We understand how frustrating it can be when the dates of your child’s school and desired Camp session overlap. Over the last decade, we’ve found that the academic calendars of our college-aged staff are ending later in June, and that many Bay Area based school districts are beginning their academic year earlier than ever before. This truncates the number of weeks we can offer programs to simultaneously accommodate the needs of our families and properly train our staff.
We highly encourage you to register your child for a session where the dates work best for your family. We understand that sometimes a camper can have their heart set on a certain number of weeks at Camp, or may feel overprepared for a short session or underprepared for a longer one. Typically we find that campers mature greatly from the time they register to the start of Camp, and that attending a program that they hadn’t initially planned on still gives them a wonderful Tawonga experience.
If you are interested in your child attending Session 4 (July 28 – August 9) but have a conflict with the start of the school year, please note that we will allow parents to pick up campers from the session from dinnertime on Monday, August 5 through the morning of Tuesday, August 6. Due to the nature of our programmatic schedule, leaving Session 4 early may mean that your child misses some key program elements, such as their backpacking trip or day on the Adventure Challenge Course. If you plan to have your child leave Camp early, we will ask you to indicate this in your Camper Information Forms in the Spring; please note that we are unable to prorate the cost of Camp for early departures.