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All cancellations or changes must be submitted in writing.
- You are welcome to change sessions as needed at no cost, provided there is space available in your desired session, and the session length is greater than or equal to the currently enrolled session. If you switch to a session that is shorter in length, the below policy applies.
- All cancellations made prior to March 1st: Tuition returned, less $50 cancellation fee.
- Cancellations made between March 1st & May 1st: Tuition returned, less $500 non-refundable deposit
- Any cancellations made after May 1st: No refundCampers sent home for disciplinary reason or because of homesickness: No refund.
- Camper sent home due to illness or injury: No refund.
- Bus fee is always non-refundable.
- We highly recommend purchasing Camp Tuition Insurance to cover your expense in the event you should need to cancel. Camp Tuition Insurance is available through Travmark or AMSkier. Please remember that Camp Tuition Insurance is the only way to be reimbursed for camp expenses should something expected come up for your family. This includes canceling camp due to concern over poor air quality caused by wildfires. Mountain Camp operates in the National Forest on a special USFS lease and we will only close if ordered by the Health and Human Services Department or other appropriate governing body.
If you discover that your camper left something at camp, please call our office within 2 weeks to claim your item. If found, we are happy to mail the missing item home to you. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity after 2 weeks. While we hope to reunite you with lost items, please understand that Mountain Camp is not responsible for lost items. Labeling your camper’s clothes is a great help when claiming missing items. Thank you!
The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience. Founded in 1910, ACA is the only nationally recognized body, which accredits all types of camps throughout the United States. Mountain Camp has been a member of ACA since 1988.
Campers all arrive on Sunday and drop off is between 2pm and 4pm. Campers depart on a Saturday and pick up is between 9:30am and 11:30am.
Over 60% of our campers return to camp each year and approximately 50% of our staff return each year.
The weather during the day ranges from the low 70s to the high 80s. At night it can cool down to the mid-50s, but is typically in the mid-60s. The water temperature is typically in the mid 60s. It’s a little cooler in the beginning of summer and a bit warmer in the end of the summer.
Our staff to camper ratio is 1:4.
The campers sleep in cabins of their same age and gender. Cabins sleep 8-14 campers per cabin with 2-3 counselors. The cabins have wooden style bunks with a twin mattress that has a plastic cover on it. Campers will need a sleeping bag and pillow.
When filling out the application, you will be asked to enter up to 3 bunk or cabin mate requests. In order to ensure cabin mate requests, BOTH campers must request one another and be no more than one school grade apart. Cabin mate requests can can also be sent via email after you’ve completed your camper application.
There are three shower houses at camp. A boys only shower house on the boy’s side of camp which has 8 showers, toilets and sinks. A girls only shower house on the girl’s side of camp with 8 showers, toilets and sinks. And our main shower house located in our Main Lodge which has 4 showers, toilets and sinks for each gender. The showers in all of the houses are individual curtained shower stalls.
We offer a vegetarian and gluten free option at every meal. Campers will sign up to be on the vegetarian list or gluten free list at the beginning of camp. We also have a salad bar at every lunch and dinner. Any other dietary needs should be discussed with the office before your camper comes to camp.
Mountain Camp follows ACA accreditation standards. A registered nurse is a regular member of the staff and most of our staff are certified in Red Cross First Aid. Hospital service is available in Placerville, 33 miles away, if required. All medications are kept in the nurse’s station located in the center of camp. The camper will visit the nurse’s station and take the medication as directed on the completed medical form. Counselors are made aware of any camper medication and the nurse keeps a log of all medications taken.
Unfortunately, Mountain Camp is not available for site rentals.
During the activity periods at camp, campers move within the 3 activity areas with their specific age group (Trailblazers, Trackers and Alpiners). Because age ranges vary by session, we divide the age groups into thirds based on incoming grade level.
Letters and Packages shipped through USPS or Amazon:
Name of Camper and Cabin (if known)
PO Box 1348
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
Packages shipped through UPS or FedEx:
Name of Camper and Cabin (if known)
100 Wrights Road
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
Campers deposit money in the camp store either with cash or check when they arrive at camp, or online anytime under ‘View Accounts’.
Unless you request a refund (only for amounts over $10.00), any remaining store money is donated to the Mountain Camp Scholarship Fund. Campers have the opportunity to visit the store a few times during a session. The store carries many items including toiletries, batteries, postcards, stamps, sweatshirts, sweatpants, t shirts, hats, beanies, CD’s & many more items. There is no food available in the camp store.
Yes! The directors have 4 dogs who hang out at camp. The dogs live with the directors, but can often be seen around camp and are always up to play!
Mountain Camp requires that all campers be immunized per the 2019 CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule (http://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-231.pdf) as prevention for all communicable diseases such as Influenza, Measles, Whooping Cough, Chicken Pox, etc. Medical exemptions can be made with a physician’s statement. If your child develops symptoms of any communicable diseases, they will be masked, quarantined and sent home immediately. Mountain Camp reserves the right to send unvaccinated campers home in the event of a communicable disease outbreak.