Preparing for Day Camp

New Camper Orientation

Please click here for our New Camp Orientation video for this summer.

First Day of Camp Routine

The weekend before your session starts, you will be emailed a “Day Camp Placard” for your camper. Please print out the placard and bring it with you on the first day of camp. This will help us get your camper to the right group. We will start our camper check-in at 8:50am. A Staff member will help your camper out of the car and walk them directly to their group.

While we continue to check-in other campers, your child is will meet their counselors and other kids in their group. 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 8:50am.  Please be sure to bring your “Day Camp Placard” with you for drop-0ff.

This summer to avoid unnecessary traffic and congestion, we are staggering camper drop-off schedule.  We realize that these times might not fit for everyone or it makes it confusing if you have siblings that you’re dropping off…but that’s okay.  Please feel free to drop them off when it works for you.  However, if you do a little flexibility in your morning schedule, we ask that you help us out.  The staggered drop-off times are:

  • Cubs (incoming K to 1st graders):  8:50am – 9:10am
  • Blazers (incoming 2nd & 3rd graders): 8:50am – 9:10am
  • Trackers (incoming 4th & 5th graders): 9:10am – 9:25am
  • Alpiners & CITs (incoming 6th and up): 9:10am – 9:25am

If you are dropping off siblings, please pick the best time that works for you.

Please click here for a short video on our Drop-Off and Pick-Up process.

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.

Like our staggered drop-off times, we are asking that parents stagger their pick-up times to avoid congestion and traffic as well.  If you are picking up multiple campers, please feel free to pick them all up at the time that works best for you.  The pick-up times are:

  • Cubs (incoming K & 1st graders): 3:00pm – 3:20pm
  • Extended Cub Care: 4:15pm – 4:25pm
  • Blazers (incoming 2nd & 3rd graders): 4:15pm – 4:25pm
  • Trackers (incoming 4th & 5th graders): 4:20pm – 4:30pm
  • Alpiners & CITs (incoming 6th and up): 4:25pm – 4:35pm

If you are picking up siblings, please pick the best time that works for you.

Please click here for a short video on our Drop-Off and Pick-Up process.

Early Camper Pick-Up

If you have to pick your camper up early, not a problem. Just click on our Early Camper Pick-Up Request Form the night before or 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.  The early pick-up times this summer are:

  • 12:05pm – pick up at the Camp Office
  • 1:20pm – pick up at the Camp Office
  • 2:20pm – pick up at the Camp Office
  • 3:20pm – Pick up at the Regular Camper Pick-Up

Unfortunately, we can not accommodate any camper pick-up after 3:30pm as our regular pick up starts at 4:15pm.


PM Extended Care

Mountain Camp Woodside is able to offer our PM Extended Care to meet our Day Camp families’ scheduling needs.  Our PM Care extends your camper’s day and the pick-up is up to 5:30pm.  The campers will be moving around the camp doing different activities while they wait for their parents to arrive so please check in with the Camp Office for their daily location.


Parent’s Night

(Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer our Parent’s Night this summer.)

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
  • Water bottleCampers should bring their own water bottles with their name on it from home.  If someone loses theirs, we will have bottled water to give out.
  • 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.