Greetings! As we approach the start of Camp on June 26th, I will be updating our blog regularly 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! EQUIPMENT We have posted the in-camp equipment list on our website containing links to order equipment. The only items that need to be purchased are the required Chewonki shirts (6 of any variety) if you don’t already have them, purchased from our new partner Summer Camp Supply. Please note the ordering deadline of May 15 to avoid delays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chris Riley @ 207-232-7174 to ask questions or to place an order. Please note that Summer Camp Supply will stitch your child’s name in each shirt that you purchase if you order by May 1. Shirts may not be purchased at Chewonki. Many of the other required items are available through Summer Camp Supply if you wish to purchase them, but hopefully you will have most of the clothing on hand, or can borrow equipment from family and friends. We expect campers to wear only Chewonki shirts- the white, natural or green t-shirts, the white or green polo shirts, or the wilderness trip tech-shirt. For 2012, we are pleased to offer high-quality organic t-shirts as one more way of promoting a sustainable planet. Our campers come from many different backgrounds; having everyone wear the same shirt is one way to foster a feeling of unity and sense of community. Our active campers create many dirty shirts, and we have found that most parents would rather dirty up Chewonki shirts than shirts from home. You will also find additional information on our website that enables you to purchase nametags or a name stamp from the Name Dropper Clothing Stamp Company for existing items that you have from home not purchased from Summer Camp Supply. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL CLOTHES AND GEAR ARE CAREFULLY MARKED WITH THE CAMPER’S NAME. Unmarked items are easily lost. With this in mind, please do not send along valuable clothes and other expensive items that you do not want your child to lose or get ruined. Please help us return lost items to your child while they are still at camp by labeling everything! To help us send your child home with all that they arrived with, please be sure to complete the inventory list that is included with the packing list. Make three copies of this list- one for home and two for us at Chewonki. The inventory list will be tremendously beneficial to our counselors as they help your child pack at the end of the summer. Please follow these lists carefully. Special Note: For campers traveling long distances and those receiving financial aid, please see the online packing list regarding clothing rental or loans. Please contact us if you have any questions on regarding the clothing or equipment lists! Campers are asked to bring enough supplies – stationery, postage stamps, toilet articles, batteries, etc. – to last the summer. Due to the humid summer weather, please pack only self-adhesive envelopes and stamps. Also, it is helpful to provide your child with pre-addressed envelopes of family members and friends who your child may want to write. Money is unnecessary at camp. A bill will be sent at the end of the summer for any minor charges incurred. If your camper is eager to take pictures, please note that we will process film only for those campers who are using film as part of our in-camp photography program. We recognize the widespread use of digital cameras but campers will not have access to power outlets for recharging. We are also concerned about expensive digital cameras becoming lost or damaged while at camp. Therefore, we recommend bringing a few inexpensive disposable cameras. BATTERIES We ask campers to bring only re-chargeable, AA size NI-CAD batteries to camp. We have a number of re-charging stations around camp. Regular alkaline batteries (throw-aways) are hard on our environment and can be a health hazard when incinerated or buried in a landfill. So, please help us help our environment, and make sure to bring a flashlight that takes this AA size, or consider purchasing a hand-cranked LED rechargeable flashlight. KNIFE POLICY Campers may bring jackknives or sheath knives to camp but to ensure safe and responsible use of knives, Chewonki’s policy is to have all knife use supervised by staff. When not in use, knives will be stored by the cabin counselor. Knives will be available for appropriate use on overnights and trips. Jackknives should have locking blades. Remember to pack these in checked luggage, if traveling by plane. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Music and singing are an integral part of Chewonki camp life. Campers love to perform at campfires and Sunday Service and there are many informal opportunities to play instruments and sing. If your child plays an instrument, we encourage them to bring it to camp. We will provide a safe place to store the instruments.