Have a few questions about camp? Here are our Camp EDMO FAQ’s with details about what’s happening each day, how we keep campers and staff safe, how campers are grouped, and more. Something else you want to know about? Call the home office at 415.282.6673 and a member of our team would be happy to help out! Please note that some items, like lunch availability, may differ per camp location.
SNACKS & LUNCH
Former midnight sandwich makers rejoice! Fresh, healthy snacks and lunches are available for daily delivery to your camper. It’s a Snap! To order a quality meal from SchoolFoodies, select the ‘Daily Lunch & Snack’ option on your enrollment form. Of course, if you want to pack your own lunch that’s cool too. Please, do not bring any products that contain nuts. We strive to create a safe place for everyone. Please help us keep our campers and staff safe.
- Feature all natural, hormone and antibiotic free meats
- Use breads fresh from local bakeries
- Follow the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to reduce potential produce pesticide exposures
- Include dairy from Petaluma based Clover Stornetta that is genetically engineered hormone free
- Are cooked mainly from scratch with ingredients from local, and sometimes organic, purveyors
- Served in meal trays made from wheat straw fiber and certified compostable
- All lunches include a hot or cold entrée, fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables, plus an AM snack.
Please note: lunch does not include drinks.
Once your SchoolFoodies order is placed, you will get an email prior to the start of camp with instructions for selecting your meal choices.
SchoolFoodies offers 10-14 meal options each day. Meal options will include some hot entrees, some cold entrees and vegetarian and dairy free choices. If you choose not to customize, SchoolFoodies will automatically choose a standard lunch option for you. All lunches include a hot or cold entree, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, plus an AM snack. See some of the meal options SchoolFoodies provides on their menu below.
Please note that this menu shows all SchoolFoodies meals and may not be reflective of what will be available when your child is at camp.
If you wish to customize your child’s lunch, you can do so up until Friday at 8 am the week prior to your child starting camp.
Lunch is only offered for the entire week of camp and may be ordered up until Wednesday at midnight the week prior to the week your child is starting.
Regular Lunch Cost: $40.00/week (includes morning snack)
Portion: 400 – 500 calories
We also offer a PM Snack (for campers staying for our After Care Program):
Please note our Park locations do not offer hot lunch options.
Want to Add Lunch? Lunch may be ordered up until Wednesday at midnight the week prior to the week your child is starting camp. To add lunch after you’ve enrolled simply:
- Log into your account and add lunch there, or
- Call us at the home office at 415.282.6673 or 877.993.6673.
If for any reason you have difficulty logging in to your account, please use the “Forgot Password” option on ActivityHero.
Need to Cancel Lunch? Please contact Camp EDMO® by Wednesday night at midnight, prior to your first day of camp. The cancel deadline applies even if you change camp weeks after the deadline has passed.
Camp EDMO® is a Nut Free Zone. If you bring lunch/snacks, please do not bring any products that contain nuts. Really.
Also, don’t forget water. We strongly recommend packing an eco-friendly water bottle each day to make sure your camper stays hydrated. All of our facilities have water fountains.
Need a safe & caring place for your kids before and after camp? Our AM & PM Extended Care programs run from 8 am – 9 am and 3 pm – 6 pm to give you peace of mind. Activities include outdoor free play, snack time, arts & crafts, board games, a reading corner and more indoor choice time activities. On occasion, staff lead extra hands-on maker and tech projects too. It’s great for parents who work, have appointments, or just need a little more kid-free time in their day.
Get it for the whole week or a la carte for a day or two- we’re flexible!
Save 40% OFF Extended Care when you enroll in 2+ weeks of camp.
Note: If you wish to add AM or PM Extended Care after your initial enrollment is complete, you will need to call the home office. It cannot be added through your online Activity Hero account.
Campers can make new friends, do arts & craft projects, and play games.
Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. Campers stay safe while parents or guardians finish up the work day or sneak in that last appointment before picking up the kids. While you’re away, campers can play as they enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. Extended Care Program runs from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them.
Note: For our Extended Care Program, we recommend packing an extra snack or adding a pm Snack to your lunch order. Also, please be aware that camp programming ends at 3:00 pm.
