Outdoor Exploration Camp
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Get ready for a summer of fun! Mount Snow Outdoor Exploration Camp (OEC) is a high-energy summer camp providing children the opportunity to explore Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest. Our staff of expert adventurers will lead your children through engaging activities including hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, chairlift rides, arts and crafts, exploring local attractions, and MORE.
Hours of Operation
Our camp day starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Campers will be assigned to a home group based on the last grade they completed. Campers start their day with a morning briefing, AM Snack, and activity prep time. Each day is broken into two parts, “Activity Select” programs and “Home Room” group programs. Groups break for lunch between 11:45a and 1:00p. After a long day participating in a wide variety of activities, groups finish the day at 3:30p with a snack and wrap up activity. At 4:00pm groups will head outside to the play field for pickup.
DAILY ACTIVITY OFFERINGS
The following activities are available and may be offered any day of the week: hiking, biking, exploring, field games, arts and crafts, rainy day activities, and more. Additional programing is offered on select day:
Monday: Swimming @ Grand Summit Hotel Pool
Tuesday: Golf @ Mount Snow Golf Club
Wednesday: Swimming @ Grand Summit Hotel Pool, Hiking, XC Bike Rides.
Thursday: Lift Rides, Hiking, XC Bike Rides.
Friday: Lift Rides, Resort activities, Skill Building.
*Activity offerings subject to change without notice.
Hawks: Campers entering 1st and 2nd grades
Eagles: Campers entering 3rd and 4th grades
Falcons: Campers entering 5th and 6th grades
Condors: Campers entering 7th, 8th, & 9th grades
- Can I use my pack for multiple weeks or multiple children?
- OEC Packs are assigned to an individual and are non-transferable. OEC packs may be used non-consecutively and are eligible for use any day of the season.
For example: A camper who may attend every Thursday and Friday for 10 weeks would likely purchase a 20-pack. A camper who may attend 5 consecutive days in July may purchase a 5-Pack.
- Does my child need to bring a bike to camp?
- We encourage all participants to bring their bike to camp regardless of their interest level in biking. Biking in an integral part of our camp activities and may be used as a form of transportation from one location to another. Our team of staff is trained and happy to coach biking skills for all ages and abilities.
For students unable to ride a bike, many alternative transportation options do exist. Many children have come to camp never riding a bike before and love biking by the time they leave. Camp modifications may be made for certain individuals who are unable to ride a bike. If your child in not able to ride a bike, has not learned to ride a bike, or does not own a bike, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-464-7042 to discuss your child’s situation further.
- What does my child need to bring to camp?
- Campers are required to bring with them daily:
- Morning snack, picnic lunch, and afternoon snack (no peanuts please)
- Water-bottle and/or backpack hydration system
- Sturdy closed toed shoes for outdoor activities like hiking/biking
- Sunblock & bug spray
- Closed toed water shoes/sandals (please do not bring flip-flops, crocs not recommended)
- Change of clothes, jacket/sweatshirt, pants, and extra socks
- Bathing suit and towel
- Mountain bike *(rentals available through Mount Snow Sports)
- Helmet and other protective gear
- What type of activities do campers participate in?
- During Activity Select sessions campers will have a variety of activities to choose from. On certain days, multiple skill variations of an activity may be offered. Activity Select programming allows campers of different Home Groups the opportunity to participate in an activity that meets their skill level and interest regardless of age (challenge by choice). See the Daily Activity Offerings above for an example of each day’s primary activities.
Our challenge by choice activities are designed to provide participants with an opportunity to practice skill development with an appropriate amount of challenge. Challenge by choice disciplines include but are not limited to, biking, hiking, golfing, and swimming. Some activities may have qualifying requirements, to participate a camper may be asked to demonstrate a minimum level of skill, experience, awareness, and/or behavior control for the desired activity. Lead activity counselors and OEC management have final discretion on camper eligibility.
- What kind of biking do you offer at camp? Will my child bike every day?
- Biking at camp is primarily classified as Cross Country (XC) Mountain Biking. Some activities may include biking on paved or unpaved roads, pump tracks, or trail riding.
Biking may be offered every day but is not guaranteed. Weather, camper interest, staffing, and trail conditions may dictate if/when activities are offered. Examples of additional biking activities include skills building for, riding without training devices, safe shifting and braking, riding as a group, Intro to XC-Mountain Biking, Beginner XC- Mountain Biking, Intermediate XC-Mountain Biking, and Advanced/ technical XC-Mountain Biking.
Downhill mountain bike clinics may be offered to campers at an additional cost. Downhill mountain biking is not a regularly occurring camp activity. If your camper is interested in downhill mountain biking, we recommend signing up for clinics through Mount Snow Sports.
- What are your Discipline Procedures?
