What Parents Should Expect
After you register your child for a day camp, residential camp, or excursion you will receive a confirmation email and packing list within 3-5 business days. The program itinerary will be sent 21 days prior to the start of your child’s program.
All permission slips need to be completely filled out and returned to Siskiyou Field Institute. You can download and print a copy of all forms which can be mailed, faxed, or handed in to the Youth Education Program Coordinator by the first day of the program.
The Siskiyou Field Institute works hard to keep camp and excursion costs to a minimum while providing high-quality programming.
The Siskiyou Field Institute Youth Education Programs payment policy requires a deposit for each camp/excursion that your child is attending. These deposits are non-refundable, non-transferable and are part of the total camp fee, not an additional charge*. A camper will not be considered registered until all required deposits have been received and processed. Registrations will be processed in order of receipt.
*If you are requesting financial assistance for your child to attend a camp/excursion and you DO NOT receive financial assistance, the deposit is refundable.
*If you are requesting financial assistance for your child to attend a camp/excursion and you DO receive AND elect to use financial assistance, the deposit is non-refundable.
Payment in full for camps/excursions is due 14 days prior to the start of programs. Any students who have not paid the balance due by the deadline will be contacted and their spot will be opened to those on the waiting list.
If you cancel in writing 14 days or more from the start of the session, you will receive a refund of what you have paid minus the non-refundable deposit (per camp/excursion). If you cancel 0-13 days to the start of the session, no refund will be given.
Medical Emergency Cancellation for severe medical issues/illnesses: A doctor’s note must be sent to us within one week of you notifying us in writing to request the cancellation. You will receive a refund of what you have paid minus the non-refundable deposit (per camp/excursion).
If a camp/excursion does not meet the minimum required number of participants 30 days prior to the start of the camp/excursion, and SFI must cancel the camp/excursion, a full refund (including the deposit) will be issued.
There are no refunds for late arrival, early departure or disciplinary dismissal from camp.
If we receive your application after a particular session is full, we will place you on that session’s waiting list and confirm with you via email. At that time, we recommend enrolling your child in another open session while keeping them on the waiting list for their first-choice session. We usually see a few cancellations each year which means we do enroll campers from our waiting list each summer.
If your child has a severe medical condition, arrangements need to be made for a chaperone/parent who can help them with medications or managing their conditions during programs. If your child can manage their own medical condition, this must be shared with the youth education program coordinator and a management plan discussed and agreed upon prior to the program. Lodging or camping accommodations are available for parents and guardians helping students manage conditions during programs. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis so making reservations as soon as possible is advised.
Packing lists will be sent via email within 3-5 business days of receiving both your child’s registration and deposit.
If your child does not have something included in your confirmation packet packing list, SFI might be able to supply specific gear. Please try to borrow items or search thrift stores for bargains. Packing lists are not meant to be a financial burden.
Is your child participating in a Siskiyou Field Institute class trip? Teachers will distribute program-specific information. Guardian packets contain waivers, permission slips, medical forms and other useful information. If you are interested in becoming a chaperone for your child’s program contact your child’s teacher today!
SFI's Youth Day & Residential Camps
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- Middle School Rogue River Rafting Excursion - July 25-27 $600
This two-night, three-day excursion on the Rogue River is designed for middle schoolers entering 5th – 8th grades who have an interest in hydrology, watershed science, and rafting. The Rogue River offers splashy rapids, quiet natural pools, lush canyons, and a variety of wildlife. As participants travel downriver from Hog's Creek to Grave Creek, they move backward in time through geological layers. They spend the afternoons observing and discussing first-hand local geological, ecological and hydrological examples. They navigate rapids, conducting water quality tests, and explore what makes a healthy watershed. Participants set up evening camp alongside the river, discuss the impact of dams and water in the West, and find summer constellations in the sky. No prior experience required; all meals and rafting equipment are included. Rafts and guiding provided by Nate’s Rogue Adventures. Need-based scholarships are available!
