Parent Info

Dear Parents,

With 25 years of being the world’s only 100% snowboard camp, High Cascade Snowboard Camp has been on the forefront of innovation in coaching techniques and snowboard park design. Our mission is ‘life improvement through snowboarding and skateboarding’ and we promise our campers “The best 8 days of your life.”

Many parents ask me, “What makes your camp different?” While I know the list is long, your time as a parent is precious, so let me list a few of my favorites:

  1. 100% Real Snow all Summer Long – We have never EVER had to cancel a session thanks to Mt. Hood’s unmatched snowfalls.
  2. Lowest Priced 8-day Snowboard Camp – $1795 – Plus we offer payment plans and have the most lenient cancellation policy in the industry.
  3. All Abilities are Welcome – Whether you are an Adult or a Grom, spinning 5’s or perfecting toe-side turns, we have the perfect coaching group for your camper’s needs.
  4. High Cascade Snowboard Camp is All-Inclusive – Arrive at PDX airport and we take care of the rest.
  5. Friendly Staff – All staff is CPR and First Aid certified and must pass stringent pre-employment background and drug screening.
  6. Full-time registered Nurse and several full time EMT’s

Choosing a summer camp is a big decision, so I encourage you to call or e-mail me. I’m sure you have lots of questions, and I would love the opportunity to speak with you. I would also encourage you to explore our website, especially the parent specific tabs below.

If you would like to contact a parent who has sent their child to High Cascade, we have a list of parents from all over the country on our website; just click the “Parent References” tab below.

The more information you gather about High Cascade, the more likely you’ll become enthused about sending your child to our camp.  I hope to get the opportunity to tell you why I love this place.

Yours Truly,

Mimi Lopour
Camp Relations Manager

Cell Phone:        503.206.8520
Toll Free:           800.334.4272
Email:                [email protected]

P.S. – We have amazing Adult Camp programs for you too!  It’s separate from our kids camp so they won’t even know you’re there and you’ll get $100 to use in the Camp Store when you register for Adult Camp.  Just use code “PARENTS14″ when you register!  We hope to see you too this summer!

"My son came back absolutely raving over HCSC. He said he has never had more fun in his life and seemed to really bond with his counselors and coaches. The staff, along with the quality of the snow and the park was his topic of conversation first and foremost. I believe he learned a lot about the sport from these guys along with many of the kids in his chalet. He had an exceptionally wonderful experience."

Julianne Dawkins - Yucaipa, CA

”Sending my son to HCSC has been a wonderful experience. He has grown in his snowboarding and in his independence. The friendships, the mentors -- all of it, priceless!”

Amy Navin - North Grafton, MA

"We were totally blown away by your camp, from the facilities, to the organization of daily events & activities, to the staff. All aspects of your camp & organization as a whole were second to none, and run very well. We are very grateful for the way our daughter was treated, and the valuable life lessons she learned, and we will DEFINITELY be back in the future. Thank you for giving our daughter the experience of a lifetime! "

Jeremy Taylor - Grand Rapids, MI


The Big 6

In order to be the amazing place that HCSC is, we rely on a set of very basic, yet very important rules. We lovingly refer to these six rules as The Big 6™. These rules are imperative to the safety and well being of your child, as well as other campers at camp.

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11 Reasons

Not texting, Facebooking, MySpacing, Facespacing, Twitter tweeting or Wonky Wonking. The opportunity to interact in non-Internet, supportive, safe, face-to-face social environments among one’s peers is practically invaluable in today’s world.
Whether your child comes to camp by themself or with a pal – we guarantee they’ll connect with amazing campers & staff from around the country who they’ll consider some of their best friends.
High Cascade allows campers to explore many opportunities and experiences that they may have missed during the pursuit of snowboarding and other traditional activities. We provide our campers the necessary tools, guidance and environment to develop life-long interests.
Across America there are 10 million campers a year! Going to summer camp is a long-standing American tradition. We specialize in snowboarding, but we also squeeze in as many traditional camp themes as possible.... things like camp fires, s'mores, swimming, and so many other little things you just can't capture in words. Allow your child access to healthy developmental risks in a safe and nurturing environment.
Experiencing a new environment, interacting with new people and putting oneself out there makes one more dynamic and ready for what life has in store.
The beauty of our sport is that improving one’s skills is a series of setting and obtaining small goals to get to where they want to be. This translates to all aspects of life.
From the airplane journey to Oregon, to the 8-days spent out of the nest, your child's time at HCSC is a great opportunity to foster a sense of independence in a safe supportive environment.
Not that they need to be bribed, but countless campers have earned their session at camp by meeting a set of criteria set up by their parents: From chores to report cards, a trip to HCSC is a mega-motivation.
Being outdoors in the Mt. Hood National Forest snowboarding, mt. biking, breathing fresh air, playing, living, and loving life feels good from the soles of their feet to the feet of their soul.
People need passions – they frame out our lives and get us excited. To many campers, snowboarding is more than just a recreation. At HCSC we excel in helping this passion begin, grow and abound.
From the staff we employ to our 2014 Signature Session™ pro line up, campers get to spend 8 days with some of the smartest, friendliest, diverse and genuine people on Earth.

What makes High Cascade Snowboard Camp so Awesome?

We know that you have many choices when it comes to summer camps so we want you to know what sets High Cascade Snowboard Camp apart from the rest . . .

Our People

When you are in the human experience business, your people are what make the difference and that could not be more true than at High Cascade Snowboard Camp.  We have hundreds of applicants each year, selecting only small percentage to work for us.  Then we train them better, pay them better, reward them and rest them better than any of our competitors.  People are a point of pride for High Cascade.

