We strongly encourage you to write to your camper, either by mail or email. Many campers get notes and cards, and it can be disappointing for those that do not. This is a great way for extended family members and friends to get involved in your child’s camp experience. Please write upbeat messages! Realize that your child may have moments of homesickness, and a sad letter from home may encourage those feelings. Campers may send mail from the camp office, so pack stationary and stamps if your child is interested in doing so.
1) For mail: Please write the name of the specific camp on the outside of the envelope, in addition to your camper’s name and Camp Loucon’s address (ex. Adventure, Jr. High, etc.) You may leave mail in the office when you drop off your child or you may send mail, but remember to mail it BEFORE your child leaves home so that they will receive it in time. You can even write “Day 1”, etc. on the envelope and we will sort it appropriately.
2) For Campergrams: You may send messages to your child via an online form using a link that will be provided at Check-In for free. Campers will receive printed Campergrams once a day during Mail Call.
To see what’s happening at camp, check out camploucon.smugmug.com and use the access code you receive at Check In to see plenty of pictures. You can also check our Facebook page, where we will post a few pictures each day.
The camp office phone line is monitored 24 hours a day in case of family emergencies. The phone is transferred to one of the camp directors during the evening. We discourage calls from family members as it can interrupt the camp experience and often bring on homesickness; however, they’re your kids! We will arrange a time for you to speak to your child if necessary. If a child is homesick, we will communicate this with you and allow you to decide if speaking with them is the right choice in that circumstance.
All calls will go through the camp director. If you receive a call related to homesickness, it is often best to encourage your child to stay and to enjoy their experience; however, sometimes a camper may need to come home. Try to do what is best for your child. The director may give you advice, but the decision for your child to stay or come home is yours. In order to maintain the camp experience and protect campers from outside distractions, campers are not allowed to have cell phones. Cell phones that are brought to camp will be held in the office and returned at the end of the week. We are happy to discuss this policy with you if you have questions.
Although it sounds contrary to logic, do not talk about homesickness with your child prior to coming to camp. Rather, talk about how much fun they will have and set them up for success through your encouragement. If homesickness happens, our camp staff will work you’re your camper and call you when appropriate. Do not suggest to your child that he or she can call home if homesick.
If your child is a first time camper, help them to know what to expect by talking with them about activities, lodging, making friends, rules, and particularly spiritual emphasis and development. Encourage them to learn as much as possible and let it be known that you are excited to hear about it when they return home.
Finally, pray with your camper about camp. Pray for safety and health so that they will not miss out on anything, for friends who will have a positive impact on your child’s life, and for their counselor and camp staff. We appreciate and need your prayer support too.