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Every precaution is taken to assure that your child has a healthy stay at camp. We have a licensed nurse on duty, and a physician is on call. Meals are well-balanced and reviewed by a nutritionist. The camp schedule is planned to provide adequate rest for each camper. Activities are lead by trained, certified staff members. Red Cross-certified lifeguards closely supervise all waterfront activities. Our ACA accreditation was updated during the summer of 2016 via an on-site visit and in 2017 by an Annual Accreditation Report.
We believe that small-group settings are best for the campers. Our cabin groups have a counselor/camper ratio of no more than 1:8. The younger campers have even smaller groups. Because of several support staff members, the overall ratio is 1:3. Activities will have a maximum of 10 – 12 campers.
Campers must be at least entering the first grade in the fall following camp, but range from 1st through 12th grade. We offer a half-week experience (called “A Taste of Camp”) for girls entering 1st – 3rd grade who may not be ready for a full week away from home.
Campers are placed in cabin groups with others of similar age. Activities could have a mix of all the ages. In the evenings campers usually have a program and campfire with their division. (See the sidebar for the grades in the divisions.)
The Reynoldswood site offers three types of sleeping quarters: cabins, treehouses, and the Manor House. All have sturdy bunk beds with mattresses. Campers need to bring their own bedding. The Manor House could house up to five groups of campers and provides indoor bathrooms.
As each child is unique, our registrar and director would be happy to work with you to find out how we can best serve your family. We have a nurse on site who administers all medications, and the kitchen staff can accommodate some dietary restrictions.
See Camper Registration for various discounts and information regarding scholarship assistance.
Generally, the camp nurse will contact the parent/guardian. See Parent Notification for details.
Our staff members are trained in working with homesick campers. We have found that engaging the campers in a wide variety of activities quickly alleviates most cases of homesickness. Our program provides many structured and unstructured activities to keep the campers busy. If, however, after the intervention of staff, it becomes apparent that a camper is unable to make the necessary adjustments to camp life, we will contact the parent to determine the best course of action.
Cell phones and other personal electronic devices are not allowed at camp. We believe that youth today need a break from perpetual electronic connection. The Cedarbrook program is designed to connect our campers with the natural world around them and develop meaningful relationship skills by interacting with campers and staff while at camp. Electronic devices create a barrier to these important facets of our program.
If you mail a letter on Sunday or Monday, it should reach the camp before your child returns home. You can also send e-mail notes which will be delivered daily. See Camper Clue for details.
Yes, you can call the camp phone number (309-258-7574), and a staff member will be happy to talk with you and share examples of how your child is doing well.
Campers do not have access to phones or computers. They are encouraged to write letters to those at home.
You will hear from the registrar regarding other forms which must be filled out to complete the registration process.
The registration fee of $100 is non-refundable. Any amount paid above that will be refunded.
We recommend that you make every effort to allow your camper to be at camp from the opening activity to closing. However, if late arrival or early departure is necessary, please let us know in advance. There is a special form for Early Release so that we can be prepared to release your camper when you arrive. The Registrar can send this form to you upon your request.
Snacks are not allowed in the cabins, because they are an invitation to all sorts of unwanted visitors including bugs and rodents. A wide variety of snacks are available for purchase in the Tuck Shop, but if your camper wants to bring his/her own snacks, they can be kept in the Tuck Shop and enjoyed during free time.