How we will keep in touch with camp families…
Our campers have a busy day, and snail mail is often off their radar, but we will encourage campers to write home often to let you know firsthand how their summers are going! Campers will have plenty of opportunities to write home, and our letter writing workshops will help make it fun!
Tip: Pack pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes and stationery in a zipped freezer bag!
First-Time Camper Calls
All first-time camper families will receive a phone call within 72 hours of the camper’s check-in from their Bunk Head to give parents an update on how the first few days of camp are going. These calls a great way for our camp staff and parents to connect about classes, dynamics in the bunk, friendships and connections that are forming, and more!
Bunk Counselor Postcards
At the end of the first week of camp, your camper’s Bunk Counselors will send you a postcard with news about the first days of classes and bunk life and how your camper is enjoying the summer so far.
Campers staying for multiple sessions will get the chance to record a fun video message during week three of camp, which will be emailed to parents!
Blog & Photo Gallery
Check out our Camp Blog/Photo Galleries daily to hear about all the great things your camper is doing at Appel Farm, and view hundreds of photos of classes, bunk life, and special events. Our Camp Documentarian will post news, photos, and important information every day! Access to the photo gallery is restricted to current camp families. To view, download, and order photos, log into your CampInTouch account!
The Camp Directors or Bunk Heads may be in touch with camp news, or if your camper is experiencing a challenge with their adjustment to camp. A Camp Nurse will contact you if your child needs to go to the hospital for any reason, if the Camp Physician recommends a new prescription, if your camper is running a fever of over 100 degrees, or if your camper needs to stay in our Health Center overnight. Campers should not expect to make or receive phone calls — camp is a great way to gain confidence and independence! Of course, if a camper has an urgent message for a parent, they may speak with a Camp Director, and we will help them get in touch with you by phone.
How Families Can Keep in Touch with Camp & Their Campers
Snail Mail & Care Packages
Campers love receiving mail, so write often! Letters and package notices are distributed to campers Monday through Saturday during rest hour. When you write a letter, it’s nice to let your campers know all the “newsy” things that are going on at home. Ask focused questions about your child’s experience, let them know that you are proud of their accomplishments at camp so far, and assure them that everything is going well at home. Your letters and email are your camper’s primary connection to you, and so it is important to avoid any worrisome information, and keep your letters upbeat!
Care packages are also great! We have listed companies that specialize in camp care packages in our Current Parent Area, or you can make your own and include puzzles, frisbees, games, clothes, books, magazines, film, stationery, batteries, and stamps.
Send your camper an e-message from the Current Parent Area of our website! This is an easy way to keep in touch with your camper — check out the newest blog entry each evening, and then click on the “Email Your Camper” button to enter your camper’s name and bunk number, and your message. E-messages will be printed at 9:00 AM and distributed with letters and package notices every day during Rest Hour. You can also contact the Camp Directors from the Current Parent Area by clicking on the “Contact Camp Directors” button. We check our emails throughout the day and into the evening, and will get back to you within 24 hours.
Birthdays at Camp
We will celebrate your camper’s summer birthday in true Appel Farm tradition at lunch, and then your camper will come to the office to call home so you can also wish them a happy birthday! Campers will call home between 1:15-1:30 PM/EST, so please let us know ahead of time where we can call if you won’t be at home. You may send your camper a birthday package, but it cannot include any food items. Also, families are not allowed to visit campers on camp for their birthdays, as it is disruptive to the camp day. We promise we are doing everything we can to ensure your camper’s birthday is amazing!
During Business Hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM/EST, you can call the Camp Office if you have a question or concern, or if you want to find out how your camper is doing. When you call, ask for the Camp Directors or Bunk Head if you are returning a message. Although the Camp Directors are out on the grounds with campers and are not always able to come to the phone, they collect messages regularly and will get back to you within 24 hours.
You can also contact the Camp Nurses with camper health concerns, or leave a voicemail at our Health Center. At least one Camp Nurse will be on camp at all times, but may not be able to answer the phone when you call. Camp Nurses collect messages regularly and will also get back to you within 24 hours.
•Camp Office (856) 358-2472
•Health Center (856) 358-2476
Outside of business hours, we will not be in the office answering the phone, but you can leave a voicemail for the Camp Directors. We check our voicemail throughout the day, into the evening, and on weekends, and will get back to you within 24 hours.
•Ella Quimby, Camp Director – (856) 358-2472, ext. 121
•Tanner Rushing Assistant Camp Director – (856) 358-2472, ext. 116
•Camp Nurses (856) 358-2476
If you have an urgent message or emergency that cannot wait until morning, please do not leave a message. Call our Urgent Messages and Emergencies Line at (856) 358-2476. The person answering this line will contact the Camp Directors immediately.