FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Who can attend camp? Where do campers stay?

Our programs are for campers 8-14. Boys and girls attend at the same time and are housed in separate cabins in different parts of camp. 15-18 year-olds are eligible to apply for our Junior Counselor Leadership Program.


Where is camp located?

Camp is located in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin on Lake Metzger. We have 200 acres of land that offer the perfect setting for campers to experience the wonders of nature in a safe and exciting environment. Our address is 11770 E Towline Rd, Gordon, WI 54838.


Who are the camp staff?

The Camp Bovey team includes 15 qualified and trained staff: Camp Director, Operations Coordinator, Environmental Education Director, Program Coordinator, Outdoor Living Skills Instructor, Water Front Director and Assistant, Head Cook, Kitchen Assistant, Camp Nurse, Maintenance Assistant, and six Cabin Counselors.


We also have Junior Counselors who apply for our competitive leadership development program each spring. They receive additional training, CPR/First Aid Certification, and weekly mentorship so they are equipped with the skills to help make Camp Bovey a safe, fun, and inclusive environment for all campers. They are often teens who grew up at Camp Bovey as campers themselves!

How do I know that my child will be safe at camp?

At Camp Bovey, we ensure the highest safety standards for your child. Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which requires that we adhere to 290 standards that measure safety aspects of camps.


Campers are always supervised by camp staff, who carry walkie-talkies at all times so that they can communicate with each other in case of emergency, injury, or any other need.


All camp activities are led by trained instructors. Staff hold certifications to teach swimming, archery tomahawk throwing, and fire starting lessons. Each staff member is trained in Basic Water Rescue sot hat they can assist the Waterfront Director and Asisstant while campers are in the water. All water activities, including fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and swimming require the presence of a lifeguard.


How are staff trained at camp?

Camp staff go through a week-long training at the beginning of each summer, when they are trained in a variety of topics related to camper safety and program quality. Training topics include: Basic Water Rescue, First Aid and CPR, Emergency Weather procedures, mandated reporting, positive behavior intervention, the Youth Program Quality Assessment tool (YPQA), trauma-informed care, suicide prevention, conflict mediation, and more. Lead staff hold all certifications required to teach their specialty areas. In addition, staff practice how to lead key camp activities such as team challenge courses, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, mealtime table conversations, cabin group reflections, etc. 


How do you ensure that my child has a positive social experience at camp?

One of the most important parts of a camper's experience is the friendship that they build with peers and adults. We train all staff with a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach. Staff model positive communication, work to reframe conflict into learning opportunities, and support campers to mediate challenges. Bullying of any kind is not tolerated at camp, and staff are trained to intervene early if they notice a pattern of conflict between campers. In addition, we offer leadership and choice opportunities as often as possible so that campers can own their experiences, take risks, and try new things within a safe and supportive group environment.




How can I contact my camper while they're at camp?

Everyone loves to get mail at camp! You can write letters to your camper ahead of time and give them to camp staff at drop-off to be passed out throughout the week. You may also send mail to us during the week at 11770 East Townline Road, Gordon, WI 54838. However, since mail takes a while to reach camp, we occasionally do not receive your letters until after your camper's session is over.

Additionally, emails can be sent to campbovey@esns.org throughout the week, and the Camp Director will print them and give them to your camper. Please note that the Camp Director is spending most of their time enjoying the program with your camper and may only check email once or twice each day.

We do not allow campers to receive phone calls or call home unless in case of an emergency or illness. If a camper is very homesick or having a problem at camp, we do make exceptions to this rule. If you need to reach camp staff or your camper during their session, please call the main camp line at 715-378-2914.

What if my child takes medication or requires immediate medical attention?

Camp Bovey has a health center and a nurse who handles day-to-day services and needs. Our medical director reviews our treatment procedures annually, and we make arrangements with the local emergency services before summer begins to ensure swift medical attention if needed.


What is the food like at camp?

Our food is delicious and nutritious! All meals are prepared by our kitchen staff and served family-style in the dining hall, where each table is staffed with one or two staff members. Along with lots of food variety, we offer snacks throughout the day, and we are well-prepared to accommodate a range of nutritional needs.

Camp Bovey serves nutritious meals to children without an additional charge to you. This is possible because federal reimbursement is received for meals served in accordance with regulations governing the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). To document eligibility for these funds, statements of household size and income must be obtained from parents or guardians. This information is kept confidential.

What will my child learn at camp?

Campers learn SO MUCH at camp! They learn about the natural world — water, plant, and animal life. They learn survival skills like putting up a tent, cooking over a fire, identifying edible plants, and orienting on a hike in the woods. They learn to work together with a team to accomplish a common goal. They learn that exercise can be fun and that healthy food can be delicious. And maybe most importantly, as one camper says, they learn that they "can survive without a cell phone."


How can I get photos of my child at camp?

We take confidentiality very seriously, so we are careful about sharing pictures of campers publicly. Instead, we are working to create a secure portal where parents/guardians can access photos and other updates during their camper's session. We hope to have this new portal up and running for the 2018 session. Stay tuned for more information!


What is the Team Challenge Course?

The Team Challenge Course is a series of activities that help campers learn how to communicate, cooperate, and collaborate — while having a ton of fun. For the 2018 season, we are excited to add seven new elements to our challenge opportunities: Magic Turtles, All Aboard, 9 Square in the Air, Gaga Pit, Pipeline, and the Dream Catcher/Electric Fence. If you're curious, click here for a teaser!


What is the Junior Counselor program?

Our Junior Counselor program is a leadership program that teaches teens ages 15-18 how to be a strong leader and a compassionate role model. Participants begin the process even before heading to camp by meeting with the Camp Director throughout the year. To learn more about becoming a Junior Counselor, click here. To become a Jr. Counselor, follow the Camper Registration Application process.


How can I send mail to a camper?

Everyone loves to get mail at camp! You can write letters to your camper ahead of time and give them to camp staff at drop-off to be passed out throughout the week. You may also send mail to us during the week at 11770 East Townline Road, Gordon, WI 54838. However, since mail takes a while to reach camp, we occasionally do not receive your letters until after your camper's session is over.

Additionally, emails can be sent to campbovey@esns.org throughout the week, and the Camp Director will print them and give them to your camper. Please note that the Camp Director is spending most of their time enjoying the program with your camper and may only check email once or twice each day.

We do not allow campers to receive phone calls or call home unless in case of an emergency or illness. If a camper is very homesick or having a problem at camp, we do make exceptions to this rule. If you need to reach camp staff or your camper during their session, please call the main camp line at 715-378-2914.


Anything else I should know?

Not sure what to pack? Check out our packing list for suggestions!


Read through this useful resource for parents and guardians: Information for Guardians.



         



      


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