Important Summer Camp Reminders

2022 New Camper Family Webinar

Check out the recording of our May New Family Webinar! It was a chance to meet the directors and there were great questions asked ahead of camp starting June 19th.

CLICK HERE to Review 2022 Camper Family Update Emails

These emails were sent to registered camper families via email addresses available in on online system at the time the email was sent.

Camper Arrival

Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We will be having camper arrival staggered alphabetically by last name according to this schedule:

2:00pm, Wilderness Campers 

2:30pm, A-C  

3:00pm, D-H 

3:30pm, I-N 

4:00pm, O-S 

4:30pm, T-Z 

All campers will begin their registration process at the Adventure Center where you will show our staff a negative COVID-19 result from within the last 48 hours or complete a COVID-19 test. From there, families will drive down to the main part of camp to complete their check-in process.

We are asking that only 1 parent per camper move through the process. Most of the check-in process will take place outdoors and parents are asked to wear a mask whenever indoors.

As part of the camper registration process, parents with campers who require medications will meet directly with the Camp Health Director at the health cabin to discuss your camper’s needs and to check-in all medications.  Medications will be distributed throughout the week in the privacy of the health cabin. These measures are meant to uphold and respect the privacy of our campers.

PLEASE NOTE: All medications must now be brought to camp in their original bottles and/or packages.

Additionally, camper belongings are not allowed in cabins until after the registration process has been completed.  Please, refrain from heading to cabins until all steps of the registration process are complete.

Camper Departure

Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Campers can be picked up from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturday.  There is no set arrival time for pickup, but we do ask that only one parent/guardian exit the vehicle to go and get their camper.  We will still be trying to minimize parents in the cabins so most of the gear will be outside if the weather is nice.  When your camper is packed up and you are ready to leave, we will still be doing in-car check out and medicine return as you exit camp by the canoeing shed.

We understand that there may be special circumstances that make our new process difficult for some families.  If you have any concerns, please contact camp prior to arrival at registration or pickup so we can find ways to make the process as easy as possible for everyone.

PLEASE NOTE: A photo I.D. will be required to pick up your camper on Saturday morning.

Parking

Camp staff will be available to provide you clear direction on where to head during the check-in process. The main road entering Camp, located near our Adventure Center, has been enlarged to serve as an overflow parking lot for larger events held at Camp. During Sunday check-in and Saturday pick-up we recommend NOT parking in this lot unless instructed to do so by Camp staff. The walk into Camp from this lot is much longer and typically a closer parking spot is available.  While we will continue to park cars in our upper maintenance lot, when in doubt, look for a Camp staff member, and they can direct you to an appropriate parking area.

Food Allergies and Summer Camp

Camp staff will make every effort to work closely with parents and campers to ensure a safe camping experience at all times.  In order to help facilitate this process, we ask all parents/guardians to please clearly identify all food allergies that your child has, prior to attending Camp, that may cause a concern for your child while they are here.

Our Health Director reviews all camper applications prior to the start of each camping session and will contact parents, ahead of each week, to clarify any health concerns that may exist, as well as, to develop a plan of action for your child.  There will also be an opportunity during check-in for parents to meet with our Health Director to update any food allergy issues and discuss potential concerns.  Additionally, Camp Area Directors, Counselors and kitchen staff are all notified about campers with special dietary restrictions or concerns.  Those campers who require suitable food alternatives (as instructed by a family doctor) will be accommodated to ensure your child’s safety and well-being.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • When sending snacks with your child please try to avoid peanut-based products.  When there is a camper with airborne allergies to nut products, the counseling staff will request peanut-based products are removed from the cabin.
  • Our counseling staff are responsible for watching ten campers each week and our kitchen staff prepare meals for around 175 people each day.  We cannot guarantee that individual meals can be prepared for children with food allergies but we work hard to make sure safe options are available at each meal.
  • Special foods brought in to Camp for your camper must first be submitted to the Health Director who will coordinate with kitchen and counseling staff.

Buddy Requests

Campers can request one buddy to be placed in their same cabin for their week at camp. As a part of registration, campers should enter only one other camper’s name and the request must be mutual–buddies need to request each other specifically. Buddies also must be the same age or close to the same age. Unreciprocated requests, a request for multiple buddies, or “buddy chains” with multiple campers requesting each other will not be honored. These requests can create challenges for cabin dynamics and are often difficult to fit within 10 camper cabins. Keep in mind, campers are housed by age, so some campers might know each other in a cabin without making a request.

Visitation and Leaving

A week at Camp is a wonderful opportunity for our young campers to grow and develop important life skills, such as independence and self-reliance.  Due to this fact, parental visits during the week are NOT allowed. We also do not allow campers to be checked out mid-week to attend appointments, practices, and other commitments. This can be disruptive to both the camper’s and their cabinmates’ experience.

Prohibited Items

Please be aware of the list of prohibited items listed under our Packing For Camp page. This list is also available on our camper application and reservation letter.

Camp Store

The Camp Store will be back in 2022 and open during check-in. We will have Camp Daggett tie-dye shirts, special 2022 t-shirts, and more available. Payment can be made by cash or checks.

Candy and Snack Policy

We ask that you please limit the amount of snacks sent with each camper during the week. Your child will be well-fed and will receive nightly snacks during his/her stay with us, thus, there is little time for your child to enjoy snacks sent from home. Furthermore, managing large quantities of snacks only burdens our counselors and takes away from the valuable time they have to spend with your child in other activities.  Please be advised that all snacks and drinks will be monitored by cabin counselors and staff.

Reminder: As stated in our Prohibited Items Policy, soda and candy are NOT allowed in Camp. Such items will be confiscated and then returned to you at the end of the week.

Package Drop Off & Letters

If you need to drop something off that your child forgot while packing, or you would like to leave a care package, please leave it in the “Daggett” tote under our mailboxes. The mailbox and tote are located directly to your right, before you would turn left to enter Camp. We will check the tote at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day, there is no need to call.  Anything left after 6:30 p.m. will remain outside until the next morning. Additionally, we encourage you to send letters or cards to campers if you wish.  It is a great way to connect during the week, and you may even get a letter in return!

For the safety of all our campers and staff, we ask that you do not drive into Camp while it is in session.

If you have questions, please call our staff office (231) 347-9742 x 104.  We check messages often, and will respond to your call as soon as we can!

Enjoy your week, and thanks for letting us spend it with your child!

How to Help your Child prepare for Camp

  • Be sure your child is ready for overnight camp.  Arrange overnights at friends’ homes or with their grandparents.
  • Spend time reviewing what activities your child will be participating in while at camp.  Our website contains a “typical day”, which walks through our daily schedule.  There are photos to view as well on our website and our Facebook page.
  • Be positive about the upcoming experience; share your excitement of all the new activities, and the friendships your child will experience during their stay.
  • If you have concerns, share them with another adult such as your spouse or the camp director.  Sharing concerns with your child will only cause more worry and anxiety.
  • Pack plenty of letter writing materials; be sure to include self-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes.  We do not allow campers to phone home while at camp so letters or postcards will be your mode of communication with your child for the week.
  • Never make deals for early pick-ups if they do not like it.  This removes any chance the staff has for helping your child stay and work through the homesickness.  If your child were to experience uncontrollable anxiety while at camp, you would receive a call from the director.
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