The Camp Director possess the ity and reserves the right to eject anyone from the property, without refund, for not observing the following camp safety rules:
Rental group rules
- Please coordinate your arrival time with the Camp Sacramento
- Upon arrival, the group representative will need to check in at the lodge and will receive an orientation to the camp’s safety and emergency procedures and regulations
- The Camp Host will direct the group to their accommodations and provide a tour, if necessary.
- Check-out time is no later than 10:00 am unless other arrangements have been made with the Camp Host/Camp Ranger.
- Guests will need to allow enough time for cleanup and check-out. All groups are responsible for cleaning the facilities they use.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Removal of all trash in and around the facilities. Trash must be placed appropriate bins
- Sweep cabins floors.
- Close shutters or windows, lower canvas flaps, turn off all lights, close doors.
- Nailing or stapling of any kind is prohibited. Any signs or banners must be removed.
- The person who signed the agreement will be responsible for any damages/theft to camp property. This includes, but is not limited to: graffiti/carving on buildings, torn screens, broken windows, discharged fire extinguishers, torn life jackets, torn mattresses, painting. An estimate of repair for damages/theft will be determined by the Camp Director.
Alcoholic beverages can be consumed by campers aged 21 years and older. Beer is available for sale in the camp store. Alcoholic beverage sales by the group is prohibited unless specific arrangements have been made with the Camp Sacramento office.
CAMPER BEHAVIOR AND SUPERVISION
The designated representative is responsible for the overall supervision and the safe and appropriate behavior of campers in this rental group. The Camp Director possess the ity and reserves the right to eject anyone from the property.
Candles, kerosene, and oil lanterns are not permitted in any building.
CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES AND FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
The use of gasoline, kerosene, explosives, flammable liquids, and poisonous substances are prohibited. This includes the use of pesticides and insecticides.
Cooking is not permitted in cabins, or Camp Sacramento grounds. All meals are provided and prepared by Camp Sacramento staff.
The group representative must immediately notify the Camp Director of any emergency situations.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Missing persons
- Medical emergencies or injuries
Fires are permitted only in already established fire ring or fireplaces. Fires must never be left unattended. For safety, a bucket of water should be placed near the fire. Fires must be extinguished after use. Creating new fire rings is prohibited and will result in the loss of further camp privileges and of opportunity to use Camp facilities in the future.
Campers may fish in the South Fork of the American River. Camp Sacramento has a few poles available to rent. Fishing can be done along the bank or along the bridge. A fishing license is required to fish.
Each person in your group is required to complete and submit the Camp Sacramento Camper Health form at check-in. Keys to cabins will only be given upon collection of completed and signed Camper Health form.
Please help us preserve our beautiful camp by maintaining and protecting the plants and wildlife. This includes the preservation of annual and perennial plants, trees and shrubs and to practice good conservation. Therefore, the following must be adhered to:
- No digging, moving, or removal of stones
- No picking or removal of flora, fauna, animal or mineral substance
- No littering or dumping of trash
- No driving on service roads, see exception below
- No cutting of timber or cutting trees.
The use of illegal substances is prohibited.
It is the responsibility of the rental group to provide medical and accident insurance for all participants. Coverage may be provided by the individual or family and noted on the camper health form. Written evidence of coverage must be provided.
Beds in lodging areas are set up per building capacity and Health Department regulations. Beds and mattresses shall not be moved to other cabins nor are they to be used outside.
Any maintenance problems should be immediately reported to the Camp Director or Head Caretaker so repairs may be made promptly. Groups are asked not to attempt their own repairs.
All meals are provided by Camp Sacramento staff. Please coordinate with the Camp Director on a menu. All campers are required to submit a health form that details any food allergies, sensitives, restrictions or accommodations required.
Vehicles are to be parked in designated and numbered spots next to cabins. Service roads and fire lanes may be used for unloading and loading of gear only, and must remain clear always. The use of “off road vehicles” and dirt bikes are prohibited.
Camp Sacramento is not responsible for loss or damage to clothing or personal possessions including but not limited to sports equipment, guitars and other musical instruments, items brought for the group’s program.
Pets are not permitted on camp property when large groups are present, for the safety of our property and visitors. Documented service animals are allowed with prior notification and approval from the Camp Director.
Unless your group has exclusive use of camp, there may be more than one group in camp. Please be considerate of other groups in using common areas. Quiet hours are to be observed from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
RECREATION ACTIVITES, EQUIPMENT AND AREAS
Camp recreational activities and use of recreational equipment and areas are included in the reservation fees. Damaged recreation equipment or facilities are the responsibility of the designated representative. Specialized camp activities (e.g. wood burning, rock wall, archery) must be supervised by Camp Sacramento staff. Please coordinate with the Camp Director which activities you would like for your rental group. Recreation Aides needed to run the programs cost $60 a day and appropriate supervision ratios for campers must be met. It is the recommendation of Camp Sacramento that rental group leaders use appropriate screening policies for staff and/or leaders with responsibility for or access to campers.
Smoking is permitted in the designated area only and should not be done in front of campers. The designated smoking area is the back porch of the lodge next to the camp store. Cigarette butts must be properly disposed of and not left lying on the ground. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, fire rings, and on hiking trails.
There is a phone available for emergency use only in the camp office.
Tent camping is not permitted at Camp Sacramento.
Camp Sacramento does not provide transportation to/from camp or away from camp for campers at any time. Emergency transportation is the responsibility of the group and must be available always. It takes approximately 20 minutes for an ambulance from South Lake Tahoe area to reach Camp Sacramento. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Barton Memorial hospital from Camp Sacramento.
