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Staying in Contact

Mail

Writing letters to your camper is very important. Letters help campers get through feelings of homesickness by feeling connected with home. Writing letters home also help campers reflect on their camp experiences. Hand-written letters are the best. Avoid overly sentimental messages that might create feelings of homesickness. Please send letters to:

Camper Name
Cabin # ____
Camp Takodah
55 Fitzwilliam Road
Richmond, NH 03470

You may also send care packages to the same address. Please do not send food, gum, or candy in care packages because it attracts pests and rodents to cabins. Any food sent in care packages will be discarded.

Email

Believe us when we say that campers prefer “real letters” to emails by far. However, for your convenience, you may send one-way emails to your child:

Email Your Camper

Type the full name and cabin number in the subject line.

Since campers don’t have computer access, they won’t be able to respond by email.

Because we have 330 campers at a time, we ask that you only send one message per day—and ask friends and family to use the service sparingly.

Please resist the temptation to send short, non-specific emails because they can actually create feelings of homesickness—instead consider writing fewer messages that are more meaningful.

Our office team will print and deliver email messages one time per day. Please be mindful that the office staff may see messages as they are printed and distributed.

Social Media

Follow Camp Takodah online:

With 330 campers, it’s unlikely that you’ll see a photo of your camper everyday. In fact, while some campers love the spotlight, others shy away from the camera. If you don’t see your camper, don’t worry. They are probably having too much fun to bother posing for a picture!

Staff members are prohibited from “friending” and/or interacting privately with campers on social media platforms or online. Please help your child to understand that our staff members need personal space in their “outside lives.”

Cell Phone Policy

Parents sometimes want to talk with their children while at camp because they think it cuts down on homesickness and/or child-sickness. Our experience shows that the exact opposite is almost always true. Talking to parents inevitably increases feelings of homesickness, even for children who love camp. It not only affects your child, but it also has a negative impact on campers around them.

For those reasons, campers are prohibited from bringing cell phones to camp, and they are not permitted to make calls home.

If there are any situations that require parent contact, your division head will call you with your child. If you are concerned about your child, please feel free to call the office. We are happy to check on your camper and call you right back.

Visiting

Because visitors to camp almost always create feelings of homesickness—and have a negative and disruptive impact on other campers around them—Camp Takodah does not permit visitors except in emergencies or during changeover weekends (for 4-, 6-, and 8-week campers). If you have an emergency, please contact the Camp Office to make arrangements. In the event that local families need to drop off mail, forms, or packages, we ask that they do so discreetly and directly to the office, without stopping at any cabin or program area.

Please ask well-meaning friends and relatives to refrain from making unannounced visits to camp.