Important Summer Camp Reminders
Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Our gates will open promptly at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, at which point you may drive down the hill into Camp to start your camper registration process. As you drive into the main part of Camp, one of our summer staff will be available to guide you to an appropriate parking area. If weather permits, the camper registration process will begin on our Recreation Field (located in the center of Camp), however, in the case of rain or other inclement weather, the registration process will begin in our Recreation Hall (located adjacent to the Recreation Field).
If your child is participating in one of the Wilderness Adventure Trips, he or she will complete the camper register process at the Adventure Center building located before you enter the main part of Camp.
As part of the camper registration process, parents with campers who require medications will meet directly with the Camp Health Director in 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.
Registration lines can be fairly long at 3:00 p.m. If you wish to avoid longer lines, you may want to arrive between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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.
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Gates will open promptly at 9:00am on Saturday morning, at which point you may drive into Camp to pick up your camper. Your child will be packing his or her belongings and eating breakfast before 9:00 a.m. and will be ready for pick-up any time between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Before exiting Camp, you will need to sign out your child with Camp staff.
PLEASE NOTE: A photo I.D. will be required to pick up your camper on Saturday morning.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
The Camp Daggett Store will be open to parents and campers on Sundays during camper registration and Saturdays during Camp departure. Clothing items such as sweatshirts, t-shirts, and hats are available for purchase, as well as, white t-shirts with the Camp Daggett logo, which are great for tie-dying (A Summer Camp favorite!). We also offer water bottles, stuffed animals, postcards, novelty items, and a few healthy snacks and beverages. Items purchased from the Camp Store can be made into a gift bag and delivered to your camper on any day during his or her session at Camp Daggett. We accept cash and 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 or John Guirey at (231) 838-2106. 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.