How do I sign up for science camp or leadership camp?
All sign-ups are done through your school. Talk to your teacher for more information. (Homeschool groups will designate one parent to be the camp coordinator.)
What should I pack?
We have packing lists that will help you out with that! Remember that students are responsible for carrying their own luggage between the parking lot and their dorm, so one or two lightweight bags is best. Also note that the weather can change wildly at Pine Valley, so pack layers of clothing! We have an online camp store to order specialty shirts, sweatshirts, and more!
What is in your store?
Our online store has exclusive Pine Valley Outdoor Science Camp merchandise that includes apparel, bags, and more to come! Please make your orders at least two weeks before your first day of camp so that your order can arrive on time. If your camp offers shop time, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a variety of souvenirs and snacks.
Who will be taking care of the students?
Schools will select one or two same-gender adult leaders per cabin. Cabin leaders could be teachers, parents, school admin, or others. During the day, cabin leaders and teachers will guide traveling teams to different classes and activities led by Pine Valley instructors. Instructors work full-time at Pine Valley, have cleared background checks, and experience ongoing training so that they can effectively teach their subjects in an experiential, unique way.
What happens if it rains or snows?
Outdoor education is best done outdoors. Different types of weather allows us to experience different wonders of nature, so be sure to pack clothing and footwear according to what kind of weather may be possible during your camp session. Rest assured, if the weather is considered dangerous (thunderstorms or high winds), we have the indoor availability to make accommodations.
What if my child takes medication, wets the bed, or has other medical needs?
A teacher or other adult leader will be designated as the first aid person and will be on site at all times. They will be responsible for distributing all medication which is locked up when not in use. Pine Valley offers modern facilities that include indoor plumbing, electrical plugins in every room, washers and dryers. All medical issues are discreetly handled with respect.
Who shares dorms?
Each dorm is gender-specific and can hold up to twelve people, including the leaders. Teachers are responsible for assigning students to specific dorms and may be open to accepting bunkmate requests.
How many schools or groups are at camp at a time?
It is possible that more than one group is booked in the same week. Oftentimes, other groups on the conference center grounds are rental groups that are simply using their separate rented facilities, so students will likely only see these guests from across the dining hall at meals. If another school is booked for an outdoor education program, all daytime classes and activities will be done exclusively with your own school. Schools will share mealtimes and Super Science, but each will be at their own assigned tables. Dorms are always separated by school.
What kind of food is there?
Breakfasts include multiple hot and cold options. Lunches and dinners include a main dish, sides, salad bar, and dessert. A variety of drinks are also available at each meal. In addition, there are occasional snacks: some science experiments are edible, s’mores are provided for campfire night, and our shops sell different snacks in the afternoon. Any campers with special diets or food allergies should fill out this form prior to attending.
What activities does Pine Valley have to offer?
Students will have a full schedule at camp from the time they wake up until lights-out at night. Teachers from the school select up to three classes per day plus afternoon and evening activities, so they will have more information about your specific camp schedule. During meal breaks and free time, cabin groups or traveling teams often make use of the camp’s amenities such as gaga ball, basketball, game room, sand volleyball, tire swing, disc golf, nine square, playground, and more!
Do you teach evolution?
No. Pine Valley Outdoor Science Camp is centered around observational science, the kind of science we can see and work with in our everyday lives.