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Current Camp Policies and Procedures as of June 9, 2021
- Adhering to strict cleaning protocols of our facilities.
- Small trail group size with low camper to staff ratio.
- Groups will be pre-assigned to limit contact between groups.
- Parents/caregivers should perform a health assessment on their camper every morning. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or feels sick, they will not be permitted to attend camp until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication..
- All campers in kindergarten and above are required to bring a mask to camp. Unvaccinated children kindergarten and up are required to wear masks while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.). Masks are not required outdoors. Pre-school age children are not required to wear a mask.
- Outdoor building structures (shelters, barns) are sometimes used during the camp day during hot or inclement weather. If 2 or more trail groups share these spaces for more than 15 minutes masks will be required.
- Mandatory hand sanitizing will be conducted throughout the day including the start and end of the day.
- Separating drop-off and pick-up locations.
- Use of additional facilities for camp groups.
- Additional procedures to provide the utmost care and well-being for everyone.
CincyNature Camp Drop Off & Pick Up
- At drop-off, campers may arrive no more than 15 minutes before the published start time of camp. Parents or caretakers should please stay in their car for pick-up and drop-off. Please do not drop off your camper in the parking lot to walk in on their own. If you are driving in a carpool, please sign each child in and out individually.
- If a camper or staff member presents with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they will not be permitted to attend camp until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Each day be prepared to sign your child in.
- At pick-up, campers are required to be picked up promptly at the end time of camp each day. Each day be prepared to sign your child out. Parents or caretakers should please stay in their car during pick-up and drop-off.
- Please bring a picture ID to pick-up. All individuals authorized for pick-up listed in our camp system will be printed at noon the Wednesday before the camp start date. Please finalize any authorized pick-up individuals in our UltraCamp system before that date and time. Changes after this date can be communicated to camp staff at drop-off or pick-up for camp. If another adult is to pick up your child or carpool, indicate that person’s name on the sign-in sheet.
- Health forms are required for all campers (except Little Acorns registrants). Your child's health form can be filled out after logging in to your CincyNature Camp (UltraCamp) account.
CincyNature Camp Attendance Policies
- Bug spray and sunscreen: Our staff cannot apply these products to campers. Please apply them to your camper before they are dropped off at camp.
- Children must bring a bag lunch each day, with the exception of children in Little Acorns, Natural Discoveries, and Stories & Trails. We encourage the use of reusable lunch bags and food containers.
- All children must be potty-trained.
- At CincyNature Camps where there is a large age range (such as 5-10 year olds in Enchanted Forest, or 6-13 year olds in Creek Quest, etc.), campers are separated into smaller, age-appropriate. Campers are split based on age to ensure appropriate activities and challenge level for campers. Siblings attending these large age range camps are often separated into different groups.
Attending CincyNature Camp with a Same-Age Friend or Sibling
Children will be divided into small groups for camp. Groups will be preassigned and children will be separated into groups on the first day of camp according to age.
If your child has a friend or relative registered in their camp and you wish to place them in the same trail group, please indicate this on your online health form in your UltraCamp account under “additional information” and we will do our best to accommodate as long as you indicate this TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the start of camp.
If you wish for your child to be placed with a friend or a family member whose ages are not within one year of one another, our policy is to place the older camper with the younger camper’s trail group. The group that your child is assigned to will be your camper’s trail group for the week. Individual groups will not interact with one another.
Cancellation and Transfer Policies
All cancellation requests must be completed online by logging into your camp registration account (UltraCamp) and canceling your camp reservation. To receive a refund, the cancellation must be received online by 9 am two weeks prior to the start of camp.
- All cancellations are subject to a $50 administrative fee per camp per camper.
- Cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice will not be refunded.
- Transfers from one camp into another are considered a cancellation and are subject to the $50 administrative fee per camp per camper. It is the registrant’s responsibility to re-register the camper online.
For Summer 2021, white camp t-shirts with the CincyNature Camp logo are available for purchase for $10 through our camp registration system at the time of check out. The camp and t-shirt order must take place by Friday, May 1, 2021. Camp t-shirts will not be available for purchase after May 1 OR you may send a plain white t-shirt with your camper on the first day of camp.
Due to carefully designed COVID-19 policies, Cincinnati Nature Center staff will not be taking photos to share with participants of camps. If you would like to take a picture of your child before or after camp, please speak with a staff member during drop off or pick up.
A Message from Our Camp Directors
We are looking forward to providing your child with an intimate, special, and safe experience in nature this summer. We created a short video for your camper to get a glimpse of what Monday morning of camp will look like. We hope this will help familiarize you and your camper with our morning procedures.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Now, more than ever, it is so important for your family to stay physically and mentally well. Please be assured that we are making every effort to provide for the best and healthiest camp experience for your child. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer at CincyNature Camp and are very grateful for your support!
Rebekah Cohen | Camp Director
Tisha Luthy | Early Childhood Program Manager/Preschool Director