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A recreational facility for seriouslyill chidlren and their families
Camp Prime Time - a camp for seriously ill children and their families
Camp Prime Time - a camp for seriously ill children and their families
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the directions to camp?

You can read or print out directions to camp from our Camp Info/Location page, or download the directions here.

2. Why don’t you put the directions on a navigation system?

Since the camp location does not have a street address, navigation systems in your vehicle do not recognize the camp and how to get to it. Please download these directions to get to. (Do not enter the Yakima street address into your navigation system – it will lead you directly to the camp office in Yakima, rather than to the camp location near White Pass.)

3. Why aren’t there signs directing us to camp?

The Wenatchee Forest Service will not allow us to post additional signs directing you to the camp.

4. What can you do to accommodate my special dietary needs?

Because we have so many families that may have special dietary needs, we are not able to accommodate everyone.  In our attempt to do what we can, we have provided a refrigerator and microwave for general use. We encourage you to bring your special foods and store them in the refrigerator, or give them to the volunteers to store for you in the kitchen. The volunteers can also be asked to help with any simple meal preparation. Please do not hesitate to discuss this ahead of time with the Camp Manager or Executive Director Cec Anson - Camp Menu.

5. What do I need to bring to camp?

Personal toiletries, bedding (sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag), towels and wash clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, medications, flashlights, and anything else you need for your personal comfort. In the spring and fall you’ll want to bring warm jackets and sweatshirts. It gets chilly at nights. Bring extra clothes in case you get wet or dirty.  Also, please bring any special dietary foods you may need for the weekend.

6. Is there medical care at camp?

No.  We do not have trained medical personnel at camp. Please come prepared to care for your family as needed. 

7. Where is the closest medical facility?

The nearest hospital is one hour away in Yakima. It takes about ½ hour for an ambulance to meet us at a prearranged location on Highway 12. It takes about one hour to drive from camp to a Yakima hospital – Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

8. Why can’t you keep mice and chipmunks out of the cabins?

These critters live in the mountains, and they love being indoors where it’s warm, comfortable, and there’s often plenty of food. As hard as we try to minimize their desire to be indoors, it’s going to happen.  Keeping doors closed and food cleaned up does help. And please notify us if you see any holes or weakened areas in your cabin.

9. Where’s the nearest gas station?

The nearest gas stations from the camp are west on Hwy 12 towards the summit of White Pass or east on Hwy 12, 45 minutes to the small town of Naches.

10. If I’m late, will my cabin be kept for me?

Yes, your cabin will be reserved for you all weekend. If you are going to be late, it helps to call the camp on Friday afternoon/evening and let the volunteers know when they may expect you – 509-672-2430.

11. How late will you keep dinner for me on Friday night?

We try to be as flexible as possible on Friday evening, knowing that campers will be arriving at different times.  Generally, Friday night dinner is served from 6:30-8pm. If you expect to be a little later, please call the camp and let the volunteers know – 509-672-2430. If you think you will be significantly late, you may want to eat dinner on your way to camp.  Again, please call and let the volunteers know your plans.

12. Do all the cabins have electricity?

Yes.

13. How far are the bathrooms from the cabins?

Not more than 50 yards.

14. Do you have extra bedding? Sleeping bags?

No.

15. Do you have spare toiletries?

Yes, we carry a small supply of toiletry samples, available if you forget something – tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, etc. Just ask a volunteer.

16. Do you have a pillow?

No.

17. Do you have bath towels?

No.

18. Do you have a laundry unit we could use?

For emergency use only.

19. Do you have a telephone?

For emergency use only.

20. Is there cell phone coverage at camp?

There is some coverage in certain areas of the camp.

21. Do you have RV hook-ups?

We presently do not have RV hook-ups. You are welcome to bring an RV if you would like, but it will be “dry” camping. We ask that you notify the camp ahead of time. We have a preferred area to park RV’s and trailers.

22. Do you have a CD player for the lodge?

No.

23. Do you have tents we can use?

No.

