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Adventure Camp FAQs

How is Adventure Camp affected by COVID-19?
After much deliberation and with much sorrow, we have decided to cancel La Vida Adventure Camp for the summer of 2020. We examined available data and projections related to the coronavirus pandemic and looked extensively at potential ways to alter camp (e.g. activities, group sizes, attendance requirements) to prevent possible COVID-19 transmissions. We concluded that we would have to radically adjust our activities—to the point that Adventure Camp would no longer look or feel like Adventure Camp. And even then, we couldn’t ensure that our adjustments would be sufficient to maintain camper and staff safety this summer.

This is a difficult time for everyone, and this decision has an ongoing effect on our budget going forward. We will be refunding deposits and payments made for this summer. If you would like to donate to the La Vida operating budget or toward a need-based financial aid fund for future campers, please contact us at .

La Vida Adventure Camp won’t be happening this summer, but it is still vital that everyone spends time outside, tries new things, and connects with friends in new ways. We encourage you to safely spend time outside this summer with your kids. We are already beginning to plan some exciting things for next summer, and we look forward to having fun and connecting with campers then! We’ll share updates primarily through our newsletter (you can sign up here) and social media.

What does a typical day look like for 10–13 year-olds?
Below is a sample day for the 10–13-year-old program, but each day will look different for groups. All groups will participate in low ropes team-building, mountain biking, high ropes, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing by the end of the week.

9 a.m. Drop-off
9:05 a.m. Staff skit and announcements
9:15 a.m. Games
9:45 a.m. Morning snack
10 a.m. Team-building initiatives
11:45 a.m. Character discussion
12 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Adventure activities
3:30 p.m. Moment for reflection
4 p.m. Pick-up

What does a typical day look like for the 14–15-year-old program?
Each day will include different adventure activities. While on campus, a day may look much like the example listed above for 10–13-year-olds. But 14–15-year-olds have the opportunity to challenge themselves in more difficult team-building initiatives, enjoy rock climbing at various rock sites, experience offsite waterfront activities, overcome more challenging high course elements, and build deeper friendships during an overnight campout. The days also include playing games, eating snacks, character building, and discussing activity take-aways. Your camper's counselors will discuss any specific gear/clothing requirements for upcoming days with your campers ahead of time.

How does Treks differ from other 14–15-year-old options?
Treks sessions will be similar on Mondays and Fridays. On Tuesday through Thursday, campers will be traveling to, backpacking in, and camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

How does the Adirondack Leadership Program (ALP) differ from other camp options?
That's a great question. You can find more information about ALP here.

Where can I register for La Vida Adventure Camp?
In efforts to preserve the environment and keep costs down, we are working towards going paperless. All 10–15-year-old camp registration is now online and available here. ALP registration is available separately here. If you register but do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact us at 978.867.4504 to confirm that our system processed your registration correctly. All necessary information should be available through our website or in your confirmation email.

What age do children need to be to attend camp?
In order to attend the 10–13-year-old program, campers should be 10 years old by the beginning of the camp session they're attending. In order to attend the 14–15-year-old program, campers should be 14 by the beginning of the camp session they're attending. In order to apply for the Adirondack Leadership Program (ALP), campers should have completed one year of high school and turn 15 by the end of August.

For more information about the ALP, please click here. For more information about our Counselor in Training program (for 16–18-year-olds), please click here.

Are 10 year-olds placed with 15-year-olds?
We aim to place kids with their peers and in groups that are of similar age. The 10–13-year-old groups are separate from the 14–15-year-old groups.

Can I be in the same group as my friend?
Campers can request to be grouped with a friend on the confirmation form sent to you after you register. We do our best to honor all requests, but logistically, we can't guarantee every request will be met. If only one of two campers attending together is 14 or 15, we recommend that the younger camper register for the 14–15-year-old group as well. We encourage kids to reach out and meet new people in their small groups even if they are attending camp with friends.

When are the hours of camp?
Registration for camp on Monday opens at 8:45 a.m. Camp runs from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Thursday. There is no pick-up for Treks campers on Tuesday or Wednesday (since they're on the trail) or for other 14–15-year-old campers on Thursday (because of the overnight campout). Friday includes an end-of-week Camp Celebration for campers and families beginning at 5 p.m. As a result, on Fridays camp runs 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

What is the Camp Celebration on Friday?
The Adventure Camp Celebration runs from 5 p.m.–6 p.m. on Fridays. Parents, siblings, and campers are invited to attend this indoor end-of-week celebration, which includes camper group skits, a video, and a slideshow. The slideshow and video will be available on our YouTube channel, and photos from the slideshow will be available for free download as well.

