Swim Camp

Swimming lessons are full and I am currently putting people on a waiting list. If you would like to register for camping, we’d love to have you join us! You are also welcome to request swimming lessons, but I can’t guarantee you a spot at this time.

Registration opens on February 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Please read this entire page of information and submit your registration form after that time. Lesson spots often fill very quickly. There is plenty of room for camping for those not interested in lessons.

We will be holding the 16th Annual Homeschool Swim Camp June 3 – June 7 at Downata Hot Springs which is located 93 miles south of Idaho Falls. Normal arrival will be Monday morning and departure will be Friday by 2:00 p.m. Some families choose to come on Sunday and others choose to stay longer.

You can read about Downata on their website. There is a swimming pool, water slides, cafe, swings, horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, and more. Best of all, the lovely, clean locker rooms have individual dressing rooms, multiple toilets, and multiple warm showers. It is a beautiful facility and the last five years there have proved to be lots of fun!

We will have space for 80-100 students in swimming lessons (dependent on how many teachers are hired), so register quickly if you want lessons. Lessons will be filled on a first registered basis. Those registrations that exceed our teacher/student ratio will be put on a waiting list. Swimming lessons will be $60/student and will include six one-hour lessons and a daily swim/slide pass for Monday – Thursday. Lessons are available for students age 5 – 100. Lessons will be one hour long and students will have either one or two lessons per day, depending on the day of the week. Monday and Wednesday will be one lesson and Tuesday and Thursday will be two lessons. We have the pool from 10:00 – 12:00 on Monday and Wednesday and from 8:00 – 12:00 on Tuesday and Thursday. Then the pool will be open to the public from 12:00 – 9:00.

People who are not in swimming lessons can swim/slide for $7.50/day and 2-year olds and younger are $2.00.

Camping prices can be found on Downata’s website under Rates and a map of the campground is located here. I also have all the rates and options on the Registration Form if you would rather look there. We are planning on camping in the teepees, Cowboy Hangout, RV spots 1-39 with tents being in spots T1 – T16, Group Area 1, and Group Tent Area 4 (which will hold 5 tents and has power!). All RV sites will accommodate up to 32 feet RV’s. Sites 20, 30, 32-39 will accommodate up to 40 feet.

This year some of our usual camping spots were already reserved for Thursday night by the time I made our reservation. RV9 and RV 12-15 are only available Sunday-Wednesday nights. I am hoping they get cancelled and revert back to us, but if not, those are only available for people leaving Thursday morning.

Each camping spot is allowed one car, if you have additional cars there is a $5.00/night fee. In addition, each family that attends our Swim Camp also needs to pay a $5 registration fee.

If you have any questions about camping spots, just email me at raiseyourjoys@gmail.com and I will try to help you find the best spot for your family. If you would like to arrive on Sunday, that is fine. I just have to make sure your camping spot is available for that night. You can pay for five nights of camping and I will put you in a spot it will work.

I need to pay for our complete camping fees upfront. Please fill out the Registration Form below and then you will receive a notification with payment instructions. You need to pay for your camping now, but you can pay for your lessons by May 1.

There are many things to do at Swim Camp besides swim. Planned activities include a Dance Party on Monday, Potluck Dinner on Tuesday. Wednesday evening is Skit Night. Volleyball is pretty much an every day activity. Every evening I will hold storytime at my fire pit. If you would like to head up a different activity, let me know and I’ll see if we can make it work!

Cancellation Fees

If you cancel your camping spot, there is a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel your swimming lesson spots and I can fill them, there is no cancellation fee. If I cannot fill them (unlikely, but possible, particularly with last minute cancellations), you are responsible for $30 of the $60 lesson fee.

Ready to register? Here is the registration form.