We are IHS, In His Service, each time we adventure into another year of Camp Wannacombac and we expect our 13th year to be just as exciting and blessed as all the previous years. We give glory to God for the friends and experiences of these years.
As we approach the first week of camp (a little faster than I would like to think), I am reminded of some things that you all might need to know about check-in, canteen, nurse, and check-out procedures.
Camp check-in is at 3pm. Please go by the state park office and purchase a state park pass before coming down to the group camp. The gate of the facility within AH Stephens State Park will be unlocked at 3 o'clock. We do not allow any early entries. Check-in at the dining hall in the center of camp. There will be signs to direct you.
At sign-in in the dining hall you will need to bring:
ALL Forms (Health and Medical, swim test, ect.)
Medication and Forms
Service Project Items (see email for more info on our service project)
Any money due for balance
Money to create canteen account
Borrowed equipment for us to use for the week (canopies, water coolers, archery equipment)
Do NOT come dressed in uniform. Do NOT bring suitcases into the dining hall.
At check-in you will be given your cabin assignment and camper packet, which includes schedule, name badge, and camp t-shirt.
Parents will need to see the nurse's station to drop off medication (with forms) that will need to be administered to your daughter throughout the week. This includes over the counter medication. Girls are not to self-medicate without prior communication with the nurse for special circumstances.
Parents are encouraged to stop by our canteen and speak with the director to set up an account for their daughter.
Parents will receive a map of the camp and instructions of where your daughter will be housed, and may then unload their camper at their cabins.
Campers who will need to be swim-tested need to return to the lake and see the lifeguards for swim test.
Parents should say goodbye and be off campus by 5:30 pm. We will take good care of your daughter!
Camp Wannacombac has two nurses on campus to administer care to your daughters and to all staff and volunteers. These women are AHG members and are familiar with AHG camp procedures. Please see the nurse at check-in to turn in medication and medication forms. Take this time to discuss with our nurses any medical concerns you may have about your child or our procedures including how we handle medical emergencies.
Please see our canteen director before heading off campus to setup your daughter's canteen account. You can place any amount in the account for your daughter and you can set daily limits if you desire. We recommend $25-$30 for each camper. We have special Camp Wannacombac merchandise, drinks, snacks, ice cream, and the CAMP WANNACOMBAC OWLS!!!
You do not have to set up an account for your daughter if you would prefer to have her be responsible with her own money.
At the end of the week, at check-out, the canteen director will refund any unspent money back to the camper.
Please stop by the AH Stephens Park Office to pick up your day parking pass for admission to the state park before proceeding on to Camp Wannacombac.
All parents are invited to our camp closing ceremony at 10am on Saturday morning. Girls are released to their families after the ceremony in the dining hall. You will receive all paperwork to return to your local troop. You will get all health reports and medication returned to you at this time. Please be prepared to help clean up your daughter's cabin and an assigned area of camp. Please be sure to check the lost and found in the dining hall for misplaced items. Make sure to stop by the canteen to close out your account. Please be prepared to help clean up your daughter's cabin and an assigned area of camp. "Many hands make light work" and we must prepare the camp for the following week's camp. We appreciate your cooperation with this. Most campers are on the road home by 12 noon.
Miscellaneous, but important!
Please begin talking with your camper about her responsibility at camp. She must be able to keep up with her things, get to badge activities on time (we suggest a watch), bring all of her items in and out of the shower and bathe quickly and efficiently. We have approximately 28 girls for 2 shower stalls in each quad.
Talk with your camper about our no electronic device policy. Prepare her now.
Talk with your camper about being homesick and what that may feel like and discuss ways for her to cope with feelings of missing home.
We encourage campers to complete their swim test before arriving at camp. Our lifeguards are available, however, in years past, it has been extremely hot and girls have not acclimated to the heat and standing in line waiting may cause them to get sick. We have had campers to pass out and throw up due to heat exhaustion. We encourage swim testing to be done prior to camp to avoid this happening to your daughter.
Talk to your camper about heat exhaustion and staying properly hydrated. We have water stations all over camp and Gatorade and lemonade in the dining hall. Please send a re-fill-able water bottle with your daughter. Please inform your daughter that we encourage one glass of Gatorade a day. The extra calories and electrolytes are crucial to her well-being in the extreme heat. We care about your daughter's health, and we have 12 years of camp experience in the heat and feel that drinking Gatorade, along with water, is one of the most critical things to do to prevent heat exhaustion.
We are here if you need us. We are looking forward to spending these glorious days with your daughters and you, if you are joining us. Keep us in your prayers as you are daily in ours.
See you soon! Counting down...
Hi Friends! After yesterday's post I have had several inquiries about how registration works for both girls and adults, so I thought an article may help explain. So grab some coffee or tea, settle in because we have a lot to cover.
It all begins with a link! A link to both our registration forms (girl and adult) will be emailed, posted on our Facebook page and our buttons (links under the Registration tab) on our website will be activated.
Once you link to a form, (I'm including a link to PDF preview below), fill out all areas and submit.
*Badge selection is taken at the time of registration. Note that you will need to rank your daughter's list of badge requests, so talking to her beforehand about what is offered will help.
*A change that will be noticeable for you all returning to camp, is that we will no longer allow any changes to cabin roommates after arriving to camp. You MUST indicate your roommate requests on your registration form and we will do our best to accommodate. If you do not have any roommate requests, we will place you with girls in your current unit level (Explorer, Pioneer, or Patriot) and/or troop location. Be aware that roommate requests cannot cross units, for example: Explorers cannot request to room with Pioneers or Patriots.
*We provide loads of options for our camper's daily meals. One of our greatest testimonies is that we have the best food of any camp around. Even with all of our options, we still find that there are girls that have strict dietary needs that sometimes have been difficult to manage while at a camp (with no air conditioning) where there isn't open access to a kitchen (our staff are in our kitchen all day prepping, cooking, serving, cleaning from one meal to the next; it doesn't stop from 6am til 9pm), so we are choosing to only accommodate girls who have a medical condition that limits their dietary needs. We will no longer accommodate healthy lifestyle choices as a reason to supplement meals. We offer many options at every meal to accommodate almost anything. We provide gluten free options for every meal. A copy of our menu will in a link below.
*All campers who take medication while at camp both prescription and over the counter must indicate what medications they anticipate will be needed and any medical conditions that need to be explained to the Health and Safety Lead to determine camp eligibility. We are in a rural setting, at least 40 minutes from any medical facility and critical conditions should be considered risky if you would like to attend camp. Therefore, you must submit a form from your physician stating that you are fit to attend camp.
ALL CAMPERS MUST BRING WITH THEM TO CAMP, THEIR HIGH ADVENTURE MEDICAL FORM, that is completed by A PHYSICIAN, per AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS, INC.
*We do not accept any electronic payments for camp deposits or payments. All checks should be remitted to:
PO Box 304
Abbeville, SC 29620
Special information for Adult forms:
Be prepared to indicate where you would like to serve at camp. Everyone serves somewhere! Most of serve all day long.
If you play musical instrument, have lifeguarding certification or are a nurse, please let us know on the form.
If you have additional questions after reading this post and looking at our forms, please contact me via our website or directly through our email.
Camp Wannacombac Director
We are excited to share our camp planning progress with you as of February 2018.
I have been involved with AHG for 15 years and the director for Camp Wannacombac for 13 years. I have the best job at camp!