FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answers to a few typical questions for new families.  For more give us a call or send us a message.

FAQ



QIs Camp Hawkeye American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited?
AYes we are. ACA accreditation is the industry gold standard for best practices in all areas of camp operation from Program Design, to Aquatic Activities, from Transportation Policies, to Site and Food Service. ACA accreditation is an important piece of our compliance process and something that helps us focus on areas both big and small. To find out more about what it means to be accredited check out this link http://www.acanewengland.org/accreditation.
QHow does mail work at camp?
ACampers receive and can send mail every weekday and Saturdays too. Letters, postcards, and care packages are great (no food or electronics please). Some families send their first mail in advance of bringing their child to camp so that on the first day a letter will be waiting for them. Everyone is required to send a letter home on Wednesday. The local post office is not a major hub so please understand that everything will move a little slower than you might expect.
QIs there a nurse at Hawkeye?
AYes; and she is AMAZING! DeAnn has been with us ten years now and so has her son. A registered nurse she is licensed in both Massachusetts, where she lives during the year and works as a school nurse, and in New Hampshire. DeAnn is a member of our leadership team and also heads up our Health Management Team. Send her a message from the Contact page and let her know about your child's specific needs ahead of camp.
QIt's my child's first time at camp; are they going to make friends?
AA resounding YES! Even though we are a small camp community and many of our campers return each year new campers are always welcomed with warm greetings and great kindness. Our current campers are very excited to learn about new campers and get them acclimated to the Hawkeye program. In the first few hours returning campers are finding out as much as they can about new campers and staff to try and guess into which tribe they will be sorted. We take care in our session assignments and group dynamics. We also ensure that new campers are not starting a session as the only one. If you have any concerns please don't hesitate to call Jess. Please know that she will check in with you early and often about how your child is settling in.
QHow do kids get to camp?
AMost Hawkeye campers drive to camp with their families. Families not from New England sometimes drive their child(ren) to camp and some take advantage of camp transportation as described on the “Travel to Camp” form. We offer transportation from Boston Logan Airport, Boston South Station, Manchester Airport (NH), and Center Harbor bus station for an extra fee. Availability is limited and assigned first come first served.
QWhat if my child takes medication?
ANot a problem at all. DeAnn, our nurse is in charge of storage and distribution of all medications. Campers and staff must check in any and all medications with her upon arrival. Medication is all stored locked in the Health Center. No medication of any type is allowed in the camper cabins. All medications must be in the original containers. Parents are asked to be sure that all needed medications for the duration of a camper’s stay is available upon arrival and that any deviations from printed instructions on the container are given in writing and signed by a physician. Medications are distributed regularly at meals and before bed and other regimens can be accommodated too.
QCan I talk to my child on the phone?
A Yes please! Talking to your daughter/son on the phone is great; you get to hear about their friends, new things their learning, and the adventures too. There are also designated daily times for phone calls. All calls are scheduled with the office in advance. We would be happy to set up a time for you to speak with your son or daughter. Either set up a call through the website or call the office and we'll make it happen. Please wait until Wednesday of their first week to alleviate possible homesickness.
QWhat activities can my child do at camp?
AThere are nine program areas from which each camper can choose on a daily basis: swimming, boating, athletics, archery, arts & crafts, drama, woodworking, bugs & dirt, and expeditions. Each program counselor has excellent skills, is experienced and has all necessary certifications. Additionally all campers go hiking weekly, sleep out one night on the island, and participate in all Special Activities. Check out the Activities page in the Camper Life Section for more information.
QWhat if my child misses home?
AExpect your daughter/son to miss home. That's a normal part of being away whether at camp or vacation. For most campers (and staff too) missing home is a minor part of their experience and is associated with early participation anxieties. Will I make friends? Will I be good at it? What's coming next? As the uncertainties of the new experience are made familiar everyone relaxes into a feeling of comfort. Missing home can be compounded by a parent's anxiety or things going on at home during a child's time at camp. Let Jess know how things are and what might be on your child's mind before and when they come to camp. We treat missing home like any other challenge; naming the issue, coming up with a plan together, and committing to solving it together.
QHow far away is the hospital?
AIn addition to our live in full time Registered Nurse we work with a local family practice just minutes up the road. Specialists as needed and two hospitals are within 30 minutes of camp and the local fire, police, and ambulance services are just five minutes down the road.
QWhat about cell phones?
AGood question. No cell phones. Your child should not bring their cell phone or ANY electronics to camp. If a camper accidentally brings a cell phone, iPod or other electronic device to camp it will be kept safely in the main office until departure day. Campers that use camp transportation or fly in to a nearby airport almost always bring cell phones for use during these travel times and that is encouraged. Phones will be checked in upon arrival to camp and returned at departure from camp.
QHow are staff chosen?
AThe Camp Hawkeye staff is key to making your child’s experience unforgettable. In order to become a staff member in our community each person has to go through a rigorous application process including in-person interview and background checks. We take great pride in getting to know our counselors before they are hired. It is necessary that each person is passionate about working with kids and being in the outdoors. Staff members must have excellent references, eager to learn about youth development and geared up to dedicate their summer to the care and supervision of our campers. They come from all over the world and the US just like our campers. Some staff travel from as far as Ghana and as close as Londonderry, NH.
QDoes Camp Hawkeye have a religious affiliation?
ANo. Camp Hawkeye has no specific or general religious affiliation. We recruit campers and staff from myriad backgrounds and faiths and strive for shared acceptance and understanding. Hawkeye does not offer religious services of any kind nor do we provide transportation on observance days. We do accommodate individual needs like specific time or space for personal prayer and please let us know how we can help before arrival.
QWhat about allergies?
AAllergies are managed daily for campers and staff; those with prescription medications are required to bring them to camp and over the counter remedies are stocked in the Health Center. Participants with anaphylactic allergies are required to bring un-expired epi-pens with them to camp. Our dining hall, meals, and snacks are all nut free and food is not allowed in the cabins. There are bees and other stinging insects around camp and counselors are kept informed of all camper needs and any safety plans in place.
QCan I email my child?
AWe do not have a system for email set up. If circumstances allow for only email, you are away on a trip or the mail carriers are on strike, please email Jess or the office, info@camphawkeye.com. Otherwise stick to letters and cards and scheduled phone calls.
QWhy a coed camp?
AShort answer; Life is Coed. The Camp Hawkeye is designed to provide certain benefits of both a coed and single gender experience. Both age & gender specific, as well as, mixed group activities are run every day. Campers are taught appropriate and kind interactions with all peers at the same time enjoying low pressure experiences surrounded by those that respect and accept them. Hawkeye is not like school nor is it like some other coed experiences; the expectations about exclusive and/or romantic relationships is clear and unequivocal. The relationship pressures that kids are experiencing at an ever younger age in school is not tolerated. We seek to partner with parents in this approach and help kids just be kids for a little while longer.
QCan I visit my son/daughter at camp?
AYes of course. We'd love for you to come and be a part of your child's experience. Hawkeye has specific visiting days every other Saturday however we know everyone has their own plans for the summer and yours might not align with those Saturdays. Let us know if another day works and we are happy to have you come by on a random Tuesday, or Friday night. Don't come Thursday evening, Capture the Flag you know, not even a "Green Monster" sundae from Flurries can drag kids away from CTF.

