ACTIVITIES & PROGRAM
CHECKLIST & REMINDERS
FIRST TIME CAMPER GUIDE
health and welfare
LIFE AT CAMP
packing for camp
policies and procedures
travel & lodging
On the first day of camp, all campers meet with their Division Directors to discuss expected camp behavior. One of the items they review and agree to is our Camper Pledge.
1. Uphold the traditions and ideals of Lonehollow.
2. Abide by the Cabin Constitution and respect the personal space and property of others.
3. Display good sportsmanship, maintain a positive attitude, and follow safety guidelines.
4. Respect Lonehollow campers and staff. Bullying, physically harming other campers or staff, stealing, cussing and using derogatory language are not acceptable behaviors at camp.
5. Respect Lonehollow property. Do not write or draw on furniture, bunks, or property.
6. Stay unplugged. Unauthorized electronics are not allowed at camp (i.e. phones, computers/tablets, e-readers, and video games).
7. Food, candy, drinks, and gum are not allowed in cabins or in activities.
8. Do not use or bring into camp: drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or weapons of any kind.
Camp Lonehollow is committed to creating a safe environment for all. By agreeing to follow the Camper Pledge, campers acknowledge that any infractions may result in a loss of crew points, awards, or offices, or a possible dismissal from camp.
There may be times when a search of a camper's living space or possessions may be warranted. If contraband or potentially harmful materials are discovered during a search, the camper may receive disciplinary consequences up to and including dismissal from camp.
Any violation of the Camper Pledge, including the discovery of contraband, may jeopardize future invitations from Lonehollow.
At camp, there’s nothing we love more than to have some fun! Just yell “Let’s have some fun!” and you’ll receive a resounding “Let’s do it!”.Part of that fun is our optional daily themes.
Tuesday - Tie Dye Tuesday
Wednesday - Wildlife Wednesday (animal shirts) & Wacky Wednesdays
Thursday - Tiki Thursday (Hawaiian shirts)
Friday- Frocket Friday (shirts with pockets)
Saturday - Star Wars (Star Wars shirts) vs. Caturday (cat shirts)
So what can campers do during Rest Period? Rest Period is right after lunch and provides an opportunity for all of camp to return to their cabins, get out of the heat, strengthen cabin unity during a Value Session, and rest before afternoon activities begin. Help your child identify appropriate activities to bring for his/her entertainment. These should be quiet things campers can do on their beds that won’t distract others. Examples include: books, cards, drawing supplies, listening to an iPod shuffle or SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 player, friendship bracelet supplies, Lego’s, etc. All campers must stay inside their cabins for the duration of Rest Period. Lonehollow has a library of books available in our front office and Lake Lodge to those who have either finished their stack or forgot to bring one. Specific Rest Period guidelines for each age division are listed below.
PATHFINDERS (2nd-4th graders)
• 2:45 – 4:30 p.m. – Read, nap, write letters, play games or listen to music with headphones silently on their beds
• 4:30 p.m. – Mail will be delivered to the cabin
SCOUTS (5th-7th graders)
• 2:45 – 4 p.m. – Read, nap, write letters or listen to music with headphones silently on their beds
• 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Talk quietly or play games with friends off their bunks
• 4:30 p.m. – Mail will be delivered to the cabin
ADVENTURERS/LEAD CLIMBERS/LEADERS-IN-TRAINING (8th- 11th graders)
• Mail call immediately after lunch
• 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. – Cabin free time (earned with good cabin inspection scores)
• 3:30p – 4:30 p.m. – Read, nap, write letters, listen to music, talk or play games quietly with friends
What better way to celebrate a birthday than surrounded by hundreds of your friends? If your camper’s birthday falls during the camp term, we celebrate Lonehollow style! Campers enjoy a custom-made birthday cake brought right to their table and brothers and sisters are invited to join the celebration. Birthdays are announced in the morning and the lucky campers are given a big birthday button, so everyone knows who we’re celebrating. Birthday hats are provided for the table and the entire dining hall shares in the excitement while your camper blows out the candles. Also, at a pre-scheduled time during the day, campers can talk with parents AND grandparents on the phone!
**Please contact the office a few days in advance to pre-arrange birthday call times for you and any grandparents who will be calling. Call times are reserved for 8:25 a.m., 1:25 p.m., or 7:05 p.m.**
Lonehollow is a non-denominational camp based on Christian morals and values. We strive to make every child feel welcome and comfortable with individual beliefs. Being rooted in Christian values and principles, we encourage both campers and staff to strive for high ideals while here. We have a non-denominational service on Sunday evening and a Catholic service on Saturday. Campers and staff partner to lead our Sunday evening services which includes singing, scripture readings, and storytelling. We also say the following prayer before each meal:
For food, for raiment,
For life, for opportunity,
For friendship and fellowship,
We thank thee oh Lord.
Campers come to Lonehollow for a number of different reasons. Some hope to make new friends, some strive to learn new skills, and some want to beat summer boredom. No matter what the reason, we want to help all campers achieve their best at camp. As such, we like to keep track of campers’ successes through a personal Success Report and Goal Card.
The Success Report is a check off card where we can reward daily progress and help campers who may need redirection get back on track. Success Reports are completed throughout the term by cabin counselors. In a situation where redirection is needed, Full Time Staff may get involved and will provide input and consultation with campers. Lonehollow uses a progressive disciplinary procedure to redirect misbehavior or poor decision making.
When verbal warnings cease to be effective, temporary minuses are given for that day’s behavior, and opportunities to improve are discussed with the camper. A temporary minus can be replaced with a plus when improvement has been demonstrated. If the negative behavior continues, the next step is a permanent minus, which will remain on the Success Report and results in a loss of points for the camper’s crew. Permanent minuses will have notations on the report to explain what happened and why. Camp staff has the discretion of moving straight to a permanent minus when actions impact safety or the integrity of our program. When an issue continues to escalate, consultation with the Director and parents may become necessary along with the potential of being sent home.
A Goal Card is completed by each camper during the first couple of days of camp. He/she will write down at least one goal to achieve during the term. Campers and their counselors review their goals throughout the term to see how each child is progressing. Sometimes the goal is met in the first few days of camp, but sometimes a little extra encouragement is needed and our staff wants to stay informed on how they can help. Each camper’s cabin counselor will complete the card by letting parents know how he/she progressed on goals. Both the Success Report and Goal Card are sent home at the end of camp in campers’ packets.