We here at Camp Wannacombac are getting geared up for the most exciting time of our year: Camp Registration! It opens on Sunday, March 5th at 3pm!!
It is rocking around here as you can imagine. We are clicking on all cylinders as we finalize our registration process. We are looking forward to hearing from our many returning friends and from many new folks who will be friends.
For our new friends, I am going to go through the registration process to hopefully aid you for our Sunday opening. Many campers will be attempting to register at the same time, and for good reason: camp fills very quickly.
Links will be shared via Facebook and email links will be sent out at the same time: 3pm on Sunday. The links on our website will also go live at 3pm.
You will need to complete each registration separately for each camper you are sending to camp (If you are unable to register siblings due to reached capacity, email us immediately so that we can work it out that siblings attend together). You will need to be familiar with the badge workshops offered because you will need to choose your top 6. We do our best to insure that every girl gets her # 1 pick of badges.
You will be asked questions about your child's medical needs and special food preparation. We provide gluten free options at every meal, beyond that, it is up to the parent to provide supplemental food. While on this topic, let me take a moment to address food issues, if you or your child require extensive special menu items please consider our camp staff and understand that the kitchen is not available to campers to prepare their meals. You must provide supplemental items that require little, to no preparation. We try to be understanding and want to include campers but we cannot make accommodations that strain our kitchen staff. Please be aware that children with critical food allergies or sensitivities may not be suited to a camp environment. If you have questions about our food policy and would like to discuss specifics please email us. We would like to speak with you about restrictions. I will also include a copy of our menu below at the end of this post.
Please be prepared to make your camp tuition payment or deposit using PayPal. We prefer to have all electronic payments if possible. We ask you to include your email information associated with your PayPal account because often the email given at the beginning of registration is different from the PayPal account. We need both addresses if they are different.
Breakfast (doesn't change much day to day)
Sandwiches (meat and cheese, chicken salad or pb&j) served on tortilla, bread or roll
chips, potato salad or pasta salad
Baked potato bar
toppings include: chili meat, cheese sauce, sour cream, mushrooms, broccoli, jalapenos etc.
Pizza (clean out the fridge it's the last night menu)
all toppings from the other meals that can go on pizza
I think that the salad bar options were: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, garbanzo beans, carrots, dill pickles, cheese, bacon, and croutons.
We also offer a snack at night. Cookie bars or Brownies with milk.
We provide gluten free bread, rolls, tortillas, pizza crust, pasta, brownies, cookies, and pancakes.
If you have questions about the process for registration please contact me here at email@example.com
Camp Wannacombac Director
To celebrate our anniversary, our evening activities from the last 10 years are being re-visited. We selected what we thought were our most popular activities from the past 10 years. We think your daughters, new or returning, will enjoy this trip down memory lane.
One of our most successful service projects form our previous years was an Operation Christmas Child (OCC) packing party. Many of you may have also participated in one of these events in your local troop or church. AHG had a very successful OCC campaign this year in honor of their 20th birthday. Our 10th Anniversary OCC Packing Party is going to be our best one yet. We are having representatives from OCC National Headquarters in Charlotte, NC come down participate and document our endeavors.
Our OCC Packing Party is going to be a celebration to close out AHG's 20th birthday and we are excited to share it with you.
Here is how you can help:
BRING IN ITEMS TO PACK ! ! !
A list of suggested and acceptable items are found here and below. We are including links to the OCC website if you like to know more information about the organization or the items suitable for donation. Link here -> Operation Christmas Child
We are asking each camper to bring enough items to fill at least 2 shoeboxes. DO NOT make or assemble boxes at home, please just bring items to camp. We will sort donated supplies and girls will fill boxes "shopping style".
Each girl will take a box and select items form thousands of choices and fill the box.
She will then write a short note to her recipient and her box will be marked complete.
She will then make another box. We will make boxes until we run out of supplies.
Our goal over the three weeks of camp is to make at least 500 boxes, but shooting for 750!!
If you have any questions, please contact me here at Camp Wannacombac.
Links to Samaritan's Purse:
Operation Christmas Child
What to Pack!
