for a list of Nature Science Camp (ages
7-12) activities. Campers can canoe, backpack,
explore the marsh or creek, make nature
arts and crafts, learn to track animals,
play games, or go on a plant walk. On
Monday, after they arrive, the kids get
to vote for the activities they want to
do for the week, and we do our best to
give them their top choices.
Camp is located in the
heart of Point Reyes National Seashore,
approximately 90 minutes north of the
Golden Gate Bridge in coastal West Marin
County. The Clem Miller Environmental
Education Center, where camp takes place,
is located just 2 miles from Limantour
Beach. Get more detailed directions.
The PRSC kitchen prides itself on providing fresh, nutritious and delicious meals and snacks. Vegetarian options are always available and special arrangements can be made for other dietary considerations. In addition, PRSC partners with Alvarado Street Bakery, Marin Sun Farm meats, and Straus Family Creamery, all of whom have generously donated their products, allowing us to incorporate locally-grown, sustainably-harvested, organic ingredients in every meal. Contact
us with special dietary requests.
The wooden cabins are
rustic yet have a very homey feel. There
are skylights and windows to let in natural
light, but no electricity. Campers sleep
on wooden bunk beds with provided mattresses,
and bring their own sleeping bags and
Between 11 and 13 campers
and two Naturalist Intern/Counselors sleep
in each cabin. There are a total of 49
children at camp, divided into two boys’
cabins and two girls’ cabins.
There is a bath house
close to the cabins, with separate sides
for the boys and girls. Each side has
sinks, toilets, and hot showers with private,
Providing a safe and
caring environment is the number one concern
for our staff and program. Our 3 to
1 camper to staff ratio helps ensure that
the emotional and physical safety of our
campers is kept a top priority. Camp also
has a close partnership with the National
Park Service staff who are located close
by and are available in case of an emergency.
Julia Clothier, MA Natural History, has worked as an environmental educator and naturalist for more than twenty years. Her career includes serving 11 years as resident site manager and education director at California State University biological field station Fairfield Osborn Preserve in Sonoma County, California, working as a field educator and lead naturalist in environmental education programs throughout California, and working for the Mono Lake Committee. Trained as a teacher, botanist and botanical illustrator, she has dedicated her professional life to helping people of all ages and backgrounds cultivate a closer relationship with the natural world.
Point Reyes Summer Camp
carefully screens our staff prior to hiring
(including finger print checks with the
CA Department of Justice and the FBI).
We look for experienced educators who
love to be outdoors with kids. We have
two teaching staff classifications: Naturalist
and Naturalist Intern/Counselor. Naturalists
are usually college graduates with a degree
in science, environmental science, education
(some possess a teaching credential),
or another related field; Naturalists
all must have taught environmental education
in a residential setting. Naturalist Intern/Counselors
have completed at least one year of college,
enjoy working with children, and have
a strong interest in environmental education.
Summer camp staff participate in a 4 day
pre-camp training and are certified in
first aid and CPR. All staff are screened
and interviewed by the Pt. Reyes Summer
The camper to staff
ratio is 3 campers to 1 staff.
For many children this
age, it is their first time away from
home or at sleepover camp. This session
is 4 days to help ease the minds of both
campers and parents. The program offers
the same kinds of exciting activities,
but the format is slightly different since
it is a day shorter.
Campers are dropped
off at camp on Monday mornings (with the
exception of Junior Science Camp which begins
on Tuesday). Registration begins at 10:00
a.m. Please do not arrive earlier than
9:45 a.m. as we are busy preparing for
the start of the week. Registration includes
checking in all medications, passing a
lice check, meeting the counselors, and
moving in to the cabins. This can take
about 30 minutes. Promptness is very important
so we can begin our program and activities
Campers are picked up
on Fridays at 2:00 p.m. sharp (with the exception of Adventure Camp II, which ends on a Saturday). Early pick
up is discouraged as the campers are at
the beach eating lunch and having a closing
ceremony. This kind of closure is very
important to the campers as it is the
last time they are with the camp community.
Prior arrangement for
early pick-up is necessary. Please contact
our office before your session begins
to discuss your early pick-up request.
During the school year
the facility is rented out and used by
school groups and others who stay there during the
week. Please do not drop in on the facility
without an appointment. If you need to
make special arrangements you may contact the camp director.
here for a Nature Science Camp equipment
and clothing list in English.
here for a Nature Science Camp equipment
and clothing list in Spanish.
here for an Adventure Camp equipment
and clothing list.
Parents and guardians
are generally not allowed to visit camp
at times other than the drop-off and pick-up
times on the first and last days of camp.
Seeing a parent, guardian or someone else’s
parent or guardian often triggers feelings
of homesickness. Direct phone contact
with children is also highly discouraged.
Such calls can disrupt the child’s camp
experience and may prolong homesickness
for your child or other children at camp.
We have a limit of one
bunkmate request per camper (use the request
space on the Health Form), and we make
every effort to accommodate each camper’s
request. However, our main concern is
to provide a well-balanced group experience
for everyone. Multiple requests can create
cliques that make new campers feel left
out in our small camp community. Therefore,
we make no guarantees regarding bunkmate
requests, but we do try our best.
What you tell your child
before they leave for camp often affects
how they adjust to being away from home.
Here are a few
helpful things to say to your child:
- The camp knows how
to contact me if they need to.
- I will be at ______
while you’re at camp and will write
you a letter.
- I love you and I’m
really happy that you will be having
this wonderful experience.
Here are a few things
that are not helpful to say to your child:
- I’ll pick you up
early if you get too homesick.
- Just try a day and
see how you like it.
- You have to go to
camp because we need a vacation.
- You can call me anytime.
- I’ll send you a package
Homesickness is a natural
reaction to being away from home—especially
for those who have never been away from
Over the last 26 years
we have guided thousands of children through
camp. Our staff handles homesickness by
talking to the camper and making them
feel comfortable and safe. Next, we get
them busy to help them refocus.
We discourage calling
home if a camper feels homesick, as this
may make the parents and campers feel
worse about the situation. The director
may decide to call home, out of the earshot
of campers, to discuss strategies and
insights into ways your child may be successful
in overcoming homesickness.
The tax identification
number for Point Reyes Summer Camp and
the Point Reyes National Seashore Association
is 94-222-8894. IRS Publication 503 (Child
and Dependent Care Expenses) states “The
cost of sending your child to an overnight
camp is not considered a work related
expense.” Our accountant has also stated
that Point Reyes Summer Camp is not considered
a “dependent care center” and does not
qualify for the tax credit. Please consult
with a tax professional for more clarification
on IRS tax rules.
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waiting list procedure:
Once the registration period begins on January 17, 2013, at 7:30 am, you will be able to access the main camp waiting list online.
A $50 processing fee is charged for all cancellations and 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 is issued if a cancellation is received less than 4 weeks prior to the start date.
The registration launch date for Summer 2013 is January 17, 2013, at 7:30 am.
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