100% Snowboarding

Snowboarding is all we do.  That means the jumps, rails, pipes and coaching are designed just for snowboarders.

8-Days!

Most other camps are only 7-days.  We figure that if you’re going to get on a plane or jump in the car to get to Mt. Hood, you might as well stay awhile and get the most of your time and money.  Don’t go home just when you are starting really progress on your snowboard and having fun.  Stay 8-days at High Cascade . . . the best 8-days of your life!

Real snow in June, July and August!

We have never cancelled a session due to lack of snow. EVER.

The Biggest Snowboard Parks

It’s not so much that we have the most jumps, rails, freeride terrain and North America’s only 22′ Superpipe for snowboarders, it’s that they’re purpose-built for snowboarding and snowboard coaching (which means your rapid, safe progression).  And our two parks are built by the best: Pat Malendoski, park building legend and builder of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics Halfpipe.

All Mountain Summertime Riding – 2 Miles Top-to-Bottom

Mt. Hood is the only mountain in North America where you can freeride on over two miles of groomed trails in the summertime.  And Timberline’s two high-speed express quads making getting back to the top quick and easy.

The closest camp to Mt. Hood

High Cascade is only a short 6-mile drive to the lifts. . . that’s only 10 minutes.  More time on the snow, less time on the road.

Our Village Campus

The picturesque alpine village of Government Camp, located at the 4000-foot level of Mt. Hood, is the closest village to the chairlifts.  Not only the closest, Government Camp has all the life you’d want with Cobra Dogs, Volcano Cones, The Burton Demo Center, and other great little restaurants and shops to explore.  Just taking a walk down main street to grab a hot dog is an experience in itself.  Freedom within the confines of an amazing alpine village.

Chalet Lodging – The Best of Any Camp

HCSC’s chalet accommodations are the nicest of any camp you may consider.  The Chalets™ are set up like ‘home’ or vacation condos, with great interior decorations by camp sponsors, big screen TV’s, and plenty of couch space for all.

Everything is included

We don’t tack on extra fees for airport transportation, food, or activities.  Simple and straight forward.

 

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Questions, concerns, or just want to talk to another parent?

Please explore the map to read parent quotes and get references from all over the world.  These are experienced HCSC parents who know the drill so if you have more detailed questions, feel free to email them (just send us a note so we can put you in touch: [email protected]).

Nobody understands your concerns more than these parents . . . and we hope that by this time next year, YOU will be a parent reference too!

. . .to Send your Child to HCSC

(That have nothing directly to do with snowboarding, and parents should be psyched about!)

 

1. It’s real life

Not texting, Facebooking, Instagramming, Instafacing, Twitter tweeting or Wonky Wonking. The opportunity to interact in non-internet, supportive, safe, face-to-face social environments among one’s peers is practically invaluable in today’s world.

2. Friends that last a lifetime

Whether your child comes to camp by themself or with a pal – we guarantee they’ll connect with amazing campers & staff from around the country who they’ll consider some of their best friends (dyk?: most campers come to camp by themselves . . .but go home with many new friends).

3. A Chance to try something new

High Cascade allows campers to explore many opportunities and experiences that they may have missed during the pursuit of snowboarding and other traditional activities.  We provide our campers the necessary tools, guidance and environment to develop life-long interests and passions.

4. It’s summer camp!

Across America there are 10 million campers a year!  Going to summer camp is a long-standing American tradition.  We specialize in snowboarding, but we also squeeze in as many traditional camp themes as possible…. things like camp fires, s’mores, swimming, arts and crafts and so many other little things you just can’t capture in words. Allow your child access to healthy developmental risks in a safe and nurturing environment.

5. Increased Self-Confidence

Experiencing a new environment, interacting with new people and putting oneself out there makes one more dynamic and ready for what life has in store.  They will succeed in our environment, thus making them proud of themselves.

6. Setting and accomplishing goals

The beauty of our sport is that improving one’s skills is a series of setting and obtaining small goals to get to where they want to be. Goal setting translates to all aspects of life.

7. Gain Independence

From the airplane journey to Oregon, to the 8-days spent out of the nest, your child’s time at HCSC is a great opportunity to foster a sense of independence in a safe supportive environment.

8. It’s a great reward

Not that they need to be bribed, but countless campers have earned their session at camp by meeting a set of criteria set up by their parents: from chores to report cards, a trip to HCSC is the ultimate motivation.

9. They’re being active

Being outdoors in the Mt. Hood National Forest snowboarding, mtn. biking, breathing fresh air, playing, living, and loving life feels good from the soles of their feet to the feet of their soul.  Physical and mental wellbeing!

10. It’s their passion

People need passions – they frame our lives and get us excited. To many campers, snowboarding is more than just a recreation. At HCSC we excel in helping this passion seed, grow, and abound.

11. 130+ role models!

From the staff we employ to our Signature Session™ pro line up, campers get to spend 8 days with some of the smartest, friendliest, most driven, diverse and genuine people on Earth.

This list could have easily been 1,000 reasons.

As the number one snowboard camp in the world, we have a reputation for exceeding people’s expectations. Our 2 private parks, private rope tows, Bag Jump, and legendary coaching program may be second to none, but fantastic snowboarding is just the tip of the camp experience iceberg!

HCSC Fun Facts:

Staff Return Rate:

Annually, over 80% of our staff are return employees! Consistency = a knowledgeable, professional staff ready to show campers the time of their lives!

HCSC’s Mission:

Life Improvement through Snowboarding and Skateboarding.

Operational Goals:

Fun, Safe, Professional & Educational

Authorized Awesome?

