FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These are answers to our most asked questions. If you’ve any other questions just ask!
My child has food allergies
In most cases we can accommodate food allergies, provided our kitchen staff are given advance notice. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs
Due to the increased prevalence of nut allergies, we have instituted a policy of not serving nut products in the meals we provide and ask all participants to refrain from bringing nuts or nut related products into camp.
Due to the variety of programs and activities taking place at camp including rental groups, use of trails by the general public and our own programming, we can not guarantee that we are a nut-free facility for those with severe allergies but we are doing our best to significantly reduce the risk of nut-related reactions. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific needs or our policies.
My child has specific dietary needs
Please contact us to discuss whether we can accommodate them. Our chefs are often able to create options suitable for most dietary needs.
My child can be a “fussy eater”
At each meal, we have a large number of options available, and counselors are on hand to help campers find something to their taste. It is very rare for a camper not to find anything to their taste at a meal.
Why can’t my child bring food to camp?
We ask that no food is brought (or mailed) to camp. The main reasons for this request are:
- Some campers have severe food allergies
- Food stored in cabins can attract wildlife
We have a wide selection of food available at mealtimes together with healthy snacks during recreation times, plus additional energy-rich food & snacks provided for those on hiking trips or other extended adventure activities.
Can I send a letter to my child at camp?
Yes of course! Receiving letters/cards from home can mean a lot, even if your child is only at camp for a short time. Sometimes it can take a while for mail to reach us, so sending letters a little prior to you child arriving at camp can be useful!
Campers also have the opportunity to send mail home from camp.
For campers at Tanglewood Camp, address mail to: [Child’s name], Tanglewood 4-H Camp, 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849
For campers at Blueberry Cove Camp, address mail to: [Child’s name], 22 Blueberry Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860
What if my child is on a trip program?
Most of our trips involve making food drops. Where this is the case, it is usually possible to also pass on letters or postcards for your camper. For more information please contact us.
Can I e-mail my child at camp?
Sorry, but we cannot accept e-mails directed to campers.
In some extreme cases, such as communication from family overseas, please email the camp director and they will print and pass on your letter to your camper.
Can I call my child at camp?
If you have an emergency or concern for your child’s safety or well-being, please call the camp director:
Tanglewood: Jessica Decke, 207.789.5802 or Blueberry Cove: Ryan LeShane, 207.491.6537.
If, in a non-emergency, you need to know how your child is doing, please call the camp directors Tuesdays between 7 & 8 PM and Wednesday or Thursday between 9 & 11 AM.
Can I visit my child at camp?
Because visits from parents distract campers and interrupt their daily routine, we ask you to avoid coming to camp for a visit while camp is in session. If a visit or early dismissal is necessary, prior arrangements must be made (preferably in writing) with the director.
A small period of homesickness is common with most new experiences. We do our best to orient campers quickly so they will become comfortable in the camp environment. Our staff is trained to help campers overcome “pangs of separation” and usually we have good success but families can help, too.
Some hints for you to consider:
- A positive pre-camp attitude is often the key to a successful camp experience. Prior to camp discuss things they can hope to get from their experience: new friends, songs and stories, learning about the natural world, good food, swimming, etc. Avoid telling your child they can come home “at any time” if things aren’t going well.
- Write often. Bright, cheery news is great and expressing your interest in his/her camp program. Avoid writing about your loneliness or how the dog mopes around missing them but focus on how excited you all are to hear the stories when camp is over.
If you receive a letter from an unhappy camper, please don’t hesitate to call us. The time we all spend will be worth everything in terms of your child’s future happiness, self-confidence, and positive growth.
We do our best to make birthdays at camp extra-special and we ensure counselors are informed about any campers who have a birthday during the camp week.
My child takes medicines during the day
Each site has a health care provider who oversees all aspects of camper health care. All camper medicines are checked into the health care provider by parents/guardians during registration and are kept in our health center at all times (exceptions can be made for inhalers and Epi-pens). Counselors are informed when their campers need to take medicines and can join campers at administration times.
