Preparing for Camp
Thank you for trusting us with the care of your child. We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen Camp Morty and we’re confident that your child’s experience at camp will be a fantastic opportunity for friendship, independence, and growth.
As you prepare your camper for camp it’s natural for both you and the child to feel some apprehension. We’ve prepared some tips to help you and your camper manage the transition between home and camp.
Involve your camper in preparing for camp! Your camper will be more invested in the camp experience if they help with packing and preparing for their week away. Have them pick which clothes they would like to wear during the week, and if they have a special stuffed animal or blanket allow them to bring it to camp. A suggested packing list is posted below.
Talk about camp with your camper before the summer begins. Be sure to answer your child’s questions honestly, and set realistic expectations for camp. Your child will be living with a group of other children in the woods, they will be participating in lots of fun activities, they will be learning how to swim…etc. All of these are exciting opportunities for your camper to grow and develop. If your camper asks you questions that you are unsure of how to answer, feel free to give the camp a call and the directors will happily answer any of your questions.
Review behavioral expectations with your child. Your child will be expected to cooperate, follow directions, and live peacefully with a group of about eight other children and two counselors for an entire week- this would be a challenge for anyone! Talk with your child about how to handle negative emotions and review the camp policies together.
Don’t promise your camper that they will be able to contact you or that you will come pick them up if they are unhappy. Except for extreme circumstances, children are not allowed contact with their guardians during their week away and the camp takes this policy very seriously. We’ve found that rarely is there a positive outcome after a child speaks with a caretaker, and that children build resiliency skills when challenged to manage their behavior and emotions away from a home setting. Remind your child that camp is only for a week, and reassure him or her that you’re confident that they can succeed without your intervention. Campers are not allowed to bring cell phone with them to camp. All cell phones that come with campers will be confiscated on arrival day and stored in the camp office.
Download a PDF version of the packing list here.
We suggest that your camper be assisted when they pack to ensure that nothing is forgotten.
- Blanket & pillow
- 5 T-shirts
- 3 Pairs of shorts
- 2 Sets of pajamas
- 1 Pair of long pants
- 1 Rain jacket or poncho
- 1 Sweatshirt or jacket
- 5 Pairs of underwear
- 5 Pairs of socks
- 2 Bathing suits
- Sneakers (all shoes worn at camp must be closed toe)
- 1 Beach towel
- 1 Bath towel
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, hair brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
- Perscription medication
Please notify us if the child that you are assisting does not have all the necessary clothing or bedding for camp so that we can work to find a donation before your campers arrival.
Please do NOT bring:
- Cell Phones or any other electronics.
- Any weapons (including pocket knives)
- Matches, lighters or torches
- Valuable jewelry
- Money – there is nothing to buy.
- Camera or other electronic equitment that acts as a camera – the privacy of your child and the other children in our care is very important to us.
If your child arrives on-site with any of these items and they are discovered by our staff, the items be confiscated and stored in the camp office for the week and your child will not have access to them.
Perscription Medication Policy
Medications that are being brought to Camp Morty must be consistent with medications listed in the Camp Morty Application. If medication or medication dosage has been changed since the application order form was completed, please contact Camp Morty. We will supply you with a medication order form to be completed and signed by the ordering physician and faxed to our camp office. We reserve the right to deny camper admission at bus pick up sites if medication discrepancies occur between signed physician order form and medications that arrive at bus pick up sites. Campers must come with all medications listed with correct dosages. Medications not listed on the application will not be accepted.