PARENT INFO

As your summer camp family we take the responsibility of caring for your children very seriously and are committed to providing the best overnight summer camp experience possible.

DEAR PARENTS,

 

Thank you for considering Camp Hope! As parents, we understand that your children are your most precious possessions and that great care must be taken in selecting the proper summer camp for them. We realize the questions parents have in sending their son or daughter off to camp and sincerely hope our website and parent’s section will provide you with enough information to make this choice.

We gladly accept the responsibility of caring for your children and are committed to providing the best overnight camp experience possible.

Everything you will need to know before your child arrives at Camp Hope is found in this section of the website. If we have not answered your questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through email dave@camphope.com or call our office at: 860.567.1525.

We know the value of a summer camp experience and invite you and your child to join our Camp Hope family and tradition!

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Our Goal...

Our goal is to provide a healthy and happy atmosphere where each camper can discover new skills, make new friends, experience new adventures through camp life, and learn to make key decision-making skills for their future.

By doing so, every camper’s sound spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and social development becomes the top priority. Our endeavor is to help each camper gain self confidence while learning to live with others. Finally, we know that our role in preparing young people for their future can only be enhanced by living in a positive Christian atmosphere.

Who We Hire...

We believe summer camp can have a profound impact on each and every camper present, therefore, we hire only those individuals who will be positive role models for all. Camp Hope hires young men and women who are strong Christians with excellent references and experience. Every counselor is interviewed by the Directors personally. Each applicant is vetted thoroughly through a national background investigation company to assure a clean record.

We feel it is of utmost importance to meet each individual and get first-hand feedback before hiring. Our staff is selected on the premise of expertise in a specific field, compassion and enthusiasm, attractive personalities, sound judgment, strong Christian faith and a genuine love of children.

Many of our staff have grown up here as campers and want to give back to the new campers the gift that they received from their counselors. The gift of love, patience, respect…the list is endless. Any child will tell you that a counselor is one of the most important influences on their lives. It is so important! We truly feel that we have the best staff on earth!

The Gift of Camp

Camp is a wonderful gift to your child. The rewards he or she will gain are immeasurable. In this section we will cover how you can make the most out of your child’s overnight camp experience and what to expect.

Making the Most out of Camp

Every child takes away something different from their camp experience. Almost all children leave camp with great memories, new friendships, the rekindling of old friendships, or special “Moments" in program activities. Whatever their experiences, children can develop their self confidence and enjoy a new sense of independence in the Camp Hope community.

Talk About Camp with your Child

It is always a good idea to share “the excitement” about going to boys’ camp or girls’ camp. We have found that parents who discuss activities and help the child set simple goals seem to make an easy transition to the camp community. Listen to what your child hopes to accomplish and express what you hope he or she achieves. This gives the camp experience a greater purpose.

Your Child May Be Nervous About Leaving Home

Your child may be a little nervous about leaving home and staying overnight at camp. There are a couple of ways you can alleviate this stress.

Review all camp info and photos here. Allow your child to review the website and email any questions he or she may have directly to camp staff. We love to hear from campers. Talk about what your child will be taking to camp by reviewing the packing list with him or her. Even have your child write their own list and tape into their suit case, back pack or trunk. This begins the idea of “keeping up with their things.”

Schedule a pre-visit to camp. By actually seeing the camp, a child becomes familiar with the camp grounds and has met vital camp staff.

Ask a friend to attend with your child. Many parents ask us if a friend should be encouraged to come to camp with their child. We have found this is a good idea in many cases, but it is not necessary. Camp Hope is a small camp compared to many other camps. New campers quickly make friends while old campers are excited to make new ones. Our staff welcomes new campers from the very start and helps each make the transition to camp.

As the Parent, Try Not to be a Rescuer

If you find that your child has some questions or concerns about attending camp, please talk to him or her about these BEFORE arrival. The last thing you want to do is send your child to camp with misgivings. Prepare your child by telling them that they will have plenty of fun and new adventures, but that they may also have some moments of frustration due to not being in the “comforts of home.” This is a very healthy conversation for the moment and preparing them for life.

