Frequently Asked Questions

 

Campers:

When can I register for camp?

Parents can begin registering their campers through the portal in January.

What kind of food can campers expect while at camp?

Food is served buffet style 3 times a day with an evening snack with a variety of options at every meal. Parents with children on special diets coordinate with us beforehand so we can communicate with the chef, as well as any logistical details such as if the companion/directors will prepare a child’s food separately.

What is a typical schedule for campers?

8:00 to 9:00 am Breakfast

9:30 to 11:00 am Morning Activity

11:00 to 12:00 pm Lunch

12:30 to 2:00 pm Rest

2:00 to 5:00 pm Afternoon Activity

5:00 to 6:00 pm Dinner

6:00 to 10:00 pm After Dinner Fun

11:00 pm Lights out

Can you give me more information about the care that is provided for the kids? I know a doctor and two nurses are there, but what facility do they have to care for the kids?

There is a nurse’s cabin stocked with basic first aid, as well as more simple oncology needs, e.g. kids with a port can attend. Most of the patients are in between their treatments, but oral chemo CAN be administered. The medical staff assures that every child is receiving all of their prescribed medications as instructed. There is the Estes Medical Center nearby for any emergencies outside the scope of the facility at camp.

In addition to the physicians who volunteer, we are fortunate to have a resident as well on most shifts and/or helping us at check-in which enhances their learning by engaging first-hand in our program. Our camp leadership staff training includes modules regarding child development issues and the special needs of children facing a childhood cancer diagnosis. We are fortunate to have a child psychologist from Children’s Hospital Colorado provide training to all members of the camp staff.

How can parents get in touch with their camper(s)?

If you need to reach the Camp Director during camp, please email wapiyapi@wapiyapi.org. If urgent, please call 970-586-2900 ext 19. Prior to the start of camp, please call our Denver office at 303-534-0883.

Volunteering at Camp Wapiyapi:

 

When can full-time session and medical volunteers begin applying for summer camp?

The volunteer portal will open in December.

How are interviews conducted?

Interviews are conducted in person at orientation and information sessions. If this is not possible, interviews can be conducted via Skype. All new applicants must be interviewed.

During the year, we will visit universities, clubs and other organizations and hold information sessions to reach as many prospective volunteers as possible. Applicants are interviewed during those sessions; those out-of-state need to schedule a Skype interview. All interviews are held on a rolling basis.

Am I guaranteed a position during my preferred session of camp?

Each session will be balanced with experienced and new volunteers, so we cannot promise placement in a specific session. Sometimes we have more applicants for certain sessions than there are volunteer roles, so flexibility will allow us to place volunteers across different sessions. Those on the Wait List with completed forms will be placed in open spots.

When are positions filled?

We fill the camp leadership positions by the end of January. The deadline to apply for a leadership role is December; for all other roles, by March.

How many sessions can I volunteer for?

Volunteers can serve one (1) or two (2) sessions at camp.

What happens if I am late submitting my forms?

All required forms must be submitted by the deadline to participate.

I had a physical last fall to play a sport. Do I need another exam?

Yes. You’ll need to have a current medical form completed by your doctor.

I cannot afford to see my doctor. Is it really necessary for me to provide you with an updated medical form?

Our childcare facility license requires an updated medical form annually for every person working with the children. This requirement is even more important for Camp Wapiyapi and the at-risk population of kids we serve. Note that exams do not have to be conducted by your regular physician. You may find affordable options for a check-up by another doctor or clinic. Some clinics offer sports/camp physicals at reasonable prices.

I signed up in December. When will I know what my role will be at camp?

Leadership roles are assigned by the end of December. All other roles are assigned after the camper application process is completed which typically occurs in March. This means specific roles will be communicated as early as the first part of April.

The more flexible you are for sessions and roles, the easier it will be to place you.

How do I know if my references were received?

The people who write your reference letter will receive an email when you apply that has a link to an online form. This is where they will write their recommendation for you. When they submit their recommendation you will see that it is complete in the portal.

I am taking a class during the camp session. Can I sign up for part of the session?

No. Volunteers stay with the campers overnight at the camp facility and are onsite and ‘on call’ during the entire session.
Alternatively, there are a few opportunitites for a half-day shift and you can apply as a part-time volunteer.

Is there internet and cell service at camp?
No. This is a blessing in disguise. You will be able to disconnect for a week and focus fully on giving our amazing campers the Best Week of the Year!

What if my family needs to get in touch with me in case of emergency?
If you need to reach the Camp Director during camp, please email wapiyapi@wapiyapi.org. If urgent, please call 970-586-2900 ext 19. Prior to the start of camp, please call our Denver office at 303-534-0883.

Did we forget something?

If you have a question that we didn’t answer, please email us at wapiyapi@wapiyapi.org.