Camper Drop Off & Pick Up for Weeks 2-8

Camper Drop Off Instructions:

All camp sessions start on Sunday, with camper drop off time between 12:00 and 2:00 pm,

which coincides with our lunch and rest hour period.

  • Please click on driving directions from Detroit/Windsor, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa & Montreal if you would like to see our recommended routes
  • Once you arrive at camp, you will be met by staff members at our parking lot
  • After you park your car, we will ask you to walk with your child to main camp where you will meet Donna and Rob, our camp directors and your camper’s cabin counsellors
  • Our staff members will help with duffle bags, and will transport them to the right cabin
  • You should have already received a camp packing list, but if you would like another copy or would like to read our packing suggestions – please click here
  • If your camper is not a Canadian resident, please read our page for planning a flight to Canada  – the rules and documentation required by Canada Border Services are largely the same whether your travelling by airplane, car or train

Reducing Anxiety at Camper Drop Off

It’s common for campers and parents to be anxious, nervous and excited on the first day of camp, especially if campers have never been to our camp before.  While you know how to handle your child best, we find that there are a few steps that you can take to minimize anxiety:

  • Have a planned departure time after camper drop off that you’ve discussed with your child in advance – that way you will have set expectations about how much time you will be spending with your child at camp before you leave.  Usually a half-hour is enough time to see your child’s cabin and meet cabin counsellors together and have a parents-only chat with Donna and Rob, while your Kennebecer is spending time with new cabin mates
  • No matter how much your child may ask you to stay a little longer, try to stay firm on your departure time, offering no more than one 5 or 10 minute extension.  The longer you stay in camp, the harder it will be on you and your child
  • At camper drop off, your child will be looking to you for behavioural cues, so do your best to keep a smile on your face, stay positive and excited about Camp, even if you’re really thinking about how much you will miss your child.
  • Point out activities that you know your child will like – swimming in the lake, jumping on a trampoline, fishing, horse back riding – all with the goal of switching their focus from you leaving to how much fun they will have at camp
  • Allow camp counsellors to connect with your child in their own way.  You can help by suggesting things your child is good at or is excited to try at camp.  Counselors will help campers transition to camp life by trying an activity together and having them meet and join the cabin group — providing you with a perfect opportunity for a quick goodbye.
  • Ask to see your camper’s activity schedule, which we will have prepared in advance.  Help your Kennebecer get excited about camp and thinking about how much fun every day will be.
  • Saying goodbye isn’t always easy – but it’s always the start to a great time at Camp

Camper Pick up Instructions:

All camp sessions end on Saturday, with camper pick up time between 12:00 and 2:00 pm, which coincides with our lunch and rest hour period.  Please note, on the last day of camp, August 26, our pick up time is earlier, between 10:30 and 12:00 PM.

  • Please click on driving directions from Detroit/Windsor, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa & Montreal if you would like to see our recommended routes
  • Once you arrive at camp, you will be met by staff members at our parking lot
  • If it is not raining, we will have all luggage placed on the basketball court adjacent to the parking lot, sorted by cabin name.  If it is raining, all the bags will be in the rec hall, again sorted by cabin name.  There will be staff on hand to help you locate your Kennebecers’ bags and help load luggage in your vehicle.
  • After you park your car, we will ask you to walk to main camp to meet your Kennebecer
  • If your camper is not a Canadian resident, please read our page for planning a flight  – the rules and documentation required by US Border Services are largely the same whether your travelling by airplane, car or train

Making Camper Pick Up Easier

The last day of camp can be a tough one for campers and staff alike.  No one likes to say goodbye. While campers will be very happy to see you, they will be sad to be leaving camp. Please don’t take it personally!  And everyone will be tired.  No matter what we try to do, there is usually very little sleep on the last night of camp.  Everyone who spends time at Camp Kennebec knows that no summer will be exactly like the one they just experienced.  And few Kennebecers want the summer to end.

Our advice for the last day of camp pick up is similar to the advice we offer for camper drop off:

  • Have a planned amount of time that you are prepared to stay in camp that allows your child to say all their goodbyes
  • Let your Kennebecer know that you must leave by a certain time for a rational reason. (e.g. to meet family, make a flight, avoid traffic etc.)
  • Usually a half-hour is sufficient for pick-up and goodbyes
  • Staff will be very busy on the last day of camp.  It may not be possible to answer all your questions at pick up – but please call us after camp, and we’ll be very happy to give you all the details
  • Please be on time for pick-ups.  It’s very hard for campers to be among the last ones to be picked up
Thank You for Another Great Camp Kennebec Summer

Thank You for Another Great Camp Kennebec Summer