Important Info for Camp Parents 2019
On the weekend before your first camp, parents are required to read our updated 2019 Student Behavior Contract with your child to make sure that your child understands the important safety rules. This printable PDF also contains a list of what parents pack for their child. See the Student Behavior Contract. Parents are encouraged to optionally have their child sign a printout of the Behavior Contract, and to keep it in their child's backpack.
Please pack a good lunch, 3 water bottles, and 2 separate snacks (so kids don’t pull out their whole lunch at 10am lunch).
DAILY: bring your child to the Sign-in Table, past the far end of the parking lot.
The two age groups are Wild Kids (age 5-7) and Big Kids (age 8+).
ARRIVE 8:45 to 8:55am, and have your child meet our staff (GREEN SHIRTS) at the Sign-in Table every morning. Please keep your child with you until signed-in and given a daily name tag. (Note that no safety staff are on duty until 8:45am).
When you sign-in, please tell the staff how many summer weeks that your child is attending in 2019. For example, if attending THREE weeks, then ask for 3 shirts when you arrive for your FIRST camp week. If you child is registered for ONE week, the staff will give you 1 free shirt.
Additional Camp Shirts may optionally be purchased for $10, on any morning.
Parents and kids (who have names on waivers) may visit the horses near the Sign-in Table, 8:45-9am. Not before 8:45am.
Big Kids (Adventure Maker Campers) please put your backpacks on the BROWN tarp before 9am, next to the Sign-in Table. See what to bring by reading the Student Behavior Contract.
Wild Kid Campers (age 5-7) put backpacks in the black plastic box next to the Sign-in Table.
If you arrive later than 9am: please walk with your Big Kids to the Tribal Wisdom Academy Forest Campus (follow the green ribbons for ages 8+) to directly drop off and sign-in your child.
And/or walk with your Wild Kid (age 5-7) Campers to the animal barn near the sign-in table. And sign-in your child with adult staff wearing the green TWA shirts.
Note the One-Way traffic signs, please drive the correct direction 24/7.
Please use the main parking lot and READ the SIGNS.
No stopping or parking on our narrow roadways. (Big trucks might attempt to drive around your car).
When you re-enter Hwy 17, it is very important to not block the incoming driveway traffic. Stay to the right! Highway traffic may enter the driveway suddenly.
For driving directions please use Google (not Apple maps): just Google “1 Los Gatos Farms Drive”.
Or if this is your first time at the farm, see our excellent Location Page.
Besides 911 in an emergency, please call the Camp Staff phone if the driveway is blocked or you need car help. Thanks. 408-898-8177
Please PICK-UP your child on time:
Park in the same area as in the mornings, without blocking any roads of course.
Please read the YELLOW TWA BANNER on the left side of the driveway as you drive to the parking lot.
Parents please pick up your Big Kids (age 8+) by walking to the Tribal Wisdom Academy Forest Campus (100 yard trail, behind the yellow banner).
If you have kids at the WILD KID camp (ages 5 to 7), then please pick your Older Kids FIRST by 2:44pm at the TWA Forest Campus (walk up the trail beyond the yellow banner), and then go to the WILD KID camp near the barn before 3pm.
Please ARRIVE EARLY, like at 2:30pm, which is 15-minutes before the Big Kid camp ends. This is important, because your kids will want to show you their treehouses and projects! And then the Big Kids leave exactly at 2:45pm.
Please go get your Big Kids before you pick-up your kids that age 5 to 7.
If you only have kids in the age 5-7 camp, then arriving at 2:50pm is fine. That camp ends at 3pm.
At 3pm: Any kids not picked up are sent to Aftercare near the barn. Cost is $5 per 15-minutes. No need to call us if you are running late.
Please only take photos/videos of your own child.
Attention Parents who bring along another child during pick-up: Siblings cannot wander the Forest Campus, nor the farm. The parent or guardian may add an additional child's name to a waiver HERE. Then still ask our staff what the sibling can do on campus (during the 15-minute pick up time only). And the parent must stay within arms-reach of the sibling. Our camp is an outdoor woodshop that requires each camper to be trained in safety procedures.
Please don't tour the farm or visit animals after 3pm . The animal safety staff will be off duty. (Plan your family/animal visits at 8:45am to 9am only. Safety staff are not on duty before 8:45am).
Be prepared for cold mountain mornings (jackets required March through June and after mid-August). Click HERE for the weather report.
Please wear non-logo shirts, jackets, hats, etc. Logos that are not owned by TWA will greatly complicate our videos. Thank you.
Kids get ONE FREE Camp Shirt per week registered. Parents may optionally buy extra shirts ($10) during any camp morning. Kids are encouraged to wear their Camp Shirts every day, starting on Tuesday. Parents may pick up shirts at the morning Sign-in Table on your first day of camp.
Lunch: The Big Kids (ages 8+) will have fun using our noon campfire to warm-up the lunch that you pack for them. (No nuts. No raw meats. Lunch suggestions to pack for your child include 2 or 3 hotdogs or pre-cooked chicken pieces, bread rolls, uncut fruit, and a maximum of two regular-size marshmallows and one separate snack). The Wild Kids (age 5-7) do not have a campfire option, so please pack a regular sack lunch plus two snacks. All kids need 3 water bottles.
AFTERCARE is anytime required by parents before 5pm, Mondays through Fridays. Sign-up on your first day of camp, or anytime that week, (please wait until your child's week of camp to sign-up): TEXT "Aftercare" to 408-898-8177 with your child's full name, the name of the authorized adult who will pick up your child, and your pick up times/dates. The camp aftercare playground is 50 yards past the farm parking lot. The cost is $5 per each (or partial) 15-minutes. Pay on Thursday or Friday. No-stress.
PARENT SUPPORT: Text our camp office line 24/7 all year at 408-898-8177.
It is a good idea to add Claire Walker firstname.lastname@example.org 408-898-8204 and 408-898-8177 to your phone contacts and VIP Favorites, to ensure that we can contact you for medical, transportation, or behavior issues.
MEDICATIONS may be packed by parents in a ziplock, with a note on usage and the child's full name. Please give this ziplock to TWA Adult Staff. The note should say if parents want us to keep the medication at the camp overnight for the entire week or season. (Our locked medicine chest is not refrigerated, but stays under 78 degrees).
Know what Ticks look like: (even if ticks are very rare at our summer camps).
Parents may spray their own “Picaridin repellents” (or DEET) on their own kids every morning in the parking lot (far away from the farm animals). If a parent didn’t apply or pack repellent, our staff may (as mentioned on your waiver) lightly spray camper clothing with non-chemical “Nantucket Brand" Organic Insect Repellent made of: essential oils of clove, geranium, peppermint, cedarwood, spearmint, rosemary and cinnamon, vegetable glycerin and natural vanillin made from cloves. (See this and other repellents on Amazon).
Extra Camp Shirts ($10)
Quality 90 percent cotton T-shirt with our super cool logo! The color is Raccoon Grey for your Little Rascal.The Camp Store is open every morning.
Kids get one FREE Camp Shirt per week registered.