Upon booking your camp week, you will receive a complete list of the following information and more regarding teachers' expectations and roles.
Alcohol Use & Smoking
Alcohol use or the possession thereof is strictly prohibited on campus and grounds for dismissal. Teachers and Chaperones must be prepared to assist their students at all times of the day and night. CODES reserves the right to take action including involving school administration if teachers or Chaperones are found with alcohol in their lodgings, rooms, or on-site for any reason.
Smoking is not encouraged but is permitted by guests only and ONLY in designated smoking areas; this includes vaping. Any product that produces an ember must be extinguished completely and discarded in an outdoor trash can.
Please prepare your students in advance with knowledge of the following camp rules:
1. No fighting or stealing. Outside of camp, these behaviors could result in criminal charges and are grounds for immediate dismissal.
2. No pranks or bullying. We have zero tolerance for pranking, telling scary stories, or scaring others during night activities; such infractions are grounds for immediate dismissal.
3. No bad touch. Aggressive or romantic touch is strictly prohibited. High fives, fist bumps, and short side hugs are examples of acceptable ways of showing affiliation at camp.
4. Stay in boundaries. Our campus has areas that are off limits to students, they should always remain within these boundaries unless in class with their Naturalist.
5. Stay in your own cabin. There should NEVER be a male student in a female cabin or vice versa. Adults of the opposite gender may only enter opposite-gender cabins if the cabin is unoccupied. No exceptions.
6. Listen to your leaders. Always exercise respect and courtesy to all leaders.
7. HAVE PHUN! Students get to choose to either have fun at camp or to be "too cool for school", help us to encourage the former.
Teachers are encouraged to attend classes and to go on the hikes that are unique to each Naturalist. For information on classes, trails, and staff you can refer to the Naturalist Board in HQ (Medical Monitor's station) or ask a Naturalist. If you have physical restraints that limit your mobility or desire to hike remember that some classes are more accessible than others. Otherwise, we hope you can enjoy a well-deserved break.
Discipline: The 5 Step System
As you know your students best, our staff will take their cues from you when it comes to discipline, so please let us know which students may need extra attention/assistance. Teachers are responsible for assisting with disciplining students including calling parents to arrange a pickup for misbehavior, waiting with a student that is being sent home, and supervising "Time Outs" during Rec Time.
In all instances of discipline, CODES Staff abides by our "5 Step System" which consists of:
1. Give a clear verbal warning, using student's name & a describing the improper behavior.
2. Give a 5 min TO.
3. Increase TO to 10 min.
4. Increase TO to 15 min.
5. If the behavior continues, CODES Admin Staff will consult with the Lead Teacher to discuss consequences that extend beyond camp or to dismiss the student from camp early.
In some cases, certain behavior is grounds for immediate dismissal as outlined below.
Please note, we DO NOT send students home without consulting teachers first.
Drivers & Riders
As stated in your contract, schools are REQUIRED to bring at least one personal vehicle with the group to camp, for emergency purposes. No exceptions. The vehicle should always be accessible/close to campus should an emergency arise, and the owner may not leave camp early for the same reason. Additionally, each bus must have one adult rider from the school on board.
In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation, it is the teachers' responsibility to have an up-to-date student roster in hand to verify that ALL students are present before, during, and after the evacuation begins.
In the event of a medical emergency that requires an ambulance or emergency transport, one teacher is REQUIRED to ride with the student to the hospital, and another teacher is REQUIRED to follow the transport to the hospital using his/her personal vehicle on campus. Furthermore, you must stay with the student until his/her parent or guardian arrives at the hospital.
Illness & Injuries
Our trained and certified First Aid team will respond to illnesses and injuries onsite. Students are permitted to miss one class due to illness/injury, however if they are not recuperated before the start of the second class since falling ill or getting injured, it is the teachers' responsibility to coordinate a parent pickup with the Medical Monitor on duty.
Just as importantly, it is the teachers' responsibility to wait with a student that cannot attend class due to illness or injury, or one that is waiting for a parent pickup, this includes overnight. If a student needs to be quarantined or requires a late night pickup, Room A of Summit Lodge will be used for this purpose.