We understand life happens and you cannot be in two places at once. Good news, flexibility is our middle name.
(Please note: there is no separate EDMO Pro at our Break camps although 5th graders are welcomed)
- EDMO Jr. – We keep our camper:staff ratio to 6:1…especially when activities involve tying knots, cutting, gluing, or glitter…definitely glitter.
- EDMO Prime, EDMO Max – We maintain a camper:staff ratio of 8:1 during all instructional camp activities.
- EDMO Pro – We maintain a camper:staff ratio of 10:1 during all instructional camp activities.
We recommend that campers wear their camp t-shirts while at camp. All campers will receive a t-shirt during their first week of camp. If you want to purchase additional shirts, you may do so when you enroll.
Background Checks: Background checks are performed on all camp staff through Sterling Talent Solutions using CourtDirect™ technology. Their search is based on social security number, name and address and provides instant access to the criminal records located in county court jurisdictions, state criminal records and the Sex Offender Registry. We also do fingerprinting electronically on new camp staff through the DOJ’s Live Scan Program that takes and transmits fingerprints to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
CPR/First Aid: CPR/First Aid certified staff members are present on-site at all times.
If your child gets an unfortunate bump or scrape, you will receive an Ouch Slip at the end of the day with a staff member’s report of the incident. In the event of any head injury or serious bodily injury, you or your Emergency Contacts will receive a call within 15 minutes of the injury and a full written Incident Report will be provided to you within 48 hours.
If your child is having a hard time adjusting to camp, we will work with you to develop an Action Plan. Unfortunately, if your child repeatedly detracts from the camp experience of kids and staff or compromises the safety of others, we may ask you to pick your child up from camp.
What if my child takes medication during the day?
If your child will need to take medication while at camp, please check it in on Monday with camp staff and check it out on your last day at camp. Please make sure any medication is in the original bottle with both your child’s name and the dosage clearly legible on the bottle.
My child has allergies, how do you handle this?
Please use our health form to fully describe any allergies your child has. Use the FAAP (Food Allergy Action Plan) available at camp to list foods to which the camper is allergic and the specific symptoms of the child’s typical allergic reaction. Please allow time at Monday drop-off to complete this form if you have not done so already.
Please be sure to inform your Camp Director of the allergy when you arrive at camp so the appropriate person can be instructed on how to deal with any allergic reactions.
You must provide us with a recent photo of your child attached to instructions, medical documentation, and medications as prescribed by the physician for managing an allergic reactions.
Campers must be aware of their specific allergies and be instructed not to trade food with others to avoid any types of reactions and to tell a counselor if reactions seems to be starting.
My camper is ill today, what should I do?
Please contact your Camp Director if your child is not feeling well and cannot come to camp. If he/she does not answer, they may be at rally or assisting another camper family. In that case, please leave a message.
(Camp Directors contact information can be found in your welcome packet that will be sent prior to camp.)
Please note that weekly rates are not prorated or fees refunded should your child be absent.
In order to ensure the safety of all our campers, all our camp sites are designated as “Nut-Free Campuses.” Please DO NOT BRING ANY NUT PRODUCTS (trail mix, peanut butter, granola bars, Nutella, etc.). We apologize for any inconvenience, but our policy ensures the safety of our campers with life-threatening allergies.
Please note that Camp EDMO asks that our campers leave cell phones in their backpacks at camp. A similar policy applies to our camp staff with LITs, Counselors or Instructors permitted to use their phones only if dictated by curriculum or in an emergency situation.
We do not allow animals, weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or other banned substances at camp. We have strict safety guidelines and also do not allow any unattended scooters, bikes, or skateboards.
If your child is coming to camp with a scooter, bike or skateboard, they will be asked to store them securely in the Camp Director’s office or lock to a bike rack for the duration of the camp day.
Come to camp early Tuesday’s to meet your child’s camp Instructor, as well as see the campus and program classroom. Please be aware that our morning greet session starts and ends promptly on time, please give yourself time to park and walk in.
Morning Greet is 8:15 am – 8:35 am on Tuesday.