Are campers allowed to leave early?
Yes. If you know your child will be missing a day of camp, needs to leave early, or will be late, please call our camp registrar at 978.867.4504 to let us know. Talk with your child's counselors to find out what activities he or she will be missing.

What should I wear to camp?
Campers should wear loose, comfortable clothing that can get dirty and is appropriate for athletic movement. Campers should not wear revealing or midriff shirts or shorts. They should also bring a bathing suit for water activities. One-piece or modest tankini swimsuits are suggested for girls because of the athletic nature of the water activities.

What should I bring to camp?

  • Backpack
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • A warmer layer in case of colder weather
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • An adventurous attitude!

Do I need to bring a mountain bike or helmet?
La Vida Adventure Camp can provide mountain bikes and helmets for every camper. However, if a camper has his or her own mountain bike (provided it's properly sized and in good working condition), we recommend that they bring it to camp and use it instead of a camp bike. Likewise, we encourage campers to bring their own helmets as well.

What if I don't know how to ride a bike?
We encourage campers to try mountain biking, even if they haven't ridden much before. If campers do not have any experience on a bike, we may have them join another group at the waterfront for that activity time. Once mountain biking is over, they can rejoin their original group.

What happens if it rains?
It depends on the severity of the rain and whether or not the storm includes thunder and lightning. In cases of light rain on a warm day, we often continue enjoying camp outdoors. But in times of more severe weather, we have many indoor spaces around campus that camper groups can use. In those situations, our registration, drop off, and pick up location moves from the field across from the Bennett Center ("T" on this map, next to the "P1" parking area) to the La Vida Activity and Training Center ("N" on the same map, next to the "P2" parking area).

What does Christian perspective mean?
La Vida Adventure Camp is part of Gordon College's La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership. Gordon is a liberal arts Christian college that operates from a multidenominational worldview. Adventure Camp is staffed by Gordon students whose goals are to facilitate experiences and discussions that foster character development, positive self-identity, and a commitment to care for and serve others from a Christian perspective. Discussions, reflection times, character lessons, and activity debriefs may include discussions regarding God's love and the value of caring for and serving others. Adventure Camp staff respect kids and families of all faiths and believe conversations can develop understanding between people of different views.

Why did your price increase?
La Vida Adventure Camp is not for profit and we are committed to providing a positive, high-quality environment for all campers. While our physical equipment accounts for part of our costs, the majority of our costs go toward compensating our incredible staff. Since 2014, the Massachusetts minimum wage has increased by over 60% and will continue to increase. Adventure Camp has worked hard to keep costs down. However, an update to our prices was necessary to continue providing this wonderful experience for campers for years to come. See questions and answers below for additional information.

Do you offer discounts?
A 20% sibling discount is applied to each additional sibling attending the 10–15-year-old programs of Adventure Camp. This discount will only be applied if noted on the application form. The sibling discount does not apply to the oldest sibling or to Adirondack Leadership Program participants.

We also offer a $25 discount (which is 5% or more for non-Treks campers) for placing an Adventure Camp yard sign in your yard in late spring through the beginning of summer. Yard signs may be returned at the Monday registration of each camper's first session or kept for the following summer and additional discounts. Additional questions about discounts can be forwarded to the camp registrar at .

Did you know that Adventure Camp can qualify as childcare for tax purposes and some work reimbursement programs?
Our tax ID is 042-104-258. Please contact your tax preparer or employer for more information.

I've heard great things about La Vida Adventure Camp, but it's still outside my price range...
We at La Vida care about all campers, and we don't want cost to prevent anyone from coming to camp. We have limited, need-based financial aid that may help your son or daughter attend camp. Please contact us at for more information.

I've heard great things about Adventure Camp. How can I help other children attend?
We appreciate your enthusiasm! If you have someone specific in mind, feel free to coordinate camp registration fees directly with that camper's parent or guardian. If you'd like to remain anonymous, we can act as a "go-between" to provide a child's camp opportunity without revealing your identity. If you don't have someone specific in mind, please consider donating to our need-based scholarship fund, mentioned above. If you have questions or other ideas about how to positively impact campers' experience, please let us know at . We also appreciate positive reviews on Google.

What is your policy on...?
Massachusetts requires that every camp provides a copy of their background check, health care, discipline, and grievance policies to any parent or guardian upon request. If you would like a copy or have a question not covered above, please contact us at 978.867.4504 so that we may better assist you.