Tips to help make your camper’s experience successful:
1. Talk about camp as often as possible!
-Remind them of the new friends they will make
-Talk about the fun activities they will enjoy
-Explain that their counselors are there for them 24 hours a day
2. Writer your camper letters in advance and drop them off at check-in!
-Short and cheerful letters are the best!
-Please keep letters positive, upbeat, cheerful, newsy and DO NOT SHARE BAD NEWS or “I miss you so much” …
please remind them of how excited (proud) you are about them being so independent!
3. The more campers know about Camp Wamp, the more secure they will feel.
-Seeing pictures of camp and watching camp videos helps campers become familiar
with camp surroundings and facilities
4. Share what your plans are while your camper is at camp.
-Often, children worry that they are missing things at home, assure them that camp is
where the fun is
-If you will be out of town, please be sure the specific itinerary of where you will be,
and how you can be reached is on file with the camp office
5. Involve your camper in preparing for camp.
-Have your camper help pack their things for camp. Knowing what they have and where it is brings peace of mind.
6. Above all, do not panic if your camper seems upset as you are leaving. Homesickness is temporary (and parents
will survive too).
It is normal
Let your camper know that homesickness is a normal feeling and that the best cure is to get busy and enjoy the activities at camp. Let them know that it is a "passing feeling", that even the counselors feel that way sometimes too, but that we can all get over it quickly if we choose to!
Keep it short and sweet
Don't linger and say long and sad good-byes. As parents, we want to take our time leaving, but remember, we want our children to be successful! When you leave them, tell them you want their first letter to list their 5 favorite things so far.
Let's not make a deal
Please don't tell your camper that you'll pick them up if they don't like camp. If you do so, we are defeated before we ever start! Tell them that they should share their feelings with their counselors and that they will help! Assure them that they will overcome being homesick!
Don't make them feel guilty
If you have a child that you are sure is not going to be homesick, do not make them feel guilty that they are not homesick. Often, they feel guilty anyway if they are not homesick, when what we really want them to realize is that we are proud of the way they are handling "being away from home”.
- I (the parent) am homesick
Parents should also be aware that YOU will also feel "homesick" for your children and this is also normal. In fact, we actually find more HOMESICK PARENTS than children each summer! Do not pull your child into your feelings! You are a great parent, don't forget that, and allowing your child freedom is one of the many reasons you are so great!
In order for your camper to have the best possible experience at camp, they should be arriving at camp free of
illness. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep them home until they are well and contact the
Camp Director. Your camper will be joining a camp community, living with volunteers and counselors, and sharing the camp with up to 23 other campers so it is important that good practices, like hand-washing and catching sneezes, are second nature.
Camp is staffed by a Registered Nurse (Health Supervisor) and a local physician is on call at all times.
You will be contacted if your camper:
-Spends a night in the infirmary
-Needs to see a doctor or visit the emergency room
-Breaks the Camper Behavior Agreement
You may also be contacted if:
-The Health Supervisor has a question in regards to the information supplied on your camper’s Health History Form
-Camp Staff needs your assistance or support in regards to your camper’s well-being.
All campers receive a health screening upon arrival at camp, and the Health Supervisor verifies health information. Parents will be notified of any concerns. All medications must be checked in with the Health Supervisor and can only be at camp if:
1. In the original container
2. Labeled with the camper’s name, physician’s name and correct dosage
3. Prescribed by a physician
4. Includes detailed written instructions on the Camper Health History Form
MEDICATION – Please bring only prescription medication to camp. Medication will be administered according to the
prescribed instructions. Emergency Medications such as Epinephrine or inhalers will remain with the camper at all times and camp staff will know the specifics of that child’s medical needs.
If head lice are found during the health screening, the parent/guardian of the camper will be contacted to discuss options that best serve the camper and the camp community. To avoid the challenge of discovering head lice at camp, please check-or have someone with experience check–your camper several days before arrival. This should provide ample time to treat.
Here are a few tips:
» Finding lice can be difficult. There are many web resources for checking for lice, such as
» If found, carefully treat hair and all belongings before coming to camp. Treat hair with a lice removal product,
remove all nits and repeat treatment in seven days. Wash all bedding, pillows, hats, stuffed animals, bike
helmet, sleeping bags, brush, comb and anything else hair comes in contact with in hot water (130 degrees)
and/or dry on high heat. Many children get re-infected from their own belongings.
» Here are more treatment recommendations: www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html
For additional information, please read the healthy camp update from the American Camping Association: http://
SAFETY IN THE SUN AND HEAT
At camp, we have two very common and preventable problems: SUNBURN and DEHYDRATION. Participants are
encouraged to bring non-aerosol sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater and chapstick with SPF 15+. Water is critical to our body’s health. Everyone needs to drink at least three water bottles a day. At camp meals, we all drink one glass of water before other beverages. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CAMPER BRINGS A REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE. One with a strap for carrying is recommended.
SHOWERS AT CAMP
In consideration of California’s water supply, showers will be limited and campers are asked to keep their shower time to a minimum. Campers may want to practice taking 5-minute showers before arriving at camp.
Parents will be contacted if there is an emergency that affects the camp community. Examples of emergencies include wildfire evacuation or similar occurrences. When these events occur, please do not call camp. You will be contacted by the camp office with information regarding next steps.