Discovery Southeast’s Outdoor Explorers summer camp focuses on outdoor exploration and hands-on learning in the many incredible forests and beaches of Juneau. Small groups of 4 to 10 children spend the day discovering, playing, and reconnecting with each other and our natural surroundings. Groups will meet directly at the trailhead of the day and will carry all they need in their backpacks. The weekly theme will be the guiding focus of the week and due to small size, leaders can also cater to the curiosities within the small groups.
Our camp is making adjustments to the structure of our camp in response to the current pandemic. We expect to continue to adjust as the summer progresses and will update this page as we go.
What should my child bring?
- In a daypack: Please pack a sack lunch, water, and a snack.
- Please come to camp wearing a well-fitting, comfortable face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Having a dry spare on wet days is really nice!
- Clothes for the weather… usually rain gear, boots, warm layers, and a change of clothes. *If these are hard to come by, just let us know; we may have clothing to loan or give.
How does tuition work?
Full tuition is $260 per week. However, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition. If full tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child.
While tuition is the same as last summer, the price is higher per hour since current camps are shorter days than before. We apologize. It reflects higher staffing costs associated with the pandemic. We want your family’s participation and encourage you to list a lower price if the full price isn’t appropriate for you.
We ask that anyone paying less than $150 per week apply for the city-wide summer scholarships form here. If the city-wide scholarship is awarded, we’ll expect some of it to be used for Outdoor Explorers camp. If a family does not qualify for a city-wide scholarship, we’ll ask that families pay at least $100 per week for camp, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please fill out the CBJ scholarship form within a week of registering.
Is there transportation?
This year families are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the day’s trailhead.
Each week will have a different regional area of focus: Valley, Downtown/Douglas or Central Locations. We will email the day by day schedule to registered families the week before camp begins.
If getting to or from the daily drop off location is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by phone 463-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can we sign up for multiple weeks?
Children may now enroll for every-other week, that is, they must take a week (or more) off in between camps.
Will I ever get off the waitlist?
Yes. We regularly enroll children from the waitlist. If a camp is full, please do sign up on the waitlist, and there’s a good chance we can make it happen. We plan to pull from the waitlist to open up additional groups each week, as well as if a child cancels.
What’s the paperwork?
After registering we have some important paperwork that includes Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers. It’s all contained in our online Participant Agreement, which needs to be completed more than 10 days before camp starts.
This year we’ll also require an online addendum specific to the pandemic.
Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at email@example.com.
Is there a camp for younger kids?
Families can enroll in “bubble camp” (described below), but otherwise we currently only have options for those going into 3rd – 9th grade. While we share the desire to serve younger kids, we want to avoid disease transmission through our camps, as well as protect our naturalists. While upper elementary and middle schoolers have basic ability to monitor their masks, supplies, and social distance, we have not developed that comfort with younger kids, yet.
What’s °°°Bubble Camp°°°?
For extended families or families who have expanded their bubble to include a trusted friend or neighbor, we are offering a custom camp that supports already-defined groups, even younger kids. This can allow children to play and explore with those they’re already exposed to, or simply let families have more say in their children’s groups. While the regular price is slightly higher, we still offer pay as you like tuition for this program! Complete the bubble camp interest list here.
Can I cancel?
- If you cancel more than 10 days in advance, there’s a $25 cancellation fee.
- If you cancel 10 or fewer days in advance, a refund is only possible if we can fill your spot, and if so there’s still the $25 cancellation fee.
- If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 10 days of the camp, or if a child is not allowed to participate due to behavior reasons, that is considered a cancellation 10 or fewer days in advance.
- If your cancellation is due to a participant or household member experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you can opt to be rescheduled for a later week of camp in lieu of a refund.
What is Discovery doing for the coronavirus pandemic?
Many of the above details are new this year for the pandemic. For additional discussion, you are welcome to read our blog post summarizing some considerations here. You can also review our protocols here.
As described above, we will have smaller groups this summer than in the past. We also will be minimizing supplies to avoid touching similar items, minimizing or totally avoiding group transportation, and supporting social distancing and mask-wearing. Campers will regularly be expected to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth. Campers are expected to stay 6 ft apart from others outside their household during the whole day, and we will help them learn what 6 feet looks like.
Those with symptoms of COVID-19, or living with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, will not be able to take part in camp. Upon arrival to camp each day, we will conduct a health screening of each participant. We will take the participant’s temperature with no-touch thermometers as well as ask about any COVID-19 symptoms. We expect parents and children to answer these questions on a daily basis and let us know if anyone in their household develops symptoms of COVID-19.
If the participant or anyone in their household has traveled, we expect families to be complying with the new health mandate requiring testing if traveling here from out of state. We will be reliant on you and your family for your open communication about these things to keep our camps running.
For the safety of our staff and other participants, we ask that you cover your face at drop off and pick up and maintain at least 6 ft from anyone outside of your household. We also remind you to practice social distancing even when you’re not at camp, to avoid large gatherings, and to keep a record of anyone you have come into close contact with.
What’s expected of my child in camp?
Campers are expected to follow directions from the adult leaders in order to keep them and the group safe. Any camper unable to follow safety directions, especially with regard to our pandemic protocols may be asked to be picked up, stay home the next day, or to not return to camp.
Outdoor Explorers summer camp is possible thanks to a community of support.