Quick Facts & FAQS · Camp Loma Mar
This page contains information specifically for Campers registered for this summer's program and their Parents. We are very excited that you will be joining us for a fun-filled YMCA Camp Loma Mar experience. We are already hard at work planning and preparing so you will have a great time!
Here are a few answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about YMCA Camp Loma Mar:
Q. How do I contact my parent/child while at camp?
A. Campers and parents are invited to write letters while at camp. Campers love to get mail while at camp and parents love to hear about their child's experience.
Please send mail to your camper at:
YMCA Camp Loma Mar
Attn: (campers name, session)
9900 Pescadero Creek Rd.
Loma Mar, CA 94021
All mail must be sent through the U.S. Post Office, we do not receive FedEx or UPS.
Note, even mail designated as overnight will take 2-3 days to get to camp.
Hot Tip - Because mail can take a few days to reach us, write a letter to your camper and get it in the mail by the Friday before they leave - it should be there for them on by the first mail day at camp. Just make sure to write the session number on the envelope and, if it arrives early, we'll hold it until your camper arrives.
Q. Can I call my child at camp?
In the event of emergency, you may call the camp office at 650 879 0223. Please leave a message and we will get back to you when we can. Please be assured that if there is ever any emergency or problem with your camper, camp staff will notify you directly, so no news is good news!
Q. Can I send a care package?
A. The YMCA is committed to the health and wellness of our members. We know you may want to send love from home, we strongly discourage it in the form of sugar or snacks. Campers are not allowed to keep food in their cabins, so access to care packages with food is limited to only 1 times each day. We provide healthy meals, fruit is available at all times, and snacks are available from the camp store. You are welcome to send fun items like comic books, cards, games, toys, photos, stuffed animals, etc. An option for care packages is www.camppacs.com. Partial proceeds from these packages benefit Camp Loma Mar.
Q. Is there a Camp Store? Should I send money?
We sell items such as batteries, toothpaste and toothbrushes for a minimal cost. We also feature souvenir items like water bottles, stuffed animals, bandanas, etc. A limited number of healthy snack and juice items will be sold, but no soda or candy. We suggest $15-$20/week as a good amount of store money. Call 650 879 0223 to deposit store money before camp or mail a check to the camp at least 3 weeks prior to the session start. Note, unused camp store money is not refunded and is donated to the camp scholarship fund.
Q. How do I/my child request to be in a cabin with someone?
A. We do not make cabin assignments in advance, campers are assigned to cabins upon arrival. We explain this process to campers upon arrival in camp, before assignments are made. If campers wish to share a cabin with a friend, they are asked to link arms when their age group is called. Because we have a limit of 8 campers per cabin, we typically cannot place groups larger than 2-3 friends in the same cabin. Larger groups will need to split, but can determine how that split is made. We typically do not house siblings together so they can have an individual experience, but will make an exception if necessary. In all instances, campers need to be the same gender and within 1 year in age of each other to be housed together.
Q. What if my child becomes homesick?
A. Going away to camp for a week can be a challenging experience at any age. It is perfectly normal for some children to experience difficulty coping with the many changes associated with being away from home. In anticipation of this, we recommend that you prepare your child by talking with him/her about the experience prior to camp. Let them know that you have confidence in their ability to cope with the new lifestyle they are about to experience, and try to focus on the positive aspects of going to camp, such as the new friends they will make or the activities they will enjoy. Once your child is at camp, our caring, well-trained staff will keep campers busy and engaged, leaving little time for homesickness. Positive supportive letters from home are reassuring for campers. Campers are not allowed to use the phone while at camp. Our experience indicates that, once a child talks to a parent, their homesickness increases and may become difficult to manage. If homesickness persists we will contact the parent to work together in resolving the situation. There are countless resources online to prepare yourself and your child for the feeling of being homesick while are camp, visit www.campparents.org/homesickness to get started on how to prepare. We also strongly recommend the book, Homesick and Happy by Michael Thompson.
Hot Tip - You can help reduce homesickness in a number of ways: Speak to your camper about camp in a positive way. Many campers don't even think about being nervous, scared or sad until and adult says to them "There's no need to be nervous, scared or sad."' Share with your camper fun stories from when you were a camper. Send a letter early, by the Friday before their session, so they get mail on their first day. Remember that often its harder for you to say goodbye to them than it is for them to say goodbye to you, so keep it all positive. We'll also be sending all of our first-time camp parents a free copy of the Secrets to Summer Camp Success DVD/CD pack that has been shown to cut homesickness intensity by an average of 50% in first-time campers.