Where and when is Camp held?
Camp PARC is held annually in July at Laurel Hill State Park Group Camp #8, located near Seven Springs Resort in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
What is a typical day like?
Our schedule generally runs as follows:
7:45 First Call
8:20 Flag Salute and Morning Exercises
9:35 Morning Activities
1:00 Rest Period
1:55 Hike to the Beach/Swimming
3:45 Showers/Cabin Activities
7:00 Evening Program
What supplies do campers need to pack?
General Camping Supplies that you will need include:
Bedding (Mattresses and cots are provided but you'll need a pillow, mattress cover, sheets and blankets and/or sleeping bag.)
Towels and Personal Hygiene Items
Clothing (Keep in mind that the mountain air can be quite cool, even in the summer. You will want to check the weather for the area during the week prior to make sure you pack appropriately, including rain gear, jackets, etc.)
Is there anything that should NOT be packed?
The following items are not permitted on the campsite under any circumstances:
Alcoholic beverages and drugs
Matches and lighters
Offensive clothing (inappropriate sayings or pictures, or anything too revealing or suggestive)
Can I bring my cell phone?
Cell phones are not permitted to be used during the daily activities or after 11pm in the cabins. The same goes for other devices, such as iPods, mp3 players, and handheld games - all of which can be a distraction and take away from the camping experience.
How much does it cost?
The fee per camper for Adult Full Week Camp is $300; Adult Mini-Camp is $225; Youth Mini-Camp is $175. Junior and Senior Staff, along with any volunteers, are neither paid for their service nor charged a fee to participate.
I'm interested in Camp PARC for a loved one, but he/she takes a number of daily medications. How can I be sure that his/her medical needs will be met?
We have a committed on-site staff of professional, licensed healthcare practitioners that includes registered nurses and pharmacists. They are available to prepare and distribute medications, apply topical treatments, and have the patience, stamina and enthusiasm that is required for this round-the-clock service. Both counselors and campers are permitted to bring medication to camp. However, NO medication is permitted to stay in the cabins. All medication must be given to the medical staff upon arrival. It will be accessible to counselors and staff as needed and will be distributed directly from the medical staff to campers at the required times.
Are there any medical restrictions that would prohibit my loved one from being able to attend Camp PARC?
Our campsite is situated on rugged terrain, and the majority of the buildings are not wheelchair accessible. Most medical needs can be addressed by our medical staff. However, campers need to be both ambulatory and toilet-trained in order to attend. If you have specific concerns that you would like to address, please contact our Camp Director.
Am I allowed to visit my camper while he/she is attending Camp PARC?
Certainly! We welcome, and in fact encourage, family and friends to visit campers during the Big Night Show (held on the Thursday evening of Main Camp) and the Mini Camp's Carnival and Performance held on the Wednesday afternoon of Mini Camp. Visitation during other times during the session is discouraged in order to allow the campers to get into a regular routine and fully immerse themselves in the camping experience. However, if you have a special request, please contact the Camp Director to discuss your particular situation. In the meantime, enjoy a bit of respite and take comfort in the fact that your loved one is in good hands.
My son/daughter has dietary restrictions.
Will these be able to be met while he/she is at Camp?
Yes. Our experienced kitchen staff has accommodated calorie-restricted, diabetic, sodium-restricted and allergy-related diets. If you have specific concerns that you would like to address, please contact our Food Service Director.
Do the campers need any money in addition to the registration fee?
The only items that would require extra money, would be for Camp PARC apparel, such as: T-Shirts, Hats, and Sweatshirts. All other items that the campers receive are included with the camping fee.