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Contact Information

The Country Camp, LLC
3418 Osage Street SW, Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: 319.321.7926 (Janet Schlapkohl, Director)
Email: thecountrycamp@gmail.com

Our Location

Camp opens at 9am at the farm each morning. We do permit you to drop-off your campers starting at 8:45am. Please do not arrive at the farm earlier than 8:45am.

Camp ends at 4pm at the farm each afternoon. Pick-ups begin at 3:45pm. You will be charged a late pick-up fee if you arrive after 4:10pm.

When you arrive, follow the signs (and directions from our friendly counselors) and pull all the way around the circle driveway to the designated parking areas. Please do not block the driveway or the doorway. Most importantly, please drive slowly and carefully. We will bring your campers out to you at the end of the day.

Directions to the Farm: Take Highway 1 to the southwest of Iowa City towards Kalona. Take a left on to Maier Avenue (gravel) which takes an S curve and winds past a small subdivision (on your left.) At the first intersection, take a right onto Osage. We are the only property on the road. Past our property, the road becomes a level B road.

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To allow parents/guardians and friends to visit the farm, we plan visitors’ days each summer at the end of each session. More details will be provided, but this will be an opportunity for your child to show you the farm & the animals, to tour the imaginary places we will have created each session, and for you to watch a group camp activity.

What to Bring

Please bring:

  • a healthy lunch;
  • a labeled water bottle (does not have to be fancy);
  • an extra sweatshirt or sweater for chilly mornings;
  • (optional) your own sunscreen and bug-spray;
  • any necessary medications.

Please remember that anything that your camper brings to camp will be his/her responsibility. We will help with collecting items, but they will be playing and running about on a large acreage and items may be mislaid. Do not send items of value.

An afternoon snack and fresh water are provided at the acreage. If your child has a food allergy, we require that you provide your child’s snack for the session. If your child has a food allergy, please send a labeled box of approved snacks for your child for the week(s) he/she/they will be attending. We respect dietary restrictions and preferences indicated on the child’s registration sheet. We serve Goldfish, Nilla Wafers, graham crackers, animal crackers, and the occasional popsicles/freeze-pops for snack. We are not a nut-free camp. Email us if you have questions.

Campers should wear sturdy, washable shoes. Please no flip-flops or Crocs! Children will be outside and around farm animals. Campers must wear clothing that allows for movement. Clothing should be of no pecuniary consequence. Our projects are often wet and messy, and might include paint, sand or mud. Do not send your child in a high maintenance outfit.

Our Policies

We encourage open dialogue between the campers, guardians/parents and staff about camp issues and concerns. If you have a concern, please direct it to a counselor, who will either help you or refer the question to the Director. It is very rare for a child to be asked not to return to camp. We do, however, reserve that option.

We enjoy the diversity of our campers and their families and operate under the guidelines of non-discriminatory policies for public facilities and organizations. Children at camp are respected as individuals. We know there are individual needs and if you have any concerns regarding your child, please contact a staff member.

You are asked to check your child both in when you arrive and out at the end of the day. If your child will be riding home with a friend or if you have other arrangements, please let us know in writing. Please introduce yourself to all counselors when you are picking up or dropping off your child.

What may I bring to camp? No video games. No headphones. No cards. No soda pop. No cell phones. If a camper has these items for before or after camp, they will need to remain in his/her bag until 4pm.

No pets. If your pet is in your vehicle for pick-up or drop-off, do not let your pet out of the vehicle at the farm.

We are happy to have friends or relatives attend Country Camp with your camper, if we have space available and if you notify the Director and pay a daily rate.

 

Our Routine

(this is just a general schedule – changes often occur)

9:00am Camp begins

-story time

-activity based on Session Theme
-animal care and visiting
-nature activities
-group games
11:30am Lunch
-lunch and quiet activity/sit down time for ~20 minutes
12:00pm Free Time
-animal care and visiting
12:30pm Session Theme Activity
2:30pm Snack & Singing

2:45pm Continuation of Session Theme Activity and/or organized game
3:45pm Mildred’s Market is open! Pick up your campers!

4:00pm Camp ends for the day

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Other Questions

Discipline — Busy children who are fully engaged in their activities don’t present behavior problems. This is our operating premise.

Inappropriate language — We will explain that it isn’t acceptable in a mixed age and gender camp. If it continues, we will let the parent know.

We correct behavior with redirection and instruction on the preferred behavior. We discipline for behaviors that jeopardize the safety of the camper or others. We have the child sit with a counselor for a few moments and discuss the possible outcomes of their behavior, and how to make better choices. Then as appropriate, reintegrate them into the group.

We have clothing on hand, of various sizes, for accidents and spills. If you prefer to keep your own change of clothing for your child, send it with your child (labeled) at the beginning of camp. Children should arrive with sunscreen already applied. We can reapply sunscreen after lunch if requested – please just let us know. We may also use insect repellent on some occasions. Parents of children with allergies or sensitivities to different products should notify us.

Children who are on medication may take their medication at camp.

Illness — if your child becomes ill, we will phone and make arrangements for him/her to be picked up. We will see that the child rests comfortably, inside, with a counselor staying with them, until you arrive.

Pick Up — if someone else is to pick up your child, you must inform the Director at the beginning of the day.

Additional questions? Please email us at thecountrycamp@gmail.com