What to Expect on the First Day of Camp
We will be delighted to have your camper decide to join us this summer. Here are some tips to help make camp a positive experience:
- Help your camper prepare for this big ADVENTURE by sharing in her excitement. She will make many new friends, live in a beautiful setting, and learn many new interesting things. Even though many girls wish it was......camp is NOT FOREVER!
- If she has never been away from home, discuss this with her. Give her a chance to stay overnight at a friend'd house or at Grandma's. be positive; listen to her fears and write her often at camp. Send a few items to make her sleeping area familiar - a small stuffed animal can work sonders! The American Camp Association has designed a free Web site specifically for parents and families, which includes some great articles and tips on getting your camper ready for camp and dealing with homesickness.
- Your camper is your treasure - and we try to treat her as such! If she has any medical, dietary, or behavioral needs, please let us know. The more we know about her, the more comfortable we can make her feel.
Please be sure that your camper arrives at the bus stop dressed for camp. She should be wearing a sleeved shirt, closed-toed shoes with a back and socks. You should plan on arriving at the camp bus stop thirty to forty-five minutes before the scheduled departure time. At the bus stop, when you drop your camper off, you will be asked to sign in with council or camp staff. They will collect any medications you have for your camper. After that you will put your luggage in a designated spot. Camp buses are chaperoned to camp by Camp Staff or Girl Scout council staff. When your camper arrives in camp she will eat the lunch she brought from home with the rest of her unit and her counselors. After lunch, campers spend the day getting familiarized with camp. They will visit the swimming hole for a swim assessment, the health center for a health check and go to the dining hall to learn dining hall procedures. Campers will also go to all of the program areas to plan what activities they would like to do during their camp session. Settling into their unit and playing “get to know you games” are also a big part of the first day.
Bus Safety Procedures
The following is a list of safety procedures to follow when dropping off or picking up campers:
Parents and/or Guardians are responsible for the supervision of their campers and any siblings at all times at the bus stop areas. Please do not leave until your camper has boarded the bus.
- Pets need to stay in the comfort of their own home, or backyard.
- Please refrain from smoking at the bus stops.
- Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed at the bus stops.
- Drive slowly and watch for pedestrians when you are in the parking lots and near the bus stop.