Parent FAQ

How long is your camp session?

Whether your participant is attending day camp or sleepaway camp, Altitude at Via’s session is two weeks long. Day Camp participants attend only on weekdays – Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm. Sleepaway participants attend for the full two weeks.

Why two weeks?

From our experience, the two-week sleepaway program has proven to be the right amount of time for participants to derive the benefits of a sleepaway camp experience, while not feeling overly daunting to either children or parents in terms of time spent apart.

For our youngest campers, the two-week day camp program is a wonderful opportunity to experience a taste of Altitude that mirrors the duration of our sleep-away program. Day Camp participants spend two weeks engaged in all of our exciting camp activities, providing them with a richly supported yet natural environment in which to make connections and focus upon strengthening their skills.

Who are the counselors and staff at camp?

Our counseling staff consists of a combination of university and graduate students and young professionals who are engaged in a career or interested in working in the fields of education, psychology, occupational therapy, speech therapy and the like. All of our staff members have completed at least one year of college. In addition our multidisciplinary leadership team provides training, supervision, and clinical support to the Altitude Team.

How will the participants be grouped?

participants are generally placed into groups of approximately six campers. When creating groups, our team tries to take into consideration the children’s ages, developmental levels, personalities, and overall presentation. There will be a minimum of two staff members assigned to each group of six, and additional professional staff who rotate among groups throughout the day. While participants travel with their groups, we encourage meeting and interactions with campers in other groups throughout the day – during activities, meals, free time, and evening programs.

Can I call or have my participant call me during the session?

While we do not have a scheduled call home, and generally encourage parents and participants to honor the independence experience, we can schedule calls as needed on a case-by-case basis.  Parents, friends and other family can send emails or letters to participants as often as desired. Emails will be printed out and distributed to our participants on a daily basis.  Additionally, we ask our participants to send at least two letters home while at camp.

What contact will I have with the staff and camp directors during camp?

Our camp staff is available to speak with parents during our summer sessions. Program Manager, Kirsten Jensen, will be available by phone and via e-mail, should you have any questions or concerns. Additionally, each night Altitude at Via will post photos of the day’s events at camp, so you can see your child in action at camp!

What happens if my participant needs medical attention? What if my participant takes medication?

Camp Altitude has a full-time nurse living in the dorm with the campers and staff. Medications taken by campers are stored under lock and key with the nurse and they are distributed as required by our nurse. In addition, there is a University Health Center on the campus.

How will you help prepare me and my participant for camp this summer?

Our comprehensive intake process ensures that we obtain detailed information about your child, as well as information about any services provided. We will personally meet with you and your child to not only get to know you, but to also start the process of getting you ready for camp and familiarizing you with the Camp Altitude Program.

Prior to the start of camp, you will receive a Parent Handbook outlining all aspects of the Camp Altitude experience. Additionally, Kirsten Jensen, Executive Director, will be available to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have.

What does my participant pack for camp? Is laundry done while at camp?

Prior to camp, you will receive a packing list of items that we recommend that each camper bring to camp. For sleep-away campers, laundry is done on campus one time in the middle of the camp session.