CAMP FAQ

General 

 

Where is Tahoe Summer Camps located?

Tahoe Summer Camps is the summer camp arm of Tahoe Expedition Academy, which is located at 9765 Schaffer Mill Rd, Truckee, CA 96161.

Directions

  • From Rt 267, turn west onto Schaffer Mill Rd. 
  • Continue driving 0.25 miles. Follow the first left turn lane into campus.
  • Turn right at the roundabout and park. 
  • Check in is at the building straight of the roundabout

When does registration open for the ‘22 Summer? 

Tahoe Summer Camps registrations will open publicly at 9AM on Feb 1, 2022. Dates are listed on this website, registration links are embedded in each camp date towards the respective camp page bottom. And within each camp slider image. 

How do I find out about the latest happenings, news and more at Tahoe Summer Camps? 

Sign up for our e-newsletter here, we promise not to spam. This is the best way to stay informed and to find out about registrations going live, camp updates, added programs, news and more. 

How quickly do Tahoe Summer Camps spots fill up and sell out? 

The speed at which camps sell out historically varies by camp offerings. For example, last year’s Rock Climbing camps sold out in less than 48hrs, while our Lacrosse Camps took a few months to fill. Those camps with less camper capacities typically sell out the quickest.

Do you have a camp calendar where I can view all offerings by day, week or month? 

Yes, please visit our Tahoe Summer Camps calendar linked here.

What are TSC’s refund policies?

See our policies page here – https://www.tahoesummercamps.com/refund-policy/

What are TSC’s credit policies?

See our policies page here – https://www.tahoesummercamps.com/refund-policy/

What are your COVID-19 Symptom and Testing Policies? 

Symptoms – We require that campers exhibiting COVID symptoms stay home until symptoms clear. Campers are permitted to return to camp with (1) cleared symptoms and (2) proof of a negative COVID test.

Household – If someone in your household has COVID you are not permitted to attend camp, and should monitor for symptoms. Credits for missed days of camp are available with proof of illness. To report and process illness confidentially please contact Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org.

Overnight Trips – We no longer require proof of negative testing for Summer ’22 overnight trips, however will have testing kits on trips should COVID symptoms arise.  The above Symptom and Household requirements do apply to all campers, including those on overnight backcountry trips.

Safety – To ensure risks are minimized we ask that parents dropping off Little Incredibles Campers do not enter Learning Center, cottages or other buildings. Further, please limit goodbye timing – our staff, comprised of professional educators, are ready to welcome campers and have them enjoy greeting activities and welcomes right away.

Does Tahoe Summer Camps offer need based scholarships?

Yes, TSC offers need based scholarships for its campers. To apply please complete this confidential request form linked here.

My family is interested in learning more about Tahoe Expedition Academy. What’s the best way to connect dots with your Admissions TEAm to learn more about your unique and growing PreK through 12th grade independent school?

To connect directly with our Admissions TEAm, please contact Eric Martin at emartin@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org. For more information about the inquiry and admissions process visit https://www.tahoeexpeditionacademy.org/admissions.

What happens if there’s wildfire smoke in the area? 

If AQI levels are 151 or higher on campus we will cancel camps for that respective day. If the AQI is below 151, and in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range, we will modify activities accordingly to protect campers, by reducing outdoor activities / strain and building in plenty of break between activities. As this range 100-150 is also problematic for individuals with respiratory issues, as well as our youngest campers. Outdoor adventures for our youngest campers may be rescheduled as well, to avoid exertion outside / on the trail.

We will notify all registered camp families by email if camp is cancelled by approximately 8:00am that morning (this notification method will be each day thereafter throughout our camp week). No email means the AQI is below 151 and camps are on of the day. These policies are outlined here.

Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to attend camps is up to each individual family, as you know what’s best for your child.

What is your behavior policy at Tahoe Summer Camps?

It is essential that parents communicate with the Program about any details that may affect the Participant’s experience in Tahoe Summer Camps offerings. These details may include learning styles, physical or medical conditions or disabilities, behavioral issues, and emotional needs. In addition, parents agree to keep the Program informed of any living and custody arrangements and any changes to those arrangements that may affect the Participant’s experience in camp offergins. For more information, please review our online agreement waiver hosted in Active Network, and your corresponding account. 

