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Camps’ programs and philosophies vary in many ways. You’ll find specialized programs, different session lengths (some with split sessions), emphasis (or de-emphasis) on competition, different ideas on how much freedom of choice in activities to allow, camps for boys, camps for girls, coed camps…the possibilities are endless.
Decide on what sort of experience you and your youngster want, then look for the camp which can offer it. Look for quality, and a good fit between camp and camper; look for the essentials behind the veneer. It should be a lot of fun, of course! But, it should be much more. A good camp experience can be one of the wisest investments in your child’s future you will ever make.
Children need, now more than ever, to be “unplugged” for periods of time and what better place than camp!
To that end, No Cellular or WiFi capable Devices are allowed at camp.
We enjoy having music and books here at camp. We have always allowed tape and CD players for rest hour headphone use. However, as technology changes, so does the way we carry our music and read books.
What is allowed:
As you may have noticed in the program section of this website, we enjoy many outdoor activities here at camp, which of course means exposure to the weather. Bringing the appropriate things to camp (and leaving the inappropriate things at home) is extremely important to having a good experience.
All specialty equipment needed for activities (such as lifejackets for kayaking) is provided by camp, as is community camping gear. Campers will need to bring comfortable and durable clothing, a few personal items, and some basic personal equipment for camping. We don’t expect you to spend a lot of money on elaborate gear, but there are a few items that one simply cannot do without in the woods. Backpacks are available to rent for the summer.
Download a list of what to bring to our June (3 weeks) or August (2 weeks) sessions here:
For the list of what to bring to our Early June session choose download here:
Download a list of what to bring to our Main (5 weeks) session here:
Please let us know if the quality is appropriate.
Happy to Be Package-Free!
To keep the campers focused on their time here and to save parents from spending unnecessary time & money, we have a
The only exceptions are:
Forgotten essentials within the first week of camp (rain jacket, tennis shoes, pillow….).
Books (not magazines or comics).
A single package for a birthday, containing no food or candy.
Please review the full “No Package Policy” you’ll be sent in the spring and make all friends and relatives aware of the policy.
First time campers and their parents sometimes spend a good bit of time worrying about homesickness. Most kids do just fine, but here are some thoughts which may help minimize potential emotional distress:
We can’t win the battle without it. Some homesick campers want the world to know; others are embarrassed and try not to show it. We do want you to tell us about homesickness and other problems of which we may not be aware, and we’re glad to give you feedback about your daughter anytime. Feel free to call us anytime if you have concerns. If we’re not by the phone, we’ll be happy to call you back.
Please don’t say, “If you have problems, call us and we’ll come get you.” A camper thus invited to fail is likely to give up at the first difficulty, abandon thoughts of adjusting to camp, and focus immediately on going home.
You might say something like, “This is a commitment for one camp session. We expect you to have lots of fun… but if it’s hard at times, you have to stick with it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to go back, but no changing your mind in the middle!”
If you bring her to camp, take long enough to see the facilities and meet her counselors; then leave. This is not a good time to visit and watch activities. A cheerful, confident attitude on your part will help greatly in getting the summer off to a good start.
We eat family style in the dining room. We think the variety of our menu is great. There’s a salad bar at lunch and dinner, and vegetarian options are available at every meal. Fresh fruit is put out for snacking between meals. If you have a birthday at camp, you’ll get a cake!
Incidentally, we cannot allow campers to keep any form of food (including candy and gum) among their belongings.
After meals there are announcements about upcoming activities. After breakfast, we go into the assembly room, for some music and announcements.
Green Cove has consistently held a grade “A” rating from the North Carolina State Board of Health. We have an infirmary on camp premises with two registered nurses in residence; a doctor in residence serves both Green Cove and our brother camp, Mondamin. There is a hospital six miles away. Regular health checks are made daily (showers, brushed teeth, etc.); parents receive weekly letters from counselors and a telephone call in case of any unusual problems.
At Green Cove, there is an attempt to quietly foster a spiritual atmosphere, and to encourage time for thought and reflection. We have a simple, non-denominational service at camp on Sunday mornings, which emphasizes ethics, morals, and friendship, rather than formalized religion. It includes nothing ritualistic or intrusive. Catholic campers may attend mass nearby.
Campfire on Tuesday evenings, pictured here, is also a time for thought and reflection. We sing songs and tell stories… kids report on trips they took the previous week, often inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.
The majority of parents prefer to drive their children to camp, but as many as a third to a half of our campers come on commercial flights. Here are a few tips.
For those that choose to drive, we are about
There are some beautiful places to visit in the mountains of North Carolina which may be an added incentive to making the drive. For information on where to stay and what to do, visit our local Travel & Tourism website.
If you are comfortable with your daughter flying here, we do a couple things to make this a little easier for you.
Visiting is allowed on a limited basis. Campers may have a maximum of 1 visit in June Camp and 2 visits in Main Camp, and not overnight. Visits are allowed only on Sundays after the first 14 days of camp. A phone call on visitor’s day can be substituted for a visit. There are no visits or phone calls for Early June Camp or August Camp.
Parents are encouraged to write old-fashioned letters to their child at camp. As mentioned above, we are trying to get away from the immediate feel of today’s technology.
Please note that emails to your camper are printed and delivered to them just like “snail mail”. If you prefer to email your child at camp, please use our firstname.lastname@example.org address and include your child’s full name in the subject line. Campers do not have access to email to send a response, pen & paper only!
A good camping experience is very definitely a community experience. We therefore do not break our camping sessions into shorter periods. Cutting a term into two halves, neither of which is complete, is a system we tried and abandoned decades ago. We have seen that a child who comes to camp or has to leave camp half way through a session experiences a disruption of skill progress, social continuity, and community stability that is unacceptable. This scenario is especially disruptive to the campers who stay, seeing their friends and cabin-mates leave.
Occasionally, a camper may be allowed to miss a few of days of camp in the beginning or the end of a session, because of school or an important family event. We would much prefer it if this situation could be avoided, but if such would be the case, please talk with us about this ahead of time.