1) How can I communicate with my camper during the season?
Campers love to get mail! We encourage our campers to write to you, so we ask that you do the same! Letters and cards to your children are very positive and personal. Mail is delivered on a daily basis (except for Sunday). Please mail to BIRCH ROCK CAMP, PO Box 148 Waterford, ME 04088 USA. A letter home to the parents is required on Sundays. You may email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the camper’s name on the subject line.
Phone calls are not permitted unless special circumstances dictate that it would be appropriate – i.e. birthday or family emergency. If a situation warrants a conversation with your child via the phone, please contact the Director and an arrangement may be made at a designated time.
2) When can I visit my son while he’s at camp?
The campers are at BRC to “find their wings and fly.” There are many campers who have come from overseas or great distances that prohibit any possible visitation from their family. In the past, we have found that visitation day can be very disruptive and anxiety-ridden for the camper.
We ask that parents/guardians contact the camp via phone/email to see if a visit is advisable. BRC requests a minimum two week adjustment period as your camper will be entrenched in our multi-faceted programming.
In consideration of others, we respectively request that you do not bring your family dog(s) and/or other pets to visit as we do not want to cause any disruption to the community at large.
Birch Rock discourages taking campers off campus for visitation purposes.
3) Does my camper need money or any technology while he’s at camp?
Your camper will be unplugged from electronics and surrounded by the natural beauty of Lake McWain and the Maine woods. There is no need for our campers to have money or any type of valuables including: watches, radios, laptop, cell phones, kindles and any type of electronic device………etc. Please leave those items at home. (If travelling via plane, our office will hold his electronic device and return to him upon his departure).
4) What time is drop-off/pick-up?
AUTO ARRIVAL Birch Rock encourages families to arrive with their camper(s) between 10am – 12 noon on his respective arrival date. Directions to the camp will be located on our website: www.birchrock.org. We cordially invite you to tour the campus with a veteran Birch Rocker and join us for our Opening Day Luncheon Buffet. If you need to arrive at a different time, please contact the camp.
AUTO DEPARTURE Campers are expected to leave camp on their respective departure date. Pick up time is between 10am – 12 noon. Please check-out with the Camp Director in the office prior to departure.
If arriving by plane or train, please notify the camp as specific documentation will be required.
5) Do you do a background check on each staff member?
Indeed, as an Accredited American Camp and proud member of Maine Summer Camps, we have an extensive and thorough screening process including but not limited to: application review, employment and school references, verification of employment, criminal background check, sexual offender registry check, driving record history, personal interview, testimonials of character and contributions to the community are documented.
6) How will my son receive his medication?
Our Camp Nurse will review upon receipt of the camper’s health history any medication management needs with the camper and confirm with his parents guardians on Opening Day. The Camp Nurse is responsible for managing all medications, most of which are distributed at meal times or bed time. Our Camp Nurse is available for camper consultation and medical support.
7) In addition to the nurse, who at Birch Rock is trained to support camper’s medical needs?
Birch Rock is fortunate to have an experienced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, our staff is certified each summer in First Aid, CPR and American Red Cross Lifeguard review. Our Trip Leaders & Head Counselor are all Wilderness First Aid certified or Wilderness First Responders.
The safety and welfare of our campers and staff are our first and most important concern. Our staff receives a nine day orientation with regards to their first response roles and responsibilities in creating a safe and risk free educational environment.