Summer camp is more than a ton of fun – it is a place for growing, exploring and learning to be part of a larger community.

The level of preparation for time away from home and family can impact how rewarding the Camp experience will be for children.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • Express confidence in your child’s ability to stay at Camp for the full session. You will miss your child while he or she is gone but you are so excited for all that he or she will get to do and experience!
  • Arrange practice time away from home, such as a weekend with grandparents.
  • Talk about how you will keep in touch. Your child can write letters using the pre-addressed, stamped envelopes or postcards you provide and you can send letters or free one-way emails through the portal.

  • Leave mail in the office for your child with his/her name on it and include the day you want it delivered so your child can get mail while he/she is at Camp.
  • Talk about your child’s concerns. It is natural to miss home but focus on what’s happening at Camp.
  • Be sure your child knows what to do if upset – talk to a counselor or the Camp director.
  • Attend Open House June 15th! It helps to mentally prepare and get your child excited about the Camp adventure.

Check in
Both camps will open the gates between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 
Upon arrival, you will be directed to park and you can head to your child’s cabin to begin the process of making friends and meeting your child’s counselor.

Check out 
Campers with Last Names Beginning with A-M
Riverside 10:30 a.m.
Hilltop10:45 a.m.
Campers with Last Names Beginning with N-Z
Riverside10:45 a.m.
Hilltop10:30 a.m.

  • Checkin and checkout times for the Grief Support Session
    will be shared at a later time.

PACKING LIST

  • 6 each of shirts, shorts, socks and underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Light jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • 1 pair of jeans (for Outdoor Living Skills activity)
  • 2 sets of single sheets, pillow with case
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • 2 towels and wash cloths
  • Swim towel
  • Laundry bag
  • Toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothbrush and paste, etc.)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Letter writing materials with addressed envelopes and stamps
  • Plus anything else to make your stay happy such as a favorite stuffed animal, reading material and something to wear to the Camp dance!
  • Tennis shoes
  • Shower shoes
  • Flip-flops or sandals

Please note: Camp provides all sporting equipment.

Every camper will receive a Hermann Sons Life Camp water bottle upon arrival.

Camp assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to personal items.

•Do not send snacks with your camper. Camp provides snacks twice a day.

•Please do not allow campers to bring electronic devices such as cellular phones, iPads, MP3 players, etc.

•Campers should not bring knives, fireworks, or any weapon or explosive.

No pets!

Be sure to label all items.

Procedures for arrival: If Camp has received all of your paperwork (Medical Form and the Activity List/Check-Out Form), you will receive an email on the Wednesday before your child’s arrival. This email will provide you with some last-minute information and what cabin your child will be in.

Both camps will open the gates between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, you will be directed to park and you can head to your child’s cabin to begin the process of making friends and meeting your child’s counselor.

Your camper’s activity schedule for the week will be posted.The goal will always be to schedule your child the top six activities. Discuss any concerns regarding the activity choices with the Program Director or the Camp Director... but please not in front of the camper! The goal of arrival day is to make sure your child is comfortable and happy!

The Canteen (gift shop) will be open for some forgotten last-minute or Camp items.

All medications (this includes vitamins, Advil, etc.) must be turned into the medical staff.

Once your child has been dropped off, you may leave… and the FUN can begin!