FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can Camp Red Cedar bill for Medicaid Waiver Services?
Yes. We can bill Facility and/or Group Habilitation Day services, as well as Respite for individuals who receive waiver funding.
Are you open year-round?
Yes. We offer recreational therapy, respite care, horseback riding lessons, and equine-assisted learning all year. Our seasonal programs include summer camps as well as field trips during warmer months.
Do you rent out your facility?
Yes, Camp Red Cedar is able to offer rental space for weddings, corporate events, non-profit events, fundraising, or any other special event the requires additional space. You can find more information at The Lodge, including dates and pricing.
Do all camps involve horses?
While horseback riding is not a part of every camp, all campers have the opportunity to meet and interact with the horses.
Tell me about your horses. Do you own them?
First, please visit “Meet the Horses” section on our website to better understand the wide range of horses – and personalities – who reside in our big barn. Camp Red Cedar owns some of the horses; the remaining horses are donated or leased for our equine-related programs. All horses go through a screening and training process to ensure they will be a good fit for our programs. Likewise, we require the horses to receive annual vaccinations, maintain a regular farrier and de-worming schedule, and adhere to a nutritional diet.
How long do you use your horses in a day?
Six hours is our maximum, with our regular schedule being two to three hours per day.
Are your riding instructors certified?
Our therapeutic riding instructors obtain certification through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.). A certified PATH, Intl. and Horsemanship Association (CHA – www.cha-ahse.org) instructor supervises the remaining instructors. Safety is our goal, and we base all riding lessons upon CHA curriculum and standards.
Please explain a typical day at camp.
Each day begins at 8 am with camp circle, where we gather together to open the day with camp songs. Some camp activities include swimming, boating, arts and crafts, nature hikes, sports, scavenger hunts, field games, and music. We end the day with a snack before heading home.
Do you offer overnight camps?
We offer a weeklong residential retreat for adults with disabilities. Our “overnighters” can enjoy our new cabins that sleep 12 with each side having six beds and accessible restrooms.
What are your staff requirements?
We select and screen employees carefully. We interview all staff members and conduct background checks prior to employment. Staff members must be at least 18 years old and participate in comprehensive orientation and training programs before camp sessions begin.
Can the Camp staff help my child take necessary medications?
Yes. All camp counselors participate in a vigorous two-day health and safety training course that teaches and certifies them to disperse medication as required for each camper. If your child needs to take medication during camp, please provide medications in original containers with a log of dosage and medication times, signed by the parent or guardian.
Do you have lifeguards on duty at the waterfront?
Yes. Lifeguards are on duty for all swimming and boating activities.
What if my child can’t swim? Can he/she still enjoy the lake?
Of course, however, we require non-swimmers to wear a life jacket at all times while at the lake, even in shallow areas. Our accessible, floating water chairs allow individuals that utilize a wheelchair to be able to enjoy the lake as well. The lake is stocked with Red Ear, Channel Catfish, Fathead Minnows and Large Mouth Bass.
What should I bring to camp?
After you have registered, you will receive a detailed list of required items, with the main ones being your lunch, sunscreen, bug repellant, swimsuit and towel.
Do you provide meals and beverages?
We ask campers to bring a sack lunch daily. We provide water stations at activity sites and end each day with a snack. Quest Overnight Retreat campers receive catered meals.
How many kids attend a day camp session?
It varies. Due to our disparate programs, different camps carry various maximums and camper to counselor ratios.