Should my plans change, how do I let Tahoe Summer Camps know? 

If your plans change, please contact camps Manager, Alex Peugnet at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org. Know if you’re calling during the summer, and during camp check in times, we may not be able to talk live. Email may be best during this time and to facilitate the fastest response. 

What’s the best way to contact Tahoe Summer Camps administrators? 

Please visit camps Contact Us page to reach us https://www.tahoesummercamps.com/contact-us/

For registration, account or employment related inquires contact Tahoe Summer Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org or (530) 287-9685.

For camp specific inquiries or sponsorship opportunities contact Tahoe Summer Camps Director, Eric Martin at emartin@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org or (530) 287-9684.

Tahoe Summer Camps general phone # is (530) 287-9683.

What if I’m unable to attend camp from another county? 

Should foreign Covid-19 policies or restrictions tighten and prohibit your family from traveling to and attending Tahoe Summer Camps, we will issue a full refund. For inquiries please contact Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org

 

Registration and Account 

 

How do I register for Tahoe Summer Camps offerings? 

To register for a summer camp offering, visit https://www.tahoesummercamps.com/, click on the desired camp, followed by the registration button. Or use this sortable link view here; sort camps by age, ability, date, type and more.

I have an Active Network account already with another camp organization, will this login work for  Tahoe Summer Camps registrations? 

Yes, your Active Network login will work for Tahoe Summer Camps. However please be sure to sign into our unique URL, which is https://campsself.active.com/tahoeexpeditionacademy.

What is the online Active Network account?

The online account is the place that account holders or families can access to view registrations, edit answers to questions on the registration form, submit follow-up forms and make payments on outstanding balances.

It is not the same as online registration. Online registration is where a new registration is completed. The online account is where a registration already exists and a customer wants to access that registration or their past registration history.

How do I sign into my Active Network account?

During online registration, the registrant or parent is asked to enter an email address. The system verifies if an account already exists. If yes, then the password is required. If no, then at the end of registration it is required to create a password so that an account is established.

To access the online account, the registrant (or parent) signs in with the same username and password that was either accessed or created during registration. There is a “Forgot Password?” link on the login screen which connects to their Active Passport login account.

Customers new to Tahoe Summer Camps will need to register for a camp first to create this account.

How do I access my Active Network account with Tahoe Summer Camps to handle registration, payments, waivers, etc? 

Visit https://campsself.active.com/tahoeexpeditionacademy and use your email address and password to login to your Active Network account with us.

I forgot my Active Network password, what should I do? 

Click “forgot password” and follow the prompts to reset your password. If this doesn’t work for you, please email Camps Manager Alex Peugnetat apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org. Please do not create another account with us, as this complicates Active Network adjustments. And we unfortunately can’t merge multiple accounts together.

Does Tahoe Summer Camps offer discounts? 

Multi-session and sibling discounts are offered during registration ($20). At times, camp may run special promos as well. 

My registration isn’t processing on Active Network, how should I proceed? 

If your registration isn’t processing on your phone, please switch to a computer. Chrome, Safari and Firefox are the best supported browsers for registration. If you are still having trouble, clear your cache and restart your computer before trying again.

How do I use a credit on my Active Network to pay for an upcoming camp offering? 

To use an account credit, please follow the below steps:

  1. Login to your Active Network account using your account email and password.
  2. Register for the camp/s of your choosing.
  3. For payment select ‘Pay with Credit Balance’.

How are refunds processed and how long do they typically take to arrive on my statement? 

Credit card payments are refunded through Active Network and take ~ two-three days to appear up on your credit card online statement. Registered customers must notify Tahoe Summer Camps by email 30+ days prior to the associated camp start date to receive a refund for paid registration less 10% for processing and administrative fees. E-Checks are refunded back to the customer’s account and take 2-3 weeks to process.

Can I transfer my child’s registration to a different week? What’s the limit on transferring? If you need to move to a different week, please do so as soon as possible by contacting apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy for assistance. Transfers are limited based on camp type, and may not be possible later into the summer. 

When is payment due for my child’s upcoming week of camp?

Payment is due at time of registration, and as outlined in the payment schedule during Active Network registration. Failure to provide timely payment may result in removal from camp. 

