Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria

We strive to create summer camp programs that are enjoyable for as many children as possible. In everything we do, health and safety are our top priorities. As such, we need to recognize the limitations of our facility, program, and staff. Below is a list of Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) deemed necessary for participation.

All children must be able to do the following at a developmentally-appropriate level for their age: 

Communicate needs and concerns verbally with others at a conversational level of English

Understand and comply with directions given by staff

Refrain from unsafe and/or harmful behaviors toward self and others (including self-harm)

Identify and avoid health/safety risks

Feel comfortable living in a rustic, outdoor environment (e.g. no air-conditioning, varying weather conditions, insects/animals, grass/dirt/mud)

Maneuver rugged terrain and distances

Follow a varied individual schedule and manage free time

Assume responsibility for personal hygiene

Maintain proper nutrition and hydration from the camp menu, which includes non-restrictive, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options (we are unable to accommodate special requests or additional food supplements from home)

Adapt to a group living environment with little time alone

Demonstrate age-appropriate social and emotional skills in managing personal boundaries, relationships, communication, stress, and conflict

Manage the sensory stimulation of a frequently large, loud, and energetic group environment (especially in the dining hall during meals)

Participate fully in all scheduled activities and programs

Engage in behaviors that contribute to the positive community and spirit of Takodah

We are not able to provide attendants (one-on-one staff members) to support individual children. All campers need to be able to have successful experiences with our ratio of one adult to every five campers.

In addition, we are not able to accommodate medical issues requiring treatment beyond the scope of our health center and nurses as outlined in the Medical Protocols prescribed by Cheshire Medical Center.

If you are unsure about whether your child meets the Essential Eligibility Criteria, then please contact us to discuss their needs/interests and possible accommodations to support them.

If Camp Takodah ends up not being a good fit for your child, then we are happy to connect you with another camp better suited to their needs and interests.