To help create a respectful camp living experience, it is essential that all members of our camp community understand our policies and regulations. We ask for your full cooperation in following our policies, especially as they pertain to respect, food, phone calls, visiting, cell phones, technology, packages, and valuable items.
Respect and Behavior
Respectful behavior is expected between all people at camp. This means between campers, between campers and staff, and between all staff.
Parents should not tip staff members at Point O’Pines. Our staff members are well aware of this policy and understand that they are receiving a generous salary and should not accept tips or gifts from parents. The acceptance of any tip or gift means immediate dismissal for the staff member without exception. Please protect our staff members by not offering gratuities that tempt them with a violation of this policy.
Money at Camp
Your daughter does not require money at camp. She will be given a sufficient amount of spending money to cover her personal needs on any trips outside of camp. We cannot assume responsibility for money kept in bunks. We make our camp safe available for any funds that might be needed by girls with special pre-camp or post-camp travel requirements. Withdrawals from the camp safe must be made at specified times.
The following items are prohibited at Point O’Pines and will be confiscated if they come to Camp:
- any electronic communications device, including, for example, cell phones, tablets, Kindles, walkie talkies, Internet-enabled cameras, watches, music devices or gaming devices, devices connecting to the Internet or e-mail or any other device containing a radio transceiver (except that the following music devices with limited communication are permitted: Mighty Vibe Player and Campfire Player). iPod Nanos or Shuffles and MP3 players such as SanDisk Clip devices with no communication have always been permitted at camp.
- any device capable of playing a video, except music players and cameras are permitted if they contain no video or movie content other than that filmed at camp
- extension cords and power strips
- any chair that is not the Crazy Creek style (e.g., bungee chairs);
- portable dresser units
- foam mattress pads (e.g., egg crate mattress pads);
- excessive decorative pillows and stuffed animals (i.e., no more than three mid-sized items)
- bed rugs and mats
- bed skirts and dust ruffles
- inflatable items
- putty and slime
- feather boas
Although the Directors make every effort to safeguard the belongings of every camper, camp cannot be responsible for campers’ personal property. We do not recommend that valuable items be brought to camp.
It is against camp rules to send candy or food to camp or to include it in your daughter’s trunk. Your compliance with this regulation will help us to maintain your child’s health and avoid bugs and animals in the bunks. Our girls have a healthy, well-balanced diet and receive a reasonable amount of candy and plenty of fresh fruit. All food and candy packages received at camp are confiscated and their contents discarded.
Nut Free Policy
To help protect the health of the campers and staff in our camp community, we have a nut free policy. This policy means that no peanuts or tree nuts (including cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, coconuts, etc.) should enter our camp environment. We will read ingredient labels on food served at camp. We will not serve items where a label indicates that the food contains peanuts or tree nuts and we will use due care to satisfy ourselves that responsible decontamination procedures have been followed where products are produced in a factory that may also, upon occasion, produce products that may contain nuts. Foods that contain nut products will be considered unsafe. Please note that shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and toiletries that contain nuts or nut products will also not be permitted.
We would like to emphasize that we cannot promise families that children with allergies will not come into accidental contact with these foods while at camp, but we want to assure you that we will have taken precautions to hopefully prevent contact with these
allergens. We want you to understand that nut products are not always obvious ingredients in foods, and many foods are not clearly labeled.
In addition to the above guidelines, we ask you to help us implement the following measures for the safety of our campers:
1) Families of children with nut allergies must inform camp of the existence of said allergies and work with camp to develop an appropriate medical response for their child in the event of an allergic reaction. We will request an Emergency Action Plan for each child with nut allergies that must be completed and signed by the child’s physician and provided to camp before the season starts. To the extent possible, children with known allergies should be taught how to self-administer their own Epi-pens.
2) Families (including those whose children do not have allergies) must never send any packages that contain nuts or nut products.
3) Families (including those whose children do not have allergies) should never bring food on camp property that contains nuts either for themselves or their children.
4) Staff should never bring food onto camp property that contains nuts (backpacks and pockets included).
In addition, camp will be taking the following measures:
1) Staff will continue to be trained to recognize symptoms of a severe allergic reaction and will be taught how to use an EpiPen as per protocol.
2) We will educate the camp community regarding food allergies and teach our staff how to keep children safe with a view to making our community totally aware of the presence of allergens and precautions to avoid contact even when outside of our camp community.
3) As always, we will be hyper vigilant in monitoring campers when we are out of camp in public places that are not nut free. We ask families, however, to recognize that our best efforts will be greatly affected by the diligence of their daughters on trips out of camp.
In order to maintain the atmosphere of equality in camp, gifts for girls other than your daughter, including birthday favors or decor, are not permitted. Your adherence to this policy will avoid potential embarrassment. Bunk gifts will be confiscated in order that all of our girls receive equal treatment from bunk parents.
In the interest of minimizing excess waste and promoting a culture of fairness at camp, we have a no gift package policy. Gift packages that are sent to camp for your daughter will be refused and returned to the sender. If your daughter is missing items necessary for camp and you need to send a necessity package, this package must be approved before it is sent to camp. To receive approval for a necessity package, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly note your daughter’s name, age group, and specific details about why you need to send a package. After you receive approval to send this package, our office staff will accept delivery of the package. Any non-approved necessity packages will be refused and returned to sender. See “Birthdays at Camp” for details on the exception to the gift package policy for birthdays.