Camp Policies

2021 SUMMER CANCELLATION POLICY

Full refunds are only provided for customer cancellations on opening registration weekend between Jan 16 - 18.

Partial refunds are provided between January 18 and up to April 30th. During this time customer cancellations will incur a $30 fee to cover third party registration, ACH and administrative expenses.

No refunds are provided after April 30th. After this date refunds are generally not available for client cancellations. Under extraordinary circumstances Adventures in Cardboard may offer a partial refund, and if a camper contracts covid-19 or is warranted to quaratine having been exposed to corinavirus then Adventures in Cardboard will certainly prorate a refund for the days lost. Even under such circumstances, even if we are able to fill a vacted slot, the company will still charge a $30 fee to cover third party registration, ACH and administrative expenses.

Shutdowns If camp is forced to close down for a week under government orders or from our own judgement about safety based on conditions stemming from a pandemic, a natural disaster or social instability, Adventures in Cardboard will refund all of our charges, but our third party registration provider will not. Active's non-refundable portion* includes a .35% transaction fee on all sales plus a flat $5.45 processing fee for each session of camp.

Instead of a partial refund, Adventures in Cardboard will gladly roll your full tuition into a future week of camp without extra expenses applied.

*Active offers additional protection through a product called ACTIVE Refund which will cover your full tuition should you not be able to attend camp for a variety fo reasons. However, you must purchase this product when you register and it does not cover every circumstance. Please read Active's policy here to see if it's what you may need and if it will work for you.

 

Weather Cancellations We never refund any day of camp cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Safety or Distress Terminations Adventures in Cardboard may terminate sessions of camp for an individual camper without a refund if that camper's behavior presents a danger to themselves or others or if a continuing willful behavior is a constant stress on others at camp. Usually a camper's session is only terminated after coaching with counselors fails and a camper continues to willfully exhibit problematic behavior. If the seriousness of the situation warrants however, or if the behavior presents danger, termination may be immediate.

To help avoid this situation, expectations for all campers are laid out clearly in your confirmation email. Please look over these expectaions with your children and help them have the best experience they can have.

 

How are we adapting to Covid 19?

We work to minimize the risk of transmission by operatibng in smaller groups, by operating entirely outdoors and by maintaining physical distancing between persons while in face masks. Sterilizing equipment and hand washing can also help, but it is believed that this virus is transmitted mostly from doses of aerosolized particles over a period of time. We’re learning from epidemiology that the virus disperses quickly outdoors and that transmission is much more likely to happen indoors where it can linger and build up in quantity. Outdoors transmission is more of a threat when viral doses pass from person to person in close proximity over long periods of time or when massive doses are transferred all at once with something like a sneeze or cough in the face.

Of course there is ALWAYS a risk of transmission between people in any social gathering, but from everything we’ve read, being outdoors in mask while maintaining the advised physical distance is one of the least risky out-of-the-home activities for catching COVID 19. And the trade off in health may be worth the risk.

Operating under our new guidelines and in smaller social gatherings is something we must do until a vaccine is created or until effective treatments for the disease are developed. As we proceed with caution, here’s how Adventures in Cardboard proposes to minimize our staff's and camper's exposure to COVID 19:

By Lower the Numbers of Participants We are limiting all camps to 50 or 60 campers depending on the park requirements and facilities.

By Staying Outdoors Indoor spaces are avoided at all times.

By Using Face Masks The mask is primarily for preventing the release of or catching droplets produced when breathing and talking. Aerosolized particles seem to pose little risk outside. To that end all staff and campers are required to wear face masks, but staff and campers may remove their masks temporarily when 15' or more distant from others, for when we’re gasping for breath, for when we’re eating or drinking or for whenever our wellbeing is just over-encumbered by a mask. We acknowledge this is GREATER than the 6' distanced required to go maskless outdoors by our state.

