Parent's Outdoor Classroom Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

ARE THE BATHROOMS INSIDE THE CABINS?
Yes.
 
HOW CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH MY CHILD DURING THEIR STAY AT CAMP?
Campers do not have access to e-mail, fax, or phones during their stay. Any communications will be handled by school representatives. Feel free to call (256-268-2007) if you have any questions or concerns. Our staff will be glad to help connect you to your school.
 
WHO DECIDES WHERE THE STUDENTS SLEEP?
The Lead Teacher. After coordinating the trip with a representative from Camp Cosby, you will be told what cabins will be made available for your school group. It is up to the Lead Teacher to assign students with their cabins. Remember, no boys in girl’s cabins and no girls in boy’s cabins! Moms can’t sleep in the same cabin as their son, and Dads can’t sleep in the same cabin as their daughter.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
Almost all of The Outdoor Classroom classes occur outside, rain or shine! It is important that students be prepared and pack accordingly. At the first sign of hazardous weather, we move students to safety. Safety has to be our top priority!
 
WHO WATCHES OVER THE STUDENTS?
The school is ultimately responsible for the students at Camp Cosby. The Outdoor Classroom staff will lead students in their educational experience, but student management and discipline is at the descretion of the school. Often the school allows Chaperones to help with student management. Teachers are encouraged to stay with a Trail Group, or move from one Trail Group to another, observing as many Trail Groups as possible. At no time is a child allowed to be without an adult while at Camp Cosby.
 
WHAT CLOTHING IS REQUIRED HIGH ROPES OR THE CLIMBING TOWER?
Tennis shoes (Closed toe shoes). No jewelry is allowed.
 
WHAT HEALTHCARE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE CAMP?
Your child’s school is required to bring a health care professional who will handle all health concerns. Camp Cosby is 20 minutes from St. Vincent’s Pell City Hospital. Camp Cosby has 911 service. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Camp Cosby has basic First Aid Supplies and AED on hand.
 
HOW IS LOST AND FOUND HANDLED?
Lost and Found is collected and presented daily to children. At the end of their stay lost and found is sent back with the school. On occasion, remaining items are left behind. Those are kept at camp for one month and then if not claimed sent to a local donation center. If you believe your child left something at camp please call your school first and then camp with a full description.
 
DO OUR STUDENTS NEED TO BRING SPENDING MONEY?
Yes, we have the following items available at the camp store – drinks, candy, chips, fruit, water and souvenirs (T-shirts, water bottles, stuffed animals, flashlights, key chains, and more).
 
IS CAMP COSBY ACA ACCREDITED?
Yes, Camp Cosby is a member of the American Camp Association. Every 5 years, accredited camps go through a visitation and accreditation process that reviews every part of the camp operation.
Student supervision at night in the lodges is conducted by chaperones and determined by your school. Teachers are provided separate housing. We recommend one chaperone for every five students.
 
WHAT ARE THE CABINS LIKE?
They are modern, heated, and air conditioned with the bathrooms located inside each cabin.
 
WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR THE CAMP?
The camp number is (256) 268-2007. The emergency number is (205) 821-0111.
 
CAN MY CHILD BRING A CELL PHONE?
No. This is not advised. Camp Cosby is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Children will not be allowed to use their phones while at camp.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CASE OF SEVERE WEATHER?
Camp Cosby has a designated weather plan for all types of severe weather and is monitored closely by camp staff. The camp has designated storm shelters and has developed emergency action plans.
 
ARE THE CABINS HEATED AND AIR CONDITIONED?
Yes.
 
MY CHILD IS A VEGETARIAN, WILL THERE BE OPTIONS FOR HIM/HER?
Yes, there is a full salad bar and non-meat options at every meal. For additional dietary needs please contact your school. They will advise you to contact camp if needed.
 
DO WE NEED TO HAVE A WAIVER SIGNED FOR EVERY PARTICIPANT?
Yes, please. It must be signed by a parent or guardian for all participants under 18.
 
WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING FOR OVERNIGHTS?
A bed and mattress are provided. You will need bedding (blanket and sheets or a sleeping bag), a towel, and toiletries
 
If you have any other questions or concerns about the Outdoor Classroom Program please contact your school. Your school will advise if you need to contact Camp Cosby directly.

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