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Health & Safety
Amplify provide staff and mentor supervision, safety equipment, and training to help ensure campers have a safe and fun experience. Amplify staff are on campus 24 hours a day in case of an emergency. Our programming is designed to encourage campers to gain confidence, learn and develop life skills, and explore independence while maintaining the structure and supervision necessary for a safe and overall enjoyable camp experience. Amplify utilizes the following resources and programs to promote health and safety:
Amplify Summer Camp program directors and staff are trained in first aid/cpr, in addition we have a full time nurse and health clinic. Our nurse is responsible for disbursement of medications and general care as needed. All medications are stored in a locked area accessible only to staff.
For illnesses and medical emergencies requiring additional assistance, appropriate EMS procedures are followed including contacting the parent/guardian and/or person(s) listed on the emergency contact form.
The closest hospital is Ojai Valley Community Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023, 10 minutes away.
A health history and medication card is completed for each camper by the parent or guardian prior to camp attendance. All medications and health/behavioral histories are confidential. Tampons and pads are provided in case of an emergency.
Campers are responsible for their own hygiene and healthy eating habits, but staff may need to remind campers. Amplify always provides additional sunscreen and back up water bottles in case a camper is in need.
Our air-conditioned Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a registered nurse. Most health-related issues can be handled by our Health Center staff; however, should additional services be required, Ojai Valley Community Hospital is just down the street 10 minutes away.
Amplify provides a well-organized and structured program to ensure every camper engages in a fun filled day surrounded by supportive friends, mentors and staff in a safe environment.
Safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses and ear plugs are required for some of our activities.
Campers and staff are required to follow safety guidelines in order to participate at each activity, including wearing hearing protection in a loud environment such as band practice.
Emergency communication is available via cell phone with each staff and mentor.
Rooms are checked for cleanliness each day. Staff and mentors support campers in assisting each other in making sure health and safety protocols are met. Rooms and facilities are cleaned once per week by our housekeeping staff.
Our staff are an integral part of providing an excellent camp experience for our campers.
The staff to camper ratio is between 1:1 and 1:6
Ropes course ratio is no less than 1:4.
Swimming includes two certified lifeguards and, in addition, no less than 2 staff.
Staff and Mentor Training –
Our staff begin their training months before camp begins by studying pre-orientation manuals and completing online training courses and certifications. They arrive at Amplify before the season starts for a comprehensive 7 day training period, learning to safely operate all activities around camp.
Training includes CPR/First Aid Certification, child psychology, conflict resolution, and much more.
All staff hired completed a multi-step interview process and were subject to the most sophisticated background check available.
Our camp directors and executive director spend the year going to conferences and trainings outside of the summer session.
Amplify staff frequently return year after year, and many work full time in our year round programs.
Program directors hold a staff meeting daily to discuss and handle any incidents that may arise.
Meet the Staff –
Amplify staff are extraordinary people from all over the world. They are diverse, vibrant, fun and relatable. They are unique because they must not only meet the needs of our campers and make sure each child is having an amazing time, but must also possess advanced skills or professional expertise in one of our specialty program areas.
They are the people your child will come home talking about - perhaps with the English or Australian accents your child will come home impersonating. They are your child’s new role models, heroes, confidants and friends.
I’ve attended Amplify a couple times already. Can I sign up for the Leader in Training Program?
If you will be age 16-18 by June 1st and have at least one week of experience as an Amplify camper or have participated in a Girls Rock program anywhere in the world, you can apply to be an LIT. LIT’s volunteer 20 hours a week, earning community service hours and also participate in camp the additional hours as senior campers in leadership roles. The discounted rate for LIT’s is $799.
Camp Policies & Procedures
How do you assign campers to dorm rooms?
Campers go through a lengthy, inclusive and fun ice breaker process. We strive to create opportunities for campers to find things in common with everyone they meet during the first assembly.
