Blue Ridge New Parent Meeting Notes

How much sunscreen do I need to send up? How often is sunscreen applied?

We recommend sending up at least two spray-bottles of Sunscreen, the “face-sticks” are also great. We apply sunscreen before swim periods (twice each day) and as needed. For campers who have fair skin and need more than two applications each day, please email Nicki@cecbr.com so that we can make a note for our Group Heads and bunk counselors.

A common theme with many of these questions will be “similar to what you may do at home.” Just as you might do; if your daughter has been spending a lot of time out in the sun, you may re-apply multiple times each day – we will do the same.

What is the camps electronics policy?

This winter we sent out an email addressing our newly updated Electronics Policy for Summer 2014. Any device that has Wifi capabilities is NOT permitted at camp. This includes Kindles and iPod touches. iPod Nano’s and Shuffles are allowed. If you are packing an older generation device that does not have Wifi capability, please remember games and videos must be removed. We also do not recommend that you send digital cameras to camp and prefer that you send disposable cameras. We do not allow pictures to be taken inside the bunk.

Will my daughter have a “Big Sister”?

Of course! All new campers receive a Big Sister on the first night of camp. This person is a role model and someone who can give a little extra special attention to your camper. Big Sisters will participate in activities and some special events together.

Beyond clicking the “Refresh” button in CampInTouch when viewing photos – how do I know she is doing ok?

Your daughter’s Group Head will be reaching out before the summer and you will hear from them (or another member of our Leadership Team) within 24 hours. We want to let you know how amazing the first day has been! Throughout the summer we will be in constant communication with you. Feel free to call the camp at any time 570-224-4121. You will be able to leave a message for your daughter’s Group Head. Remember that Group Heads are often on campus, with our campers and often return phone calls in the evening.

Your camper will also have two phone calls during the summer and as you can imagine will be writing you some good old-fashioned letters (filled with detail!). A phone call schedule will be sent out soon. Please let us know if you need to re-schedule your phone call to a different time.

Should I be sending a letter before camp starts?

YES! Mark down June 23rd on your calendar to mail your first letter to camp. Snail mail may take an extra day or so to reach us in Equinunk, PA so sending this letter the week before camp starts will ensure your son has a letter that first day of camp. We also recommend putting a small “surprise” – such as a note or small stuffed animal in with the trunks for when your daughters arrive at camp.

What is the routine for bedtime?

After a fun filled day at Blue Ridge and a great evening activity, campers will enjoy a snack at “Milk Bar” and go back to their bunk to get ready for bed. Bedtime varies by age group. For our youngest campers, it is around 9:15.

If your daughter uses TV or an iPad to fall asleep – now is a good time to change the routine so there is a smooth transition into camp life. They are welcome to read or listen to music before bed.

How do I send medication to camp? If my camper does end up in the Health Center, how will I know?

Medication should be mailed up to camp the 2nd week of June. Please make sure to label packages and medication properly and ship to Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge 788 Legends Path, Equinunk PA 18417. All epi-pens, Benadryl and emergency inhalers should be sent up to camp on the bus and given to the Bus Counselor. It is not necessary to send up Tylenol, Advil, etc., since our Health Center stocks those items.

In the event your camper ends up in the Health Center for an overnight stay – you will receive a phone call from our Nursing Staff to make you aware. They will continue to keep you updated during your campers stay.

I am concerned about my daughter’s hygiene, who will help her? 

We keep a close eye on our camper’s hygiene and make sure that they are showering, brushing their teeth and hair, and wearing clean clothing. Counselors assist younger campers in brushing and putting up their hair.

Where will my daughter put all of her “stuff?”

Our counselors unpack our lower camp campers prior to camp. There are three drawers under each bed for underwear, swimsuits, and pajamas. All additional clothing is put in the back room area – where each camper has a cubby and small closest space. We recommend that you show your child what has been packed for them so that they are aware of what is coming to camp with them! Please consult our packing list for what items to send to camp, it is not necessary to send additional items since there is not space!

 

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Equinunk New Parent Meeting Notes

What sports equipment do we need to pack? Does my son really need Rollerblades?

Please pack a Tennis Racquet, Baseball Glove, and Shin Guards for soccer. While we have plenty of sports equipment at camp (lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks etc.), many campers like to bring their own gear and that is something that we encourage.

