Discovery Camp Frequently Asked Questions

How do you guarantee a safe outdoor learning experience?

 ·Our instructors are highly qualified, enthusiastic individuals who receive background checks, take part in a rigorous interview process, and are first aid and CPR certified. 

· A minimum of one instructor for every ten children is present for any outdoor activity, and at least two instructors are present with each group, regardless of the size. 

· During on-site overnight campouts as well as off-site day trips, a minimum of one adult instructor will be present with every six children.

· During boating trips and off-site camping trips a minimum of one adult  instructor will be present with every six children. 

· As an additional precaution, Campus Police Officers are present on Arboretum grounds during hours of operation and are on call for overnight campouts.


What is a “rising grade”?

 A rising grade is the grade the child will enter into during the 2014-2015 school year.


What time does camp begin and end?

 All school-age (K-12) camps begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm, with the exception of camps including overnight campouts. Before Care starts at 8:00 am and is available for an additional fee of $35.00 for members and $40.00 for the general public. Pre-K camps begin at 9:30 am and end at 11:30 am.


Where should I drop off and pick up my child?

Drop Off: When you come into the Arboretum Property, drive up to the Education Center.  For the first morning of camp, you may either park in the main public parking lot and walk up to the Education Center, or for drop-off only, you may park temporarily in the circle in front of the building while you walk your child down to camp. After you have parked, escort your child to the glass doors on the downhill side of the building.  The first morning of camp, you will be greeted by a staff member who will introduce you to camp and who will double check the contact information we have on file for your child.  For all other mornings, please walk your child down to the classroom

Pick Up: For pick-up, please park in the main parking lot and walk up to the circle or pull into the circle in front of the Education Center and remain with your car.  We will bring the students out to the circle when we are prepared to leave.  Please do not come down to the classroom early unless you have arranged something ahead of time with the instructors. On Friday afternoon, we will be hosting a slide show in our classroom at 4:00 pm to show everyone photos from our week.  If you plan on attending this, please park in the main lot and walk down to the classroom for the short slide show.


What should we bring to camp?

For each day of camp, your child needs to bring:
1. Water Bottle
2. Lunch
(healthy snacks provided to campers by Earth Fare)
3. Complete Change of Clothes
4. Optional: Hat, Raincoat, Camera, Sunscreen (child must be able to apply own sunscreen – staff are not allowed to apply medications to any children)

Your child should NOT bring:
1. Cell Phone - leave them at home and enjoy the outdoors!!!
2. Other Electronics (music player, iPod, etc.)
3. Pocket Knives or weapons of any kind.
If we find out your child has any of these items, they will be confiscated and returned to the parent or guardian at the end of the day.

If your child is attending a camp that includes a campout, on the morning of the campout, your child needs to bring:
1. Water bottle
2. Two Lunches
3. Change of clothes
4. Flashlight with fresh batteries
5. Sweater or warm jacket
6. Sleeping bag
7. Closed toe shoes
8. Day pack or book bag
9. Overnight bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc...)  
10. OPTIONAL ITEMS:  small pillow, sandals, book to read, etc.
The same list of prohibited items still applies.

Dinner and Breakfast are provided by Earth Fare.  Your child will, however, still need to bring a lunch for both the day of the campout and the following day. We do our best to respect and accommodate any dietary needs we are informed of.  If you have any questions or concerns about the meals we will provide or about the campout in general, please contact the Discovery Camp Coordinator at


Is financial assistance available?

Households that meet financial need criteria may be eligible for Camperships. Availability is limited and funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Call (828) 665-2492 ext. 228 to inquire.


What if I have other questions?

Contact Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator and Discovery Camp Director, at or (828) 665-2492 ext. 228.


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