Girls Rock is about opening our hearts and minds to the differences, quirks, and brilliant ideas of every participant. In order to create a welcoming environment for all, we encourage campers who are attending with friends and family to seek out new friendships, especially with brand new campers who may not know anyone at Camp yet. Please discuss this idea with your camper to check if they are open to making new friends and being sorted away from current friends and family in either her dorm room, band, or instruction.
Some kids come to camp and have their heart set on rooming with their best friend and that is totally A-O.K. At the end of the day it's all about your kids and what is best for them. You will be able to request a roommate as a part of the application process.
Are campers supervised at all times?
In almost every case yes. Campers are left to the peer mentor and honor system during lights out and while in their dorm rooms. Staff are always in earshot – they are customarily housed every 2 camper dorm rooms - and are available for camper needs at all times.
Where do campers come from?
Our campers come from all across the country and around the world.
Are campers grouped by age?
Yes. Campers are placed in groups where they are most likely to feel comfortable with pedagogy style, peers, and activities. Bands, electives and dorm rooms are sorted by age with maturity and instrument skill level taken into consideration.Tracks are mixed-age.
Depending on enrollment, we will have all campers housed in one building, or separate buildings based on age. Building A is for campers aged 10-12 and Building B and C is for campers aged 13-17
How often does my child see other friends and family if not rooming or in a band together?
All meals, free time, assemblies, workshops, and evening activities are large group.
Do camper’s choose daily activities? Twice a day campers have elective activity blocks where they get to choose what they want to do, ie, choose between swimming, jam in the practice space, play games, take private lessons or karaoke. Afternoon electives are small group while our evening elective everyone participates in.
Can campers sign up for private lessons in instruments/or a track that she isn’t currently signed up for? Absolutely! We offer private lessons in: Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals, Drums, Photography, Film Making, Photoshop, Premiere, Music Production, Coding, Journalism and Podcasting.
How long is camp?
Amplify runs seven 1 week long sessions. Each week of camp is unique, with new activities being offered daily, new daily bands performing for the campers and new intersession weekend trips. We recommend all campers stay a min. of two weeks (with many youth choosing to stay the full seven week season) We offer one week sessions primarily to ease our newest and youngest campers into sleep away camp for their first year and to create as equitable access to sleep away camp as possible for all our families.
Many of our campers stay more than 1 week and we make sure the weekend between sessions is fun-filled and busy. Be sure to check out all our awesome inter-session trips.
My child is staying multiple weeks, what activities take place the Saturday in between sessions?
We recommend staying a minimum of two weeks and one of those reasons is to be a part of our Saturday intersession trips. Imagine you've just performed for all of camp, you're buzzing from all the excitement and now you find out that you get to head to Santa Clause Lane in Carpinteria and learn to surf with all your friends. Don’t like to surf? No Problem, enjoy the beach, learn to paddle board, or take our a sea kayak with the awesome staff at Surf Happens. There’s always something for everyone.
Once the beach day wraps up, we head over to the famous Padaro Beach Grill and eat dinner looking out over the beautiful California ocean before heading back to camp. Wake up to an incredible PJ brunch Sunday morning where campers fill their bellies with waffles, french toast, made to order omelets, hash browns, fruit and cereal bar, bagel and lox bar, and more. To see all our intersession trips click on Rates and Dates
How many campers attend Amplify each session?
Approximately 50 campers attend Amplify each session.
My kid will be 10 at the start of camp, but doesn’t turn 10 until the summer, can I still register her for camp? Yes! As long as they are 10 by the start of their session you can register her for camp.
Are there any extra costs?
There are no extra costs or hidden fees beyond payment for the session and the deposit, however, we offer a variety of add-ons in the form of special activities which enrich the camp experience. For example, parents can pay extra for private lessons. We also charge an additional fee for transportation to and from the airport, but parents always have the option to drive their children to camp at no extra cost.
How is laundry handled?
