Are you ready?
Before My Campers Arrive . . .
____ Am I dressed appropriately? Do I look like a camp leader?
____ Is my cabin clean and neat? Does it look like a good place to live? Do all the beds have mattresses on them?
____ Do I know the names of each of the new campers?
____ Have I a supply of stories and games to be used at appropriate times?
____ Do all the lights and utilities work such as hot water heater, toilets, and sink?
____ Are all the toilet papers in place, including tissues, soaps, etc.?
When My Campers Arrive . . .
____ Am I wearing my name tag?
____ Have I greeted each new camper with a smile and a hearty handshake?
____ Have I greeted the parents and reassured them that their child is going to have a great camping experience?
____ Have I introduced each of the new campers?
____ Have I seen to it that each of the new campers has their complete luggage?
____ Have I checked to see if any camper has special needs or allergies to specific foods or items?
____ Have I collected the medical prescription form from the campers if they have not already given it at the Welcome Center?
____ Have I explained to the campers that if they are not feeling well to inform me immediately or go to the Welcome Center health office?
After My Campers Arrive . . .
____ Have I seen that each camper has located a bunk to their own satisfaction?
____ Have I helped new campers get acquainted with the physical set-up of camp, pointing out the dining hall, prayer hall, sports fields, health office, pavilion and latrines?
____ Have I talked with my campers about the upcoming events during their stay?
____ Have I told them about the camp history, traditions, and customs?
____ Have I discussed general camp policies regarding camp limits, safety and use of the waterfront (pool, lake, stream, etc.) in order to avoid any misunderstandings among campers?
____ Have I made each camper feel welcome; that I am glad to see them; that he or she has status with me and in the cabin group?
____ Have I asked my campers what they would like to accomplish during camp? Am I getting some ideas for future program activities?
____ Have I been alert on this first day of camp to diagnose any causes of homesickness?
____ Have I taken some concrete steps to prevent and/or remedy homesickness?