Before camp, we provide a Parent Guide which helps parents and campers prepare for a full week away at Camp Woodcraft, and eases transition and separation issues.
In May, before the beginning of the camp season, we will host virtual orientations and meet-and-greets for newly enrolled and prospective families to learn more about Camp Woodcraft, our facilities, meet staff and ask questions.
Upon boarding the bus to camp or arriving at camp for their session, campers are invited to play fun ice-breaker games, meet cabin mates, cabin counselors and administrative staff, and get situated with the camp facilities. The first day’s schedule includes a welcome lunch cook-out, and an opening campfire adds to the warm welcome.
We also encourage campers to pack a family photo and/or a sentimental item that they can refer to when they feel homesick. All campers will receive a journal to write experiences they would like to remember and share with their families afterwards. Parents can also provide pre-stamped envelopes for their children to write letters home. These items will be optional and included in the packing list.
We understand that homesickness is natural and often occurs with both new and returning campers. We prepare and train our staff to handle homesickness and have had remarkable success helping many campers navigate and overcome this feeling and enjoy a fantastic Camp Woodcraft experience.