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QIs there a nurse at Hawkeye?
AYes; and she is AMAZING! DeAnn has been with us ten years now and so has her son. A registered nurse she is licensed in both Massachusetts, where she lives during the year and works as a school nurse, and in New Hampshire. DeAnn is a member of our leadership team and also heads up our Health Management Team. Send her a message from the Contact page and let her know about your child's specific needs ahead of camp.
QWhat if my child takes medication?
ANot a problem at all. DeAnn, our nurse is in charge of storage and distribution of all medications. Campers and staff must check in any and all medications with her upon arrival. Medication is all stored locked in the Health Center. No medication of any type is allowed in the camper cabins. All medications must be in the original containers. Parents are asked to be sure that all needed medications for the duration of a camper’s stay is available upon arrival and that any deviations from printed instructions on the container are given in writing and signed by a physician. Medications are distributed regularly at meals and before bed and other regimens can be accommodated too.
QHow far away is the hospital?
AIn addition to our live in full time Registered Nurse we work with a local family practice just minutes up the road. Specialists as needed and two hospitals are within 30 minutes of camp and the local fire, police, and ambulance services are just five minutes down the road.
QWhat about allergies?
AAllergies are managed daily for campers and staff; those with prescription medications are required to bring them to camp and over the counter remedies are stocked in the Health Center. Participants with anaphylactic allergies are required to bring un-expired epi-pens with them to camp. Our dining hall, meals, and snacks are all nut free and food is not allowed in the cabins. There are bees and other stinging insects around camp and counselors are kept informed of all camper needs and any safety plans in place.

