The start of camp is just days away, and we know that both our new camp parents and new campers are getting really excited. We also know that many of our new camp families have important questions about what the bus ride to camp, and the first day of camp, are going to be like.
The bus ride is going to be a lot of fun, and a lot shorter than you think! When you get on the bus a counselor will be there to help you find a seat. If you aren’t sure that you know anyone you can ask him/her to help you find someone nice to sit with. Your counselors have a lot planned to help you get comfortable and meet lots of nice people. We’ll teach you camp songs and cheers, introduce you to the other people in your age group, play some silly games, watch movies, and there is even a bathroom in the back of the bus!
We'll also have lots of members of the Camp leadership on the buses. I'll be on the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut/Pennsylvania bus for Kenwood's younger campers, and Deena will be on the bus for Evergreen campers of the same age range. Scott will on the younger boys' bus that meets in Newton, MA, and Courtney will be on the younger girls' bus from there. We can't wait to hang out with you and get to know you better!
Deena and friends last year at the start of the bus trip to Camp on Opening Day!
Packing a snack or a lunch is a good idea, especially if you are traveling from PA, NY, NJ or CT. All liquids should be in plastic bottles with re-sealable tops. Soda cans always end up spilling all over the bus and making a huge mess! Please remember that you cannot bring anything made with peanuts or tree nuts on the bus (or to Camp!). This includes candy. Please have your parents double-check that any food that you bring does not contain any peanuts or tree nuts (this is really important as Camps Kenwood and Evergreen is a totally peanut and tree nut free community!).
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If it will help you be more comfortable, consider bringing a small pillow. Also think about what you could bring to keep you entertained on the bus. If you like to read, bring a magazine or a book. Consider bringing a travel game that you can play with someone on the bus. An mp3 player with headphones is also a good idea. Please remember that as part our camp having summers unplugged we do not allow Apple products like itouches, iphones or ipads (shuffles are totally ok). Campers get to have summers free of apps, social media and the internet! Also, please don’t bring too much stuff. You will have limited space on the bus, and we don’t want your belongings to get mixed up with someone else’s.
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OK, so I get that, but what will we be doing after I arrive at Camp?
Actually, some of our most experienced counselors recorded a short video to answer exactly that question! Click on the video below to understand exactly what the first day of camp is going to be like at Kenwood and Evergreen!
Did you see Friday's blog about how to enjoy free time at Camp, and extra things you might want to bring? If not, please make sure you click here!