Information for Parents

Information for Parents

Clothes & Equipment

Campers should wear casual, comfortable clothes to camp.  Sneakers or athletic shoes are required.  Sandals are inappropriate.  If rain is predicted, send a raincoat or poncho.  If it is cool, send a sweatshirt or a jacket. ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE LABELED CLEARLY WITH CAMPER’S NAME. 

Campers should bring the following items in a labeled carrying bag each day:

  1. Two bathing suits
  2. Two towels
  3. Water shoes
  4. Sweat shirt
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Hat
  7. Insect Repellent
  8. Water bottle

We suggest these items be brought home each day.  The camp is not responsible for personal items left in the bunks overnight.  Facilities are available for changing in and out of bathing suits.  If campers prefer, they may come to camp wearing a bathing suit and shirt and bring a change of clothes.

Lunches

After much discussion and careful consideration, we have decided to revise our dairy lunch policy.  For 2019, we will allow campers and staff to bring a meat lunch to camp.  We ask that no pork or shellfish be brought to camp.  If a camper or staff brings pork (including ham) or shellfish, we will place the lunch in the camp fridge and prepare an alternative lunch for the day.

Although we are a Jewish camp, we are a cultural camp and not a religious camp.  We have families that practice Judaism to varying degrees and families that are not Jewish.  We believe that it is the parent’s decision as to what should be brought to camp for lunch.  Camp Hadar will continue to purchase kosher food and snacks to serve campers and staff.  Staff will continue to monitor camper lunches and enforce our no sharing policy.

If a camper or staff keeps kosher, we will follow the same policy that is in place for campers and staff that are have dietary restrictions, either due to choice or due to an allergy.  Camp will provide afternoon snacks that are pareve for any camper or staff that keeps kosher and has a meat lunch.  We will also begin the process of listing all snacks sold at the camp Canteen and place symbols to identify snacks that contain dairy, nuts, soy, gluten, etc. and symbols to show if the item is Kosher and/or pareve.

We hope that his policy provides families with more flexibility when preparing lunches each day.  If you did not indicate on the camp forms that your child keeps Kosher or if your child does not keep kosher BUT you prefer that your child NOT mix meat and dairy, please contact Michelle at 603-898-6883 or by email michelle@camphadar.org.  It is important that we update bunk lists for counselors. Lunches will be refrigerated at camp.  Please use only soft-sided lunch boxes.  There is no room for large, rigid lunch boxes, and paper bags tend to get torn.  The camp will provide daily afternoon snacks. Campers, especially younger ones, tend to get very hungry at camp.  You may send a morning snack along with your child if s/he wants one.

All food prepared by Camp Hadar (daily snacks, Family Night cookout, camping trips, all camp cookouts) is kosher. During the Parent/Camper Lunch (sessions 1 and 4), parents are invited to eat lunch with their campers. Parents may choose to bring their own dairy lunch or can have Camp Hadar place an order for pizza on their behalf. Pizza is considered dairy, but it may not be kosher.

Birthdays

If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday at camp, please call the camp office several days in advance to make arrangements. You are welcome to bring in a birthday treat and join your child for a bunk party. Only commercially prepared foods labeled “kosher” may be brought into camp.

Phone Calls & Camp Visits

The camp office is open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. each day. If the staff person you wish to speak to is unavailable when you call, we will make every effort to return your call as soon as possible.  Please feel free to call with any concerns, comments or suggestions. We want to work together with you to make your child’s camp experience a positive one. Parents are welcome to visit camp.  We request that you let us know in advance when you wish to come.

Family Nights & Overnights

During the second and third sessions, families are invited to join campers for a picnic dinner and early evening camp activities. Older campers will be scheduled for an overnight during the second and third sessions.

Parent/Camper Lunch

During the first and fourth sessions, parents/guardians are invited to join campers for a picnic lunch and activity.

Tipping Policy

We do not permit tipping of camp staff.

Where parents feel that they want to show their appreciation for the experience their children have had, a tax-deductible gift to the Scholarship Fund in honor of the staff member may be made.