Here is the latest blog update with details regarding preparations for camp. These details are taken right from our Pre-Camp Bulletin for Parents featured on our website. I hope you find this information useful and informative. Please be in touch with any questions! THINGS NOT TO PACK Chewonki campers learn that many of the material things that they feel are essential parts of their life are perhaps unnecessary. Television is not a part of the camper’s experience at Chewonki. Smart phones, i-Pods, cell phones, computer games, and all similar devices are not allowed along with comic books. We request that all “Pokemon” or “Magic: The Gathering” – type game cards and accessories remain at home. Other valuables such as jewelry, watches, money, etc. are unnecessary. Chewonki cannot be responsible for the storage of these items during the summer. Please do not send candy, cookies, gum or any other food with your child or to them through the mail during the summer. These package won’t be delivered. We are asking you to support us by resisting appeals of campers for such “goodies”. It is our policy not to deliver them to the campers for many reasons. Sweet things draw flies and rodents; we like to have ants and small mammals close to the living quarters but not in them. Boxes of “goodies” can also cause hard feelings among campers. Our meals are planned to be nourishing and substantial and there is no need for supplements. We encourage campers to eat something of everything that is provided for them. The food is simple but abundant and well prepared. We are interested in nutrition and want campers to learn about food and its importance. A package of sweets in the mail is working against us. We will trust that we have your support and understanding. Hopefully, all parents will read and honor this policy, but sometimes grandparents and other relatives may not be aware of our policy. Please let them know about our policy and explain the reasons behind it. On birthdays in camp, a camper will be honored with a small treat. BAGGAGE A camp trunk is not required, but may be useful for packing and shipping. Campers will unpack their belongings onto cabin shelves. Campers arriving by car may bring all baggage with them. Otherwise, we recommend parcel post (Post Office), United Parcel Service (UPS), or FedEx. Baggage should be sent unlocked or with keys mailed to us before camp. For those in camp traveling long distances and shipping their luggage, we unpack their belongings before they arrive to help give them a settled-in feeling. Because of limited space on the vans from New York, Logan Airport and Portland Jetport, a few items of hand luggage only may be brought with your camper.