Frequently Asked Questions

Q: COVID specific updates

A: APlease see our full COVID 19 policy for the 2022 season here.

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: Can my child sign-up for the same camp they attended last year?

A: Absolutely! Camps are different year to year because we introduce new books and lessons. For this reason, it is common for BookTrails campers to repeat the same favorite camps year after year. This is especially true for Camp Splash and any of our week-long overnight camps.

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. All medications, both over the counter and prescription, require the Medications Form to be filled out by a physician. We cannot take any medications for your child without this form.

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: 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: 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: 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 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: 2022 BookTrails Cancellation Policy


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