Please, please, please do not rescue your child and tell them that you will pick them up if they are not “happy.” This is setting your child up for trouble. Children who are bribed in this manner usually come to camp half-heartedly and are not ready to become involved in the camp community. Write letters asking questions about specific programs and activities. Encourage your child to try new things. Please do not write letters telling your child about all the things he or she is missing at home.

What We Do About Homesickness at Camp Hope

Our counselors are trained from the very start to look for those children that might be having a problem making an adjustment to camp. We meet on a regular basis with counselors to try and suggest ways to help a camper. We will meet with the camper to help see the bigger picture of camp and help set short term goals. Often a child appears to be homesick one day and makes a quick turnaround the next. If a child has misgivings about camp for more than two days we will call home to talk with you. We will discuss ways to help your child and possibly set up a time for him or her to call home. Almost all campers that are homesick get over it quickly and truly enjoy their camp experience.

Let us assure you—Camp Hope is so much fun and full of great adventures that campers usually do not have problems!

Lost and Found

From the very start every child attending camp should understand that it is their responsibility to keep up with their own things. One of the challenges of living in an overnight camp community can be lost articles of clothing. Parents should encourage their child to write their packing list down and tape it inside their suit case, back pack or trunk. Parents should also speak very directly with their child about learning to keep their things organized.

Our counselors help campers keep their things orderly and to place their dirty laundry in their laundry bag, but ultimately the responsibility is on the camper’s shoulders. Camp does have a designated area for lost and found articles. On a regular basis counselors ‘show and tell’ campers these items so they can be claimed. (Parents are also asked to walk through the lost and found articles that remain on the last day of camp.) Camp Hope cannot be responsible for lost and found items so please be sure to mark all clothing with both first and last names. We cannot mail left items back to you. Please do a final walk through of lost and found to help us get your things back to you at pick up!

Care Packages Procedure

We are a package free camp! Camp is a gift in itself and there really isn’t a need for more “stuff”. The children love to get real letters and we encourage that highly!

Thanks so much!

US Post Office Mailing Address:
Camp Hope
P.O. Box 1622
Litchfield, CT 06759

UPS/Fed-Ex Address:
Camp Hope
83 Lenox Hill Rd
Litchfield, CT 06759

Personal Allowance

Each camper will have their own bank account at camp. Expenses from the snack bar such as ice cream, water and sodas and other items purchased from the camp store are charged to this account. Detailed information for each session is available at registration when you can make your deposit.

Visiting Policy

Parents and relatives may visit campers on Sunday the day of departure. We strongly advise letting your child enjoy the gift of camp. They are loving it ! If you feel you must come, we ask that you sign your child out of and back in to camp with the Director. If you wish to bring a hometown friend off campus with you, they must have email permission from his or her parent to go along. No Exceptions!

Phone Calls

Our phone system is in place for business and emergencies ONLY. Campers and parents are encouraged to write each other. Letters from home are the best! The camp phone number is 860.567.1525

Cell Phones

Campers are not allowed to have cell phones at camp. Please respect this policy! If a camper is in urgent need to call home, they will need to speak to the Camp Director to set up a time to call.

Mail

Please write the camper’s FULL name on all letters sent via U.S. Mail/Fed Ex/UPS. Campers love to get real mail.

E-Mail

Campers may receive emails from you. They will however not be able to respond via email. Send your email to dave@camphope.com. Please write campers full name at the top of all emails. Thank you.

Laundry

We do not have a laundry matt on the premises. For those staying longer than a week, please speak with the Director about having your childs laundry done. Campers collect their own laundry in their laundry bags. It is very important that ALL articles of clothing are clearly labeled* with the camper’s first and last name. Please mark your child’s laundry bag as well. All laundry bags MUST have a drawstring to close the bag tightly!

Camp Hope cannot be responsible for lost or misplaced items.

Medications

Our infirmary has all the common cold/allergy and first aid supplies. Our camp nurses collect any specific child prescriptions from the parent and camper on Opening Day of each session. Camper medications are distributed after meals each day. Please provide any over-the- counter cold/allergy meds during registration to the nurse with your child.