ACTIVITIES & PROGRAM
CHECKLIST & REMINDERS
FIRST TIME CAMPER GUIDE
health and welfare
LIFE AT CAMP
packing for camp
policies and procedures
ONE WEEK SESSIONS
travel & lodging
In our electronics-free environment, keeping up with your kid is still possible! Here are some ways to keep the communication channels from going radio-silent and stay tuned in with your camper
Parents can experience camp happenings through our daily news articles and photos. Download the Campanion App (more information will be provided closer to camp) for your phone or login to your Lonehollow account and click on “News” to begin. Please note: we hire at least two photographers who visit as many classes as possible each day on a rotating schedule. Our goal is to capture each child each day whether in smiling candids or intense action shots. We end up with about 400 photos posted daily. Unfortunately, we don’t always succeed at getting every child every day. If you don’t feel you are seeing enough of your child, you can always contact our office, and we will make sure your camper’s smiling face gets caught on camera!
Emailing through the Campanion app or your online camp account login is the quickest and easiest way to communicate with campers. Parents are invited to purchase camp stamps and send messages through this system. Emails are processed at 11:00 A.M. Monday through Saturday, and delivered to campers with their regular mail. Just open the Campanion app or login to your Lonehollow account and click on “Email” to begin. Campers receive emails but are not able to reply electronically. Be sure to set up Guest Accounts for your camper’s family and friends before he/she arrives so that BFFs, grandparents, and cousins can email as well. Guest accounts can be set up by clicking on “Guest Accounts” and must be completed by the camper’s parents.
Mail is delivered after lunch Monday through Saturday. Campers LOVE to receive mail! Families and friends are encouraged to send cards and letters. Campers can write letters back. Mail is taken to our local post office each morning. Summertime often overwhelms the one-room Vanderpool Post Office, so please be patient as transit time may take longer than expected.
For our campers who live outside of the United States, we can scan and email letters to parents. Campers can bring their letters to the front desk in Headquarters, and we will email them home ever few days.
You can send tons of letters to your camper, but it only takes one to spark potential homesickness. When writing to your camper, focus on what is going on with them! Ask questions about camp, mention a picture you saw them in, or give general updates about what you have been up to. Lengthy stories about how much you miss them or what they are missing can generate not-so-happy responses! If at all possible, save bad news for later (call us to discuss).
Campers love to receive care packages. Things like magazines (with articles appropriate for camp), comics, and small toys or games are always fun to receive. Please limit the total amount of packages each camper receives to two per term and to padded envelopes no larger than 10 ½ x 16 inches only. This includes all padded envelopes sent from other people as well, so please pass the word on to aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Unfortunately any boxes that arrive at camp addressed to a camper will be returned to the sender unless it is the camper’s birthday.
If your camper has a birthday while at camp, he/she may receive a box. Please mark it with “BIRTHDAY” on the outside of the box.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND
• Candy, gum, any food/drink items, silly string, balloons, silly putty, stink bombs, confetti, fireworks, glitter gel, face paint, pocket knives, magazines with inappropriate content, etc.
• Items that may get stuck on clothing, in the carpet, or in campers' hair
• Items that may be damaging to campers and staff and/or Lonehollow property
The Post Office Manager will check all care packages for contraband. We will donate any food items to our counselor staff and will return all other items to you on Closing Day.
CAMP STORE CARE PACKAGES: Packages can also be purchased from The Outfitter (camp store). There are a few different combinations to choose from or you can customize your own online. These gifts are delivered directly to camper cabins. Look for more information on our website in the spring about care package options. A camp store care package does not count toward your camper’s two package limit.
In general, campers are not allowed to use the phone during camp. However, our office staff is happy to talk with parents should they be concerned about their children while away.
Office Phone Number 830/966-6600
Emergency AFTER HOURS Phone Number 830/966-6607 or 830/966-4129
If your child is celebrating a birthday at camp they can receive a birthday phone call! Please contact the office a few days in advance to pre-arrange birthday call times for you and any grandparents who will be calling. Call times are reserved for 8:25 a.m., 1:25 p.m., or 7:05 p.m.
As a parent of a first-year camper, we want to make sure you feel supported on this exciting, new journey. Our New Camper and Parent Coordinator, Jordan, is your go-to resource throughout the year and into the summer. She will send information, tips, and tricks before camp to ensure you and your camper feel prepared for a successful summer and will also reach out to you within the first few days of camp with an update on how your camper is doing. Jordan is always available to you if you have questions, concerns, or need additional reassurance. If you ever need more information about any aspect of camp, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her at email@example.com or 830-966-6600.