Frequently Asked Questions About Camp

Sending your child to Summer camp can bring a lot of quesionts to mind. Here are some of the most often questions that will help you and your child prepare for a great experience.

Your Frequently Asked Question

How is my camper placed in a cabin? Can I request a cabin mate?

During the registration process you will be prompted to choose one person your camper would like to be in a cabin with. Please be sure to fill this out when you register as cabin assignments are made days before the session starts. If left blank, we will place your camper in the appropriate age group. Make sure they are close to the same age and the same gender. Our staff work very hard to assign cabins and in most cases we are able to honor the request.

Campers are assigned to cabins based on their age. For example, a 5-year-old day camper will not be in the same cabin with a 9 year old day camper. In the older session, if it’s not possible to honor the cabin request, then we do our best to put them in the same activity group.

What do you the campers do each day?

We have a structured routine in place for our camper to follow.  The routines and activities are age appropriate with a high level instruction and participation as needed from our staff. 

         Click here to view sample daily schedules.

Camper Mail

Everyone loves to get mail at camp. For our overnight campers, we have  “Mail Call” everyday. For Day Campers we do “Mail Call” on Wednesdays. For those who are returning Day Campers you will notice the Wednesday Mail Call is a new procedure to help keep the flow of Day Camp going. While we encourge mail, we do ask they you follow some basic guidelines. 

        Click here for the “Mail Call” Guidelines.

How are your staff trained?

Each year Camp hires 25-30 full time senior staff most of whom are college ages students. These Senior staff go through 40 hours of training prior to Camp starting. In addition to the Senior staff we generally have a 15-20 junior staff who are High School students. They volunteer during the junior and day camp sessions to provide supervision and assistance to the senior staff. All our staff go through an application and interview process. References are checked and background checks are done on the Senior staff. There are also 10 or so adults that volunteer as directors of the different areas of camp.

My child has food allergies. Are there considerations for these isssues?

We make every effort accomidate the food issues of our campers. When you register, please make a note of this in the medical section of the application.  When you arrive for check in please inform the person at your registration table, inform your counselor, and the nurse.

What if my child gets sick or has to take daily medication?

We have a nurse on sight 24 hours during our camp sessions. We are equipped to handle the normal scrapes, bumps, and bruises that come from being active at camp. headaches, upset stomachs and the like are all handled with over the counter medications. In the event your camper is contagious, we will ask that you take them home until they are no longer contagious.

If your child takes daily medication or has an allergy that requires an epi pen, please note this in the medical section of the applicaiton.  When you arrive, check in with the nurse so they can be properly administered. Please know that we do not allow any medication to be kept in the cabin. They are kept secured in the nurse’s station.

Please make sure your medical history is correct and complete, listing emergency contacts and all allergies including food, medication,and insects.

We are always aware of the concerns that come from being active in a hot, humid environment. Talk with your camper ahead of time about staying hydrated and eating. Also bug spray is essential as is sun screen.

Helpful Packing Tips

Packing clothes in a plastic bin with a lid works great. Please label the bin with your child’s name. Bins or suitcases should not be taller than 14 inches so they can easily slide under most bunks. Placing bedding and pillows in a laundry bag or pillow case will help in ease of carrying. Also a wagon or a luggage carrier with wheels is very helpful for getting the luggage to and from the cabins.

Remember to label belongings and be sure your camper knows what has been packed for him/her.

Please keep in mind that new items sent to camp do not come home new! It is likely that socks and underwear could be lost if your camper is not attentive to where clothes go during changing times.

Include: swim suit, cover-up for girls and towels, bedding and toiletries, a Bible, a flashlight, shoes, and modest shorts and shirts. We are a t-shirt camp. Girls will not be allowed to wear tank tops or shirts with spaghetti straps. Boys will not be allowed to wear muscle shirts. Shorts must follow the finger tip rule for a modest length and have no writing on the bottom (back side). Shirts must not have questionable slogans or remarks on them. Shoes must be worn at all times!

Is there a lost and found?

No matter how hard we try, we are always left with a great deal of lost and found at the end of camp. We do maintain a lost and found in the laundromat with a plastic bin for each cabin. When your camper gets home and there is something missing you are welcome to come out and check the bin of your child’s cabin. However, here a few guidelines to keep in mind when packing for camp.

Don’t send your best clothes to camp. Send clothes that can get dirty.

Send a dirty clothes hamper or mesh bag with your camper and help them set it up in a specific place near there bunk. Don’t put them in trash bag. It can be mistaken for trash.

Don’t have high expectations for socks and underwear making it home 🙂

Practice these routines at home ahead of time

What if my child gets homesick?

We work very hard to keep all campers at camp for the length of their session, but we do not force campers to stay. Be assured we will call you if your camper is miserable. We understand that being homesick is real. It makes your stomach hurt and you feel terrible, but it’s not life-threatening. In fact, being homesick and having the chance to overcome it can be a life-altering event in a child’s life. If you suspect your child might experience some homesickness, you can better prepare them by doing some simple steps.

  1. Only if they express a concern, tell them it’s normal to be a little homesick.
  2. If they don’t express a concern, don’t put it in their head.
  3. Practice by staying with friends or grandparents for a few days.
  4. Talk to them about the friends they will meet and the fun they will have.
  5. Give your camper pre-stamped envelopes to write home.
  6. Keep them a camp journal to record everything they did so they can share it with you.
  7. NEVER say: I hope you’ll be ok. If not, I’ll come get you. This puts coming home in their mind and they will never forget it. Please be positive about the experience they are going to have and tell them you can’t wait to hear all about it at the end of camp.

   

Contact Us

  • Camp Ch-yo-Ca
  • P.O. Box 2010
  • West Monroe, LA 71294
  • 318-397-2313

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