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 are completed online during or after registration. If you are unsure of your camper’s choices, you can log in to the Parent Portal at a later date to choose Activity Classes. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CLASSES FILL UP OFTEN IN THE SPRINGTIME TO EARLY SUMMER. TO AVOID THIS; REGISTER EARLY AND CHOOSE CLASSES. Paintball ($65 Full Week / $25 Single Session), Pottery ($65) and Extreme Studio Art ($15) will be available for sign up online in the Parent Portal -OR- on Opening Day during Check-In.
WHAT IS PAINTBALL?
Paintball is for campers who seek adventure and strategy. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. Safety gear and markers are provided (camper gear not permitted). The Week Long 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.
how do i log into my camper's account to register for camp or to change or add information?
Click on register to access the Parent Portal. If you have difficulties, please contact Angie at email@example.com.
how quickly do sessions fill up?
Registration begins in early January. Typically some sessions start to fill and wait list 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 wait listed:
Juniper Camp #2 / #3
Cedar Camp #2 / #3 / #4
Here are some guidelines for you to follow when dealing with a Wait List situation.
When a spot opens, you will be notified by e-mail.
If your camper isn’t offered a spot in camp one week prior to the start of camp, your deposit will be automatically refunded.
If a spot opens and your camper has no intention of coming, your $100 Application Fee will not be refunded. Cancel the wait listed registration as soon as you change plans.
Do not register your camper in a camp week “just in case” they do not get into the wait listed camp unless they plan to go to both sessions. If they get into the wait listed camp and you cancel out of the non-wait listed camp; the $100 application fee is non-refundable.
what communication should I expect before camp starts?
what if I am not receiving any emails?
Make sure that you have added firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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 firwood’s cancellation policy?
For cancellations from when registration starts in January until two weeks prior to the session being cancelled, $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.
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 Men’s and Women’s Leads at firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and time your camper will be arriving/departing. It is helpful to do this two weeks prior to arrival/departure. 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 or early departure.
If you have questions prior to summer about late drop off, please email our registrar Angie at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
what if my camper is required to take prescribed medication during the week?
All medication is given to the Health Aide on Opening 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 if my camper has a peanut or tree nut allergy?
Working with you as a parent; we will do our best to 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 camper will never be too far from the Infirmary. 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.