- High Cascade provides 1:2 camper to staff ratio overall; that's one well-trained adult for every two campers.
- Our supervision ratio for campers under 15 years old is one experienced adult counselor for every eight campers.
- For campers over 15, there is one experienced counselor for every 10 campers.
- Campers are supervised on-hill by their coach, in their coaching group of 8 or less. Campers are not permitted to leave our private on-hill facilities without being accompanied by a staff member.
- All camp lodging, facilities, and activities are supervised. Adult counselors live-in and provide around-the-clock supervision in all Chalets and The Lodge. When a Chalet is unlocked and campers are permitted inside, then a counselor will be in the house.
Grom Campers (campers ages 9-12)
How is camp different for Groms?
Groms are not permitted to freely move from one camp activity or area to another without the direct escort of a staff member. In other words, if a Grom is skateboarding and wants to run over to the Govy General store (about 50 steps from the skate street course and 100 steps from the skate bowls) then he or she will be escorted by a staff member.
Cell phones are kept with the counselors at bedtime. We've found that 'lights out' works best when Groms do not have their cell phones in bed with them. We've found that texting and talking to parents during night time 'down time' when campers are tired can feed feelings of homesickness. In addition, cell phone usage can be very disruptive to other campers trying to sleep.
Below is an what a typical day at camp looks like, with specific call-outs to how Groms' experience at camp compares to campers ages 13 and over.
7:15am-8:15am Wake-up call
Live-in counselors wake campers up according to their assigned Chalet/Lodge breakfast time-slot.
Counselors take campers to the breakfast buffet. Campers will return to their Chalet/Lodge after breakfast to put on their snowboard gear and pack their backpack to take on hill. Each morning campers are greeted with a full hot buffet of favorites like eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, veggie sausage, hashbrowns, and breakfast burritos. Also available each morning is a cereal bar, toast, bagels, muffins, yogurt and fresh fruits. At breakfast time campers pack a brown bag lunch. A variety of meats, cheeses, veggies, condiments and PBJs are available at the sandwich station, as well as chips, pretzels, granola bars, and fruit. Campers should bring a water bottle to take with them snowboarding. Campers can also purchase Gatorade, or other beverages at the Govy General Store if they want more than just water while snowboarding. Counselors assist/supervise the Grom campers with making sandwiches and packing their lunches. Please contact us via email with any special food allergies.
9:00am Group up with your coach & grab a lift ticket at the street course in front of the Lodge (roll call)
At this time, coaches make sure campers have everything they need for the day, remind them to put on the sunscreen, and stretch out. Coaches with Groms are more persistent about all of the above.
9:45am Campers hop on the lift with their coach
9:45am - 12:00pm Snowboarding in coaching groups
Campers snowboard with their coach and group (with 6 or 7 other snowboarders of similar ability and age).
12:00pm-ish Lunch break
Campers take a break around noon, or whenever the group is feeling hungry. Everybody posts up on the snow/their snowboard and enjoys a high altitude outdoor lunch. This allows for more ride time and less down time going back to the base ski lodge.
12:30pm-3:00pm Snowboarding 'free time'
Campers can join our Signature Session™ Pros for optional clinics. Or they may meet up with a different High Cascade coach for a clinic. They may also opt to just ride with friends in our private park on their own. Campers cannot leave our private parks without a staff member.
1:30pm-3:30pm Grab a High Cascade shuttle heading back to camp every 20 minutes (roll call)
Getting tired is OK. Campers may leave our private parks with a High Cascade Staff member to the shuttle zone. Every camper is checked off of the master roll call to ensure everyone gets on a bus at the end of the day. The shuttle ride back to Government camp is takes about 10 minutes.
4:00pm Meet up at the Lodge for the afternoon all-camp meeting (roll call)
At this meeting roll call is taken and all afternoon activities are announced. Skateboard clinics, skateobard free time, dodgeball, trampolines, foam pit, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, soccer, art and crafts are some of the many options to keep camper engaged. Grom counselors plan out the afternoon with their group. Groms cannot move freely from activity to activity, but instead are escorted by a staff member, in order to maintain constant supervision.
5:30pm - 7:00pm Dinner
A buffet dinner is served, with enough options for even the pickiest eaters. There is always vegetarian options, as well as at least two other main entrées and a full salad bar. Grom campers are assigned a dinner time slot and go to dinner with their counselors, all other campers can freely attend dinner anytime during the dinner window.
7:15pm Meet back up at the Lodge for Evening Activities (roll call)
After dinner all campers meet at the steet course again for another roll call and for announcements of evening activities. More skateboarding for those who skate, foam pit, trampolines, Signature Session special events, talent show, dance party, movie premeirs, The Staff Sale, demo shop hanging, dodgeball, video analysis and all sorts of surprises keep campers busy until the sun starts to set. Sometimes enough is enough and simple chill-out time back at their Chalet or Lodge is most fitting*. When camper housing is open, there is always a counselor supervising. *Some evening camp activities are required.
9:30pm Curfew (roll call)
All campers must be in their Chalets/The Lodge where counselors are waiting for them. Groms' curfew is 9:00pm.
9:30pm - 11:00pm Kick it at home with your counselors and roommates
Time for showering, calling home (if it's not too late), watching movies and winding down for bedtime.
11:00pm Lights out, bed time
10:00pm lights out for Groms. Groms forfeit their cell phones for the evening as a way to hinder late night calling and texting which we've found can facilitate feelings of homesickness.