What will my child do at camp?
There’s so much to do at camp! Our resident camps are packed full of classic camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, and hiking. They will explore nature with our staff and learn many new skills. Once the sun goes down, they can spend their evenings in the woods stargazing or telling spooky stories with new friends. Our mission: your child will return home begging to come back!
Where will my child stay?
They will sleep in cabins, but sometimes older groups sleep in platform tents. Cabin groups have staff that sleep in the cabins with your child.
What will my child eat?
Most of our kid-friendly and healthy meals are served family style in the camp dining hall. We prepare each meal fresh and often use locally sourced produce. If your child isn’t eating a meal prepared by our kitchen staff, then they’re planning and preparing a cookout meal with their cabin group.
If your child has dietary restriction, please let our staff know.
Who are your counselors?
Each staff member has been carefully interviewed, screened, and trained. We expect our staff to maintain high moral standards and act responsibly in all areas of their lives during their time of employment. Our staff are experienced in many different fields of interest, including outdoor living, arts, aquatics, and more. Many are college students studying child development in preparation for future careers as teachers, child psychologists, and recreational leaders.
Each summer, we hire several international counselors. We’ve had counselors from England, Spain, and many other distant lands! They bring exciting aspects of other countries and cultures to camp and help our campers gain a broader worldview.
We hire all genders to work at camp.
All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR and we also have a camp nurse.
When can I visit camp?
We ask that you only visit camp during the drop-off and pick-up times. Because our program time is short, we do not have visiting days during any of our sessions. We also request that you do not take your camper out of camp during the session, unless prior arrangements are made with the camp director.
Can my camper telephone or email me?
We realize parents/caregivers may have questions or concerns to share with our camp staff. We do not have regular office hours at camp during the summer. Our staff are usually out in the field working with your child, therefore you will more than likely have to leave a message on the answering machine. We will return your call as soon as possible.
If your camper has fallen ill you will be contacted by a staff member immediately.
What happens in a weather emergency?
Thunderstorms are a common occurrence during the summer. If thunder or lightning is observed, certain program activities are postponed until the threat has passed. These include, but are not limited to, swimming and activities in open fields. We understand your concern when inclement weather hits, however, our staff is trained to take care of your child during emergencies.
Can my child bring their cell phone to camp?
Campers are not allowed to have cell phones at camp. Allowing your camper to sneak a cell phone to camp tells her it’s OK to break rules that you disagree with and can cause conflict with staff.
Cell phones detract from the camp experience in the following ways:
- Distraction from camp program: While technology is very important in our world today and can allow us to connect in new ways, we want campers to unplug from technology and tune in
to the present experience. It’s difficult to become fully engaged in the activities provided when they are entwined to their electronics. We ask our staff to also be unplugged and engaged.
- We have also found that your child cannot benefit from the experience of being independent and away from home if they are retreating to their bunk to text friends and family.
- Service is very limited. If your camper’s contraband cell phone has service, while others do not, expect for it to get passed around to multiple girls who all want to contact home. The battery will die pretty quickly and your data/messaging plan could see a spike in use
- It can also break the privacy of our other campers and we do all we can to protect our camper’s privacy while at camp.
Can I write to my child at camp?
Yes, but please remember that mail can take time to arrive at camp. We recommend sending your letter a few days before you would like them to receive it. Please also label the session that your camper will be attending on the envelope.
24799 Purcell Rd.
South Bloomingville, OH