Sending a camper to camp for the first time can be a little scary! It is only natural that you would want to connect with them to check in while they are away. At Camp Hochelaga we recognize that this opportunity to check in is important. And we also know that when campers experience the safe and supervised independence of camp they grow confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. In alignment with our work to grow strong, confident, independent young people at camp, we discourage family members from connecting directly with campers by phone or by visit while they are at camp. Camp Hochelaga’s leadership is always happy to check in and give a camper update to a parent or family member over the phone. We value honest transparency and will communicate openly with family members about our observations of a camper’s experience.
Here at Camp Hochelaga we highly encourage letter writing as a way to stay connected. Families are welcome to bring pre-written letters to camp on check-in day, marked for delivery throughout the camper’s stay. There will be a station for letter drop off. We also deliver letters to campers sent by mail. Letters are a great way to stay in touch. If your camper is joining us for the first time, we encourage family members to focus letters on light, happy topics, and to avoid mention of how much you are missing them. Instead talk about how much you love them and how proud you are that they are off on the grand adventure of camp!
In the event of serious illness, accident, prolonged homesickness (two or more days) or other situations warranting discussion with the parents/guardians, the Head of Line, Camp Director, or Nurse will notify parents/guardians promptly.