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Camp Erdman


Frequently Asked Questions About Camp Erdman

When does registration for summer camp begin?

Registration begins in January! Just use our online registration, download a form, or call our main office at 808-637-4615 and tell them you would like to register for summer camp!

Can we visit camp prior to registering?

We operate year round programs and have campers on site so we are very conscientious of who is visiting. Please call ahead to verify that we are open for visits. During the summer season, visitors are only allowed during pick-up and drop-off.

What are "specialty camp add-ons"?

Specialty camps are separate morning activities that are not included in the Traditional Camp experience. Our specialty camps are surf, horse, swim, and ESL. Please notice that these are not separate camps. They are just separate morning activities that sometimes require specialized instructors or areas that we travel to. Everyone returns to camp at lunch and is integrated into programming with the rest of Traditional Camp.

Can children bring a cell phone to camp?

No. Cell phones or any electronics are not permitted at camp. Camp is a safe place to let your children have a little freedom and learn independence. They will be able to meet new friends and face challenges instead of sitting on a phone. Parents can send camper mail through post or our camper email. Experience has shown that a call to Mom and Dad can often make an adjustment problem worse, not better. Camera technology has also created potential problems of taking photos in sensitive areas.

What happens if my child gets sick at camp?

We employ trained health care staff during the summer at all times. Our Health Center provides a space for short-term care, but we try not to house sick children for longer than a day. Our staff call parents when a child is sick and required to stay in the Health Center. Most times children just need some rest and fluids to feel better. However, if an illness lasts longer than a day or is very serious, we will call you and ask for you to pick them up.

Do you control what children purchase from the camp store?

We monitor what your child is purchasing. Campers are only allowed to order 3 snacks per day. When the order is filled by our store personnel it is checked again. Each day during free time the campers are given the opportunity to shop for souvenirs, also monitored by our store staff.

If my child is on the wait-list, what are the chances of him/her getting in?

Wait list availability is difficult to predict. We receive transfers and cancellations, right up to the day camp starts. Once we receive a cancellation, we contact all available phone numbers, leaving messages to contact us within a certain amount of time. If the first person is unavailable, we move on to the next family on the list.

How many adults are there to how many children?

We follow American Camp Association guidelines in maintaining a 2:12 ratio of staff to campers on camp at all times. In addition to this we make sure there is no time when campers are left unsupervised.

What happens if my child gets homesick?

Homesickness can be a challenge for some campers. We have several steps to work with it. In most cases we will simply encourage the camper to stay busy and think positively. Most times this works quite well. The camper starts to enjoy themself and make new friends.

What is a "stayover" and what do they do?

Our programs are designed in one-week sessions but because some campers have such a great time, they wish to stay for more. In these cases we give families the option of having their campers “stayover” for two or more weeks without being picked up. So they “stayover” from one session to the next. During this time they are given a day where they do laundry and relax a little. Campers choose which activities they’d like to do at a slower pace then a normal camp day. When the next session begins, they join right in and are well rested to begin another week of camp.

What happens if my child does not like the food?

We think our camp food is some of the best around. We encourage each camper to try what is being served but we don’t force them to eat. If campers don’t like what is being served, we provide options. At each meal there is a well-stocked salad bar and fresh fruit. At breakfast, a buffet with hot and cold cereal is available along with the hot entrée. Our staff is trained to watch what campers are eating. If a child is not eating a healthy amount, they will report the matter to the health care staff.

Who do I inform about my child's food allergies?

First, make sure you have listed all health concerns on our Health History form through ePACT. Then, at Check-In, you can personally discuss your campers specific health issues with camp health care personnel. They will ensure the information is communicated to the other departments at camp, including your child’s counselor.

What about bullying and teasing?

Whenever you have groups of children together, teasing and bullying can occur. We do everything we can to prevent this from happening. Our staff are trained in how to spot this behavior and put a stop to it. We have no tolerance for this type of behavior and a camper could be sent home for bullying or intimidating actions.