- Before you arrive at camp for opening registration, please check (and double check!) the date, time and location of your camp's opening. Once you have those details down, we suggest that you arrive 30 to 45 minutes prior to the start time of registration.
- Opening registration should take about 90 minutes. We have found that it's most helpful when families are prepared for the opening process; this involves every camper family speaking to the camp director, checking to be sure that all of your forms have been received and checking in with one of the nurses. These steps are vital to ensuring that we have all of the important information for making your camper as comfortable as possible during his or her time at camp.
- Don't forget to bring your camper's medications to opening registration, as our nurse will be responsible for passing out medication during the session (and your camper's medication will live in the infirmary unless it is something he or she requires for an emergency, such as an inhaler or Epi-Pen).
- We work hard to ensure that the opening process runs as smoothly and quickly as possible, but as you can understand, checking in with the director and nurse is VERY important and can take some time. Please prepare your camper (and family) for a bit of a wait before running to his or her cabin and selecting a bunk.
- Once you have completed the check-in process, you'll be able to accompany your camper to his or her cabin where y'all can select the bunk in which your camper will sleep throughout the session. We believe that there are pros and cons to both top and bottom bunks! We cannot guarantee that your camper will receive either a top or bottom bunk, so we ask that you do not make a promise to your camper about being ensured a certain type of bunk. Regardless, we will do our best to ensure that your camper is comfortable with his or her bunk as quickly as possible.
- As noted above, families are invited to walk their campers to their respective cabins, meet their counselors and help them get settled before saying goodbye; we ask that this final step of opening registration happen as quickly as possible. If you'd like to help your camper make his or her bed, that would be very helpful, but we like to avoid lingering goodbyes. Our cabin counselors are eager to start playing games, help the campers get to know each other and kick off the session quickly so that we can start helping the campers feel comfortable.
- All of our sessions of camp will close with a worship service- we will share the location in advance, so please double check that detail.
- We suggest giving yourself a bit of time before the service begins, so plan to arrive about 20 minutes prior to the start of closing worship. You should expect the service to be a Eucharist, so please plan for 60 to 75 minutes of worship and saying goodbyes for your camper.
- There will be some important reminders happening during the worship service (don't forget your medications! Be sure that your camper has all of his or her belongings!) and then after it's ended, all families will need to sign a form to officially check their campers out of camp. This is a very important safety piece for Shrine Mont Camps.
- We will have an offering basket at closing worship services and the proceeds from this offering will be put toward the Shrine Mont Camps scholarship fund, so please consider bringing a donation for that opportunity.