Please note, the Medical Monitor may call parents to discuss care that is beyond First Aid. If you wish to be present during these phone calls, please notify the Medical Monitor when you arrive.
Please recommend to parents that they send mail up with you, teachers, as it often arrives after students have left camp. All mail should be distributed at breakfast and lunch ONLY.
Letters and packages can be sent to:
CODES at Mile High Pines
ATTN: Student Name, School
PO Box 397
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305
Adult Only meal options are provided by Rosemary and the Kitchen Team and are available for teachers or adults who have dietary restrictions or food allergies.
On Extended Hike day (Thursday), all teachers and students will pack a sack lunch for the day at 9am. The Kitchen Team will not serve lunch on campus this day.
Remember to report all student dietary restrictions and food allergies to CODES using the Prior to Arrival form.
At least one teacher from your school is REQUIRED to attend all meetings.
Tues: 11am in Dining Hall, medicine check-in, Orientation meeting, tour
Tues: 6.45pm in Dining Hall, Cabin Leader Meet-n-Greet and Q & A
Wed: 6.45pm in Pine Center, Teacher-Led meeting (CODES Staff not present)
Fri: 10.15am in Dining Hall, evaluation & re-booking
Daily: 4.50pm in HQ (Medical Monitor station), medical debrief of the day's incidents
Quiet Cabin & Clean Cabin Awards
Who doesn't love to win an award?! During your school's stay, teachers will be asked to give out one of two awards to student cabins. Each award allows the winning cabin to attend all meals and Rec Time first for the day and it nets their school 10pts/award on the Squirrel Board.
The "Quiet Cabin Award" is presented to a maximum of two cabins that are silent and have all of their lights off at the time of the "Lights Out" check (which is 9.45pm for 5th grade and 10pm for 6th grade with a 15 min extension on the last night of camp).
The "Clean Cabin Award" is presented to a maximum of two cabins that meet the following criteria: all beds are made, all luggage is properly stowed underneath bunks, and the restroom is tidy. This award is a great option for those who do not wish to stay up until Lights Out; we ask that cabin evaluations occur during class or Rec Time only.
It is the teachers' responsibility, not CODES', to communicate with parents before, during, and after the camp experience. Phone calls to or from home are NOT permitted unless there is an emergency.
Please distribute the most up-to-date versions of all required forms to parents well in advance so they can be submitted to camp on time.
Teachers are asked to roam, supervisor, and have fund with their students during the daily Rec Time period (3:45-4:50pm) to help us facilitate the students’ safety and enjoyment. Teachers may be asked to supervise a specific activity during Rec Time like basketball, field games, or arts & crafts. We also ask that teachers be available to help with Time Outs on the Downer Deck during this time.
School-Provided Chaperones & Aides
For schools opting to bring their own Chaperones or Aides only.
It is the school's responsibility to properly background check, screen, and prepare all adults with knowledge of their responsibility and camp's expectations of them while attending camp. It is the teachers' responsibility to supervise and discipline the behavior of all adults attending camp, including sending a Chaperone or Aide home if he/she breaches policy (camp's or the school's), becomes harmful to, or inhibits the CODES program.
Snacks & Beverages
Teachers and adults staying in VIP housing, Summit Lodge or Shepherd's Rest are welcome to bring snacks and beverages with them to camp in storing them in the each lodging's kitchenette area. However, please help us to keep these lodgings in tip top shape by NOT bringing these items into the bedrooms, with the exception of water.
Wednesday night you will lead a 30 min meeting with your school, CODES Staff will not be present. If multiple schools are in camp, each will be assigned separate meeting spaces. This meeting is a great opportunity to touch base with your students early in the week and see what feedback they have so far. Other activities that schools opt to do during this time include storytelling, singalongs, writing letter to home or thank you letters to staff, journaling in Field Guides, taking a group photo, etc.
Please share serious concerns/feedback with CODES Admin Staff promptly.