24. Are there dangerous animals?

Yes. The camp is in the forest and there are dangerous animals that live in the forests – bears, elk, deer, etc.  Though we have never seen a bear in camp, we have seen elk and deer when campers are there. Please be alert but don’t be fearful.

25. Can we bring our dog? If he’s a working/companion dog?

Because of the special needs that families have with their children (allergies, illnesses, etc), we ask that you do not bring any pets with you to camp. An exception would be a registered service dog.

26. Can we fish anywhere we want?

With the camp group fishing permit in hand, you can fish on Clear Lake. If you would like to fish anywhere else, you need to get your own fishing license.

27. Is fishing equipment available?

Yes.

28. Do you have souvenirs for sale?

Yes, we have some products for sale at camp – t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, water bottles, hats, and shopping bags.  We encourage you to purchase anything of interest from the camp manager or volunteers.

29. Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept VISA and MasterCard.

30. Who do you let play the piano?

We ask that only those who know how to play the piano use it.

31. Can we light the wood stoves in the cabins?

Absolutely. There are instructions in each cabin, or you may ask a volunteer to help.

32. How do families get to go to camp?

Generally families come to camp with a group that they are already participating in, i.e. Autism Support, Arc of King County, Parent to Parent groups. The camp office will communicate with the group leader, scheduling a weekend for the group to attend every other year. If you are a new group, please contact the camp office at 509-248-2854 to discuss coming to camp during the next season.

33. How many will the camp hold?

There are 16 cabins, so we encourage at least 16 families to attend camp each weekend.  If you counted every sleeping space (bunk beds are double on the bottom/single on the top) we would have approximately 100 places to sleep.

34. What things can I donate to Camp Prime Time

Examples - Small, gently used or new stuffed animals, useable toys, some kitchen utensils, a few tools, industrial mops and buckets.  Generally, it’s difficult to list what we need at this moment.  If you are interested in donating something, please contact the camp office.

35. How much does it cost to run camp?

It costs approximately $160/person for a weekend at camp.

36. How much does it cost to attend camp?

Camp is free for families who have a child with a serious illness or is developmentally disabled.

37. Who attends camp?

Camp Prime Time is for the whole family with a child who has a serious illness or is developmentally disabled.

38. How many paid staff are there?

There is one full-time executive director, one seasonal part-time camp manager, a part time office support person, a part time bookkeeper in Yakima and many, many, many enthusiastic volunteers.

39. How do you raise your money to support the camp?

We work hard all year long to raise money to support the activities of camp.  This does include financial and in-kind donations given by businesses and individuals, family membership, corporate membership, fundraisers, and grant writing.

40. When does clean up start in the spring?

Spring clean up is scheduled for the first three Saturdays in May, unless weather is not permitting.  Contact the camp office to confirm any additional work parties.

41. Do the campers pay to use the camp?

No, the campers do not pay to participate in the camp.

42. How old do you have to be to be a volunteer?

We try to work with any age of volunteers.  If you are under 12 years of age, we cannot have you working in the kitchen. But, when children come with their parents to volunteer at camp, there are plenty of other activities for children to do – sweep in the dining hall, clean up garbage, pick up pine cones outside, help empty garbage.  We just ask that all children be supervised by their parents.

43. What time should volunteers be at camp on Fridays?

We generally ask that volunteers plan to be at camp somewhere between 3pm and 5pm on Fridays.  Dinner is easy preparation for Friday evening, but it’s nice to settle into the volunteer cabin before having to get to work on meal preparation.  And we especially appreciate it when all the volunteers are there to greet the campers as they arrive at camp. 

44. When should campers arrive and depart?

Campers should plan to arrive after 4pm on Friday and depart for home around noon on Sunday.

45. When working at camp for a weekend, what should I bring?

We love it if you bring an enthusiastic spirit and a willingness to work hard (big smile).  Also, you may want to bring a sleeping bag, or sheets and blankets, pillow, personal toiletries, towels, changes of clothing, warm jacket and gloves in the spring and fall, and mosquito and bug spray.

46. Is the camp for rent?

Not usually, but there may be exceptions at times.  Please contact the camp office.