Can I break up payments for summer camp? 

Yes, payments can be broken up in a number of ways, you can pay in full or half now and half later. Payments will need to be made as indicated in the payment schedule within Active Network.  

My child is on the waitlist, when will I find out if my child is in camp?
Our staff will contact you if a spot becomes available. This could be months before camp starts or up to the week prior of the desired camp. These spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Meaning if you don’t respond in time, we will contact the next individual on the waitlist.

Camp

 

What are your age restrictions at Tahoe Summer Camps? 

We typically serve campers ages 5 to 14 years old, offerings are split into age appropriate activities, groupings and cohorts. Age restrictions are listed on each respective camp page. We’re sometimes able to accommodate those with birthdays close to our age limits, depending on the offering / activity. For inquiries please contact Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet, at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org. 

My child has a medical condition that may need attention, how should I indicate this? 

Please indicate your child’s medical condition during online registration. If your child’s condition requires special medication like, and most especially, an epinephrine injection or glucagon please identify where this medication is on your child during drop off. 

What is your camper to instructor ratio?

We staff according to activity, some camps have a 6 to 1 camper to instructor ratio, which is typical of our overnight backpacking expeditions. Other camps have higher ratios, like Lacrosse Camp and Pure Sports. Each individual camp page notes expected camper : instructor ratios. 

When will I receive detailed information about the camp my child is registered for? 

Detailed information for your child’s specific camp will be shared the week prior to the registered camp.

Where do I drop my child off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon? 

TSC has multiple check in and check out locations on its 42 acre campus. Check in Staton #1, #2 and so on will be indicated in your welcome email prior to camp. For instance:

 Tahoe Expedition Academy, located at 9765 Schaffer Mill Rd. Truckee, CA 96161. Please check your child in and out of camp at Check In Station #1, as shown on the forthcoming Tahoe Summer Camps map. Note, Google and Apple Maps have sent families astray in the past, to ensure you arrive at campus here are clear directions: Rt 267, head west onto Schaffer Mill Rd., drive ~¼ mile and use the designated left hand turn lane to enter campus. 

What does my child need to bring to camp? 

Camper provided gear varies camp by camp, please see welcome email or link that outlines this information prior to camp beginning. Typically however the following applies:

Day Camps – Backpack, sunscreen applied, lunch & snacks, sunglasses, water bottle, closed-toed shoes (cleats for sports camps) and hat. Swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, closed-toed shoes for sailing camps. Organic layers for blacksmithing activities. More particulars will be provided prior to camp in our welcome communications.

Overnight Camps See full packing list here. A version of this will be shared with camp families a few weeks before your overnight trip begins. Please remember mess kit, sunglasses, and a hat as these are commonly forgotten items. 

My child is new to lacrosse and doesn’t have gear for camp (helmet, gloves, shoulder, elbow pads and a lacrosse stick), is this something I can rent from Tahoe Summer Camps? 

We provide this gear and have 10-12 brand new sets which includes; helmets, gloves, elbows, shoulder and a lacrosse stick. To reserve your child’s set email Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet, at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org.Participants will need to bring their own set up cleats and a mouth guard. 

Can I request for my children to be in the same group?

Yes, if campers are of similar ages. Camp groups and cohorts are established by age and then ability, shifting these groups may negatively impact the entire camp experience. Primitive Skills and Pure Sports are split into two groups based on age. Splitting groups by age ensures all campers have the best possible experience. For requests please contact Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org

Is there childcare available before or after camp begins and ends?

Currently, additional child care is not available before or after each camp day.

Can I stay with my child during camp?

Parents are not permitted to remain on campus, most especially for our youngest camps. Delaying your departure time will delay us starting the camp day. Further this is a liability and may create unintended issues and consequences. 

Can I meet my child for their off campus adventures?

No, parents are not permitted to join on or off campus activities. Failure to comply may result in removal from this camp and all future offerings. 

Can I drop-in for one day of camp?

Drop-ins are not available, camps are sold in their entirety – as full weeks, trips, etc. 

What if I need to pick up my child early?

Early pick up is typically prohibited for all camps. Though at times there may be exceptions, in these instances contact Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org

What type of prior experience does my child need for Intro to Backpacking? 

