FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE ALTITUDE AT FOREST HOME?
Our San Bernardino Mountain site (Forest Falls, CA) averages about 5,280 feet (a mile high). Our Ojai Valley site (Oak View, CA) is at about 730 feet.

HOW’S THE WEATHER AT CAMP?
Due to the mountain climate of our San Bernardino Mountain site and the coastal desert climate of our Ojai Valley site, it is not unusual for temperatures to vary greatly over the course of a single day.
CLICK HERE for Mill Creek Canyon weather.
CLICK HERE for Ojai Valley weather.

WHAT IS MILL CREEK CANYON (MCC) AND WHAT IS OJAI VALLEY (OV)?
Forest Home owns two distinct properties in Southern California. Our Mill Creek Canyon site is located in Forest Falls, CA, in the San Bernardino Mountains. (Please see the “Camp Centers” question below.) Ojai Valley is located in Ventura County near the coast, in Oak View, CA, about 3 hours away from Mill Creek Canyon.

WHAT IS A CAMP CENTER?
A camp center is simply one of our seven areas of camp. At our Mill Creek Canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains, there are six distinct camp centers: Lakeview, Creekside, Forest Center, Adventure Mountain, The Village, and Woodlands. Our Ojai Valley site is both a “site” and a “camp center,” but there is just the one camp center at Ojai Valley, and we call it: Ojai Valley.

ARE YOUR FACILITIES ACCESSIBLE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES?
Our facilities are rugged and inherently connected to nature — we have rocks, tree debris, unpaved walkways and some steep vertical grades. That said, we do have some ability to accommodate people with disabilities and have many guests with disabilities each year. Our ability to properly accommodate varies quite a bit by camp center, so the best course of action is to speak with our staff about your particular needs. Please call 909.389.2300 for further information.

DO YOU OFFER TENT CAMPING OR RV HOOKUPS?
We do not offer standard camp sites where you bring your own portable tents. However, our Adventure Mountain camp center has platform tent accommodations. Limited RV hookups are available at both Mill Creek Canyon and Ojai Valley.

WHAT IS YOUR CELL PHONE POLICY?
Due to our commitment to providing guests with sanctuary and solitude, Forest Home is a cell-phone free destination for all children and youth. This means that we will continue to ask our young campers to leave all electronics (including cell-phones) at home. Adult guests are encouraged to limit their cell phone use to important family or business calls which cannot wait until returning home. At Forest Home, Verizon and Sprint are the only mobile services that deliver reception to Forest Falls. We ask all of our guests to join us in keeping our open/public areas cell-phone free.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR CAMP? WHAT ABOUT BATHING SUITS?
Generally speaking you do not want to bring “dressy” clothes to most programs (although one nicer outfit is not a bad idea). Camp is a rugged environment and you will likely get dirty one way or another–especially your shoes. In general, our expectations for camp attire are driven by modesty, showing sensitivity to the concerns of others at camp. In our swimming areas, we ask that all females wear one-piece bathing suits (no bikinis or tankinis) and that guys stay away from revealing briefs or speedos. We also limit swimwear to appropriate areas only and ask that you wear a coverup to and from the pool or lake.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
You can find a packing list for camp under your specific camp program. Locate your program by going to the menu bar above, selecting your specific camp or retreat in the drop down menu, and then clicking on the program you are attending. A specific packing list for your retreat will be emailed to you two weeks prior.  Please keep in mind that weather shifts can happen quite suddenly at either location, so always come prepared for hot/cold or wet/dry weather. Please familiarize yourself with the accommodations at each of our camping centers, as the linen provisions vary widely depending on your particular housing.

IS FOREST HOME AFFILIATED WITH ANY DENOMINATION?
No. Forest Home is an independent Christian organization with no denominational affiliation. Please see our Statement of Faith for our basic theological beliefs.

CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?
We do recognize there may be dietary needs and allergy requirements. Our kitchens do not serve or store any products with nuts. If you have a specific dietary requirement or restriction, contact our Guest Dining department with your specifications (including peanut allergies) one week prior to your stay at 909-389-2271.

