Health & Safety

At Mountain Camp Woodside, the health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority.

We are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and we adhere to their strict guidelines.

Mountain Camp Woodside has an excellent safety record. Campers’ health and safety is emphasized during our Staff Training Week.

Most of our staff is First Aid and CPR certified and our pool staff are all certified lifeguards. Additionally, we have a registered nurse who is at camp daily and on call as needed.

In the event that urgent care is required, Mountain Camp Woodside is located minutes from Stanford University Hospital and across the street from Portola Valley Fire Station.



Water Safety Assessment

On the first day of camp, the campers that have chosen swimming as their camp activity will participate in our water safety assessment. This mandated ACA accreditation requirement offers our lifeguards and camp staff the opportunity to assess each camper’s swimming ability and identify who will require special attention (and possibly a life vest) during their swimming activity periods while at camp. Their evaluation of each camper’s ability is focused on keeping your child safe during their time at Mountain Camp Woodside. Our Cubs do not take the swim test, as they all wear life vest when they go swimming. Camper safety is our number one concern.

Bike Skills / Safety Assessment

One of the most popular activities at Mountain Camp Woodside is mountain biking. We are lucky to have many scenic biking trails that surround our camp. Each camper who wishes to participate in our mountain biking activities must first pass our bike riding skills / safety assessment.  This test is designed to evaluate each camper’s proficiency with bike handling, braking, changing gears and downhill navigation skills and the determinations are nonnegotiable. This assessment is to ensure the safety of all of the mountain bike riders as they venture off-camp. The Cubs do not participate in mountain biking.

Julia was so attentive to Sloane and Ella during session 7. She made them feel like part of the group and they had a blast. - Lindsay R.