Instructor / Camper Ratio
All Instructors are paid staff members that have been background checked by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, receive sexual abuse awareness training, are first aid certified, and have experience working with children or have a college education in child or environmental studies.
Full Day Camp has an instructor to camper ratio of 1:12 and campers are placed in one of five (age or grade appropriate) groups. Half Day Camp has an instructor to camper ratio of 1:9 and campers are placed in one of three (age or grade appropriate) groups. In addition to having their own dedicated instructor, each camp group will have extra support throughout camp by one or two high school aged Counselors.
The Counselors receive training and mentoring throughout the summer and often return year after year. Many of our high school aged Counselors began their relationship with Tryon Creek as campers and some of them, have continued on to become Nature Day Camp instructors!
Before and After Camp Care
Extended care is now available year-round during camp programs. Before care is offered as early as 7:30 am—9:00 am for all campers. After care is offered as late as 3:00 pm—5:30 pm for Full day and CIT campers. There is no after care at 1:00 pm for half day camps.
The pre-registered single day(s) rates are $15.00 per day for before care and $25 per day for after care. Extended care can always be purchased when a camp session begins, regular rates are $18 per day for before care and $30 per day for after care.
To support those with working commitments, with Full Day campers, we offer an Extended Camp package option that includes the entire registered camp session of both before care and after care (healthy snacks are included) for a discounted price of $140. This package is over a 30% saving when compared to purchasing on a daily bases. The Extended Camp package can also be purchased once a camp session begins at the regular rate of $180.
Also, to support those with working commitments with Half Day campers, we offer a Before-Care package option that includes entire camp session of before care for a discounted price of $50. This package is over a 30% savings when compared to purchasing on a daily bases. The Before-Care package can also be purchased once a camp session begins at the regular rate of $70. The Before-Care package option is only available to Half-Day.
Medications at Camp
Allergies at Camp
We are NOT a peanut free camp. We understand the seriousness of food allergies and are happy to work with you and your camper. Our philosophy is to educate each other about our differences and learn to work together to keep everyone healthy. If your camper has an allergy, please indicate on the registration form. If the allergy is severe, we will contact you for detailed instructions.
At Nature Day Camp we cultivate a community of respect. We can accommodate many behavior differences at camp if our Instructors know how to best support your camper. Please share strategies that work well for you during the online registration process. We are also happy to discuss your needs in more detail by contacting the Camp Director.
Behavior that cannot be effectively managed during a camp program includes, but is not limited to physical violence or threats, emotional abuse, or purposefully leaving adult supervision. Campers that engage in this behavior will be sent home. Camp fees cannot be refunded after camp has started.