SUMMER 2022CAMPER HANDBOOK Medication Policy — page 9 • Photos and Package Policy ‒ page 11Please Be Sure To Check Out What’s Different in 2022 (inside cover)
TABLE OF CONTENTSDETAILS FOR SUMMER 2022Camp Timanous was founded with the goal of providing the finest summer experience for boys by enhancing body, mind and spirit. Sharing a simple, healthful life in a beautiful natural setting with friendly, interested, capable people is a priceless addition to a boy’s development. Small size, experienced counselors, beloved traditions, and a dynamic activity program help ensure a positive experience for every camper. Our hope is that every boy will leave with increased self-confidence, improved social skills, and increased respect for his peers and community.Dear Timanous Families, The arrival of our annual camper handbook means it’s time to start organizing for the upcoming summer at Timanous. After a successful return to camp in 2021, we can lean on our experience with health and safety protocols and are confident that this summer will be as fun and rewarding as ever. Please read this handbook carefully. We’re including as much information as we can at the time of printing. We will communicate regularly as camp approaches on topics like arrival and departure details and vaccination policies. Your flexibility is very much appreciated as we navigate the best way to offer a safe and fun experience for all campers. Can’t wait for Opening Day on June 23rd!Garth Altenburg, DirectorThursdayJune 23Camp OpensSaturdayJuly 16First Session EndsMonday July 18Second Session StartsWednesdayAugust 10Closing Day
2 .........................................................................Map3 ...........................................................Typical Day4 .................................................. Required Forms Tuition Policies5-8 ............................................................. Packing What to Bring What NOT to Bring8-10 ............................Health Policies & Forms10 ............................................................... Laundry11 ................................................. Mail & Packages11 .....................................................Blog & Photos12 ...........................................................Telephone Tutoring Tipping13 ...........................................................Other InfoTABLE OF CONTENTS
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3A TYPICAL CAMP DAY7:15 ....First Bell—A short dip for those who want one7:30 ..................................... Second Bell—Everybody up7:50 ................................. Flag Raising—Camp assembly and personal inspection8:00 ........................................................................ Breakfast9:00 ............................................................Cabin Clean-up9:30 .............................................. Morning activity choice10:30 .............................................................. Morning swim11:45 ...........................Cabin time (rest, reading, writing)12:30 ............................. Lunch (our big meal of the day)1:30 ....Quiet Hour (cards & games, reading, tutoring)2:30 ............................................................Afternoon swim3:30 .......................................... Afternoon activity choice4:30 ....................................Free time—all activities open6:00 ............................................................................. Dinner6:45 ........... Flag Lowering & Evening activity program7:45 ................................ Everyone heads to their cabins8:45 ................................Taps—all quiet on the bunklineA DAY IN THE LIFE…
4We use CampMinder, an online platform for camper registration and forms. You can access this platform on our website or via the Campanion App (download from your phone’s app store). Please complete the following forms by May 15:• Health History• Physician’s Exam• Camper Information• Camper Permission• Transportation• Additional Options (Blankets, sleeping bags, tutoring)Further details about health information, forms and arrival details will be coming soon. The full balance of tuition is due on April 1st. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a payment plan. As we did last summer, we will offer full refunds for any COVID-19 related withdrawals. We do not offer refunds for early departure after the season begins. You may want to purchase tuition reimbursement insurance. CampMinder has an offering called Program Protector. Visit campminder.com/faq-program-protector for more details.PACKINGREQUIRED FORMSTUITION POLICIESMoney & Camp Store _____________________________________The camp tuition covers all aspects of the program. Campers do not need to bring any money to camp but if they do, it will be held in the camp office, not in their cabin. We will not secure $150 for an incidental account as we have in the past but rather invoice families for travel expenses, tutoring, trips to the doctor not covered by our camper insurance, and any major items needed from the camp “store” (a small closet in the office where boys can get small necessities like toothbrushes, toothpaste, batteries, etc.).
