Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

May I visit my child during camp?

Parents do not visit during the camp session. Many of our campers come from such distances that visits would be impossible and in all fairness to them we ask those who live closer refrain. Our experience is that visits tend to exacerbate homesickness rather than alleviate it.

What about mail?

Letters from home are eagerly anticipated by campers. Many parents try to write every day. We organize regular sessions for writing letters home. Packages are great but please don't send food, violent comics or electronic toys.

How about phone calls?

Parents are welcome to call and talk to us or their child's counselor. Meal times are a good time to find us near the phone. We do not allow campers to talk to their parents directly because it would tend to make children homesick or worsen any existing homesickness.

Should I send spending money?

There is nothing for campers to spend money on at camp, so we ask that they not have spending money with them. Seniors bring $5.00 to cover a special planned outing.

How does Camp Celo help with homesickness?

Homesickness is something that we deal with every summer and is usually not a big deal. If the camper has been a part of the decision to come to camp and is committed to the idea they usually get over being homesick in a day or two. It is important for both the camper and the parents to be prepared for some homesickness, so if it happens it doesn't come as a surprise. We suggest that you discuss the issue with your child ahead of time and talk together about what they might do if they feel homesick. For example they could choose to pat one of the baby animals with a counselor, or write a letter home, or work on a favorite project or game. It's also a good idea to practice with sleepovers at friends' houses or trips to visit cousins or grandparents.
It's best not to make a bargain and tell your child to just try camp for the first week. This usually creates the expectation that they will only be staying at camp for one week. Even in fairly difficult cases a camper will get over homesickness if parents are firm and encouraging. Emphasize that sticking to their commitment to complete the session will be worthwhile in the long run. Counselors are always good at being comforting and will provide plenty of choices of activities to keep children busy, involved and happy.

What is the head check for?

Head lice have the potential for being a real problem at camp. We have worked to eliminate the problem here by thoroughly checking all campers and staff for lice upon arrival. If any nits are found we will quietly ask the parent to take the child home until he/she can be treated and return nit free.
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