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About Camp

aboutcamp.pngJust 20 minutes from South Huntsville, Pine Ridge Day Camp is located on 120+ acres in Somerville, AL. The day camp offers summer camp sessions for children in North Alabama, including equestrian camps. Campers enjoy fun-filled days of activities including zip lining, hiking, archery, caving, arts & crafts, horseback riding, and other camp favorites.

Summer camp sessions are held from May through August and are available in 1-week, 2-weeks, and expanded lengths of time. Campers range from four-year-olds to children who have completed the 8th grade. As a day camp, the campers are able to gain the experience of camp without having to leave home.

Learn more about Pine Ridge Day Camp:

Our Mission and Beliefs

The mission of Pine Ridge Day Camp is to provide a beautiful, fun-filled environment that can be enjoyed by ALL persons in North Alabama, regardless of their age or ability.

We believe that children and adults alike can grow physically and emotionally from the fun and adventure of outdoor activities, challenges and other unique Pine Ridge experiences.

Our vision includes implementing a handicap accessible pool, splash pad, and overnight accommodations that will expand the amenities available at Pine Ridge.

Security / Safety

By sending their children to Pine Ridge Day Camp, parents place a level of trust and confidence in us, which we take very seriously. We strive to create a safe, positive environment that keeps our campers safe, but still allows them to explore and be kids. After all, safety will always come first for us, but we also want to be able to stretch our campers' boundaries and build their self-confidence.

Staff Safety Measures:

  • Every member of our camp staff is screened very carefully during the interview process, this includes multiple interviews by HR professionals and senior management, background checks, and reference checks.
  • Our staff goes through an orientation course that focuses on teambuilding, leadership, age characteristics, severe weather, and emergency preparedness, among other topics.
  • We have certified instructors for our high ropes course and equestrian activities, including a Certified Horseman Association Certified instructor. We also have certified lifeguards on staff for all of our aquatic activities.

Camper Health/Safety:

  • Campers are required to be signed in and out each day whether being dropped off at camp our picked up at the bus stop. If the counselor does not know the person picking the camper up, they are required to ask for an ID.
  • We have counselors on each of our buses, so that the drivers can concentrate solely on the operation of the vehicle.
  • All activities are run with camper safety as an integral part of each activity.
  • We have a licensed nurse on site at all times while camp is in session.
  • Counselors encourage campers thru out the day to apply sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
  • We offer healthy food options, including salad and fruit, every day for all of the campers and are always willing to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Facility Safety Measures:

  • Our facilities and equipment are continually inspected and tested.
  • Our High Ropes Course is inspected annually and certified by Association For Challenge Course Technology Professional Vendor Member.
  • Our camp in its entirety is inspected and licensed by The Morgan County Health Department on an annual basis. This includes inspection of the swimming pool and kitchen.

About the Owners

Pine Ridge Day Camp is owned by the Centers for the Developmentally Disabled North Central Alabama, Inc. (CDD NCA) and proceeds from the camp are used to help fund CDD NCA programs. CDD NCA provides support for individuals who are mentally and/or physically challenged, or developmentally delayed.

TESTIMONIAL

“Thank you to all Pine Ridge Day camp staff for helping my son S. grow in skills and confidence this summer. He’s a great swimmer now and approaches new experiences with enthusiasm. Many Thanks!”

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