Yes!

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SuperVision™

  • 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 (ages 9-12)

Our youngest group at camp needs a little more SuperVision™, structure and TLC than our campers ages 13 and up. For these up and comers, we have at least one designated Grom Chalet each session.  Each Grom is accompanied by a counselor when traveling between an activity or facility at High Cascade.  Picture mother duck with her ducklings . . . everywhere they go!

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 grom steps from the skate street course and about 100 grom 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. Texting and talking to parents during evening ‘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.

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YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY.

If you’re injured, you can’t snowboard.  With that in mind, safety in all aspects of our camp is fundamental to HCSC’s 25 years of operating snowboard camps.

Staff

Each year the managers at High Cascade have hundreds of applicants to choose from when building their “perfect team”. All staff must pass stringent pre-employment background and drug screenings. When we say “all staff”, we mean everyone; from the cook preparing your child’s food, to the Executive Director. Once hired, all staff members must become CPR and First Aid certified and go through extensive staff training prior to the start of Camp. All staff are drug tested prior to camp starting with random drug testing throughout the summer. High Cascade is proud to boast over an 80% return rate for staff members.

Injuries

While injuries are inevitable in action sports and camp activites, our camp rules, protocols, and staff exist to enforce safety and mitigate injuries.  The percent of injuries which occur at camp is less than that the national average at ski areas in North America.  This is largely due to our coaching group structure. Campers spend their time in small coaching groups which are matched with their respective ability level.  All campers fill out a snowboard ability form before arriving to camp.  The information provided in the ability form is used to place campers into small coaching groups based on ability.  High Cascade coaches are prepared to coach their respective coaching groups’ ability level, as well as ensure campers are not attempting tricks and features beyone their ability.  As a parent, it is important that you do your best to help your child honestly fill out their abiltiy form to the best of your ability. In addition, campers are not let loose on Mt. Hood without supervision.

Since kids often tune out lectures on safety, we like to tell them that if they get hurt they can’t snowboard anymore.  This line, repeated daily by our coaches, usually gets the young campers’ attention!

Medical

High Cascade employs a full-time Registered Nurse who is on-call 24 hours a day. In the event of an injury, High Cascade’s nurse will assess the situation and determine if outside care may be needed. In addition, we staff several full-time EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and utilize Timberline Ski Area’s Ski Patrol for on-snow injuries.  In the event a camper must be transported to a medical facility, you will be notified as soon as practicable.

Camp Nurse

  • RN Greg Kerwin
  • HCSC Staff Member Since 2003
  • Hometown: Marquette, MI
  • RN since 1986
  • Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Pediatric Life Support
  • Ski Patroller, named Ski Patroller of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2005
  • Snowboarder
  • Parent of two snowboarders

Helmets

All campers and staff are encouraged to wear helmets.  Campers under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets when snowboarding. All skateboarders, REGARDLESS OF AGE, are required to wear helmets when skateboarding.

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Capture Camp Memories the New-Fashioned Way: Digitally.

While our professional photo / video squad can’t make you look like an Olympic superstar, they’ll capture some of your time at camp so you can show your family and friends and re-live it yourself for years to come.

The Session Video- $22

Each session, camp videographers scramble day and night logging and editing footage of the unique day-to-day camp happenings during the session. After days of filming and an all-night editing session, campers are presented with the Session Video Premiere on the last night of camp. The Session Video Premiere is a longtime camp tradition and just an all-around magical session-end experience for campers. And for $22 you can take this video home with you right after the premiere.

Add an optional Photo or Video shoot and leave camp with enough photos and footage to YouTube your Facebook off.

Photo Shoot – $80

For one hour a High Cascade photographer will get as many shots as possible of you. A completed photo shoot results in 25+ action snowboard photos, five of which will be edited. Your photo shoot will be sceduled according to your ability level and you will be placed in a small group with other campers for the duration of your shoot.

Video Shoot – $95

You will be filmed by a High Cascade videographer hitting a feature or two for an hour and a half. Get after it and log as much footage as you can! You’ll be given all of your raw action video clips in high-def. Video footage is approximately 1-2 minutes in length. Your video shoot will be scheduled according to your ability level and you will be placed in a small group with other campers for the duration of your shoot.

Video Shoot Edit- $55

Want your footage edited for you? For an extra $55 you can have all of your shots smoothly edited together with an introduction and music. This is a great option if you’re trying to get a ‘sponsor-me’ clip put together, or just want impressive, polished footage to show friends and family and/or put on your Facebook profile. CLICK HERE TO SEE A SAMPLE OF A CAMPER VIDEO SHOOT EDIT.

Length of Video Footage

Keep in mind that even though you have the videographer filming you for an hour and a half, this does not mean your logged footage will be an hour and a half long. Watching yourself board, hike, and take the chairlift for nearly two hours straight wouldn’t be too fun anyway! Also keep in mind that pros film all season long to produce a one-minute video part (or even less than that sometimes!). Think about it; you hit a rail. How long does it take? Less than 10 seconds, right? Bottom line, we’ll document you shredding. And the edit will be real nice if you add that on. But, it will not be a 15+ minute totally sweet video of you. Because not even the best boarders out there can produce a totally sweet 15 minute video of themselves in a two-hour time period.

