Parent Guides & FAQ’S

Other Documents and Insurance Information, including for International Families:

(Travel insurance is not required, but many families have asked us for information so that they may make a decision. Any questions can be directed to D’Ann Miller at .)

Contacting Camp

We keep a special after-hours emergency phone. A senior staff member monitors this phone each night for emergency parent phone calls. Please call this direct line ONLY in an urgent emergency: 512-755-5378

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The Ill Eagles Nest, named in 1967 by our first nurse, Nurse Bird, is open from 7:30 am to 10 pm every day and after hours for urgent care. If you need to contact the Ill Eagle’s Nest, please dial the main phone number 830- 598-2571 extension 222 or 220. Please note, it is highly likely that you will need to leave a message for the nurses. “The Nest” is a popular place and the nurses are frequently busy treating all the minor cuts and scrapes that happen at camp. Please understand that our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, and our resources are devoted to serving them when they need care. If you have an emergency and are unable to immediately contact the camp nurse, please call the camp emergency number at 512-755-5378.

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Camp News and Photos

Steve Sir and Susie Ma’am take great delight in sharing camp with you in their daily blogs, which can be found here or under our Current Families section of the website. They’ll also share important research and news articles on youth development.

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Photos can be found on your CAMPINTOUCH account homepage under ‘Online Community’ and ‘Photos’. They are divided into “Sirs” and “Ma’ams” (boys and girls), although we encourage you to look at all the photos to see what’s happening at camp. Expect to see your child every 3 days. If you’ve got a shy shutterbug, call us and we’ll make a special effort to find him/her with the camera. We will take pictures during each day of camp and upload them to our website. You can order photos of your camper through CampMinder for $1.00 each.

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In 2016, Camp Champions launched an ambitious project to celebrate our “Golden Oldies,” campers who attend six summers of camp. Every Golden Oldie receives a beautiful, photo memory book with photos from their six years at Camp Champions. Every book will include a group photo with your child’s cabin-mates and counselors for each of the six summers. The remaining photos can be personalized with selections from your “favorited” photos in your camper’s CAMPINTOUCH profile. If there are no favorites in your camper’s profile, your Golden Oldie book will contain general photos that celebrate all the fun of each term. Even a few personalized photos can make a book special, so we strongly recommend that you (and your camper) take a little time to choose your favorites. If you choose favorites every year, by the time your camper is a Golden Oldie, we’ll have a large selection to choose from that reflects all the years at Camp Champions.

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Communicating with your Camper

Email: In your CampMinder account, you can purchase camp stamps. Scroll down until you see the heading “Your Account" to see the balance. You can also give stamps to your guests through guest accounts. If you have multiple campers, you can send the same email by clicking all names. If you want to write separate emails, just select one camper’s name at a time.

Snail Mail: Campers love mail! At the same time, parents agonize when they don’t get letters in return from their campers- especially boys, whose “y” chromosome contains a defect that often presents them from writing letters to ANYONE, including their parents. Camp will provide jump postcards (that require letter stamps) for all of our campers to fill out on a weekly basis to send to their families. We will be addressing these postcards to the guardian household. Please remember to send extra stamps with your children. We want great communication between our campers and their families during camp. Though you won’t be able to call or visit your campers during their stay, we DO encourage you to write! You can mail them to your camper here at camp, or you can drop off pre-written letters to your campers at the Help Desk on Opening Day. Just make sure to write their cabin number on the envelope and the date you would like for your camper to receive them. For many campers, particularly younger campers, we recommend packing pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelopes to make letter writing as easy as possible. Please remember that U.S. mail can take 3-4 business days to arrive once it leaves camp. Here’s how to address a letter to your camper:

Camper First Name & Last Name. Cabin_____
Camp Champions
775 Camp Rd.
Marble Falls, TX 78654

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Package Policy: Camp is a gift in itself. Camp Champions has a no package policy. Any large envelope (anything larger than a standard sized envelope) is considered a package and will be returned to sender. Envelopes containing anything other than the letter (e.g. a piece of gum) is also considered a package and will be returned. Please communicate this policy with friends and family who might be planning to send packages.

