Whether you are aware of it or not, you, our parents, play a crucial role in making CHOSS an extraordinary place for each and every student who visits us. You are the one who decides whether your child will attend our program. Having a child away from home for a few days can cause some anxiety, especially if it is his or her first adventure. We realize that a visit to our program is a big one for many students, and that is why our first and foremost concern is the physical and emotional safety of our students.
What should you bring to overnight camp? Please try to have all of your child's things contained into one suitcase and one bedroll. Remember that they will be responsible for carrying their own luggage from the bus to their cabin when they arrive to CHOSS.
A bedroll should contain one pillow and one sleeping bag rolled up and placed in a garbage bag for rain protection. Label the bag with your child's name and school. If you do not have a sleeping bag, bring sheets and a blanket instead. The bunks all have regular twin sized mattresses. Everything else should be contained in a single suitcase and maybe a small backpack. Please do not pack any medications in your child's bag, whether prescription or non-prescription! All medications should be handed to their teachers with the proper paperwork. Please write your name on everything your child brings. CHOSS is not responsible for any items lost or stolen while at CHOSS.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
- No food, drinks, candy or gum
- No electronic equipment including smart phones, iPads, iPods,
portable game devices, etc.
- No make-up, perfume, hairspray, wax or gel
- No bandannas
- No matches, pocket knives or weapons of any kind
- No money! You will not need it.
Please limit to one letter a day. Click here for rules on letters. Alternatively, you may send a physical letter to:
c/o Your Child's Name (and School name)
10600 Highland Springs Ave.
Cherry Valley, CA 92223
"Please continue your wonderful work of
inspiring young people to respect the environment
and explore the world of science."
"My daughter had a blast. She also said that it
was better than three theme parks put together."
"I knew you guys would be great, but you
in fact were completely awesome with
our kids and science."
"I greatly appreciate your dedication to promoting a safe and
secure environment in which our youth have such
opportunities to expand their horizons."
We are committed to providing a safe, fun and meaningful environment in which each child can learn about their self, their world and the people around them. Let's talk about just a few of the things we do to make this such a tremendous place for your child, whether it's their first time or just one of one of many times away from home.
One of the cornerstones of Camp Highland Outdoor Science School is our focus on positive interactions, both between staff and students and between students and students. We reward positive behavior, while working together with students to determine how to make appropriate choices. We strive to show our students how we affect the world us and how we the world around us affects us - all the while in a fun atmosphere where children can be children in a safe and positive learning environment.
For students that haven't been away from home for an extended period of time, our program is an ideal place to first experience life away from the comforts of home. With the security of friends, teachers, and an energetic staff focused on making their experience a happy one, students find the strength to overcome homesickness and grow in the process.
CHOSS is committed to fielding a staff of child-first individuals. Each member of our staff is trained in CPR and First Aid and is required to pass a fingerprint background check before working with children. In addition, we routinely hire instructors with extensive experience and a genuine motivation for working with children and we provide two weeks of training to ensure that each interaction is a positive one. We truly practice what we preach. Click here to meet the staff.
We have a Medic on call 24 hours a day during your child's stay. The Medic has advanced certification and training as either a Wilderness First Responder or EMT and is solely responsible for the health and well-being of our students. In the case of any major emergency, we are within three miles of San Gorgonio Hospital.