Photo and Video Shoot Combo Package- $155 (Bundle & Save $40)

Includes:

  • Session Video ($22 value)
  • Photo Shoot ($80 value)
  • Video Shoot ($95 value)

Deluxe Video Shoot with Edit -$395

With this very limited premium video package, campers have the potential of up to five hours of filming scheduled over the course of four different shoot days. This premium package includes two one-hour private sessions with a filmer and involvement in two group filming sessions. This package is designed for campers highly interested and motivated to log lots of snowboarding footage and who want more personal control of their shoots. One of the private shoots does require the camper to snowboard on Activity Day, a day when campers would normally have the option of doing an activity such as whitewater rafting, skatepark tour, bowling and a movie, or paintball in lieu of snowboarding. Typically between 30%-60% of campers snowboard on Activity Day. Campers who have paid for the Deluxe Video Shoot should expect that they are scheduled to shoot on this day. Due to tight scheduling, a camper cannot make-up their missed one-hour private filming session if they opt to partake in an activity instead of snowboarding. You will receive a DVD with the edited high-definition footage on the last night of camp.  This is an amazing opportunity to capture your snowboarding!

Group Shoot Setting

Campers thrive in small group shoots as opposed to riding alone; they generally encourage each other and motivate themselves better for the shoot. Campers will be grouped with three to seven other campers during their shoot(s). With these small group sizes, the photographer and/or videographer is more than able to get shots of each camper.  Each camper is provided with their individual footage, i.e. the campers don’t end up with shared group footage/photos.

Refunds

Once paid in full, no refunds are issued for cancelled shoots or no-shows. Campers are informed prior to their scheduled shoot day when their shoot will take place. Due to tight scheduling, campers cannot be rescheduled if they are unable/do not attend their scheduled shoot.

Weather

In the event weather prohibits us from being able to fulfill your scheduled photo or video shoot we will do our best to reschedule on the make-up day (last day on-snow). In the event your camper’s shoot cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be given.

Spots Available

Due to tight schedueling, limited photographers and videographers, and only so many hours in the day, our photo and video shoots usually fill up. Once the session begins and the shooting schedule is made, camper shoots cannot be added.

Purchase upon registration or LOGIN to your account now to add a photo / video shoot!

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Payments

  • Online registrations require a $500 deposit with a VISA or MASTERCARD
  • If you would like to pay by check, please call 800.334.4272 to register over the phone
  • All payments must be received in full no less than 30 days before the start of your session. Failure to pay in full by this date may result in removal from the session and is subject to a $200 cancellation fee.
  • All registrations on or after June 1st require payment in full.

Payment Plans

Paying for camp shouldn’t be a burden, so we’re offering easy payment plans to let you pay for camp in installments. Want Grandma and Grandpa to pitch in for camp? Easy – let them cover one of the installments.

  • Setup monthly or bi-weekly payment plans by calling 503.206.8520 and we’ll schedule your monthly payments
  • Auto deductions from your checking account
  • Standard $500 deposit due at time of registration

Cancellation Policy

We are proud to offer the most lenient cancellation policy in the industry. Snowboarding is awesome, but sometimes life gets in the way and we don’t want to punish you for that. If you need to cancel your session please call 503.206.8520 to discuss your options.

CANCELLATIONS 30 DAYS OUT
Cancel prior to 30 days before the start of your camp and receive a refund less a $200 cancellation fee per session OR receive a full camp credit, good for two years and non-transferable

CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 30 DAYS
Cancel within 30 days of the start of your camp and receive a refund less a $500 cancellation fee per session OR Receive a camp credit less $200 per session, good for 2 years and non-transferable.

CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 10 DAYS
Cancel within 10 days of the start of your camp and receive a camp credit less a $200 cancellation fee per session, good for 2 years and non-transferable.

Please keep in mind there are NO exceptions to the above cancellation policies (even in the extreme cases of emergency, injury or sickness).  High Cascade strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from any such losses as well as lost airfare and transportation fees.  Please contact Assurance Solutions at 502-762-9185 or your preferred provider for insurance information.

Cancellation Process

Session Changes

In the event you would like to switch your session, please email [email protected] or call 503.206.8520. Session transfers can be accommodated free of charge if space permits, and as long as it is at least 30 days from the start of your original session start date. Session change requests within 30 days of the start of your original session start date may be subject to a $200 late notice session transfer fee.

Camp Credits for Injuries

In the event that a camper is injured while at camp and does not get clearance from the Camp Nurse or physician to snowboard, there are two options for the camper:

1. Stay at camp and partake in an ‘off-hill’ activity while everyone else snowboards. In the afternoon and evening there are plenty of non-physical activities to keep an injured camper entertained. If you choose this option, no credits or refunds will be given.

2. Leave camp ASAP, and receive a pro-rated camp credit for days missed. You’ll be missed but we’ll get to ride with you again soon as Camp Credits are good for two years but are non-transferrable.

Flights Must Arrive and Depart PDX Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Please book a flight 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 flight out of PDX between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the last day of your session. There is no snowboarding on the first or last days; they are designated travel days. Any flights on arrival day or departure day that are not between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be charged $100-$175 per camper, per trip, depending on the time of the flight. There is a 30 minute grace period for this window, i.e; if your flight is scheduled to depart at 7:30 a.m. we will not charge a fee. Please contact us directly if you are unable to book a flight in our requested window and we will discuss your flight options and pick-up/drop-off fees.

Campers Flying as Unaccompanied Minors (UM)

Each airline has different age requirements and additional fees for flying unaccompanied minors.   Campers flying under the status of an UM will be met at their gate by a High Cascade staff member upon their arrival at PDX.

Name of the Person Picking up UMs at PDX: If at all possible, when the airline asks for the name of the person picking up your UM, please give the airline ‘A HCSC Representative’ and our phone number 503.206.8520. If they will not accept this, please give them ‘Gregg Janecky/any other HCSC Representative’ in place. If they need an address, it is 30481 E. Blossom Trail, Government Camp, OR 97208.