When attending summer camp, you need to pay close attention to the list given to you. Items are on that list because they are important or useful. We here at Cam,p Wannacombac have been leading camp for 10 years and we have tailored the list to meet your camper's needs and to ensure you have everything to make your week rock!
Now that you have seen what you need to bring to camp, let's talk about the ever NOT popular topic of what NOT to bring to camp. We really want your camper's experience to be the very best it can be and we have reviewed our 10 years of experience at Camp Wannacombac very carefully and found that certain items NEED to be left at home to fulfill that agenda. We know that the number 1 item on our list to leave at home causes some anxiety for our campers and parents but we have found that leaving this item at home or locked away with a troop leader or camp director is best for everyone: The camper, camper's cabin-mates, and camp leaders. In this day and age when so much of our time is consumed with screen time, it is invaluable to shut out the world every once in a while and take in the moments that we are experiencing. We understand your anxiety, we feel it too, but we KNOW, that this is best for everyone. We have even written a little article to explain our position and why we stand behind this policy.
We have always taken the safety and well-being of our campers-your children–very seriously. After all, giving your children over to the care of other people is perhaps the greatest act of trust you as a parent can engage. We aim to do everything we can to earn and keep that trust. Given the current developments in our culture, including the increased use of cell phones, internet and text messaging, we appeal to you as parents-our partners-to help us maintain as safe an environment for your children at camp as we can. As you may or may not know we have a “no cell phone” policy at camp. Aside from the fact that cell phones are expensive and can get lost or stolen and that the physical camp environment is not kind to such items, there is a fundamental problem with campers having cell phones at camp, and that is trust. When your children come to camp, they and you, are taking a leap of faith, transferring their care from you as their parents, to us and their counselors. We encourage you with this, if there is a problem that your children cannot solve on their own or with our help, we will call you. We will call with any king of medical emergency. We won’t call you so your child can tell you goodnight. But we will call you if your child cannot seem to overcome her homesickness. We thank you for trusting us with your daughter and we certainly want you to understand that her safety is our primary concern. So we ask that you abide by our “no cell phone” policy.
PLEASE DO NOT PACK THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
Electronics (including cell phones, ipods, ipads, computers, electronic games, radios, etc.), food, family dog or cat, tobacco, illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms, family heirlooms, portable air conditioners, valuables, large amounts of money, photocopiers, cinderblocks, bars of gold, ice cream, or your pet gold fish.
If you have questions about the suitability of items for camp, please email or call.
You have heard of SWAPS right? Of course you have, No, not this kind of swapping,
but the kind that girls all over the country share at their scout organizational activities. .Deep in the heart of scouting tradition is this thing called S.W.A.P.S. According to one website I searched, S.W.A.P.S. were initially designed for one scout to meet another with the idea being that a conversation would start to explain the SWAP. I began American Heritage Girls twelve years ago and S.W.A.P.S. was one of the first things that my girls learned about. So what are these things anyway and why do they cause panic in the hearts of moms and squeals of delight for scouting girls?? In simple terms it is hand-made pins made for trading and collecting, but really it is an acronym that stands for Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or in some circles Share With A Pal. Whatever you call them, there is some craftsmanship that is needed to make them and there is etiquette on how to share them.
What to make?
S.W.A.P.S. can be simple or complex, cheap or expensive, whatever the girl desires. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on S.W.A.P.S. Many people make them out of scraps or natural materials. Most S.W.A.P.S. are made with pins attached so they can be pinned onto a camp shirt or hat. S.W.A.P.S. are little things that girls and leaders make to trade with each other at local or national events. S.W.A.P.S. usually tell something about the person who made it or about the area or region that they are from. They can also represent the theme of an activity or event. S.W.A.P.S. are usually only an inch or two in size. There are so many great ideas for S.W.A.P.S. and many are the web or you can even buy kits from specialty websites like Etsy.
Each girl should decide how many S.W.A.P.S. she wants to trade. For summer camp we recommend around 75. There are girls who make more and girls who make fewer. It is really up to the girl. Some girls like to give a SWAP to everyone and so more are needed.
What to do with them?
S.W.A.P.S. are traditionally pinned on a S.W.A.P.S. hat or another idea are to make keepsake box to keep them in or pin them on a tote bag.