5PACKINGPlease refer to the detailed packing list included in the packet or on our website. The information below is provided as further explanation.Uniforms _______________________________________All campers wear the required uniforms, and there are a variety of choices for all items. On Sundays, all boys must wear dress shorts and a short-sleeve camp logo T-shirt. At other times, any combination of shirt, shorts, sweatshirt and/or pants is acceptable. Our camp outfitter is Maine Camp Outfitters (1-800-560-6090, maine-camp.com). Our password is: Timanous. Our catalog contains all the required and optional clothing, and is available as a digital flipbook on the MCO website (all new families receive a copy of the catalog in the camper packet). If it is easier, clothing can be sent directly to camp and will be waiting in the camper’s cabin when he arrives. A representative from MCO will be at camp on the third or fourth day each session to help with exchanges or new orders.Face Masks _____________________________________________We will ensure that all members of our residential community have the appropriate tools for COVID-19, including face masks. Due to the evolving research and guidance, we will be partnering with our health consultant to develop the right policy for camp as we get closer to the summer. Please be prepared to send your camper with the type and amount of face masks that we will recommend later in the spring. Nametags ______________________________________________All camp clothes look the same. All items must have clear and permanent name labels. You would be amazed at the number of items left at the end of the summer without names. We return all labeled items of value, but there are always a lot of items which we cannot return either because they were never marked or the labels are not legible. Please make sure everything is well labeled.Trunk _________________________________________________ All campers should have a trunk to store their belongings. A trunk approximately 18” x 14” x 32” is ideal. Trunks can be the traditional style found in the Maine Camp Outfitters catalog or a sturdy plastic trunk which can be found at home supply or most big box stores. Keep in mind that trunks are often used as a chair, table, and/or step-stool. International campers may rent a plastic trunk from camp.If shipping luggage, it is best to send it about two weeks before the start of camp directly to Camp Timanous, 85 Plains Road, Raymond, ME 04071. UPS and FedEx deliver daily. Please obtain tracking information so you will know when it arrives at camp. Trunks shipped to camp will be placed in the cabin next to your son’s bunk before his arrival. When arriving by car, counselors will help move trunks and luggage to your camper’s cabin.Bedding _______________________________________________ Campers provide their own sheets, pillows and pillowcases. They may bring their own blankets and sleeping bags or either may be rented from camp. Campers are required to sleep in beds with sheets. They may not sleep in their sleeping bag, although an open sleeping bag may be used as a quilt. Campers should bring 2 sets of sheets as beds are changed every Sunday. Fitted bottom sheets make it easier. Mattresses are cot sized so either cot or twin sheets will work (twin sheets are just a little loose).WHAT TO BRING…5
6PACKING (CONTINUED)PACKING (CONTINUED)WHAT TO BRING…Towels ________________________________________________Campers should bring 4 to 6 small, fast drying towels. Large, thick towels do not dry easily, either when hanging on the clothesline or in the dryer. Towels which remain damp are unsanitary so we suggest that campers bring enough towels to ensure always having a dry towel. Please make sure the towels are well labeled with your son’s name.Raincoat _______________________________________________A raincoat is a necessity as we spend much of the day outdoors, rain or shine. Boys are required to wear a raincoat on rainy days.Books _________________________________________________We provide quiet time to read and relax in the cabins so boys have lots of opportunities to read. We do have a camp library where the boys can borrow books and we welcome donations of used books. Please bring any specific summer reading material.You may want to send the books in a plastic container or sealable bag as moisture causes the pages to curl. We also receive a daily newspaper.Water Bottles ___________________________________________Boys should bring at least one water bottle. Water bottles are required on all camping trips, with 2 being necessary for all hiking trips. Please make sure it is clearly labeled.Special Friends/Stuffed Animals _____________________________It is okay to bring a stuffed animal. While not everyone does, many boys do bring them. Some keep them on their bed while others store them in their trunk.Batteries _______________________________________________Instead of sending your son with conventional batteries, we ask that he bring rechargeable batteries. Most common are nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH). There will be a recharging station in the main office and boys will be able to exchange their “dead” rechargeable batteries for fully charged batteries. We will carry AA, AAA, C and D batteries. Crank flashlights that require no batteries are popular but do not provide enough lighting for reading.Personal Sports Equipment _________________________________While Timanous provides ample equipment for sports, many campers like to bring their own. Personal equipment brought to camp must be used and stored under the same guidelines as camp-owned equipment. Personal equipment includes, but is not limited to, a tennis racket, baseball glove, lacrosse stick, fishing pole, or soccer shin guards. Please label all items.Please note that inter-camp competitions for sports and all other activities are not planned for 2021 due to COVID-19.We also have excellent and ample equipment for our archery and riflery activities. Occasionally, boys bring their own bow or .22 rifle. These will be locked with the camp’s equipment and must be brought to the office upon arrival.Please contact us with any questions about equipment not mentioned.
