Getting Ready for Camp
Parent Orientation Meetings
One parent or guardian of new-to-CJH campers must attend the orientation meeting for their session, at Valley Charter High School (108 Campus Way in Modesto) on the following dates:
Rookies I, Resident Camp I, LIT I: Tuesday, June 16th at 6pm
Rookie II, Resident Camp II, LIT II: Tuesday, July 7th at 6pm
We look forward to meeting you there! If you cannot attend orientation, you must make alternate arrangements with a member of Camp Jack Hazard staff.
Preparing for Camp
Please remember that Camp Jack Hazard is about getting back to basics. Be practical and only bring the absolute necessities. On the overnight your camper will be carrying all of their own gear, so please keep it light. At camp, everything gets dirty so don’t bring anything too nice. Be sure to mark EVERYTHING with your full name. We try to keep careful track of lost and found, but with the large number of campers who come through camp each session, things inevitably get lost or mixed up. CJH is not responsible for anything lost or stolen. If you mark your child’s belongings with a permanent marker, it becomes much easier for camp staff to return lost items to the right person.
Important Information about Overnights and Backpacking
All Resident Camp and LIT session campers can expect to go on a two-night overnight backpacking trip to a location in one of the two pristine wilderness areas near camp. Depending on interest and ability, this may take campers several miles away from the nearest road, phone, building, television, or X-box. To assure your child’s comfort, we recommend a backpack with an internal or external frame, which can carry a sleeping bag, personal items, and some food. Rookie Campers will not be traveling far, so a good day pack will work just fine.
Temperatures at the higher altitudes (campers over 10 can expect to camp at altitudes as high as 8,000 feet) can get chilly! We recommend a warm, lightweight sleeping bag. Please pay attention to the temperature rating of the bag – a temperature rating of 35°F or lower will protect against the fickle mountain weather.
Above all, please be assured that while the overnight is an experience in roughing it without many of the material comforts of the modern world, we provide a safe, comfortable environment in the woods for your child to enjoy their camp experience. The overnight is the centerpiece of Camp Jack Hazard’s program, and it is also the part of the program which year after year seems to have the most dramatic impact on camper’s growth in confidence and social skills. We look forward to providing this priceless and enriching experience for your child as we have for so many thousands of others.
All medication – including over-the-counter drugs – MUST be given to the Camp Director or Health Specialist prior to departure.
Please clearly indicate, for each medication: 1) who the medication is for, 2) proper dosage, 3) when it should be taken.
Camp can only dispense prescription medications when they are in their original container, and only by the instructions on the bottle. If the label on a prescription bottle is incorrect, this must be changed by the pharmacy prior to attending camp. The camp health specialist will be responsible for any medication that is to be taken to camp.
- Sleeping Bag
- Backpack – internal or external frame backpacking backpack
- Thin, lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking
- Extra pair of shoes
- Clothes: Warm sweater/jacket, t-shirts, shorts, long warm pants, socks, underwear and a poncho or waterproof jacket
- Bathing suit and towels
- Sunscreen, Chapstick, and bug repellent
- Water bottle (preferably 32 oz.)
- Positive attitude
Additional Optional Items
- Small pillow
- Disposable camera
- Fishing gear
- Books/writing materials
Things to Leave at Home!
Electronics, including cell phones and mp3 players and headphones, food or candy, knives/firearms, weapons, any sports equipment, pets, fireworks, aerosol sprays, hair dryers, curling irons, money, alcohol/drugs and cigarettes.