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kakemaster started the topic Home Sickness in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Six tips to help parents limit their child’s potential for homesickness
Learn About Camp
Weeks before hand, start talking about camp, explore the camp’s website, and share any fun details you know about the camp.
Explain how long they will be at camp by comparing it to another experience they have had before: “Remember that…[Read more]
kakemaster started the topic Who dispenses medication and treatments? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
We have 3-4 Registered Nurses on duty, 24 hours a day at camp. They are there to serve our campers and our volunteers. All medications and treatments are dispensed by our nurses. No medications are kept within the dorms, but remain within the nurse’s office. Most of our nurse’s have experience from prior years of camp, as well as having family mem…[Read more]
kakemaster started the topic Where do I mail my completed camp application? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Special Camps office is run out of our camp directors home in Winfield. The address is, 26W684 Lindsey Avenue, Winfield, IL 60190. We rent the White Pines ranch for 2 weeks every summer, in Oregon, IL.
kakemaster started the topic When are check-in and check-out times? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Check in times are randomly assigned, so that we don’t have everyone dropping off their children at the same time. Your check in time will be approximately 1-4pm. It will take 2 hours to check in. Check in time includes time for your camp counselor to meet with you, so that you can give any extra tips to them at that time. You’ll also meet wit…[Read more]
kakemaster started the topic My child is on a special diet. What should I do? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
White Pines ranch provides all of our meals for camp. They do not individualize needs for each camper. If your child has special dietary needs, your child’s camp counselor will have access to a large walk-in fridge, and microwave. Our camp director can give you the meal in advance, so that you can supplement foods for your child’s needs. Sev…[Read more]
kakemaster started the topic How old are the camp counselors? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Camp counselors are currently students in high school or college age. More than half return from previous years, because they love camp as much as our campers do. We only select the very best camp counselors from previous years, to re-apply for Special Camps. If you know of a teen that has enthusiasm, compassion, and great social skills, encourage…[Read more]
kakemaster started the topic How do you conduct background checks? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Two adult, non-relative references are checked. Teens are encouraged to list someone from their school as a reference as well as someone from the community. All references are checked, those that best meet our needs are then chosen. All adults over the age of 18 also receive a police background check. We travel always in groups, as our policy is…[Read more]
kakemaster started the topic How are your Staff trained? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Teen camp counselors, adult staff and camp nurses attend an intensive 1 day training prior to the opening of camp. New volunteers are then paired up with returning volunteers who guide them throughout their week. Our Volunteers love camp as much as the campers they serve. On our name tags you’ll see the number of years we’ve attended Special Camps.
kakemaster started the topic Can I call to check on my child while she’s at camp? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
No. Sorry, we’re having so much fun at Special Camps, there’s just no time to call home. If our Counselors or Staff have any questions, concerns or if your child does become homesick, we will contact you to get more information on how to help your child. Campers are allowed to call home, if we see signs of homesickness. No phone call means hav…[Read more]
kakemaster started the topic Can I have the same counselor I had last year? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
We’ll try to pair you up with the same counselor as last year, if you remind me of their name on the application.
kakemaster started the topic I’m a picky eater. Can I pack snacks? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Most families do not pack snacks. We provide breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and an evening snack each day. If your child is an extremely picky eater, we can store their snacks and give them to your child during our designated snack times.
kakemaster started the topic Will I be placed with other campers about the same age? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
Yes, you will.
kakemaster started the topic How much spending money should I bring? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
There is nothing to purchase at Special Camps. Everything is included. Please do not send money with your child.
kakemaster started the topic Can I share the same camp counselor as my best friend? in the forum CAMP FAQ 5 years ago
In most cases yes. If both friends place their name as wanting to share the same camp counselor on their application, then we’ll do our best to place them together. Sometimes people place 5-6 names together, and we try to also place these campers within the same dorm area. We do not have you sharing the same camp counselor if one friend is f…[Read more]