Youth and Adult Campers NOT Flying as Unaccompanied Minors (UM)

All campers not flying as UMs will be met outside the security gate by a High Cascade staff member and will be assisted with their baggage and checked in for their High Cascade shuttle at baggage claim #2. If a camper cannot locate a HCSC representative they should go to an airport paging telephone and page “A HIGH CASCADE CAMP REPRESENTATIVE” to wherever the camper is standing. They can also call the High Cascade office at 800.334.4272.

Please know that although each airline has specific age requirements for flying unaccompanied minors, you can still fly your child, regardless of their age, as an UM (with applicable fees).  In addition to the added airline assistance, this also ensures you that your child will be met by a High Cascade staff member at his or her gate.  Example:  If your 13-year-old child is flying on United, (their required UM age is only 11) your child will not be met at their gate by a High Cascade staff member upon their arrival to PDX.  However,  if you request UM status for your 13-year-old child when purchasing your child’s airline ticket (and note it on his or her travel itinerary form) he or she will then be met by a High Cascade staff member at their gate.

Purchasing Tickets

Please look further into the airline of your choice as you get ready to purchase your ticket. Before purchasing your ticket, please be sure to visit the airline’s respective website for up-to-date unaccompanied minor information.  You may find that if your child requires an UM ticket, you may not be able to purchase your ticket via the internet.  Because each airline has different policies on booking UMs flights with layovers, last legs of the day, etc, booking on the internet may not be the best route.

For more airline specific in-depth unaccompanied minor information, please click on the airline.

Airline UM Age Requirement
Air Canada 11 and under
Alaska/Horizon Airlines 12 and under
American Airlines 11 and under
Delta Airlines 14 and under
Frontier Airlines 14 and under
Hawaiian 11 and under
JetBlue Airways 14 and under
Sea Port 14 and under
Southwest Airlines 11 and under
Spirit Airlines 14 and under
United 11 and under
US Airways 14 and under
Virgin America 14 and under

Departures

Please be sure to pay for your unaccompanied minor fees for both legs of your child’s trip.  In a lot of cases, airlines do not make this easy for you; making it easy to overlook paying for your returning UM Fee.  Please send your child with receipt of payment if at all possible to avoid double charges. If you are unable to pay the fee prior to your child’s camp, please arrange for your child to pay cash for his or her UM fee when they check-in at the airline counter on their departure day.  If this has not been arranged, we will cover any applicable fees the airline requires in order to obtain a boarding pass for your child.  Your credit card on file will be used to reimburse any fees covered by High Cascade.

HCSC staff members are at the Portland International Airport (PDX) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on departure days.  Campers will be shuttled to the airport by our trained High Cascade staff approximately three hours prior to their departure time (it takes one hour to get to the airport and we allow for extra time in order to pick up campers at multiple camp Chalets and The Lodge). Upon arrival at PDX, campers will be met by High Cascade staff to assist with luggage and airline check-in procedures. Unaccompanied minors will be escorted to their gate by a High Cascade staff member.

Please note: Once checked in at the desk, campers NOT flying as unaccompanied minors will not be accompanied to their gate. or supervised while waiting to board.

Baggage Fees

All airlines have different baggage policies.  If you would like to bring your snowboard to camp, you may find that certain airlines will charge extra due to the size and or weight of a board bag.  We have FREE 2015 snowboard, boot and binding demos for campers, so you may want to consider leaving your gear at home to cut luggage costs.  For those bringing their own gear, generally speaking, the best way to fit everything you need would be to put your snowboard, boots, helmet, outerwear, skateboard and sleeping bag or blanket in a board bag, and then pack your remaining items in your suitcase and carry-on bag.  You may find that you can carry on your skateboard.  Be sure to shift things around so that neither your board bag or suitcase will exceed the weight capacity (if you would like to avoid extra fees). 

Van/Bus Travel at Camp

All campers being transported inside of Camp vehicles are expected to follow general safety rules along with any additional vehicle specific rules.  These include but are not limited to the proper usage of all safety equipment (ie. seat belts), keeping all limbs inside the vehicle at all times, keeping all pathways clear and unobstructed by bags or equipment, no distracting the driver from focusing on the road, and no noisy or disorderly behavior.

In the Event of Last Minute Changes or Emergencies

If for some reason a flight is delayed, cancelled, or if you miss your scheduled departure flight to Camp please contact the HCSC office (503.206.8520) as soon as possible with the updated arrival information including the new time of landing and flight number, if applicable.  If there are any changes to your child’s return flight information prior to take-off we will be contacting you directly with any updated information.

Arriving and/or Departing by Car

Please arrive at camp between 1pm and 4pm on the first day of your camp session.  Campers departing by car must be picked up between 8am and 12pm (between 9am-11am is ideal). There is no snowboarding on the arrival or departure days. On the arrival day there is check-in, camp tours, welcoming barbeque and camper orientation.

Driving Directions

Please use Google Maps or any other form of space-age navigation to get specific instructions from where you’ll be driving from.  The drop off/pick up address is 30510 East Blossom Trail, Government Camp, Oregon 97208.  Look for the large blue-greyish lodge with HCSC signage and the street skateboard park in front of it.

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Airport check-in at the Portland Airport

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Campers arriving at the High Cascade airport checkpoint.

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Coach Lee escorting campers to the High Cascade shuttles.

 

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Coach Bambi loading bags onto a camp van. Next stop: Government Camp!

