Things we're being asked that you might be curious about too...
Do most campers register for one session or the whole summer?
In a typical summer, it's usually a mix of both. This Summer, we're seeing more families register for the full summer or the majority of it.
We are big proponents of giving your kids time and space to acclimate. Some campers take weeks to get in the groove and step out of their shell.
This Summer especially it'll be important to give kids consistency and known expectations (with still so much unknown around us). Bouncing between camps all Summer sounds stressful-- lots of norms to keep adjusting to.
Find the camp that aligns with what you're looking for and stick with it for this Summer.
Will my kids be bored if they attend more than one session?
Unlike some other camps that are highly specialized or use curriculum that repeats, Wildfolk is truly camper-centered. We shape our programming around the campers attending each session, so it's never the same. Each session has a larger theme that camper Teams will work on projects for.
Additionally, for 1st Grade & Up, campers will be put on Teams based on elective interests. There's a form you'll complete that notes your preferences for the child to switch Teams (for variety) each session, or to stay on the same Team, if possible.
The Green Team- which does messy science & such is the only Team that would potentially repeat projects.
How will campers be grouped?
Teams this Summer will have a variety of considerations taken into account, based on a Form you complete during registration.
Pre-Kinder & Kinder campers will be automatically placed in groups with their same-grade peers, to ensure they have age-appropiate activities.
At WeHo, 5th-7th graders will likely be put into a group with their same-grade peers, too. While 1st-4th graders will be on Teams based on activity interest.
Our Valley campus, which goes through 5th grade, will have activity-based Teams for 1st-5th graders.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes! This Summer, we're doing things a little different with our early planning discounts. You can choose which code (if any) to apply, based on your family's financial situation. You can find those discounts on our Summer 2021 page (they'll be blocked off as they expire).
Early reg discounts are all lowercase with 2021 added to the end of the discount name
Do you have transportation?
In the future, we hope to be able to provide transportation between our campuses in WeHo & Valley Village. However, we have many families that utilize the service, Hop Skip Drive (a sort of Lyft for kids).
What if I need to change my schedule, after I’ve registered?
Because we are operating on a much smaller scale- every camper registration on a Team takes a spot from someone else or may cause us to hire on more staff. We will do our best to accomodate session switches as long as space permits. We DO anticipate filling-up this Summer- we will notify our families when we are close to that point.
Through May 10th, we're honoring cancellations & refunds (minus the non-refundable deposits/fees).
What if my child has to miss a day at Camp?
There are no penalties for missing Camp, but we also can't offer credits or refunds for missed days- as your registration takes a spot for that full session, regardless of which days the camper attends.
What are group sizes?
Team sizes for Summer Camp will be from 5- 14 campers per team. Depending on enrollment, we may have a small group with 1 Guide, or a larger group with 2 Guides or a combination of a Guide and a Guide-in-Training.
Can I request for my child to be in a group with their friend?
A camper may request one friend (same grade) to group with. Buddy requests are not guaranteed, but we will do our best to accommodate requests that are timely. The closer it gets to the start of summer, the more challenging it us for us to accommodate buddy requests, as some groups will fill-up.
Who are your Guides?
Our Guides are youth development professionals from varying backgrounds including education, sociology, psychology, and the arts. Many of our staff are teachers, teaching assistants, and afterschool staff during the school-year.
Guides go through a highly-selective screening process including multiple interviews, reference checks, and background checking with DOJ & FBI. Then the real fun begins as we spend 4 days in training staff The Wildfolk Way- from logistics to child development to progressive education paradigms and everything in between. Our Leadership Staff are all First Aid/CPR certified.
All staff must pass livescan fingerprinting clearance (full background checks).
Our staff are one of the top reasons we hear from parents that they are returning- the campers love them!
What does a typical day look like?
Our camp days are a balanced blend of structure and freedom, active & passive play, and inside & outside time. This Summer, we are prioritizing time outdoors as much as possible and trying to limit indoor time to one period (ie. not spending 3 hours indoors, but instead- a 1 hour block and then going outside for 1 hour, before having another indoor activity.
Every day, campers will have ample time for open-ended recreation time outside in addition to specialty activities, based on their interest. (science, nature, robotics, art, filmmaking, drama, fashion, etc).
We have lots of special themes and activities, too. You will be alerted to those days in The Wildfolk Weekly email you receive the weekend prior to each session.
You can read more about A Typical Day here
I’ve heard you have a unique approach from other camps. What’s that about?
We are a project-based day camp, focused on helping campers develop a growth mindset.
Project-Based education is becoming more popular in education as the research is showing how beneficial it is for children’s learning. At camp, this means we are child-centered (building our programs and activities around the kids, rather than coming in with a set agenda), we guide from the side (facilitate and help the kids explore and experience instead of frontal teaching), and keep everything hands-on!
Growth Mindset is based on the work of psychologist Carol Dweck, who found that people are motivated and happiest when they have a mindset focusing on effort and improvement (over a belief that we need to be amazing at something for it to be worthwhile, or that you have to be a natural at something to pursue it). In children, we see a fixed mindset when they don’t want to an activity they think they’ll be bad at, or need praise to feel good, or shutdown the second something isn’t perfect.
There’s a lot more to our approach and we feel very passionately about it. Read more here
When will I receive information about my child’s Team?
We email out The Wildfolk Weekly blast the weekend prior to each week of camp. This blast has group info, reminders about drop-off, and pick-up, and details about special days.
What about lunch?
If not ordering, please send your child with a hearty sack lunch and snack each day. We do not provide refrigeration or microwaves.
Wildfolk Snack service is $15/week and includes 2 items each day. Options are typically something "healthy" & something "fun." ie) carrots and crackers
Fruits, veggies, yogurt, string cheese, fig bars, raisins, crackers (organic bunnies, wheat thins, pretzels), etc. It can be added during the registration process.
Organic Kids LA offers an optional lunch service, with various size options, ordered directly through their website www.organickidsla.com The food is delicious and our families love having this option. In May, Caregivers can register on their website and select their custom lunch orders.
Camp Wildfolk only organizes and distributes the lunches we receive, as a courtesy. We don't handle the ordering.
My child has allergies/medical needs. How is this handled?
During a typical summer, we can usually be accomodating with medical needs. This Summer, with all the restrictions in place, we are trying to keep things as simple & streamlined as possible to ensure the safety of our community.
Leadeship staff are First Aid/CPR certified and trained in Epi-Pen administration.
If your child requires medicine to be administered during the camp day, please contact us before registering to see if this Summer is going to be a good fit.
What if my child doesn’t like camp?
Camp is a unique environment with a different structure than school. Our staff are specifically trained in helping campers make connections and ensuring that campers have a great experience. That being said, all campers are different when it comes to new environments.
Some campers take a bit longer to get comfortable or may require a little extra support.
The best thing to do is discuss it with their Guides right away, so we can better support your child and make a plan together (sometimes the camper doesn’t present like anything is wrong and then goes home and is upset). The next thing is to be patient and supportive. We believe every child can be successful at camp, but it may take a little time. If they get pulled out at the first sign of distress, it’s not giving them or us a chance to adjust.
Can I visit camp?
Because our camp is hosted at a school, we are not there during non-camp months. We are hoping to offer a Site Tour of a new Valley campus in the Spring.
During camp, the guidelines currently limit who can be on campus and advise families to do Carline drop-off.