Preparing for Camp
Camp Medication Program
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Imagine this scenario… It’s been 5 days since you dropped off Susie at camp. You get a letter from her saying, “I hate it here! There are bugs! I didn’t get the top bunk like I wanted! It’s rained everyday and I miss you! All I want to do is give you a big hug! I have so much more fun at home. PLEASE COME GET ME!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!”
What should you do?!
First of all, take a deep breath and realize that it’s perfectly natural for campers (and staff members!) to experience some degree of homesickness during their stay at camp. Most letters are written during rest hour or before bed, which are times the campers tend to feel the most homesick. While there can be moments when homesickness arises, these are rarely evidence of a true dislike of camp. Typically, these feelings are infrequent throughout the day, and will go away after a day or two. Usually by the time you receive these letters, she will most likely be just fine.
If you do receive a homesick letter, please take a moment to write a very positive and encouraging response. Let your camper know that you are confident in his/her ability to cope with the new adventure and you are proud of him/her. Validate the feelings. Share a story of a time that you felt the same way! Ask about camp, activities, counselor and friends. And, remember not to say how much you miss him/her or cannot wait for him/her to come home.
The following are links to some resources that you might find helpful. As always, you are free to call us at camp to check in and see how things are going.
Please do not bring more clothing than suggested. We do not have room in our cabins for excess clothing!
Extra Laundry Clothing Tips
The Camp Packing List is very in-depth and should be used as a guide while packing for camp. Each camper will need approx. 2 full weeks of clothing (extra socks and undergarments), regardless of his/her session length. Our Laundry Staff do their absolute best to care for each camper’s clothing, but please understand that from time to time, mishaps do occur.
Each cabin’s laundry will be done once per week. Typically, garments are laundered and returned within 24 hours. PLEASE, DO NOT pack expensive, dry clean only and/or clothing with embellishments…nothing of monetary and/or sentimental value.
Laundry is done in commercial grade washers and dryers (dryers are used on high heat setting). Should you send a Dry-Clean Only garment, please label the item accordingly– place a special sticker on the garment and pack a large Ziploc bag (also labeled accordingly).
After the item has been worn, instruct your child to place the garment in the Ziploc Bag and to put the Ziploc Bag inside of their luggage.
CAMP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING SENT TO LAUNDRY.
Directions to Camp Shalom
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 168 CAMP SHALOM TRAIL, ORANGE SPRINGS, FL 32182
SOUTH EAST FL (Miami – Vero Beach & Orlando)
1) FL Turnpike North to I75 North
2) Continue on I75 North to Exit #368 (SR-318); Exit East onto SR-318 and drive for about 30 miles (approx. 40 mins) until SR-318 intersects with SR-315 (red flashing lights overhead)
3) Turn left onto SR-315
4) Veer left onto CR-21 (Kangaroo Gas Station on your left hand side & Orange Springs Park on your right); Continue on CR-21 & drive over a little bridge
5) Turn left onto Camp Shalom Trail. Take Camp Shalom Trail (dirt/gravel road) straight into Camp Shalom’s Entrance.
MELBOURNE & SURROUNDING AREAS
1) Take I-95 N to Exit #268/FL-40 towards Ormond Beach/Ocala
2) Turn left onto FL-40 W/W Granada Blvd and continue to follow FL-40 W for approx. 34 miles
3) Turn right onto FL-19 N (continue on this road for approx. 29 miles)
4) Take a sharp left onto CR-310 (follow for approx. 7 miles)
5) Turn left onto CR-315 and after approx. 5 miles continue onto NE CR-315 for 1 more mile
6) Veer left onto CR-21 (Kangaroo Gas Station on your left hand side & Orange Springs Park on your right); Continue on CR-21 & drive over a little bridge
7) Turn left onto Camp Shalom Trail. Take Camp Shalom Trail (dirt/gravel road) straight into Camp Shalom’s Entrance.
DAYTONA BEACH & SURROUNDING AREAS
1) Take US1 North for approx. 19 miles; Turn right onto FL-20 W (follow for approx. 24 miles)
2) Slight right onto FL-15 N/FL-20 W/US-17 N (follow for approx. 5.5 miles)
3) Turn left onto FL-20 W/N 9th ST (follow for approx. 2.5 miles)
4) Turn left onto FL-19 S (follow for approx. 9 miles)
5) Slight right onto CR-310 (continue onto CR-310 for approx. 7.5 miles)
6) Turn left onto CR-315 and after approx. 5 miles continue onto NE CR-315 for 1 more mile
7) Veer left onto CR-21 (Kangaroo Gas Station on your left hand side & Orange Springs Park on your right); Continue on CR-21 & drive over a little bridge
8) Turn left onto Camp Shalom Trail. Take Camp Shalom Trail (dirt/gravel road) straight into Camp Shalom’s Entrance.
ORLANDO & SURROUNDING AREAS
Follow the same directions as noted above for South East FL
JACKSONVILLE & SURROUNDING AREAS
1) Take FL-228 W/I-95 S/US-17 S toward I-10 & keep right at the fork to continue on US-17 S
2) Continue onto I-10 W (follow for approx. 18 miles)
3) Take Exit #343 toward Starke
4) Merge onto US-301 S (follow for approx. 25 miles)
5) Turn left onto W. Madison St (turns slightly right and becomes FL-100 E/S Water St)
6) Continue to follow FL-100 E for approx. 10 miles
7) Turn right onto CR-21B (follow for 3 miles)
8) Turn left onto SE 31 St then turn right onto FL-21 S (follow for approx. 11 miles)
9) Continue onto CR-20A (follow for approx. 4 miles)
10) Turn right onto CR-21S (follow for approx. 6 miles)
11) Turn right onto Camp Shalom Trail and follow dirt/gravel road into Camp Shalom
Being at camp is an opportunity for your child to experience a world beyond home, and a chance for you and your child to practice “letting go”. This allows children to develop autonomy, independence and a stronger sense of self. It encourages them to make new friends, take responsibility for themselves and their bunkmates, problem solve and mature a bit.
Although cell phones have been strictly prohibited at camp for many years, some families choose to ignore this policy. Invariably, this leads to conflicts within the cabin and allows campers to focus on their friends at home rather than their friends at camp. Cell phones enable campers to contact parents for advice instead of turning to their peers or counselors, and they prevent campers from problem solving. Every now and then campers will fight or have a bad moment, the ability to send a text or call immediately in the heat of the moment can severely impact a child’s overall experience. This can lead to immediate homesickness while also turning a small challenge into a major one. In summation, cell phone use at camp is counter to the values we teach and uphold at Camp Shalom and interferes with an important peer aspect of the overnight camp experience.
When parents allow their children to break rules (take a cell phone to camp), they are teaching that rules don’t apply to them. Respect our policy and discuss it with your camper. In the past, campers have hidden their cell phones in their bags without parents’ knowledge. Please make sure you take your child’s cell phone before he/she leaves for camp. All cell phones brought to camp will be collected upon arrival and returned at the end of the session.
Laptops required for school work and/or bar & bat mitzvah study
Laptops required for schoolwork and/or Bar/Bat Mitzvah study are permitted, but must be stored with the Camp Office. If your child fits into one or both of these categories, please notify the Camp by emailing email@example.com. Each camper must have his/her own device and charger. Both should be packed safely within an appropriate bag/case. All of which should be clearly labeled with Full Name.