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Preparing For Camp

Congratulations! Your son is enrolled for Camp this summer…now what? Welcome to Parent Headquarters

Parent HQ will be your step-by-step, month-by-month guide to preparing you and your family for an excellent summer. Check back every couple of weeks to remind yourself of what needs to get done. If you follow this guide, you will be ready for camp by June 1st!

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Full Season (June 18-August 9), Session I (June 18-July 13), Session II (July 15-August 9), Rookie I (June 18-July 1), Rookie II (July 15-July 28)

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  • 2018 Visiting Weekend Dates: July 13-15, 2018

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March

March is about FORMS. It is time to Log-In to your CampInTouch Dashboard and begin filling out all of your Forms. Here is a guide to help you through it.

When you Log-In to your account and locate Forms and Documents, this is what you will see:

We will walk you through these forms below.

Fill out the TRAVEL FORM

Tell us how your son and his bags will be getting to and from camp, choosing from these 3 primary travel options:

  1. Bus Transportation to and from the Chicagoland Area
    • Camp will provide coach buses to and from Staples in Highland Park, IL on the first and last day of camp.
    • Bags will be sent via our baggage company or shipped via FedEx or UPS. If you choose the baggage company option, you will be contacted before camp to arrange pickup.
  2. Air Travel to and from surrounding airports
    • Camp provides bus transportation to and from airports such as Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago O’hare and Rhinelander.
    • By this time, camp will have already emailed you with recommended flights to book for your son. If that has not happened, please contact the office. 
    • Campers usually fly in to camp one day prior to the start of the session, and fly home on the last day of camp.
    • Bags can travel with the boys on the plane or shipped via FedEx or UPS
  3. Parent drop-off and pick-up
    • If you’d like to make the drive, you are more than welcome, but we always recommend the bus experience for our campers.
    • Bags can be dropped off and picked up by parents or shipped via FedEx or UPS
  4. Once you’ve decided on a mode of transport and baggage, fill out the form online. If you are new to this form we have a Travel Form Help Video for you!

**See  specific notes on Baggage in our April to-do’s below. 

Complete the CAMPER PROFILE FORM

This form is very important as it is your chance to tell us everything we need to know about your son coming into the summer. This online form asks for the following:

  • Camper and Parent goals for the summer
  • Personal, emotional, social information about your camper
  • Cabin Requests
  • Name and Number request for his special camp jersey (no additional cost)
Begin to fill out your HEALTH FORMS

There are 2 sets of primary health forms:

  1. Health History Form – this is completed online
    • On this form you will notify camp if your son is taking any medications. If so, you will be contacted regarding our medication procedures.
  2. Printed forms that need to be signed by parents and doctors
    • Physical & Immunizations – Records to be provided to us by your son’s doctor. Note: It is OK to provide us with forms used by your doctor or school for your camper’s physical and immunization records. 
    • Parent Authorization – Gives camp permission to treat your son in the case of an emergency. Please include a copy of your insurance card.
    • Instructions for these forms and how to submit them to camp are on Page 1 of this forms document.
  3. Parents, we have created this Health Forms Help Video to guide you through these forms. Check it out!

PLEASE NOTE: This would be the time of year to book a physical for your son if you have not done so yet!

April

Start Shopping and Prepare to Pack
  • Check out our Suggested Packing List
  • Visit our CM Store to purchases essential Green & White gear for the summer
  • Packing tips:
    • Each camper should have a maximum of 2 duffel bags.
    • We do laundry once a week for the boys.
    • Pay attention to the required items on the packing list. We ask that everyone have at least 3 Menominee shirts (one green, white and grey) as well as a REVERSIBLE MENOMINEE JERSEY.
Decide How Your Son's Bags are Getting to Camp

Finalize your plans for your son’s bags and update the Travel Form (see March notes) to tell us how your bags will be traveling. Bags can travel to camp in a number of ways:

  • Baggage Company – Chicago area only, bags will be picked up from your house in the week leading up to camp and dropped off a few days after the end of camp. Camp Menominee partners with Camp Laundry and Baggage for this service. You can visit their website to sign up for the baggage service. 
  • FedEx/UPS – you are welcome to ship your campers bags
  • Parents – you can bring your bags to camp with your son
  • Plane – Bags can fly with your camper if you are coming from out of state. We try to book southwest flights so bags are free.

NOTE – We do NOT allow bags to travel on the bus with the boys unless you are traveling from out of state. We will only allow one small travel bag, hockey equipment and golf equipment on the bus. 

 

May

Prepare and Send Medications to Camp

If your son is taking medication at camp this summer you MUST follow the following procedures:

  • All medications must be noted and explained in the camper online Health Form
  • All medications must be sent up to camp in accordance with our Camp Menominee Medication Procedures. Please read the procedures thoroughly and follow the instructions.
Review our Policies

You can download our 2018 Parent Handbook from your dashboard to review our Policies. Please pay special attention to:

Connect with your Big or Little Brother

Around this time you’ll be introduced to your official camp “Big Brother” or “Little Brother”. We would love for the 2 of you to connect, and set up a time to meet or Facetime before camp starts. If you need contact information for your big or little brother. Please contact the office. 

Attend the Pre-Camp Get Together

Every year we have a pre-summer get together in the Chicago Land area during May. Keep an eye out for emails and information about it this year!

June / July / August

Check the Pictures

Log-In to your CampInTouch account to check out our daily picture upload. We will also post a selection to Facebook, but every picture goes in to CampMinder. We ask that you bear with us as our internet connection is often slow…the upload might not finish until 2-4am.

Email Your Son and Check Your Inbox

Your CampInTouch account will allow you to send your son emails as much as you want. Check out our CampMinder Email Instructions and watch our Email and CampStamps Help Video on how to do this.

Read Woody's Word

If you haven’t heard about Woody’s Word by now, you are missing out! Our Assistant Director Woody writes a beautiful blog each evening recapping the day and telling you everything that is going on at camp.

Check our Social Media for Videos and Posts
  • Check Facebook for videos. Make sure you “follow” our page. It will not automatically appear in your feed.
  • Follow us on Instagram as we’ll do a story every day.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube Page for new videos as they come out.
Contact the Office If You Need Anything

Daisy is our amazing and friendly office manager who can help you with whatever you need. You can reach her at 715-479-2267 and info@campmenominee.com