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Concerned Parent

Redding, CA

#1 Feb 3, 2009
There are over 100 5th graders at WES Camp this minute, supposedly have the time of their lives. Let me tell you, they are HUNGRY and being placed in DANGEROUS situations.
When you sent your 5th grader off for a week with the school to WES Camp, did you ever think in your wildest dreams that they would be climbing a steep trail that leads to a rock that has their bodies pressed against the side of a cliff, with what I would guess to be, over a hundred foot drop inches away???? Did you think that their food would be limited and they would go out on a 3 - 4 hours hike still hungry, or go to bed begging their counslers(parent volunteers) for food? Did you know that the parents that voulunteered their time for the entire week (day and night) worked 22 hours straight as the teachers, who were hardly ever seen, had limited responsibilites for our children - the untrained volunteers do - and they are lost!!! I know you didn't and the only reason I know is because I was there!!! I brought up these concerns only to be told, "This is how it's always been run". Well folks - we are in 2009, our children deserve
this to be further investegated. WES Camp is not a safe environment for our children. I have notified the Redding District School Board and the Record Searchlight. let's get involved folks - these are our children we are referring to!!!!!!!
wes camp lover

United States

#2 Feb 17, 2009
First of all maybe your child just gets hungry all the time second of all the leaders have to go to a training process for a month or 2 and the hikes that they go on is only 2 30 min. long and they get snack and smores after the hike. and the leaders go on the outside of the trail and the kids hold onto the trees for safety if you think its so bad then dont send you children because apparently they arent ready to grow up!
wes camp lover

United States

#3 Feb 17, 2009
o i live in redding to not susanville
FYI

United States

#4 Feb 23, 2009
Maybe you are mis-informed but parents aren't allowed to "volunteer" at WES camp. They have 1 visiting day but otherwise a camp counselor whom is a high school junior or senior is assigned to a group of 8 students and a group of "naturalists" whom are paid and college educated oversee them, then there is, of course, a teacher representative from each school attending. Hardly as harsh as the first parent made it seem. I can't say in history that I have ever heard of a child even being seriously injured and I've lived here long enough to have gone myself and my child is attending this year. No worries here.
FYI

United States

#5 Feb 23, 2009
Oh, and, no Susanville here either, odd how that pops up. I am in Palo Cedro.
WES camp counselor

Redding, CA

#6 Mar 13, 2009
So I am a parent volunteer who was a cabin counselor at WES camp for 5 days. Redding school district no longer allows anyone under 21 years of age to be a cabin counselor for liability reasons. I just spent a week there with a cabin of 8 girls and it was great. As far as being under fed...yeah right. We had 3 full meals a day and three snacks a day. The kids were fed 6 times a day. More food than most of them could eat. If they were still hungry there was alway plenty for seconds. If a child was still hungry all you have to do is ask and they have plenty of food for them to eat.

The naturalists are amazing individuals who deserve a lot of kudos for the time and effort they put in doing what they do. I remember going to "NEED" camp in the 6th grade and I can tell you it was one of the highlights of junior high for sure.
WES camp counselor

Redding, CA

#7 Mar 13, 2009
I am from Redding also and am very glad todays kids get a chance to put away the gameboys, Wii's, and computers and where able to see nature and what it has to offer!
Razster

Chico, CA

#8 Mar 24, 2009
Concerned Parent wrote:
There are over 100 5th graders at WES Camp this minute, supposedly have the time of their lives. Let me tell you, they are HUNGRY and being placed in DANGEROUS situations.
When you sent your 5th grader off for a week with the school to WES Camp, did you ever think in your wildest dreams that they would be climbing a steep trail that leads to a rock that has their bodies pressed against the side of a cliff, with what I would guess to be, over a hundred foot drop inches away???? Did you think that their food would be limited and they would go out on a 3 - 4 hours hike still hungry, or go to bed begging their counslers(parent volunteers) for food? Did you know that the parents that voulunteered their time for the entire week (day and night) worked 22 hours straight as the teachers, who were hardly ever seen, had limited responsibilites for our children - the untrained volunteers do - and they are lost!!! I know you didn't and the only reason I know is because I was there!!! I brought up these concerns only to be told, "This is how it's always been run". Well folks - we are in 2009, our children deserve
this to be further investegated. WES Camp is not a safe environment for our children. I have notified the Redding District School Board and the Record Searchlight. let's get involved folks - these are our children we are referring to!!!!!!!
I've gone to WES camp as a kid and during high school went back to WES camp to help out for my youth program... Out of the 4 years of helping WES camp I have never seen anything that I would or that my friends would consider dangerous. Not to mention we were allowed to bring food on the trails with water, as I have before - not to mention as camp counselors we had backpacks full of water on any walking trip we took, so did the teachers who went on the camp trip with us.
This is a wonderful program and has helped me a lot when growing up.
Tehya

