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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is this the right camp for our family and is the camp safe?
  • How is the staff screened for employment? How are they trained?
  • What Is the ratio of children to adult staff?
  • What is Monarch Camps’ Policy regarding camper medicine?
  • What kind of medical services does the camp provide to deal with minor or major camper injuries?
  • Are there any emergency procedures for fire, earthquakes, etc.
  • Is monarch camp a licensed child care facility/what is your tax id?
Is this the right camp for our family and is the camp safe?

Monarch Camps has an emphasis on sports, love for the outdoors, and fun activities. Monarch Camps is NOT SAFE, we do activities that have risk, such as rock climbing, gymnastics, dodge ball, crossing the street and field trips. We could not have been around since 1971, if we were not good at reducing risk. We train staff to identify the risks, then access on how to reduce risk.

Camp is a place to try new things, win, lose and be exposed. We are not to protect campers from possible incidents, but to instruct and teach techniques and how to be  safer.

We are a camp that is not for helicopter parents, but parents that want their children to gain confidence in themselves through exposure.

We understand we are not for all families and we do NOT accommodate for families that want special treatment. We believe in teaching fairness and sportsmanship and that also applies to parents.

How is the staff screened for employment? How are they trained?

Current or former counselors (adults 18+) refer most of our new staff. Most of our counseling staff are college students working towards a degree and/or studying to become a teacher. We have an intense selection process and a mandatory two & a half day training session that allow us to choose and train the most highly qualified candidates. We look for responsible counselors who fit our active profile requirements. Most counselors have also attended our yearly 6-7 day training trip to sequoia & yosemite national parks. All employees are required to complete a an online background check and reference checks. In addition they must show proof of negative tb (tuberculosis test) in the last 6 months in order to be employed by us.

What Is the ratio of children to adult staff?

Our overall adult staff to camper ratio is never less than 1 adult to 8 children, but the exact ratio depends upon how many campers are in camp each specific day. Individual groups may be as small as 4 – 6 for 5 & 6 year olds or as large as 12 or more for 11 & 12 year olds. We average 8 – 10 campers for each group and each group is assigned a counselor (18+) and junior counselor (14-17) is assigned to a group as extra supervision. Group sizes will vary depending upon the nature of activities and age of the campers.

What is Monarch Camps’ Policy regarding camper medicine?

Our staff is not permitted to administer any medication (prescription or over the counter) to campers. Campers must carry and administer their own medication. We cannot be responsible for the administration or storage of any medication.

Each child is responsible for taking his or her medicine at the proper time. Our staff may remind campers that they need to take their medicine as a courtesy but we can not be responsible for ensuring that campers take their medicine at the proper time. Campers that have allergies or asthma are responsible for carrying and using asthma inhalers and epi-pens. If your child uses an epi-pen or asthma inhaler we expect that you have spoken to the child about proper usage. Also, please make sure that your child is aware that no one should touch their epi-pen or asthma inhaler and that they keep it on their person at all times.

What kind of medical services does the camp provide to deal with minor or major camper injuries?

Many staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. We also have first aid kits that are carried by our management staff. In addition, the los angeles county sheriff’s department maintains a station on our campus that is staffed 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

Are there any emergency procedures for fire, earthquakes, etc.

Monarch Camps follows the Los Angeles Valley College’s emergency procedure plans. All staff are trained and briefed on campus evacuation areas and emergency scenarios. We also have a 24- hour/7 day a week, la county sheriff department substation on campus. In times of emergency the LA County Sheriff’s Department takes the lead on all incidents.

Is monarch camp a licensed child care facility/what is your tax id?

Monarch Camps is not a “Day Care” facility. We are listing our Tax I.D. number (47-1708392) as a courtesy only. If you claim Monarch Camp as a “day care” deduction, please consult with your tax preparer.