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First-Time Campers

First-Time Campers

We understand that homesickness can be a problem for children living away from home.

Our counselors will work closely with your child to ensure a smooth transition into camp life. First-time campers can also take advantage of our Appel Farm Family Care Package designed especially to help camper families prepare for camp.

The information in our Appel Farm Family Care Package will help your family get the most out of camp by preventing homesickness and preparing for a wonderful camp experience!

Here’s what you can find in your Appel Farm Family Care Package:

  • Christopher Thurber’s DVD/CD program “The Secret Ingredients to Summer Camp Success”
  • Helpful tips to help you and your child prepare for camp
  • Information about daily life at Appel Farm
  • A handy card to help your child prepare for sunny days at camp, and avoid the blues.
You can request your Appel Farm Family Care Package when you complete your Camper Application, here.

Spend the night at Appel Farm at our Family Camp Weekend!

A Camp Experience for the WHOLE Family

This event is also a great chance for first-time campers and their families to get a taste of camp before summer. If your kiddo is nervous about their first sleep-away experience, the Family Camp Weekend is a fun and safe way for them to try out sleeping in a bunk, eating meals in the dining hall, and exploring camp classes and activities. Click here to learn more and register your family today!