- Basic rules of respect and courtesy are expected at camp. Our simplified camp philosophy is to “BE SAFE, BE FAIR, and BE KIND”. Campers who do not follow the Code of Conduct will first be re-directed by our camp staff. After receiving redirection campers will be issued the following notices:
- 1-Reminder: Campers are reminded of the rules of camp and the code of conduct.
- 2-Warning: The Camper will be asked to quickly pause from participating in the current activity to discuss actions and the code of conduct.
- 3- Final Warning: The Camper will be asked to temporarily stop participating in the current activity to discuss actions and the code of conduct. Camper will also discuss their choices and influences with a supervisor, manager, or another OEC staff member when available. A final warning note will be placed and held on file.
- 4- Call/Note Home: If a camper continues to break the code of conduct, the OEC Camper will receive all responses of a final warning and a call/note home. The note on file will be released to parents.
No Tolerance Policy; If a camper displays any of the prohibited behaviors in the code of conduct or a camper's behavior at any time threatens the immediate safety of him/her, other campers, or staff, the child’s parent/guardian will be notified and expected to pick-up the child immediately.
- What is your Code of Conduct?
- Campers agree to demonstrate appropriate, sportsmanlike conduct through the following behaviors:
- Campers shall follow the directions of staff members.
- Campers will show respect to their counselors, camp staff, Mount Snow employees, and the public.
- Campers will demonstrate respect for personal safety and the safety of others.
- Camper will demonstrate respectful and responsible behavior which includes respect for property, courtesy and good manners, the use of appropriate language always.
Participants and participant parents/guardians understand the following actions or behaviors are prohibited: Actions which intentionally endanger the health and safety of themselves, other campers, and/or staff. Performing acts of bullying, aggression, or violence. Stealing, damaging, or failing to care for Mount Snow property, staff property, and/or property of other campers. Actions which continually disrupt daily programs. Using profanity or inappropriate language or displaying clothing or other personal items with offensive content. Performing inappropriate physical contact. Possession or use of illegal substances, tobacco, or alcohol. Refusal to follow behavior guidelines. If a camper's behavior at any time threatens the immediate safety of him/her, other campers, or staff, the parent/guardian will be notified and expected to pick-up the child immediately.
Participants and participant parents/guardians agree that failure to comply with any of the above provisions can lead to disciplinary action which can be taken by the counselor or camp supervisor/manager. Any disciplinary action will be applied fairly and equitably to all parties involved. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in the removal from activities, the program, and/or additional fees. There will be no refunds given for campers who are removed from the program due to violations of the Code of Conduct. Nothing in this code shall be deemed to restrict the individual freedom of a participant while not representing Mount Snow.
- Where is Outdoor Exploration Camp located?
- Outdoor Exploration Camp operates out of the Discovery Center building in the Main Base Area of Mount Snow Resort. Drop off and pick up occurs in this location unless otherwise notified by camp staff.
OEC campers participate in regularly scheduled activities within the boundaries of Mount Snow, Handle Road to Crosstown Trails, Mount Snow Golf Course, Rt. 100, and Dover Park. Transportation to these destinations may occur via foot, bicycle, or Southeast Vermont Transit dba MOOver. Activities within this region do not require field trip permission slips, in some circumstances (i.e. medical issues, bicycle mechanical failure, etc.) campers may receive transportation back to Mount Snow Resort via Mount Snow Rescue, Mount Snow Security, or Grand Summit Hotel Valet. The Condors group may receive special permissions from their counselor to participate in an un-announced trip to Wilmington. Parents will be contacted prior to departure for these trips.
- Where do daily activities take place? Do campers participate in offsite field trips?
- OEC campers participate in regularly scheduled activities within the boundaries of Mount Snow, Handle Road to Crosstown Trails, Mount Snow Golf Course, Rt. 100, and Dover Park. Transportation to these destinations may occur via foot, bicycle, or Southeast Vermont Transit dba MOOver. Activities within this region do not require field trip permission slips, in some circumstances (i.e. medical issues, bicycle mechanical failure, etc.) campers may receive transportation back to Mount Snow Resort via Mount Snow Rescue, Mount Snow Security, or Grand Summit Hotel Valet. The Condors group may receive special permissions from their counselor to participate in an un-announced trip to Wilmington. Parents will be contacted prior to departure for these trips.
Campers may be offered the opportunity to participate in field trips outside of our traditional play boundaries. Field trips are internally posted 1 week in advance and do require parental permissions. Field trips may include additional costs. Parents with reservations will be notified if a camper may be attending on a day a field trip is scheduled. Examples of field trips include, trips to Wilmington, blueberry picking, trips to the Cremee Stand, Stand-up Paddle boarding, etc.
- Who are your counselors and what is their background?
- Our adventurous counselors are professional teachers, coaches, athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and all-around great people. We believe outdoor exploration is essential to child development and our team of staff is trained to facilitate camper education through experiences exploring new environments and conquering goals and challenges.
For more information please email Timothy.J.Shannon@vailresorts.com or call 802-464-7042