Blue Compass Camps
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Call Us at (971) 221-6441
Is This Right for My Child?
Our programs are designed for kids, teens and young adults who can benefit from a small, supportive group of similar peers who are led by experienced and compassionate staff. We hope the following will help you to determine if we are a good fit for your child.
- We will generally accept kids within 1 year of our stated age range. (i.e. we will take a 12 year old on a 13-17 y/o program if the parent feels their kid can fit in OK with older kids).
- We heavily honor parent perspective on what age range their kid fits best with. A phone call or email to our main office will help you to make this determination. We are eager to help! 971-221-6441
- All of our programs are co-ed. At Ranch Camp we offer a Boy's cabin and a Girl's cabin, staffed with same gender counselor.
- ALL physical ability levels can participate in all of our programs.
- For backpacking and sea kayaking, we strive to create “Just Challenging Enough” programs that challenge individuals and the group.
- We make it a goal to make it into camp each evening on expedition programs before dark (usually around 2:30pm) so that campers have plenty of time to make camp, cook food, and relax.
- About 4-5 hours of travel time per day is expected for backpacking and sea kayaking programs.
- Many of our campers love to talk when they feel safe and comfortable.
- Not all of our campers love to listen to others talk, which is why we teach them how to be interested in others.
- All of our campers want to make and maintain relationships, and this skill comes more naturally to some and needs work for others. In summary, our campers have a wide range of social abilities, but amazingly, they all fit together quite nicely, like a colorful salad made up of a bunch of different and unique ingredients.
- We pride ourselves in our ability to quickly integrate your child into our program through laughter, encouragement and "listening" to your child's verbal and non-verbal cue's.
- Most of our campers are of average intelligence or above.
- We believe the way our campers think is amazing! Our campers often help us to see and hear perspectives that we would never otherwise be privy too.
Our Inclusionary Criteria:
- A child must be able to communicate his/her needs and have the capacity to understand and follow staff direction.
- Child must be able to meet his/her basic needs such as feeding, managing hygiene, and toileting independently.
- No history of serious suicide attempts or substantial potential for suicide risk.
- No history of significant interpersonal violence.
- Children who have recent history of physical aggression towards others.
- Physical conditions or diseases limiting his/her ability to safely hike up to 5 miles a day, carry a 30 pound backpack, or paddle up to 6 miles per day or to endure extended outdoor living in cold, wet, or hot weather. (N/A for The Lemonade Company, Ranch Camp and Treasure Island)
- Children with diabetes need to have successfully managed their health in settings other than their primary residence.