FAQs

All of your OSPREY Camp questions answered here!
  • Where is OSPREY Camp located?
  • What is the meaning behind OSPREY Camp?
  • What is the OSPREY Camp environment like?
  • What is the OSPREY Camp program like?
  • Who will supervise my child at camp?
  • How are Mentors selected?
  • What happens if my child gets sick?
  • My child takes daily medication, how will this be handled?
  • What should my child bring to camp?
  • Can my child bring their cell phone to camp?
  • Should I send food or snacks with my child?
  • Does OSPREY Camp accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies?
  • Is OSPREY Camp affiliated with the Jewish faith?
  • What if I need to speak to someone while my child is at camp?
Where is OSPREY Camp located?
OSPREY Camp is located at Camp Solomon Schechter, just south of Olympia. Our address is 1627 73rd Ave. SE Olympia, WA 98501. With a private lake, river access, and 180-acres to explore, students thrive in our outdoor school setting.
What is the meaning behind OSPREY Camp?
The acronym stands for Opportunities for Stewardship Promoting Respect for the Environment and Youth. Students will learn about the natural environment and how to use natural resources responsibly while practicing respect for themselves and others. Be sure to check out our website at www.ospreycamp.org.
What is the OSPREY Camp environment like?
Our heated cabins sleep 12-16 comfortably and include fully functioning bathrooms with toilets, sinks, and showers. New friendships are formed while eating family style in our spacious dining hall. Nutritious meals are served in a kosher, pork-free, and nut-free environment. Heated buildings and covered outdoor shelters provide space for classes in case of inclement weather. However, OSPREY Camp is designed to get our students outside!
What is the OSPREY Camp program like?
OSPREY Camp staff and Mentors are trained to teach standard-aligned curriculum with focus on exploring our natural environment. All OSPREY Camp curriculum is presented by trained Mentors, in small groups, and focuses on keeping students actively engaged with hands-on lessons. In addition to academics, we provide a variety of camp wide activities, including; hiking, square dancing, Ga-Ga Ball, arts & crafts, campfires, and an exciting skits & songs program on our last night!
Who will supervise my child at camp?
During our academic sessions, students are supervised by their classroom teacher, with the assistance of our high school and college Mentors. Mentors, along with our adult OSPREY Camp staff, provide 24-hour supervision in the cabins, dining hall, and during all camp activities when their classroom teacher is not in the immediate proximity.
How are Mentors selected?
OSPREY Camp’s Mentors are recruited from local high schools and colleges. Students submit competitive applications, which include a recommendation from a school faculty member. If selected, Mentors attend a weekend-long training event at Camp Solomon Schechter. This intensive training is facilitated by the OSPREY Camp Staff and our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Following their training, Mentors are invited to attend a week of camp based on their evaluations from the training weekend and/or on their previous evaluation as an OSPEY Camp Mentor. Mentors continue to receive direct training and guidance from our adult OSPREY Camp staff and teachers throughout the week.
What happens if my child gets sick?
Our trained OSPREY Camp Staff and/or onsite Registered Nurse (or school district nurse) will assist students who are ill or injured. Their classroom teacher will also be directly involved. If further medical attention is necessary, you will be contacted via phone. OSPREY Camp is 911 accessible and works closely with the Tumwater Police Department
My child takes daily medication, how will this be handled?
Each school has medication distribution guidelines in accordance with their district’s medication policy. Parents/guardians will turn all medications in to their child’s teacher, along with the doctor’s orders and signature for dispensing. This includes both prescription and over the counter medications (Ex: Tylenol, Benadryl, Ibuprofen). Please talk with your child’s teacher to obtain your school’s required medication paperwork. The classroom teacher will dispense and track all medications. Specific circumstances may require a school district nurse attend camp with your child to provide appropriate care.
What should my child bring to camp?
Students should bring sturdy walking shoes (hiking boots are not necessary); no sandals or flip flops. An extra pair of shoes is also a good idea! Outdoor clothing is advisable; jeans, t-shirts, raincoat, sweatshirt, etc. Dressing in layers is recommended. Due to the plant growth in the spring, including an abundance of stinging nettles, shorts and capri pants are not allowed. No suggestive or offensive clothing is allowed. It is also highly recommended that all students bring a day pack/back pack containing a water bottle, rain coat or poncho, sunscreen, and bug repellant *lotions or wipes are preferred. Lastly, everyone should pack an appetite for adventure, a positive attitude, and respect for all in attendance. *Your child’s teacher will provide you with a complete packing list.
Can my child bring their cell phone to camp?
OSPREY Camp is an “Electronic-Free Zone” and items such as cell phones, reading/music devices, iPads, video games, etc. are not allowed. We provide the unique opportunity of “unplugging and being present,” allowing our students, teachers, and mentors to be engaged with each other throughout the week. We encourage picture taking and disposable cameras are highly recommended.
Should I send food or snacks with my child?
Due to the kosher and nut-free considerations of Camp Solomon Schechter, no outside food or beverages are allowed. Three well-balanced meals are provided each day.
Does OSPREY Camp accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies?
Our amazing chef and kitchen staff can accommodate most dietary restrictions and/or food allergies. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are available. However, students must inform their classroom teacher of their dietary needs prior to their week of camp.
Is OSPREY Camp affiliated with the Jewish faith?
OSPREY Camp is a secular program, run out of Camp Solomon Schechter, a Jewish camp facility. We welcome all students, regardless of their belief systems. The OSPREY Camp program does not have any religious affiliation. However, classes visiting from religious schools can enjoy the freedom of incorporating religious practices into their class activities.
What if I need to speak to someone while my child is at camp?
The EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER for OSPREY Camp is #206-403-6665 and is managed by the OSPREY Camp Director, Karra Jackson. Due to the large number of participants in camp, parents/guardians are instructed to call the emergency phone only in an emergency.