As Camp approaches, there are a number of preparations that assist in the transition to a happy summer camping experience. To help you with this, a Parents’ Guide will be sent out to you in April. Read it carefully and if you have any questions, be sure to contact our Camp Office.
In addition, use this Clothing List to help you and your camper pack appropriate items. Expensive articles are not suggested, although sending a reasonably warm, but light sleeping bag is recommended. Paddles often go missing, so it is important, especially for young campers, to purchase an inexpensive paddle and, using a waterproof marker, inscribe your camper’s name. Reasonably priced paddles can also be purchased at our Camp tuck shops. Life jackets with a whistle attached must also be boldly labeled.
There is laundry service at Camp for boys and girls. Again, clothing must be clearly labeled with your camper’s name. We cannot be responsible for lost articles, but we will try to return anything of value that we find, if it can be identified.
Teaching children and teens the arts of bed-making, sweeping and removing garbage cannot be underemphasized. Talking about homesickness (see ideas in our Parents Guide) if kept brief and with limited use of the phone line, ”We will miss you so much…” can be helpful. Be positive, quietly enthusiastic and reassuring. Explore our various activities online, and discuss setting some realistic goals (e.g. making a new friend, learning the Ahmek “J” stroke, riding a horse for the first time or seeing a moose).
Go over the section on Camper’s Rights and review the Camper Code of Conduct. Answer anything your son or daughter may not understand regarding these two documents.
Finally ensure that you arrange transportation details in a timely fashion and that your son/daughter is aware of these arrangements, and if travelling a long distance has all the necessary documentation ready to go.
Taylor Statten Camps will gladly assist you in any way possible to ensure that your camper is ready for a wonderful, memorable experience.