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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can a parent attend Building Bridges Camp with their child?
2. How long is camp?
3. How much does camp cost?
4. How old does my child have to be to attend the camp?
5. Who is responsible for the physical care of my child while at camp?
6. Who will give my child their medication?
7. Where do the campers/siblings sleep?
8. Where can I stay around the camp while my child is attending the camp?
9. What is a "Trainer"?
10. I have questions about the Camp Harmon facility itself.
11. I have general questions about Easter Seals of California and their application process.
12. What are the directions from San Jose or San Francisco?
13. What is a typical day like for campers and trainers?

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1. Can a parent attend Building Bridges Camp with their child?

No. We understand that this camp experience would be beneficial for parents, however, this camp program is not designed for parents to attend. We focus our training on supporting students in classrooms and school environments. The "trainers" that attend have similar goals, in that they are responsible for implementing curriculum for students who use AAC.

2. How long is camp?

For the campers and siblings, the camp session is 6 days. For "trainers", the camp session is 7 days, arriving one day before campers for a pre-training day.

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3. How much does camp cost?

Campers - $1,200.00
Sibling - $800.00
Trainers - $1,200.00

The cost of the camp covers:

  • Fees paid to Easter Seals of California for the use of the camp
  • Easter Seals staff, camp counselors, and
  • Bridge School staff and resources

4. How old does my child have to be to attend the camp?

Campers can begin attending camp as early as 5 years, and can attend through their 17th birthday.

5. Who is responsible for the physical care of my child while at camp?

Campers are cared for by Camp Harmon counseling staff. These young adults are trained by Easter Seals of Central California staff in the care and handling of persons with disabilities. These "counselors" sleep in cabins with campers and are responsible for dressing, feeding, and bathing of campers. Additionally, they are experts at having FUN and participate with campers in all traditional camp activities (swimming, nature hikes, etc.).

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6. Who will give my child their medication?

Camp Harmon employs a full-time nurse. All medications must be surrendered to the nurse at check-in, and the nurse then distributes medications to campers as prescribed. ALL medication must be in the original container and include a physician's prescription. If your child takes additional supplements you must have a note from the physician with dosing instructions.

Contact Monica Alvarez , 831-684-2166 ext.113 to discuss all prescription, over-the-counter, and supplements to ensure that you arrive at camp with the correct documentation.

7. Where do the campers/siblings sleep?

Cabin accommodations are pre-assigned based on gender and age. Each "cabin" will hold 4 to 6 campers (dormitory style). Single sized beds and a small chest will be available to each camper. Counselors sleep in the cabins with campers. Siblings sleep in the same cabin (same gender) or in a cabin with similarly aged peers.

8. Where can I stay around the camp while my child is attending the camp?

Santa Cruz, CA is the closest area for hotels, restaurants and other accommodations. The town of Boulder Creek is very small and does not have many motels/hotels.

Santa Cruz Hotel Information [PDF, 70k]

9. What is a "Trainer"?

A Trainer is attending the Training Institute portion of camp. This person is NOT responsible for physical care of the campers. Trainers attend activities with the campers in the morning and attend trainings held in computer labs during the afternoon and evening. Trainers stay in "trainer cabins". These cabins do not house any campers.

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10. I have questions about the Camp Harmon facility itself.

Contact: 831-338-3383 (Ask to speak with the Camp Director)
Camp Harmon
16403 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

11. I have general questions about Easter Seals of California and their application process.

Contact: June Stockbridge
Easter Seals of Central California
9010 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
831-684-2166 ext.116

Admin Assistant: Monica Alvarez
831-684-2166 ext.113

12. What are the directions from San Jose or San Francisco?

Driving directions from San Jose International Airport

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Driving directions from San Francisco International Airport

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What is a typical day like for campers and trainers?

Download a typical day for campers [PDF 242KB] and trainers [PDF 248KB].