By Maintaining Physical Distance All campers and staff must maintain at least a 6' radius of distance from each other in the open-air shelters, fields and trails. A brief proximity closer than 6’ is acceptable for assisting each other in the armory, games or castle only if both participants remain masked, if both parties are conscious of directing their faces away from each other and if this proximity is limited to no longer than a minute or two. In most cases when assisting others, counselors and campers will be asked to direct the assisted to a safe distance from the assister, e.g. "Will you please move over a couple of feet and I can cut that out for you!"

With Hand Washing Counselors practice hand-washing drills with the campers before each activity.

By Sterilization of All Tools and Equipment Counselors sterilize all equipment and tools before campers arrive and after activities are finished.

By Offering No Mass Transportation We will avoid mass transit until accommodations can be found to make this safer.

In addition:

We Conduct Fever Checks to Enter Camp All staff and campers must consent to a non-invasive temperature check when they arrive and must agree to leave camp if they have a fever. Refunds* will be offered if parties must stay away from camp.

Counselors Must Test Negative to Work All counselors must consent to regular COVID 19 tests if possible and may not work at camp if they test positive.

Exposed Campers and Staff Must Stay Home All staff and campers must agree to stay away from camp if they or someone they are in close daily contact with tests positive for COVID 19. Refunds* will be offered if parties must stay away from camp.

Refunds* When Adventures in Cardboard refunds tuition for summer camps our third party registration provider does not agree to refund their their $5.95 processing fee or their .0395% transaction for online payments. 

 

Behavior Management

Discipline is never thought of in terms of punishment at AiC. Discipline is used to help a camper behave in ways that are safer and socially more acceptable. We recognize that discipline problems usually occur when the following basic emotional needs are not being met:

  • The need for satisfaction that comes from achievement.
  • The need for acceptance and understanding.
  • The need for recognition.
  • The need to feel something through the senses.

Meeting these needs helps prevent, as well as end, many disciplinary problems. However, every behavior is a choice and it is our challenge to help campers understand that they are in control of their actions. Our goal is to help guide our campers toward actions that have better consequences.

Sore Losers & Sore Winners! We aways celebrate honor and fair play over victory!  Some campers find it VERY hard to lose bouts of sword-tag and have a hard time calling themselves out. These campers can start to develop reputations as cheaters or sore losers. Other campers can find it hard not to gloat over a victory and celebrate a defeated player's pain at losing. To try and help campers avoid these situations we call to celebrate their honesty, integrity and fair play whenever we witness it.

 

RULES FOR CAMPERS

Adventures in Cardboard has two major rules.

Be SAFE.

Be COURTEOUS.

Adventures in Cardboard campers are to avoid situations in which their safety or the safety of others is at risk. Adventures in Cardboard campers must also be courteous to all creatures; this includes people, plants, and animals.

Bullying Adventures in Cardboard is a place of acceptance for people of all kinds. Treat all people with respect, forgiveness, and kindness. Cruel, malicious or intimidating behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Be good to one another.

Age Respect other campers no matter what their age. This is a multi-age adventure. Go out of your way to help little ones feel welcome, respected and comfortable. It is your duty as an older camper to help look after the younger ones.

Gender The same goes for gender. Individuals of any gender, that is: boys, girls and any and all trans or non-binary genders should be respected. Make no assumptions about anyone abilities, likes, skills and desires based on their gender. EVERYONE is an individual and deserves to be treated with respect and without judgment. No exceptions. Strive to understand each other and make friends different from yourself. Strive to kindle a spirit of good will in yourself for all campers.

Visiting Other Areas Do not go into another Activity Area at any time. You may visit other areas if given permission from your Instructor and the Instructor guiding the other Activity Area.

Forest and Animals Do not harm or catch any animals including frogs, toads and snakes. Trees are not to be carved or cut. Branches and shrubs should be left intact and unbroken. Treat the environment as if you are a guest. In fact, we are all guests who enjoy visiting these beautiful places. (Yes, you can kill mosquitos!)

Litter Be mindful of the junk you accidentally leave in your wake. Pick up all wrappers, cardboard scraps or anything else you drop.

