FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FAQS FOR PARENTS
WHERE ARE THE CAMPS HELD?
For over 50 years, Oakes has taken generations of children, groups, and families to new heights with new friends at their sides. Oakes is the ultimate camp experience, providing high quality programs including fishing, rifles, archery, canoeing and more! Our attentive and supportive camp staff is available to provide a truly unique and enriched camp experience!
Daily activities include: swimming in a pool, rock climbing, challenge courses, canoeing, arts and crafts, hiking, mine chute, zip line, panning for gold, talent show, scavenger hunts, camp dance, various sports and much more.
All Sunshine Nevada programs are designed for campers with intellectual and developmental disabilities and require only a camper application fee of $100 per camper. The application fee covers some expenses associated with preparing for each camper’s special needs prior to the camp experience such as medical review, camper pairing, special dietary restrictions review, etc.
Transportation is provided for campers by bus to and from camp. All details regarding drop-off and pick-up location will be provided in your child’s “Welcome to Camp” packet.
All Sunshine Nevada camp programs are designed for participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See Camp Programs page for eligibility specifics for each camp. All camp programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
It varies. Our camp programs accommodate 50 -60 campers per session depending on the specific needs of the campers.
We do all we can to provide a safe environment for the campers while they are with us at the camp facility. All volunteers are carefully screened including reference and background checks. Our medical providers are fully licensed with pediatric experience. Our program staff goes through an intensive orientation and training before Camps begin. All program areas are reviewed for safety on a regular schedule. All staff members maintain certifications as required for specific program areas.
Each camp is staffed largely by volunteers including the camp nurse. All volunteers are interviewed and trained and undergo a thorough background check. We are fortunate to have many teachers, therapists, grad-students and professionals donate their time.
The counselor staff undergoes a strict interview and screening process including reference and background checks. Counselors are chosen from many applicants for their experience, enthusiasm and empathy. The entire staff receives intensive training in areas including safety, medical issues of our campers, child development, behavioral techniques, and cultural awareness.
Each camp has its own guidelines to work within. In most situations the counselor/staff ratio is 1 to 1. There are some camps where the ratio is 2 to 1 or 1 to 2-4 depending on the type of camp and abilities of the campers.
The campers reside in cabins with other children their own age and gender. Each cabin has approximately 8 – 12 campers with 2 – 4 counselors.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY CHILD’S MEDICAL SUPPLIES?
YES. Please send all medications and supplies to Camp with your child. Make sure you send enough to last the entire time your child is at Camp. This includes: all medications (prescription and over the counter). More specific details are included in the Camper Application.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD GETS SICK AT CAMP?
If your child gets sick at camp, he/she will be evaluated by the nurses at Camp. Minor medical problems (minor cuts, ear infections, sore throats, vomiting, sprains, etc) can be addressed at Camp. Anything more serious than minor medical problems, children will be transported off Camp for further care. You and your child’s primary/specialty physician will be contacted by the Camp medical staff or Camp Director with any significant medical issues. If your child develops an illness at camp that cannot be accommodated at camp, you will be asked to pick your child up from camp.
FAQS FOR CAMPERS
WHAT WILL I BE DOING WHILE I’M AT CAMP?
During the daytime, we offer you and your fellow campers many activities to experience. Some of the activities available are: Zip Lining, Mine Chute rides, Rock Climbing Wall, Challenge Course, Scavenger Hunt, Archery, Swimming in the Pool, Games and Sports, Arts and Crafts, Canoeing, Talent Show, Dance and Music, Nature exploration and hiking.
Usually campers roll out of bed or jump out of bed at 7:00 every morning because they are excited to get started with the day. They dress for the day and brush their teeth and head to breakfast with their cabin group. A delicious Breakfast, with lots of healthy and hearty options, is available at 8:00 every morning. After Breakfast the entire camp gathers for camp opening. Then each cabin group heads to their planned activities for the day. Lunch is at 12:00pm everyday followed by more afternoon activities. After your last activity of the day, you and your fellow campers can have some rest time in your cabin or take a shower or play some games. Dinner is at 5:30/6. Every night we also have different activities such as movies, campfire, camp games, special performances, and Dance night or Carnival. Then it’s back to your cabin by 9:30pm and prepare for bed. Lights out is at 10:00 p.m.
At camp we LOVE water. We drink lots of water and when you’ve had enough water, we have Gatorade options and juice options. Our magnificent Chef and the Food and Beverage team provide us with three scrumptious and nutritious meals daily. At Breakfast, cereal, granola bars, fresh fruit salad, Soymilk, regular milk (whole, 2% and skim) and juices are served every morning; in addition, there can be scrambled eggs and bacon, or pancakes and syrup or breakfast burritos! For lunch, there is always a salad bar with all the different kinds of toppings and dressings you could ask for, potato salad or macaroni salads are options as well. And for the main course, we have different daily options such as building your own hamburger, grilled to perfection, with your choice of lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup or cheese; on another day, we may have Chicken Fingers, or a Mexican fiesta or an Italian festival. Dessert may be a brownie, cookie, or sliced fruit! Dinner: Pizza and Spaghetti are common favorites and there might be burritos and quesadillas as well. For dessert, there may be cupcakes or Root Beer Floats and of course, some chewy, gooey goodness known as S’mores. For vegetarians/vegans we offer delicious and hearty options as well. If you have allergies or cannot eat certain foods because of diet needs or religious reasons, we make sure that Chef and counselors know this before your camp session begins. Snacks are available anytime during the day or evening – just ask your counselor and she or he will make sure you get a bite to eat between meals.
PARENTS: We take pride in knowing that we can accommodate nearly any special dietary restrictions with a little notice (many of our campers are Gluten sensitive or have various allergies). It’s important to make note of all dietary restrictions or special needs on the Camper Application so that we can care for them in the best way possible during their stay. If a camper has strict special dietary needs, we ask the Parents to send a package of food items the camper enjoys ensuring they get ample nutrition while at camp.
When you arrive at camp your counselor will help move you into your cabin. You will share a cabin with 7 to 11 other campers your own age. Two to Three counselors will also share the cabin with you. The counselors are your teachers, supervisors, and most importantly your friends while you are at camp.
At nighttime, Two to Three counselors will live with you in your cabin. They are there to make sure you are comfortable and feel secure and mostly to be your friends. During the daytime, you will travel with your counselors and fellow campers to all activities. There are also nurses on site if you need any medical care during your stay at camp.
Every camper who attends our camps has unique abilities and needs.
Our campers come from Las Vegas, Nevada. Occasionally some campers come from California, Arizona or Utah because they cannot locate a camp designed for their unique needs where they live.
Camp will provide you with a bunk bed and mattress. You will need to bring these basics: A sleeping bag or sheets/blanket, towel and pillow, change of clothes for a 3 to 4 day stay to have fun in, swimsuit, a sweatshirt if it gets chilly at night or in the morning, a flashlight, and other favorite “need to have” items. Once you are confirmed to attend camp, our Camper Coordinator will send you a full list of what to pack. Remember you are sharing a cabin with 7 – 11 others, so space is limited – bring only what you need to be comfortable during your stay with us.
Weapons of any type/kind, drugs that are not registered with the Medical Staff, and alcohol.