Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Walton's Grizzly Lodge Summer Camp

1. Where is Walton's Grizzly Lodge?
We are located 45 minutes from Reno and one hour from North Lake Tahoe. The mailing address for camp is: PO Box 519, Portola, CA 96122. Our physical address is: 5390 Ice Pond Road, Portola, CA 96122.

2. How many campers attend each session?  Our one week sessions have 150 campers. Our two week sessions have 175 campers.

3. What is the ratio of campers to staff?  Approximately five to one.

4. What is the average return rate for campers?  Between 50-60% of our campers each summer have been campers with us previously.

5. What is the average return rate for staff?  Between 40-60% of our staff each summer have worked with us previously.

6. Where do your counselors come from?  Many of our counselors have been campers with us. The majority attend west coast colleges, but we have staff from across the country.

7. What is the age range of your staff?  Our counselors must be at least 18 years old, and have completed a minimum of one year of college, unless they have gone through our leadership program. Counselors who go through our leadership program must be 18 years old, and have graduated from high school. The typical age range each summer is 18-24 years old. Our Specialists and Assistant Directors are typically between the ages of 22-30.

8. How many campers are in each cabin group?  Each group has eight campers. Cabins (buildings) house 1 - 3 groups and their counselors.

9. How do campers get to Walton's Grizzly Lodge?  The majority of our campers are driven to camp. We also pick up campers who fly into the Reno Airport and bring them to camp.

10. How do campers select their activities?  Campers choose from among 40 activities each day. Campers choose two activities in the morning, two in the afternoon and one in the evening.

11. What is the weather like?  Typical day time temperatures range from 70-80 degrees. Typical night time temperatures range from 45-55 degrees.

12. Do you have a nurse on duty?  We have two nurses on staff.

13. What level of medical care are you able to provide for campers with special medical needs?  Walton's Grizzly Lodge has two nurses on staff in our Health Center. Please call our office to dicuss your campers specific needs and we will be able to determine if our camp is a suitable environment for your camper.

14. Does the camp have a religious affiliation?  No, Walton's Grizzly Lodge does not have a religious affiliation. We have kept a few traditions that were started by Mom and Pop generations ago. Mom named one of the meeting places in camp, The Church in the Wildwood. Mom and Pop began each meal with a grace and before we sing Taps at the end of each campfire, we say a closing written by Mom. On Opening Day, we explain these traditions have been kept as part of our history and are not meant in a religous context. 

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