Santa Claus Church Camp Evansville District Outdoor Ministries D-5 Elementary Camp July 13-18, 2009 Dear Camper; Hi! Thanks so much for signing up to come to camp for a week this summer. We are anticipating a great week. Here are some things you can look forward to at camp: new friends, swimming, crafts, lots of time outdoors, laughter and learning more about God’s love. We think you will have a great time. Don’t forget registration starts at 9:00 am Monday morning. This will give you a chance to sign in, meet your counselors and your roommates and get ready for the week. Make sure you bring your health form with you because we can’t let you stay without it. Camp will end on Saturday morning with a celebration worship time at 9:15 am. Along with this letter and health certificate you should find a list of what and what not to bring to camp, as well as a map to the campground (for those who are first-timers.) We will not have a concession time this year but snacks and drinks will be provided for you each day. At the end of camp we will have a bookstore available where you can purchase music, books, and extra camp t-shirts. We look forward to meeting you soon, your camp directors, Linda Duke 812:385-2414 firstname.lastname@example.org Jayson Lenn Jayce2300@hotmail.com Heather Nicholas H_dog911@hotmail.com Santa Claus Church Camp Evansville District Outdoor Ministries D-5 Elementary Camp July 14-19, 2008 Dear Parents/Grandparents/ Guardians, Thanks for sending your child to a week of church camp this summer. Church camp is a great time for faith development in a child. Our goal as a staff is for the children to experience the love of God in a variety of ways using the outdoor setting. There are a couple of things you can do to help us accomplish this goal. One of those things is to talk to your child before camp about what it will be like and the exciting things that might happen. Also talk to your child about what being away from home will be like. The percentage of homesickness is low but we have noticed that the children who do get homesick are often the children who are visited or phoned by their parents! That is why we ask that only emergency phone calls be placed. If a child does get homesick at camp, they certainly are cared for and comforted by the entire staff. If it becomes obvious to us that a homesick child will not “get better”, then we will contact you for support. If things just don’t work with feeling better about camp they are sent home and encouraged to try again the next year. You are welcome to write letters to your child at camp and we encourage your children to write to you as well. In your letters to your child we would advise you to ask lots of questions about camp and the things they might be doing and learning, with an added comment about wanting to hear all about it when camp is over. This too will help curb homesickness. Lastly, let us reassure you that we have experienced staff of loving and caring Christians. We are a volunteer staff together for just a week and that is why we need your help in knowing how to give your child the best camp experience possible. Any information that you can give us before camp in terms of your child’s needs, i.e.; learning disabilities, physical needs, or recent life changing experiences, is helpful to us in placing your child with a specific counselor. This information is shared with no one except the counselor and staff. Your child will never be separated from the rest of the campers because of this information. Thanks again for sending your child to Santa Claus Camp this summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Together we think we can make this a great summer for your child at Santa Claus Camp. Linda Duke, (812) 385-2414 (home phone) DUKEC606@aol.com (e-mail) Jayson Lenn email@example.com Heather Nicholas H_dog911@hotamil.com Packing List for D-5 Camp at Santa Claus Campground: Health form – with medications clearly labeled Sleeping bag or bedding for twin bunk bed Pillow Towels and personal shower supplies (soap, shampoo, comb or brush, deodorant) Swim suit and flip flops or sandals Clothes for the week – weather can be hot and clothes can get wet so send plenty! Shoes – gym shoes Raincoat or poncho (optional) Hat or sunglasses (optional) Laundry bag Bug spray Sunscreen Flashlight Bible – one that is easy for you to read White t-shirt for tie dye craft Fan for your room (optional) Optional – book for quiet times, stationary and stamps for letter writing, favorite stuffed animal, favorite game for free time (make sure you mark items with your name on them) Things you don’t need: snack food as there is no food allowed in the dorms and snacks will be provided for you. Cell phones – campers are not allowed cell phone use unless there is an emergency situation. (Staff has phones for emergency use purposes.) Pocket knives and fireworks.