Getting your child (and yourself) ready for summer camp
Summer camp is a wonderful experience for children. Camp gives children the opportunity to run around and play and be outdoors. Camp will also bring lots of new experiences, and many children (and parents) may be nervous about that.
Here are a few tips that can make your child's summer experience a great one, distilled from our 50+ years of experience at Camp Riverbend!
If this is your child's first year at Riverbend, plan to come to our New Camper Orientation Day and/or Welcome Day in June 2015. You and your child will see Camp, meet other children and meet your child's counselors. More details will be sent to registered families about these events in late May or early June.
Here is a great resource for parents and campers getting ready for this coming summer. Dr. Chris Thurber is a board-certified clinical psychologist, author, consultant, and father. He's also a camping professional with over 30 years of camp experience. Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2 of his "Summer Camp Prep Tips" slide show. We really liked his advice and think it may be helpful for you too!
Lost and Found:
At the end of summer, there is always a pile of campers belongings left at camp. This is an expensive waste for our families! As a way to target the problem of lost belongings and a large lost and found closet, we ask parents to label all their children's belongings.
We STRONGLY recommend that you label all items your child comes to camp with...shirts, shorts, bathing suits, towels, sweatshirts, sneakers, flip flops, water bottles, hats, etc. Once you label items, check them occasionally during the summer to make sure that your name is still clearly legible.
When lost items are clearly labeled, it's very easy for us to get them back to you. Unlabeled or illegibly labeled objects go into our Lost and Found "cave" and may never again be seen by human eyes!
We look forward to sending campers home with ALL their belongings this summer! Thanks for your help in reaching this goal.
You can use a permanent marker, or we recommend either of the two following systems for marking belongings:
Mabel's Labels (press-on stickers and iron-on labels)
Name Dropper (permanent ink laundry stamp)
Rainy Days: Camp Riverbend runs rain or shine. On rainy days, we have enough indoor space for all campers to be comfortably sheltered. Please send your child with a raincoat or poncho for rainy days. Remember that rainy days are usually cool, so make sure your child has a warm sweatshirt or jacket too.
Tracking and SuperChoice: Campers entering 4th and 5th grades choose their own afternoon schedule twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) in the Tracking program. Each week, these campers choose a cluster of related activities: crafts, outdoor activities, sports, “classic” camp activities or performance. Then they do these activities twice during the week. The tracking groups are co-ed and can contain campers of different ages. Group counselors supervise all tracking groups. When choosing which track to join, campers are asked to give three choices; any camper who does not get his or her first choice one week is guaranteed their first choice in a future week.
Campers entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades choose their own individualized schedule three days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) in our SuperChoice program. SuperChoice campers travel independently from activity to activity, meeting up with 1-2 group counselors (who confirm that they are in the right place) and specialists at the program location. A SuperChoice lesson may include a mix of boys and girls from different camp groups and grades.
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