Mail call, phone calls, visitors, sending food packages, and how to help your kids cope.
Campers love letters and packages! Send them early in the week, stating which camp they're attending. Mailing address: Camp MiVoden, 17415 E. Hayden Lake Rd., Hayden Lake, ID 83835. Emails are delivered with daily mail. Send correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org with your camper's name in the "Subject" area.
Due to the large numbers of campers, we ask that calls to campers be limited to emergencies. This line is for camp business and messages only. To leave a message for your camper, please call 208-772-3484 and/or speak to and make arrangements with the Parent Liaison during registration.
Parents are always welcome to visit their child while they are at camp. We only ask that all visitors check in at the camp office upon arrival. (If a meal is desired prior arrangements must be made by phone with the camp office).
While sending a lot of candy and snacks seems to be an easy and fun thing to do, we discourage this. Too much candy can break down a child's resistance to sickness and in some children it affects their behavior negatively. Also, stashes of candy in cabins attracts rodents and insects. Well-balanced, delicious vegetarian meals are served three times daily in the Melvin Oss Dining Hall.
We also have pre-made Care Packages available for order during registration. If you did not order a care package but would like to for your child, please call 509-242-0506.
Helping Your Kids Cope
Over the years, American Camp Association (ACA) camps have helped many parents and campers cope with an away-from-home camp experience.
ACA and Dr. Muchnick, a psychologist who works extensively with summer camp staffs, provided the following coping tips to consider before your child leaves for camp:
- If possible, visit the camp ahead of time so that your child will be familiar with the cabins and other general surroundings.
- Consider arranging for a first-time camper to attend with a close friend, relative, or camp "buddy."
- Do not tell your child in advance that you will "rescue" him/her from camp if he/she doesn't like it.
- Discuss what camp will be like well before your child leaves, acknowledging feelings; consider role-playing anticipated camp situations such as using a flashlight to find the bathroom.
- Send a letter to your child before camp begins so he/she will have a letter waiting for his/her arrival.
- Allow your child to pack a favorite stuffed animal and/or picture so that your child will have a reminder of home.
If adjustment problems (such as homesickness) do occur while your child is at camp:
- Talk candidly with the Parent Liaison to obtain his/her perception of your child's adjustment.
- Resist the temptation to "rescue" your son or daughter from this experience. Acknowledge your child's feelings and communicate your love. You might say, "If you still feel this way in two days, we'll discuss what we can do."
- Support your child's efforts to work out the problems with the help of the camp staff.
- Remind him/her, if necessary, that he/she has made a commitment. Trust your instincts.
- Occasionally a child who is truly not enjoying anything, having a miserable time and not adjusting to camp life at all should be allowed to return home after a reasonable amount of time and effort.