Redding, CA

#9 Apr 14, 2009
wes camp lover wrote:
First of all maybe your child just gets hungry all the time second of all the leaders have to go to a training process for a month or 2 and the hikes that they go on is only 2 30 min. long and they get snack and smores after the hike. and the leaders go on the outside of the trail and the kids hold onto the trees for safety if you think its so bad then dont send you children because apparently they arent ready to grow up!
wes camp is very safe. i went there myself. the conselors are oober nice and you never get hungry. its totally safe for everyone. the counselors can be 16 or older and the hike leaders have to have a collge degree. i think wes camp is the funnest thing you can do for your kids.
Tehya

Redding, CA

#10 Apr 14, 2009
wes camp is very safe. i went there myself. the conselors are oober nice and you never get hungry. its totally safe for everyone. the counselors can be 16 or older and the hike leaders have to have a collge degree. i think wes camp is the funnest thing you can do for your kids. im a sixth grader that goes to shasta elem. school.
Tehya

Redding, CA

#11 Apr 14, 2009
the parents of kids can be counselors also. a lot of my friends' parents were.
Lyndi

Redding, CA

#12 Sep 5, 2009
i was a counselor there, and its 100 % safe. they do everything they can and couselors to make sure the kids are safe at all times. So no worries.
mom

Redding, CA

#13 Mar 16, 2010
actually the parents are allowed to volunteer...
FYI wrote:
Maybe you are mis-informed but parents aren't allowed to "volunteer" at WES camp. They have 1 visiting day but otherwise a camp counselor whom is a high school junior or senior is assigned to a group of 8 students and a group of "naturalists" whom are paid and college educated oversee them, then there is, of course, a teacher representative from each school attending. Hardly as harsh as the first parent made it seem. I can't say in history that I have ever heard of a child even being seriously injured and I've lived here long enough to have gone myself and my child is attending this year. No worries here.
Concerned parent

Los Molinos, CA

#14 Mar 25, 2010
My daughter is at WES camp this week. I've only heard good things about the camp. I do know that the counselors must be under the age of 18 becuase if they are older than 18, the school has to run background checks which are costly. I specifically asked who is in the cabin at night with the children and was told by my child's teacher, only the counselor. That is really the only issue I had with sending my daughter there. I don't really think that someone who is only 16 or 17 is mature or responsible enough to take care of eight children overnight. I don't know if the cabins are locked at night but what would a teenager do if someone tried to break in? However, like someone said on a different post, I've never heard of a child being hurt or in danger while at WES camp.I don't think the camp would still be running if that were the case.
lol your all funny

United States

#15 Mar 30, 2010
wes camp is so safe i would send my toddler get over it you must have just had a bad time and now you lashing out its OK they were just kids its not that your a loser just move on with your live wa wa wa
its all cool

Yuba City, CA

#16 Apr 13, 2010
Im going to Wes camp next week and my brother went about a year ago and said he had a blast and most counselors are very nice he told me and theres really no danger. Besides, its all about growing up and no one can break in as i saw a coment before saying they were worried because they lock up pretty tight.Iv seen the place before.
seriously

Yuba City, CA

#17 Apr 13, 2010
ur child shouldnt be hungry if she/he brought food on the hike like there teachers have informed them that they could bring a snack and water on the hike
Katie

Redding, CA

#18 Jun 28, 2011
WES camp was the best expeirience of my life and we always had enough to eat sometimes even more! On our hikes we always rested, ate snacks, and we were totally safe the whole time!We had lots of fun and we back we had delicisous snacks! We also had three full meals a day! So we weren't under fed we weren't in danger we were just having fun! As far as the counslers go they were the nicest people ever. If one of us started crying one of our two girl counslers would climb onto our bed and comfort us, and they told us stories, and taught us awesome songs. All in all it was the awesomest thing I've ever done and i formed a very strong bond with counslers and cabin mates.
Katie

Redding, CA

#19 Jun 28, 2011
anyone who thinks wes camp is bad thats just because your afraid to go a week without electronics and are supersticous about bears. Well i went a few weeks ago and it was awesome no bears no snakes and no freaky animals!The no electronics rule was amazing no tv or combuter to dilute my mind!!!!!!
Back from WES Camp today

United States

#20 Feb 10, 2012
I got back from WES Camp today and I know that WES Camp is a safe environment. What you are saying, I disagree with. I actully liked WES Camp. On most of the trails, you are not even close to the edge. We are allowed to bring snacks on the trail but we are not allowed to eat them until lunch. Don't complain about it. We are not put in dangerous situations and most of the time, we're not even hungry!! That's what I have to say about your review.

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