Stuff People Ask A Lot (FAQ)

Registration FAQ:

Q: I think I forgot my username or password from a couple years ago and I can't get the system to send me a reset. What now?
A: It's probably not you! We got a new registration system in 2017 and you may need to create a whole new account. If you registered in 2017 and the system is still giving you trouble, just give us a call and we will cross-reference some of your personal info and find your account.

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: 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. Also, because family camp is always full, we don't want anyone to miss out on their first opportunity.


Session FAQ:

Q: My camper LOVES camp and wants to come back for a second session 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 summer. (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!


Diabetes FAQ:

Q: My camper is on a continuous glucose monitor. Is it allowed at camp?
A: Yes. This year, Gales Creek Camp is allowing continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). If you plan to bring one, you can read the

complete CGM policy. 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).