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Summer Nature Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Download the 2013 Summer Nature Camp Brochure.


Questions and Answers
What kinds of camps do you offer and for what ages and/or grade levels?

We offer camps for children as young as 2 years old up through 15. Our camps strive to get children of all ages outdoors into nature as much as possible and may include trail walks, animal encounters, puppet shows, crafts, nature stories, games and more. Please refer to the brochure for details.

What are the dates/times of camps – are they half or full day?
This summer (2013), our camp season will run from June 10 through August 23. The specific dates and times vary depending on the camp session. Camps for younger children run from 1½ to 2 hours, while camps for older children run part to full days. Please refer to the brochure for details about specific sessions. 
How much do camps cost?
That depends on the particular camp session, the age of the child, the length of the day, the activities involved, etc. It also depends on whether or not you are an Irvine Nature Center member. Family Members receive more than 10% savings on camp fees. There is also an early-registration discount for families who enroll before 1/31/13. In 2013, fees range from $100 to $475. Please refer to the brochure for details.
Do you offer discounts for families sending more than one child to camp?
Sorry, no. We do not offer discounts for families sending multiple children to camp.
Do you offer scholarships?
Sorry, at this time, we can't offer scholarships. However, if grants become available, we will offer scholarships to children who are eligible for the federal lunch program.
What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
Our group sizes are small, with a camper to staff ratio of 10:1 at most.
How many children participate in each session?
That depends on the particular session. Camps for younger children may have as few as 8 or 10 spaces, while camps for older kids may have up to 20 spaces.
Can my child attend more than one camp session during the summer?

There are multiple themes offered for different age groups. Your child may attend all of the different theme options within their age group, but may not repeat the same theme. Please refer to the brochure for details.

Are these drop-off camps or must I accompany my child?
All of our camp sessions, with the exception of Buds (ages 2 and 3), are drop-off camps. Buds must attend with a parent or adult guardian.
I'd like to register my two/three year old for Buds.  I know I have to accompany him/her, but can I bring along a younger sibling as well?
Sorry, no. We cannot accommodate siblings in Buds. Since the parent or adult guardian will also be actively participating in these camps, it is important that your attention be fully focused on the camper so that he/she will get the most out of their camp experience.
Do you offer before or after care?
Yes! We offer before care starting at 8 a.m. and after care for camps ending at 4 p.m., extending until 6 p.m. Before care is an additional $37.50 per week, and after care is $75 per week. Pre-registration for before and aftercare is required. Please refer to the brochure for details.
When does registration begin?
There is no official registration start date. You may submit your completed registration forms as soon as you can.
How can I register?
Registrations may be mailed, faxed or hand-delivered. Phone registrations are NOT accepted. But you can register online. You will need a completed 3-page registration form and payment (in full or in installments) either by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. (Separate forms are required for each child.) Please refer to the brochure for details.
Do members receive priority registration?
Yes, Members with family memberships receive priority throughout the entire registration process, and priority on wait lists. A member is anyone who is a current member or anyone who chooses to join at the time of registration.
Why should I buy a membership? How much does it cost?
Members at the family level receive 10% or more off their camp fees. A family membership costs $75 and may be purchased online. Members also receive a 10% discount in the Nature Store, priority registration and discounts on nature birthday parties. A membership lasts one year.
When will I know whether my child got into the camp we selected? How will I be notified?
You will be notified by mail of your child's camp status. You should receive word within two weeks of submitting your application. 
All of the camp sessions I'm interested in are filled. Can I place my child on a wait list?
Yes. To place a child on a wait list, you still need to submit a completed 3-page registration form along with a 50% deposit. Payment is NOT processed unless the child gets into camp. If a space does become available, you will be notified by phone.
The wait list is long. Is there any chance a space will open up? Does anyone ever get moved off the wait lists?
Absolutely! Every year, children do get moved off the wait lists. Since it doesn’t cost anything, it’s worth sitting tight to see what happens. Be advised that spaces can open up at any time, even the Friday before a camp session begins. If your schedule is flexible, placing your child on a wait list is certainly a viable option. And in all honesty, it doesn’t matter where you are on the wait list. Whether near the top or near the bottom, getting into camp is always a possibility.
I placed my child on a wait list, but now I've made other plans. What should I do?
Even though your child is on a wait list, you are under no obligation whatsoever. You can call anytime to have your child removed from the list. If we contact you because a space has opened up, and you are no longer able and/or interested in attending, you have right of first refusal.
What is your cancellation policy?

Irvine reserves the right to cancel a camp session due to insufficient enrollment. If Irvine cancels a session, all fees will be fully refunded. If you remove your child from a camp session before it begins, membership fees are non-refundable and the (per session, per child) refunds are as follows:

# Days Before Session Begins    Non-Refundable Amount
21+                                               50% of camp fee
20-14                                            75% of camp fee
13-0                                              100% of camp fee

Sorry, we are unable to make exceptions. 

I'd like further information, to request a brochure and/or be added to the mailing list for next year. Who do I contact?

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 443-738-9220. Or, download our brochure or registration form.