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March Newsletter

Dear Arcadia Parents –

We hope all is well in your home and that the longer days and warm weather are getting everyone excited for Camp.


Below are a few items to note.


For those of you who ordered hard copies of the “Guide to Arcadia” you should have received it by now. If you chose to receive the “Guide to Arcadia” electronically it is now located in your CampBrain account and in the file section of the Camp Arcadia 2019 Parent Group on Facebook.


2019 Tour Guides – Camp Arcadia is now accepting applications to be one of our 2019 Tour Guides. Tour Guides representing all age groups will give prospective campers tours throughout the summer. To become a tour guide please click here. Tour Guides will be fully trained before their first tour.


Past to Present Pen Pals – All new campers, young and old, will have a pen pal who is either a camper or an alumna of Camp Arcadia. The Pen Pal will reach out to the new Arcadian early April to welcome her into the Arcadia family for our 104th season and share part of her love of Arcadia. Our hope is that a good friendship develops, and our alumnae and our new campers feel they have a new Arcadian friend.


If your daughter would like to be a Pen Pal, click here.


Bed Selection

Bed selection will be made via drawing straws on June 20th and July 22nd. Please make sure your daughter is aware of this policy as the first day of camp is emotional for parent and child. If you need support in discussing this with your daughter, please review the four goals of Arcadia in the “Guide to Arcadia”. Please help us to make sure that the first day of Camp is successful for all.


Medical Update

Medical forms must attest that all immunizations required for school are up-to-date.


Measles Vaccination - Every camper must be vaccinated for the measles.  Their immunization record should show the month and year for the measles vaccination.  The only exception would be if there was any camper/counselor who is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons (not for religious or personal reasons). Because we are a residential camp with many people living in a relatively small area, if someone were to get measles anyone who is not vaccinated would be very vulnerable since measles is highly contagious. This would affect our whole community.


Tetanus Shot – Please note that we need to have both the month and the year of your daughter’s last tetanus shot. This is a requirement of the American Camping Association.

Please make sure we have current health insurance information (Health History form).

Physician’s Examination Forms are due to our CT office by May 15th. Medical information needs to be from an examination within 12 months prior to your daughter attending Camp. This is another ACA regulation. This form is downloadable and located in your CampBrain account. Health History (filled out by you) is due March 15th.

As in any geographic location our campers are exposed to inherent risks (mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, bats, poison ivy, bedbugs, fire, mold, lice, etc.) associated with our location and environment. We have implemented risk reduction strategies such as lice checks on Opening Day and tick check buddies, but we also rely upon the cooperation of parents and campers to make these strategies as effective as possible.  Even then, because these are inherent risks, there is no guarantee of success.  Occasionally the unforeseen occurs and we will manage the situation as appropriate. There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.

Please talk with your daughter about this so that she will be aware of living closer to nature than she may be doing now.  Should you have any questions do let us know.


Tuition and Form Reminder – One-time payment tuition is due tomorrow. If you have not sent in payment, please do so. Forms are due tomorrow as well.


Uniforms – Purchase and Rental – Our uniform vendor, AmeraSport, has begun to fulfill Uniform Purchase orders. Please note: Each camper must have the AmeraSport laundry bag. If you are unable to purchase the laundry bag before your arrival at Camp we will have a small supply for purchase upon arrival. The purchase of the laundry bag will be billed to your account. Contact them directly if you have any questions or concerns.

If you would like to rent uniforms, please fill out the rental form found in your CampBrain account.


Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the above.

Warm Regards,

Louise Fritts Johnson

Director


PS – Please review your daughter’s photograph in CampBrain. Do you need to update it?

PPS – We have a few openings in our 2nd – 4th grade group. Do let me know if you know of a family that might be interested in sending their daughter to Arcadia.

Contact the Director

Louise Fritts Johnson

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SUMMER OFFICE: PO BOX 158, Casco, ME 04015 
STREET ADDRESS: 1578 State Route 121, Otisfield, ME 04270 

WINTER OFFICE: 46 Goodwives River Rd., Darien, CT 06820

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