Our counselors supervise the kids in doing laundry on the weekends. Bedding is changed and laundered by our professional housekeeping staff each week.
What should my camper pack?
How can I prepare my child for summer camp?
If your child is attending sleepaway camp for the first time there are several things you can do to help make the transition as smooth as possible. You can help your child prepare for camp by allowing him/her to sleepover at another friend’s house or by visiting relatives for a few days. Many children are unfamiliar with cohabitation so it’s useful to simulate a situation in which your child is sharing a room and explain the importance of keeping their space tidy. Allowing your child to partake in grocery shopping, making the bed, organizing, and packing their camp trunk can help them feel prepared.
It’s also a good idea to explain how you will be communicating with your child while they’re away. Amplify Sleep Away Camp does not recommend calls & visits as this may promote homesickness. Our camp counselors work to ensure your child is socializing and having the best experience possible.
Amplify does allow for homemade care packages (please read “what to do if my child is homesick” for care package information). If you feel the need to check on your child please feel free to call and speak with one of our directors.
Parents are expected to evaluate their 10 to 16 year old prior to enrollment. Your child must be ready to be away from home for the duration of their session with no parent contact, with the exception of written letters. Mild homesickness is natural and our staff will be ready with hugs and advice.
What can I do if my child is homesick?
Dealing with homesickness is a normal part of going away to camp. Our counselors will ensure that campers are well taken care of and help to put them at ease. While it may be tempting to call or visit your child, this can actually promote homesickness and may make it more difficult for your child to transition back into camp life.
How can I communicate with my child during the summer?
We encourage you to write letters to your child and send care packages. Campers love receiving letters in the mail!
Can I send my camper a care package? Personal care packages are also welcome! While you may have many ideas for what you’d like to send your camper, we ask that you refrain from sending any food items in compliance with our food allergy policy. All camp care packages will be inspected prior to being received.
Please use the following address to send personal care packages:
Ojai Valley School Upper Campus
10820 Reeves Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
It’s a good idea to explain how you will be communicating with your child while they’re away. Amplify does not recommend calls or visits as this may promote homesickness. Our camp counselors work to ensure your child is socializing and having the best experience possible. If you feel the need to check on your child please feel free to call and speak with one of our head counselors.
What is your dismissal policy?
While problems of the following nature are rare, our primary goal is to ensure that all campers have a positive camp experience, therefore, it is understood that a camper will be dismissed from camp, without refund, for reasons including, but not limited to the following:
Use or possession of chemical substances, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs, unauthorized use or possession of cellular telephones, unauthorized use or possession of weapons, persistent inappropriate language, teasing, stealing or conduct which is dangerous (i.e. sneaking out of the dorms at night unsupervised), illegal, or in the opinion of the camp directors, conduct detrimental to the camp and/or other campers.
Campers sneaking out after curfew, unsupervised, will be expelled from camp without refund.
The following items are NOT ALLOWED at camp:
Cell phones, pagers, radios, PDA/s, Computers . Campers CAN bring a ipod or other device to listen to music. These devices cannot have games on them or access the internet in anyway.
Any electronic games including GameBoy and other electronic video games
Weapons ( such as knives, air soft guns, BB guns, slingshots, etc)
Any illegal substances of any kind
We provide all equipment but campers can bring their own bass, guitar, ukulele, camera, etc, if they wish. Please label anything music related you don’t want to accidentally donate to GRSB!
For security purposes, all visitors to OVS Upper Campus, including Amplify Summer Camp, must schedule in advance with a program director.
Typically, only family members and guardians can visit a camper.
Visitors require a code to the locked gate as campus security is standard year round.
Is the camp affiliated with any religious or political organization? No.
What does accreditation mean?
Amplify is responsible for meeting all state and local laws governing the operation of pools, dining facilities, living accommodations and the Organized Camp Regulations. We are also accredited by the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.
Girls Rock SB does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, and other camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer- and employment-related policies and activities.