Contacting The Camp While Your Child Is Attending
Mail & packages are delivered to campers once daily. Regular mail arrives at the camp late afternoon.
Mail & packages received by 4:00 will be delivered that day. Mail & packages received after this time will be delivered the next day. (Please note that there is no Sunday mail delivery to the camp)
We highly recommend the use of FEDEX or UPS for packages. To help ensure that your child gets their package, all camper packages should be delivered to the camp by the Tuesday prior to your campers Thursday departure day.
Mail & packaged received after child has left will be returned to sender.
Care packages that contain snacks & candy are permitted, however, we do encourage that packages containing food be able to be shared. The camp is not responsible for damages or loss of care packages.
If you want your child to write letters:
Please be sure to pack stationery/postcards, addresses, and stamps.
EMAILING YOUR CAMPERThe camp allows parents, relatives and friends to send one-way emails to you camper.
The address is office@chefcamp. com
Unlike many other camps, we do not charge an additional fee for this service. However we do request that you limit your emails to once a day, and one page in length. Please do not include photos, news clippings, cartoons etc as we do not print attachments.
Emails are distributed with the regular camper mail & packages. Emails received after the regular mail is delivered will be distributed the next day.Please note that this is a one-way process: campers do not have access to computers and are not able to email replies.
When are parents are contacted by the camp?:
-In the event of an emergency while your child is attending, the camp will contact you (or your emergency contact).
-Severe behavioral problems and/or in the event your child breaks camp policies, such as drinking, smoking, etc.
-Severe homesickness (parents are not contacted for typical, minor homesickness)
-In the event of a medical emergency. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible after emergency care, when needed, is secured (or your emergency contact).
-If your child is sick overnight AND is required to sleep in the health center facilities.
-In the event that your child is taken to the hospital or health care provider outside of camp.
-Illness that requires treatment other than what is considered “routine care”. (Parents are not contacted for “routine care”, such as insect bites, scratches, headaches, stomachache, etc.)
The overnight camp experience includes having children grow and develop independently, away from their parents. This includes learning how to adapt to new people and situations, problem solving, and working with their teammates and counselors, gaining the self-confidence that comes with being able to handle things “on their own”. We encourage parents to allow for this growth to happen. If you feel that you need to check on your child during the session, please call the camp office
Parents are encouraged to set the example in following the rules and to not tell their child to keep their phone, hide their phone, or to send a "dummy" phone "with no service" as a "decoy" for camp staff.
The camp is not responsible theft, loss, damages, or charges to a cell phone brought to camp, regardless of the circumstances.
For security reasons, persons without official business with the camp will not be permitted on the property during a session. The camp has been designed as an “away from home” experience. It is disruptive to both the program and the participants to have visitors interrupt their activities. There are no visitation days during a session.
In the event that your child needs to depart camp during a session:
Parent should notify the camp in advance. The Child must be signed out at the camp office. Campers who are departing and returning in the same session must also be signed back in to camp.
Visitors other than the parent/legal guardian must have written permission from the parent/legal guardian to visit or take the child away from camp.