Note: There are no meet the staff events at our Park Locations.
ALL Programs Include
What could be more marvelous than starting a week at camp. Before camp starts each week, parents will receive an email that includes a general schedule for the week. Visit the program page for the session your child is enrolled in to see the specific schedule for your child’s age. Campers usually receive their camp t-shirt on Monday as well.
T-shirt challenges are designed to help campers rock the EDMO Vibe™ at home! If you complete the week’s challenge by end of day Thursday, campers earn a special “Plus Card” on Friday at camp. Check out our T-Shirt Challenge Page to see a list of the summer’s T-Shirt Challenge themes!
ALL Parents of Pre-K – 8th grade campers (at non-park locations only). Come to our Morning Greet from 8:15 am – 8:35 am and meet your child’s Instructor, as well as see the campus and program classroom.
Kids love this special all-camp day. It could be Water Day, Color War Day or Game Day, with scavenger hunts, capture the monkey and more! Our staff may know what’s in store but campers will just know it’s going to be filled with wacky fun! (NOTE: Our EDMO Jr. campers do not participate in Wacky Wednesday.)
It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time.
Thursday is also the day that parents receive a link to our Parent Survey.
It’s the end of the camp week. That means a larger than life rally and campers get to share the projects they’ve been working on with other campers.
The Vibe™ Game
Throughout the day, campers get a chance to earn rewards that recognize actions that exemplify The EDMO® Vibe. Visit our EDMO Vibe™ Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Life Skills in all EDMO® campers.
Parents receive a daily email from their Camp Director with updates about their camp location and links to EDMO at Home for details about what their child is doing today and tomorrow, as well as resources for fostering more curiosity at home.
Ages & Groupings
Campers are grouped with kids within 1-2 years of their own age and range from 10-25 in total.
- EDMO Jr.–Must be at least 4 years of age by June 1, fully potty trained and used to attending a full day program. (Note: Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Please call the home office at 415.282.6673)
- EDMO Prime—Entering 1st -2nd grade in the fall.
- EDMO Max–Entering 3rd-4th grade in the fall.
- EDMO Pro–Entering 5th-8th grade in the fall.
Let us know if you’d like your child to be grouped with specific friends. We’ll do our best to honor requests however sometimes circumstances like large age differences, “frenemy” behavior or camper:staff ratios preclude us from being able to group kids together. We’ll let you know if that happens.
In case your kids are in different age groups, don’t worry, they’ll still see each other. Every day we make time to hang out with staff, camp friends and siblings during camp rallies, morning and afternoon breaks, lunch time, and some parts of outdoor recreation.
My child has special needs, can they come to camp?
We want camp to be an inclusive place for everyone and partnering with you helps make it the best it can be. For any questions before the start of camp, please call the Home Office. Prior to your camp week starting, we highly recommend emailing your Camp Director with any special needs or information about your camper and to schedule a pre-camp meeting/orientation. We find that the more you tell us, the more successful the camp experience for all involved. A pre-camp meeting also greatly eases the transition Monday morning.
If your child requires an aide at school, please also have an aide with your child at camp. If you do not have access to an aide for your child, a Regional Center of California could be a good place to find services for your family. If you are struggling to find accommodations, we are more than happy to assist you.
If you have an aide, we do require that a short form be completed. This form gives us information about the aide and their agency so that our Camp Director knows to expect them. We also recommend that you notify the Camp Director at your location prior to the week your child is attending camp.
What if there is something special I want staff to know about my child?
You can write your Camp Director a note in the “Other Requests” section during your online registration process. You can access this by logging into your account.
- Go to “My Registrations” under the drop-down menu at the top-right.
- Find the registration you want to edit and click “View Registration Details”
- Then click “Edit Participant Info”.
Notes can be as simple as how to help get your particular child focused, their lifelong quest to be an astronaut, or just a request to touch base on Tuesday morning. We do find however, the more you tell us the more successful the camp experience for all involved. It’s all up to you and what you want to share!
Equipment & Project Notes
Equipment: We use high-quality equipment and age-appropriate software to create digital works of art sure to impress friends and family. Plus, many of the skills kids build will help unlock the hidden creative potential of your home computer!
