Welcome to my “Jane Says” blog… it’s like “Dear Abby”, but Camp George style. In this edition, I’m answering questions about bedtime routines at camp.
-Can’t wait to see you on Maple Lake!
My child has a stuffed animal that she is very attached to and sleeps with every night. I am wondering, can she bring the toy to camp?
Stuffed Animal Fanatic
Up on Maple Lake, we know that stuffed animals can be an important part of a child’s comfort while away from home (and for staff too!) I still bring my own stuffed animal “Basement Bear” to camp with me every summer. While we allow our campers to bring their stuffed animals to come to camp, we do strongly urge campers to keep them in the cabins at all times. Camp is a big place, and we wouldn’t want any of our stuffy friends to get misplaced!
At home, my child listens to music when going to sleep. How can this routine be accommodated at camp?
Calming music enthusiast
We’re glad you asked. We know that this is a reality for many campers, which is why our cabin staff work to implement daily bedtime programming (which often includes guitar/ singing.) In addition to this, campers are welcome to bring Ipod/ MP3 (music only – no video, games, etc.) players to camp, but we do ask that they are for use inside the cabin only. In addition to bed time, campers can also relax by listening to music at Menucha (rest hour after lunch) or Chofesh (free time before dinner.)
My child does not remember to brush his teeth without reminders from me. How can I ensure that my child will be reminded to brush his teeth?
Worried about cavities
Have no fear; toothbrushing is a vital part of our cabins daily routines! Since our cabins are staffed with both counselors and specialists, there is always enough staff present to divide and conquer supervising routines. Each cabin finds their own way to ensure this task is completed, whether it’s playing a certain tune for campers to brush along to, or dividing the campers into groups with staff to chaperone that the hygiene process is underway! Our youngest campers even have charts on the wall to remind them to complete daily routines like toothbrushing, showering, and making their beds.
My child worries that there won’t be any “grown ups” around at night time. How does night time supervision work at camp?
A supervision supporter
This is a great question! At Camp George, we pride ourselves on the constant supervision that we provide for our campers. In the evenings, after all the cabin staff work together to put the campers to bed, one cabin staff stays in the cabin with the campers at all times. (The rest of the staff are free to go to meetings, or to staff activities etc. and they return to the cabin at staff curfew time.)
During this time, there are also two Hanhallah (senior staff members) who are on what we call “Shmira” (night time security.) The Hanhallah members spend the evening patrolling around camp and checking in with cabins to make sure that everything is ok. They go into every cabin and introduce themselves, find out which staff member is staying in and how many campers are in the cabin . As well, our Rosh Edot (Unit Heads) check in with all of their cabins at bed time and make sure that everyone is settled in comfortably for a good night’s sleep!