FAQ Day Camp Information

Thank you for registering your child for the Merck Forest Camp. This informational page is designed to help answer any questions you may have about our camps.

We encourage you to talk to your child about information that will be important for his or her camp experience before the start of camp. Please let us know of any questions you or your child(ren) may have about any of this information.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Merck Forest & Farmland Center | 3270 Route 315 | Rupert, VT 05768
Visitor Center Phone: 802-394-7836 (9am to 4pm) | Website: www.merckforest.org.
For questions regarding registration or camp administration, contact Christine Hubbard directly by calling 802-394-2519 or emailing christine@merckforest.org.

HEALTH CARE & EMERGENCY CARE

  • MEDICAL CARE FORM:  For safety purposes, we ask that you provide us with important information about your child. Please take time to complete the Merck Forest Camp Health and Emergency Care Form included in your packet, and return it to Merck Forest, either by emailing it to christine@merkforest.org, or by mailing to Merck Forest, Attn. Christine Hubbard, no later than one week before camp.

  • Medications:  Camp staff must be notified of any medications that your child will be taking during the day (see Health Care and Emergency Form – Camper Medication Information, Permission, and Waiver). Camp staffers are not permitted to administer medications, but will remind and/or assist your camper in taking his or her medicine according to your directions

  • Illness and Minor Injury:  Please do not send a sick child to camp. If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be called to pick him/her up. If your child is injured or becomes upset during the day, a camp staff member will contact you to determine whether or not s/he should remain at camp for the rest of the day.

  • Emergencies:  All MFFC Camp staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR, and are trained to respond in medical emergencies. In the event of a health emergency, you will be contacted immediately. If necessary, your child will be transported by ambulance to the nearest appropriate medical facility. Camp participants will never be transported in a MFFC staff vehicle.

CAMP BEHAVIOR CODE
The MFFC Camp staff is committed to providing each and every child with a productive and enjoyable camp experience. Our goal is to create a fun and nurturing environment that accommodates individual needs and learning styles.
In order to maintain the safety and quality of the program, we will manage camper behavior as appropriate including, if necessary, employing disciplinary measures. Please review the MFFC Camp Behavior Code with your child prior to the start of camp (see MFFC Health and Emergency Care Form). If you have any questions about our behavior code, please contact Christine Hubbard at 802-394-2578.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellations are discouraged. If you must cancel your child’s registration, please be aware of our refund policy outlined below. Refunds are subject to a $35 non-refundable processing fee, and will be given according to the following schedule:

  • If requested at least 1 week before the first day of camp, you will receive a full refund (less a $35 processing fee).
  • If requested less than 1 week before the first day of camp, we will be unable to issue a refund.
  • MFFC is unable to provide refunds if a child misses one or more days of camp due to illness, unexpected family obligations, dismissal, or any other seen or unforeseen event.
  • MFFC reserves the right to cancel camp programs due to low enrollment. 

DAILY PREPARATION

  • Please label all of your child’s belongings.
  • Campers should be dressed for the weather and be prepared to spend most of the day outdoors. Please be mindful that temperatures on the mountain can be colder and windier than down in the valley.
  • A list of suggested/prohibited clothing and equipment is below.

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP INFORMATION

  • Camp drop-off and pick-up is at the Visitor Center.
    Drop off: between 8:50am – 9:00am every day; Pick up: at 3:00pm every day.
  • If a camper is not picked up within 15 minutes beyond the designated pick-up time of 3pm, you will be charged a late fee of $10. For every 10 minutes beyond 3:15, you will be charged an additional $10 late fee. A staff member will remain with your child until a parent/guardian or alternate contact person arrives.

** IMPORTANT ** If you know your child will be arriving late or leaving early from camp, please notify us at least a day in advance so we may plan to have a staff member available to escort your child to/from the group. Contact Chris Hubbard at 802-3942578.

** IMPORTANT ** On the Health and Emergency Care Form, please designate ALL adults who are authorized to pick up your child INCLUDING yourself. Persons designated to pick up your child may be asked to present a valid ID.

2020 CAMP CALENDAR

  • Spring Break “Spring on the Farm” April 21 – 23 (Tuesday – Thursday) 9am – 3pm. For rising 2nd through 5th graders.
    Kids will explore what is happening on the farm during the spring, including maple sugaring, and caring for the farm animals.
  • *NEW for 2020! “Wilderness Camp” July 13 – 17 (Monday – Friday), 9am – 3pm. For rising 4th through 6th graders. Children will learn about the wild creatures that make their homes at Merck Forest, as well as the land they live on. Get ready to learn about deer, bears, coyotes, squirrels, and more!
  • “Forest Camp”, Session 1 July 20 – 24 (Monday – Friday), 9am – 3pm. For rising 1st through 3rd graders. Campers will have fun exploring our woods, fields, and ponds. We’ll be based out of our forest classroom, the yurt!
  • “Forest Camp”, Session 2 August 3 – 7 (Monday – Friday), 9am – 3pm. For rising 1st through 3rd graders. Campers will have fun exploring our woods, fields, and ponds. We’ll be based out of our forest classroom, the yurt!

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

For our cold-weather camps:

  • Daypack to carry belongings
  • Healthy lunch with non-perishable food (i.e.: not requiring refrigeration)
  • Full water bottle (potable water is available for refills)
  • Complete change of clothes 
  • Winter boots
  • Winter jacket and snow pants
  • Extra socks (preferably wool)
  • Winter hat & scarf/neck-warmer
  • Mittens/gloves (two pair)
  • Empty plastic bag (for bringing home wet clothes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Required medications in original packaging (medication form must be filled out.)
  • Snacks

For our warmer weather camps:

  • Day pack to carry belongings
  • Non-perishable, healthy lunch (refrigeration is not available)
  • One or two snacks
  • Water bottle filled with water (Potable water is available for refilling.)
  • Complete change of clothes (Bring a set to leave for the week, if you choose.)
  • Sturdy walking shoes (sneakers or closed-toe sandals. No Crocs!)
  • Watershoes if desired (i.e. aquasocks, watersandals with Velcro closure, or old sneakers)
  • Insect repellent and Sunscreen
  • Baseball cap or sun hat
  •  Sweatshirt, fleece, or lightweight jacket (in case of cool weather)
  • Raincoat and rain boots/shoes, if rainy weather is predicted
  •  Empty plastic bag, for bringing home wet clothes
  • Required medications in original packaging (medication form must be filled out.)

What NOT to Bring

  • Video games, iPods, cell phones or any other electronic toys or devices.
  • Personal items or toys (unless otherwise requested by an instructor for a share time)
  • Food that easily spoils.
  • Drinks in glass containers.

Sample Daily Camp Schedule
9am   Campers arrive.
9/9:30   Welcome and Circle Activities
9:30/10   Ecosystem Activities / Exploration
10/10:15   Snack, bathroom break
10:15/12   Ecosystem Activities / Exploration
12/12:30   Lunch, Bathroom break
12:30/1:45   Ecosystem Activities / Exploration / Games
1:45/2:15   Art / Craft time
2:15/2:30   Reflection with journal and Sit Spot
2:30/2:45   Ending circle, sharing time
2:45/3p   Back to VC, circle activities as parents arrive.
3pm   Campers depart.