Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Camp

Q: Do I need to register and pay a deposit before I can apply for financial aid?
A: Yes, before processing your financial aid application, you must be registered for camp and have paid a deposit. If families are unable to pay the deposit please email our registrar at registrar@campfirecolumbia.org to discuss options. We do not want the deposit to be a barrier to our campers and their families.
Q: Do you provide financial assitance or “camperships”?
A: Note: We review and update this information annually and may make changes during the off season. For more information visit- https://campnamanu.org/about-camp-namanu/faqs/

We will begin reviewing financial aid applications in the spring on a rolling basis until funds run out. We recommend applying early if possible, but we will do our best to provide aid to all families that require it.

Q: My camper has a disability/special needs. What accommodations are you able to make?
A: We strive to make Camp Namanu an inclusive and caring community for all. However, our rugged site can pose challenges for those with physical disabilities. Similarly, we do our best to make accommodations for campers with behavioral/emotional needs. If you have concerns about your camper’s ability to be successful within the constraints of our rustic accommodations, please contact the Resident Camp Director.
Q: My camper signed up with a friend. How will we know if they are in the same cabin?
A: When registering for a session of camp, there will be an option to request a cabin buddy. In order to honor these requests they must be mutual, and in the same unit and session. A half session and a full session that have some corresponding dates are not the same session and will not be in the same cabin. We recommend providing one name for a cabin mate request. Our goal for bunking is to give all campers the best opportunity for success at camp with old and new friends.

During the check-in on the first day of the session you can confirm cabin buddies with the on-site camp staff.

Q: My camper takes medications. Who do I give them to and how will my camper get them at the right times?
A: Bring camper medications with you to your check-in on the first day of camp. Medications (other than rescue medications*) are stored, locked, and dispensed under the direct supervision of the Nurse or Health Care Team.

NOTE: All medications must be in original packaging (Rx or OTC) with specific written instructions for use. We are unable to distribute unmarked medications to the camper.

All medications including rescue medications* must be turned in and will be carried and administered by our staff.
All medications must be listed with dosage and time of day given on the Health History form.
All prescribed medications must have the camper’s name and dosages on the label.
Rescue Medications*
Bee Sting/Allergic Reactions: If your camper has a known allergy to bee stings, or other severe allergic reactions, the camper must bring an appropriate treatment kit to camp.

History of asthma: If your camper has a history of asthma, you must provide medication for treatment. Even if your camper has not used this medication recently, camp activity (heat, cold water, or dust) can aggravate symptoms and we want to have every tool at our disposal to keep your camper safe.

Our nurse will bring medication to every meal and call in campers to retrieve their meal time medications. If a camper needs a medication at non-meals or as needed they will be accompanied by a buddy or their cabin to the health center. The nurse and healthcare team will administer the medication at that time.

Q: This is my camper’s first time away from home. How should I help prepare them? What do you do if a young person is feeling homesick?
A: For first-time campers we recommend the following:

Talk about what your camper is excited about and what they can do if they start to miss home (write a letter, look at a picture, or talk to a counselor).
Reassure your camper that everyone at home will be well taken care of and excited to hear all about their time at camp
Other helpful tips:

Reading encouraging letters with pictures of family or pets can be helpful for a homesick camper. You may drop these off with camp staff on Sunday.
Evenings and bedtime can be especially difficult for a camper experiencing homesickness.
Be sure to send a favorite book or stuffed animal along with your camper to ensure they are able to sleep!
If a camper or family is in a time of transition or uncertainty, being away from home can be particularly difficult. If there are any major transitions happening in the family,please let us know ahead of time so that we can give your camper the support they need.

Our counselors are experienced with coaching youth through these feelings, and are given training and support in this topic. There may be situations in which advice from a parent or guardian will help us in guiding a child through a challenge. In these situations, either the Camp Director or a staff member who has been working closely with the camper will get in touch using the contacts listed on the health history form.

Q: What happens if my camper gets sick while they are at camp?
A: Most of the health concerns at camp consist of scraped knees and simple headaches. For minor health issues such as these, we typically do not contact families. For any serious or persistent health concerns, or those requiring outside medical treatment, you will be notified by phone as soon as possible.