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How do I register for a program?

On each program page, you’ll see a Register and Pay Online button. When you click this button, you’ll be led through the registration process, including submitting a health form and processing payment. You can also begin the registration process by clicking on the Register button in the main menu. If you have already submitted a registration and health form in this calendar year and are returning to register for another program, we’ll skip you right over those sections so you can choose your program and pay quickly.

If you are not able to register online, you may download forms to print and mail in with your payment.


What do I need in order to complete the registration and health form? 

Please have the following information at hand when you begin registration:

  • Names and phone numbers for two emergency contacts, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, or friends. When registering a child, please do not put the child’s parents as emergency contacts. We will attempt to reach emergency contacts ONLY if we are not able to reach parents.
  • The name and phone number of your child’s doctor (or your doctor if you are registering for an adult program).
  • A digital copy of your child’s most up-to-date immunization record, or the dates when the most recent immunizations were given. If you have not immunized your child, you will be asked to indicate that on the form. Flying Deer does not require participants to be immunized.
  • A credit card, debit card, or PayPal account to use when submitting payment.


When does summer camp registration begin?

Summer camp registration usually begins March 1. You can register for a week of camp anytime before that camp begins, unless it is already full. After a camp fills, we start a waiting list in case of cancellations. Our Cottonwood and Katydid Camps tend to fill quickly, so we recommend planning ahead!


Do you offer sibling discounts?

We offer a 10% discount when you register two or more siblings for Cottonwood Camp, or when you register one child for two or more weeks of Cottonwood Camp. 


Do you offer financial assistance? How do I apply?

Yes, we offer generous financial assistance; each year, we award more than $15,000 in financial assistance thanks to the support of our donors. It is very important to us that no one is turned away from Flying Deer due to financial hardship. 

To apply for Financial Assistance, fill out the Financial Assistance Application Form.

We also offer a limited number of full Artist Scholarships each year, an initiative of the Pat Franklin Memorial Fund. Artist Scholarships are awarded to both children and adults. Recipients then create a painting, poetry, music, dance, film, or other art project inspired by their Flying Deer experience. Find out more. 


What is your staff-to-student ratio?

We pride ourselves on maintaining a high staff-to-student ratio, often as high as 1:3 during summer camp. Our staff includes directors, instructors, counselors, and counselors-in-training. Many of our instructors and all of our counselors and counselors-in-training are former campers or graduates of our rites-of-passage programs—they have grown up in the Flying Deer community and are inspired to share what they have learned!


What supplies should my child bring to camp?

You will find a supplies list on each program page. 


What do you do in bad weather?

Flying Deer’s instructors and counselors are highly trained and skilled in finding or building shelter when necessary and keeping campers warm and as dry as possible! In cases of very extreme weather, we do have access to an indoor space. 


What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel at least two weeks prior to the first day of a program, you will receive a full tuition refund minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than two weeks before the first day of the program.


Is there swimming at Flying Deer?

No, swimming is not on the list of activities—though we might wade in a creek or two!


Have more questions? Feel free to e-mail us anytime or call us at 518.794.6687.