Mail is delivered daily to campers. You may send mail via a postal service or email, or you can bring them to camp when you drop your camper off.
- Bring to camp: If you are dropping off your camper at the campsite, it’s a great idea to bring a letter or a package for each day and label them for what days you want them delivered. Our staff will deliver each package on their appropriate day, which guarantees that your camper receives their handwritten mail.
- Postal Service: When sending letters or packages via a Postal Service expect an added day for delivery as we are in a rural area.
- Email: To email campers use firstname.lastname@example.org. Include camper’s name and counselor’s name in the subject line. Limit emails to one per day, per camper. No attachments or e-greeting cards. Please send emails by 10am for same day delivery. Campers can return mail through hand written letters only.
Helpful Hints to avoid Homesickness
- Pack together and talk about camp as you pack.
- Make sure this will not be the first time your camper has stayed away from home overnight. Arrange for a sleepover at a friend’s house or with relatives.
- Let your camper know it is okay to miss home, but that does not mean they cannot or will not still have fun.
- Write your camper often. It is best to mail a letter or postcard the day before your camper leaves, and another on the day they leave for camp.
- When writing to your camper, do not make reference to how lonely you feel without your camper.
- If a family pet is sick or dies, please wait until your camper returns home to break the sad news.
- Do not encourage your camper to call home if they get homesick. Campers do not have access to a phone and are not allowed to bring cell phones to camp.
- Please remember, Pines counselors are well-trained in the area of homesickness. You will be notified if your camper experiences excessive homesickness.
Reassure your camper that you will be there to pick them up on the last day of camp.
Suggestions from Parents
- “For young children, pack an entire outfit for each day in individual plastic bags, labeled with the day. It makes getting ready easy on your camper and on their counselor!”
- “Label everything!”
- “Send clothes that can get really dirty, it’s camp!”
- “Pack with your camper so they know exactly what needs to be brought home. Including a packing list is helpful too, one summer I took Pictures of everything we packed and put them in a small album, when my 7 year old son went to pack up, he looked at the pictures and made sure he had everything.”
- “Bring letters/packages with you and leave them in the office labeled with the day you want them delivered. It saves postage and guaruntees your camper will receive mail.”