Helping Your Family Get Ready For Camp

We can't wait to see you and your camper at Glisson in just a few weeks! Until then, this is the first of four emails designed to share the key info needed to "Blaze the Trail" for a smooth and successful camp experience. This week's focus is on the time between now and camp.


 


Between Now And Camp

Final Payment And Camp Store Deposits  
If you haven't made your final payment for camp, please do so as soon as possible. Camp store deposits can also be made at any time prior to the week before your camper is scheduled to arrive at camp (log in to your account --> itinerary --> select child --> store account). Remember that all living groups will have time to visit the camp store together. Store items include souvenir t-shirts, hats, stuffed animals, water bottles, snacks, and similar items. Nut-free snacks sold in the store include: Goldfish, applesauce pouches, Nutri-Grain bars, Cheez-Its, fruit snacks, Lay's potato chips, Pringles, Rice Krispy Treats, and Chips Ahoy cookies. Though not required, a store deposit of $25-30 is typical.  Log In To Your Account today to take care of store deposits and/or payment.


Cabin Mate And Living Group Requests 
The ability to request a cabin mate sometimes makes the difference between having the courage to come to camp and staying home. Campers who come without a cabin mate request tell us they get to know other campers faster and they make new friends with whom they stay in touch year after year. But for those who want a cabin mate, that's great too! We are very intentional about enforcing our Cabin Mate Request Policy  (included in registration waiver) to keep from impacting the camp experience for other campers. For example, if we allowed three cabin mates, we could easily wind up with a group of three buddies and a group of two buddies, leaving one "odd camper out" in a living group. Or if we don't have reciprocal requests, one family may have requested a camper while, unknowingly, the requested camper has submitted a different cabin mate request. This can cause hurt feelings upon arrival as well. For these reasons and many others, please make sure any requests follow these criteria :
  • Only 1 cabin mate request is allowed  
  • Requests must be mutual  (A=B, B=A)
  • Campers must be registered for the same camp program and session
  • Campers must be in the same grade or no more than one grade apart
Cabin mate requests can be checked by  Logging Into Your Account  to ensure your request has been entered. Living groups are made up of up to 12 campers. They typically include 6 males and 6 females, however, we have more female campers each week than male campers, so female campers may be placed in an all-girls living group. We do not take requests for living group assignments and cannot guarantee  living group assignments. 

  
Homesickness
Homesickness and Child-sickness  are two very different challenges camper families face from time to time. We're all familiar with homesickness, though it is a challenge that we see less often at camp these days. Help campers avoid it by focusing on the activities your camper is most excited about, sending a favorite stuffed animal, and expressing your confidence in your camper's ability to make it through the week. DO NOT tell your child to "just try it" and promise to come and get your camper if he/she doesn't like it. That is a virtual guarantee of homesickness. Remember your camper will feel all the confidence about camp that you "cue" him or her to have.


Child-Sickness
Child-sickness  is felt by parents at the prospect of being away from their camper for a week. You may be a parent who feels a great deal of fear for your camper's safety and your anxiety may manifest itself in ways that make the camp week difficult for both you and your child to enjoy.
  • Remind yourself of the wonderful gifts of independence and self-sufficiency the camp experience is growing in your child.
  • Refrain from telling your camper he/she can call home or, worse, sneaking him/her a cell phone against the rules. It undercuts your camper's perception of your confidence in her/his ability to succeed at camp and our ability to care for your child.
  • Consider planning ahead to send (one-way) mail and/or emails to your camper during the week, which many parents find to be a practical way to feel connected while their child is away (and campers love getting mail!). Next week's email will detail options for mailing and emailing your camper.

Staff Hiring And Training
Our Year-Round Staff and Summer Team are busy preparing for an incredible summer with your campers! Glisson counselors began applying this fall and went through an interview process with our directors (who are parents themselves!) as well as multiple background checks and references, ensuring they are the best-of-the-best before they ever meet your children. Our Outpost team has already had a general training and a weekend of Wilderness First Aid training. Our Crew members are busy going through American Red Cross lifeguard training courses. Before your campers arrive, all of our summer team will have gone through extensive training over the course of a couple of weeks. 
They are so excited to be a part of this ministry and to care for your children!


Camp Directors
Kim, Russell, and Stephen are dedicated to designing camp ministry experiences for your camper that are safe, fun, and faith-forming. Together they represent decades of experience leading high quality camp ministry programs. Kim (Village and Sparrowwood) and Stephen (Outpost) work year-round to make each summer the best yet as they plan improvements, coordinate logistics, and hire and train over 130 summer staff. As Director of NGCRM, Russell helps to guide and support all aspects of the family of ministries to which Glisson belongs (including Grow, ELI, and Shoreline).


New For 2019: Expanded Chapel   
Did you know that the campers of 1950 were the first campers to worship in the newly constructed chapel that replaced Glisson's original chapel? 

Did you know that the campers of 2019 (your camper!) will be the first campers to worship in that same chapel after it's been preserved and expanded for generations to come? 

In addition to the historical significance, we're thrilled to be opening a worship space that matches the new lodging and dining capacity of our main campus. For the first time in a couple decades, Village and Sparrowwood campers and staff will all have a dedicated, permanent seat to use during chapel services. We've taken great care to preserve the aspects of worship in the existing chapel that have made it unique and meaningful for so many...while expanding its capacity and extending its lifespan to ensure the chapel will continue to serve as camp's primary worship space for generations to come.  If you'd like to read more about this exciting time in Glisson's history, check out the links below. And if you'd like to take part in this exciting time in Glisson's history, come to camp on May the 4th!

Closing
You made it to the end! Thanks so much for reading. We hope you've found this first email to be helpful. Upcoming emails will focus on 1) "Check-in Day", 2) "During Camp", and 3) "Checkout Day". If you have any Questions, call the office (706-864-6181) or Email Us. We can't wait to see what God has in store for the coming summer of faith-forming fun. Thanks for being a part of this ministry. We look forward to seeing you and your camper at Glisson soon!
 
Grace and Peace,
The Glisson Team


We know how to have fun - our passion is forming faith in the process. 

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