Computers: Please note that most of our technology programs feature group projects that require sharing computers. This helps kids develop 21st Century Skills like collaboration and results in more innovative projects–plus, it’s a heck of a lot more fun!
Modified Activities: On rare occasions we may need to modify weekly activities due to weather, material availability, time constraints, or the kid who spilled the entire jar of cabbage juice for the project.
Once summer arrives, campers will be able to access the digital projects they create at camp via EDMO At Home. Projects will be available by the Monday following the week they were at camp. Details on how to access your camper’s projects, and any programs which will need to be purchased or downloaded in order to open them, will be outlined on our website and in your welcome packet prior to the beginning of camp.
Campers are welcome to bring a flash drive from home if they prefer to take their projects that way.
Any non-digital projects, campers will bring home once they are completed at the end of the week.
Have any unwanted recycling around the house? Feel free to bring any plastic containers, cardboard, empty ribbon spools, and more camp-safe items to camp to deposit in your location’s Maker Bank. We integrate the Maker Mindset into all of our Science, Tech and Nature Programs so these materials are great to have!
Preparing for Camp
Can I visit camp ahead of time to see what it’s like?
We love visitors at camp. Please call or email the Camp Director at the location you will be attending, the week before your child is scheduled, to set up a time to come by.
Also, plan to come to our Morning Greet. ALL Parents of Pre-K – 8th grade campers (at non-park locations only), come to our Morning Greet from 8:15 am – 8:35 am on Tuesdays and meet your child’s Instructor, as well as see the campus and program classroom.
Regular Camp Hours: 9 am-3 pm.
What If I need to drop off my child late at camp?
If you are going to be late in dropping off your child at camp, please call your Camp Director. Please note however that they may be leading Morning Rally and therefore unable to answer the phone. You may always leave a message.
If you arrive at camp after 9:10 am, please find a legal parking space, walk your child/children into camp, look for signs for where to bring your child, and sign in. Please never leave your child at camp without signing them in with a member of the Camp EDMO® staff.
Want to Talk to a Staff Member? Please come early, find a legal parking space and look for the sign in table. Any member of our team would be happy to speak with you.
Picking Up Late? Please note if you are not enrolled in our Extended Care pm program, your account will be charged the “a la carte” rate of $15/hr for any portion of an hour.
Can’t drop off at 9:00 am or pick up at 3:00 pm? No problem, our Extended Care has you covered from 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Please note you must be signed up for camp in order to purchase AM or PM Extended Care. Additionally, please note camp programming ends at 3 pm and is not a part of our Extended Care.
Enroll in 2 or more camp weeks to get 40% Off our Extended Care Program. Early Care (8:00 am-9:00 am) and After Care (3:00 pm-6:00 pm).
Can I add Extended Care options for just one day?
In addition to our weekly Extended Care options, we do offer an Extended Care a la carte option which is based on the number of additional hours your child will be at camp. If you are unsure which option is best for you, feel free to reach out to the home office and we’ll let you know if it’s better to add the whole week or get billed at our hourly a la carte rate depending on your needs. Pricing for our Extended Care options are on the page for your camp location.
Can I add Extended Care after I’ve completed my enrollment?
Yes, you can add Extended Care at any time. Just call the home office at 415.282.6673 or 877.993.6673 and one of our Customer Service Specialists would be happy to add Extended Care for you.
Can I reserve Extended Care options during my camp week?
You can add Extended Care Options at any time. Either let your Camp Director know and they’ll notify the home office, or feel free to call the home office directly.
What does my child do in the three hours of After Care?
After Care goes from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them. In our After Care Program, campers spend time indoors and out in a smaller group setting as they enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. Please note that our camp programming ends at 3:00 pm and is not a part of our Extended Care.
Am I able to add lunch for just one day?
Lunch is available only in the Bay Area with the exception of Novato, Santa Rosa and Petaluma. Lunch is only offered for the entire week of camp and may be ordered up until Wednesday at midnight the week prior to the week your child is starting camp.
