How can you stay in touch with your camper during the summer? MAIL! MAIL! MAIL! Campers LOVE to get mail. There’s simply nothing better than receiving an old-fashioned, handwritten letter in the mail from someone back home. Whether you’re asking about their favorite activities or offering love and support, we strongly encourage you to write your child. You might just be surprised to see how much they treasure your handwritten letters (and find yourself equally delighted by their return letters home!) Our mailing address is:
42 Dalton Road, Mills River, NC 28759
Additionally, campers are required to write their parents a postcard once a week during their session. These postcards are provided by camp and allow each camper to say hello while highlighting their favorite activities/events. Each cabin counselor will also send home a postcard in the first week updating you on the progress your child is making.
You will also be able to send ‘letters’ (known as bunk notes and bunk replies) via email through your online account in Bunk1. Through this service, you can send emails to your camper which will be printed off in our office and delivered as a letter. You can also print off reply stationery at home (before your child attends camp) for your child to use to write response letters to you. When they write a letter back home using this Bunk1 stationery, we will scan and email it to you directly through your account!
If you want your child to send you responses through the Bunk1 email system, please be sure to print off this stationery before camp and pack it with your child’s luggage. To sign-up for the email service through Bunk1, please click on “Summer Services” in the top right corner of our site and register an account. If you’ve already created an account (in a previous summer) you should be able to sign in and make any changes as necessary.
Campers cannot make or receive phone calls to/from home. We ask that communication to or from home be restricted to letters, bunk notes, and cards while at camp. Important lessons of independence and self-reliance are nullified by a quick call home. If there is an emergency at home, please call the camp office and ask to speak with a member of the Leadership Team.
You will, however, receive a phone call from your child’s cabin counselor within the first week of their arrival to camp. This provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and hear first-hand how well your son or daughter is transitioning into life at camp.
Attending camp provides a unique opportunity for campers to mature and develop a sense of self-reliance and resiliency. It can be challenging for campers to readjust to camp life after a family visit. It can even be difficult for other campers to adjust after one of their cabin mates is visited by family. For these reasons, we discourage frequent visitation, particularly for children who are away from home for the first time.
That being said, campers are allowed to be checked out of camp for visitation between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Since on-camp visitation can be a distraction for the cabin and a set-back for the adjustment of your camper, we recommend that relatives only spend 30 minutes with their camper on the cellar deck porch between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. We are unable to provide Wi-Fi connection or meals for visitors, so please plan your visit accordingly.
All visitors should notify the office of their plans and must check in at the office upon arrival. Please note: ONLY PARENTS are allowed to take their child off camp. Proper identification is required.