Day Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What COVID-19 precautions will you be taking? 

We are considering the health of our staff, students and community as our top priority this summer.  Our program will take place entirely outside to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19.  We will follow any and all guidelines released by Washington state and local county health authorities, and expert official recommendations to evolve as more becomes known about the virus and is released as we move between phases.  Some of our current plans (which are subject to change) include:

    • Maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet between all participants
    • Providing face masks for each participant (you can also bring your own if you have one that you like) and requiring that student wear masks while participating in our programs.
    • Having gloves available
    • Providing frequent opportunities to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer, and have hand sanitizer will available at all times.
    • Minimizing or eliminating the number of objects that group members will touch and sanitizing any equipment in between uses. 
    • Providing food in individual servings to students and physically distancing during meals.
    • Monitoring staff and students at the beginning of each day for symptoms of COVID-19.  Students and staff who feel symptoms or believe they may have been exposed are asked to stay home. 

We will be monitoring directions from the Governor's office about health recommendations and will adapt accordingly.  Here are a few documents we are using to guide us for your reference

How many other people will be in my group?

    • The group will consist of 6-8 students along with two instructors to maintain group size of less than 10 people in order to adhere to WA state Phase 3 guidelines. 

Will there be any transportation provided?

  • Due to health concerns, we will not be able to offer transportation this year. We recognize that this is a barrier to participation. We encourage students to sign up for YLA if they can make it to 3 or more days of the trip. Also, we are offering gas cards to help offset transportation costs, which you can request in your registration form. If the State of Washington releases transportation guidelines we can safely follow, we will contact students about transportation options. 

Will I get reimbursed for gas? 

  • We will be providing students who request a gas card to the gas station of student’s choice. The amount is determined by the trip and approximate travel distance ($10-$25).  Students can request gas cards in the registration form. If you would like to request a gas card and already submitted your registration, please email youth@ncascades.org

What happens if I don't have a ride for one day, but I can attend all the others? 

    • We want to try and make our programs work for as many people as possible.  We encourage you to register if you can make it to 3 or more days of the trip. You can let us know which days you will be absent in the registration form.  A staff member will follow up with you to discuss your situation. 

What happens if it is raining?

    • We will meet rain or shine!  If you have your own raincoat, it is recommended you bring it on any day that has rain in the forecast.  We will also have raincoats to loan.  We will still be outside all day but will be able to take shelter periodically to stay out of the rain.  We will send you a list of items to bring each day to help you be prepared.  

What kind of food will be served?

      • We will have a catered lunch as well as snacks each day.  Food will be pre-wrapped in individual packaging. We haven’t selected which restaurants we will be working with yet, but are excited to support local businesses.  There is a section on the health form for you to fill out and notify us if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make sure to provide food that you can eat!  

Can I choose more than one program to attend?

    • Registering for more than one session might not be the most exciting way to experience our programs.  The location and other participants will differ each time, but the topics discussed and activities will be very similar in each session.  We also want to prioritize giving as many students as possible a chance to attend, so those that haven’t attended will get priority enrollment and you will likely be put on the waitlist.

Will there be a fee to attend the  program? 

    • We are excited to offer this program entirely FREE this year thanks to generous donors and a grant from Washington State No Child Left Inside.

How much physical activity is involved?

    • Each session will vary, as they will each have different activities planned. We will accommodate our activities as possible based on student needs.  There is space on the health form that you return to us if you have any concerns.  You will receive a more detailed itinerary for your session with specifics on physical activity,  but in general groups will walk anywhere from ¼- 3 miles each day and have one day of canoeing or kayaking.  

What if Washington State is not in Phase 3 by the time my session rolls around? 

    • If the county the trip takes place in (Whatcom or Skagit) is not in phase three within a week of the start date for the session, we will transition to at-home program offerings.  Offerings will include a YLA T-shirt, journal, take home activities to get you outside and exploring, opportunities to share and connect with the other students participating & more.  Activities will be focused around getting students outside independently in their home communities and learning about environmental issues and are optional for students to engage in. 

What if I need to cancel my registration last minute? 

  • Please let us know as soon as possible about your cancellation, so we can fill your spot with a student on the waitlist. The best way to reach is by phone at (360) 391-4374