2013 Adult Camp Guide
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ADULT CAMP GUIDE
Please read over the following information in order to familiarize yourself with High Cascade’s day-to-day summer operations. We aim to exceed all expectations you may have of what a summer camp experience should be! If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us before, during, or after your camp experience.
Phone: 503.206.8520 or 800.334.4272
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP (ADULT CAMPERS)
- Goggles, gloves, snowboard pants and jacket.
- Snowboard, boots, and bindings are optional. (We have a complimentary demo center for campers to try 2013 boards, boots, & bindings, as well as free rental helmets)
- Backpack to bring on-snow, water bottle, sunscreen, lip protection
- T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, shorts, socks, undergarments, swimwear, hat/beanie
- Bath towels, soap, shampoo, toothbrush & toothpaste, other miscellaneous personal items
- Please bring either a blanket or sleeping bag (High Cascade provides sheets and pillows)
- Skateboard & helmet if you plan to skateboard, sandals/shoes for whitewater rafting, camera, cell phone, wallet (ID & money)
Arrivals/Departures by Car
- If you are arriving to camp by car, please arrange to arrive on the first day of your session between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Please plan to depart on the last day of your session between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. There is no snowboarding on the arrival or departure days. On the arrival day there is check-in, camp tours, welcoming dinner and camper orientation.
Arrivals/Departures by Plane
- If you are flying to camp, please fly into The Portland International Airport (PDX) on the first day of your session between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please book your departure out of PDX between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the last day of your session. Any flights on arrival day or departure day outside of our 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. window will be charged $75 per camper, per trip.
CHANGES IN DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL TIMES
In the case of any change in your arrival or departure information (please only notify us if there is a change of more than 30 minutes). If you reach our voice message system, please leave a detailed voice mail or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any changes in departures or arrivals.
Though it is not required, High Cascade very strongly recommends all campers, regardless of age, have health insurance prior to visiting HCSC. Though our staff is well trained to mitigate injuries, many activities at Camp are hazardous and include certain risks and dangers and include the risk of serious injury or death. High Cascade is not responsible for any medical expenses outside of the care provided by the Camp Nurse.
EMERGENCIES OR INJURIES
In addition to employing a Nurse 24 hours a day during sessions; HCSC employs 24-hour on-call drivers who are equipped with cellular phones. In the event that you would require medical attention outside of High Cascade’s care, you will be transported to one of the medical facilities High Cascade has an established relationship with.
HIGH CASCADE STAFF
The year 2012 marks our 23rd year of providing the finest snowboard camp experience available with a dedicated staff to provide a safe and fun camp environment.
- Employees are selected based on their relevant work experience, qualifications, maturity level, reliability, enthusiasm and overall ability to provide a positive and supportive environment for our campers.
- HCSC staff arrives approximately two weeks before camp to complete our rigorous training program.
- All staff are certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
- All employees pass pre-employment drug screening and agree to random testing throughout the season.
- Background and Motor Vehicle Record checks are performed on all staff.
- All water activities are supervised by staff members who are certified Lifeguards while all snowboard coaches are AASI trained.
- We are very proud of the fact that 80% of our staff returns each year.
SNOW CONDITIONS & HCSC FACILITIES
Summer snowboarding on Mt. Hood is possible due to Timberline Ski Area’s Palmer Snowfield, which offers year-round snow. Although powder snow has been known to arrive in June, on average, summer snow conditions at Mt. Hood compare to late spring conditions at most major resorts in the Northwest. Pat Malendowski of Planet Snow Design, builder of the 2002 SLC Olympic Superpipe, has helped HCSC earn the reputation of providing the finest summer snowboard facilities and programs. High Cascade’s private snowboard parks are only open to campers, HCSC staff, and visiting pro snowboarders. Offering the only lift operated summer snowboarding in the U.S., Timberline Ski Area has been host to Olympic, professional, and recreational skiers and snowboarders for decades.
WEATHER AND WHAT TO WEAR AT CAMP
The weather in the Cascades is nearly impossible to predict. Please pack for variable weather conditions, especially in during the first and last sessions. Since our village is in the mountains, we can experience very cool nights and warm afternoons. The first session or two tend to have cooler conditions at base camp and on hill with temperatures ranging from 30–60 degrees on hill and from 40–75 degrees at base camp. Later sessions (July & August) are typically warmer with temperatures ranging from 40–70 degrees on hill and from 50–90 degrees at base camp.
