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IROEC Leadership Programs
FAQ for Group Leaders
What is needed from me while I attend camp with my students?
We want you available for any communication regarding students and their parents. This could mean paperwork, medical, disciplinary or behavioral concerns. It is each day of camp for the group leaders to maintain full supervision of students during “Teacher Time,” which usually occurs for 1 hour after lunch. This hour can be used on our recess lawn, our gaga pit, cabin time or even as a time for worksheets. Depending on the length of your stay at camp, this Group Time could occur more than once a day and on some or all of the days you are here.
We offer full chaperoning overnight of your students, and if you book this option with us, you will stay in a separate area than where the students sleep, however, in an emergency, one of our staff would wake you if they required your assistance.
Can we as teachers/group leaders/administrators participate in the activities with the students or are we there to help?
We would love for group leaders to participate and learn alongside their students! We design our program to not only be a learning and bonding experience for the students, but for their group leaders as well. You can participate at a level up to what you’re comfortable with, and many times, a present and vocal group leader helps reinforce the goals of an activity for the students.
Where will I be staying?
If you are serving as your students’ chaperone, you will stay in a room in the bunkhouses your group books. If you have opted for our staff to provide chaperoning, you will be able to book lodging in our hotel style guest bungalow rooms with access to our Lion’s Den common room. Additional charges may apply.
Is there Wi-Fi available?
Wi-Fi is available in the bungalow rooms and dining hall for your convenience.
Can someone give us a tour or come out for a parent presentation?
Absolutely! We want you to be able to familiarize yourself with our facility and see it first hand before bringing your students here. Also, we will send someone to present and speak to your parents on request. We believe this not only helps with fundraising, but also alleviates parents’ worries about sending their students to camp.
Does your camp provide tuition assistance?
Yes. We want to help in the process of bringing participants to camp. As a non-profit program, we have a fund given by kind donors, to help alleviate some groups. We offer tuition assistance on a percentage basis. Please request a tuition assistance form during your booking process.
FAQ for Parents
Who decides where my child will sleep and which trail group they will be in?
The group leader from their school/organization decides based on a roster template we give them. They fill out the roster template based on their own system for sorting their campers.
What time is lights out?
10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
Who do I talk to about special concerns regarding my child?
Please call us at (714) 923-3191 and ask for the Food Services Director. Our Food Services Team works with our Program Directors to ensure all students have what they need for their meals at camp. If your child’s dietary needs warrant a food drop off, that information will be provided to you by the Food Services Director.
What should my child bring or not bring to OSS?
Your student will be given a list of what to bring by their group leader. Electronics are not allowed as we are trying to give an outdoor experience closer to nature. A water bottle and string synch bag will be given to all students, but they may bring their own back pack and water bottle if desired.
Please note, cell phones are not allowed at Leadership Camps. Due to the nature of immersion in activities, and the types of physically active programs, the chances of a phone getting lost or broken are high, and we prefer for the students to focus on their team bonding and communication skills with the rest of their group.You can always reach the IROEC Office between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, and you will also have a contact number from your group leader for emergencies.
Who will be supervising my child during their stay?
Our phenomenal Lead Facilitators! Each group will have enthusiastic leaders throughout the week. This is intended to give them complete supervision throughout their stay as well as consistency. Moreover, all staff has gone through extensive facilitation training for all aspects of the program (activity and course facilitation, zip line, climbing structures) and must demonstrate high levels of proficiency and understanding for safety and technical skills.
Does the staff undergo background checks?
Yes, all of our staff members undergo a criminal background check through the Boy Scouts of America. All staff on property are also certified in a specialized training by the Boy Scouts of America called Youth Protection, which ensures the safety and wellbeing of the students they work with, and the other adults on property.