surprises), to "red-shirting" them for 2021. We intend to do everything we can to make it up to them!
Q: When does registration open?
A: January 10 at 10am. Click here to register.
Q: Do I register my camper for the session matching the grade they are going into or the grade they are completing?
A: The grade the are completing. For example, if your camper is in 8th grade before camp starts and 9th grade after camp ends, register him or her for a 7/8th Grade session. It can be confusing because the registration system we use asks for your camper's grade in the FALL, but please register them for the grade they will complete before summer camp. We know this is confusing and we're working with our software provider to address it. Sorry :-(
Q: I'm in the registration system and I'm not seeing the sessions for my kiddo's grade group.
A: You probably entered the grade your kiddo is in now instead of the one they are going into in the fall. It's not your fault. The system is kind of confusing (see above Q&A). To fix it, just go to your ACCOUNT page on the toolbar, click on your child's name, and click EDIT MY BIO INFORMATION.
Q: My camper wants to sign up for a grade-level group above or below his or her actual grade-level group. Can we do this?
A: No. Our camps are designed to be age-appropriate. That means if we have children who are too old or too young in a session, it can necessitate individualized adjustments by our camp staff to meet everyone's needs. This can diminish the camp experience for all kids. Your camper will have a ball in his or her own age group. There will be fun friends in every session.
Hesitant Parent FAQ:
Q: We just heard about Gales Creek Camp and are interested in joining the fun. However, we'd like to see the place first. Our camper is too old for Family Camp. Is there another way we can visit camp before committing?
A: Yes! A very good time to visit camp, get a tour, meet our staff and other families is during the Open House event. Lunch is included. Arrive around noon. It's best if you sign up so we know how much food to prepare. The Open House is part of Camp Cleanup and Open House Day. You are welcome to volunteer for the cleanup part, but it's in no way required or expected.
Q: My camper hasn't spent much time away from home and might be nervous to sleep over at camp. Can parents stay overnight, too?
A: No. Other than family camps, our camps are just for kids! Part of the summer camp experience for children is discovering their own inner strength and independence. Our camp staff are trained in "nervous and homesick." Give your camper a chance. If your child finds he or she just isn't ready to stay the whole week, we'll give you a call and decide what to do together.
Follow-up Q: Can I come visit every day?
A: No. Sorry. But that's an awesome question!
Q: My camper went to family camp last year and loved it. But I'm not sure (s)he is ready for the regular week-long camp. Can we do overnight family camp a second time?
A: No. Overnight family camp is the last step before your camper goes on to regular camp. Remember, part of camp is about growing toward independence. Give them a chance to try it out. Also, because family camp is always full, we don't want anyone to miss out on their first opportunity.
Q: My camper LOVES camp and wants to attend two sessions in one summer. Is this possible?
A: No. We want to reach as many T1D kids as possible each summer. This means everyone gets to come once per year. But there are options: if you're looking for more summer camp opportunities, check out our pals at Chris Dudley Camp. You might also look at the unique T1D Buddy Camp diabetes camp opportunity in Central Oregon.
Follow-up Q: Can my camper come again next summer?
A: Definitely. In fact, if your camper doesn't come back we're going to take it personally. Just kidding. But, seriously, we expect campers to come back every year! Studies show that summer camp is especially good at building independence and self-care skills when a camper returns year after year. It's all about reinforcement and peer-practice!
Q: My camper is on a continuous glucose monitor. Is it allowed at camp?
A: Yes. Gales Creek Camp allows continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). If you plan to bring one, you can read the complete CGM Policy here. Please note, doctors will not bolus based on CGM readings, CGM transmitter sites will not be replaced at camp, and Gales Creek Camp will not be responsible for lost or broken transmitters or receivers (and cell phones are still not permitted at camp so your CGM will need its factory receiver).