7PACKING (CONTINUED)Lacrosse ___________________________________Lacrosse is a popular sport at camp and boys of all levels will be able to learn basic skills. Campers who want to play at camp and who currently have lacrosse equipment (pads, helmet, etc) should bring it. Everything except the stick must be stored in an equipment or duffel bag which will be kept in the Lacrosse Shack near the field.Please make sure everything, including the bag, is labeled with the camper’s name. Lacrosse sticks are the only lacrosse equipment that can be kept in the camper’s cabin. Camp has a supply of helmets, pads, gloves and sticks for camper use. We try to have an adequate supply of all equipment but cannot promise every size will always be available.All boys who wish to play lacrosse with full equipment must bring a mouth guard to camp even if they do not bring their own equipment. We continue to offer lacrosse for those campers who just want to toss the ball around or who are just learning the sport.Musical Instruments ______________________________________Boys are welcome to bring their instruments but please remember that our rustic cabins are not ideal for more delicate instruments. Many of the campers who do bring their instruments enjoy playing together.Waterproof Boots ________________________________________Our packing list suggests waterproof boots or shoes for very good reasons. It can get very wet and muddy, and when this happens, nothing dries. Rubber boots or hiking boots are best for staying comfortable on very wet days while Crocs and water shoes are helpful for general use.Laundry Bags ___________________________________________All campers must have 2 official Timanous laundry bags (available from Maine Camp Outfitters). These bags should be clearly labeled, as this is how each camper’s laundry is returned.Insect Repellent and Sunscreen ______________________________Please refer to page 10 for details on both insect repellent and sunscreen. If you are sending either with your son, we ask that it be in lotion format, not spray.Crazy Creeks / Camp Chairs _________________________________These are very popular but are in no way required. The chair provides support when sitting on the floor or ground. The boys enjoy them at cookouts and other gatherings. We do not sell them in our camp store but you can purchase them from Maine Camp Outfitters, LL Bean, Walmart, or many other stores. They should be the style that sits right on the ground with no legs.Simple Board Games / Playing Cards __________________________Simple board games and playing cards are encouraged, but please understand that cabin life is not conducive to games or toys with lots of pieces, including Legos.WHAT TO BRING…
8WHAT NOT TO BRING…HEALTH POLICIES/FORMS (CONTINUED)As we stress a simple life, the boys need little that is not on the packing list. A few items warrant specific mention. Campers are not permitted to possess or use alcohol, drugs, tobacco, vaping and/or synthetic smoking devices (such as Juuls), vehicles, weapons (except personal archery and rifle equipment as previously noted) and any pets or animals. Please make sure your campers understand these policies and supervise their packing to prevent such items from being brought to camp.Electronics ________________We do not allow personal electronics (smart phones/music players, handheld games, Kindles or e-readers, etc.). If brought, we will hold these items in the office until the end of camp.Food and Candy ____________Timanous has an excellent reputation for wholesome and plentiful food. We do not allow candy or food to be brought into camp either in person or by mail. Besides health issues, it creates favorable conditions for rodents and ants. We ask that parents please respect this and let well-meaning grandparents and friends know about this policy. Campers open the packages in the office and the contents are inspected by office personnel. It can be frustrating for your son when we have to confiscate the contents. Campers do get candy at “Friday Candy.”Pocket Knives ___________________________________________Campers are not allowed to bring knives of any kind.Our vigilance on camper health and safety is a Timanous hallmark, and operating in light of COVID-19 has been no different. You can anticipate details throughout the spring on specific protocols for prevention and treatment, including masking and vaccination policies. Our resident nurses provide excellent care for your son. Medical care is available at the infirmary 24/7.We will make every effort to notify you promptly if a significant medical problem arises. This would include an overnight stay in our health center, a visit to a doctor, or anything other than routine care. Please make sure we have your current contact information and emergency numbers up to date in CampMinder. Please inform the camp office if you are going to be away from home for an extended period and have different contact information.Personal hygiene is stressed through a daily personal inspection. This includes clean hands, face, clothes, and teeth. Hot showers are regularly scheduled. Vigilance about health and safety, an active, outdoor lifestyle, and plenty of wholesome food and rest have made Timanous proud of its fine health record over the years.PACKING (CONTINUED)HEALTH POLICIES/FORMS