The girls and leaders SWAP these tokens with new friends they make at various events. S.W.A.P.S. are made and given to promote friendship and to make new friends. Swapping allows us to share our handiwork with other scouts and to bring back a memento of a special occasion.
Here at Camp Wannacombac we desire for your family to have such a pleasant and memorable experience. We do our best to provide for you lots of sunshine, laughter, recreation, and joy. But to truly enjoy any of those things we must sometimes face the opposite to fully appreciate the scope of their positive influence on our lives. So in every life a little rain must fall, a few tears must be shed, work must be done, and sadness must makes it's presence felt and so we give you: FORMS, in the hope that this will be the only gray thing that touches your Camp Wannacombac experience.
Here at Camp Wannacombac we sift through lots of information submitted to us on those forms and in order to give your family the maximum Wannacombac experience we need accurate information. Some forms are already completed and all you need to do is go see your troop registrar and get a copy, some you take a little time and fill out yourself, others you need to see a professional for their assessment. All must be done in a timely manner so we can sort and file them and make sure you have nothing to worry about while your sweet little darling is with us at summer camp.
The forms are listed below with a description and MUST be filled out by EVERYONE attending camp, including adults (especially adults). Most take just a few minutes, but some will need to be filled in by a professional and you will need to prepare accordingly to get forms into us before the deadlines. All forms are on our website under the Forms tab.
AHG Girl Health and Medical History Form
Your registered daughter should have this form on file with your local troop. It is completed by parent/guardian and a copy is sent to camp address for filing. It is returned to the parent/guardian upon check-out at camp.
AHG Adult Health and Medical History Form
Every registered adult with AHG completes this form upon registration and it should be on file with the troop. However, some adults become members of AHG just to attend camp and thus do not have forms on file. This form is found on our website and must be completed, and sent to our camp address to be filed. It is returned upon check-out at camp.
AHG High Adventure Medical Form
Everyone who attends camp MUST have this form completed by a healthcare professional and on file at camp while in attendance. This is not just for girls, ALL adults attending camp must have this form completed by a healthcare professional and on file at camp while in attendance. See how I repeated that information? It is that important!
AHG High Adventure Troop Notification Form
This is a form that your troop coordinator must complete. It is then sent to our camp address and the information is transferred onto an online form that the national office gives to our camp registrar so that we can verify that everyone attending camp is registered (girls and adults, have completed Keys training (adult leaders only), and is current with their CPR/FA training (for those who should have it). This form is VERY IMPORTANT.
*Note: If your daughter isn't attending camp with her troop, email us so we can add her to the SC7777 roster to be under our leadership coverage the week she is at camp.
AHG Request for Administration of Medication
This form must be on file with our camp nurse in order for her to properly administer medication to your daughter, whether it is over the counter medicine you bring from home that she takes regularly (zyrtec, claritin, etc.) or prescription medicaiton. You will turn this form into the nurse when you check-in at camp with your daughter's medication.
AHG Swim Test Classification
This form is required to participate in all lake water activities while attending camp including canoeing and swimming, This form must be completed by a water safety professional such as a lifeguard, swim coach or water safety instructor. This form must be on file with our lifeguards while attending camp. We highly encourage all campers to complete this form prior to arriving at camp, however, if that is not possible, our lifeguards can administer the test before the camper will be allowed to participate in lake water activities.
What is "WooHooty"? It is an expression of joy that I came up with at summer camp to celebrate something that is exceptionally great. When I began to put together this website, I wanted to include a blog where I could share with you important things, helpful things, and sometimes a bit fun things and the name for that page just came to me in a flash of inspiration: WooHooty! I do hope that you will come back often and check out what is new. I will be adding profiles of our staff over the next few days so that you can get to know us before we share our week together. I ask that you pray for us and think of us often as we laugh and toil our way through the next few months preparing summer camp for your daughter and perhaps even you.
Til next time...WooHooty!
Most of us have been involved with AHG for over 15 years and many of us on staff for Camp Wannacombac for 14 years. We have the best jobs at camp but are ever grateful for our adult volunteers who hold us up and fill in the gaps.