No prior experience is required for Intro to Backpacking trips, however an interest in the outdoors is a must. As is functional camper fitness for backcountry travel with a loaded pack (30% of camper body weight), and an ability to stay away from home for a multi-night trip. 

What type of prior experience does my child need for an Advanced Backpacking trip? 

Your child must be able to accomplish the following:

  • Can hike 5+ miles per day with a full pack
  • Hike at elevation 6,500’ – 9,000’ with a full pack
  • Pack their own gear packs, set up tent, etc
  • Some experience in the backcountry
  • Participants must be able to swim
  • Have a great attitude!

What camping equipment does TSC provide for overnight trips?

Tahoe Summer Camps has overnight backpacks, tents, sleeping pads available, at no additional charge. If you need to reserve a backpack, tent or sleeping pad, email to apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org. Campers will bring a sack lunch for day one, all other meals will be provided.

For overnight trips, what do parents need to know and provide? 

An individual packing list and itinerary will be shared weeks prior to trips kicking off.

Campers will supply:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (if needed)
  • Clothing, shoes and bathing suit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mess Kit
  • Headlamp
  • Snacks
  • 2 Water Bottles

Does my child need to know how to swim for Sailing, Whitewater Rafting, Surfing and Backpacking activities? 

Yes, participants must know how to swim for camps that involve water activities.

What experience level does my child need to have for Tahoe Summer Camps – Lacrosse Camps? 

Experience is not required. Participants will be split into groups based on ability. Typically players range in skill from beginner to advanced.

Which camps are offered for my eight year old child? 

To sort camps by age, ability, date, type and more, please use the sortable link within Active Network, which can be accessed from all camp pages. 

Does my child need to know how to ride a bike for Pure Sports? 

Participants will adventure on single and double track trails in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, so your child should be able to ride a bike. If your child doesn’t know, that’s okay, they will remain on campus for field sports that day. 

Does my child need to provide a mountain bike for Pure Sports? 

Specialized RockHopper Mountain Bikes are provided for those who need bikes at no additional fee. Though if you have a mountain bike in good working condition, please bring this for the scheduled day/s ride. 

What level of experience do your Rock Climbing guides have? Do they carry certifications in this field? 

Rock Climbing camps are led by American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and SPI certified climbing guides. Additionally guides typically also carry Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Basic First Aid as well as other key medical certificates. And come with a wealth of real world, practical guiding experience. 

If my child won’t attend camp for the upcoming week or day, how do I let Tahoe Summer Camps know? 

Please email Camps Manager, Alex Peugnet at apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org.

What’s the best number to call should a need arise?

Please call Tahoe Summer Camps’ main line and navigate to Summer Camps (530) 287-9683

My plans changed the morning of camp, how should I inform Tahoe Summer Camps? 

Please email apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org to let us know if your child will not be attending camps that day.

What’s the communication protocol for Tahoe Summer Camps overnight trips? 

We utilize an internal emergency protocol that is based on updated industry best practices. Our parent-facing communication protocols operate under the ‘no new is good news’ standard. Should a parent need to be contacted they will be promptly. Camp administrators are in contact with trip leaders in the backcountry through cellular, as well as satellite communication devices. 

I live in North Lake Tahoe and noticed that Primitive Skills sailing activities happen off the beaches in Tahoe Vista, CA. Can I pick up and drop off there? 

Yes, you may drop your child off at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. If you plan to drop your child off at Mourelatos, please contact apeugnet@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org prior to the start of camps.

What is the speed limit on campus? 

This is a school zone the speed limit is 15MPH, and no faster. Camper and staff safety is a priority. Failure to comply (speeding) may result in your child’s removal from camp. 

How will my child travel off campus for adventures and the like? 

Campers will travel by bus for Little Incredibles and Art and Adventure expeditions off campus. This is the safest mode of transportation there is. Campers in Rock Climbing will most typically travel by bus as well. While Primitive Skills campers will be transported in camp SUVS. Backpacking and rafting and other overnight campers will travel by camp SUVS to and from base camp (Tahoe Expedition Academy).

Can I reserve a private backpacking trip or camp for my child and his friends? 

No, Tahoe Summer Camps does not offer private trips.