Backpacking Basics Residential Camp & Excursion - June 2020 $500
This is a hybrid residential program for high school students entering 9th - 12th grades who have an interest in hiking, camping, and outdoor adventure. Participants spend their first of four nights at SFI preparing for a two-night backpacking excursion. Participants learn proper packing, backcountry cooking, and water purification skills while unplugging and engaging with peers. The following three days are spent backpacking from one location to another, identifying plants and animals of the Siskiyou mountains, stargazing, and applying Leave No Trace principles. The last night is spent back at SFI’s campus celebrating successes, cleaning up, and reflecting upon participants’ deeper connection to nature and newfound skills. No prior experience required; all meals and backpacking equipment are included.
Wilderness & Wellness Residential Camp - June 2020 $350
This residential overnight camp teaches self-nurturing and deep nature connection to high schoolers entering 9th - 12th grades. Participants disconnect from their devices and reconnect with nature in this invigorating camp for the soul and senses. Emphasizing self-care, stress management, connection with nature, and creative self-expression, participants nourish their minds and bodies as they learn stress and health management tools including yoga, hiking, nutrition, cooking, and connection with nature. Participants will also be challenged to express themselves using story, improvisational theater, and art through various media. All meals and lodging are included.
Nature Connections Day Camp - July 2020 $265
Open to budding young naturalists going into 2nd - 5th grades, campers spend each day using their senses to observe nature, discovering more about themselves through team building and challenge-solving activities, and develop new outdoor skills. Hiking trails, swimming holes, creekside art, and nature games are just a few of the sites and activities they will enjoy. Lunch is included.
Bushcraft & Survival Skills Day Camp - July 2020 $265
Open to youth entering 4th - 8th grades, this camp teaches participants wilderness survival skills and independence. We’ll emphasize sourcing and treating food and water in the wild, building shelters and fire, identifying useful plants, tracking and fishing techniques, and primitive tool making. All these activities are planned within a lens of outdoor ethics and Leave-No-Trace principles. Participants will test their critical thinking ability while meeting new friends and gaining useful skills. Lunch is provided.
Junior Explorer Day Camp - July 2020 $165
Open to youth entering Kindergarten - 2nd grades, this half-day camp provides guided exploration and encourages play in the outdoors. Participants explore SFI’s creeks, fields, and forests while using their senses to make new discoveries and connect with nature. Adventures include becoming their favorite animal, fort making, and engaging with new friends. Young participants will need to be able to use the toilet independently. Snacks are provided throughout the morning, and camp ends at 12pm.
High and Low Ropes Challenge Course $27
In this one-of-a-kind Siskiyou learning experience, groups will spend the day navigating our high and low elements supported by trained instructors. This experience thrills while it stretches comfort zones, instills trust in peers and enforces a spirit of collaboration.
Space Science Residential Camp - August 2020 $500
Held during the annual Perseid meteor shower, this overnight residential camp is for students going into 6th - 8th grades who have a strong interest in science, astronomy, and engineering. During daytime hours, they learn about the stars by studying our very own star: the sun. Participants undertake a variety of hands-on projects, such as measuring solar activity, building sundials, cooking in solar ovens, and interacting with professional astronomers on modern research topics. At night they observe the sky with home-made and professional telescopes to get a closer look at the moon and planets, attempt to count the stars in the sky, take an imaginary voyage to the other planets of our solar system and learn our way around the summer constellations. All meals and lodging are included.
Theater in the Trees Day Camp - August 2020 $300
A day program for kids entering 2nd-12th grades who have an interest in theater, performing arts, and nature. Throughout the week, campers are encompassed in the performing arts as they learn the basics of storytelling and performance from professionals in the field. With their new skills, participants plan an interactive, nature-based theatrical experience that takes place in scenes staged along SFI's beautiful trails through forest and meadow. On the final day of the camp, participants host a grand performance for family, friends, and community members. Lunch is provided.