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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 an attendant (one-on-one staff member) to address a child’s special needs.

In addition, we are not able to accommodate medical issues requiring treatment beyond the scope of our health center and nurses, including, but not limited to, diabetes and active seizure disorders.

Before enrolling a child with any special needs, please contact us to discuss potential accommodations.

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