First Time Campers

Are you or your child joining us at camp for the first time? If you're nervous or not sure what to expect, we have a ton of information here to help you prepare!

Please look at our first time camper packet here for more in detail information.

Here is what a typical day of resident camp will look like:

  • 6:45 a.m. Wake Up

  • 7:45 a.m. Flag

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast

  • 9 a.m. Activity Sessions

  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch

  • 1:30 p.m. Rest Hour

  • 2:30 p.m. Activity Sessions

  • 5:45 p.m. Flag Down Ceremony

  • 6 p.m. Dinner

  • 7 p.m. Evening Activities

  • 9 p.m. Bedtime Routines Start 

  • 10-11 p.m. Lights Out


A General Timeline to Follow:

After Registration
Get her excited about going to camp. We encourage parents/guardians to use the term “going” to camp rather than you “sending” your child to camp.


2 Months Before Camp Begins:

  • Help prepare your camper to care for herself by having her spend a weekend with a friend or relative. Talk about and practice self-care. Examples of this would be taking a shower independently, brushing teeth, brushing hair, putting on deodorant, etc.

    • If your camper will need help from staff with self-care routines, please let the camp know. This will help your camper have a great week at camp and also prevent her from coming home with lots of knots and tangles. Some examples of staff being able to help are listed below.

      • Need help with general shower/hair care? Staff can help by having your camper put on a bathing suit for shower time and to make sure her hair is properly cleaned. 

      • Need help with getting dressed? Staff will make sure to check in on your camper in the morning and make sure they have on clean clothes. You can also help by putting each day’s clean clothes in Ziploc baggies that are clearly labeled with the day.

  • If you have a specific question about a self-care routine for your camper, please call camp.

  • Check out the Outdoor Experience blog at where we have a number of resources, including a letter from a first-time camper who is returning to camp among other topics.


1 Month Before Camp Begins:

  • Read books and articles together about going to camp like The Summer Camp Handbook by Chris Thurber or Off to Camp by Myra Pravda.

  • If this is your camper’s first time away from home, have a conversation about homesickness. Homesickness is natural. Create a plan with your camper for what she will do if she becomes homesick at camp. Some ideas may be to write a letter home, tell a counselor or try to be a friend to someone else who may be feeling homesick, too. Avoid “pick-up deals,” like telling your camper that if she feels homesick, all she has to do is call you and you will come pick her up. This tells the camper that you do not think she is strong enough to handle homesickness on her own and undermines the counselors’ efforts to help your camper become comfortable at camp.

Just Before Camp Begins:

  • Final payment for camp is due June 3, 2021. Your final balance will be automatically charged on this date, and you do not need to do anything.

  • If your child has special dietary or other needs, please note this on their registrations. If your camper has a severe allergy, please contact the Camp Director of your camp at least two weeks prior to your arrival.