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. 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.

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.

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.

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.  The early pick-up time this summer is:

  • 2:00pm


AM & PM Extended Care

(Unfortunately, we are not able to offer our AM or PM Extended Care this summer.)

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

(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. Since all of our water bottles are the same, we do not want kids accidentally using someone else’s this summer.  If someone loses theirs, we will have bottled water to give out.
  • Hat
  • Face mask (a couple of masks would be great)
  • 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.