Thank you for visiting our website and learning more about summer camp at Woodward Tahoe and all that we have to offer. We are very proud of our facilities, our programs and our staff. As a parent myself, I understand that your children are your lifeblood. It is my commitment to you that the Woodward Tahoe team will provide a safe, healthy and wholesome environment for your child this summer.
I would encourage you to review our website and the overview of summer camp below and if you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Director of Operations, Woodward Tahoe
Phoebe Mills has been part of the Woodward family for over 30 years. She started as a gymnast and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea where she earned a bronze medal on the balance beam. Throughout most of college she competed in diving and moved on to snowboarding in the mid-1990s. Phoebe was a snowboard coach for Okemo Mountain School in Ludlow, Vermont where she worked with amazing and talented snowboarders like Danny Kass, Lane Knaack and Abe Teter. She coached the USASA Jr. National Team for many years; earned USSA’s Domestic Coach of the Year in 1998 and helped develop the Camp Woodward snowboard and freeski programs. When not at Woodward Tahoe, Phoebe loves to hang around Donner Lake with her husband, Rick and two-year-old daughter, Esmé.
The Camp Handbook is an excellent resource for parents to help prepare you and your camper for Woodward Tahoe. After registering your camper, we will send you the Camp Handbook & Registration Forms. However, if you want to get a jump start on reading, you can download it now.
Woodward Tahoe is the newest location in the Camp Woodward family, which has been hosting the most action-packed summer camps for over 40 years. Snow or sunshine, we have the best parks, a one-of-a-kind indoor facility, and visiting pros who will make sure you leave camp with new tricks up your sleeve. On top of all that, you’ll make some new friends and wish you could stay at camp all summer.
We operate eight weeks of co-ed residential summer camp of youth age 7-19, plus one week specially designed for adults. We offer programs for snowboard, freeski, skateboard, BMX, slopestyle mountain biking, scooter, digital media and cheer. Each camp program provides a safe and fun learning environment for all abilities.
Perched atop the beautiful Donner Summit, Woodward Tahoe is located at Boreal Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, California. Woodward Tahoe is located minutes from the Town of Truckee, 45 minutes from Reno, 90 minutes from the state capitol, Sacramento and only 3 hours from beautiful San Francisco. LEARN MORE
Woodward Tahoe is dedicated to having the top action sport and cheer facilities. From skateparks to foam pits to dirt jumps, we have everything to help your child progress. LEARN MORE
We employ amazing role models from across the country and the world. Many of our staff are former Woodward campers who have participated in our Junior Counselor program. A strict background and criminal history check are diligently performed on all applicants. All of our staff participate in an orientation and training program that includes safety and emergency procedures, policies and FUN!
Each day at camp is filled with exciting activities and programs. The daily schedule allows campers time to explore individual interests and bond with fellow campers. Wake-up, meals and lights-out times vary depending upon the camper's age. Activities are age and gender appropriate consisting of dodge ball, tie dye, Create-a-Skate, paintball and more! LEARN MORE
Campers stay in The Bunkhouse, which offers dorm-style rooms with a maximum of 11 other campers around the same age and usually in the same sport. Counselors, who are at least 18 years old, stay in the bunkrooms and are available day and night. The Mess Hall provides plenty of healthy, well-balanced, tasty food, prepared from fresh ingredients in a clean and professional environment. The weather, location of service and input of participants are all considerations in planning our daily menu. Please be sure to fully and accurately provide any special dietary needs and food allergies on the camper’s health forms.
Arrival Day is the first Sunday of every camp week and takes place from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. When you arrive, you’ll be by greeted by Woodward Tahoe staff and head into The Bunker for check-in and then to The Bunkhouse to help your camper unpack. The following Saturday is Departure Day where you can check-out your camper from 9:00am – 11:00am. LEARN MORE
While the main focus of Woodward Tahoe Summer Camp is our residential programs, we understand that some campers are not ready for that experience yet. Day camp is available for all programs. LEARN MORE
As soon as you have your camper registered for camp you will want to start thinking about transportation to and from Woodward Tahoe. Campers come to camp via airplane, bus and car. LEARN MORE
Packing for camp is so much fun and adds to the excitement and anticipation of the summer, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. We have compiled a complete packing list of all your child’s needs for their time at camp- and remember if they forget ANYTHING we will do all that we can to get them what they need. We are committed to treating your child like our family. Please make sure to label all clothing, personal items and equipment with your camper’s name. LEARN MORE
While at camp, campers can be reached via email and phone. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place your camper’s full name in the subject line. We will print your email and leave it in an envelope on your camper’s pillow if received before 3:00pm (after 3:00pm, your camper will get the email the following day). We recommend keeping in touch with your camper via cell phone if possible; however, cell phone reception is not always reliable in a mountain environment. Please review the cell phone policy in the Camp Handbook when deciding to send your camper with a cell phone or not. For emergencies, your camper may be contacted from 8:00am - 8:00pm by calling the Camp Office at 530-426-1114 x33307. You may leave a message with our Camp Office staff, which will be passed along to your camper as soon as possible.
Many people, young and old, experience feelings of homesickness when faced with a new set of living conditions. Like many emotional expressions, homesickness is very contagious and must be recognized as such. Our staff is trained to handle these problems. Should your child call and express feelings of homesickness, please notify us and we will work closely with you to alleviate the problem.
It has been our experience that it is more often the parents that are having a difficult time adjusting to their child’s absence or overreacting to a child’s early anxiety of being away from home. If you are not ready yourself, you may unconsciously make it difficult for your child to be away from you, consequently spurring feelings of guilt or feelings that he or she doesn’t have permission to enjoy him or herself outside of your purview. Understandably, parents may feel helpless when they hear their child upset over the phone. Resist the urge to make promises about picking your child up or visiting. A visit from home interrupts their day, takes their attention from new friends and fun activities, and often spawns or exasperates homesickness. Please call us to help your child reach their goal of making overnight camp a positive experience that they see through to the end.
The health and safety of campers and staff are Woodward Tahoe’s top priority. Our staff and programs encourage campers to gain independence, learn new skills and gain confidence while maintaining the structure and supervision necessary for their safety. The Camp Nurse's Office is open seven days a week for first aid, disbursement of medications and general care as needed. All medications are stored in and dispersed through the Camp Nurse's Office. For illnesses and emergencies requiring additional assistance, appropriate medical procedures are followed. The closest hospital is located approximately 10 minutes from camp, with emergency helicopter transportation available if needed. A health history and medication form is completed for each camper by the parents prior to camp attendance. All medications and health histories are confidential.
At Woodward Tahoe, we require all campers to wear helmets appropriate to the sport they are participating in while at camp. If a camper gets a concussion while at camp, no matter the severity, they will no longer be able to participate in any activities and we will require the parent/legal guardian to pick them up early. Campers may not return to activity until the camper is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider.
Every summer, we have many parents who help us at Woodward Tahoe. A parent's motivation for being involved in camp may vary: some are looking for a way to subsidize their child's tuition, others may want to bring a young child who may be leery about their first full week away from home. Whatever the reason, we're always looking for people who can help make camp a great experience for kids! LEARN MORE
The Woodward Camp Foundation provides tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships in all sports each summer. These awards are distributed to deserving individuals who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend Woodward Tahoe. The Woodward Camp Foundation is made possible by contributions from sponsors, pro riders, individuals, gyms, and others who want to give something back to their sport and make the “Woodward Dream” possible for less fortunate children. LEARN MORE
Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website and see if your question is answered there. If not, give us a shout at the Camp Office at 530-426-1114 x3307. We love to chat about camp!