My Summer Camp Checklist:
✔ All girls
✔ Safe, ACA accredited camp
✔ Personalized attention from a well-trained staff
✔ 3:1 staff to camper ratio
✔ An emphasis on “girl power,” inclusivity and kindness
✔ Tech-free experience
✔ Variety of well-organized activities to keep my daughter engaged and active, learning new skills
✔ Fun activities where my daughter is free to be silly and play
✔ An option to choose to do more of the activities that she loves
✔ Delicious, healthy food choices with accommodations for a special needs diet
✔ Frequent updates from the camp directors and letters from my camper
✔ Giving back to the community by funding scholarships for campers in need
✔ Outstanding history with enthusiastic and engaged directors
Camp Jeanne d’ Arc does it all!
As a teenager, I remember reading a quote that was posted on the inside of my mother’s medicine cabinet. I must have read it a million times. The quote told me that I could accomplish anything that I set my heart and mind to. I believed it!
Sadly, our young girls today hear the opposite message all too often in the media. They are told that they are not good enough, not smart enough, not beautiful enough and on and on. When our girls begin to believe this lie, they become paralyzed with fear and self-doubt. This insecurity keeps our girls from discovering who they are, what their strengths are and what unique gifts and talents they can share with the world.
At Camp Jeanne d’ Arc our program is designed to help each and every camper to Find Her Voice, Uncover Her Talents, Discover Her Passion and Realize Her Value. As you learn more about our program you will see that everything we do at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc fosters feelings of self-worth and confidence. At camp we try new things and work hard to master skills. We learn new dances and create new songs. We serve others in our community and reflect on our own character. We observe and respect nature, and make new friends and unforgettable memories along the way. If you ask our 94 years of alumni, they will agree that Camp Jeanne d’ Arc has changed their lives forever. Jeanne d’ Arc girls go away believing, “Yes, I am! And yes, I can!”
We hope to see your daughter at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc!
Director, Camp JDA
Q: What if my daughter gets sick at camp?
A: If a she tells her counselor that she doesn’t feel well, or shows physical signs of illness, she is brought to The Nest (the camp infirmary building). The nurse will take care your daughter and decide what she needs. The nurse has standing orders approved by a doctor to administer medication, if needed, to help her feel better. These are the medicines that are listed on your health form. There are beds in the infirmary if the nurse does not feel that she should go back to her cabin. Most illness at camp can be cured with a little rest.
Q: What if my camper gets homesick?
A: It is normal for campers to miss their home and family when they first arrive, even for veteran campers! It is a healthy, common response. We have had considerable experience with homesick campers and our counselors are ready to help, listen, and engage your daughter in the excitement of camp life and making new friends. In dealing with homesickness, what was a crisis one day, may be easily forgotten the next. It is not uncommon to receive a letter (or several) during the first few days of camp telling you of homesickness. In this event, we need help from you: keep in frequent contact with your daughter by mail and Bunk Notes and keep your letters positive. Tell her how proud you are that she is taking on this challenge and that you can’t wait to hear what kinds of fun things she is doing and new skills she is learning. Urge her to stick with it! Although you probably miss her as much as she misses you, she is at camp to have fun, learn and grow, and receiving upbeat letters from you and other family and friends will help her have the summer you want her to have. Sometimes, homesickness is precipitated by family problems such as a relative’s sickness, or a recent death, separation or divorce. If any of these events occur just prior to or during your daughter’s stay at camp, please let us know. We can give your daughter additional support if we are informed.
Q: My daughter told me in a letter that she didn’t feel well. Why did no one call me?
A: Sometimes homesickness, (especially within the first few days of camp)…can cause you to have a stomach ache or headache. Usually by the time you’re reading the letter she mailed from camp, she has overcome her homesickness and having a blast at camp with her new friends!
Q: When can I expect to hear from the nurse?
A: The nurse or Director will call you if your daughter comes to The Nest more than once with the same symptoms, if there is a question about her medicine, or if she is sick or injured in such a way that she requires a trip to the physician’s office.
Q: When and how will my daughter get her medicine?
A: During camp check-in, all camper medications are taken to the Nest for storage. Medicine is kept locked at all times, and is administered by the camp nurse at the appropriate time. With few exceptions, no medicines are kept by campers and self-administered during the camp session. All medicine administration is documented, and this documentation is available if needed. NOTE: ALL MEDICATIONS, VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS MUST COME TO CAMP IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER OR IT WILL NOT BE ADMINISTERED TO THE CAMPER.
Q: How will anyone know my child has medical needs?
A: Before camp starts, our nurse has reviewed all health form to know who will be receiving medications. Please feel free to call or email the Director if you would like to speak to the camp nurse.
Q: How will the counselors know my camper needs to take medicine?
A: During camp training, counselors will be informed of all girls with medical issues, including those who need to take regular meds while at camp.
Q: What if my camper forgets to take her medicine?
A: Our nurse delivers morning, noon and dinner medicines during meals in the Hearth and keeps track of all medications. If your camper requires medication before bed then she will come to The Nest just before “Light’s Out”. If needed the camp nurse will ask the camper to come to the Nest for her medication.