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QHow does mail work at camp?
ACampers receive and can send mail every weekday and Saturdays too. Letters, postcards, and care packages are great (no food or electronics please). Some families send their first mail in advance of bringing their child to camp so that on the first day a letter will be waiting for them. Everyone is required to send a letter home on Wednesday. The local post office is not a major hub so please understand that everything will move a little slower than you might expect.
QCan I talk to my child on the phone?
A Yes please! Talking to your daughter/son on the phone is great; you get to hear about their friends, new things their learning, and the adventures too. There are also designated daily times for phone calls. All calls are scheduled with the office in advance. We would be happy to set up a time for you to speak with your son or daughter. Either set up a call through the website or call the office and we'll make it happen. Please wait until Wednesday of their first week to alleviate possible homesickness.
QWhat about cell phones?
AGood question. No cell phones. Your child should not bring their cell phone or ANY electronics to camp. If a camper accidentally brings a cell phone, iPod or other electronic device to camp it will be kept safely in the main office until departure day. Campers that use camp transportation or fly in to a nearby airport almost always bring cell phones for use during these travel times and that is encouraged. Phones will be checked in upon arrival to camp and returned at departure from camp.
QCan I email my child?
AWe do not have a system for email set up. If circumstances allow for only email, you are away on a trip or the mail carriers are on strike, please email Jess or the office, info@camphawkeye.com. Otherwise stick to letters and cards and scheduled phone calls.

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QIt's my child's first time at camp; are they going to make friends?
AA resounding YES! Even though we are a small camp community and many of our campers return each year new campers are always welcomed with warm greetings and great kindness. Our current campers are very excited to learn about new campers and get them acclimated to the Hawkeye program. In the first few hours returning campers are finding out as much as they can about new campers and staff to try and guess into which tribe they will be sorted. We take care in our session assignments and group dynamics. We also ensure that new campers are not starting a session as the only one. If you have any concerns please don't hesitate to call Jess. Please know that she will check in with you early and often about how your child is settling in.
QWhat activities can my child do at camp?
AThere are nine program areas from which each camper can choose on a daily basis: swimming, boating, athletics, archery, arts & crafts, drama, woodworking, bugs & dirt, and expeditions. Each program counselor has excellent skills, is experienced and has all necessary certifications. Additionally all campers go hiking weekly, sleep out one night on the island, and participate in all Special Activities. Check out the Activities page in the Camper Life Section for more information.
QHow are staff chosen?
AThe Camp Hawkeye staff is key to making your child’s experience unforgettable. In order to become a staff member in our community each person has to go through a rigorous application process including in-person interview and background checks. We take great pride in getting to know our counselors before they are hired. It is necessary that each person is passionate about working with kids and being in the outdoors. Staff members must have excellent references, eager to learn about youth development and geared up to dedicate their summer to the care and supervision of our campers. They come from all over the world and the US just like our campers. Some staff travel from as far as Ghana and as close as Londonderry, NH.
QWhy a coed camp?
AShort answer; Life is Coed. The Camp Hawkeye is designed to provide certain benefits of both a coed and single gender experience. Both age & gender specific, as well as, mixed group activities are run every day. Campers are taught appropriate and kind interactions with all peers at the same time enjoying low pressure experiences surrounded by those that respect and accept them. Hawkeye is not like school nor is it like some other coed experiences; the expectations about exclusive and/or romantic relationships is clear and unequivocal. The relationship pressures that kids are experiencing at an ever younger age in school is not tolerated. We seek to partner with parents in this approach and help kids just be kids for a little while longer.

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QHow do kids get to camp?
AMost Hawkeye campers drive to camp with their families. Families not from New England sometimes drive their child(ren) to camp and some take advantage of camp transportation as described on the “Travel to Camp” form. We offer transportation from Boston Logan Airport, Boston South Station, Manchester Airport (NH), and Center Harbor bus station for an extra fee. Availability is limited and assigned first come first served.
QWhat if my child misses home?
AExpect your daughter/son to miss home. That's a normal part of being away whether at camp or vacation. For most campers (and staff too) missing home is a minor part of their experience and is associated with early participation anxieties. Will I make friends? Will I be good at it? What's coming next? As the uncertainties of the new experience are made familiar everyone relaxes into a feeling of comfort. Missing home can be compounded by a parent's anxiety or things going on at home during a child's time at camp. Let Jess know how things are and what might be on your child's mind before and when they come to camp. We treat missing home like any other challenge; naming the issue, coming up with a plan together, and committing to solving it together.
QDoes Camp Hawkeye have a religious affiliation?
ANo. Camp Hawkeye has no specific or general religious affiliation. We recruit campers and staff from myriad backgrounds and faiths and strive for shared acceptance and understanding. Hawkeye does not offer religious services of any kind nor do we provide transportation on observance days. We do accommodate individual needs like specific time or space for personal prayer and please let us know how we can help before arrival.
QCan I visit my son/daughter at camp?
AYes of course. We'd love for you to come and be a part of your child's experience. Hawkeye has specific visiting days every other Saturday however we know everyone has their own plans for the summer and yours might not align with those Saturdays. Let us know if another day works and we are happy to have you come by on a random Tuesday, or Friday night. Don't come Thursday evening, Capture the Flag you know, not even a "Green Monster" sundae from Flurries can drag kids away from CTF.

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