FAQ'S

ACTIVITIES:

WHAT ARE ACTIVITY CLASSES?

Activity Classes take place each morning from 10:00am – 12:15pm. Activity Classes are split into two blocks of time [1st Hour and 2nd Hour] with a 15 minute break in between. Selection of Activity Classes will take place on Sunday evening on the first day of camp. Paintball ($65 Full Week / $25 Single Session) and Extreme Studio Art ($15) will be available for sign up on Opening Day during Check-In ONLY. We are no longer pre-registering classes with fees.

WHAT IS PAINTBALL?

PAINTBALL IS For campers who seek adventure and strategy. Space is limited AND Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.  safety gear and markers are provided (camper gear not permitted). The weeklong activity class is $65 and the single session class is $25 (non-refundable and non-transferable). First come, first served. Paintball must be paid for by the end of Registration on Opening Day; we cannot add any campers after check-in on Opening Day.

what indoor activities are available?

We have a phenomenal Extreme Studio Arts option for those campers who enjoy more than popsicle sticks and cotton ball crafts. You can also take advantage of our Climbing Wall featuring a daring rock wall that calls out to an adventurous heart.  

registration

how do i log into my camper's account to register for camp or to change or add information?

Click on register to access our online registration system. If you have difficulties, please contact the registrar at angie@thefirs.org.

how quickly do sessions fill up?

Registration begins in early January. Typically some sessions start to fill and waitlist as early as April. The sessions that don’t fill to capacity have the advantage of smaller cabins and smaller activity classes.
The following sessions historically have become waitlisted:

  • Junior Camp #102 / #103
  • Middle School Camp #202 / #203 / #204
  • High School Camp #301

what communication should I expect before camp starts?

All pre-camp communication will be sent via email including a packing list, Opening & Closing Day instructions and directions to camp.

what if I am not receiving any emails?

Make sure that you have added angie@thefirs.org and registration@thefirs.org on to your contacts list so that our informative emails do not go to your SPAM folder.

how many campers attend camp firwood each week and how many campers are in each cabin?

A full session at Camp Firwood serves 297 campers. One cabin can accommodate 9 campers. One counselor and one CIT are assigned to each cabin.

what is your cabin mate policy?

Please refer to our Cabin Mate policy by clicking here.

what is firwoods cancellation policy?

  • For cancellations two weeks prior to camp, $100 of the deposit will not be refunded.

  • Cancellations within two weeks of camp will not be refunded.

  • Refund requests for cancelled sessions must be made to Firwood Registrar and will be refunded via check or credit card.
  • No shows are non-refundable.
  • Refunds of camp fees are not made for any campers departing early from camp for any reason, including health or unacceptable behavior.

what is camp firwood's/the firs' tax id number?

Our tax ID# is 91-0609820N; according to Washington State Law; we can’t offer tax advice.

arrival/departure

where should i drop off and pick up my camper?

Opening Day check-in is at Camp Firwood and Closing Day pick-up is at Fircreek Day Camp. Please read more about it here.

what should i do if my camper will be dropped off late on opening day?

Please email the registrar at angie@thefirs.org with the date and time your camper will be arriving. When you arrive at camp, please wait at the basketball court to meet the Lead Counselors or ask a staff member for help. We do not pro-rate for late camper arrival.

what happens if my camper needs to leave camp early?

If your camper needs to leave camp early or leave temporarily for an appointment, e-mail the Lead Counselors at leads@thefirs.org to arrange and time and location for pick-up. A staff member will do their best to have your camper ready and waiting to go upon your arrival. We do not prorate for campers who leave early or miss time during the week.

can I call or visit my camper during the week?

We are fully conscious of our great responsibility to care for your camper. In the case of any emergency, either physical or otherwise, you will be notified promptly. Consequently, we do not allow personal phone calls, either incoming or outgoing, or personal visitation during the camp session due to the interruption to the schedule and the effect on camper morale. If a serious concern arises, you may contact the camp director to discuss the situation.

health care

what if my camper is required to take prescribed medication during the week?

All medication is given to the Health Aide on registration day during the health check in. The Health Aide will notify campers on a daily basis to take their medication so they won’t forget. The Health Aide will also notify their counselor about medications and allergies.  

what if my camper gets sick during the week?

We have a wonderful on-site Health Aide at camp, 24/7. The Health Aide has your camper’s health form and a cozy room to make everything better. You will be notified if necessary.  

please do not bring your camper to firwood if they are sick prior to their week of camp.  if any camper or family member within the household has experienced vomiting, diarrhea, fever or all of those symptoms; they must stay home until at least 24 hours has passed.  firwood will not admit sick campers for the protection of both campers and our staff.  these requirements have been mandated by the whatcom county health department.

what is my camper has a peanut allergy?

Working with you as a parent; we will do our best to try and create a safe environment through educating the counselor and cabin mates on food allergies. Parents must be careful to pack safe care packages that do not include any peanut or tree nut products.

The counselor who has a camper with allergies will also meet with the Health Aide to discuss use of an Epi-pen (you may also meet the counselor). We ask that you send two Epi-pens to camp. The camp has central locations in which your son/daughter will never be too far from the infirmary and the Sudden Valley Fire Department/EMTs are only 1.5 miles from camp in the event of an emergency.  

what if my camper has a food allergy?

Gluten free, Dairy free, and Vegetarian food options to accommodate medically restricted diets will be provided to campers who provide notice 7 days prior to their first day of camp. Campers with more than one medically restricted dietary concern or restrictions other than GF, DF and Vegetarian should bring their own food to firwood. Camper food storage (for special diets) is available for dry goods and refrigerated items. Frozen food needs to be stored in the refrigerator. All food needs to be labeled with the camper’s name. Campers are encouraged to bring their own rice milk as a dairy substitute. Due to nut allergies; coconut, almond, and soy milks are not recommended as a substitute.
Fresh whole fruits are always available. Salads are available without dressing for campers who bring their own dressing. We do not add milk to our eggs. Fudgesicles are always available for a GF dessert option and popsicles are always available for a DF dessert option. Only table counselors can access camper food brought from home to accommodate medically restricted diets. The table counselor can microwave items if needed. No commercial food prep space is available for campers. A small meal discount may apply, depending on your unique circumstance.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate Celiac Disease in our kitchen at Firwood. We do have gluten free options available, but we cannot guarantee that there has been no cross contamination.