Frequently Asked Questions

Is camp at WHR safe?

Safety is a priority at Whispering Hope Ranch. Following are among the many safety and security measures in place:
  • Partner Organizations (PO’s) receive and are required to review all WHR conduct and safety guidelines including emergency evacuation procedures in advance of camp.
  • PO's are required to bring staff to provide first-aid to campers and medical personnel when necessary, depending on the needs of the group.
  • Each camp session begins with our Safety Talk which is attended by everyone on site.
  • WHR requires a minimum 1:4 adult to camper ratio. Campers must be supervised by PO Staff at all times.
  • WHRF strongly encourages PO staff to abide by the 'Rule of 3' at all times whereby staff and volunteers travel to and from activities, camper cabins, restrooms, etc. with campers in groups of no less than three (e.g. two PO staff/one camper), with a minimum of two adults with any one camper or group of campers at all times.
  • All WHR staff are CPR and First Aid Certified.
  • There are two automatic external defibrillators on the property.
  • WHR has satellite phones to be utilized in the event of a power or telephone line failure.
  • Two-way radios are provided to Partner Organization staff to communicate from any location on the property.
  • Safety and Security information is posted in each building.
  • WHR’s emergency procedures are reviewed annually and updated as needed.
  • Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department has both EMTs and Paramedic responders.

Can WHR accommodate my child’s dietary restrictions?

Whispering Hope Ranch works closely with its partner organizations and food service provider to address the dietary issues of campers. In fact, we are able to accommodate multiple needs at any one camp. Be sure to inform your Camp Director of any dietary restrictions your child has well in advance as menu planning is finalized two weeks prior to the start of camp. Please note we cannot accommodate dietary preferences. IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THOSE WITH NUT ALLERGIES

Can I contact my child at camp?

Yes! Campers can be contacted via one-way email at [email protected] or by clicking here and completing the form. This email box is checked once daily by WHR staff and distributed to your child’s camp director to be shared with him/her at an appropriate time during the day. Be sure to include your camper’s first and last name.

Tip: Avoid sending messages like, "I miss you and can't wait for you to come home!” or “We can come pick you up if you want to come home." Use positive messages such as, "I know you are having a great time at camp and I can't wait to hear all about it!"

Should you need to contact a camper or camp director in the event of an emergency, please call our Wellness Center at (928) 978-0146. This line is available to our Partner Organizations during each camp session.

My child is starting to feel uneasy about going away to camp. What can I do?

This is not uncommon, especially for first-time campers. Try these simple tips to help your child ease into a summer camp.
  1. Preparing for camp should be a joint venture. Get the suitcase out early and include your child in the packing process.
  2. Talk to your child about camp. Sometimes just talking about their fears is enough to alleviate them. Respond positively, expressing your confidence in their ability to be away from home. Use our Activity & Coloring Book as an ice breaker for the conversation.
  3. Introduce your camper to our animal resident of the month on this website. Or visit our facilities page and show them the cabins in which they will stay and other facilities available at Whispering Hope Ranch. Familiarizing your child with the camp site through photos lets them know what to expect and can help them feel more comfortable.

What should my child bring to camp?

Your camp director may supply a list of required items, but this list of suggested things may be helpful. Remember to label everything with your camper’s name.

  • Long Pants
  • Long Sleeved Shirts
  • Knee Length Shorts
  • T‐Shirts
  • Jacket or Warm Sweater for cool evenings
  • Sturdy Closed‐Toe Shoes (If possible, two pair in the event one gets wet. Closed–toe shoes are required on the property.)
  • Socks
  • Swim Suit and/or water shoes (Optional, for summer camps only, to wear at Splash Pad.)
  • Under Garments
  • Pajamas/Robe/Slippers
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag or Twin Sheet Set and Blanket(s)
  • Bath Towel(s) and Washcloth(s)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Hairbrush/Hair Dryer
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Other Personal Items
Other Useful Items
  • Refillable Water Bottle with Name
  • Hat/Cap
  • Flashlight
  • Rain Gear/Umbrella
  • Ear Plugs (for light sleepers!)

Please be certain your child does NOT bring any foods that contain NUTS or are prepared in an environment where nuts are present.

WHR’s camp menu options do not include items that contain nuts, however, WHRF’s contracted food service provider prepares the food served at camp in a facility that contains nuts. The food service provider takes precautions when preparing food for programs at WHR so that the food products do not contain nuts and/or are not contaminated by utensils that have been in contact with nuts, but neither WHRF’s contracted food service provider nor WHRF guarantees that the food products served are completely free of nuts or nut particles. Any participant who cannot eat foods that have been prepared in an environment where nuts are present should bring their own food supply to camp. Neither WHRF nor its food service provider can provide food for participants who cannot come into contact with foods that have been prepared in an environment where nuts are present.

Note: WHR also requests that participants (campers and camp staff) NOT bring any food items to camp that contain or are prepared in an environment where nuts are present.