The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, a green-certified business, is designed and operated as a model of ecological sustainability with photovoltaic modules providing electricity, solar-heated water, and composting, recycling and waste monitoring practices. Facilities include a large cedar lodge with dining room, library/science center and commercial kitchen. Campers sleep in spacious dormitory-style cabins furnished with wooden bunkbeds and mattresses. The cabins are solidly built of pine and have an open-beam design with ample skylights but no electricity or running water. Bed linens are not provided; each camper brings their own warm sleeping bag and pillow. Each cabin is home for up to 13 campers, two Counselor Intern Naturalists, and often a Counselor-In-Training. A bathhouse with private, solar-heated hot showers is located nearby. The site also includes a large central meadow and a campfire center. There is no internet or mobile phone service, offering everyone a welcome respite from the fast-paced world.
TO ACCESS YOUR EXISTING ACCOUNT: To make a payment or update information, returning users may access their existing Active Network account here. Children may only be registered by their own parent or legal guardian in their own family's account.
Open registration begins on Thursday January 19 at 10:00 AM.
Please Note: Transportation to and from camp is not included.
When filled, sessions will have waitlists available through our registration process. Parents of waitlisted campers will be immediately notified should space become available.
Changes, Cancellations & Refunds
A $50 processing fee is charged for all cancellations and/or switching between sessions. Full refunds are issued for cancellations received more than 8 weeks prior to the first day of the session in which your child is registered, and for cancellations received between 4 to 8 weeks prior to the start date a 50% refund is offered. No refund will be issued for any reason if a cancellation is received less than 4 weeks prior to the start date or if a child is sent home due to ill health or behavioral issues. If you would like to cancel your child's registration, please call 415-663-1200 x 305 or email email@example.com.
Point Reyes Summer Camp sessions are optimally designed for the stated age groups. Please do not register your child in a session for which they are not eligible. They will be dropped from the program and a $50 processing charge will be retained.
Point Reyes Summer Camp reserves the right to unenroll any child whose health concerns exceed our capacities. In this case, every effort will be made to provide as much advance notice as possible and a full refund will be issued. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s health and ability to be successful at camp feel free to contact us at 415-663-1200 x 305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Camp Affordable
In 2009, PRNSA founded the Young Stewards Youth Scholarship Fund to engage youth who traditionally have had little or no access to national parks. Since then, PRNSA has raised more than $700,000 in dedicated funds to provide residential environmental, science and wilderness experiences for nearly 5,000 youth. As funds allow, Point Reyes Summer Camp awards full scholarships to eligible children. Full scholarship recipients make less than 1.7 times the federal poverty level.
FULL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
Completed application packets must be submitted on or before: April 10, 2017 (earlier submissions are strongly encouraged) and must include all of the required components in full completion to be eligible for consideration. Please see the application form for required components, mailing address, and fax number. Students not selected for partial scholarship will be offered a payment plan.
Beginning in 2017, PRSC will offer a limited number of partial scholarships for middle income families whose income is between 2 and 3.5 times the federal poverty level.
PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
All components must be completed and submitted on or before: February 10, 2017. You must include all of the required components to be eligible for consideration. Please see the application form for required components, mailing address and fax number. Students not selected for partial scholarship will be offered a payment plan.
PLEASE NOTE: Submission of a completed packet by the final deadline does NOT mean that a scholarship will be awarded.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Child's First & Last Name
Camp Session Number & Dates
Point Reyes Summer Camp
1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70
Point Reyes Station CA 94956
Parents may also slip camper mail to the director on arrival day to be delivered later in the week.
NOTE: Please do not send any food to your child while they are at camp. We do not permit candy or gum at camp and we do not allow the storage of food inside the sleeping cabins.
A $50 processing fee is charged for all cancellations and/or switching between sessions. Full refunds are issued for cancellations received more than 8 weeks prior to the first day of the session in which your child is registered and 50% refunds for cancellations received between 4 to 8 weeks prior to the start date. No refund will be issued for any reason if a cancellation is received less than 4 weeks prior to the start date or if your child is sent home due to ill health or behavioral issues.
Point Reyes Summer Camp sessions are optimally designed for the stated age groups. If you register your child in a session for which they are not eligible, they will be dropped from the program and a $50 processing charge will be retained.
Point Reyes Summer Camp reserves the right to dis-enroll any child whose health concerns we believe will be beyond our ability to manage. In this case, every effort will be made to provide as much advance notice as possible and a full refund will be issued.
415-663-1920 (on-site camp office line)
Please use camp office line mid-June through mid-August only.
415-663-1200 x 305 (off-site main office line)
Please Note: We do not have access to email at the camp office.
Point Reyes Summer Camp
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70
Point Reyes Station CA 94956
Camper check-in begins at 10:00 AM. We appreciate it very much if you do not arrive earlier. Please be aware that check-in may last between 20 and 30 minutes.
Parents are asked to pick up campers at 2:00 PM sharp.
We strongly discourage parents from altering this schedule because we find that doing so may disrupt a child’s camp experience. Parents must contact the camp director in advance if they wish to arrange an early departure for their child.
There is no cell phone reception or internet service at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center. In addition, we ask campers to leave all electronic devices at home including cell phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, hand-held video games, etc. If an electronic device is accidentally brought to camp, the camp director will collect and then return it to the camper at departure time.