 

 

Pre-Authorized Spending Accounts

A store spending account at The High Cascade Camp Store™ may be set up in your online myHCSC account prior to your arrival. This spending account cuts down on the need to carry large amounts of cash at camp. You may set an authorized maximum dollar amount to be charged to your credit/debit card at each store, and your card will only be charged if your child purchases something.

The High Cascade Camp Store™ carries custom High Cascade t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks, spring gloves, hats, beanies, stickers and more. (The Camp Store™ does not sell food or drinks)

The Staff Sale™

Each session High Cascade’s staff and visiting pros sell their new and used gear at the legendary Staff Sale™. The Staff Sale is like a snowboard flea market deals on new and used boards, boots bindings, goggles, clothes and accessories can all be found at this once-a-session event. Since this is a flea market setting with individuals selling their personal items, only cash is accepted, and all sales are final. In addition, the gear does not come with any warranties. Amounts of cash ‘needed’ for the camp sale ranges anywhere from $0-$400 depending on what your child may be shopping for.

Cash Accounts

If you find that your child needs cash while at camp you can set up a cash account by calling the office. Your credit/debit card on file will be charged the amount you wish to give your camper, plus a 5% transaction fee. You may set daily limits; for example you can authorize $20 cash a day and/or you can authorize a certain amount of cash to be given to your child specifically on the day of the Staff Sale™.

Personal Debit/Credit Cards

If campers have their own card they will be able to use it at The Camp Store or at the local general store in the village (where they can buy snacks and drinks). The local general store has an ATM machine for cash withdrawals on debit cards. If you trust your child’s spending this is the best method for being equipped for any and all potential purchases at camp.

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2014 Youth Camp Guide

Please download the linked file and 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 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.

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 503.206.8520 or 800.334.4272

Download the 2014 Youth Camp Guide

Please print off, fill out, and send in The Finishing Forms 30 days before the start of your session.

Please be sure to also complete your travel itinerary, snowboard ability, camp store spending account and camper questionnaire in your myHCSC account at least 30 days before the start of your session.

Download The Youth Finishing Forms
Download The Adult Finishing Forms
Download The Workshop Finishing Forms

Already registered?

Log into your myHCSC online account

1.) Book your arrival and departure into and out of the Portland International Airport (PDX) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the first and last day of your session.

2.) Schedule an appointment to have your Medical History/Consent form signed by a physician.

3.) Pay your balance 30 days prior to the start of your session.  (Don’t worry about this if you chosen one of HCSC’s easy payment plans)

4.) Print off, fill out and send in The Finishing Forms at least 30 days before the start of your session.Read over The Camp Guide, which includes a list of what to bring and will answer most of the pre-camp questions you may have.

5.) Finish your travel itinerary, snowboard ability, store spending accounts and camper questionnaire forms in your myHCSC account at least 30 days before the start of your session.

6.) Pack your bags for the Best Summer Snowboard Camp in the world, ever!

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Campers singing and dancing to the Ice Cream Bus song

Q. What age campers do you accept?

A.  We welcome males and females ages 9 to 20 at Youth camp. Adult camps are for ages 21 and up. The Workshops are designed for ages 13 and up.

Q. What’s included in the cost of camp?

A.  Everything but airfare (Each camper is responsible for booking their own flight into and out of the Portland Airport on the first and last day of their session between 8am and 4pm).

  • Transportation from the Portland Airport and back
  • Demo equipment (2014 Snowboards, boots, and bindings)
  • 24-hour SuperVision™
  • Snowboard lift tickets
  • Snowboard coaching
  • Access into our two private snowboard parks and skateboard parks
  • 3 meals per day  (spending money is recommended, $50-$75 per session for drinks & snacks)
  • All camp activities (including whitewater rafting, paintball, etc)

Q. Snowboarding in the summertime – are you for real?

A.  Yes, we are… Timberline’s Palmer Snowfield hosts North America’s only lift-operated summer snowboarding. They have snow 365 days a year and have been running their lifts for summer skiing and snowboarding for over twenty years. High Cascade has been running snowboard camps on Mt. Hood since 1990, and we’ve never run out of snow.

Q. What makes High Cascade better than the other camps?

A.  100% Snowboarding – HCSC is the only summer camp in North America that is for snowboarders only. It’s not that we don’t like skiers, but snowboard culture is unique. Our parks are 100% built by snowboarders with snowboarder’s wants and needs in mind.

Best Snow - Timberline (Mt. Hood) is the only summer snowboard area in the United States and the only one in the world that allows moderate usage of salt. The salt preserves our facilities and allows our campers to ride longer in the day and into the late summer. Salt is our way of combatting the hot sun taking all our snow.

Best Facilities – Pat Malendoski, designer and builder of the 2002 Olympic halfpipe in Salt Lake City, designs and builds HCSC’s exclusive private facilities. Our park is groomed nightly and meticulously hand-maintained throughout the day providing the very best in freestyle snowboard facilities.

Best Weather – Of the few places in the world where you can snowboard in the summer, Mt. Hood has the most sunny, warm days of them all.

Best Employees – When it comes to staff, we have the cream of the crop. Our employees are better paid, better trained, better respected and better rewarded than any snowboard camp staff. Every staff member passes required drug testing, criminal background checks, is CPR/First aid certified and receives over a week of intense training prior to the start of camp. Roughly 50% of our staff are college graduates, while the other half is working their way through school or chasing their dreams in snowboarding, skateboarding, and endless other passions. Over 80% of our staff return to work at High Cascade each summer.

Closest Camp to Mt. Hood - HCSC is the closest camp to Timberline (Mt. Hood). This means less time spent in a van, and more time having fun.