In addition to a health care provider on site, Tanglewood works closely with a local physician and staff are trained in emergency care. If emergency hospital care is needed, we will take campers to Waldo County General in Belfast or call 911 for support. You will be notified if your child requires hospitalization or is s/he is ill for more than 8 hours.
Blueberry Cove works closely with a local physician and has a doctor approved emergency response plan. In addition, there is a health care provider on staff and all staff are trained in emergency care. If emergency hospital care is needed, we will take campers to Pen-Bay Medical Center in Rockport or call 911 for support. You will be notified if your child requires hospitalization or is s/he is ill for more than 8 hours.
What first-aid/safety provisions do you have?
The majority, but not all, of our staff have both first aid and CPR certifications. Any activity which leaves the immediate proximity of our facility is always accompanied by someone holding current 1st aid & CPR. All trips away from the camp facility also carry first aid kits.
All swimming activities are overseen by certified lifeguards; boating activities by a small craft safety instructor or lifeguard.
For activities that take place off-site, our trip leaders are trained in first aid or wilderness first aid and CPR. The health care providers at each site are available for consultation with trip leaders regarding any health concerns. Each trip itinerary contains local emergency contact information including the camp director, camp nurse, land-owners and local hospitals. Each itinerary also contains evacuation plans and routes. If emergency hospital care is needed, we will take campers to the hospital nearest to the trip. In the event of an emergency, the camp director will notify parents.
Can our camper bunk with friends?
We attempt to put friends together in cabins when indicated on the registration form or in correspondence with us prior to arrival at camp. Campers close in age/grade will usually be able to bunk in the same cabin because cabins are assigned by age. Most cabins are limited to a maximum of eight campers and two leaders. Remember, camp is a great place to make new friends and often strong friendships develop during the camp session.
Who are the counselors?
Our staff are chosen for their maturity, experience with youth, enthusiasm, and love of the outdoors. Some are former campers, many are from Maine, a few are from other countries, many are college students and all are excited about camp. They participate in at least one week of staff orientation which includes safety/first aid, child development, program planning. All staff have thorough background checks through the University of Maine.
What if I have an accommodation need?
The University of Maine is committed to working with all students/campers and participants to meet their housing needs in a community that values diversity and promotes dignity of all. In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine shall not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Recognizing all individual needs are varied, our sincere desire is to have a comfortable and welcoming living arrangement for all our campers. Campers who would like individual consideration regarding housing assignments due to gender identity/expression, please contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868.
Can campers do laundry?
Laundry facilities at camp are for bedwetting or incredibly dirty clothing only. Please send enough clothing to last the entire one or two-week session. For our three-week Leadership programs, campers will do laundry after their 8-day camping trip.
Should we bring money?
Campers will not need money during their programs. Each site has a small camp store during check out each Friday. Parents can bring money to pick up if they would like to purchase souvenirs. We try to keep the cost of the items reasonable and sell items that meet our sustainability criteria.
My child lost something while they were at camp
While we do try to ensure campers go home with all of their belongings, inevitably some things remain. Please remember to label your campers belongings. Any items that are found are taken to our main office and the owners of labeled items contacted. All unmarked items are held for several months after the summer camp season.
If you discover that your child is missing anything, please contact us with a description of the item.
Deposits are non-refundable. The balance of tuition may be refunded providing the cancellation is made at least one month in advance of the program to the main office in Lincolnville, preferably in writing.
While there are numerous forms to complete prior to camp, they are all necessary to protect your child, and to help make his/her camp experience the best possible. Remember when completing the medical form, that your child has already been accepted to camp and answers will not affect his/her status as a camper. The more complete the information we have about a child, the better we may be able to meet their needs.
Please return the completed forms to the main office in Lincolnville at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your first session. You only need to complete these forms once per year, even if you attend multiple sessions or both sites.
A deposit is required upon registration. Full payment is due by June 1st. Checks can be mailed to the main office at 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849.
If you register online, you have the option to pay at registration with a credit or debit card or to return to the site to make additional payments later. Current and past due balances can also be made here.