Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My child already has read the book that you will read during a camp program. Can they still participate?

A: Yes!  We consider it an advantage to the student if they have already read the book before the class.  We will explore each book in many different ways and promise no student will be bored, even if they already know the story.

Q: My child struggles with reading. Is this a good program for them?

A: BookTrails programming aims to nurture reading for students reading at different reading levels. We have staff devoted to giving extra attention to hesistant or reluctant readers. All of our curriculum is developed with local school teachers’ advice and approval. BookTrails is the perfect program for a student who needs extra reading help or encouragement during the summer break. If you are worried about your child’s ability to follow along with the reading, we recommend reading the book with your child before class starts. Unfortunately, BookTrails is not licensed to accept severe special needs students. Please contact admin@steamboatbooktrails.org with specific questions.

Q: Is the recommended grade for each camp entering or exiting?

A: Children must have completed first grade OR be age 7 to attend BookTrails Camp. The grades listed for each camp can be EITHER the grade entering or exiting. We are flexible because reading level can vary greatly from student to student, regardless of their grade level. The important consideration that parents should make is whether your child is ready for a camp with a camp-out and if they are engaged with the book choice.

Q: My child is of an advanced reading level. Can they participate in a class above their grade level?

A: We do make exceptions sometimes, though every student must have finished the first grade or have turned seven years old to participate (per state requirements). Please contact Emily@steamboatbooktrails.org to discuss any exceptions for grade/age level and enrollment.

Q: Where will my child be during the day?

A:  We will be visiting a variety of places surrounding our host ranches, including museums, public parks, historical places, and other ranches.  You will receive more details about class schedules a few weeks before camp starts.  Each day when you drop off your child, you will be given the location for the day along with our cell phone number.  All of our drivers are trained, have clean driving records, and are insured.  

Q: My child already attended a camp last Summer, but they would like to attend the same camp again. Will it be the same stuff?

A:  Our camps will include a handful of the best lessons from last year with new things mixed-in.  We welcome new staff every Summer so there is never the same camp twice–our new teachers bring new ideas, games, lessons, and energy to each camp.  

Q: My child takes medication during the day. Can you accommodate them?

A: Yes, please read our policies here to understand the regulations concerning medications at camp.

Q: Is my child required to attend the camp-out?

A: No, children and parents should make a decision together if they are ready for the overnight camp-out. However, the camp-out is the MOST fun part of the week and is very safe. We strongly encourage campers to participate in the camp-out. Staff can work with parents to create an environment where their children feel safe.

Q: Will boys and girls be separated at the camp-out?

A: Yes, tents are separated by gender.

Q: My child is a picky eater. Can they be accommodated?

A:  Yes, our staff will work with you to accommodate your child’s dietary needs.  E-mail us at admin@steamboatbooktrails.org.

Overnight Camp Questions

Q: Will boys and girls be sleeping separately at camp?

A: Yes, our cabin tents are split into groups of 8 girls and 8 boys.  Bear Cabin is for boys and Wolf Cabin is for girls. 

Q: What are bathroom and shower accommodations?

A: The Reading Ranch is off-the-grid, so we are currently developing our bathroom facilities.  For the next few years, we will be using porta-potties at camp that receive weekly maintenance and cleaning.  In the future, we hope to install composting pit toilets, but must first gauge the usage and amount waste that is accumulated during camp.

During their week with us, campers may use the showers at Steamboat Lake State Park, which we visit frequently for swimming and other exploration.  However, most of our campers prefer to rough-it during the week with us and “bathe” in rivers and creeks.  Please let us know if you your child requires a shower during their 5 days at camp. 

Q: What will campers eat?

A: We have created a menu with our camp consultants for the week at camp.  We can share more information about food, just give us a call or send an e-mail.  We also keep supplies of ramen noodles, peanut butter and jelly, and other staples for picky eaters.  Breakfasts are typically light (bagels/cream cheese, cereal, fruit), Lunches are sandwich bars (lunch meats, peanut butter/jelly, fruit/veggies) and dinners are cooked as a community in our outdoor kitchen.  Some examples of our dinners are spaghetti night, stir-fry, BBQ, and burritos.  We are happy to accommodate allergies and food sensitivity, just let us know! A sample of our weekly menu can be found here.

Q: What is BookTrails cancellation policy?

A: 2020 BookTrails Cancellation Policy

Parent-initiated cancellations: BookTrails will honor all refunds for camp up until 10 days before the start date of your child’s camp. No refunds will be given if a parent cancels within the 10 day period before your child’s camp begins.

BookTrails-initiated cancellations: If BookTrails is forced to close due to a change in guidelines or an outbreak of virus in the community, all camp tuition will be refunded.

2020 Camps are now full…

En español »