FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) are listed below. If you do not find the the answer to your question, please email our Camp Registrar at registrar@gdi.org or call us at 888-836-1212.

Yes. However, applications for financial aid must be received prior to March 1st for that year’s summer program. Please contact the Camp Registrar for an application and more information.

All cabin counselors are current university students with a background working with children. Applicants go through a rigorous hiring process including multiple interviews, a background check, and drug testing. Many cabin counselors were even campers themselves!

Counselors go through an intensive 8-day training program prior to any campers arriving at camp. They are trained in team-building, group-leading, child development, safety, and being sensitive to individual campers’ needs and life experiences. Counselors complete training with the tools and knowledge to support campers through common camp challenges such as homesickness, trying new things, and friendship building.

AstroCamp takes pride in hiring the highest quality staff. All of the AstroCamp instructors are required to have at least a Bachelors Degree in Physics or Astronomy, and it is not uncommon for our instructors to have a Masters Degree or PhD.

Our instructors come to AstroCamp from all over the United States and occasionally from overseas. Safety is one of our primary goals, therefore all instructors are required to have First Aid, CPR, and Waterfront Lifeguard certifications, as well as comprehensive on-site training.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, AstroCamp will NOT be providing transportation to or from the airport for Summer 2021. Transportation to and from AstroCamp is the responsibility of the camper’s parent or guardian.

Your camper can absolutely write to you from camp! You may utilize our email system through your CampInTouch account, or send letters by post mail. Letters should be addressed in the following manner:

Camper’s Name
Team Number
c/o AstroCamp
8144 Mount Laurel Road
Clover, VA 24534

If you plan on writing letters back and forth with your camper, please send stamps, envelopes, and paper with them to camp.

Please DO NOT send care packages, as they will be returned. If your camper needs something (e.g. toothbrush, pillow, shoes, etc), please contact camp directly.

We strongly believe in the benefits of campers and parents disconnecting from each other, other than written letters/emails. We do not allow incoming parent phone calls to campers except in the case of an emergency. In an emergency situation, please contact us at our camp office, 434-454-4059, or at the 24-hour emergency number (provided to guardians before the start of camp). Our Summer Camp Director can then make the necessary arrangements with you.

For the safety of our campers and staff, we do not allow visits during camp.

In case of an emergency or any essential communication, we are happy to arrange a time for your camper to be near a phone, as appropriate. Our camp office can be reached at 434-454-4059.

Additionally, there is an emergency phone that will be answered by a member of the administration team 24-hours-a-day. This number will be provided to guardians prior to their camper’s arrival at camp.

We will make every effort to accommodate any special requirements your camper may have. Please contact the Summer Camp Director, John Swanwick, as soon as possible to discuss the specific needs of your camper.

The days can often be hot and humid (mid to upper 90s with 90% humidity) but the nights can be mild and very pleasant. Summer rainstorms are not uncommon in the afternoons.

Please review the packing list to pack appropriately.

We provide a vegetarian option at every meal and a salad bar at both lunch and dinner. If your camper has any other dietary needs/restrictions, please provide information in your camper registration so that we can make special accommodations. You can always contact our Summer Camp Director, John Swanwick, at john@gdi.org or 434-454-4059 to discuss specific dietary needs.

We deal with food allergies every day. Our kitchen staff are all trained food service professionals who take great care in preparing meals for our campers. If your camper has a severe food allergy, please note it on your camper’s Health History Form and notify our Summer Camp Director. We will have alternative menu items available for your camper to ensure a safe and healthy dining experience while they are with us!

The pool averages 84ºF throughout the year.

We always have a nurse (RN) on-site while camp is in session. All prescription and over-the-counter medications are stored in our Health Center and dispensed by our camp nurse. Additionally, our staff hold certifications in First Aid, CPR, and Waterfront Lifeguarding.

For more serious issues we can contact the local paramedics who will arrange transport to the local clinic or hospital. The typical EMS response time to our facility is 10-15 minutes.

Campers with asthma participate in our programs all the time. It is critical for their asthma to be noted on the Health History Form and for campers with asthma to bring their inhaler with them to every program.

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