Q. What is the difference between The Lodge and The Chalets lodging options

A.  The Lodge (Only open to boys ages 13-17)

The Lodge is the epicenter of camp life.  There’s never a dull moment since it’s where we all meet to go snowboarding each morning, do afternoon activities, see shows, BBQs, etc.  Out the front door is the skatepark, and out the back door is Trampoline Land.  The Lodge sleeps 60 boys, with 12-24 boys per bunk room.

The Chalets
Do your research and you’ll find that our Chalet lodging option is the best snowboard camp lodging out there.  These mountain style vacation homes sleep approximately 10-16 campers and are separated by age and gender.  (grom chalets, young boys chalets, young girls chalets, older boys chalets, older girls chalets, adult chalet, etc.)  Each room sleeps approximately 2-8 campers.

Q. What skill level do you need to be to attend HCSC?

A.  All skill levels are welcome. All our full-time summer coaches are required to take an AASI level one certification course, ensuring that they are qualified to teach all levels of snowboarding—from complete beginners to experts.  Our Soft Start™ program has been specifically designed for never-evers and those who have only tried snowboarding once or twice.

Q: How does it work with so many different ability levels at each session?

A.  Campers are placed into small coaching groups with 6-8 campers per coach.  These coaching groups are based on ability levels, so that you feel comfortable progressing with riders of similar ability.  Before you come to camp you’ll fill out an ability questionnaire which will help us place you in the best possible coaching group. It is important that you fill out the ability form accurately so that you placed in a group appropriate for your ability. If you end up in the wrong group we can move you to a new group as needed.

Q. Which session is the best session to attend?

A.  There is no ‘best’ session.  Each session has different Signature Session™ Pros, but other than that, you get the same great value Sessions 1 through 6.  Our parks have consistent snow coverage all summer long due to their higher up location on the mountain.  The loss of snow as the summer progresses is seen mainly in the public areas of the resort, not in our parks. The majority of the campers at High Cascade spend 99% of their time in our private parks, so the public terrain available isn’t much of factor to most campers.  We do recommend that beginners attend Session 1-4, as that is when Soft Start™ is offered and there is more beginner terrain available.

Q. Do campers ever stay for more than one session?

A.  Yes, many campers stay for multiple sessions. Special supervised activities are planned for our stay-over campers. The campers will not be snowboarding due to our private park being shut down for maintenance.  There is a $100/day charge for in-between days to cover supervision, lodging, meals ,and activities.  All in-betweens are two days.

Q. What’s the weather like on Mt. Hood?

A.  The weather on Mt. Hood is generally very nice but can be unpredictable. When snowboarding at Mt. Hood in the summer it is best to layer up as the mornings can be brisk and the afternoons warm. (The first session during the beginning of June may be colder and require heavier gear). Late in the summer the temperatures in the village of Government Camp can reach over 90 degrees. The majority of the time it is shorts weather, but be sure to pack pants, sweatshirts and additional layers for cool evening weather and varying on-snow conditions.

Q. Should I bring my snowboard and skateboard?

A.  It is up to you! You can bring your own snowboard equipment and helmet if you have them—especially if you are comfortable with your setup.  HCSC has a full Demo center with complimentary 2015 snowboards, boots and bindings from our sponsors to demo if you would prefer to try something new. All demo equipment is FREE to campers and you can ride the same set-up all session long, or try out new stuff each day.  Using demo equipment is a great idea if you don’t want to hassle with checking a board bag or pay extra baggage fees.  If you would like to skateboard, please bring a skateboard and helmet.  We do not have demo skateboard equipment.

Q. What should I bring to camp?

A.  See the list of what to bring in the Camp Guide.

Q. What airport should I fly into?

A.  Portland International Airport. Portland, Oregon.  Airport code: PDX.

Q. How far is High Cascade from the Airport?

A.  About a one-hour drive.

Q. When should I arrive for my session?

A.  Please make plans to arrive on the first day of your session.  The first and last days of each session are travel days, and there is no snowboarding.  If you are flying, please book flights to arrive on the first day of your session at PDX between 8am and 4pm and to depart on the last day of your session between 8am and 4pm.  Flights booked outside this window will be charged a transportation fee.

Q. How are youth campers supervised?

A.  Experienced adult counselors live in camper housing with campers. A maximum of ten campers are assigned to each counselor for campers 15 or older. For campers under age 15, each counselor is assigned to eight or fewer campers.  All activities on-snow and off-snow are supervised at a maximum ratio of eight campers per staff member.  HCSC employs a full-time registered nurse who is on call 24-hours a day.

Q: What is your policy on drugs and alcohol?

A.  We enforce a zero tolerance policy at High Cascade when it comes to drugs and alcohol.  Any camper caught having anything to do with drugs or alcohol at camp will be sent home.

Q. What happens if a camper gets hurt?

A.  We have a nurse on-site 24-hours a day. If your child is sick or injured our nurse will assess the illness or injury to determine if additional outside care is needed. If a camper needs to go to a hospital, they will most likely be transported to Hood River Memorial Hospital, which is about 45 miles from camp.

Q. What does ‘Grom’ mean?

A.  Short for ‘grommet’ this term was once a way to describe young surfers, but now has crossed into snowboarding, skateboarding and other ‘action sports’.  Basically it’s endearing term for the ‘younglings’ participating in action sports.

Q. What is your ‘Grom Program’?

A.  The Grom Program at High Cascade is our way of accommodating our campers, ages 9-12.  Although campers mature at different ages, we’ve recognized that our youngest campers ages 9-12 need more SuperVision™ and structure than our older campers.  Extra check-in points, smaller SuperVision™ ratios, and earlier curfews are just some of the ways our groms are accounted for at camp.  Each session there is a minimum of one Grom Chalet.