Typical on-hill clothing includes lightweight waterproof pants, lightweight waterproof jacket, lightweight waterproof gloves, and on some days, lightweight breathable under layers. Layering is the best way to be prepared for the range of weather conditions on hill. Hats, gloves, goggles, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also necessary. Shorts and t-shirts are usually adequate for afternoon off snow activities, but warm clothes such as pants, jeans and long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets should be packed for cooler evening temperatures. Feel free to visit this weather website for Government Camp weather (where camp is) and this weather website for weather at Timberline Lodge (where our private snowboard parks are) right before your session to get a more accurate forecast.
RECEIVING MAIL AT CAMP
High Cascade staff will deliver your mail in the late afternoon or evening, Monday through Friday. ***Due to VERY SLOW mail service in Government Camp, please be sure to have mail and packages sent no later than the second day of your session to ensure that your mail is received while you are at camp.
Send Camper Mail (USPS) To:
Name of Camper
PO Box 368
Government Camp, OR 97028
Ship Camper Packages (FED EX, UPS) To:
Name of Camper
30481 E. Blossom Trail
Government Camp, OR 97028
PHONE & INTERNET SERVICE
All major cellular companies provide reception in Government Camp. High Cascade does not have computers/internet for personal use, however there are a few locations in the village of Government Camp where you can get free wireless internet. But it's vacation, so take advantage of it and leave your computer at home!
ALCOHOL & SMOKING POLICY FOR ADULT CAMPERS AGES 21+
All campers registered for adult session 1, 5 or 6 must be 21 by the first day of the your registered session, and be able to show valid photo I.D. proving age. Adult campers 21+ may responsibly consume alcohol in Adult Camp housing, at the Adult Only dinners, and at bars and restaraunts in the area. We ask that you respect the fact that there are impressionable children around and that alcohol is never visable to youth campers and that you are never visibly intoxicated if youth campers are present. Alcohol will not be provided by High Cascade, so please bring spending money if you intend to drink. Smoking is prohibited in any High Cascade accommodations or within any camp boundaries, including our snowboard and skateboard parks. With that being said, the Adult camps and the youth camps are on very seperate schedules so there is very little interaction with youth campers.
Since laundry facilities in the village are scarce, you will need to bring enough clothing to last for your entire session.
Helmets are highly recommended for snowboarders, regardless of age. CAMPERS OF ALL AGES AND STAFF are strictly required to wear helmets while skateboarding, rollerblading and biking on all HCSC facilities. We have complimentary rental helmets available.
HCSC DEMO SHOP
Our fleet of demo equipment consists of over 200 boards, boots & bindings coming from the future (next years’ stuff) provided by our generous sponsors. All HCSC campers are eligible and encouraged to try our sponsors' new product lines. This service is provided free of charge, and is a great way to test out new gear before it even hits the stores! If your gear no longer fits, is broken, is inappropriate for summer boarding, or you feel it is outdated, please feel free to leave your gear at home and use the demo equipment during your session. By taking advantage of the demo gear, not only do you save money (you don't have to pay for extra baggage) you also get to ride equipment you wouldn't normally get to ride without buying first. Win-win!
THE CAMP STORE™
The Camp Store™ carries custom High Cascade t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks, spring gloves, hats, beanies, stickers, and more.
THE STAFF SALE™
Each session High Cascade's staff and visiting pros sell their new and used gear at the legendary Staff Sale™. Like a snowboard flea market - deals of the century can be found on new and used boards, boots bindings, goggles, clothes and accessories. Since this is a flea market setting with individuals selling their personal items, only cash is accepted. All sales are final at this once-a-session super event.
LOST & FOUND
A busy camp environment is the ideal place to lose track of or misplace personal belongings. With this in mind, we recommend that valuables NOT be brought to camp. To avoid loss of personal belongings, please clearly mark all clothing and items with identification prior to coming to camp. High Cascade is not responsible for personal items that are lost, left behind, or stolen. Please email lost claims with a detailed description of item(s). Any remaining lost items will be donated two weeks after the end of each session.
Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with High Cascade’s camp operations. We can’t wait to see you this summer! Let the countdown begin!