Appalachian Headwaters

FAQs

Read below for our most frequently asked questions. If you do not see the answer to your question here, please contact Kevin Johnson at kjohnson@appheadwaters.org.


What does Camp Waldo cost?

Costs for Camp Waldo will be determined on a sliding scale based on family income for summer 2022. Camp Waldo is a nonprofit camp, and even families at the top of the sliding scale pay much less than actual cost per camper. Most of Camp Waldo’s costs are covered by outside funding, through grants and donations. 

Cost for Camp Waldo in 2022 will be:

  • For families earning an annual income of $90,000 and above – $900/camper
  • For families earning an annual income between $60,000 and 90,000 – $600/camper
  • For families earning an annual income between $35,000 to $60,000 – $300/camper
  • For families earning an annual income less than $35,000 – $200/camper

Please base family income calculation on your 2021 federal tax return’s adjusted gross income box. We will ask each family to sign a statement stating which payment category they fall into, but we will operate on the honor system and will not require families to submit copies of tax returns. Finally, we do not want the cost of camp to keep any child from attending Camp Waldo, particularly families with more than one camper attending camp. We can often provide financial assistance when necessary. If you would like to discuss financial assistance, please contact Kevin Johnson at kjohnson@appheadwaters.org.

What happens if my camper’s birthday occurs while they are at camp?

We love to celebrate birthdays at Waldo and will make sure that your camper feels loved and celebrated throughout their birthday and beyond.

How do you handle dietary restrictions?

We take dietary restrictions very seriously and want to make sure every camper is served in an equal way. All dietary restrictions should be noted on the camper registration forms and will be communicated to the head counselors, directors, your child’s individual counselors, and the kitchen staff.

What are the medical accommodations at camp?

We have a full Heath Center dedicated to proper health care at camp. It has a private room, bathrooms, and beds. We have a full time RN on site throughout the duration of the camp as well as other First Aid/CPR-trained adults. All medications will be dispensed in the morning following breakfast and the evening following evening activity. Any special medication will be administered at the specific time noted by the camper’s family.

What are the camper cabin facilities like?

Our cabins are recently renovated and very nice. They are divided into two large rooms, with each half housing four campers and one counselor. Each half of the cabin has it’s own private bathroom with a toilet and a shower.

How does Camp Waldo manage camper laundry?

Campers and their counselors do their own laundry once a week in our on-site facilities.

What is the food like?

We pride ourselves on our food at Camp Waldo. We offer three vegetarian meals a day as well as snack everyday in the afternoon. A good portion of the food we eat comes from our own gardens on the camp property. All meals are prepared under the direction of Al Pettijohn, a local chef who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and who has worked at fantastic restaurants across the country (including the French Goat in Lewisburg).

What happens if my child gets homesick?

It is important to let your child know that homesickness is real and that they might get it. Please know that the Camp Waldo staff is trained in techniques to handle homesickness and address it on an individual basis. Our goal is to ensure that our campers are happy and comfortable. In most cases homesickness will not warrant a phone call from the camp administrative staff, however, this will be handled on a case-by-case basis.   

How do I communicate with my camper while they are at camp?

We encourage that campers and their families communicate by mail during camp. We do not and cannot accommodate or facilitate all our camper families on individual phone calls. If you ever need to contact the Camp Director or administrators, you are more than welcome to call or email. 

Can I send packages to my camper?

We ask that families do not mail packages to campers. There may be a certain instance where mailing your camper is warranted; however, all camper mail larger than an envelope is subject to search and disposal.

Can my camper bring their phone to camp?

We do not allow campers to bring cell phones or any other similar electronic devices to camp. We invite our camp community into a time of technological rest as they enjoy the camp community and the great outdoors.

May I visit my camper during the three-week camp period?

Camp Waldo does not have a visitation day during the three-week term, but we welcome you to visit camp on Opening and Closing Day or during any of our off-season events.

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