FIRST DAY CALLS
If this is your child’s first summer at Akeela, you will receive a call from a camp director or senior staff member within the first 24 hours of camp. We’ll let you know how your child is adjusting to camp and help make sure that you are at ease. Be aware that we have many calls to make on four phone lines. We may not reach you until late in the evening.
CALLS FROM YOUR CAMPER’S HEAD COUNSELOR
We believe strongly in partnership and open lines of communication with parents. We regularly call parents to share information and ask for advice. You can expect to hear from your camper’s Head Counselor at least a couple of times during the camp session.
ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY
We have a photographer at camp. We post as many photos as we can each day and do our best to each camper as often as we can. (To see these photos, you’ll log on to our protected parent portal.)
Posted online every day, you can read about daily camp happenings, special events and announcements from our Evening Meeting.
CALLS FROM THE HEALTH CENTER
If your child spends the night in the Health Center due to illness, you will be notified either that day or the next day, depending on what time they are admitted into the Health Center. Our nurses will also keep you abreast of any trips to the doctor.
EMAIL REMINDERS FROM CAMP
Please check your emails from camp! We send information reminders throughout the camp session. If you aren’t receiving emails from camp, please be sure to check spam and/or contact our office!
ONE-WAY E-MAIL SYSTEM FOR PARENTS
Incoming emails are printed and distributed daily with regular mail. You will receive information about how to log in to our parent portal in the spring.
While campers are not strictly required to write home, we do encourage them to do so! Since we are in a small, rural town, a letter may take up to 4-5 days to receive.
Parents may elect to schedule one (1) phone call with their child during the camp session. (If your child has a birthday at camp, you will be able to schedule an additional phone call on that day.) In families where parents are living separately, each parent will have an opportunity to schedule a phone call.
We know from experience that phone calls can often be difficult for both campers and parents. Please don’t feel obligated to schedule a call. As in other areas of camp, we believe in doing what’s best for each camper. In some cases, that may include NOT speaking to their parents while at camp.
COMMUNICATION AFTER CAMP
For families who request a written summary of their camper’s time at Akeela, we will send those in September.
*** PLEASE CALL! *** Please don’t ever hesitate to call Debbie or Eric if you have any concerns. Please don’t wait if there is something that we can do to help you or alleviate any worry. While we are frequently out in camp during the day, we always check our messages and return calls and emails before the end of each day – often in the evening.