FAQs

Why Triple C?

We are the only Day Camp in Charlottesville with a private facility. We know exactly who is at camp at all times to ensure the safety of our campers. All of our campers get to swim in our private pools each day. Our horse programs invite campers to interact with horses from a young age. And our high-quality staff comes from all over the world to share their culture with our campers. Camp is what we do, and we do it well.

Why are K-3rd grade campers (Pioneers & Trailblazers) separated by gender?

It is helpful for girls and boys at younger ages to be in peer groups that are similar to their own. This allows them to learn about themselves before they can learn about each other.  This is facilitated with similar gender staff where the girls and boys can be themselves to learn how to be a better friend and make new friends.  Plus, we have daily swims, change clothes and similar genders move us through this experience more efficiently.  Campers do get the opportunity to socialize with other genders through Pioneer dance parties, Trailblazer choice, bus rides, lunch and other camp games like 500, kickball, GaGa, etc.

What is the refund protection policy?

Triple C Camp offers an optional weekly refund protection for a fee of $45 per week.  Refund protection entitles you to a full refund of all camp fees for the specific week protected, if you cancel.  Cancellations must be received, in writing, 5 business days prior to the start of the camp week.  The refund protection fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable.  Once you have enrolled in refund protection, the fee of $45 may not be transferred to any other week(s).  Refunds will not be available to those not enrolled in refund protection.

Do the campers swim?

Yes, Pioneer & Trailblazer campers have swim lessons and recreational swim EVERY DAY!  Older campers enjoy recreational games before their rec. swim time.

Will my child get to ride a horse?

Yes, the plan is for all Pioneer and Trailblazer groups to ride horses at least once a week (weeks 2-11), and it is a choice on Wednesday mornings for Trailblazer (2nd – 3rd) choice.

My child wants to be with their friend… can they?

Yes, we do our best to accommodate friendship requests. Please note first and last name of your child’s friend at registration and we will make every effort to accommodate.

What is GaGa?

See our blog post on GaGa and why it is the greatest camp game ever!

How do you handle discipline?

We call it positive discipline.  Our staff make a HUGE deal out of all the positive things our campers do which means we have very little negative behavior.  If something comes up, we work on it with the campers and also involve parents. Please call if interested in more information on this topic. We are happy to chat anytime!

What is Triple C Camp’s definition of bullying?

Bullying is an aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. It is repeated over time and the person being bullied has a difficult time defending him or herself.  Bullies can work alone or in groups.  Bullying can be: Physical (such as hitting or pushing), Verbal (such as teasing, name-calling or threatening), Social (such as causing someone to be left out or rejected by others) or Cyber (such as saying something mean to or about someone else online).

How does Triple C Camp address bullying?

Triple C Camp’s mission ensures that, “…everyone learns about themselves as well as working with others, all while creating lifelong memories.”  To help achieve our mission, we take incidents of bullying seriously and train staff to intervene immediately, keep everyone safe and model respectful behavior when intervening.  If an incident of bullying is communicated, we work in partnership with all parties to resolve the situation.  This includes having open communication between counselors and campers, campers and parents, and parents and administration.

Who are your counselors?

Staff come from all over the world.  Passionate, mature and fun-loving folks who want to make a positive impact in children’s lives.  Most are current college students, studying various majors, generally relating to careers with children. Many staff are former campers that have been through our Leadership Training Program (The EDGE) and then are invited to apply and interview. These very mature teens are the only high school students on staff.

How many campers are in each group?

About 15 campers in each group with two/three staff members.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

Campers wear their bathing suits to camp. Other items: Hat, water bottle, sunscreen, towel, shorts and underwear.

What time is the bus?

Varies based on location, however, morning drop off is between 7:50am and 8:30am. The buses return to the same locations between 5:00 and 5:15pm.  Please see the complete bus schedule. You may visit your Registration Portal to confirm the bus location and times for which you registered.

How many horses do you have at camp?

Normally eight or nine.  They come from a local riding school and our horses are ridden all year long.

Can I sign up for the overnight later in the summer?

Yes, as long as we have space, you are welcome to sign up to the date of the overnight.  Just send an email to [email protected].

Do you provide lunch and snacks?

Yes, very healthy options.  Lunch:  Main course, a crunch, fruit, vegetables, and a leafy green salad are on the buffet every day….PB&J are always an option too.  Or, just P or just J…brown bread or white bread.  Snack, which is not breakfast is normally a healthier item in the morning and a colder or sweeter treat in the afternoon.  If you ever want the complete two-week rotating menu, please contact the camp office.  434.293.2529

How tall is the climbing tower?

35’

How long is the zip line?

500’

Does my child need bug spray?

If your child tends to get bitten because they are so sweet, we suggest bug and sun as a lotion. We request spray bottles stay home.

Can my camper bring their phone?

All electronics should stay home. If Teen Scene campers bring a phone or iPod to listen to on the bus, it must be in their backpack during the camp day. The responsibility of items is fully on each camper. Electronics can be disruptive to the camp program.

What are your theme weeks?

See our list of summer week themes here.  Campers can choose to dress up on Wednesdays based on the weeks theme!  It’s so much fun…GO FOR IT!

How old are the campers when they get to go on the zip line?

Rising 4th graders and older.  Explorer campers (4th-6th grades) must sign up for the Challenge Course group to go on the zip line and Teen Scene (7th-9th grades) campers can choose to climb and zip when it is offered on Friday afternoons.

Do the younger campers get to ride the horses?

Yes, lead line rides at least once a week and Trailblazers get to ride as choice activities on Wednesdays.

Who is the camp nurse?

Libby our co-Owner and Director is a Registered Nurse.  She is also a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross as well as CPR for the professional rescuer and teaches all staff basic first aid. Many of our other staff have CPR for the professional rescuer, Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder.

What happens on the bus?

Camp starts when you get on the bus. We have one to two trained bus captains in addition to the CDL driver. We sing songs, safely play games and have so much fun on the short ride to camp. Once campers arrive, they regularly make a presentation to the entire camp about the song, cheer, or activity they did on the bus. The bus is AWESOME!

Will the campers go on field trips?

Explorer campers go to Walnut Creek, Walton Middle School, PVCC, etc.  Teen Sceners take three field trips every week and Edge campers plan their own field trip weekly. For Pioneers and Trailblazers, coming to camp each day is like going on a field trip.

Watch our video of the Great Outdoors trip to Walnut Creek

Do you have a list of the camp songs?

Absolutely!  Here is the link to our Camp Songs Lyric Sheet.