As parents you may have questions about your child's week while at Camp Greenwood. Here are a few of the questions parents have asked in the past.
Where do I view camp pictures? Go to the HOME page and click on the camp your child went to.
1. How is your staff selected?
Counseling staff must be 18 and in most cases have completed 1 or more years of college. Staff who apply must supply the interviewing team with 3 references, one of which must be their pastor. Each staff member is subjected to a drug test, background check with the National Registry Agency and tested for TB. If selected, they are interviewed by the camp director and aproved by the board. Beside the counselors we have support staff that will assist the Kitchen Manager and counselors as they carry out their day-to-day activities. Most importantly Greenwood staff profess to know Jesus Christ and strive to walk in His footsteps.
2. When do I bring my child to camp and pick him/her up?
Campers register Sunday afternoon between 4:00 and 5:00. Campers should be picked up on Friday afternoon between 4:00 and 5:30. For further information about the camp your child is registered for please check the website.
3. Do campers need to bring any money?
The Trading Post will be open daily, parents should leave money for their child to purchase items at the time of registration. Campers should not have money during the week as all purchases at the Trading Post will be made based on the money deposited in the campers account. We encourage all campers to bring a water bottle or canteen to help stay hydrated. The Trading Post has additional T- shirts and sweatshirts for sale.
4. Does Camp Greenwood offer scholarships?
To apply for a scholarship you should contact the camp office or your local church.
5. What discounts does Camp Greenwood offer?
a. Returning campers who bring a new camper each receive a $25 discount. Send applications together.
b. Multiple family – 1st child full price; Each additional child $50 discount. Send applications together.
c. Multiple camp – 1st camp full price; 2nd camp $50 discount if discount is allowed.
6. Does the camp provide special menus for children?
While all meals are planned for the week to contain the basic food groups, if a camper is allergic to certain foods, arrangements are made to accommodate the camper's needs. Food allergy information should be given to the Health Officer at the time of registration.
7. How can I help prevent homsickness in my child?
The American Camp Association® (ACA) recommends the following ten tips parents can use to help their child deal with homesickness at camp:
- Encourage your child's independence throughout the year. Practice separations, such as sleepovers at a friend's house, can simulate the camp environment.
- Involve your child in the process of choosing a camp. The more that the child owns the decision, the more comfortable the child will feel being at camp.
- Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. Consider role-playing anticipated situations, such as using a flashlight to find the bathroom.
- Reach an agreement ahead of time on calling each other. If your child's camp has a no-phone-calls policy, honor it.
- Send a note or care package ahead of time to arrive the first day of camp. Acknowledge, in a positive way, that you will miss your child. For example, you can say "I am going to miss you, but I know that you will have a good time at camp."
- Don't bribe. Linking a successful stay at camp to a material object sends the wrong message. The reward should be your child's new found confidence and independence.
- Pack a personal item from home, such as a stuffed animal.
- Avoid the temptation to take the child home early. If a "rescue call" comes from the child, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame into perspective.
- Talk candidly with the camp director to obtain his/her perspective on your child's adjustment.
- Don't feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development.
Most of all, parents should trust their instincts. While most incidents of homesickness will pass in a day or two, approximately 7 percent of the cases are severe. If your child is not eating or sleeping because of anxiety or depression, parents should work with the camp director and other camp staff to evaluate the situation. Remember, camp staff are trained to ease homesickness. However, don't make your child feel like a failure if their stay at camp is cut short. Focus on the positive and encourage your child to try camp again next year.