Important Information & Policies
For information about our Summer Camps, please visit the following links:
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
We create a space where each participant can feel at home among peers and mentors and within the elements of nature. Experiencing the non-judgmental simplicity and expansiveness of nature within a supportive group creates a powerful space for healthy personal growth. More about our commitment to diversity here: http://ccetompkins.org/
All-Program Agreements are given to families and participants before program begins. We want all of our students to have a rich, rewarding, enjoyable experience at our programs, and these simple guidelines provide a safe and supportive environment for students and staff to make the most of their time together. Care-givers are asked to share and discuss these with their child(ren) before the first day of our program.
What to Bring
For the health of each participant and to facilitate high quality programming, we provide a list of required items that each participant must bring to each day of each program. If a participant does not arrive equipped with all of the outlined items, they may be sent home for the day without a refund. This list will vary from season to season.
To-Bring Lists by Season (view or download):
- Summer To-Bring List (Day Camps) - updated
- Summer Growing Wild To-Bring List - updated
- Autumn To-Bring List
- Cold Weather To-Bring List
- Spring To-Bring List
- Weather Dressing Chart
Ticks and tick-borne illness have become a fact of life in our area. The fact is, you can’t avoid ticks by not playing in the woods. Ticks also like lawns and woodchip-covered areas. “We’ve gotten more ticks on playgrounds than we have at Forest Preschool,” one of our parents told us. If you have pets that go outside, they may also bring ticks inside. Living in our area requires regular (at least once a day) full-body tick checks whenever the temperature is above freezing. At our programs, we instruct kids how to visually scan clothing and exposed skin and what to do with non-attached ticks. We role model the practice and roughly every three hours remind campers to do the same. As developmentally appropriate, our instructors may assist campers in this process. With your permission (granted in our registration form), we would also remove an embedded tick if one were found on exposed skin during camp. Please see our page What about ticks? for more information about Primitive Pursuits tick protocols and resources.
Medications (prescription and OTC) must be in their original container and must be accompanied by a patient-specific written note from the doctor valid for the dates of the program. Please store medication and doctor's note in a clear plastic bag with your child's name on it. Medications will be checked in on the first day of the program- please make sure to have the doctor's note with you at check-in.
When you sign your child into a program a designated instructor will sign in any medication and will carry it until needed by your child. By NYS Health Department regulations, all medications must be self-administered. Your child may not be permitted to come to the program if he or she is unable to self-administer required medication. If your child has an EpiPen, our medically trained staff will assist them if necessary. When the program is over, be sure to sign out your child's medication.
Please visit our Policies page for more information about:
- Our sliding scale
- Late pick-ups
- Late arrivals / early departures
- Weather-related cancellations
If your child would like to be in a group with a friend or relative - or if you would prefer your child NOT in the same group as a friend or relative - please email email@example.com with the name of both children, the name of the particular program/camp and the start date of that program, no later than 7 days before it starts.
Emergency Contacts & Adults Authorized to Pickup
This is where you designate additional adults to whom you give permission 1) to be contacted in an emergency if we can't reach you AND/OR 2) to pick up your child from our programs. We require at least 1 adult other than the Account Holder be listed there.
Please do NOT enter your own name as a Contact; as the Account Holder you are already included by the registration software.
If you need to add anyone fewer than 5 days before the program starts, you must ALSO email firstname.lastname@example.org at least one day before the pickup: include the contact's name, relationship to the participant and a phone number.
If you have entered a Contact into your Account Portal fewer than 5 days before the program starts but do not email us, the staff on site at the program will NOT have been notified of the Contact updates. For your child's safety, the staff will have to speak to you personally by phone before they can release your child to someone not on the paper attendance list they have at camp.
Please look for registration status in your Account Portal. If you see "waitlist" then that participant is on the waitlist. Our registration software will not accept payment for a participant on the waitlist. If a spot opens, we call and email the next waitlisted person and include a deadline for reply and payment arranged through the office.
This information is also available as a downloadable PDF here.
"We tend to block off many of our senses when we're staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses." Richard Louv, Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'
As a passionate connector of people and nature and nature-connection enthusiast, Wren loves roaming the forests and valleys soaking up the sights and sounds.