MY CHILD TAKES MEDICATION. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Please see the SENDING MEDICATIONS TO CAMP form. If you still have questions, please contact Paula Buchan, RN Supervisor at 909-389-4326.

 

I DO NOT HAVE MY CHILD’S MEDICATION LABEL ANYMORE. WHAT CAN I DO?
Please have your pharmacy print you out a label or have you child’s doctor write the instructions and sign it. Then place it in a zip baggie with your child’s medications. All prescription and Over the Counter medication MUST be in its original container. Ca HSC.

 

MY CHILD’S DOSE HAS CHANGED SINCE WE HAD THE PRESCRIPTION FILLED. THE DOSING IS NO LONGER CORRECT. WHAT DO I DO?
You must have your doctor write and sign the new instructions with the correct dosing. You can then place the new doctor’s note/order in the zip baggie with your child’s medications. (OTC medications that are outside of the standard age and dosing must have a doctor’s note to dispense.)

 

WHY CAN’T I JUST WRITE A NOTE SAYING THE NEW DOSING?
Legally we must have a doctor’s order/note for any medication changes from the label. Ca. BRN, Ca. BPC

 

CAN MY CHILD GIVE THEIR OWN PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS OR OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS THEMSELVES?
California safety regulations do not permit anyone under the age of 18 to store medications or self-administer medications with the exception: ALL “self-administered” ordered medications are done so with first aid supervision for safety, documentation and outcome purposes.

 

CAN MY CHILD CARRY THEIR INSULIN, INHALER OR EPI PEN ON THEM?

Diabetics carry their supplies (not insulin), Asthmatics carry their rescue inhaler (not their steroid inhaler), and Severe Allergic campers carry their epinephrine injector (not their Benadryl). Required forms must be filled out
WHO WILL BE SEEING MY CHILD’S MEDICAL CONSENT FORMS AND ALL THEIR INFORMATION?
The First-Aid team will be in control of the online forms. The forms are stored, compliant with HIPAA law on a secure server. Only those persons who are deemed necessary to view your child’s medical forms will have access. i.e. First-Aid, Urgent Care, Emergency Room.

If you are coming as a group or church, the group leader as well has access to the forms.

 

WE DO NOT IMMUNIZE OUR CHILDREN, but you want me to sign we are compliant with State law.

By California law you are allowed this exemption only if you homeschool. If your child attends public, charter or private school, the law requires immunizations. Ca Code of Reg. Title 17, Div.1 Chap.4 sub chap. 8. Signing that you are compliant relieves you of the burden to have to attach a copy of your attendee’s actual record.

 

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS REGARDING FIRST AID OR SAFETY?
Feel free to contact the following people for more information.
First aid: Paula Buchan, RN // First Aid Supervisor // 909.389.4326
paulab@foresthome.org

Safety: Donny Dix // Interim Manager of Recreation & Safety // 909.389.2493

donnyd@foresthome.org 

 

WHERE ARE FORMS LOCATED?

On the home page you can scroll to the bottom and click the word FORMS. Then click on the word First Aid. All available first aid forms are located here.

WHO DO I TALK TO ABOUT AVAILABLE DATES FOR A CAMP /RETREAT? DO YOU HOST BANQUETS, FAMILY REUNIONS, ETC.?
If you are interested in having Forest Home host your church or group’s camp or retreat (or for questions about other kinds of events) please contact our Guest Group Reservations Team at 909.389.4404 or guestconferences@foresthome.org.

WHAT ARE PROGRAM CAMP THEMES? ARE THERE RELATED SCRIPTURE VERSES? ETC.
Forest Home programmed camps and retreats are oriented around a scripture verse and accompanying theme. A camp or retreat you attend may find you on the high seas, trekking through a safari jungle, or celebrating Christmas in July! To learn and discover what theme your particular retreat has planned, find it on our main menu.