Preparing for Camp
We will be delighted to have your camper decide to join us this summer. Here are some tips to help make camp a positive experience:
Help your camper prepare for this big ADVENTURE by sharing in her excitement. She will make many new friends, live in a beautiful setting, and learn many new interesting things. Even though many girls wish it was......camp is NOT FOREVER!
If she has never been away from home, discuss this with her. Give her a chance to stay overnight at a friend' s house or at Grandma's. Be positive; listen to her fears and write her often at camp. Send a few items to make her sleeping area familiar - a small stuffed animal can work wonders! The American Camp Association has designed a free website specifically for parents and families, which includes some great articles and tips on getting your camper ready for camp and dealing with homesickness.
Your camper is your treasure - and we try to treat her as such! If she has any medical, dietary, or behavioral needs, please let us know. The more we know about her, the more comfortable we can make her feel.
Mail becomes very important to girls away from home. Mail service to camp can be slow. We suggest you send a letter the day before she leaves for camp, so that it arrives before she heads home. Mail is delivered after lunch during the camper rest period. Because the first day of camp schedule is different, no mail is delivered to campers on the first day of the session, except for the Camp Comfort kits sold by the Girl Scout Shop.
Please address mail for USPS delivery to:
c/o General Delivery
Camp Connell, CA 95223
Session #: [Program Name]
The Session # and Program Name MUST be on the envelope to ensure the camper receives her mail.
Positive, upbeat letters help to prevent homesickness. Save the less cheerful news until she returns home. Include self-addressed, stamped envelopes and postcards in her luggage so that you will receive mail too!
We CANNOT receive UPS packages. If you need to send a package to your camper please contact camp to make arrangements or use the bus mail box. Healthy snacks are provided, so please do not send packages of goodies (our year-round resident campers, the four-footed variety, like your snacks too!).
Bus Mail Box
SAVE YOURSELF POSTAGE!
A mailbox will be available on check-in day for your camper’s mail (name, session # and program name must be on the envelope). Please make a note on each envelope which day you want the letter delivered (day 2, day 3, etc.).
eCamp-one-way e-mail and photos
Camp Menzies uses an internet program created and managed by eCamp, a camp based technology firm. Parents can log on to a password protected Website to see pictures and news from camp for free. Each unit has a camera that camp staff use to take pictures of their unit. Pictures for each unit are generally posted on the website once a day (times vary for each unit, but usually new pictures are posted in the evening after dinner or in the morning after breakfast). There are days that due to technical difficulties with our computers, or with the cameras, we do not get photos posted for every unit. We cannot post photos of campers on our travel sessions until they return to camp from their trip. Although we try our best, we cannot guarantee that we will get a picture of every camper, every day. For a small fee, parents can set up a one-way email account for their camper through the eCamp website. Emails are printed once a day at 10 a.m. and distributed during mail call after lunch, emails sent after 10 a.m. will not be printed until the following day. Girls will not be able to receive emails when they are out of camp on trips. Only parents with campers registered for camp will be able to sign up for these services. Click here for the eCamp website.