Rollerblades are very much recommended. For those campers who do not know how to rollerblade, our staff will work with your son to learn. Nearly all campers bring rollerblades to camp.

Now that you know what sports equipment to pack – you must be wondering where do you put it all! We recommend trying to pack these items in your trunk(s). If they won’t fit, a sports duffle bag is appropriate and should be sent up prior to the start of camp along with your other bags. If your son plays Spring Sports and you are not able to ship this bag prior to camp with our Trucking Company, you may place the duffle under the bus.

How much sunscreen do I need to send up? How often is sunscreen applied?

We recommend sending up two spray-bottles of Sunscreen. We apply sunscreen before swim periods (twice each day) and as needed. For campers who have fair skin and need more than two applications each day, please email scott@cecbr.com so we can make note for our Group Heads and bunk counselors.

A common theme with many of these questions will be “similar to what you may do at home.” Just as you might do; if your son has been spending a lot of time out in the sun, you may re-apply multiple times each day – we will do the same.

What is the camps electronics policy?

This winter we sent out an email addressing our newly updated Electronics Policy for Summer 2014. Any device that has Wifi capabilities is NOT permitted at camp. This includes Kindles and iPod touches. iPod Nano’s and Ipod Shuffles are allowed. If you are packing an older generation device that does not have Wifi capability, please remember games and videos must be removed.

Will my son have a “Big Buddy”?

Of course! Your son will get a big buddy on the first night of camp. This person is a role model and someone who can give a little extra special attention to your camper. Big Buddies will participate in activities and select meals together. However, it’s the unplanned time that makes this relationship so special. Buddies are chosen by the Head Counselor, Camp Directors and Group Heads.

Beyond clicking the “Refresh” button in CampInTouch when viewing photos – how do I know he is doing ok?

Your son’s Group Head will be reaching out before the summer and you will hear from them (or another member of our Leadership Team) within 24 hours. We want to let you know how amazing the first day has been! Throughout the summer we will be in constant communication with you. Feel free to call the camp office at any time 570-224-4121. You will be able to leave a message for your son’s Group Head. Remember that Group Heads are often on campus, with our campers and often return phone calls in the evening.

Your camper will also have two phone calls during the summer and as you can imagine will be writing you some good old-fashioned letters (filled with detail!).

Should I be sending a letter before camp starts?

YES! Mark down June 23rd on your calendar to mail your first letter to camp. Snail mail may take an extra day or so to reach us in Equinunk, PA so sending this letter the week before camp starts will ensure your son has a letter that first day of camp.

What is the routine for bedtime?

After a fun filled day at Equinunk and a great evening activity, campers will enjoy a snack at “Milk Bar” and go back to their bunk to get ready for bed. The counselors may have a fun story to share about their experience at Equinunk or a small activity to recap the day. Bedtime for our youngest campers is around 9:15.

If your son uses TV or an iPad to fall asleep – now is a good time to change the routine so there is a smooth transition into camp life.

How do I send medication to camp? If my camper does end up in the Health Center, how will I know?

Medication should be mailed up to camp the 2nd week of June. Please make sure to label packages and medication properly and ship to Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge 788 Legends Path, Equinunk PA 18417. All epi-pens, Benadryl and emergency inhalers should be sent up to camp on the bus and given to the Bus Counselor. It is not necessary to send up Tylenol, Advil, etc., since our Health Center stocks those items.

In the event your camper ends up in the Health Center for an overnight stay – you will receive a phone call from our Nursing Staff to make you aware. They will continue to keep you updated during your campers stay.

When do I find out what bunk my camper is in?

A Bunk & Bus email will be sent the 2nd week of June and will include confirmation of your Bus Location, important details, and your campers bunk number.

 

 

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“It is what it is” and “Whatever” NOT!!

Two of the most overused expressions in recent years were certainly not apropos to describe the experience of January 11th reunion. Campers, counselors, staff, and parents were all swept away in the excitement and emotion of the weekend. Months of planning, preparation, and delivery of the entire program enabled 900 members of our camp family to enjoy another wholesome event that is part of the Equinunk and Blue Ridge endless summer experience.

