It’s easy to imagine that Shrine Mont Camps pops up at the beginning of each summer, ready to jump into another two months of campers, parents, staff and programming as if it had been latent for the past 10 months, just waiting for the right moment to come to life again. In fact, from a distance Shrine Mont Camps may appear to exist within its own bubble of a world; a community of humans- young, old, tiny, tall and everywhere in between- that is impervious to the forces of the world just outside its barrier. One who takes a moment to consider the reality of camp, however, knows that this could not be further from the truth.
Not only does camp require 12 months of preparation, revision, dreaming and executing, but during those summer months when camp appears to be a well-oiled machine (which it, more often than not, is), a great amount of input from off of the mountain continues to drive the summer forward. At the top of this list of participators from ‘the valley of the world’ sits a group of persons without whom camp would be impossible- the parents and families of campers. While a great deal of the interactions of camper families happens before we even kick off our summer, these families shape the life of camp throughout the entire year (and while camp is in full swing!). To put it simply, without camper families there would be no one to register for camp, prepare for camp, collect the various forms necessary for camp, travel to and from camp…in fact, there would be no campers whatsoever. Thank God for those silent soldiers who make camp a reality for their campers and who love those campers when camp is not in session; thank God for camper families.
As one small token of our appreciation for all that camper families do (during the summer and beyond), we put together a Shrine Mont Camps Parent Handbook. In this handbook you can find the answer to just about any question that you may have about camp. Want to know what to pack? Flip on over to page 14. Curious about what your camper will be doing at camp? No problem. Need to find the mailing address so that you can shower your camper with love via the USPS? We’ve got you covered. This handbook is your go-to guide for all things related to Shrine Mont Camps. And while we’re sure that you’ve already spent hours carefully reading every word printed on these pages, we thought we would help you out with the more important bits from the handbook. In an effort to pass along as much information as possible, we will be publishing blog posts to highlight those details which are most helpful for camper families as they prepare for a summer of camp. Each week leading up to camp, we will publish a new blog post that shines light on a section of this handbook. We hope that you will find these blog posts helpful as we draw nearer to the beginning of another wonderful summer at Shrine Mont Camps! Check back in with us at the end of this week where we’ll kick off this blog series with everyone’s favorite question- what on earth should I pack for my camper?!
Spreading the good news of Shrine Mont Camps into the Valley of the World.
The View from the Mountain is written by a rotating cast of staff writers and contributors.