Q. What is ‘HCSC Girl’?

A.  HCSC Girl is optional all-girl camp programming promoting a fun, relaxed environment within the co-ed setting of our camp.   High Cascade may be a co-ed camp, but sometimes it’s nice for girls to do their own thing in a supportive all-girls environment, especially since there are quite a few more guys than girls at camp.

As far as off-hill activities go, each session we have several afternoon/evening “All Girls/Only Girls” Activities.  Some of the past activities have been Roxy Night, Bonfire S’mores parties, Burton activities, All-Girls Skateboard Clinics, All Girls Mountain Biking, Guest pro Q & A’s and so much more!  All Sessions feature optional HCSC Girl programming. If you’re more of a guys’ girl, you won’t be forced into any of the all-girls activities you don’t want to do.

Q. Are cell phones allowed?

A.  Yes, campers are allowed to bring cell phones.  All major cell phone providers receive service on Mt. Hood, and are permitted at camp.  Grom campers (campers ages 9-12) must turn in their cell phones at bed time to aid with homesick prevention and interrupting other campers’ sleep.

Q. What is The Staff Sale?

A.  Each session High Cascade’s staff and visiting pros sell their new and used gear at the legendary Staff Sale™.  It’s kind of 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 staff members selling their personal items, only cash is accepted. Amounts of cash ‘needed’ for the camp sale ranges anywhere from $0-$500 depending on what you’re shopping for.

Q. How much spending money is needed?

A.  All meals and activities are included in the cost of camp so the only extra spending money you may want would be for snacks and drinks and for any extra shopping.  $50-$75 would be more than sufficient for snacks and drinks for a session.

Read more about spending money at camp in the Camp Guide

Q: Does High Cascade offer Travel Insurance?

A.  High Cascade recommends Assurance Solutions, Inc. for our campers’ travel insurance. Call Assurance Solutions, Inc. at 502-762-9185 or www.protectmytrip.net. Travel insurance will repay lost deposits or tuitions, flight costs, and even pays some medical expenses.

Q. What is the deposit required to register?

A.  All registrations require a $500 deposit. If you would like to pay by check, please call 800.334.4272 to register over the phone.

Q. When are final payments due?

A.  All payment must be received in full no lass than 30 days before the start of your session. For certain situations, payment extensions can be granted when pre-arranged and authorized.

Q. How do I register?

A.  You can register online with a VISA or MASTERCARD or over the phone if you’d like to pay with a check or you do not have internet access.

Still have questions?  Check out the the Camp Guide or contact us at 503.206.8520 or [email protected]

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Signature Session™ Pro Zac Marben hand planting behind a group of campers for the all camp photo.

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Coach Johnny O’Connor enjoying an on-hill lunch with his campers and friends.

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Coach Sandra Hillen and a group of girl campers enjoying an afternoon of activities.

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Camper Christian and friends taking it to the sky in the high-ollie afternoon clinic.

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Activity Day anyone? This little grom was holding it down on the dance floor.

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The High Cascade Staff Sale™ is the best place to find new and used snowboard gear from your favorite pros.

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There are so many features in our parks you won’t know where to start.

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Camp is for EVERYONE. That means when you’re at camp you can hang and ride with some of the best pros in snowboarding.

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Every session we premiere the Session Video and other amazing snowboard movies on the last night.

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Didn’t buy anything at The Staff Sale™? Don’t worry, almost every camper walks away with gear from our sponsors at the end of session giveaway

 

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The fun never stops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to know what to expect?

8:00 Wake-Up

Your Chalet or Lodge Counselor will wake you up. (Note: Day 1 you won’t even be able to sleep you’ll be so excited – by Day 6, your counselor will need a squirt gun to get you moving.)

8:15 Breakfast

Head over to Boardwalk with your buddies and charge up for the day with all your breakfast favorites from bacon and eggs to cereals and fruit.

9:00 Group up with your Coach & Grab a Lift Ticket

Time to put on the sunscreen, stretch out, make sure your equipment is ready and plan out the day.

9:45 Hop on the Lifts

Commence Summer Snowboarding.

9:45 – 12:00 Shred

Ride our private Parks and Pipes with your coach or take laps on the lift with your group.

12:00 Break for Lunch

Post up and eat next to the Super Kicker for some lunchtime entertainment.

12:30 – 3:00 Shred

Join our Signature Session™ Pros for a clinic. Meet up with a different High Cascade coach for a clinic. Hike the Superpipe, hit some jumps, slide some rails… whatever you’re feeling.

1:30 – 3:30 Grab a High Cascade Shuttle

Getting tired is OK. Know your limits and head down with a High Cascade Staff member to the shuttle zone when your legs can’t take it. Shuttles leave every 20 minutes.

4:00 Meet up at the Lodge for Afternoon Activities

If you still have tons of energy, skate, play dodgeball, bounce on the tramps, etc. If you’re running low, head over to video analysis or arts and crafts.

5:30 – 7:00 Dinner

The K-Unit™ prepares a big home cooked meal every night to refuel those batteries.

7:15 Meet back up at the Lodge for Evening Activities

Play some soccer, take a Yoga Class, Skate the ramps, bounce on the trampolines, Mtn. Bike, etc. The options are almost endless…

9:30 Curfew Time

Nobody’s allowed out after dark. You have heard the legend of the Manimal. Haven’t you?

9:30 – 11:00 Kick it at home with your Counselors and Roommates

Hang out in your Chalet or Lodge and watch snowboard movies with your crew.

11:00 Lights Out.

The fun starts again in 9 hours. Now rest up.