9HEALTH POLICIES/FORMS (CONTINUED)Medical Forms __________________________________________As we get closer to summer, we will be requesting additional forms related to specific COVID-19 policies and procedures in addition to the traditional Health History and Physician’s Exam (on CampMinder), which must be completed prior to arrival at camp. The Physician’s Exam should be printed and taken to your child’s physician. The form has a personalized barcode tied to your son’s account. Many physicians have their own form which may replace the Physician’s Exam form provided it includes all the necessary information.Please make every effort to have this physical exam within 12 months of the start of camp. Please make sure to provide information on all medications the camper takes, a full vaccine history, and any allergies or other chronic medical conditions. Complete health records will help us provide the best possible care.Medications ____________________________________________We use CampMeds, a medication pre-packing program to help us dispense routine medications. This system helps us meet our commitment to the medical needs of our campers as well as comply with strict regulations for dispensing medication. Nurses dispense medications at all meals and at bedtime. Please refer to the information included in the camper packet. This information is also posted on the forms dashboard of CampMinder. Medications are not allowed in cabins. Exceptions are for inhalers or epi-pens with prior approval and documentation from a physician.Health and Accident Insurance ______________________________Despite every safeguard, sickness and accidents may occasionally occur. To ensure a standard coverage for all campers, we provide a policy that covers every camper and is included in the cost of your son’s tuition. The policy covers up to $1,000 for each illness and up to $3,500 for any accident treatment while at Timanous. Medical expenses covered by this policy include prescriptions, x-ray and laboratory costs, physicians’ and nurses’ fees, hospital bills and medical supplies ordered by the doctor without any co-pay.The policy does not cover any costs for preexisting conditions or non-medical expenses such as eyeglass replacement or prescriptions, dental treatment (unless necessitated by injury to sound, natural, unfilled teeth), allergy shots, inhalers and previously prescribed medications. Although the camp policy covers typical expenses incurred at camp, families should have their own insurance policies in the rare case of medical costs exceeding the camp’s policy. We always instruct medical providers to bill the camp’s insurance first.
10HEALTH POLICIESLice Checks ____________________________________________We perform lice checks at the start of each session. If an infestation is found, treatment will immediately be provided to allow the camper to participate in all camp activities. Treatments to remove infestations typically cost around $300. Ticks _________________________________________________Many of you are familiar with the deer tick population plaguing the East Coast. We saw our first deer tick in 2008 and have been aggressively dealing with them since, using a multi-step procedure. We first clear all of the leaves and pine needles from around the buildings and pathways. We then use a product called Tick Tubes, which kills the ticks carried by mice (without hurting the mice). Finally, the property is treated professionally prior to the campers’ arrival. As added protection, we continue to encourage campers and counselors to use insect repellent, especially when venturing into the woods, and to perform tick checks on a regular basis. Experts suggest using repellent with DEET. We only sell a natural repellent in the camp store (no DEET). If you would like your son to use a repellent containing DEET, you must send it with him. Please don’t alarm your son, but please let him know if he should find a tick on his body, he should let his counselor and/or the nurse know.Sunblock ______________________________________________Because the campers spend the majority of their time outside, sunblock is important. We supply each cabin with SPF 50 sunblock and campers are encouraged to apply it before morning activities and again before afternoon activities. If your son requires a specific sunblock type, you should send it with him. Please consider a lake-friendly sunscreen, free from parabens and nanoparticles.LAUNDRYLaundry is picked up Monday just before lunch and returned at the end of lunch Tuesday. All campers and counselors must have their laundry in an official Camp Timanous green laundry bag (available from Maine Camp Outfitters). The laundry service uses a separate washer and dryer for each laundry bag. As the contents of each bag (i.e whites, darks, towels, synthetic material) are washed together, it is not possible for the clothes to receive the same level of care as they might at home. Some boys chose to pretreat their stained clothing by using a stain removal stick brought from home before putting their laundry in the bag.The two most frequent complaints about laundry are articles returned damp and lost items. If a camper has damp laundry, he should let someone know as soon as possible as we will re-dry the damp items. In most cases, damp laundry is caused by heavy items (usually towels) which slow down the drying process. The laundry service works hard to make sure all items are returned to their rightful owners. Occasionally, an article of clothing is left in a washing machine or dryer and will then be mixed in with the next wash to be done in that machine. More often, the mix up occurs in the cabins, when boys mistakenly pick up other campers’ clothing and put it in their bag. For this reason, we ask the boys to carefully check the name tags before they put away their clean laundry.
