Winter Camp FAQ

Winter Camp Frequently Asked Questions.
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Winter Camp 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?
  • Is there a minimum amount of days/weeks i must register for?
  • Why is there a late drop off and an early pick up fee?
  • What Is the ratio of children to adult staff?
  • Are the children grouped according to gender and age/grade and will the children be with the same counselor or group for the entire summer season?
  • Is lunch supplied to the children?
  • Who goes on field trips? Do the buses have seat bealts?
  • 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?
  • How does the camp deal with days that are too hot or smoggy?
  • Are there any emergency procedures for fire, earthquakes, etc.
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.

Is there a minimum amount of days/weeks i must register for?

Campers must be registered for a minimum of three days per week. There is no weekly minimum amount of weeks you have to register for. There are discounts for signing up for 7 weeks or more for the summer.

You are able to choose a different type of camp at Monarch Camps per week. We suggest campers stay in the say camp the entire summer as a major part of having a camp experience is making life long friend camp friends.

Why is there a late drop off and an early pick up fee?

We understand parents hate these fees. We hate them too, but in order to run a structured camp activities and to be fair to everyone that is on time and staying for the full program we have these fees. We service so many campers during the summer that if we had a lot of families late or picking up early it would be too disruptive to the other campers.

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.

Are the children grouped according to gender and age/grade and will the children be with the same counselor or group for the entire summer season?

In classic day camp campers are grouped by gender and grade they are going into for the fall. Sports and specialty camps are mixed, but may be divided within the group based on skills and experience.

At camps we do everything we can to keep the same counselor with the group but sometimes it’s beyond our control. A counselor might change for various reasons, which might include changes in enrollment, and employee conflicts.

Is lunch supplied to the children?

A juice box is provided, but NOT lunch. Except on Thursday’s we provide a Hebrew National Hotdog, bag of chips and juice/water/soda.

Please provide a separate snack and a separate lunch. The camper’s lunches are stored in our refrigerator. You may purchase lunch through our registration site for each day.

Who goes on field trips? Do the buses have seat bealts?

During winter camp everyone goes on the field trips and participates in the special events.

We contract with Brooks Transportation Bus Company since 2010. Not all their buses have seat belts. Safety Belts on a school bus can cause more danger when trying to evacuate during an emergency.

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.

How does the camp deal with days that are too hot or smoggy?

The camp uses special indoor areas and low intensity activities on days in which it may be too smoggy or hot to be outside. Age appropriate movies, games, story telling, extended arts and crafts and of course more pool time are all part of our hot/smoggy day activity schedule. Our main gymnasium areas are air conditioned.

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.