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.
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.