Dinosaur Ridge would love to encourage and feed your child’s adventurous spirit with our camps! We know choosing a camp is a very important decision and we hope to provide the answers here to some of the question you may have. Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? Please send it over to Erin LaCount at Education@dinoridge.org.
How do I register?
Registration for our 2019 Summer Camps will be done online. You can access the registration button January 14 on the summer camp page of our website.
Where is Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp located?
Camp drop off and pick up will be at the Main Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center: 16831 W Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465. On-site activities will be done at this Visitor Center at the back picnic area behind the gift shop building. Arrangements can be made for an offsite drop off, but only on a case-by-case basis.
Do you offer extended hours?
Yes! We have a post camp program daily from 3 pm-5 pm. This program is a mix of structured and unstructured exploration and play. Campers will have the option to continue the day’s favorite activities and/or participate in a variety of games and crafts. Campers can be picked up anytime from 3 pm-5 pm. Add-on for $60 per week.
What are the dates and times of the camp sessions?
All summer camp sessions will run from 9 am to 3 pm with an option to add on post camp from 3 pm to 5 pm each day. The camp sessions are listed below:
- June 3-7, Fossils and Fun (ages 6-10)
- June 10-14, Rock Stars (ages 10-13)
- June 17-21, Junior Scientists (ages 8-11)
- June 24-28, Nature Trekkers (ages 6-10)
- There will be no camp 4th of July holiday week.
- July 8-12, Fossils and Fun (ages 6-10)
- July 15-19, NEW: STEAM WEEK! (ages 8-11)
- July 22-26, Junior Scientists (ages 8-11)
- July 29-Aug 2, Nature Trekkers (ages 6-10)
- August 5-9, Fossils and Fun (ages 6-10)
What will I need to provide to register my child(ren) for camp?
To register you will need to visit our camp webpage and click the registration button. This will take you to our camp registration page through ACTIVE. Please fill out all the information! You will also need to provide a copy of your child’s immunization records and any medical forms if applicable.
What are the payment details?
Camp cost is $325 each week. See below for information on the discounts available! You can also add post camp to your registration for an additional $60 each week. We require a $100 deposit paid during time of registration. You can choose to pay in full for your camp session(s) during registration.
Are there discounts or a scholarship available?
Each family can only apply for one of our discounts (they do not stack). You can choose your discount at the time of registration. Early Bird registration is the only discount available until February 15th.
- Early Bird Discount (January 14-February 14): $25 off of each camp if you register before February 15.
- Members (after February 14): $25 off each camp for individual membership level or higher.
- Sibling (after February 14): $20 off a sibling after registering another camper.
- Multi-Camp (after February 14): $20 off each camp after registering for a single camp.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
If you must cancel your camp with us, you can receive a refund (minus a $50 cancellation fee) if you give 30+ days notice prior to the start of camp (June 3). Past the start of camp on June 3, no refunds will be offered for any sessions.
Who are the staff at camp?
All Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp staff have passed background checks through the State of Colorado and are trained in First Aid and CPR, Universal Precautions and Medication Administration. Most of our staff are over the age of 21 and have multiple years experience in classroom teaching and outdoor education. Our beloved Education Program Manager, Erin LaCount, will be back for her 11th summer leading camps!
How many campers per session? Is there a wait list?
Our camps will run with 23 campers per session with three leaders and two junior counselors. We will have a wait list for each week of camp and in the event of a cancellation will contact in order families on the wait list. Though joining the wait list is free, payment will be due upon acceptance. We will notify a person on the wait list in the event of a cancellation, and that person will have until 9 am the next business day to accept the opening before the next person on the list is contacted. If you find that you are no longer interested in camp and are on the wait list, please contact us to cancel your reservation so we can open up the spot for another family.
Can my camper and his/her friend attend the same session(s)?
Absolutely! We encourage you to share our camp opportunities within your community! If you are concerned about a camp having availability for your child(ren) and their friend(s), you can contact us about spaces.
Can my camper attend multiple sessions of camp?
We would love to have your camper at multiple sessions! We offer five different camps, two for ages 6-10, two for ages 8-11, and one for ages 11-13. We have a slight overlap on the ages so campers are able to attend multiple sessions, or plan to attend a different camp for a number of years.
My child is 5-years old, can he/she attend the camp for 6-10 year-olds?
