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FAQs

See the Parent Guide to answer many of your questions and to find contact information for your local Day Camp Directors.

​Q: Who may attend Day Camps?

New for 2017, ALL children entering 1st grade through 5th grade in Fall of 2017 may attend Three Fires Council Day Camps. Cub Scouts, sisters, and even friends can attend our camps. Children that will be Tiger Scouts or entering 1st Grade in the Fall, will need their own parent or guardian to attend camp each day with them.

Q: Is there going to be a Tot Lot?
Plowman's Park is the only location offering a Tot Lot this year. Parents can pay a small fee to bring along their young child to camp and they will play and have a camp program in the Tot Lot. Parents must be at camp to use the Tot Lot. Contact Plowman's Park Camp Directors for more information.

Q: Where can I find Registration links to sign up for Day Camps?
Check out the Registrations & Locations page to register for the camps that best fit your schedule.

Q: Do I have to register online?
Yes. If you are having trouble registering, contact us at programadmin@scouting.org and we can have someone contact you to help you through the process.

Q: What is included in the Registration fee?
Each Camper receives a Camp t-shirt and a Pebble Patch along with the camp program. There is BB and Archery shooting every day, a Campfire program, games, crafts, and much more.

Q: Do I have to register with my Pack?

No. It does not matter if your Pack camp coordinator registers your whole group or if you want to register individually. It is up to you!

Q: Will my child be grouped with the other children from their Pack?

Yes. We automatically group children from the same Pack together into camp dens unless you request otherwise. Use the notes section on the registration if there are any special requests for groupings, special needs, etc. Camp Directors will be able to see those notes and work with you so that you have the best possible experience.

Q: Do parents or leaders need to attend?
No! But we would sure love to have you! Also new in 2017, campers can register to come to camp without needing anyone from their Pack to attend with them. It would still be great to have someone from your Pack attending camp who knows the children, but it is no longer required. Day Camps will provide the necessary adult supervision to ensure all campers are safe and having fun!

Q: Do I need to pack a lunch for my child?
Yes, you will need to pack a sack lunch or dinner and a refillable water bottle for your child each day. Kids work up an appetite being outdoors in the summer heat, so it's a good idea to pack extra snacks, too. See the Camper Checklist for more ideas on what to send with your child.

Q: Can you accommodate children with special needs?

Yes. Depending on the needs, we may need to ask a parent or guardian to attend with the child. Fill out the Health Advisory and Accommodation Form before camp so we can ensure we are prepared to assist your child.

Q: My child has a serious peanut allergy, what do you do to make sure my child is safe?

We do not sell any peanut products in our Trading Post or use any peanut products in our program. There are, however, occasionally items in Trading Post that have been processed on equipment that may have contained peanut products. There will also be other Campers who bring in peanut products. It is very important that families with a severe allergy of any kind inform us by filling out the Health Advisory and Accommodation Form so that we can prepare accordingly. Camps can provide Peanut Free Zones for lunch and snack times. We also have wipes available to wipe down equipment. We strive to help so that even the most severe of allergies will not prevent a child from having a happy and healthy camp experience.

​Q: How does the Campfire schedule work?

On Campfire Day (Fridays for week-long day camps), we will still hold a full day of program on the regular schedule. Week-long day camps will have a free play time from 3:30-6:00 pm where Campers can choose shooting sports, Gaga ball, a quiet craft, or other activities. At 6:00, Campers are released to their parents, and all families and friends are invited to join us for a Luau picnic dinner. Camp will provide a main dish (pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, or other meat) and families are invited to bring a dish to share. 7:00 pm is the start of the Campfire Program where families can sit back and enjoy some entertainment. Each Camper will be part of a skit and Staff will perform skits that are old camp favorites. The Campfire Program ends around 8:30 pm. Schedules will vary for Twilight Camps, so be sure to check out the specific location's schedule.

Q: What can we do to earn money for camp?

Camp Cards are a great way to help a Scout earn their own way! You can talk to your unit leaders or contact Three Fires Council to get more information on selling Camp Cards. Popcorn sales are also a great fundraising effort that your Pack might use to help pay for camp. You may already have earned money towards camp through selling popcorn in your unit. Check with your Pack leadership to find out how much money you already have earned towards camp.

Q: What if I don't have the money to send my child to camp?

Every child deserves to go to camp. There are camperships available to families who are in need. Applications must be submitted by April 1st. See the Campership Application for more information. Do not let the cost get in the way of giving your child a memory they may cherish the rest of their lives. We are all here to help!

Q: Why did the cost go up this year?
To keep up with increasing operating costs and to offer summer programs equal to or better than our competition. Our day camps provide a great value with a strong program, trained staff, flexible hours, and new opportunities for families to send their children to camp without needing to attend.

Q: What if I have questions that are not answered in the Parent Guide?

There are lots of volunteers ready to help you and answer your questions. Check the Parent Guide for the Camp Directors for your location and they can lead you to the right answer or at least to the right person! Or you can always contact the Three Fires Council Office at (630) 584-9250 or email programadmin@scouting.org to reach someone who will call you back. Please remember that most of us are volunteers and do our best to get back to you quickly.