Camp Si-La-Meo FAQ

DAILY SCHEDULE*

7:30 – 9 am: Drop-off
9 am: Morning Circle
9:15 am – 1:15 pm: Activity Blocks and Lunch
1:15 – 4:15 pm: Open Recreation and Activity Blocks
4:30 – 5 pm: Closing Circle
5 – 5:30 pm: Pick-up

*click here for a more detailed schedule

 

CAMPER QUESTIONS

Can I drop off my child early or pick them up late?
Camp Si-La-Meo starts at 7:30am and ends at 5:30pm. We do not offer before and after care at Camp Si-La-Meo.

Can I sign up for more than one week of camp?
Yes! Camp Si-La-Meo runs weekly sessions from June 5 to August 11, each with a different theme. Sign up for one week, two, or for the whole summer to experience all of our fantastic themes.

What should my child bring to camp?
Refer to the Camp Packing List. Campers should be prepared with adequate clothing, rain gear every day, and a positive attitude! Candy, gum, food, matches, lighters, weapons, fireworks, cigarettes, illegal drugs, alcohol, cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed at camp.

Are children separated by age?
Yes, campers are organized into small groups based on age. However, some activities include children from multiple age groups. These are pre-planned as leadership building activities and generally provide an opportunity for older campers to mentor or assist younger campers with adult supervision.

Can my child be in the same group with his or her friends?
Yes, if your child has a preference, please mention it on the registration form. We like campers to make new friends while they are at camp, so we limit the number of friends you can request to two.

I have a 12-year-old and an 8-year-old–can they be together?
They can be at camp at the same time, but we group our campers by age and find that they have the best experiences when they are with campers their own age. This helps with developing skills such as independence, confidence, and identity.

What if my child has special needs?
We are generally able to accommodate most children, but reserve the right to make determinations on a case-by-case basis. Please give us a call to discuss your child’s needs.

What if I can’t afford camp?
Scholarships are available. Call us or click here for more information.

Can I call or text my child?
There is no wireless or internet service at camp and campers are not allowed any electronic devices anywhere in camp. We strongly recommend that you do not communicate with your child during camp. In the event of an emergency, you can call the Camp Fire office to pass along a message to your child.

Can I visit my child during camp?
Any visitor to camp must check in with the leadership staff upon arrival. For the safety of our campers and staff, Camp Si-La-Meo is a closed program, and all visits during sessions must be scheduled and approved by the program manager.

 

STAFF AND FACILITIES QUESTIONS

What are the counselors like?
Camp staff are carefully screened to ensure that they 1) love and respect the needs of children and know how to have fun 2) have first aid, CPR, and other appropriate certifications and 3) are prepared for the unique demands of a camp setting. Our staff typically return to work at Camp Si-La-Meo for several years. They are often college students who are studying education, psychology, sociology, recreation or other youth development related fields. All camp staff are required to be at least 18 years old.

What training do counselors receive?
Camp staff are required to have their first aid and CPR certificates, a completed background check, two interviews and three excellent references completed before working. Camp Fire Alaska hosts ten days of training before the beginning of the summer where staff are oriented in the Camp Fire program philosophy, safety and emergency procedures, group and behavior management, roles and responsibilities, and child development.

What are the facilities like?
Camp Si-La-Meo is located on the campus of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. The location is an outdoor environment with trails for hiking, a field for sports, a lake for boating activities, and an indoor pool for daily swim lessons. We are outside all day every day, regardless of weather, but we do have several tents for use when needed.

What is ACA?
Camp Si-La-Meo is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). As a leading authority in child development, the ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience. The association certifies that accredited camps have

  • safe camp communities
    • caring, competent adult role models
    • healthy, developmentally-appropriate experiences
    • service to the community and the natural world
    • opportunities for leadership and personal growth
    • discovery, experiential education, and learning opportunities
    • excellence and continuous self-improvement

EMERGENCY AND ILLNESS

What happens if there is an emergency situation or my child is injured at camp?
In the event of an emergency, Camp Fire staff will follow our emergency procedures and will keep your child safe until you can pick them up. Camp Fire will attempt to contact parents by phone and/or text message if the situation warrants it, but parents should also check Facebook, our website, and email accounts for communication about the situation and instructions on where and when to pick their child up. If you do not hear from Camp Fire, the event has not disrupted our ability to provide a fun and safe learning environment, and you can plan to pick your child up as usual.

When should I keep my child home/When will my child be sent home due to illness?
Camp Fire staff will notify the registering parent/adult immediately if their child becomes ill. An adult must pick up the child as soon as possible. Staff will call the Emergency Contact(s) if they cannot reach the registering parent/adult. Symptoms to keep/send your child home:

• Severe pain or discomfort particularly in joints, ears, or abdomen
• Two or more episodes of acute vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours
• Severe cough or sore throat
• Oral or axillary temperature of 101.5 degrees F or more
• Yellow skin or eyes
• Red eyes with discharge
• Infected, untreated skin patches or lesions
• Difficult or rapid breathing
• Severe itching of body or scalp
• Skin rashes lasting more than one day
• Swollen joints
• Visibly enlarged lymph nodes
• Stiff neck
• Blood or pus from ear, skin, urine or stool
• Unusual behavior for the child characterized by no playing, confusion, inconsolable crying
• Loss of appetite characterized by refusing all solids

 

Have a question not listed here? Please refer to our parent handbook or call the main office at 279-3551, between 8am– 5pm, Monday through Friday.

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