Foire aux questions
Talking to Your Kid About Camp...
Sending your child to camp starts when you first sign them up. It’s an experience that you can share together. Campers may feel excitement about the summer, as well as some level of nervousness. These emotions are normal and healthy reactions. As the summer approaches, it can be helpful to discuss these emotions and to help prepare your camper by simulating camp experiences at home (these can range from a child completing his or her bedtime routine independently to doing a “camp out” in the living room). Please prepare your child for camp with words of encouragement and by giving them an accurate impression and clear expectations of the camp experience. The things you tell your child before they leave for camp often affect how they adjust to being away from home.
Here are a few helpful things to say:
“FDS Camp knows how to contact me if they need to.”
“I love you and I’m really happy that you will be having this wonderful experience.”
“I know you’ll do great at camp. It’s okay to miss me but don’t miss out on activities because of that.”
Here are a few things that are NOT helpful to say:
“I’ll pick you up early if you get too homesick.”
“Just try a week and see how you like it.”
“You have to go to camp because I need a vacation.”
“You can call me anytime.”
Please pack with your camper so both of you are familiar with what they have brought. Send sturdy, well-marked, washable clothing & enough to last for the Camp session) We recommend that you label every item with labels or a laundry marker.
- Blanket, Pillow, and Sheets OR Sleeping Bag and Pillow
- Clothes for 6 DAYS (Pants, Shirts, Shorts, Socks, Underwear, Pajamas, etc.)
*Please note that kids, especially younger ones, tend to get dirty or wet during our activities and may require additional changes of clothing throughout the day so please pack extra.
- Warm Clothes (2 pairs of Sweatpants, 2 Sweaters)
- Sneakers (suitable for outdoor activity such as hiking, games, etc.)
- Sandals/Flip Flops (for shower use)
- Dance/Gymnastics Attire for 5 DAYS
*Please avoid packing leotards and skirts; the kids don’t change between dance and gymnastics classes, so leggings/sports shorts and t-shirts/tank tops are preferred.
- Ballet/Jazz Dance Shoes
- One-peace swimsuit or a t-shirt to wear on top while swimming (per campsite regulations)
- 2 Towels (one for showering, one for swimming)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, hair ties, shampoo & conditioner, lotion, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
- Toiletry bag or large Ziplock for above items
- Insect repellant
- Sun hat, Sunglasses
- Small Backpack
- Bag for dirty laundry
- Flashlight (w/extra batteries)
- Reusable Water Bottle
- If desired, your child can also bring FUN clothes that they may want to use for our annual Fashion Show!
What NOT to bring…
Any sort of sugary treats. Candy, gum, or snacks. Food in camper's sleeping area attracts animals, so please don't send any!
Food items that contain nuts.
Matches, fireworks or explosives.
Pocket knives or weapons of any kind, even toys that look like weapons
Cell phones and personal electronic devices (iPads, iPods, MP3 players, eReaders, digital cameras, etc.)
Valuable items, such as jewelry, collections, etc.
Cigarettes, alcohol, & drugs are strongly prohibited!
What to Expect on Registration Day…
When you arrive at FDS, you’ll be directed to the Camp Office, where you’ll wait in line to check in:
- Registration Check-In: we will check your camper in, take any money you want to leave for the camp store, and answer any of your questions.
- Lice Check: there can absolutely be no lice in camp because lice spread very easily. Your camper will have a lice check. If any sign of lice or nits are found, your camper will not be allowed on the bus. The Director will work out a plan with you to see if you would like to clear them of lice and drive them to camp for a late arrival.
- Medical Check-In: A medical person will check in any meds – please keep these outside of luggage ready for check-in. If your campers’ medical forms are not complete your camper cannot be checked in at the bus! Do a quick verbal check about how your camper is feeling.
Instructions for Packing Medications…
All medications must be given to the Camp medical staff at registration.
DO NOT pack any medicine in your camper’s luggage (this includes non-prescription drugs of any kind).
Pack medication containers in a plastic zip bag with the camper’s name printed in permanent ink on the bag.
All medications, vitamins, and supplements must be in original containers with the doctor’s name, dosage, and any instructions clearly stated.
We have a supply of commonly used over-the-counter medicines, so it is not necessary to send these to camp.
If you have a question about a specific medicine, please contact us.
Mail and Communication at Camp…
We know that staying in touch with your child is important to you, just as hearing from home is important at camp. Though we do not have visiting days or access to phones for your camper to contact you, there are several ways you can be in touch while they are at camp.
- Letters: Write your child some letters! You can leave them in the office on the first day of camp to be distributed throughout the session or mail them within the first day of camp.
- Emails: You can send a letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will give them to read.
- Facebook: Join the fun and stay up to date with your child’s experience at FDS Facebook Page! The Facebooks posts will include daily photos, and updates of Camp activities.
Directions to Camp…
It is approximately a three-hour drive to Tuolumne, California. Silver Creek located near the Yosemite National Park and features a majestic panoramic view of the Tuolumne River Valley.
- The physical address: 45800 Calvin Crest Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644