Campers can do what they want??
It’s true, campers are not told which activities to participate in, or for how long. If your camper loves fishing and swimming, why force her to do arts & crafts? Yes, we do encourage all campers to give everything a try because it’s all fun, safe, and healthy; but we don’t force them to participate in activities they have no interest in. We offer a variety of fun activities, and children of all ages and backgrounds will find many exciting things to do at Camp Hi-Ho, while meeting new friends! We place our staff members at each activity to ensure your children are supervised and safe, while getting to exercise their freedom.
The bus location is in the back of Ballard High School (6000 Brownsboro Rd, 40222) between the baseball and football fields. There is a $20/camper fee for using the bus for the week.
- Buses depart Ballard at 9:15am, so please arrive between 8:50am-9:10am for check-in with your counselor.
- Buses arrive back to Ballard at 3:15pm.
- Morning carpool is from 8:45am-9:15am at Camp Hi-Ho. You have the opportunity to drop your camper off, or park in the back and walk up to speak with counselors and staff.
- In the afternoon, there are two pick-up times: Last names A-L need to be picked up at 2:50pm, and last names M-Z need to be picked up at 3:00pm. This is to cut down on the amount of traffic created on Aiken Rd, and to provide a safe carpool experience for our campers and staff.
Groups are created for organization and safety and do not separate children during the day except during lunch, which is from 11:30am-12:00pm. Campers can play with anyone of any age group the entire day. We have five groups.
This group is for 5-6 year olds who haven’t been to Camp before and are not quite ready for the complete freedom that Hi-Ho offers. Junior High-Ho is has a lower camper to staff ratio (about 8:1) and the campers stick with their counselor all week. This group is guided by a trained, dedicated counselor who will lead the group from activity to activity. This will give first-time campers an opportunity to experience the excitement Camp Hi-Ho has to offer, but with more structure and supervision.
[5-6 year olds] This is our youngest and most supervised group (aside from Junior High-Ho). “Blue Groupers” enjoy every activity at camp, so don’t worry, your camper will be able to participate in anything he/she is willing to try. We keep our ratios low (approximately 8:1 – 10:1) to ensure these campers are having fun at camp.
[7-8 year olds] Always our most rambunctious group, Red Group campers are the life of the party. It might be their sense of entitlement after coming to Hi-Ho previous years, or the age they possess, but whatever “it” is, these kids are ready for a nap come 3:15pm (and so are we)!
[9-10 year olds] These kiddos are ‘”mature” but still enjoy every activity Camp Hi-Ho has to offer, even if they’ve come the past four years. This stuff never gets old! Green group campers get a few special privileges, such as participating in 3D Archery, trail riding, and using the Big Blob.
[11-13 year olds] Our “seasoned veterans” as well call them. They’ve been around the block, usually, and can help out the younger campers if needed. Our Yellow Groupers find Hi-Ho just as fun as the campers in the other groups, while being able to participate in “older-campers-only-activities” listed above, including 3D Archery, trail riding and using the Big Blob.
We employ approximately 40 counselors at Camp, making our camper-to-counselor ratio around 8:1, depending on attendance. Campers are assigned one counselor in their group based on their color group and transportation method. Campers check-in and check-out with that counselor every day in the morning, in the afternoon for lunch, and at the end of the day for dismissal. If your camper comes with a friend, and they are assigned different counselors, the ONLY time they will be separated will be at check-in times.
We do separate our buses by color group, so if your camper’s friend is a different age, let the counselor know and we will work something out. Once we arrive at Camp, kids are free to hang out with anyone they please, no matter their age or counselor.