FAQ’s For Parents

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The camps supported by Sunshine Nevada are held at Torino Ranch. Torino Ranch is nestled in the middle of the Spring Mountain National Forest, located in Lovell Canyon, Nevada about an hour West of Las Vegas. Torino Ranch’s harmonious relationship to the land and its continuing emphasis on cooperative and rehabilitative work make it an invaluable resource. Comfortable camping facilities include: a Lodge with Commercial Kitchen, outdoor Performance theater, Laundry facilities, Shower and Bath houses, Two lakes, Swimming pool and of course luxury log-sided bunkhouses to sleep the campers and counselors.

Daily activities include: swimming in the pool or lake, rock climbing, challenge courses, canoeing, arts and crafts, horse back riding, hiking, newspaper reporting, drama, scavenger hunts, hayrides, train rides, various sports and much more.

All Torino Foundation programs are designed for campers with special needs and are “free of charge” to all participants. Torino Foundation does offer one family camp program in the fall in which participants pay a fee. All Fees raised go towards funding the programs for campers with special needs.

Transportation is provided for campers by bus to and from camp. All details regarding drop-off and pick-up location will be provided in your child’s “Welcome to Camp” packet.

All Torino Foundation camp programs are designed for participants with special needs. All camp programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with the exception of our two programs designed for children with autism, Camp I AM and Camp TLC. Both Camp I AM and Camp TLC allow returning campers an allotment of time to secure their space at camp. All remaining spaces are made available to children on a waiting list. To add your name to the waiting list, please email us at: camper@torinofoundation.org

Each camp is specific to some types of illnesses, disorders, handicaps or situations.

It varies. Our camp programs accommodate 65 – 95 campers per session depending on the specific needs of the campers. Each year we grow. For the camp sessions scheduled for summer 2013 it is anticipated that 650+ campers will enroll in one of our camp programs.

We do all we can to provide a safe environment for the campers while they are with us at Torino Ranch. All summer staff and volunteers are carefully screened including reference and background checks. Our medical providers are fully licensed and have extensive pediatric experience. Our program staff goes through an intensive orientation and training before Camps begin. All program areas are reviewed for safety on a regular schedule. All staff members maintain certifications as required for specific program areas.

Each camp is staffed largely by volunteers. Everyone from the Pediatric Oncologists to the nurses and counselors are people giving freely of their own time. All volunteers are interviewed and trained and undergo a thorough background check. We are fortunate to have many teachers, policemen and firemen as volunteers.

The counselor staff undergoes a strict interview and screening process including reference and background checks. Counselors are chosen from many applicants for their experience, enthusiasm and empathy. The entire staff receives intensive training in areas including: safety, medical issues of our campers, child development, behavioral techniques, and cultural awareness.

Each camp has its own guidelines to work within. In most situations the counselor/staff ratio is 1 to 1. There are some camps where the ratio is 2 to 1 or 1 to 2-4 depending on the type of camp.

The campers live in cabins with other children their own age and gender. Each cabin has approximately 6 – 8 campers with 2 – 4 counselors. The cabins have air conditioning that can be used if needed.

YES. Please send all medications and supplies to Camp with your child. Make sure you send enough to last the entire time your child is at Camp. This includes: all medications (prescription and over the counter).

If your child gets sick at camp he/she will be evaluated by the physicians and nurses at Camp. Minor medical problems (minor cuts, ear infections, sore throats, vomiting, sprains, etc) can be addressed at Camp. Anything more serious than minor medical problems, children will be transported off Camp for further care. You and your child’s primary/specialty physician will be contacted by the Camp medical staff or Camp Director with any significant medical issues.