My child is going into 2nd grade in the fall of 2022. Do I sign them up for the K/1 group, or the 2/3 group?
Our age groups correspond with the grade that your child has just completed for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Your child would sign up for the K/1 group since they just completed 1st grade.
How many weeks of camp can I sign my child up for?
You can sign up for 3 weeks of camp per child. If your child wants to attend more, call the TNI office after registering to be put onto a waitlist for more weeks of camp. Unsold camp weeks will be opened starting May 1st.
Can I sign up my child for 2 weeks on the same topic?
We do not recommend signing up for the same topic for multiple weeks. Our camp lesson plans have specific activities that relate to the topic of the week, so they would be repeating many of the same activities.
How large are the group sizes?
Group sizes depend on the age of the campers. We follow limitations set forth by the American Camp Association (ACA).
||Staff to Camper Ratio (ACA)
||TNI Max Group Size w/ 2 Staff Members
||10 campers per group.
||10 campers per group.
||14 campers per group.
||16 campers per group.
||16 campers per group.
Do you provide lunch?
No, we do not provide lunch. We do not have facilities on site or certification to prepare meals. Please send your child with a packed lunch that does not require heating. We store lunches in our refrigerators after arrival.
I was not able to sign up for the week I wanted to register my child for. Are there any additional spots?
Our camp is very popular, and spots fill up quickly! We do have waitlists for camp on the weeks that fill up. You can add them to the waitlist on Camp Brain or by calling our office at (618) 466-9930. If spots open up, you will receive a call inquiring if you’d like to register for the open spot. Spots are first come, first served.
How many staff are there? What are their qualifications?
Camp is run by a Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, and 14 summer camp staff. The Camp Director, Lauren Scull, runs our education programs year-round. Our Assistant Camp Director, Dave Schiber, is also a year-round staff member. You can learn more about them on the Our Team page. Summer camp staff are typically high school or college students that have an interest in the outdoors or are currently attending school for biology or environmental topics, as well as teachers that are out of school for the summer. They complete a week long training prior to camp and all hold current certifications in First Aid and CPR. They are trained on curriculum, child development, emergency procedures, and group management, as well as outdoor content. Each camp group has a minimum of 2 staff members with them. Groups may also have an additional counselor if extra support is needed, as well as some teen volunteers. All staff have background checks prior to the summer.
What is CampBrain and why am I receiving notifications from them?
All of our camp registration is run through CampBrain. This website allows you to register your child, create a health profile, and fill out required forms for camp.
Where is ‘homebase’ for each of the groups?
The youngest 4 groups have a section of the porch for them to store their belongings, eat lunch, do sitting activities, and hang as a group. The oldest 2 groups ‘graduate’ off of the porch and will be stationed at the Old Shed and the large tent, in order to give them more space and additional independence. All of the groups spend most of their day outside and away from their ‘homebase’ — we promote getting outside and spending time in nature!
What will my camper be doing all day?
The activities each day will be based on their theme, but they should plan to spend lots of time outside, complete age-appropriate activities, play games, and explore nature! Most camps will also receive a visit from a guest speaker. Check out our Daily Schedule to learn more.
General Camp Schedule 2022
Are you able to provide specific accommodations for my camper?
Sometimes! Please let us know prior to registration if your child needs any special accommodations and we’re happy to discuss what we’re able to provide to best assist you.
Can I request that my child is in a group with a friend?
Yes, 1 buddy request per child is permitted, provided that the following conditions are met:
- The other child must also request that your child is in their group.
- You know the full name of the camper you are requesting.
- Both children must be in the same age group.
- Both children are registered for the same week.
Please note that while we attempt to accommodate as many buddy requests as possible, it is not guaranteed. We recommend that siblings are in separate groups. Camp is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and try new things!
Can I attend camp with my child?
No. Parents/guardians are not permitted to attend camp. Camp is a drop off program and our staff are thoroughly vetted to ensure the safety of all participants.
Do you have any opportunities for teenagers?
Middle school camps are open for ages 12 – 14! If your child would like to take a bigger role at camp this summer, consider our Junior Counselor program. This is a volunteer program for ages 13 – 16. Applications are accepted until May 22nd. Contact Dave, the Assistant Camp Director, at email@example.com with any questions regarding our Junior Counselor program.
Do you offer scholarships?
YES! We offer a limited number of scholarships for camp for those with financial constraints and for children that typically would not be able to attend camp. Please contact our Main Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Please keep in mind that these scholarships do not include transportation to and from camp.
What are your COVID-19 policies?
As of May 2022, we are currently mask optional. Our programming takes place almost entirely outdoors. We do have hand sanitizer available and encourage frequent handwashing. We will follow recommendations set forth by the Madison County Health Department and the CDC. If any of these policies change, parents/guardians will be contacted prior to their child’s week at camp.
I have an additional question about refunds, billing, or waitlists.
Please contact our office at (618) 466-9930 or email@example.com.
I have an additional question about staff, camp policies, paperwork, curriculum, or other camper needs.
Please contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.