Can I drop off my child early or pick them up late?
Drop off starts as early as 7:30am and campers must be picked up by 5:30pm. There is a late fee of $15 per child or every quarter hour late.
Can I sign up for more than one week of camp?
Yes! Camp Fireweed runs weekly sessions from June to August. There is no limit to how many sessions your child(ren) can attend. Registration is done on a first come- first served basis.
What should my child bring to camp?
Campers should be prepared with adequate clothing, rain gear every day, and a positive attitude! Candy, gum, food, matches, lighters, weapons, fireworks, cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed at camp. You can find a detailed packing list here.
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 friends or siblings?
Yes, if they are similar age. We like campers to make new friends while they are at camp, so we limit the number of friends you can request to two. Siblings can be at camp at the same time and will see each other, but we group campers by age and find that they have the best experiences when they are with campers their own age.
If your child would like to be assigned to a group or cabin with a friend or relation of the same age and gender, you must list this information on the health form when registering.
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.
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 phone (always listed at drop-off and in the camp handbook) to speak with a Camp Leadership Team member.
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 Fireweed is a closed program, and all visits during sessions must be scheduled and approved by the program manager ahead of time.
FIELD TRIP QUESTIONS
Can my younger child attend field trips if accompanied by an older friend or sibling?
No, children must meet the minimum age requirements as indicated on the Field Trips Schedule.
If they’re the same age, can I send a sibling on a trip in another sibling’s place?
No because tracking each camper’s attendance is an important safety tool. Do not substitute one camper’s activities for another.
Will my child need special gear or attire for their field trip?
Camp Fire will send parent emails two weeks prior to session attendance. In addition to the regular camp packing list, we will communicate any trip-specific apparel requirements.
Can I bring my child to the field trip location if they miss the bus?
We strongly encourage punctual attendance, but in the event of unexpected delays, call Camp Fireweed leadership before re-routing. If it is possible to accommodate your child’s late attendance, further instructions will be given at that time.
Can I pick my child up from the field trip location rather than ride the bus back to camp?
No, for safety reasons we require all campers to return on the camp bus.
Do you need parent volunteers on the field trips such as they do in school?
Camp Fireweed field trips are always fully staffed by our team of trained professionals, so we do not need parent volunteers.
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 Fireweed for several years. They are often college students who are studying education, psychology, sociology, recreation or other youth development related fields.
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 five 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, child development.
What are the facilities like?
Camp Fireweed is located on the campus of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. The location is an outdoor environment with trails for hiking, grassy areas for cabin group activities, a field for sports, and a lake for boating activities. We are outside all day every day, regardless of weather, but we do have several tents for use when needed.
What is ACA?
Since 1963, Camp Fireweed has been 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; experiential education and learning opportunities; and overall excellence.
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 adult if their child becomes ill. An adult must pick up the child within one hour. Staff will call the Emergency Contact(s) if they cannot reach the registering adult. Please keep your child home if they have any of the following symptoms:
• Severe pain or discomfort particularly in joints, ears, or abdomen
• Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
• Severe cough or sore throat
• Oral or axillary temperature of 101.4 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
The Camp Fire Alaska main office operates on the ancestral land of the Dena’ina people. Camp Fire Alaska runs programing on the lands of the Athabascan, Yup’ik, Chup’ik, Sougpiaq, and Inupiaq peoples. We value and thank them for their current and historic commitment to and protection of this land. We pledge to assist, in partnership, in the environmental stewardship of these lands. We strive to learn more about the history of the Native peoples of Alaska and the historic trauma they have suffered. We commit to being an active ally through activities, actions, and organizational decisions and practices. We understand that this is a dynamic process through which our Land Acknowledgement practices, and statement will evolve as we receive feedback from tribal partners and acquire a deeper understanding of and from the Native peoples of Alaska.