When should campers be dropped off and picked up? Unless you read differently in a deans letter, campers should arrive on Sunday, the first day of camp, no earlier than 2:00 PM. Registration is from 2:00-4:00 PM. Campers should be picked up Saturday between 9:30 and 10:00 in the morning. Closing programs may be planned so check your deans letter!
May we visit our camper during the week? Parents, family members and friends of campers are cordially invited to visit during registration and departure only. At other times campers will be fully occupied and friends are asked to please refrain from visiting or calling by telephone.
Should we send mail? YES! Campers love to receive mail. Cards and letter are encouraged. Please do NOT mail candy or food. Please do not send mail after Thursday, since it will not reach your camper on time. Please use the following camp address:
Camper’s Name, Cabin #
c/o Pilgrim Lodge
103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane
West Gardiner ME 04345-3687
E-mail to campers You can buy a block of 5 emails for only $5.00. Log in to your online account and click on “Email a Camper” to sign up for email. Your camper’s email will be printed and delivered at bunk time along with US postal mail. Campers do not have access to return email.
Is there a camp store? Yes. The store carries T-shirts, memorabilia, postcards, postage and various necessary items. Store accounts for children are set up on arrival. Usually $20 or so is enough for ice-cream everyday and various sundries. Any remaining funds are returned when the camper is picked up. The store account is also where the camper will draw money for any mission offering he or she wishes to make.
What if campers get homesick? Very few campers need to go home. Usually extra attention from the counselor and cheerful letters from home are all it takes to help an uneasy child. Parents concerned that their child may become homesick can do some things to help the child prepare for camp. A visit to camp ahead of time is the best way for a child to know what to expect. Please call before you visit. Coming to camp with a friend is another good idea (although we do not house friends in the same cabin).
Can campers stay in the same cabin with friends from home? No. This is a common request. We do not house friends from the same church together, nor do we grant requests for campers to be together. Our experience is that friends from home tend to relate together instead of getting to know new cabin mates. We hope you will make new friends in your cabin. Cabin time is limited and there is ample time for friends to be together during camp.
What about camp photos? Every camper will receive an 8×10 photo of all the people in their camp. Many more are available on CD which can be pre-ordered at the store for $15 when you drop off your camper and it will be ready when you pick them up; or ordered on Saturday with a small charge for postage.
What should we bring? Pay attention to your dean’s letter for specific items they request, but here is a list to get you started: Your receipt for your camp fee; Clothes in which to relax; warm clothes for cold days and nights; rain gear; shorts; jeans; sweatshirts; a Bible; a notebook and pen; bathing suit; beach towel; beach footwear; musical instruments; store and mission money; a nice outfit for a special event or celebration (not too formal); bathroom articles (towels, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, comb, brush etc.) in an easy to carry bag or bucket, sleeping bag or bedding for a single bed; pillow; comfy sneakers for outside activities; stationery; flashlight; laundry bag; insect repellant (NON aerosol please!); a water bottle with your name on it. If you bring CD’s for a dance be sure your name is on them! Its a good idea to write your name on everything.
What should we NOT bring? Candy; gum; food; personal listening devices; electronic handheld games; pets; pocket knives; valuables; jewelry; cell phones; beepers; or computers. And of course, weapons, fireworks; alcohol or illegal drugs.
May campers call home? Phones are available for use by campers only in case of emergency. Please see our page of contact information if you need to reach your camper during the week.
Is there financial assistance available? Scholarship funds are available from the Maine Conference to assist in paying the cost of camp. The application for scholarships can be found on our forms and guides page. In addition you may request an application for a scholarship by calling
1-800-244-0937. Many local churches also have their own camp scholarship program.Please ask your pastor if such a program is available in your church. Counselorships are also available; in appreciation of parents volunteering to be counselors, a $75 credit will be granted toward their child’s camp fee for each week a parent is a counselor. Immediate family only please.