River Camp FAQs
Members only registration opens on February 1st of each year. Public registration opens on March 1st of each year. Registration is completed online using the UltraCamp website.
We recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure you receive your first choice of session. Most weeks fill up by mid-May.
Yes! Fresno campers may register for up to 2 weeks of River Camp or Young Explorers each summer. Firebaugh campers may register for up to 4 weeks of River Camp each summer.
If your desired session is full, you may register your camper for the waitlist through the UltraCamp website. If/when a spot opens up for your camper you will be automatically notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to register. If you do not register within those 48 hours your spot will be forfeited and offered to the next camper on the waitlist. Please note: River Parkway Trust staff are unable to assess the likelihood that a spot will open up for your camper, as the variables are beyond our control.
River Parkway Trust members receive the discount codes for the season via e-mail before Members only registration opens on February 1st. If you did not receive a copy of the discount code please contact the office at (559) 248-8480.
You will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail immediately upon registration. This e-mail will include a copy of your registration and basic camp information. Additional information, including a copy of the Camper Guide, will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the beginning of your registered camp date. The Camper Guide is also available on our website.
A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration: $50 for River Camp or $25 for Young Explorers. Full refunds (less the deposit amount) will be given if requested at least 7 days prior to your camp start date. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to your camp start date, refunds will only be given for medical or family emergencies. If you need to cancel, please do so by calling our office at (559) 248-8480 ext. 104.
Campers are grouped by age into individual groups of 9-11 campers led by a counselor and 1-2 Junior Leaders. Typically, the members of a group will be no more than 2 years apart from each other (e.g. the youngest group member is 6 and the oldest group member is 8). We strive to create an environment conducive for children to thrive socially and emotionally as they experience nature. It has been our experience that having campers more than 2 years apart in age in the same group creates a developmental gap that reduces the positive social interactions of the group.
Parents may request that their camper be in the same group as friends or family during the online registration process. While we do our best to meet as many of these requests as possible, “group-with” requests are not guaranteed. *If there are special circumstances that require your camper to be grouped with someone >2 years apart in age from them, please contact the Community Programs Director at 559-248-8480 ext. 104 with this request.*
Campers at River Camp at Scout Island begin and end each day at the River Center, where they are signed in/out and meet the River Camp Bus. Campers and Junior Leaders at River Camp at Scout Island ride the bus to Scout Island (where camp is held) in the morning and return in the afternoon. Click here for a map to the River Center.
Campers at River Camp at Owl Hollow are dropped off and picked up from Owl Hollow directly each day. Owl Hollow is located next to the River Center, but uses a different access point. A map with directions to Owl Hollow will be sent upon registration.
We strongly encourage you to schedule your camper’s session to minimize any scheduling conflicts that require late arrival or early pick-up. In the event that such a conflict is unavoidable, please make arrangements with the Camp Director or AM/PM Assistant in advance. Late arrivals or early pick-ups will take place once a day at 12:30 pm. Full instructions will be given when arrangements are made.
If your child is going to miss a day of camp, please contact the Camp Director or AM/PM Assistant ASAP to notify us of the absence. If your camper at River Camp at Scout Island has not been checked in by 8:50 am you will receive a phone call from camp staff checking on his/her status for the day.
Though we strongly encourage all River Campers to complete basic swim lessons prior to participating in River Camp, swimming proficiency is not required. During swim-time or water activities your camper will be supervised by lifeguards (30:1 ratio), counselors (10:1 ratio, including their counselor), and Junior Leaders (10:1 ratio). Life vests are available for all campers. Some optional activities, such as canoeing or ‘floating the river’ require all participants to wear a life vest. The general swim area does not require a life vest, but many of our campers wear life vests at all times when they are in the water and you may request that your camper wear a life vest whenever in the water. Water activities are completely optional, and children may remain on dry land if they desire. If you have special requests regarding swim time for your camper, please discuss them with the camp counselor at Monday morning check in or note them on the emergency information form.
Please have your child wear the following to camp each day:
- Swimsuit (worn under clothing; no changing room available)
- Shoes that can get wet (NO FLIP FLOPS)
- Sunscreen and a hat
Please have your child bring the following to camp each day:
- Lunch (no refrigeration is available)
- Full, reusable water bottle
- Extra sunscreen
- A towel
River Camp will provide:
- All activity supplies
- Water safety equipment
- River Camp T-Shirt
- Drinking water/Gatorade
- Morning and afternoon snack
- River Camp has relaxed its refund policy due to COVID-19. If you do choose to cancel your registration, you will have the following options in terms of refunds:
- Request a full refund. (We will ask if you are able to donate $5 of your refund as an optional charitable donation to help cover the processing fees we incur on both registration and cancellation).
- Re-designate some or all of your camp fees to a donation to support the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust and River Camp programs.
- Please talk with your camper about the importance of social distancing and minimizing physical contact and practice proper hand washing technique with your campers prior to the start of the camp session. We will also review these, as well as how to cover your cough or sneeze, with campers during the Monday morning rules.
- Each morning at sign-in we will be conducting a verbal screening regarding any potential illness or exposure which parents will need to complete on behalf of your camper(s). While we will not be conducting temperature screenings, we ask that parents take their camper’s temperature prior to coming to camp each day and keep your child home if they are showing any symptoms of illness. Questions will include:
- Does your camper have a fever (100.4 degrees or greater)?
- Does your camper have any of the following respiratory symptoms: sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath?
- Has your camper had close, unprotected contact with a suspected or known COVID-19 patient? (Spent more than 15 minutes closer than six feet from someone sick with a fever and cough)
- We will have a touch-free infrared forehead thermometer at camp for use in the event that any camper is exhibiting symptoms of fever. If your camper shows respiratory symptoms while at camp or has a temperature reading over 100.4°F, you will be contacted and need to pick your camper up in a timely fashion (within an hour).
- Each child should be sent with a mask. We will not be asking campers or staff to wear masks for the entire camp day, but each individual at camp should have a mask to have on hand in case of any situation where close proximity to others is unavoidable. Drop-off and pick-up staff will wear masks during those times.
- Each group will include up to 9 campers, 1 Junior Leader, and 1 Counselor. Groups will remain together during the camp day, and interaction with other groups will be limited.
- The daily schedule, games, and activities have been modified to accommodate distancing between campers and increased materials sanitization between uses, or enough materials for each group to have their own set.
- Hand washing and hand sanitization will become group activities that are scheduled into the camp day.
- There will be one extra staff member on site at all times whose primary role it is to assist with the continued disinfection of all high contact points, restrooms, and activity materials.
- To reduce the risk of transmission, River Camp will not be providing snack in 2020.
- There will be no early drop-off or Friday afternoon Variety Show in 2020.
- We will be staggering drop-off/pick-up times to minimize the number of people on site at one time. You will not physically sign in on the sheet; the Camp Director will record your name and mark the camper has arrived.
If you have additional questions not addressed above, please contact the office at (559) 248-8480.