Q: Can my camper keep their medicine in their cabin and take it themselves?
A: No, the only medicine a camper may keep is a rescue inhaler or a prescribed Epi-Pen. Everything else must be turned over to the nurse at check-in, without exception. Campers who may require a rescue inhaler or Epi-Pen are allowed to carry this medicine with them, but they must carry it themselves and must know how to use it correctly. It MUST be included on the health form, must be labeled with the camper’s name and the inhaler or Epi-Pen MUST NOT BE EXPIRED.
Q: What if my child needs medicine that I didn’t send to camp?
A: On the health form is a list of all the non-prescription medicine kept in The Nest. You do not need to send any of these medications, as we keep a sufficient quantity on hand at all times. Sometimes situations arise when it is necessary for a prescription to be started during camp. If this occurs, you will be notified ahead of time. Your child’s doctor must circle the dosage for the over the counter medication and sign the health form.
Q: What if my child gets sick and needs to come home?
A: Our goal is to try and keep campers at camp, but sometimes it’s in the best interest of your child and camp for her to go home. If your child is contagious, or likely to be sick for an extended period of time, we ask that you come get her and take her home. This is VERY rare; however, if you will be out of town, your emergency contact (listed on your daughter’s health form) should be aware that this duty would then fall to him/her. Except in the case of severe and sudden injury, we will be in contact with you long before the need arises for your daughter to be taken home.
Q: What if my camper gets hurt?
A: There are first aid kits located in all buildings around camp. When groups go for overnight trips, the leader carries a first aid kit. Our nurse is available 24 hours a day to respond to any situations that may arise. All groups leaving camp property are accompanied by at least one staff member with first-aid training. Finally, preventative safety measures are discussed with all campers the very first day they arrive.
Q: What if my child gets sick or injured at camp and needs to see a doctor?
A: If the nurse decides that your child needs a physician’s care, she will notify the Director and the parents to discuss her concerns. If a hospital visit is necessary, then the child will be taken to the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, NY. Campers will be driven in a camp vehicle and accompanied by two staff members, who will stay with your child until she returns to camp. We will always to contact you and/or your emergency contact before seeking off-site medical care for your daughter. The only exception to this is in the case of extreme and sudden injury or illness, when our first call will to be 911.
Q: What are some common injuries seen at camp, and how can they be prevented?
A: By far the most common injury seen at camp is a foot or ankle injury; this is why the shoes you send to camp are extremely important, especially for hikers! Insect bites are also common despite our staff being vigilant about reminding girls to wear bug spray; most cases are minor but some girls do react more severely to insect bites than others. Please encourage your daughter to wear bug spray, and practice applying it at home — girls must apply their own, as staff can only encourage and remind them to do so.
Q: What are some common illnesses and how does camp prevent their spread?
A: We make sure campers are drinking enough water, eating enough healthy food and getting enough rest at camp but sometimes cold symptoms appear. Campers and staff are encouraged to wash their hands frequently, and apply hand sanitizer before entering the dining area. Sick campers are brought to the nurse and, if necessary, isolated in The Nest or sent home. We follow the NY State Health Dept. guidelines for the treatment of infectious diseases.
Q: What if her illness or injury is severe?
A: The care your camper receives is dependent on the nurse’s assessment. If it is felt that your child needs to be seen by a physician, we will contact you immediately. Please be aware that all efforts will be made to contact parents before their child leaves camp; however, in cases of life-threatening illness or injury, our first call will be to 911. You will be kept apprised of your daughter’s condition at every possible opportunity.
Q: How can I contact the Camp Jeanne d’Arc Health Director?
A: Please contact the Director at Sandy@campjeannedarc.com or on her cell phone at 704-936-7459 and she will have the camp nurse contact you as soon as possible.
Here’s what our camp parents say…
(My daughter) had a fantastic time at camp! Thank you so much…. She came back a much more relaxed and self confident child. We just got back from vacation and the only vacation she talks about is camp. Mother of 3rd year camper, age 10, from New York.
Thank you for helping to give my daughter a first class experience at CJDA this past summer. You instilled a lot of confidence in her. We’d love her to be a repeat camper. Mother of first time camper, age 13, from NJ
[My daughter] returned home very, very happy. Every single day we learn new stories and hear songs… What an experience she had!!! In such a short period of time she seems to have learned to be more independent. Thanks for the care provided by you and your staff. Mother of first time camper, age 12, from Puerto Rico
Here’s what our campers say…
I just want to say thank you VERY much for an awesome summer and I cannot WAIT to come back! This year at CJDA would have to be the best yet, no joke. I had a ball being an OWL…. From Ship to Shore, to Campfire, to Friday Night at the Movies, to Activities, to Cleaning Hour, to the Meals, and to basically everything, I couldn’t have asked for a better camp experience this summer. OWL cabin was a blast and I had the most fun counselors that I’ve had in all of my 5 years at CJDA. 5th year camper from Connecticut.
