Rent Camp Nawakwa

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Who manages Camp Nawakwa?
Camp Nawakwa and all of the programs that occur there are managed by Camp Fire Inland Southern California. The camp is directly overseen by a twenty year veteran of residential and day camping, the Executive Director of Camping Services Johnny McLaughlin and a highly experienced program and support staff team.

What is someone is injured or becomes sick while at camp?
We medical staff are on call 24 hours a day. The local hospital in Big Bear is only 25 minutes away and EMS can be on site in less than 15 minutes.

Who works at Camp Nawakwa?
Our greatest asset at Camp is our hard working, knowledgeable staff. As role models for youth, they create a healthy and safe community in which children can grow, learn and explore. Staff are selected for their leadership ability, strength of character, friendly personality, passion for working with children and youth development skills. All staff are CPR and First Aid Certified and have passed federal and state background checks. Because of the strong applicant pool Camp Fire selects from, each staff member has demonstrated skills through work experience, educational experience, talent and motivation.

What type of hiring procedures & background checks does Camp Fire conduct?
All staff are required to pass a rigorous selection process beginning with a mandatory application and multiple interviews by the leadership team. If an applicant interviews successfully, a minimum of two references are contacted and verified. All staff undergo fingerprinting, state background checks, and federal background checks.

Are bed linens and towels provided?
Participants are responsible for bringing their own sleeping bags or bed linens, towels (swim and shower) and personal toiletries.

Can participants bring snacks to camp?
Camp Nawakwa has a wonderful kitchen staff that can accommodate each group’s dietary needs. Participants are welcome to bring personal snacks and we will make every effort to store those snacks in the camp store, but space is limited. No food is allowed in the cabins or at program areas. Camp will not be liable for any lost or stolen snacks.

How are camp staff trained?
Before your child arrives at Camp Nawakwa, every Camp staff member has successfully participated in mandatory staff training. During this time, staff are led through a series of interactive workshops that fine-tune their leadership skills and knowledge. The primary workshops that staff attend include: Camp Health, Camper Management & Supervision, Conflict Management & Communication, Emergency Procedures, Leading Camp Activities, Personnel Policies, and Risk Management. Additional training incorporates staff bonding, teamwork, learning about working with today’s youth, how to lead skits & songs, and learning about specific camp activities.

What kind of food served at Camp Nawakwa?
Camp Fire offers delicious and nutritious menu options and works diligently to meet the dietary needs and preferences of each group & child. Three well-balanced meals of tasty, wholesome food are served each day in sufficient quantities for active children and adults. An afternoon snack is also provided. Those who also would like second helpings may have them. Please inform us of any food allergies when you fill out the medical form.

Do you cater to special diet needs?
Yes, but only if a camper has a medical condition and requires a special meal, or if a camper is requesting a special meal due to food intolerance(s) or other medical reasons.  Food preferences are accommodated only within reasonable requests.  If your child is attending a specialty camp, such as our Gluten-Free Camp, all meals served will be gluten-free.

What are the sleeping arrangements at Camp Nawakwa?
Children are housed in one of our cabins, with easy access to bathrooms and showers. Girls sleep in their own area, as do boys. Campers must bring their own sleeping bags, pillows etc., please see the camp packing list. Adobe Acrobat required.
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What age does my child have to be to attend summer camp?
Summer Camp: 8 to 14 years old
Counselor-in-Training (CIT): Ages 15 to 17 years

How old are your counselors?
The counselor Unit Leaders are at least twenty one and older, our Cabin Counselors are eighteen years and older.

What time do they eat?
Breakfast is scheduled at 8:00 a.m., lunch at 12:00 p.m., and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Do the campers do their own cooking?
No, but we do have a cook-outs during the week. Campers will roast wieners and make s’mores under the supervision of camp staff. All other meal components are prepared by staff.

What if my child has food allergies?
Any allergies should be stated on their health history form, and we will make sure to have substitutions for those foods that should be omitted.

What time do campers go to bed?
Campers are scheduled to have lights out by 9:00 p.m.

How many kids go to camp each week?
We will have an average of 120 campers per session. Each cabin will be assigned no more than 14 campers.

How far is the lake?
The lake is about three quarters of a mile hike from camp.

Can my child be driven to the lake?
If a camper has any medical problems that will prevent him from a hike to the lake, we do make arrangements to drive them there. This information has to be stated on their health history form.

What does my child need to bring to camp?
There is a packing list at the end of the online registration packet.

Can I drive, or pick up my child from camp?
If you prefer to drive or pick up your child from camp, you can, but you need to make arrangements with our office.

Can I send an 8 year old child to camp?
Only if the eight year old child is mature enough, and you know that he/she won’t get homesick. If your child becomes homesick and needs to go home, it is your responsibility to pick them up from camp. There will be no refund given.

Can I send a 15 year old to camp?
All of our activities are progressive, so even if your child has attended camp before and is now over 14 years old, they can still continue to attend camp until the age of 15. If they get bored and want to go home as a result, it is your responsibility to pick them up from camp. There will be no refund given.

If I send two or more campers can they all be assigned to the same cabin?
It depends on their age. If the campers are within one year apart and are of same gender we are more that glad to accommodate your request. Make sure you write that request in your registration form.

How do you assign campers to cabins?
We separate campers by gender and by age.

Can parents or relatives get in contact with campers?
Parents can call the office and leave messages for campers, mail letters to them, or send one-way emails. We do not allow campers to bring cell phones to camp.

Can my child call me?
Phone calls are only allowed if there is an emergency.

My child takes medication to manage behavioral issues; can they still come to camp?
Yes, they may still attend as long as they are attending main stream education and that their medication manages their behavior. Medication vacations are not permitted while your child is attending camp. If your child is sent to Camp without their appropriate medications you will have to pick them up immediately with no refund.  If you fail to have your child picked up, then child protective authorities will be contacted.

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For more information or reservations call: Johnny McLaughlin (909) 600-4072  or email