Yes! We have online registration. If you click on "click and register" in the programs section, it will take you to Eventbrite to register. Just fill out your information there and pay through them and you will receive a confirmation from them. You can alternatively fill out an application in a PDF or Microsoft Word document. You can fill in the forms, email them in, and pay the deposit through PayPal. Otherwise, you can print out the forms and fax them to 888-479-2481. Please note, minors attending more a week require that a physician complete the medical information form. We send out our own confirmations to you after a deposit has been paid, along with our Handbook.
You can view our general equipment list here. Please note that some locations, like our Camp Ludington location in Holmes, NY, have platform tents that hold 4-5 people for your family and/or children to sleep in. These tents have cots and mattresses. You may also bring your own tent and mats. Other locations may not have platform tents and you will need to bring a tent. Be sure to check out your information packet for your specific program after you register. This will describe the setting, amenities, equipment and other specific details regarding your program.
Yes...depending on which location you are attending, and which program.
For all week-long programs at Camp Ludington in New York, we can pick up at a bus stop in town, the train stop at Patterson, NY. There is no charge for pick ups at the train station in Patterson or local bus stations.
COTEF requires that every person at camp have a medical information form sent to us to keep on file. This is important to firstly avoid and secondly quickly recognize an emergency medical situation. You can go back to the registration page and print multiple copies for however many people are attending. Please be sure that each person in your family, regardless of age, has one of these forms sent with your registration. We will not be able to register you without this information. For our summer program in NY, all children attending more than one week need their medical form signed by their physician.
All of our instructors and adult volunteers have been screened with background checks. We have a designated medical person on hand at all times. Staff and interns have also taken programs through us and/or Tracker School or equivalent schools and have shown proficiency in skills to teach them to families and children.
Yes. We take careful consideration and care to accommodate food allergies and preferences and use healthy and locally grown foods when available. Be sure to inform us of your dietary needs on your medical form when you register.
You can pay by check, money order, credit card, online through PayPal, or we can invoice you through PayPal if you don't have an account with them. When you register online, you pay a deposit at that time. (There is a fee by the online service for this convenience.) A deposit is needed upon registration to hold your place in the program. The balance of your program is due two weeks prior to the program. Due to expensive fees and fluctuating exchange rates, we cannot accept checks or money orders from outside the United States. Please use a credit card if you are outside the United States. Because of the high cost of fees, we would prefer a check or that you pay through PayPal, but it isn't necessary.
If you are approved, you will be notified with an amount that we determine based on the information you send us with your scholarship application. We can give scholarships up to 50% for up to two programs/season. Families are always asked to pay some portion of the program fees.
No. Our office is within the Tracker School's office, but our programs are in many different locations. Our summer programs are being run at Camp Ludington in Holmes, NY, which is about 2 1/2 hours from our office in Waretown, NJ.
Probably not. Tom founded our organization because he saw a need to teach the same skills and ideas to children and families that he teaches to adults at Tracker School. However, he teaches many classes at Tracker School and is usually not involved in the programs that you are attending.
Please see your information packet for contact information at your specific location. This will be emailed to you upon registration. You can also always contact our main office.
Our school store has snacks, beverages, books, COTEF apparel and some camp necessities and knives. The contents of the school store will vary by location. If you do not have a recommended knife, we sell them at our store. (A good basic knife is around $20.)
We will keep a tab of your family's school store items and then you pay the tab before you leave camp. If you would like to set a limit for your family's school store tab, contact us at the office.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have trained instructors around the US and Canada, and can usually travel to a camp, school or mutual location in most places. Please be aware however, that travel costs for instructors are included in the fees that will be charged for your program.
Because these programs are developed with the group requesting our services, the costs vary from program to program.
Please contact our office to speak with someone about developing a program at (609) 971-1799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, we have insurance and can provide copies of proof to your group should you require it.
If you have any further questions, contact our office at (609) 971-1799 or email email@example.com.
The Children of the Earth Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org 609-971-1799 529 Route 9, #10, Waretown, NJ 08758