Thanks for a really great summer, this has been the best year yet and I’ll surely never forget it. I can’t wait to come back… Camp is and always will be the highlight of my summer and the best part of my year. All the counselors this year were so kind and comforting and spirited and I really hope that I see them along with the best staff in the world next year for Summer of 20xx! It means so much to me that I can keep coming back to camp, because it is truly my heaven on earth. 14 year old camper, 5th summer, from NY
Here’s what our counselors say..
I would just like to say thank you for the whole summer experience. I learned so much, not only about Camp, working with others and taking on responsibilities, but also I learned a lot about myself. I definitely got a lot out of being at Camp and have made such amazing friendships thanks to it. Thank you for giving me that opportunity. First time counselor from England
I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to you for affording me an amazing summer at Camp Jeanne d’Arc…Jeanne d’Arc has once again left its mark on me, and I will be humming the songs and secretly practicing the traditions throughout the year. Prior camper and first time counselor from NYC.
Bunk Notes is a group email service offered by Bunk1 that you may access from our web site and your account. With Bunk Replies, your daughter can hand write a reply into the box and the camp office will fax the note back to Bunk 1. Bunk 1 will scan the fax and email it to you. You will receive a scan of the handwritten letter from your daughter within a day or two of your original Bunk Note.
If you have any questions about Bunk 1 and how it operates, you may call the camp office at 704-936-7459 or call Bunk 1 directly at 1-800-216-9472.
Family, Friends and Alumni:
If you would like access to Bunk1 in order to send your camper a Bunk Note or view photos, you will need an invitation code from your camper’s parents or call the camp office at 518-425-3311.
Please complete the Registration and Registration Form 2 online through your account access here.
After registration, download the 2017 Parent Guide and a complete set of health forms to be filled out and uploaded to your account.
Please note that all forms are due as soon as possible after registration uploaded to your account.
NOTE: ALL MEDICATIONS, VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS MUST COME TO CAMP IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER OR IT WILL NOT BE ADMINISTERED TO THE CAMPER.
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Uniform polo shirts must be ordered through Lands’ End. Plus order everything from shorts and shirts to bathing suits for your camper. Use the Lands’ End Sizing Guide for sizes and measurements.
Order our new Vintage T, Raglan T, Sweatshirt, or Drawstring bag for your camper.
Fun JDA clothes and camp gear.
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Quality trunks and other cool “campy” things.
Label your camper’s stuff with these easy iron-on labels.
Self-sticking clothing labels that stay put!
Quality English Horse Tack & Horse Supplies.
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While parents are always welcome, there are two designated Parent Visiting Days. Please join us for a fun day of camp activities. The whole family is invited:
2017 Parent Visiting Days July 27th & August 17th
- 1:00 Family Arrival and BBQ
- 2:00 Family Tour (during campers’ rest time)
- 2:45 – 5:30 Rotating Camp Activities
- 5:45 Flag lowering and Dinner in the Hearth
- 6:30 Evening program and campfire
*If you would like to take your daughter off site for lunch, suggested pick up is 1:00 and suggested return is 2:45.
Please sign out in the Chalet.
Parent Day Flyer 2017 (printer friendly version)
Parent Day R.S.V.P.
NEARBY PLACES TO STAY:
Make reservations early!
Plattsburgh, NY (45 minutes) Airport code is PBG: Best Western’s The Inn at Smithfield: 518- 561-7750, LaQuinta Inn and Suites: 518-562-4000. Located off The Northway (Rt.87) at Exit 37. Plattsburgh contains a few chain restaurants spread throughout the area. One local favorite restaurant is The Naked Turtle which is picturesquely located at the city marina. There is also a state park that has both car and tent camping on Lake Champlain.
Lake Placid, NY (1 hour, 15 minutes): Mirror Lake Inn: 518-523-2544, High Peaks Resort : 518-523-4411, Lake Placid Summit Hotel: 518-523-2587, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort: 518-523-3353. Historic town with many quaint restaurants and pubs centrally located. Wonderful Olympic venue sightseeing. Very busy in the summer with the Lake Placid Ironman. Book early! Many more B&B’s and family camps available throughout the Adirondacks. Awesome hiking and camping opportunities.
Burlington, Vermont (2 hours including car ferry from Grand Isle, VT) Airport code is BTV. A wonderful North Country small city on Lake Champlain. Lovely central cobblestone shopping and restaurant area on Church Street.
Montreal, Canada (2 +/- hours depending on border crossing) Airport code is YUL. A cosmopolitan, international city with much to do and many places to stay. Famous summer jazz festival in July. Early reservations are recommended.
Malone, NY (30 minutes) has a nice B & B called Kilburn Manor. 59 Milwaukee Street, Malone, NY 12953,
518- 483-4891. Suzanne, Thomas and Caroline Hogan, proprietors. www.kilburnmanor.com
Deerspring Lodge, Merrill, NY (B&B just a couple of miles from camp.) Mary Murphy, proprietor, 510-672-8601 or (local) 518-425-6179. firstname.lastname@example.org . Not open every day. Make reservations early.
Harrigan House, North Bangor, NY (B&B about 20 minutes from camp.) 2516 State Rte. 11, North Bangor, NY 12966, 518-483-7875. email@example.com