Based on the operation of the water treatment plant, drinking water is available from approximately May 15 thru October 15.
Weapons/fireworks of any kind are prohibited on camp property. This includes guns, hunting items, large knives and any type of fireworks.
Camp Sacramento abides by the standards set forth by the ACA (American Camping Association) and
must advise anyone renting the camp of the following regulations. If you choose not to follow these regulations, understand that all persons using the facilities of Camp Sacramento do so at their own risk and that Camp Sacramento assumes no responsibility or liability for injury or death to persons or property arising from the use of our facilities.
EMERGENCY CARE PERSONNEL
In an emergency, Camp Sacramento staff are trained to provide basic first aid and CPR until emergency services can assume care. Once called it takes approximately 20 minutes before emergency services can reach Camp Sacramento. Additionally, it is advised that an adult member of the group with the following qualifications be on duty for emergency care:
- Age-appropriate CPR/AED certification from a nationally recognized provider
- A copy of these certificates (front & back) shall be sent to the camp office prior to the group’s arrival at camp.
The user group is required to have the names, addresses, emergency contact names and numbers, a list of any persons with known allergies or health conditions requiring treatment, restriction, or other accommodation while at camp. For the group’s convenience, the First Aid station provides basic first aid supplies and equipment and over the counter medication as well as access to an AED.
Renters are advised to have the names, addresses, emergency contact names and numbers, a list of any persons with known allergies or health conditions requiring treatment, restriction, or other accommodation while at camp. The user group is advised to provide its own first aid supplies &/or equipment.
Camp Sacramento has one waterfront area - the South Fork of the American River. Children must be accompanied by a parents/guardian at the river. Certified lifeguards provided by Camp Sacramento are required to supervise aquatic activities (including fishing) cost $60 a day and appropriate supervision ratios for campers must be met. To opt-out of using a lifeguard provided by Camp Sacramento a rental group will need to provide their own lifeguard that meets the following:
- Certification as a lifeguard by a nationally recognized certifying body or equivalent certification
- Written documentation that he or she has demonstrated skill in rescue and emergency procedures specific to the aquatic area and activities guarded
- Certification from a nationally recognized provider in age appropriate cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes the use of breathing devices.
To ensure adequate supervision of youth groups over six (6) in number, the following ratios must be observed:
- Ages 5 or under: up to 6 youth per adult (day camp) up to 5 youth per adult (overnight)
- Ages 6-8: up to 8 youth per adult (day camp) up to 6 youth per adult (overnight)
- Ages 9-14: up to 10 youth per adult (day camp) up to 8 youth per adult (overnight)
- Ages 15-18: up to 12 youth per adult (day camp) up to 10 youth per adult (overnight)
Adults from the rental group may supervise youth if these ratios are maintained. It is the recommendation of Camp Sacramento that rental group leaders use appropriate screening policies for staff and/or leaders with responsibility for or access to campers. Two staff should be with campers at all times for safety. Unsupervised 1:1 staff to camper ratio is never advised. All staff should be at least 16 years of age and at least two years older than the campers they supervise.
Camp Sacramento Recreation Aides are required for any Camp Sacramento operated program or activity. Recreation Aides needed to supervise youth cost $60 a day and appropriate supervision ratios for campers must be met. Furthermore, at least 80 percent (100 percent for camps primarily serving persons with special needs) of the staff are eighteen years of age or older.
Water Safety Rules
- Learn How to Swim - Camp Sacramento endorses formal swimming instruction for most children ages 4 years and older. Teens and adults who don't know how to swim should learn to do so and restrict wading or bathing to shallow water only and in the presence of a lifeguard.
- Supervise Your Children - Children are never allowed to swim unsupervised by adults anywhere. Drowning can happen quickly and silently in as little as 2 inches of water. Adults who are supervising children should remain alert, vigilant and never turn away or get distracted, not even for a moment. Parents of young children and non-swimmers should carefully supervise their children even in settings where a lifeguard is present.
- Swim Only When a Lifeguard Is On Duty - Swim only when a lifeguard is on duty and in areas designated for swimming. All swimmers should respect the rules for swimming in a given environment and follow the directives of the lifeguard.
- Do Not Swim Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol - Even strong swimmers can succumb to the effects of alcohol and drugs while in the water. Being under the influence of either or both seriously impairs judgment and coordination and increases the risk of injury or drowning.
- Never Swim Alone - As tempting as it may be to catch some time alone in river or lake, do not do it. Accidents happen even to young, strong, healthy individuals who are good swimmers. Always swim with a buddy and with a lifeguard present in any other pool or body of water.
- Do Not Swim During Thunderstorms - Never swim during a thunderstorm. Follow lifeguard instructions for exiting the area. Lightning often strikes water and water conducts electricity. If you swim and lightning strikes, you risk serious injury or death.
- Diving Headfirst is Not Allowed - Do not dive headfirst into shallow or murky water, or water of uncertain depth. Diving in shallow water can cause injuries and drowning. Diving into murky water such as ponds, quarries or lakes without knowing the depth or underwater environment is dangerous. Rocks and other objects in the water pose hazards. It is best to enter the water feet first.
- Refrain from Horseplay in the Water - As fun as it is to swim with friends or family, refrain from horseplay such as dunking, hanging on to someone or allowing them to hang on to you while in the water. Horseplay can lead to injury while in the water, thus increasing the risk of drowning.
- Use Proper Flotation Devices - The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that inflatable toys, rafts, air mattresses and water wings should never be used as lifesaving devices for children and that only life jackets and life preservers approved by the U.S. Coast Guard should be used. Always wear an approved life jacket when boating, even close to land.Campers must supply their own personal flotation device for Pope Beach.