Can you make sure that my son is with all 11 of his friends and that they are in every activity together?

So this is an email request that we get here at camp all the time…….and we get it, we understand, we really do.  Every parent’s fear is that they will send their child to camp, their child won’t make any friends and they will be left wandering alone in the woods while everyone else is having fun.  Here’s an important truth about camp activities, friends and roommate requests — We are professionals who care about your kids…….trust us.  When a group of 10 friends gets split up into two different cabins, the two groups of 5 camp is better for everyone.  Camp is about seeing your returning friends, making new friends, trying exciting new activities, learning new skills, laughing, growing closer to God all while being with the camp staff around.  

Here are a few things you need to know about Cabin Assignments and Friends at Camp:

1) Cabin Set-up
We have 4 separate cabins that are all in the same giant unit.  We have two boys cabins on the main floor and two girls cabins above them.  Typically we have an older and a younger cabin of each gender.  Sometimes, this isn’t always the case — It’s not unusual to have an 11 year old in the younger cabin or perhaps a 10 year old in the older cabin based on roommate and family requests.  When we do have a little bit of an age difference, we will sometimes have smaller little groups for cabin time discussions.

2) 80% of your camp experience is spent outside of your individual cabin
-tracks, meals, Shelter games, evening activities are all camp-wide

3) Roommate Request Process
We will always make sure that your camper has at least one or two of their roommate requests in their cabin.  It is not healthy or possible for us to work our big matrix of camp requests to get perfect cabin assignments.  We only have so many beds and staff in each cabin.  It would also be a bad experience for a solo camper to be in a cabin with 11 other campers who already know each other.  We want to be set up for success – not failure.  Roommate requests are found in your Active account, most of you did them when you signed up for camp.

4) Making New Friends is a Life Skill
Our most important task Opening Day is to bond the cabin and to help new and returning campers bond and make friends — a skill that will help them the rest of their life.  There is no safer place than camp to learn these new skills.

5) Track and Activity Sign-upsSince campers have the freedom to be together throughout the day, it’s important they know they have the freedom to sign up for any track they want to.  Just because their two friends from home don’t want to do horses should not stop them from taking part in our amazing equestrian program.  They will see each other enough – we guarantee that!

 So to answer the original question:  It might be possible to put your camper in with the 11 friends, but it would not be best for their personal growth, best for their cabin or best for camp.  We are intentional with everything we do – we always have a WHY.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us.

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