Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find lots of useful resources and links designed to answer some of your most common questions about camp.
Choosing the right summer camp is a major decision, and we honor the trust you place in us. We are eager to assist in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can to do to help.
How do I know if my child is ready for a summer camp experience?
We get asked this question a lot! So much in fact, we created a simple quiz to help you which you can find here. We believe that summer camp preparedness comes down to 3 factors. 1. Have they spent time away from home before? Sleepovers, trips to grandparents etc.? 2. Do they get excited for activities like sports teams, clubs etc.? Do they advocate to join these activities themselves? 3. How well do they manage transitions, like a new school year?
If they can handle these things, they can handle camp!
What if my camper is homesick?
It is not uncommon for campers to have feelings of homesickness in the first few days of camp. Once the fun begins most campers move on and have a phenomenal time. Campers quickly get into the routine of camp and are having so much fun they forget to be homesick. Don’t be alarmed if you happen to receive a note, within the first few days of camp, with feelings of homesickness. Letters are usually written Rest Hour or Bedtime which is a natural time for reflection which often brings up thoughts of home. If a camper is experiencing more homesickness than their peers we will contact you. If you would like to read more about our homesickness philosophy click here.
How can I communicate with my camper while they are at camp? What topics should I avoid?
Campers love sending and receiving mail while a camp. At Kennolyn we feel it is important for campers to detach from technology so most of our families communicate by old-fashioned snail mail. Parents can also send in emails that we print and pass out to campers each evening. For an additional fee, parents can include a response sheet with their emails that campers can write on and we email back to you. When writing messages to campers we suggest you focus on the positives of their experience rather than how much you miss them as this can lead to homesickness. Encouraging campers to have fun and make the most of their camp time is a particularly helpful topic!
Does my child need a friend to come with him/her to Kennolyn?
No. Many Kennolyn campers do not come to camp with a particular friend. We think of camp as one of the best and easiest places to make new friends. Our counselors are trained to include all campers in activities and create cohesive cabin groups regardless of whether campers know each other outside of Kennolyn or not. Of course, if you camper does have a friend from home we can almost always accommodate cabin requests for groups up to 3 campers.
Can we come to camp and take a look around?
Yes! We have numerous tour days and open houses, but you can also just make an appointment to see our beautiful facility when it suits you. Our year round office is in the center of camp, so we are here all the time. See our available tour and open house dates here.
Where do you get your staff?
About 60% are from the US and 40% are from countries around the world. Interacting with staff from other cultures is an eye-opening and powerful experience for our American campers and staff alike.
How do you hire the staff?
Very carefully! We are fortunate to have a very strong reputation, so we have far more applicants than open positions. US staff apply to us directly and go through multiple interviews, reference and background checks before being hired. International staff apply through an agency, which conducts an initial interview, handles reference and background checks, provides us with verifications, and facilitates special working visas for the summer. We select candidates via the agency database, as well as through in-person job fairs in Europe. We also interview each candidate to ensure a good fit for Kennolyn.
What makes Kennolyn such a good camp?
Too many things to mention! History, location, facilities, depth of program, quality of staff, and commitment are the things we hear from our happy camp families. To see what other parents say click here or check out our reviews on Facebook.
What is the ACA or WAIC?
ACA is the American Camp Association, and it offers the only nationally recognized accreditation program for camps. About 25% of the camps in the USA decide to pursue this standard. Kennolyn is proud to be an ACA accredited camp. WAIC is the Western Association of Independent Camps, a professional network of the very best camps in the western states.
What are the medical facilities like?
We have a modern health center staffed with 2 nurses, 24 hours a day. A local doctor is on-call all summer, and Dominican Hospital is just six miles away.
Is Kennolyn religiously affiliated?
No, we have no religious component to our program and are not affiliated with any religious organization.