Communication with Campers
At one time, almost all of our campers were first-time campers. We are very good at assessing how a child is faring in the early hours and days of their camp stay…and we take pre-emptive measures to make sure an anxious camper gets off to a good start. Our Senior Staff, Nursing Staff and Directors all work with in-cabin Counsellors to facilitate your child’s transition to camp life. We will contact parents should there be an issue of some kind.
It is important, for Camp to be a success all around, that communication with a child at camp is only as described below.
If you have a specific question or concern, please feel free to contact our office to speak with one of the directors.
Snail Mail! Campers love to get mail. Each day after lunch, everyone is excited when they get cards and letters. Send to our regular postal address… (Camper’s Name, Camp Celtic, RR# 2, Box 1000, Lions Head, Ontario N0H 1W0).
Emails are also permitted, but campers are unable to respond via email. There is no charge for this service, but we ask parents to limit their emails to twice per Session. Send camper emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the camper’s first and last name in the “subject line.”
Leading Up to Camp
Your child is embarking on an experience that will be among the most memorable of their life. In almost all cases Camp is successful for every child, but here are some things to consider in the days and weeks leading up to arrival at Celtic.
Camp is gonna be fun!
After choosing when to come to camp, and what activities to try out, it is important to set the expectation that Camp is going to be great! It is an easy prophecy to fulfill! After all, Celtic campers have been having fun and learning since 1984!
If anyone, camper or parent, is nervous about the upcoming stay at camp: It’s OK! Even kids who have been to Celtic for many years get a little anxious leading up to camp. Rest assured that this is our full-time business, and one in which we treat each camper as we would our own child. They are in good hands!
Stay away from making early “pick up deals” with your camper
It’s a mistake to say, “If you don’t like camp, then I’ll come get you.” This type of decision puts a big weight on a child’s shoulders and typically sets them up for failure. Parents sometimes think of this practice as a “life-line” for the camper. It is really more of a cement block!
What to Bring to Camp
We would like camper’s clothing to be labeled with their name. It is very difficult to sort through lost and found, especially after the camper has returned home. You may use any label method you like.
Campers should bring the following items to camp:
- Sleeping Bag
- Socks (lots)
- Warm clothes for evenings
- Bathing suit
- Running shoes
- Extra footwear
- Re-usable water bottle
- Insect repellant (non-aerosol)
Optional – Camera, Games, Musical Instruments, Stamps and Envelopes, Sunglasses.
A condition of being at camp is that there are no cell phones. The use of cell phones inhibits a camper’s ability to experience camp fully, and almost always leads to that camper not doing as well as they should. If your child does have his or her own phone, we will be happy to keep it in the Director’s office until the closing day of camp.