The PRSC kitchen prides itself on providing fresh, nutritious, handmade meals and snacks. PRSC partners with Alvarado Street Bakery, Clover Stornetta Dairy, Marin Sun Farm meats and Straus Family Creamery, all of whom donate or provide their products at reduced cost, allowing us to incorporate locally-grown, humanely-treated, sustainably-harvested, organic ingredients in every meal. Vegetarian options are always provided and special accomodations can be made for children with allergies and other dietary considerations. Due to the growing incidence of peanut allergies, all meals and snacks provided by camp are peanut-free. Please contact us to inquire about specific dietary considerations.
Parents may designate one bunkmate per camper by completing the 'friend request' space on the Health History Emergency Treatment Form (emailed immediately following online registration and included in each scholarship application). We make every effort to accommodate these requests. Please be aware that we will not place more than 3 close friends in the same cabin; we find doing so often prevents children from reaching out and connecting with new friends.
Homesickness is not uncommon for children who are away from home overnight. Some children will naturally miss family members at some point during the session, especially at bedtime. We take special care to create a close-knit, engaging and loving environment to help ease and release any homesickness that arises. If you know your child is prone to homesickness or if they have never been to a “sleep-away” camp, please discuss the possibility with them and reassure them that it is normal and natural to feel this way and that you are confident in their ability to successfully complete their stay. Please do not tell them that they may call you or that you will come pick them up early if they are feeling homesick. We generally do not allow campers to use the telephone and your offering to pick up a child early can set up a situation that prevents him/her from settling in at camp.
For more information about homesickness and its prevention, we recommend Preventing & Treating Homesickness (Thurber & Walton, Pediatrics, 2007).
Hot showers in private stalls are available to campers before breakfast and during afternoon free time. Campers are asked to shower at least once while at camp and most are happy to do so. Occasionally a camper will refuse to shower and, while we do provide encouragement and reminders, we will not force a child to shower against their will. If you think your child may be averse to showering at camp and you would like them to do so, please discuss this with them prior to camp. It may also be helpful to make an agreement about showering with your child on arrival day and in front of their counselor.
The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, home base for Point Reyes Summer Camp, is located in Hidden Valley, two miles from Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in West Marin County, California.
Direct telephone contact with children is not permitted except in case of emergency. Neither do we allow parents to visit camp outside of regular drop-off and pick-up times. We find that calls or visits from parents can trigger distress and homesickness. Parents are welcome to contact the camp administrative staff at 415-663-1920 to check on a camper.
The highest priority at Point Reyes Summer Camp is ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all participants at all times. We are consistently acknowledged as setting the standard for health, safety, and participant care by parents and partner organizations.
Point Reyes Summer Camp standard policies and practices include:
- Maintaining a 1:3 staff-to-camper ratio (exclusive of kitchen staff) on site. Off-site ratios range from 1:3 to 1:6.
- Upholding the Rule of 3 - Any time there is a staff member with a camper, at least one additional person is present at all times.
- Prior to being hired, all staff members undergo extensive personal interviews, reference checks, and background checks via the California Department of Justice and the FBI.
- All Counselor Intern Naturalists review and sign an Affidavit Regarding Counselor Conduct and Camper-Counselor Contact (copy available upon request).
- All staff members are trained as Mandatory Reporters whereby any employee “…who has knowledge of, observes, or reasonably suspects a child has been the victim of abuse, to report such known or suspected instance to a child protective agency immediately…” (Section 11166 of the Penal Code and Section 15630 of the Welfare and Institution Code).
During our 6-day pre-camp residential training program, all staff members receive health and safety training covering safe and approved contact and conduct and emergency procedures, protocols, and best practices (taught in collaboration with the ranger staff from Point Reyes National Seashore Visitor Protection Division).
Point Reyes Summer Camp programs are staffed by a handpicked group of professional Naturalists and Counselor Intern Naturalists, many of whom are former Point Reyes Summer Campers themselves. Staff positions are highly sought-after which allows us to select experienced candidates of the highest caliber. Staff members are carefully screened, undergo fingerprinting and California Department of Justice and FBI background checks and possess current CPR and first aid certification. All staff members complete an intensive onsite 6-day training program at the start of the season.
Naturalist Educators serve as our expedition leaders. They possess Bachelor’s degrees in natural science or education and have at least 1 year of teaching and wilderness leadership experience. Counselor Intern Naturalists supervise cabin groups and assist with field expeditions; they have considerable experience working with children and have completed at least one year of college and/or one season in our Counselor-In-Training program.
Our organization’s tax identification number is 94-222-8894.
According to IRS Publication 503 (Child and Dependent Care Expenses), “The cost of sending your child to an overnight camp is not considered a work related expense.” Our Auditor has informed us that Point Reyes Summer Camp is not considered a “dependent care center” and therefore does not qualify for the tax credit. Please consult with a tax professional for more clarification on IRS tax rules.
Once a session is full, waiting lists are automatically generated via the Active Network (our contracted online registration provider). Parents may place their child on any waiting list for which the child is age-appropriate. No payment or credit card number is required to do so.
When a space opens up in a desired session, we contact parents of waitlisted children by phone. If we are unable to reach you, we will leave a message. We always give a deadline by which we must hear back from you (after which the spot will be offered to another child). Once a spot is accepted, full payment is required.
We strongly recommend placing your child on camp waiting lists. We place many waitlisted children in camp sessions every year. Cancellations are received regularly, often immediately prior to refund deadlines of 8 weeks (full refund) and 4 weeks (half refund) before each session begins. Often we will have a very late cancellation a day or two before a session begins. For every cancellation, no matter how late, the spot is offered to parents of waitlisted children.