11STAYING IN TOUCHMail __________________________________________We encourage family members and friends to write often. Envelopes should be addressed to the camper and sent to: Camp Timanous, 85 Plains Road, Raymond, ME 04071. The boys must write a letter home on Sundays but can write as often as they want. They may get stationery in the office anytime. If you are sending them with stationary, we suggest sending it in a plastic bag or container as on rainy days, the moisture causes paper to curl and envelopes to stick. We recommend sending your son with self-sealing envelopes and a detailed address list. You may even want to review how to properly address a letter to ensure delivery if this is his first time at camp.Parents may send one-way “emails” to their sons through CampMinder. Parents may create guest accounts for friends and extended family to send camper emails. Camper replies or eLetters are available for international campers ONLY due to the lag time in sending letters home.Packages ______________________________________________In keeping with our philosophy of living a simple life, we will allow packages containing necessities, which include necessary items forgotten at home, books and magazines. We will limit all other packages to one each session. All packages are opened by the boys in the office and are inspected by the office staff. If a camper receives multiple packages or contraband — including all food items, items that can create excessive litter (e.g. water balloons), and items not appropriate for the cabins (e.g. sparklers, some practical jokes, knives, etc.) — they will be kept in the office. Please contact us if you have any questions.Blog & Photos ___________________________________________You can follow the events of the summer through our blog and photos, which are both updated every few days. Unlike past years where we have maintained a separate site on Shutterfly, photos will be posted directly to CampMinder, accessible via our website and the Campanion app. Please note the intention is to provide a brief, candid glimpse into life at camp but not to document each camper’s experience on a regular basis.
12TELEPHONETUTORINGTIPPINGCATHOLIC MASSThe telephone is not available for camper use. They may accept calls from family for emergencies and special occasions.Please contact the directors before calling as talking to family on the phone while at camp can be difficult for some boys. Although Timanous is not a tutoring camp, we are able to offer excellent instruction during Quiet Hour after lunch. It does not interfere with the camp program and is done by capable counselors, usually upper class college students or teachers. Tutoring is an extra expense of $40 per hour, which will be billed to you at the end of camp accompanied by a brief report from the instructor. If you wish your son to be tutored, please note this on the Additional Options Form on CampMinder. The program and books should be brought to camp along with an outline of material to be covered.We do not expect to be able to bring campers to Catholic Mass at a nearby church this year as we typically do. Please reach out if you would like to discuss.Camp Timanous policy prohibits tipping staff. We encourage parents or campers to instead write a nice note to staff members expressing your appreciation. You may also make a donation to our campership fund in honor of the counselors.
13TELEPHONECATHOLIC MASS13OTHER INFORMATIONFirst Name Camp _________________________________We are a first name camp, which means the campers call everyone at camp by their first name, including our director, Garth.Green and Gray _________________________________________Although we do not have a competitive “color war,” all campers and counselors are assigned to either the Gray or Green team. If the camper had a relative precede them, we attempt to assign the new camper to that team. The most popular gray/green activity is Capture the Flag or C-flag.To distinguish the teams for Capture the Flag, the campers and counselors must dress in their team’s color. Although this can be done with the camp uniform, some boys bring special attire and/or face paint just for these events. We discourage boys from modifying any of their uniform items (i.e. ripping sleeves or necklines) although some boys bring old, outgrown uniforms for that purpose. You may want to discuss with your son what you feel is acceptable.Sunday Chapel __________________________________________Sunday morning, the entire camp gathers for our weekly service. It is a non-denominational service, led by one of the head counselors. Links to past chapel talks can be found on our blog and include topics such as making friends, trying new things at camp and making the best of your time at camp.Sunday Council Fire ______________________________________Sunday evening, the entire camp gathers again for our weekly CouncilFire. This is a time for reflection on the past week. Awards earned during the week are announced. In addition, counselors publically commend individual campers for improvement, special efforts, or other acts of kindness. Swim Levels ______________________________A camper’s swimming ability is tested upon arrival to determine his appropriate swim level. Our placement is based on his current swimming ability and may not match his level from another swim facility.Awards ________________________________Archery, riflery, sailing and swimming have a progressive system of awards. While the first level in each activity is attainable by most campers with some practice, the levels gradually become more difficult, requiring increased effort and dedication. In addition, there are two sets of comprehensive awards, the Land Honors and Water Honors. Each has a series of three awards requiring campers to demonstrate proficiency across several activities. As with the other awards, the first level is attainable by most campers but requires planning.
14Offseason address:PO Box 2886South Portland, ME 0411685 Plains RoadRaymond, ME email@example.com