The values that we embrace as a camp community, the high regard that we hold one another, the love, compassion and friendship that was so visible on Saturday is an extension of what happens every day all summer long. Watching this take place in the short span of three hours in a narrow setting magnified for many of us how special, unique, and rare this is in society that regards some of the best moments as “whatever” or “it is what it is.” Those who know us best recognize that CE and CBR moments are tangible, measurable, and life changing. See you at the next one! : )

~ Richie

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CE Alumni Roller Hockey Team To Play In Winter Classic Inter-Camp Games

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Looking for plans on Long Island this Sunday? Get out of the cold and come cheer on the CE Alumni Roller Hockey Team. Many current and former CE counselors have gotten together with friends from other camps in the area for a “Winter Classic Inter-Camp.”

Games will be played throughout the day on Sunday alongside a separate tournament — a number of high school aged campers have organized for themselves. We hope to See you there …Lets Go EQUINUNK!

Skate Safe America
182 Bethpage Sweet Hollow Road. Old Bethpage NY 11804

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Join Us For #CampTShirtDay Tuesday November 12th!

 

Dear Equinunk & Blue Ridge Families,

On Tuesday November 12th, Equinunk and Blue Ridge will take part in International Wear Your Summer Camp T-Shirt Day! All around the world, campers, staff, parents and alumni will take part in this big event to help raise money for SCOPE – Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education. For every photo submitted to @CampCraze on Twitter and Instagram using the Hashtag #CampTShirtDayCRAZE Interactive / Camp Craze will donate $2 to SCOPE to help give the gift of camp to children who would otherwise not have this life-changing experience.

Last year the same #CampTShirtDay initiative helped to raise money for families impacted by Superstorm Sandy, and this year we are raising money to support one of our favorite things – camp!

We are so grateful for our wonderful camp families and know you and your children truly value the summer camp experience, so we would love for you to join us in helping to give back in the “season of thanks and giving.” All you have to do is send a photo of your camper (or yourself) in a camp shirt on Nov. 12 and CRAZE Interactive/Camp Craze will do the rest! For every photo you send, they will donate $2 – think of the difference we can make! Let’s show them how much Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge care about helping others!

Click Here and select “Events” for additional information on how to participate in #CampTShirtDay 2013! In addition to submitting the photos to the folks at CRAZE Interactive / Camp Craze – be sure to send them to us by emailing scott@cecbr.com so we can share in this great day of camp spirit and community!

All The Best,

Sheryl, Richie & Adam

 

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2014 Winter Reunion Information

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Good Morning and Happy Monday!

We wanted to send out some additional information for our Winter Reunion set for January 11th in Westchester for all 2013 CECBR campers! We hope to see you there!

All The Best,

The CECBR Team

 

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Fall Foliage RSVP!

 

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Exciting Update from Camp!

 

August 8th, 2013

Good Afternoon from Camp !

We are writing home with exciting news from the family of our CE Senior Group Head Eric Premisler, his wife Jen, and now big brother Jackson.

Around half time of the spectacular Upper Senior Soccer Game on Monday night, Jen and family made their way to Wayne Memorial Hospital and on August 6th, 2013 at 2:44am gave birth to a beautiful baby boy – Carter Alec Premisler.

Sheryl, Richie, Adam and our entire Equinunk and Blue Ridge Family send their love and congratulations to the Premisler Family and could not be more excited to welcome Carter into his camp family.  After Carter’s first visit to Equinunk this morning, Premy and Jen are sure he is already excited to be an Upper Senior in 2028 !

The CECBR Team

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New Camper Picnic – This Sunday!

Dear Parents,

We hope you have enjoyed the long Memorial Day Weekend! This is a friendly reminder that our New Camper Picnic will be held this Sunday June 2nd at Camp Jacobson at Robin Hood.

The annual New Camper Picnic is designed for your child(ren) to meet other campers who are attending Equinunk and Blue Ridge for his/her first summer. The children will enjoy exciting activities, learn camp cheers, and share a buffet lunch with his/her new friends and counselors. Our New Camper Picnic is meant for new campers only. Siblings may attend, but may not participate in new camper events. Be sure to have your camper wear sneakers to the picnic so he/she may participate in all of the action! We are also asking for campers to be in “camp uniform” – Red or Gray for Equinunk and Blue or Grey for Blue Ridge!

Here is all of our 2013 Event Information:

Sunday, June 2nd @ Camp Jacobson at Robin Hood
340 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, NY 11568

Camp Blue Ridge: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Camp Equinunk: 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

All The Best,

The CECBR Team

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Why Do #WeLiveForThis?

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