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A Message From Our Director

Welcome to Camp Uncommon and thank you so much for considering us an option for your child’s summer plans!  We know that it is not an easy decision to send your child away to summer camp; it is a great responsibility that we do not take lightly.  Camp Uncommon promises to take care of your children as if they are our own and their safety is our most important priority.  We aim to provide your child with an amazing summer experience, and we will do everything in our power to ensure both you and your camper walk away happy that you chose us.  I hope our website helps to answer your questions about Camp Uncommon; however, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly as I am always happy to talk about camp and want to set your mind at ease.  Please contact me via email at mcallahan@campuncommon.org and I will be happy to set up some time for us to talk. 

Gratefully,

Mike Callahan
Director of Camp Uncommon

 

History

As part of his innovation work, Josh Phillips, Uncommon’s Chief of Innovation and School Operations, is exploring ways to further develop Uncommon’s extracurricular and summer programs. While our schools work hard to build students’ non-academic skills and provide them with tremendous experiences outside the classroom, we believe we need to do even more to ensure our students are prepared for all aspects of college life. As a result, we are launching Camp Uncommon in summer 2016. The learnings we acquire from running Camp Uncommon will help the organization determine how best to pursue closing the non-academic skills gap moving forward. 

 

Location

Camp Uncommon will be hosted at Colby College in beautiful Waterville Maine! Click here to view a map.

 

 

Aims & Goals

Sending a child to summer camp is a tremendous act of faith by parents. At Camp Uncommon, we take that responsibility very seriously and will maintain an environment that encourages both safety and health and reinforces a positive self-image. We aim to provide campers with opportunities for emotional and physical growth, encourage their natural abilities and instill the benefits of group living. Our ultimate goal is to provide an enjoyable, exciting summer experience that motivates our campers to approach the future with courage, confidence and a feeling of self-worth, which we believe will ultimately build upon the greater mission of Uncommon Schools: to prepare our scholars for college and beyond.

 

At Camp Uncommon we take a holistic approach to achieving our mission through programs geared towards physical, emotional, and social growth and well-being. We believe an overnight summer camp experience will:

  1. increase students' social, emotional, and non-cognitive skills (e.g. self-confidence, responsibility, independence, and curiosity), which are essential to college and life success;
  2. provide an opportunity for Uncommon middle school campers to explore, learn, and have fun in a safe, tight-knit community;
  3. provide a tremendous summer job opportunity/experience for our alumni students and rising 12th graders; and
  4. create an additional pipeline for strong, diverse teacher candidates for our schools by providing exposure to Uncommon for counselors new to our organization.

 

Reminders

Health History Form

Please complete an online Health History Form for your child via CampMinder.  Health History Forms are essential for us to keep your child safe while at camp.  In order for your child to attend camp, you must complete the Health History Form.

To complete your child's health history form, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to CampMinder
  2. Click the "Forms and Documents" link that has the yellow pencil icon next to it.
  3. Click the "Health History Form" document and complete every field.

Please note that you will need to have your child’s immunization record/dates; you may need to contact your child’s doctor for that information. 

It is imperative that you write down any previous medical conditions on the Health History Form (e.g., any mental health needs, any medications that your child takes, any allergies, etc.).  We will not turn away any child from Camp Uncommon due to medical and/or mental health needs.  We simply need to know all of the information in order to keep your child safe.

 

Medications

As a reminder, the following is the protocol for all medications:

  1. Please document any medications that your child needs to take while at camp in the Health History Form.
  2. Please bring all medications in their original container to the bus pick-up location on 7/21/16.  If medications are prescribed by a doctor, they must be in a prescription labeled container with the doctor/pharmacist instructions visible.  Labels must be undamaged and readable.
  3. All medications must be placed in a clear Ziploc bag, with your child’s name clearly labeled on it (you can use a marker to write your child’s name on the bag).
  4. All medications must be handed to a designated Camp Uncommon counselor at your bus pick-up location upon check-in. 

 

Additional Health Information

If your child has a food allergy that requires an EpiPen, Camp Uncommon will not provide it.  Please note that you need to send your child with their own EpiPen, labeled in his/her medication bag.  Camp Uncommon will have peanut free dorms.  Please note that any food or candy containing peanuts or tree nuts will be confiscated. 

 

Emergency Contact Information

In CampMinder, please update your emergency contact information prior to the first day of camp.  If you, or any of your emergency contacts, change contact information, you must update the information in CampMinder as soon as possible.  This ensures that we can contact you regarding your child at all times.

 

Packing List

Please review the packing list carefully.  The items on the list are only suggestions; please send what you can with your camper.

The following are a few important things to remember when packing:

  • All linens will be provided (i.e., towels, pillows, sheets, blankets)
  • Bathing suits MUST be knee length trunks for boys and 1-piece bathing suits for girls.  We will not make any exceptions to this policy; campers will not be allowed to swim if their swimwear does not meet Camp Uncommon standards.

In addition to the original items outlined on the packing list, each camper should come to camp with the following items:

  • A backpack/book bag (whatever they use for school is fine)
  • At least 2 books to read on buses, during rest hour, and during downtime/before bed. 

If possible, we strongly encourage you to label your child’s clothing and items with an indelible marker or label.

 

Camper Communication

Campers and families will stay in touch in the following ways:

  1. Scheduled phone calls.  We will be in touch with you to schedule a time when your child can call you during camp.
  2. CampInTouch via CampMinder.  Parents/families can log into CampMinder at any time and send their child an email.  We will print and deliver emails to campers every day.
  3. Letters.  Campers will write letters home to their families at least one time while they are at camp.  If you would like to send your camper a letter via regular mail, please send it to the following address:

Camper’s Name

Camp Uncommon

c/o Colby College Special Programs

4730 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME 04901

 

Photos

Our camp photographer will be posting photos of campers having fun at Camp Uncommon every day throughout camp.  To see what is happening, please visit the photo section on CampMinder.  You simply need to log into CampMinder and click on the “Photos” icon.  In addition, we will be posting photos on Instagram; you can follow us at @camp_uncommon