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|Contact with My Camper||
Please see attached for what a typical camp day looks like. It is quite busy! The Camp Schedule for 2017 is posted below. Please note that the schedule may change.
Link to view Session 1 Schedule
Link to view Session 2 Schedule
Please click here to view the camp packing list.
Campers will be sleeping on bunk beds in their cabins. The bunk beds have twin mattresses on them. Please pack twin bed sheets, a sleeping bag, a light blanket, and pillow for your child.
Please see table on camp information page
If your child is flying to camp please book the reservations so your child arrives between 9am to 4pm into Rochester (ROC) airport. When booking the return flight please book the departure flight between 11am and 4pm. If your child is travelling by Greyhound Bus or Amtrak, please make sure your child arrives between 9am-4pm and return tickets are booked between 11am-4pm.
Yes we do provide transportation between the camp grounds and the airport/bus station/train station for a $25 fee each way. Please send a check in advance to pay for camper pick up and drop off. Please note you are responsible for informing camp that your child needs transportation. You will receive an email with a survey link where the information can be provided.
Yes, we have had campers with all sorts of dietary restrictions – vegan, nut allergies, no eggs, etc.
All meals are vegetarian. We do not use or serve any food with nuts due to the number of campers with nut allergies. Regardless, please inform us of all dietary restrictions when registering your child!
Please do not send any food with your child. Food in the cabins leads to bug infestations and counselors are instructed to confiscate any food from the campers. If there is a medical reason then please explain in the medical form and our medical staff will attend to the matter.
There is a licensed physician on the camp grounds 24/7. Please make sure your child’s medical form (in the registration) is up-to-date or you risk your child’s safety.
All counselors are trained in First Aid and will alert the physician in the case of an emergency. The physician will determine if the camper needs to be taken to the hospital.
There is a one week Counselor Training Week (CTW) just prior to the camp session. Counselors are trained on teaching bhajans, pujas, clubs, and other camp activities, but also training on handling various camper situations including homesickness, shyness, disputes, etc. Each counselor is assigned 3-5 campers in their cabin for whom they are made aware of any breakfast, lunch, dinner or evening medications to make sure the camper sees the camp doctor during those times.
During the evenings there is a security guard on the cabin grounds during the camp sleeping hours. The security guard is there to make sure no campers are staying up late, sneaking out at night, and ensure that any campers going to the bathroom in the middle of the night are accompanied by a counselor.
Refer to the "What happens if a medical emergency arises for my child during camp?" for further details.
You may attend and observe any of the evening programs that begin around 7.30 pm and run till 9 pm.
Otherwise, you are not permitted to join in any other camp activities or go to the cabin grounds as it takes away from the camper experience and causes campers to get distracted.
Our Phone Policy allows all campers to call home during the camp session. We will provide camp cell phones for campers to use. Our Phone Policy does not allow incoming calls from parents. Campers are provided time to call their parents or guardians every third day. Counselors will create a schedule so all the campers will be allowed to call their parents or guardians during the camp session. If there is an emergency or we are concerned about the youth’s well-being, we will contact you immediately. If there is an emergency at home and you must contact your child, please call Dr. Kamath (HHSC President) at 585-749-0512.
The best way to stay in touch with your child is via written mail. While it is old fashioned, we encourage campers and parents to send written mail. Campers really enjoy receiving mail and counselors and staff enjoy teaching campers how to send mail.
Since we have a strict NO-PHONE policy, do not receive calls, and, while we provide phones for campers to call you, we cannot make them call you, written mail is the best way to communicate.
In the case of a family emergency that requires you to get in contact with your child, please contact Dr. Kamath, at 585-749-0512 or e-mail us at email@example.com
Please do not send your child a care package of snacks or treats unless you are sending something for the entire camp. If you want to send food, please make sure there is enough so everyone at camp gets a piece.
In the case of a family emergency that requires you to get in contact with your child, please contact the camp president, Dr. Kamath, at 585-749-0512 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents are not permitted to do their child’s laundry at camp. Camp has washers and dryers in the bathhouses. Camper and Counselor laundry will be done approximately 1 week into camp. Please make sure to send your camper with enough clothes for 9 days.
Over the years, we have had many campers within the 13-15 age group. The older campers form bonds with their counselors and campers younger than them. They become role models to the younger campers and are treated as older brothers and sisters. Many older campers take on additional responsibility at camp to support their counselors and cabin groups.
In the evenings, the 13-15 year olds engage in group sharing where they discuss topics and issues facing teenagers and Hindu Americans today.
If your child is a returning camper between the ages of 13-15, we encourage him/her to apply for Karma Yoga Scholars (KYS) Program.
Yes, we will send an email to parents of all campers with birthdays during camp. We ask that you make a donation to pay for cake for the entire camp. Cake becomes the snack for that day and the campers will all sing Happy Birthday to your child.
We strongly discourage this. Campers bond very closely with their
fellow campers and counselors and missing camp events really takes away from this. This causes inconveniences to the counselors and staff running the camp who are keeping track of every camper, create and plan activities based on the total camper count, etc. They have to make accommodations for campers arriving late, leaving early or missing parts of camp, which takes time away from the other campers.
We request that if there is a conflict and your child cannot fully attend either session then please apply next year.
The camp withdrawal policy is explained on the Camp Fees page
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