• Welcome to Camp Nova

    Villanova Summer FAQ

    • Is this camp open to all ages?
      • Camp Villanova (overnight camp) is specifically for students entering 7th and 8th grades.
      • The weeklong sports camps are open to students entering 5th - 8th grades.

     

     

     

    • What time should I arrive for the start of Camp Villanova? Depart?
      • Arrive at 1PM. Plan to depart on your last day between 11AM and 11:30AM

     

    • How much spending money should I bring?
      • There are one or two field trips a week, where you might buy a starbucks drink or an item from the gift shop. For three weeks, $100 should be plenty.

     

    • What if I’m allergic to peanuts?
      • We notify our kitchen staff of all dietary restrictions and allergies. They work very hard to ensure the safety of our community.

     

    • Do I have to live in the dormitories?
      • Yes, unless you live close enough to stay with your parents. There is not a reduction in price for attending as a day camper. 

     

    • Do you have a day camper rate?
      • No, we do not have a rate for day campers.  The cost for attendance of the camp includes space to stay in our dorm.  While you have the option to return home at the end of the day, there is not a reduced rate for non-boarders. We do offer day sports camps that run in the mornings, Monday through Friday.

     

    • What if I want my friend to join too?
      • Great idea! In fact, with every referral to join our summer camp, you will receive $500 credit toward the cost of your three week experience.

     

    • What is the dress code?
      • Relaxed. Shirts and shorts are fine most days. Ojai is warm in the summertime. Average temperatures are 84° (28° C) during the day and 57° (14° C) at night.

     

    • What should I pack?
      • Pack one bag of clothes for the week.  Bring jeans, swim trunks, and athletic wear for the separate activities throughout the week. Laundry is self serve and available to campers. Yes, we will teach you to wash your clothes if you do not know how.

     

    • Where will I sleep?
      • Villanova has two resident dormitories where our campers will board for the time they are here.  Cantwell Hall is our boys dormitory and Glynn Hall is our girls dormitory.  Each dorm room holds 2 people.

     

    • When will I be allowed to use my cell phone?
      • There will be designated times twice during each week, so you can call home, reconnect with the outside world, etc. 

     

    • Do I have to be COVID vaccinated?.
      • While we it is not a requirement that your child be vaccinated prior to our camp, it is strongly recommended.  This is for peace of mind for your family for the rest of the campers in the program.

     

    • What if I’ve never played any of the sports offered?
      • That’s okay! Each week, our campers will be learning a new sport.  Over the course of the week, there will be drills to help foster skill development so that our campers can build confidence and be able to play and enjoy each sport by the end of the week.

     

    • Will you have gear for me to use/borrow?
      • Yes! Any sport or activity that we organize for the camper will include the necessary gear. You, of course, are welcome to bring your own equipment, but try not to get bogged down with bringing too much stuff with you to camp. Anything you bring is your responsibility. If you don’t like to share, then you should probably keep it at home. Our core value of unity emphasizes helping one another, lending a helping hand, and minimizing self.

     

    • If I’ve built my own robot, can I bring it?
      • Yes!  You can bring your robot, but all campers will be building one as part of our camp curriculum

     

    • Can I bring my own computer?
      • Yes, a laptop would make sense to bring. We have many computers on campus, and all that you need for the activities you will enjoy. A desktop doesn’t really make sense to bring with you.  If you (and your parents) are comfortable setting your desktop up in the lab, with the potential that others may use it, then that is a family decision. 
      • No, we have all that you need. Additional technology will just be a potential for distraction. We have plenty of fun and activities that will keep you busy and happy. Take this opportunity to disconnect.

     

     

    • Do I need to show proof of health insurance?
      • Yes! Please provide a copy of your child's insurance card prior to arrival
      • International students may purchase health insurance through Villanova at $125 per month. 

     

    • Do you have health insurance for me?
      • If you do not have insurance, we can set you up with a program that coordinates insurance 

     

    • COVID protocols?
      • This is still being finalized.  We will go along with the guidance from our county public health department mandates as well as what the CDC recommends.  Likely this will mean social distance, but shorter than 6ft.  Masks will still be worn, and sanitation will take place at the end of each day.

     

    • Is this really happening? At what point would you cancel the program?
      • That is the plan!  The cases where we would cancel the camp would be if there is another outbreak in Ventura county (or Ojai specifically), or if there are not enough campers signed up to make the experience enjoyable for all campers