Stuff People Ask A Lot (FAQ)
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/her for a 7-8th Grade session.
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 the first Saturday in June. 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 together what to do.
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).