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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a PayPal account to register?

A PayPal account is not required to register for Camp ARF. You can manually enter your credit card information online. Credit card payments can also be made over the phone by calling (925) 296-3142. Payments by phone must be made at least 1 week prior to the start of camp to allow for processing.

What if I need to cancel my child's camp registration?

All cancelation requests must be made in writing (via e-mail) to [email protected] 

For notice of cancelation/change given 14 days or more prior to your child's session start date: A refund, minus a $25 administrative fee will be provided.

For notice of cancelation given less than 14 days prior to your child's session start date: No refund can be granted.

Please note: we cannot transfer a camper's enrollment to a different session or program. Instead you will need to register for another session and request to cancel your initial registration. 

Does Camp ARF offer any discounts or scholarships?

Camp ARF offers need-based financial assistance. To be considered for a scholarship, please complete the application form

My child is currently in 2nd grade. Should I register them for the 1st-2nd grade camp or the 3rd-5th camp?

For summer camp, campers should be registered for the grade level they will be entering in the fall. (For example, rising 2nd graders should be registered for grades 3-5 camp) During the school year, for one day or winter/spring break camps, campers should be registered for the grade that they are currently attending. 

Can I request an age exception for my child to attend a camp that does not correlate with their age/grade?

Campers must be registered for their appropriate grade level. Our goal is for our campers to have the most meaningful and enjoyable experience possible. We design the curriculum based on each age group and find it can be challenging for all campers to have a positive experience if they are not in the age appropriate group.

If you have special circumstances you want us to be aware of, please contact Camp ARF staff at [email protected] before registering your child.

When I register, can I request for my child to be with a friend or sibling?

If your child is planning to attend with someone they know, you can make note of your camper's friends in the Additional Information section of the registration form.

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee friends/siblings will be together at all times during camp. If they are the same age, there will be opportunities for them to be together throughout the camp day. However, camper seating and group selection may vary each day. If you have special circumstances you want us to be aware of, please include that information when registering.

IMPORTANT – Our camps are divided by grade levels, so if friends or siblings are in different grade level groups then they will not be together during the camp day. We believe camp provides a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and have new experiences.

If I sign my camper up for multiple sessions of the same camp will each week be different?

No, each session of each camp within the same age range will use the same curriculum. This means that a camper signing up for multiple weeks of the same camp within the same summer will experience the same crafts, games, and lessons week-to-week. (For example, Animal Adventures 1-2 curriculum stays the same for the whole summer) However, the animal interactions may change week-to-week. While some campers find it harder to stay engaged when repeating a session, we have also received feedback from previous campers that they have still enjoyed multiple weeks of camp.


Will my child interact with ARF animals?

We aim to provide one to two animal interactions per camp day either with an ARF Pet Hug Pack® therapy animal or shelter animal. Please keep in mind that an animal shelter is a very fluid environment and due to animal temperament, health, adoptions, etc., our plan for any given day may change. Our primary focus is always the safety and comfort of both our campers and our animals. While not all camp activities will consist of hands-on animal time, each camp day will be filled with a variety of activities involving animals and their care.

Will my child go inside the animal condos?

In compliance with ARF policies, only ARF staff, trained volunteers, and people looking to adopt may enter the condos. These policies ensure the health, safety, and comfort of ARF's campers and shelter animals. All animal interactions will be facilitated by camp staff inside of the camp rooms.

What to Bring (and What to Leave Home)

What does my child need to bring to camp?

One week prior to camp, you will receive a Camp Welcome E-mail including the Camp ARF Parent Info Packet and Waivers to be signed.A few things to consider when preparing for camp:

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Due to the interactions with animals, campers are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Camp ARF staff are trained in First Aid, but are not authorized to administer medication. This includes allergy medications and sunscreen!
  • Waivers must be signed and returned on the first day of camp

Will snack be provided during Camp ARF?

To better accommodate the varying allergy/dietary needs of all our campers, Camp ARF asks families to provide campers with a healthy snack they can eat with minimal assistance from staff. All campers should bring a water bottle labeled with their name to camp every day.

Is ARF a peanut or tree nut-free facility? What is ARF's allergy policy?

ARF's facility contains allergens which may cause an allergic reaction whether by consumption, inhalation, or direct or indirect contact with skin. These include, but are not limited to, food allergens (peanuts, peanut butter, dairy products, eggs, etc.) and pet allergens (dander, saliva, etc.). Youth program participants, parents, and guardians concerned with allergies should be aware of this risk. ARF does not assume any liability for adverse reactions to items one may come in contact with while at ARF.

ARF staff and volunteers are not trained to administer EpiPens. To ensure that medication required for my child is administered as required, parents should make sure their child is trained in the administration of his/her medication(s). 


How early can I drop off my child to camp?

Our camp doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start of each session. Campers can be checked in as early as 8:50 am (morning session) and 1:20 pm (afternoon session).

Do you offer extended care?

At this time, we do not offer any care before or after camp.

For summer camp: Lunch Bunch is supervised care from 12:00-1:30 which is ONLY available to campers who are registered for both a morning and an afternoon camp session. If your camper is registered for both a morning and an afternoon session and you would like them to be a part of Lunch Bunch, it must be notated on your registration form.

What is the procedure for picking up and dropping off my camper?

  • Campers in grades TK-5:
    Campers must be dropped off and picked up by an adult (at least 18 years old). Upon drop-off, the adult will need to sign each camper in. Prior to the start of your camp session, you will be asked for a list of the first and last name of any individual authorized to pick-up your camper. Campers will ONLY be released to individuals on this list. In order to pick-up a camper, you must be an adult listed on that camper's authorized pick-up list, you must provide Photo ID, and you must sign the camper out. If a parent/guardian wishes to add someone to the authorized pick-up list for their camper, it must be done in person.

  • Campers in grades 6-12:
    Prior to the start of your camp session, you will be asked for a list of the first and last name of any individual authorized to pick-up your camper. With parental permission, campers in middle school and high school can sign themselves in and out of camp each day. ARF is not responsible for campers upon dismissal.


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