First Time Campers and Camp Families

  • Posted February 13, 2017 by

    Spending your first summer at sleepaway camp can make new campers and their families feel anxious.  At Camp North Star, we go to great lengths to ensure that campers feel  comfortable before they even leave home.

    New families meet with Steven and Brooke, our owners/directors, during a home visit or talk with them during a video call.  This starts the process of Camp North Star partnering with parents so we can provide the best possible experience for their children.  Parents feel comfortable that there is always an open line of communication with our directors during the summer and offseason.  The home visit is the perfect opportunity to share any personal information about your child as well as discuss the goals and expectations you and your child have while they are spending their summer with us in Poland Spring, Maine.

    A typical concern of new campers is wondering how easy it will be fitting in and becoming friends with their fellow campers.  One of most important life skills our campers learn is how to make and keep friends.  We help our new campers develop a friendship before they even arrive on our 200 acre property.  We connect each new camper with a returning camper through our Camper-to-Camper program .  A returning veteran camper will call a first time camper by phone in late May or early June. This gives new campers the chance to understand more about our camp on a peer-to-peer level and allows them to connect a face with a name on arrival day.

    Camp North Star also makes the transition easy for families as well.  We realize that parents are anxious to know how their child is enjoying camp.  That’s why we have our Boys and Girls Directors call every new family during the first two days.  The director updates the families on their child’s schedule and answers any questions.  We also frequently post updates on our social media channels as well as post photos our password protected photo gallery on a daily basis.

    And, if you need to contact any of our directors at any point during your child’s stay with us, we are just a phone call or email away.  We are always happy to take your phone call or respond to your email.  Every family receives a Parent Handbook each summer.  There’s a wealthy of valuable information inside including Steven and Brooke’s cell phone numbers which you can call 24/7.

    These steps help both the new camper and their family feel comfortable about the Camp North Star experience.

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