Preparing for Camp
Overnight Camp Parent Handbook
Please take a look at this document prior to attending camp. The information in our parent handbook will be able to answer many questions including Check In and Check Out Times, COVID policies and procedures, camper mail, and more. This document is the best resource for information as our families prepare for camp this summer.
Overnight Camp: Packing List For Campers
To help your camper pack appropriately for his stay at camp we discourage bringing any valuables. Both duffle bags and footlockers are good to bring. Each camper is responsible for his belongings at camp. Quite often items are misplaced or lost. Please label any items of value.
The following is a list of suggested items for campers to bring to camp for a two-week session. All items should be clearly marked or labeled for identification. Since campers spend a large portion of their day outside, we advise that they bring clothes they will not mind getting dirty. Please remember that camp activities will still run in periods of light rain.
- Be sure to pack enough warm bedding and clothing; nights can be cold.
- The following items may not be brought to camp: glass containers; any electronic video game device, knives or Leatherman, fireworks, gum, candy, soda, lighters; TVs, computers, or cellular phones. If campers do have any of these items we will hold them in the camp office until the end of camp.
- Lost and found items will be washed donated a few times each summer. If your camper loses something of significance, let our office know and we will do our best to locate it.
- We strongly encourage some type of water shoe at the waterfront, We have a rocky shore. A water shoe will make your campers use of the waterfront safer and more fun.
Technology and Cell Phone Policy
With the exception of cameras, we are a technology free camp. Cell phones, tablets, e-readers, are not allowed. Cell phones with camera capabilities are not permitted to be used as cameras, even if the other capabilities of the phone have been turned off.
Day Camp: Packing List For Campers
Campers should bring clothes which they will not mind getting dirty. Please remember that camp will still run in periods of light rain. To avoid lost articles, make sure that all clothing and personal items are clearly labeled. Lost and found items will be washed donated a few times each summer. If your camper loses something of significance, let our office know and we will do our best to locate it. We strongly encourage some type of water shoe at the waterfront, We have a rocky shore. A water shoe will make your campers use of the waterfront safer and more fun.
If you have medications, as mentioned on the health form, which you would like administered to your camper during the day, please give them to the staff on the bus in the original container with medication and dosage clearly written.
Additional Parent Resources
YMCA Camp Abnaki is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), a community of camp professionals dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience. Along with the ACA, we believe that informed parents are best equipped to prepare their children and themselves for a positive camp experience. We welcome parents to visit the American Camp Association’s website geared directly to camp parents (camp parents) and to contact us with any questions relating to your camper’s upcoming stay at Camp Abnaki.
There are many articles, books, and additional resources in print and on line for campers and their families. The links below are helpful ways to learn more about the camp experience. In the end one of the most successful ways to navigate the camp experience is to develop a relationship with camp staff. please feel free to call us anytime if there is something that we can help with.
- The American Camp Association, our accrediting body has many resources for parents
- Follow Michael Thompson Ph. D. on social media. He is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families
- Read the book, Summer Camp Handbook.
- Follow us on Facebook. We regularly post camp updates, parenting articles, and other important things to know
- and talk with your family and friends
Important Dates to Remember
- All forms are due three weeks prior to attending camp and the balance of the camp payment is due May 3, 2022.
- Our 2022 open house dates are June 5 for overnight campers and June 12 for day and overnight campers.