We aim to make Iroquois Springs as wonderful an experience for your child as possible. In a community living experience such as camp, cooperation is essential and we find that campers are most comfortable when they know what is expected of them. So we ask that you and your child follow some important rules:
Iroquois Springs is a community of over 500 people. Our responsibility to you requires that we maintain a high standard of safety, health and community living practices. These are some important rules and requirements in our community, which are important to be noted:
It is against camp policy to send candy, gum, bottled water or foodstuff to camp and campers are not permitted to keep any such items at camp. Foodstuff tend to attract small animals to the bunk, and gum is very difficult to remove from the surface of camp athletic facilities, equipment and furniture.
There is NO TIPPING at Iroquois Springs. Our staff is aware of this rule and knows that anyone accepting “tips” will be dismissed from the staff.
As you know, Iroquois Springs prides itself on our belief of the importance of camp being a place to “unplug” from technology. As such, and for obvious important reasons, our “no screen time” camp electronics policy has always been limited to certain models of iPods. All iPod models, except the iPod Touch (which does not comply with our policy) have been discontinued, although some are still available on the secondary markets like Amazon and eBay. Only specific types of iPods are allowed at camp, namely iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Classic (now discontinued.) All videos must be removed from the iPod Nano or Classic via iTunes before your child arrives at camp! Staff will be checking devices for videos – any that contain videos will be confiscated. To minimize inconvenience to your child, we recommend the iPod Nano. We remind you that camp is not responsible for any damage to these devices. Essentially, the ONLY electronic device allowed at camp is, an iPod with music only. An iPod Touch will not be allowed at camp. The prevalence of streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify also create some challenges since they are not compatible with older version iPods.
After much research, we have discovered a new device that complies with our policy both technologically and philosophically.
Introducing the Mighty Vibe, an iPod shuffle-like device for Spotify and Amazon Music. It has no screen and can download over 1000 tracks from Spotify and Amazon Music and supports music, albums, audiobooks and podcasts. The device retails for $90 (less than an iPod on the secondary market) and requires a Spotify premium account, $9.99 / month or $14.99 per month for a family membership, both of which have a free 30 day trial or an Amazon Music account.
The Mighty Vibe must reconnect to Spotify every 30 days to verify there is an active paid subscription. On visiting day, we offer an open wifi network that you can use to reauthorize the Mighty device. So, all you would have to do is make sure the mighty is synced up right before camp starts and then re-sync it again on visiting day.
Please remember: The use of these items is allowed only at select times, inside a cabin. Because of the nature of camp life, these items are often misplaced or lost and we cannot be responsible for them. We caution you against sending these items. If you decide to send them, please consider purchasing insurance. Once again, we cannot be responsible if these items are lost or misplaced.
While we fully recognize many of our campers have cell phones, please respect our policies and do not send a cell phone to camp. Cell phones are NEVER permitted in camp or on camp trips regardless of your child’s age.
Should a camper not adhere to this policy, campers will be suspended from camp for 3 days. Parents will need to make arrangements for the pick-up & return of campers to & from camp. Your cooperation is appreciated.
It is important to take a clear position regarding drugs, alcohol, vaping, matches, lighters and tobacco that will be understood unequivocally by campers and parents.
The use of these substances is illegal and therefore has no place at camp. Campers who use or possess these items will be immediately sent home. We will entertain no discussion on this matter with parents, nor will we give a child a second chance. In addition, fees will not be returned if a child is sent home for this reason. Although we do not anticipate a problem, we feel it is vital that everyone connected with the camp clearly and precisely understands our policy on this matter.
Electric power is very limited at camp and we cannot handle the strain caused by electronics. Almost every type of electronic device is not allowed at camp. Cell phones, smartphones, digital video players, video games, e-readers (Kindle, Nook, etc), tablets (iPad, Galaxy Tab, iPod Touch, etc), laptops, smart watches, and video cameras are not allowed at camp.
As a rule, any item that can: send or receive a phone call, play a DVD, access the Internet or send or receive e-mail is not permitted at camp. Cell phones, DVD players, Blackberry’s, video iPods, iPod Touch, Sony PSP’s, Games playing devise, etc are NOT allowed, as well as any device that is equipped with a Wi-Fi connection or 3g/4g/LTE data connection is NOT permitted at camp. All tablets, smartphones, the iPod Touch, Google Glass, and e-readers fall into this category.
For “special” trips off camp, campers may want to bring spending money to camp for snacks or souvenirs. The camp office will be happy to hold their money prior to these trips.
Spending money will be held by the camp office. Any money not kept in the office is solely the camper’s responsibility and camp takes no responsibility for such money kept in cabins by campers.
Campers who keep trip money in the office will get their money prior to departing for an off-camp trip. When they return to camp, any remaining money can be brought back to the office.
Keep in mind that some trips happen before Visiting Day and some happen after, so you may want to send an initial amount and reevaluate on Visiting Day (the below are suggested amounts to cover trips for the entire summer).
In order to provide parents with some helpful guidelines, should you want to provide your child with spending money for off-camp trips, we suggest:
Three-week campers will need $60 spending money
Full summer campers will need $120 spending money
Campers going on the senior trip will require an additional $100.
Campers are provided an equal amount of storage space in the cabins. Bunk storage space is limited. The camp packing list should be complied with. Campers who bring excessive amounts of personal belongings will impinge on the space allocated to other campers, thus crowding the bunk. The camp may, at its discretion, determine what is excessive and, either return unnecessary items home or store them at the camp’s convenience.
In an effort to emphasize appropriate dress at camp, we ask that campers do not wear bikini bathing suits at camp (tankini’s, which cover the mid-section are acceptable). In addition, we ask that you do not pack items that expose the midriff, short shorts, see through clothing, etc. Campers wearing these items will be asked to change their clothing.
In an interest in placing the emphasis in camp on activities, programs and friendships, we wish to eliminate the inevitable competition and disruption caused by the receipt of toys, water guns and the like. Books, magazines and stationary are fine to send as long as it is sent in a flat 9×12 envelope. You may not send food, gum, or candy of ANY kind to camp. We will not be accepting packages that are not in a FLAT envelope; all other packages will be refused and sent back to the shipper. We must reserve the right to check all incoming packages. Please help us by alerting all friends and relatives.
We cannot assume responsibility for any money or valuables kept by a camper in his or her bunk. The camp office provides safekeeping for such items.
Other items not permitted at camp are • Extra lights • Electric Fans • Cardboard storage boxes • “Blow up” chairs • Scooters • Curling Irons or Flat Irons • Skateboards (Iroquois Springs will provide all necessary equipment & gear for the skate park activity at camp) • Hoverboards
Digital Cameras/Cameras: Cameras are permitted at camp, as long as there are no photographs taken inside of cabins, tents, hotel rooms and bathrooms. Any cameras used in such places will be confiscated and returned at the end of the summer. Once again, we cannot be responsible if these items are lost or misplaced.
Introduction | Important Dates | A Guide for Parents and Campers | Camper Forms | Health and Medical
Clothing and Packing | Baggage and Transportation | Visiting Camp
Staying Connected to Camp and Your Camper | Camp Policies | Extras