ISLAND FORD 2022

Overnight camp activities, day camp style!

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Island Ford INFORMATION

Island Ford Summer Camp 2022 Fast Facts

For: Ages 9-13

Price (per camper per week): Members $315, Non-Members $350

From: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Drop off / Pick up: Hewlitt Lodge Visitor Center, 8800 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Island Ford Park is the headquarters of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. It is located 3.3 miles away from the Dunwoody Nature Center at 8800 Roberts Drive in Sandy Springs. We have partnered with Island Ford for over 12 years in offering camps to children ages 9-13. 

island ford CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

FOR AGES 9-13 AT CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

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June 6 - 10 | Junior Rangers

Campers will get a taste of what Park Rangers do as they become Junior Rangers! Using their Junior Ranger booklet, campers will learn to safely navigate in wilderness and explore the ponds/watersheds of the area (including canoeing) while discussing essential conservation methods. They’ll learn about native plants and animals that inhabit the National Park and the importance of the Chattahoochee River to the local Native Americans. At the end of the week, campers will receive their Junior Ranger badges in a presentation led by the Rangers of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area.

June 13 - 17 | Explore The Hooch I | Limited to 13 campers

Campers will have a wonderful time learning about the habitat around the Chattahoochee River while hiking, canoeing and rafting in different sections of the river.  Depending on the weather and river conditions, we will plan on either a float trip, canoe trip or visiting another park along the Chattahoochee during three of the five days of camp, with Island Ford as our base camp.  An itinerary of our explorations will be provided a week before the camp begins.

June 20 - 24 | Water, Water Everywhere

Spend a week playing games, doing experiments, making crafts, canoeing, and exploring nature to find out why water is so important to our world. We will study it, experiment with it, get wet in it, and see how far it flies! We will not only explore the Chattahoochee River and the pond at Island Ford, but also discuss all the places water travels. From the clouds to the oceans, we will follow water on its journey around our world.

June 27 - July 1 | Trekkers and Trailblazers

This week is dedicated to that adventurer in all of us. Campers will spend the week hiking, exploring, and blazing at their own pace. They’ll learn new ways to adventure as they navigate the trails safely, set up a fun and safe campsite, and experience the ‘Leave No Trace’ mentality. At the end of the week, they will put their newly-learned skills to the test in an all-out, end-of-camp treasure hunt!

There is no camp session at Island Ford the week of July 4-8.

July 11-15 | Wilderness Adventure

Our campers will explore Island Ford to learn about the environment and develop their outdoor living skills. From navigating the wilderness to gathering food and building shelters, they will experience and develop basic techniques for safely enjoying the outdoors. Practicing Leave No Trace principles, our campers will play, learn, and thoroughly enjoy seeing the wilderness from a new perspective.

July 18-22 | Explore The Hooch II | Limited to 13 campers

It’s so fun, we’re doing it twice! Campers will have a wonderful time learning about the habitat around the Chattahoochee River while hiking, canoeing and rafting in different sections of the river. Depending on the weather and river conditions, we will plan on either a float trip, canoe trip or visiting another park along the Chattahoochee during three of the five days of camp, with Island Ford as our base camp. An itinerary of our explorations will be provided a week before the camp begins.

July 25-29 | Birds of a Feather

Our campers will have a flappin’ great time learning about birds! We have wonderful birds that call Island Ford Park their home, including owls, crows, hawks, songbirds and waterfowl. They’ll explore Island Ford Park on their feet and in canoes as they keep a keen eye out for feathered friends. Campers will learn bird-watching techniques, bird songs, bird biology and conservation through fun activities and games.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Our campers spend the camp day participating in specific camp-themed nature activities, both inside and outside. Activities range from canoeing and hiking, to recording observations in a journal and making paracord bracelets. Activities vary greatly from camp to camp, making for a new experience each week.

Weather and water conditions permitting, all camps spend time on/in the Chattahoochee River!

Our time in the river is very dependent on weather conditions and water quality.  The Park Service makes the final call on our permission to access the river. Park Rangers will  test the water, watch the weather, and let us know if we can swim and float on the river. Our schedule might need to change due to weather and water conditions. We will make other plans in the park if we are unable to swim and float on any given day.

Any time we are in the river, life jackets will be required; these will be provided by the park service.  

Campers should dress for the weather, wearing comfortable summertime clothes and closed-toe shoes. Campers will need to bring a face mask, a bathing suit, a snack, a lunch, and a refillable water bottle every day. Please apply sunscreen and bug spray prior to drop off. Please send sunscreen and bug spray if you’d like your child to reapply during the day. We highly recommend each camper packs a change of clothing.  

Our summer camp teachers are either trained naturalists or formal school teachers. All of our summer camp teachers are First Aid and CPR-certified.  We have two teachers to sixteen campers at Island Ford, and a Junior Counselor (teenaged assistant) may accompany the group.

We find that if your child is in a regular classroom at school without an aide, then they usually do great at our camps. Our teachers are wonderful, but most are not trained in special education. If your child requires a special education classroom or teacher, then camps at the Island Ford might not be a good fit.

Due to space and staffing restrictions, we do not offer any extended care options for campers at Island Ford.

Please monitor your child’s health from home. Please do not send your child to camp if any persons in the home are sick.

If your child is sick at camp, we will separate them from the group and give you a call or the emergency contact you provide. You will need to come and pick up the child as soon as possible. No refunds will be given due to illness. 

We are no longer requiring masks for campers or staff while inside or outside. If you wish for your child to wear a mask, please be sure to send them to camp with one.

You may obtain a statement from your camp registration account. Log in here to your camp registration account and scroll down the main page. You will find a list of the camps you have registered for and download a statement. 

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Registration is online only; we accept Debit and Credit (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover).

If you cancel more than two weeks prior to your camp start date, 80% of your registration fee will be refunded to the card you registered with. Inside of two weeks (and during the camp), no refunds will be issued for any reason.

Alternately, your registration fee can be transferred to another camp week during Summer 2022 that has open spots remaining. Your registration fee cannot be transferred to any other school break camp sessions in 2022 or to Summer Camp 2023. You may also choose to donate your camp fee to the Nature Center for a tax-deductible donation.

All registration changes (including cancelations) must be requested in writing via email to camp@dunwoodynature.org. No phone calls, please.

We are no longer requiring masks for campers or staff while inside or outside. If you wish for your child to wear a mask, please be sure to send them to camp with one.

If a camper, Junior Counselor, or staff member is found to be positive for COVID-19, we will inform all members of that camp group of potential exposure. Campers, JCs, and staff that were exposed may attend camp as usual as long as they do not exhibit any COVID symptoms. 

Campers, JCs, and staff that tested positive may return once they have a negative COVID-19 test; five (5) days have passed if they are asymptomatic; or have been fever and fever medication-free for seventy-two (72) hours, or other symptoms have improved and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

We will adjust policies when necessary to follow CDC guidelines for quarantining and other COVID procedures.

The Dunwoody Nature Center’s goal is for every camper to have the opportunity to have fun and discover their strengths. In order to do this, every child must feel safe at camp. Please review the Behavior Policy with your child before arriving at camp, as this is what helps us ensure everybody’s safety and the quality of our programs. Download the Behavior Policy here.

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Island Ford camps are brought to you in partnership with the National Park Service.