Rocks Do not throw rocks at anyone or anything.

Wandering Don’t do it! Never leave your House without the knowledge of your counselor and activity instructor. During games you will have more leeway to roam, but small groups exploring the trails must always arrange to have a staff person in line of site or at checkpoints.

Water Stay hydrated! Stay cool! Don’t lose your water bottle. Only take water out of approved faucets and spigots with signs that indicate suitability for consumption.

Swimming Swimming and canoeing are only allowed under the Waterfront Instructor’s supervision at appointed times and ONLY at the swimming beach.

Bridges All of our park’s bridges are safe, however they are not made for running, pushing or horseplay.

Fences Fences are erected for a purpose. Do not cross them; it usually indicates private property.

Roads/Railways Some service roads and railways pass through parks. They are marked clearly. STAY OFF THEM!

Lost & Found Found articles are to be turned in at the Main Tent.

Poison Ivy Poison ivy is common at Adventures in Cardboard®, so learn to identify it so it can be avoided. If you believe you have been exposed, wash the area with soap and water immediately. Inform your counselor who will take care of you and monitor the area for the plant!

Ticks Soaking camp clothes in permethrin is a safe and extremely effective way of deterring ticks and many of our counselors have adopted this strategy. Permethrin is a synthesized chrysanthemum that comes in a spray that will bond to the fibers in clothing and continue to be effective in repelling ticks for up to six washings.

Check often when tick season is high. Tuck pants into socks, shirts into pants and wear light colored clothing. In any case, if you find a tick has attached itself to you, let an instructor know ASAP. We will remove the tick and inform your parents about the risks and signs of tickbourne illnesses. However, as long as you are cautious about finding and removing ticks there is little reason to fear either ticks or tickbourne illnesses. And if your clothes are treated in permethrin your chances of staying tick-free increase dramatically.

 

Dismissal for Dangerous, Abusive or Repetitive Behavior Infractions

If a behavior problem is constant or if a behavior poses a threat to the safety or well-being of one's self, the other campers or staff, AiC reserves the right to dismiss campers without recompense. In most cases a Coordinator  will process with a camper first to find suitable solutions for changing a behavior. A camper will be warned that continued infractions and/or dangerous or abusive actions will result in going home early. Should the behavior continue after this, the Coordinator will call a camper’s parents whereby the possibility of a camper being dismissed will be discussed or initiated based in the severity of the problem.

 

Inclement Weather

Adventures in Cardboard loves rain. On rainy days we will have many options for staying out of the rain, but we also love to play IN the rain. Before camp begins campers will advised about what to bring to stay warm and dry if they choose to join counselors in charging the castle in a muddy downpour!

 

Dangerous Weather / Cancellations

In the rare event of unusually dangerous weather, Adventures in Cardboard may cancel camp in the interest of child safety. Any decision to cancel camp for the day will be based on weather information available by 7:15am on the day in question. Cancellation will be posted on the Adventures in Cardboard registration page by 7:30am and contact made to parents by 8:00am.

Camp will never be cancelled simply for rain, any closing will most likely arise out of concern for the safety of campers and staff from NWS warnings for severe storm fronts, extreme heat, flash floods or tornadoes.

If a day of camp is cancelled for weather safety in the summer we reserve the right to cancel without a refund or scheduled make-up day.

 

Policy on Smart Phones and other Electronics

AiC strives to provide a program free from video games, cell phones, audio players and other devices that can pull our attention away from the immediate experiences and connections we are making with each other in the present. Please don't permit your child to bring any of these items to camp.

These items also tend to get misplaced and lost at camp.

 

Visitors & Friday COMMUNITY DAYS

Parents and family may visit in small numbers during the week at any time, but are asked to wear cotton of N95 face masks and be conscious of keeping a long physical distance from camp operations since our numbers are limited by current social gathering restrictions.

Current social gathering restrictions will also dictate whether or not we have our usual Friday Community Game Day.