Preparing for Day Camp

First Day of Camp Routine

On the first day of Camp, we will get your camper checked in, make sure that all of their forms are submitted, hand you their “pick-up placard,” give them a name-tag and have your camper join his / her camp group.

While we continue to check-in other campers, your child is will meet their counselors and other kids in their group. Around 9:15am or when all of the campers are checked-in, the counselors will start to organize their camp groups and go over our camp orientation.

Regular Day Camp Check-In

After the first day of Day Camp, the main field and parking lot will be set up for you to simply pull up and drop-off your camper with one of our directors (there is no need to park). We will walk them over to our check-in tables and get them to their camp group. Camper check-in starts every morning at 8:45am.

Regular Day Camp Pick-Up

In the afternoon, we will set up the main field and parking lot for our camper pick-up. Drive around the track, tell our staff member your camper’s name, and we will have them waiting for you when you pull up to the pick-up spot. Camper pick-up starts every afternoon at 4:45pm.

Early Camper Pick-Up

If you have to pick your camper up early, not a problem. Be sure to let our staff know during check-in that your camper will be picked early so we can get them on our “early pick-up” list. There are a handful of natural breaks within our daily schedule that will make it more convenient for you and will make sure that your camper gets to finish his/her camp activity. Those breaks are:

  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00pm (lunch time)
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:30pm

Unfortunately, we can not accommodate early pick-ups after 3:45pm.

AM & PM Extended Care

Mountain Camp Woodside is able to offer Extended Care to meet our Day Camp families’ scheduling needs. One option includes a meal, either breakfast for our AM Care and dinner for PM Care. The other option does not include a meal if you just need a little extra time dropping-off or picking-up.

The drop-off and pick-up for our both AM & PM Extended Care options with a meal are at the Dining Hall (“up the hill” and towards the left). The drop-off and pick-up for the non-meal options are at the Lodge which is just under the Dining Hall.

The AM Care drop-off for both the breakfast and non-breakfast options are at 8am – 8:30am. The PM Care non-dinner pick-up is between 5pm – 6pm and the PM pick-up with dinner is 6pm – 6:30pm.

Parent’s Night

Every Friday, we offer a Parent’s Night at 4:00pm. This gives our parents a chance to see some of camp life in person. During the Parent Program, we talk about our week, sing a few songs and show our Session Slide Show produced by our campers. There is also the opportunity to meet your child’s counselor, go through our Lost & Found and even get some new Mountain Camp Woodside gear.

Cell Phones and Electronics Policy

Campers may not bring electronic devices to camp. We believe camp is a great opportunity for children to be independent from their parents, in a safe and supportive environment, for a short period of time. After many discussions with camp parents and careful consideration, we are no longer allowing electronic devices at Mountain Camp Woodside. This includes Music Players (iPods, MP3s, etc.), Hand Held Games (DS, PSP, etc.), Cell Phones, Electronic Readers (Kindles, iPads, etc.), Laptops and Radios. As electronic devices have grown increasingly more complex (with features like video, internet access, etc.), we believe they disrupt the camp environment and have the potential to negatively impact the camper’s experience. Cameras are allowed. We recommend a disposable camera

Not Allowed At Camp

We do not allow pets, weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or other banned substances at camp.

What to Bring for Day Camp

Please label everything so we can more easily return it to you if it is left behind:

  • A bag or backpack
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Towel, swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Sunblock. Even though we will apply sunscreen to the campers throughout the day, it is always a good idea to apply liberally in the morning before drop-off.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items will be kept in a designated spot in the Camp Office throughout the summer. Please check with the Camp Directors if you believe an item of yours was left behind at camp. We are unable to store lost and found items once camp is over and we will donate any unclaimed items after the final day of camp.


If your camper needs medication during the day, it must be turned in and logged with the Camp Nurses. All medicine must be in the original container. Due to licensing, Camp Nurses are not allowed to dispense any medication not in their original containers.

Day Camp Parent Pack

Please click on our Day Camp Parent Pack for our downloadable version.