When is the last day to order lunch for my camp week?
The last day to order lunch is Wednesday at midnight the week prior to the week your child is starting camp. Customization instructions will be sent to you via email in May, prior to the start of camp. If you wish to customize your child’s lunch, you can do so until Friday at 8:00 am the week prior to your child starting camp.
When is the last day to customize my Camp EDMO® SchoolFoodies lunch order
Beginning in mid May, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your lunch account, in case you want to customize your lunch order. SchoolFoodies will provide 10-14 lunch options each day. Meal options will include some hot entrees, some cold entrees, and vegetarian and dairy free choices. Please note that there are no hot lunch options at our park locations.
If you choose not to customize, SchoolFoodies will automatically choose a standard lunch option for you. All lunches include a hot or cold entree, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, plus an AM snack.
If you wish to customize your child’s lunch, you can do so until Friday at 8:00 am the week prior to your child starting camp.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
Your child should pack the following for camp;
- Lunch and a morning snack (if you haven’t ordered a lunch with am snack)
- Afternoon snack (if your child is staying for any of our extended day activities and you did not order a pm snack from our lunch provider)
- Sunscreen & Hat (for hot summer days), Sweatshirt (in case it’s cold or wet outside)
- Eco-friendly Water Bottle with drinking water (it’s important that kids drink plenty of fluids during the hot summer sun and busy camp day)
- A change of clothes (especially for younger ones—you know why).
Is there anything special I need to do if my child is attending camp at a park location?
As with all our camp locations, we recommend your child wear a Camp EDMO® t-shirt when coming to camp. Campers will also be given a bandana that they can leave at camp and pick up each day.
What can I do if my child misplaces their backpack or something else they brought to camp?
In the inevitable case your child leaves clothing or an item of sentimental and/or monetary value at camp, we will do our best to help you find and retrieve it. If we cannot find it however, Camp EDMO® is not responsible for these lost or stolen items. Any items that we find will be kept in a “Lost & Found” bin until the last Friday of the very last week of camp at your location.
After camp at your location ends, you must call the office at 415.282.6773 and we will do our best to track your lost item down. Please note that any lost items must be picked up at our Camp EDMO® warehouse location at 2363 Verna Court, San Leandro by October 1st. We are unable to mail or deliver any lost items. After October 1st, we will donate all unclaimed items to a local charity so that another child may find new joy upon receiving it.
Inclement Weather: Although some of our locations have protected areas, in case it’s cold or wet outside, we usually advise parents to pack sweatshirts for their children so that they are prepared when the temperature is cool.
Park Location Safety Gear: Every Pre-K-8th grade camper receives a distinctive orange bandana with their name on it in our Nature (Park) program. It is MANDATORY that campers wear their orange bandanas so they are easily visible the entire camp day.
Should your circumstances change and your child is unable to come to camp, we are unhappy you won’t be joining us, but happy to issue a refund. A 100% refund is available until April 30th if taken as a credit (If refunded to a credit card, a $25 processing fee will be charged). After April 30th, all refunds will be provided as a credit to your account for the following year.
Camp EDMO® promises great service, enthusiastic staff and that your child will be safe at camp. If you are unhappy with these aspects of our program, please notify your Camp Director immediately. Camp Directors will respond to verbal or written parental concerns within 24 hours and schedule an Action Plan meeting to improve your camp experience. 99.9% of the time, we can make it better!
How do I know whether to call my child’s Camp Director or the main office with a question?
If questions arise that have to do with camp and/or the camp day, please contact your Camp Director (like if you need to pick up your child early). If you feel that your concern is urgent and you are not getting a response from your Camp Director, please contact the Home Office.
How do I get a camp statement?
- Log in to Activity Hero and “Sign In” at the top-right part of the page.
- Once signed in, find the drop-down menu at the top of the page that has your name.
- Click on “My Orders” under the drop-down menu at the top right to see your past enrollment history and receipt information.
If for any reason you have difficulty logging in to your account, please use the “Forgot Password” option on ActivityHero.
What is your Tax ID #?
Edventure More’s Tax ID # is 77-0653711.