Preparing your child for camp
If your child has never been away from home before, arrange for them to spend a night or two with grandparents or other relatives to get a feel for what it is like to be away from home.
Share your personal camp stories with your child to build excitement and anticipation.
Make sure your child has a basic understanding about personal hygiene. If bedwetting has been a concern, please ensure you’ve written instructions on the medical portion of the camper application.
Refrain from holding family events while your child is away so they do not feel excluded.
Pre-write your child a couple of letters. Mail them to camp a couple of days before sending your child to camp and indicate on the envelope which camp session they are attending.
Camp Packing Checklist
Swimsuit or Trunks
Towel & Washcloth
Underwear & Socks
Soap or Body-wash
Paper & Pencil
What NOT to bring to camp
Anything else you cannot afford to lose.
Personal sports equipment
other similarly-related items that pose a high risk toward the health and safety of others.
What TO bring to camp
What NOT to bring to camp
Laundry - Camp Gifford does not provide laundry services for campers. Please make sure to send a sufficient supply of clothing with your child.
Lost and Found - Camp Gifford strongly urges parents/legal guardians to mark all of their children’s belongings with their children’s initials using a permanent marker. If any items are found at camp after a session, we will do our best to find out who the items belong to. However, if items go unclaimed and/or are not picked up within 2 weeks of conclusion of a camp session, they will be donated to charity.
Personal Property - Camp Gifford does not and will not assume responsibility for loss or damage to personal items. Valuable items include, but not limited to: cell phones, CD players, iPods, hand-held video game systems (such as Sony PSP), watches, computer devices (such as Ipads/tablets), and video/DVD recorders. These are not necessary camping items and we strongly recommend leaving them at home.
Pets - The staff at Camp Gifford adores animals, but we ask that campers do not bring pets of any sort to camp.
Sports Equipment - Camp Gifford will provide all necessary recreational equipment. Please do not allow your camper to bring personal sports equipment of any kind. To reiterate, Camp Gifford will not assume responsibility for loss or damage to personal items.
Swim Test - Campers are able to enjoy a variety of water activities. Camp hires certified lifeguards to ensure the safety of all participants. On the first day of each camp session, each camper must take a swim test, which is a part of our safety plan. Please advise your child not to be nervous. Regardless of swimming ability, the goal of the camp staff is to ensure that all campers enjoy their camp experience at the pool to the fullest potential.
The Salvation Army Anti-Bullying Policy
Our camp and The Salvation Army is committed to providing all youth with a safe environment. Our camp community will not tolerate the mistreatment or abuse of one youth by another youth. Please take a moment to read through this policy with your camper to ensure they understand our policies and know when to talk to an adult about behaviors they experience or see.
In addition, our camp community will not tolerate any behavior that is classified under the definition of bullying, and to the extent that such actions are disruptive, we will take the necessary steps to eliminate such behavior including early dismissal from camp.
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional, is repeated over time, and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take on various forms, including:
Physical bullying – when one person engages in physical force against another person, such as by hitting, punching, pushing, kicking, pinching, or restraining another.
Verbal bullying – when someone uses their words to hurt another, such as by belittling or calling another hurtful names.
Nonverbal or relational bullying – when one person manipulates a relationship or desired relationship to harm another person. This includes social exclusion, friendship manipulation, or gossip. This type of bullying also includes intimidating another person by using gestures.
Cyberbullying – the intentional and overt act of aggression toward another person by way of any technological tool, such as email, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or website postings (including blogs). Cyberbullying can involve:
Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images;
Posting sensitive, private information about another person;
Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad; and
Intentionally excluding someone from an online group.
Hazing – an activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers that person regardless of that person’s willingness to participate.
Sexualized bullying – when bullying involves behaviors that are sexual in nature. Examples of sexualized bullying behaviors include sexting, bullying that involves exposures of private body parts, and verbal bullying involving sexualized language or innuendos.
Anyone who sees an act of bullying, and who then encourages it, is engaging in bullying. This policy applies to all youth, staff and volunteers. Our camp is committed to be a “Bully Free” zone. To ensure that your child has a fun and successful experience at camp, please help us by discussing this policy with your child prior to the start of camp.
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