It is a hot, sunny, summery day here on the shores of Maine. You can really feel that summer is right around the corner! I hope that you and your families are getting excited for packing your bags and heading to camp this summer. We all are excited to welcome you. In order to prepare for your venture to join us at camp, we have provided you with information on packing in our 2010 Parent’s Bulletin. EQUIPMENT: All equipment packing lists can be found at our website, clicking here. If you are interested in renting expedition equipment for a few of the more popular items, you can find the rental form also in the “forms” section of our website, click here. These rental items will be available at camp when your child arrives. There will be new Chewonki Camp for Girls t-shirts available this year. Thanks to the feedback of our staff and campers, we are offering synthetic shirts that can be worn while on the wilderness trips. This is an optional purchase, and can be purchased through Maine Camp Outfitters (MCO). Note the password to login to MCO is “Chewonki.” Many of the other required items are available through Maine Camp Outfitters. You can link to MCO by clicking here. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL CLOTHES AND GEAR ARE CAREFULLY MARKED WITH THE CAMPER’S NAME. Please do not send along valuable clothes and other expensive items that you do not want your child to lose or get ruined. There will not be an opportunity to purchase items after the camper arrives at camp. Please follow these lists carefully. Special Note: For girls traveling long distances to get to camp and those receiving financial aid: Please fill out the equipment rental form in the “forms” section of your online registration account. Please contact us if you have any questions on your clothing or equipment lists! Chewonki Camp for Girls is a wilderness base camp located in the pocket of conservation lands on Fourth Debsconeag Lake. In order to transport your daughter(s) gear/clothing/supplies from Wiscasset, up to Girls Camp, we will need to put it in a trailer for the ride. We will hope for a sunny day, but please prepare the gear as if it were going to rain. Lining the duffle, backpack, and/or sleeping bag with a plastic bag can help to waterproof the gear during transport. Once we arrive at the shores of Fourth Debsconeag, the gear will be loaded onto a boat for transport over to Girls Camp. The girls will be asked to get their personal gear and bring it up to their yurt. Because there are many steps to transporting gear, we ask that all gear be packed in a duffle, backpack, or large bag that is easy to carry. Please do not pack in a heavy trunk or suitcase. Girls are asked to bring enough extra supplies– stationery, postage stamps, toilet articles, batteries, etc. to last the summer. Due to the humid summer weather, please pack only self-adhesive envelopes and stamps. It is helpful to provide your child with pre-addressed envelopes of family members and friends who your child may want to write. There is no need for girls to have money at camp or on the expeditions. A small bill will be sent at the end of the summer for any minor charges incurred. We recognize the widespread use of digital cameras, and will provide access to power outlets to recharge digital batteries. BAGGAGE: Girls in camp will unpack their belongings onto shelves in their yurt. Campers arriving by car may bring all baggage with them. Otherwise, we recommend parcel post (Post Office), United Parcel Service (UPS), or FedEx. Baggage should be sent unlocked or with keys mailed to us before camp. Because of limited space on the vans from Logan Airport and Portland Jetport, a few items of hand luggage only may be brought with your camper. BATTERIES: We are asking campers to bring only re-chargeable, AA size NI-CAD batteries to camp. We have a re-charging station at camp, and on some of the trips. Chewonki will have extra batteries on hand to trade off with your camper’s, while they are being charged. Regular (throw-away) alkaline batteries are hard on our environment and can be a health hazard when they are incinerated or buried in a landfill. So, please help us help our environment, and make sure to bring a flashlight that takes AA size batteries. KNIFE POLICY: Campers often bring jackknives or sheath knives to camp. To ensure safe and responsible use of knives, Chewonki’s policy is to have all use supervised by staff. All knives will be stored by the Trip Leaders and be available for appropriate use on overnights and trips. Jackknives should have locking blades. Older girls on Wilderness expeditions will be able to keep their own knife after a safety check with their leaders. Remember to pack these in checked luggage, if traveling by plane. THINGS NOT TO PACK: Girls will learn that many of the things that they feel are essential parts of their life are perhaps not as necessary at camp. Television, for instance, is not a part of the camper’s experience at Chewonki. I-Pods, cell phones, computer games, and all similar devices are simply not allowed. Comic books, magazines, and fireworks are also not permitted. We also request that any and all “Pokemon” or “Yu-gi-oh” – type game cards and accessories not come to Camp. Other valuables such as jewelry, watches, money, etc. are also not necessary. Chewonki cannot be responsible for storage of these items during the summer. Please do not send candy, cookies, gum or any other food items with your child or to them through the mail during the summer. We are asking you to support us by resisting appeals of campers for such “goodies”. It is our policy not to deliver them to the campers for many reasons: sweet things draw flies; we like to have ants and small mammals close to the living quarters but not in them. Boxes of “goodies” can also cause hard feelings among campers. Our meals are carefully planned to provide balanced nutrition. The food is simple but abundant and prepared with love by our kitchen staff. We encourage campers to eat something of everything that is provided for them. We are very interested in nutrition and want campers to learn something about food and its importance. We trust that we have your support and understanding. Hopefully, all parents will read this strong request, but sometimes grandparents and other relatives do not. Please let them know our policy and explain the good reasons behind it. On birthdays, both in camp and on trail, a camper will be honored with a special birthday treat. Good luck packing! Please be in touch if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you soon.