FAQ for Parents


1. Is my child eligible to attend Camp APAC? Camp APAC is designed for adopted children and their siblings, ages 9-18, living in the same household in Alabama. A camper must be 9 years old as of June 13, 2017 Camp APAC seeks to serve all qualified children in Alabama. However, space and staff do limit the number we can serve. Other factors that may influence acceptance to Camp APAC include sex, age, county of residence, type of adoption, etc.

2. How many campers are accepted? We have capacity for up to 140 campers.

3. What are the criteria for camper acceptance? Camp APAC camper acceptance is prioritized by several factors. They include consideration of camp budget constraints and a balanced population; ratio of age, gender, county of residence, type of adoption (public/private) and racial diversity. Camp APAC is designed for all children, regardless of special needs. Children with physical, mental or developmental difficulties are encouraged to apply. However, consideration for acceptance is weighed based on staffing patterns and needs when one-on-one special care or attention is required. Priority is given to first time campers and their siblings, as well as to those campers who would not be eligible to return next year based on age.  

4. How much does it cost to attend Camp APAC? There is no charge for families of campers adopted through Alabama DHR. A fee of $175 is required for non-DHR connected adoptive families.

5. What activities are available at Camp APAC? Activities may include (but aren’t limited to) lake swimming, tubing and boating, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, horseback riding, archery, field games, and even high adventure activities such as climbing and zip lining. In addition to all of this, there are fun-filled evening programs! Camp Chandler program areas include the following:

-- Waterfront: The waterfront area features a sandy beach with swimming, water sports, canoes, and more. It boasts plenty of water fun under certified supervision.

  • Swimming Area: The Camp Chandler swimming area in Lake Jordan includes a beginning and advanced swimming area. All campers must pass a swim test to swim in the advanced area. Features include a water slide, Tom Sawyer swing, and jumping platform. 
  • Water Sports: This area includes Banana Boating behind Camp Chandler’s Ski Nautique or 31 foot Bayliner Deck Boat. 
  • Canoes and More: This area is home to the Camp Chandler fleet of Sunfish sailboats, canoes, sit-on-top kayaks, fishing, pedal boats, Camp Chandler’s very own 30 foot War Canoes, and a Wet Willie Water Slide!

 

-- Adventure:

  • High Ropes: This is a 13 element high ropes course, which includes a Zip Line. This area is sure to challenge your camper’s fears and help him grow in self-esteem and confidence. 
  • Low Ropes: A series of team building initiatives which help a group work and problem solve together. 
  • Climbing Wall: This 4-sided, 50 foot tower holds a challenge for all abilities with three variable sides of climbing. 
  • Horseback arena: 8 horses, stables, and a riding trail • Archery Range: Learn to shoot the bow and arrow towards the bull’s eye target. The Camp Chandler facilities also include an open-air gymnasium with volleyball court and an athletic field for recreation; as well as an air-conditioned game room with pool tables, ping pong, and foosball. There is an air-conditioned dining hall, an outdoor amphitheater overlooking Lake Jordan, and air-conditioned lodges and cabins.

 

6. I see there is "Lake Swimming" as an activity, but is there an actual swimming pool? No, the swimming activity at Camp APAC includes swimming in the "swimming area" of Lake Jordan at Camp Chandler.

7. Who are Camp APAC’s staff? Camp APAC camp staff are made up of Children’s Aid Society staff and interns, along with others (such as college students, other professionals who serve our population, etc.) selected after a thorough application process, which includes reference and criminal background checks. There are approximately 60-70 camp staffers, which creates a staff to child ratio of at least 1 direct staff to every 3-4 children.

8. Are Camp APAC’s staff trained? All staff participate in a thorough orientation training session prior to camp that is conducted by CAS social workers and experienced staff.

9. Does Camp APAC have a nurse on staff? Yes, we provide licensed nursing staff to administer medications and provide for any medical needs that may arise.

10. Is Camp Chandler American Camp Association (ACA) accredited? Yes. ACA accredits over 2,400 camps. ACA-Accredited® camps meet up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality. Please visit www.acacamps.org for more information on the American Camp Association.

11. What should I pack for Camp APAC? A "recommended packing list” will be sent with your information packet upon acceptance to Camp APAC. Basic items include clothing, swimsuit, linens (i.e. sleeping bag, sheets, and pillow), towels, toiletry items, raincoat/poncho, sunscreen, flashlight, laundry bag, camera, and any special equipment and medications used by your camper.

12. Do I need to send “spending money” to Camp APAC? No. Campers are provided with snacks and drinks. Each camper also receives a Camp APAC bag and t-shirt.

13. Can campers call home or bring a cell phone? The Camp Chandler phone (334-229-0035) is a business phone. Campers are not allowed to use it or to receive calls. In case of emergency, parents or guardians will be notified by Camp APAC staff. Campers are allowed to bring cell phones, but must follow the cell phone rules set forth by Camp APAC staff.

14. Can I send my child a card or letter at Camp APAC? Yes, a letter or card from home is always a welcome sight.

15. What is Camp Chandler’s address? 1240 Jordan Dam Road, Wetumpka, AL 36092

16. Can parents visit campers during Camp APAC? Parents, relatives, and friends of the campers are welcome to visit the facility on arrival day (June 13) and departure day (June 16) only. There are designated times for parents to be on campus and those are included in the camper acceptance packet.

17. How do I volunteer to work at Camp APAC? Please contact us at campapac@childrensaid.org if you are interested in working at Camp APAC. The staff application will be available online on February 16. Parents of campers who are selected to also serve as staffers will not be placed in the same cabin as their child. Note: all staffers are required to arrive on Monday, June 12 for Orientation and campers are not allowed on campus until Tuesday afternoon, June 13.

18. My question is not listed here. Who should I contact? Please contact us at campapac@childrensaid.org to ask any and all questions you may have.