Part of the joy of camp is leaving behind the technology of modern life - phones, televisions, laptops, mp3 players, etc. For this reason, and especially because calls to or from home can be disruptive to a camper's acclimation to camp, the use of telephones, traditional or cellular, is not allowed. Camper cell phones will be collected, safely stored and returned to the camper's parents on closing days. Even our counselors share the joy of unplugging from technology and plug into the campers and the beauty of camp, as they are required to stash away their technology as well!
However, you have several options of keeping up with your camper!
Camp-In-Touch (Ton-A-Wandah Online)
It was bound to happen: even a "real world" haven like camp has to keep up with the times - and the technology! As a service to our parents, Ton-A-Wandah offers Camp-In-Touch, a great way for you to communicate with your camper and keep up with the latest camp happenings, including daily news updates, photos and discussion forums.
Camp is unable to set up accounts for relatives or friends and they must get permission and passwords from camp families to access the photos and password protected sections of the websites.
You may log into your account here: Camp In Touch.
Camp-In-Touch is a means for sending an email to your camper. You may send one-way emails to your camper any time using CampStamps. A nominal charge for this service helps offset technology and printing fees. One CampStamp = one email and CampStamps are available for purchase any time with a credit card. The credit card associated with Emails and CampStamps is not the same as what is on file with Camp Ton-A-Wandah. You will need to enter a new credit card under the Credit Cards for CampStamps & Photos. To email your camper, simply click on the ‘Email’ section and type your message. All emails are limited to 50 lines.
CampInTouch is also your ONLY means for sending emails to your camper. Emails sent through the CampInTouch path only will be delivered to campers. Please do not send camper emails to the camp office or to the program director; these messages will not be delivered.
All emails received before noon will be distributed with that day's regular mid-afternoon mail call. Messages received after noon will be distributed the following day.
Emails and photos can be found under your Online Community once you log into your Camp-In-Touch account.
Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda: The Art of Camp Correspondence
Letter writing to and from camp is much more involved than this golden-oldie title suggests: its serious business. Each day, mail from family and friends offers your camper an all-important touch from home - a tangible reminder that she is loved. In return, your camper's letters will give you a glimpse into her new world. Mail is distributed once a day during rest hour.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you put pen to paper:
Send a letter (or two, depending on distance and likely delivery time) before your daughter leaves home. Doing so ensures that she has mail on those all-important first day of camp. This is especially helpful for the first-time campers making the adjustment to life away from home.
Work with younger campers on basic correspondence skills before camp begins. Make sure they are comfortable addressing letters and handling postage. Make it easy for your camper to be a good correspondent by providing plenty of letter writing supplies. Pre-stamped postcards make writing quick and convenient. Pre-addressing cards and/or printing return address and recipient labels on your home computer also help ensure that your camper covers all her correspondence obligations.
A letter from home should be newsy, positive and encouraging. Share news of home without making her feel excluded. Instill her with confidence for her camp experience and encourage growing independence. Focus on your camper's experience and activities. Fill your letters with questions about her days and praise of her accomplishments. Ask her about new friends and skills, her counselors and her tribe. Avoid mentioning sad, bad news until you can discuss those issues face-to-face. Let your camper know that it is natural for her to miss her family and friends, while reassuring her that she will quickly adapt to her new surroundings. Assure her of your love and that she is missed. However, refrain from going overboard here. "Can't live without you" messages can trigger a bad case of "Mommy or Daddy-itis", even for seasoned campers.
Write often. Encourage family and friends to write too. Your camper may choose to send a card with her camp address before her departure for camp. Those direct requests for letters usually pay big dividends in mail call!
Keep in mind that letters you receive from camp are written during quiet times in the day - periods of rest when thoughts easily turn to home. It's more than likely that any melancholy your camper expressed in a letter quickly vanished when she tackled "the blob" an hour later!
It takes as many as five days for many campers to adjust to their new environment. If, after this period of time, you receive sad or negative letters, please call us. Your child's counselors and administrative team are sure to be aware of any worrisome situation and can help ease your mind. Your child's happiness is our top priority!
Letters should be mailed to:
Attn: Camper Name, Cabin (will find this out on opening day)
300 West Ton-A-Wandah Road
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Ton-A-Wandah is Package-Free (and We Love It!)
Campers may not receive any type of packages while they are at camp. All large envelopes, padded envelopes, and regular envelopes containing “anything” (other than your letter) are considered packages; these will be returned to the sender. Please inform family and friends as all care packages will be returned to sender!
However, if there is a necessary item left at home, you may mail the package addressed to:
ATTN: (Your Camper’s FULL Name)
300 West Ton-A-Wandah Road
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Please make sure that your camper’s name is clearly marked.
NECESSARY EXAMPLES: Toothbrush, eyeglasses, books for school, retainers, pillow, activity needs, etc.
UNNECESSARY EXAMPLES: Magazines, costumes, stickers, notepads, etc.
A camp experience provides an opportunity for campers to gain independence, self-reliance and self confidence, which are all essential to a young girl's development. Our experience has shown that visitation by parents and relatives during camp creates an interruption of the camp program and we appreciate support of this policy by parents.