Our license does allow us to accept campers five-years old, but our requirement is that your child has finished kindergarten prior to attending camp.
What do Campers Need to Bring?
Campers need to bring the following each day to camp.
- Lunch, two large snacks (morning and afternoon), refillable water bottle (labeled), sun hat, backpack, sunscreen (we have camp sunscreen, but if your camper requires special care, please provide)
- Medication (if applicable)
- No open-toed shoes unless specified (this includes flip-flops, sandals, etc). We recommend sneakers or hiking shoes/boots only.
- Campers will not be allowed to use electronics such as video games, radios, or cellphones during the camp day.
What about food and water during camp hours?
Dinosaur Ridge provides no food during the camp day. Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp provides water for refilling bottles both on and off site. On site we have Eldorado water coolers. Offsite we take a cooler with extra water. If your camper forgets (or loses) his/her water bottle during camp, we provide a bottle for them to use throughout the day. Please bring only non-perishable food as we have no refrigeration.
What happens in case of emergencies?
Dinosaur Ridge has an extensive procedure in the event of many emergencies. Please view our Policies and Procedures form to go over these details.
How can I contact Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp during camp hours?
You can always contact the Camp Director, Erin LaCount, during camp hours: 303-828-8833 (cell). If you need to leave a message for your camper but it is not urgent, please contact the Dinosaur Ridge Main Number: 303-697-3466 x 100.
Does Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp have a camp nurse in case of emergencies?
We do not have a nurse on site, but we do have a camp nurse that is on call. We work with Bryan Maki, RN, with Colorado CPR and Safety Professionals. Bryan provides medication delegation and administration, universal precautions, and other as-needed training for our camp leaders prior to the start of camp. Dinosaur Ridge’s summer camp staff is trained in an emergency to first call 911 and then the emergency contacts for the affected camper(s) before contacting the camp nurse. All staff are First Aid and CPR trained.
What should I do with my camper’s medication?
Our camp leaders are delegated by our camp nurse to administer most types of medication. Special training can be provided if your camper has a unique type of medication (seizure, etc.) Before Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp can take your child’s medication, all proper paperwork must be provided with required signatures. Labels must be included with all medication as well as the associated box (if you have it). An example of required forms can be e-mailed to you upon request if you e-mail Education@dinoridge.org.
Can I pack an inhaler or other medication into my camper’s pack if they need it?
No! Please do not send any medication with your camper without knowledge of Dinosaur Ridge staff. Paperwork is still required to be provided even if you camper is authorized by a doctor to self-carry any medication (e.g. inhaler, epi-pen, etc.).
How are campers transported during camp hours to off-site field trips?
Two 14-passenger vans are utilized during camp hours. The camp leaders driving have passed the PUC physical and have a certificate for driving 14-passenger vehicles and have done a minimum of four hours of driver training per the Colorado Child Care licensing requirements.
What if my child has medical, physical, or emotional needs, food allergies?
Dinosaur Ridge tries to accommodate youth with medical conditions, developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities. In order to ensure a fun and safe experience for all campers, please contact Erin LaCount, Camp Director (email@example.com) to discuss your child’s unique needs before signing up for camp. We will do our best to accommodate your child, but we cannot guarantee we can meet your child’s specific medical needs. We can accommodate most food allergies since all campers bring their own food and food sharing is not allowed.
Can I know what my child is doing during each day?
A camp itinerary is provided to parents a few weeks before camp, and parents/guardians will be notified of any schedule modifications made during the camp week with regards to weather, road closures, etc. Our staff works hard to take pictures during camp and these will be put into albums and shared with parents via e-mail.
How can my child become a Junior Counselor?
If your child is between the ages of 14 and 18 they can become a Junior Counselor with us! A Junior Counselor is a hands-on volunteer opportunity to assist with all aspects of the camp day, including preparing science and outdoor activities, working with small groups of campers on lessons, running games and crafts, and helping younger campers with transitions. Junior Counselors must be available to work two full weeks of camp 9 am-3 pm. Junior Counselors will be mentored by Camp Leaders and gain valuable leadership and outdoor skills. The application process will open in January and first round applications will be due March 15, 2019. Our Junior Counselor application form is coming soon!
Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? Please send it over to Erin LaCount at Education@dinoridge.org.