How Can Campers Reach Out to Their Families?
- While a camper is with us at camp, he or she can use mail to be in touch with family members back home! Each day, counselors will collect camper letters and drop them off at the post office in Orkney Springs. If your camper does not know your home address, it may be helpful to send it with him or her to camp!
- In the case of an emergency, we will let campers use the phone to speak with their families.
- Cells phones are strictly prohibited at Shrine Mont Camps. It is our strong belief that time spent at Shrine Mont is time spent in “a place apart”. One of the wonderful benefits that campers receive from attending a Shrine Mont camp is the community that is built with other campers and counselors and the opportunity to truly spend time in God’s creation. We find that cell phones detract from this community. While the decision to prohibit cell phones becomes more counter-cultural each summer, we find that it is vitally important for campers to make meaningful relationships with each other and learn about the world around them in significant ways while they’re at camp.
How Can Families Reach OUt to Shrine Mont Camps (and vice versa)?
- Campers love to receive mail while they are at camp! As campers do not have access to email during their time at camp, mail is the best way to reach them and send notes of love while they are with us. Please write often:
- USPS: Camper's Name/Name of Camp/Cabin/P.O. Box 10/Orkney Springs, VA 22845
- FedEx & UPS: Camper's Name/Name of Camp/221 Shrine Mont Circle/Orkney Springs, VA 22845
- Campers are not able to receive phone calls at camp except in extenuating circumstances. If you have any concerns, please feel free to call us at the camp office (Vienna House) at 540-856-3113 and camp personnel will return your call as soon as possible within 24 hours.
- As fun as it is for campers to receive a letter, a care package often becomes more distracting than helpful. Everything we do at Shrine Mont Camps is to build community and we have found that individual care packages can break down cabin unity and make campers who do not receive a package feel left out. We ask that you do not send your camper a care package. Please share this information with others who may be sending mail to your camper so that we can help our campers truly enjoy the camp experience with limited distractions from the “outside world”.
How Can Families Reach Out to Their Campers?
- If you need to get in touch with Shrine Mont Camps during the summer, you can do so via phone or email. To reach our camp office by phone, please call 540-856-3113. Via email, you can contact either Meg Schwarz or Paris Ball.
- On the second day of your camper’s session, you can expect to receive an email from your camper’s counselor including a short letter of how everyone in that particular cabin is doing. While we are unable to offer detailed information about each camper, we pass along this note in an effort to assure camper families that all is well at camp!
- We encourage you, also, to continue to follow our Shrine Mont Camps blog throughout the summer! While we will post many original stories and observations from visiting blog writers, we will also post photo journals of each session within a couple days of its closing. ‘The View from the Mountain’ is the best way to keep up with camp during the summer months.
- Additionally, it is important for you to know that Shrine Mont Camps will always reach out to a camper family if:
- Your camper spends a night in the infirmary
- Anything concerns us about your camper
- We have any questions regarding your camper