What NOT to bring Policy
- We have a “no-cell phone” policy at camp. Aside from the fact that cell phones are expensive and can get lost or stolen and that the physical camp environment is not kind to such items, there is a fundamental problem with campers having cell phones at camp, and that is trust. When children come to camp they—and you—are making a leap of faith, transferring their primary care from you as their parents to us and their counselors. This is one of the growth-producing, yet challenging aspects of camp. As children learn to trust other caring adults, they grow and learn, little by little, to solve some of their own challenges. We believe this emerging independence is one of the greatest benefits of camp. It is one important way your children learn to become resilient. Contacting you by phone essentially means they have not made this transition. It prevents us from getting to problems that may arise and addressing them quickly. Sending a cell phone to camp is like saying to your child that you as the parent haven’t truly come to peace with the notion of them being in our care. Please see the Homesick Policy for our policy on campers making phone calls to home.
- Electronics: All campers are asked if they brought electronic items (cameras are allowed). If they did, they are returned to the parent at check-in. If the camper has electronic items when the parent is not here, these items are confiscated from the camper and kept in the office until the camper goes home.
- Drugs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco and weapons are not allowed at LPBC. If any of these items are found in the camper’s possession (their items can be searched), they will be confiscated and the parent/guardian will be notified. Possession of any of these items or any other illegal item is basis for the camper being sent home.