We held our overnight last week. The campers cooked dinner over a fire and made quesadillas, hamburgers, pizza, and, of course, s’mores! They slept in tents on the adventure field.
Dear camp families,
Families have reported finding ticks on their children at the end of the camp day. With campers active outside all day at camp, ticks are a very real possibility and danger. We recommend an insect repellent containing between 20-30% DEET. Repellent should be non-aerosol and campers should be shown how to use it. According to the Vermont Department of Health, ticks are found near grassy or wooded areas. This means pretty much all of our camp property!
It is also recommended that you check your children for ticks on a regular basis. For more information please visit:
Here’s to a safe and healthy summer,
Abenaki Mascoma Camp Director
We are so excited for camp to start tomorrow. We welcomed campers for a pre-orientation this afternoon to tour camp, meet the staff and more!
Do you use camp names? I love camp names, but after a while they begin to repeat. How many “Sunshines” can one camp have? My camp name is “Snow”, short for “Snowbrat” my nickname from competitive snowboarding. It’s my screen name and my license plate.
Its an “age-old”, why do we have camp names? Camp names where initially created, in part, because you would never call an adult by their first name. At camp things are less formal so staffers started the tradition of having a nickname for campers to call them. After all, it’s easier to distinguish between 3 counselors know as Jedi, Sport and Possum then it is to have three counselors known by their real names of Amy, Amy and Amy (not to mention that it’s a lot more fun).The tradition has now continued on into a time that students call their friends parents and teachers by their first names.
How does one get a camp name? Camp names can come about in several ways:
How ever you get your camp name, you need to prepare to be called it for the rest of your life. Campers will see you in the store, at school, church and so many other places and shout out “Hey, Smiley!”. For staff you tend to forget peoples real names and years into friendships you will find your self struggling to remember real names, since you spent 8 weeks calling someone Mac.My friend Liz from High School, will forever be “Duckie” in my mind from our years at camp.
Really camp names are just another excuse to be silly and stay a kid a little longer. Plus kids love the idea and that’s why we are really here! What is your camp name and how did you get it?