School Trips - Know Before You Go
We are excited to have you as our guest! To help make your stay an enjoyable one, we have put together some information so you can better prepare for your trip.
Please read this entire section and forward it on to all parents attending and dropping off youth, as it answers many questions that they and you have.
Preparing for Camp
Guaranteed attendance numbers are due fourteen (14) days in advance of your event.
Your final balance is due 14 days prior to your event date. The IROEC accepts payment via credit card or check. Checks should be made out to IROEC / OCBSA. Please review the Payments, Cancelations and Refunds Policy on your agreement.
Please pack lightly and be prepared to make a couple of trips to bring all of your gear to your site or accommodations.
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR STURDY, CLOSED-TOE SHOES AT ALL TIMES (no sandals, Crocs, slippers or flip flips, etc. except in the Pool area). Comfortable attire is recommended.
Be sure to pack a reusable bottle for water to help support our sustainability efforts at the facility. We provide water at our recreation program areas, but paper cups are NOT provided.
The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) is only accessible through Irvine Regional Park. Entry is permitted from 6:00am to 9:00pm daily or 6:00am to 6:00pm during winter hours. If you or your guests request to enter the facility outside of these hours you will have to set this up in advance with the Event Director. Guests are able to exit the facility at any time.
Each guest must have a gate code to enter the park. YOUR GATE CODE CAN BE FOUND IN YOUR RESERVATION DOCUMENTS. If the gate arm is down and no attendant is present please enter # and your four-digit code. The group leader / contact is responsible for disseminating the gate code to the groups' members. If a member of your group does not have the gate code they will have to pay the park's entrance fee.
Follow signs at the gate to make your way to the IROEC camp entrance.
Follow the road through camp past the roundabout and park in the gravel parking lot. Once parked make your way to the other side of the roundabout to our Administration Office. There you will check in with our staff to acquire room keys, fire pit keys and maps of our facility.
If you have luggage, there will be a luggage cart in the roundabout assigned to your group. Feel free to put your luggage in the cart and Guest Services will bring up the cart once it is filled. If you need immediate access of your luggage, we have individual carts available or you may feel free to walk your luggage up. We do not make individual luggage trips and cars are not allowed up the paved road up to the bunkhouses/campsites.
A completed and signed release form is required for all participants. This form is required by the State of California and must be turned in at check-in.
American Red Cross certified lifeguards oversee all pool activities. All rules given by the lifeguards must be followed for each person’s safety. All ages out of diapers are welcome.
Close toed shoes must be worn at the archery and BB gun ranges, zip line, climbing wall, and challenge course. Certified Range Masters direct the programs in these locations and their instructions must be followed at all times.
Meals: Meals are served promptly at 8am, 12pm, and 5:30pm, unless an exception has been made by our Executive Director, Event Director, and/or Food Service Director. IROEC does not offer “rolling meal times”. Adhering to scheduled meal times is the responsibility of the group leader. There is no reimbursement for missed meals or head-count discrepancies. Groups will be charged if there are additional guests during meal time.
Buddy System and Supervision:
All IROEC visitors must maintain groups of three (3) or more while on site, regardless of age. Minors must be supervised at all times, especially small children. Please have a plan in place for disciplining those who cannot abide by the Buddy System.
Keep trash in trash cans with lids on them to prevent animal and insect access as much as possible.
It can spoil everyone's experience, frighten away wildlife, and disturb our neighbors. Please keep the use of flashlights and lanterns to a minimum. Your eyes will adjust to the dark allowing you to see more than with a flashlight.
Sunday through Thursday – 9pm; Friday through Saturday – 10pm. Keep noise to a minimum out of respect to our neighbors as well as fellow guests. Remember too: The less noise, the more the possibility of seeing local wildlife.
Rattlesnakes are the only dangerous serpent living on site. If you encounter one coiled to strike, stand very still until it uncoils and moves away – then move in the opposite direction. It is best to keep a reasonable distance between yourself and any snake. Watch where your hands are placed at all times. Don’t move planks, rocks, or logs by hand. Don’t reach into holes in the ground, rocks or trees.
Mountain lions generally only move through this area between August and October when water is scarce. If you see one moving close to your group, flail your arms and legs, appear as large as possible, and make loud noises. If the lion continues to approach, throw rocks or anything else you can find nearby while continuing to make loud noises.
If you see a tarantula, do not touch it. The hairs on their body might irritate your skin. Maintain a distance of 5 feet. Their bite is no more dangerous than a bee-sting and people are not known to be fatally allergic to them.
Bobcats will avoid you. If you see one, try to observe it quietly. If you move or make a noise you will scare it away.
Coyotes live in packs and are nearby. If you maintain the Buddy System (group of 3 or more) you will have no problem with coyotes.
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs:
Possession of alcohol and illicit drugs is strictly prohibited as is arriving on site under the influence. Any violator will be escorted off property. If any alcohol beverage container(s) or other paraphernalia is discovered after check-in or at check-out, a $500 deposit will be required as a condition of any future booking by the group. If the violation is repeated at an ensuing function, the deposit will be forfeited.
The entire IROEC facility is, “Smoke Free”. There is no smoking allowed on the premises at any time.
We do NOT permit wood or charcoal at the camp. If you plan on cooking your own meals please bring propane grills or camp stoves only. Our campfire pits are propane and are not for cooking.
IROEC will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen items brought on property by guests. If an item is lost, check with Guest Services to see if it has been found and placed in Lost and Found. All items found will be held by IROEC for 30 days after which time they will be donated to charity.