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If your camper has a birthday during their camp session, you may drop off a birthday package for them at the Help Desk on Opening Day of camp. Please write “Birthday” on the outside and clearly label the package with your camper’s name and birth date so we can sort it properly and ensure we deliver it to your child on the correct day.

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Transportation

Most camp families bring their children to camp by car on Opening Day. Our address is 775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, TX 78654. For driving directions, click here .

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Domestic Flights: If you need to arrange airline transportation for your child, you are required to fill out our Transportation form under the Forms and Documents tab at least 30 days prior to your camper’s session start date. This timeline is very important so that we can arrange a member of the camp staff to pick your child up from the airport. Please arrange all flights into Austin International Airport or the San Antonio Airport and try to arrive between 11am and 1pm on Opening Day of your camper’s term. We will provide transportation from the Austin airport for $100, and $150 from the San Antonio airport. Return transportation is the same fee.

International Flights: If your camper is flying internationally, pick up from the airport will be $100/$150 depending on the airport, and drop off will be $150/$200. This charge is more than the pickup price because campers flying internationally will need to be at the airport earlier than if they were flying domestically. We will need your camper’s flight information filled out on the Transportation Form at least 30 days prior to your camper’s session start date.

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We offer trip insurance through Hibbs-Hallmark & Co Insurance Agency. If you are interested in purchasing trip insurance for your camper’s term, please contact D’Ann Miller at .

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Opening and Closing Day

For campers finishing 8th grade and younger, we open our gates on Sunday at 2 pm! If you arrive before 2pm, Senior Campers will stop by your car and give you a “Good to Go” (all forms and full payment turned in) with your camper’s cabin assignment. If your account is incomplete, you will be directed to the Help Desk and you’ll be given the cabin assignment there. If you want to avoid the line of cars, aim to arrive at 2:15pm. We ask all parents to leave by 3 pm so we can get camp rollin’!

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Lice Checks: Your camper will be checked upon arrival at camp by a professional lice treatment company (The Lice Place, www.theliceplace.com). Campers with lice will be treated before joining the camp community and will receive additional treatments throughout the camp term. Parents will be responsible for the cost of lice treatment (there is no charge for the inspection). To avoid a potentially awkward start to camp, please have your camper checked BEFORE camp by someone who knows what they’re looking for. Lice treatment facilities and school nurses are best. The Lice Place offers special discounts for Camp Champions capers. Also, campers who are checked by The Lice Place one week or less before camp can skip the lice check on Opening Day.

Help Desk/Mail Table: The Help Desk/Mail Table is located next to the pool and the Nature Tree. Here you can drop off pre-written letters for your camper, leave a birthday package (only if your camper has a birthday while at camp, please write camper’s name and date of birthday on the package), say hi to Steve Sir and Susie Ma’am, or turn in outstanding balances and forms. Once your account is settled, you’ll receive a good to go pass.

Kneeman Markus: We also encourage parents to shop at our camp store, Kneeman Markus, on Opening Day. The store will have Sharpie markers available for you to label purchases before you deliver them to your camper’s cabin. The Surprise Sack and Trojan/Spartan Gift Pack are also available for purchase at the Help Desk/Mail Table- but only while supplies last!

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For campers finishing 9th grade and older, you should arrive at 11 am. Senior Campers will meet their counselors/mentors, receive their uniforms, and attend an orientation session. We ask that all families leave by 11:30 am, as we need the full attention of our Senior Campers. Non-Senior Campers must return at 2pm for the big opening!

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Coffee/donut table: Before the Closing Day Ceremony, please join Susie Ma’am, Steve Sir, and camp leadership for coffee and donuts at the Green Tent. Camp gates will open at 9:00 am on Closing Day, so feel free to come by and say hi.

Closing Day Ceremony: Closing Day Ceremony will begin at 10:00 am. The ceremony is a peek inside the life of Camp Champions, with traditions, songs, and recognition of awards.

Meet your child’s counselors: After Closing Day Ceremony, you will be reunited with your camper, stop by their cabin, talk to the counselors, and shop at Kneeman Markus one last time. You can also register for next summer with Early-Bird Pricing (same price as the previous summer)! We will have signs around camp so you know your way around – or your camper(s) will show you where to go.

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If you didn’t find the answer to your question above, please pick up the phone and call us at (830) 598-2571 or email . Or:

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