How to pack for camp

Please mark all luggage with your camper’s name. Also label all belongings with your child's first and last name. These simple measures will help prevent items from getting lost or misplaced.

Campers do not need dress clothes, but should have a wide range of casual attire (jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.) for warm days and cool nights. Please note that new clothing is not usually the best camp attire.

Clothing should be modest and not tight or revealing. Campers wearing tight or revealing clothing will be asked to change. If they do not have a suitable change of clothing, his or her parents will be called to bring different clothes. If your child is packing for himself or herself, please make him or her aware of this policy.

What to bring . . .

  • Pajamas, underwear and extra socks
  • Warm jacket, hat and raincoat
  • Modest one-piece swimsuit, beach towel & sunscreen
  • Two pairs of shoes  
  • Towel, washcloth, toiletries & comb or brush
  • Sleeping bag, or bedding for standard twin size bed, and a pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Small backpack
  • Laundry bag
  • Bible, notebook & pen


Please do not bring . . .

  • Food or candy (any food or candy will be taken and held until the end of the week) 
  • Valuables
  • Drugs, including over-the-counter medications (bring prescription medication with you to registration) 
  • Spending money (all money should be turned in to the Trading Post during registration) 
  • Electronics, including gaming devices, ipods, or cellphones. If a camper brings any of these, we will store them in a safe place until his or her departure. Campers are not permitted to keep phones with them in the cabins, under any circumstances. Cameras will be allowed, but camera phones cannot be used.

Trading post

Beginning in May, you will receive an email with a link to your camper’s Trading Post account from our partners at FUNFANGLE. This will allow you to see money that you have deposited during registration and add money to your account. Even if you have not deposited any Trading Post money, please set up that account to save time during registration. To save time in the registration line we encourage you to deposit Trading Post money prior to your arrival at camp.


Snack items are available at camp, as well as shirts, hats, sweatshirts, stamps, and many new souvenir items. Do not bring an excessive amount of money to camp! Shirt and hat prices begin at $10 - $15.


At the end of camp any unspent money will be rounded to the nearest $.25 and returned to the camper.

First day of camp

Campers can check-in between 5 and 6 PM on the opening day. If the weather is nice, check-in takes place outside at tables in front of the Cedar Center. If it is raining (or looks like it might rain), check-in will be moved to the Field House.

Check-in for overnight camps includes a cookout for the whole family. Dinner will be served between 5 & 6 PM. No RSVP is required for this cookout.


Please do not pack any medications or inhalers in your child's luggage. If your child requires prescription medications while at camp, please bring an adequte supply of the medication in the original, clearly labeled prescription container with you to registration. 

last day of camp

Camper pick-up is at 7 PM on the closing day of camp. Check out will be in the FIELD HOUSE. Click here to see the dates of your child's camp.


Early check-out is discouraged and should only be considered when necessary. Arrangements for early departure should be discussed with a registrar at opening day check-in, or by calling the office at 517-688-3783.

Please note that only those individuals listed on the Authorization for Release Form will be permitted to pick up your child. A photo ID may be required to pick up your camper.

Communicating with your camper

IN WRITING

Mail is a highlight of a camper's week and is distributed daily. As you write, focus on your child’s camp experience instead of what is happening at home in order to help avoid creating homesickness. If you would like to bring mail on opening day, we will distribute it on the day or days you designate. Or, if you prefer to send mail, please include the following information in the mailing address:

Camper Name

Somerset Beach Campground

P.O. Box 307

Somerset Center, MI 49282

Please do not bring candy or food on opening day or send it through the mail, as campers are not allowed to have food in their cabins.


BY E-MAIL

You will be able to e-mail your camper only while they are at camp. E-mails may be sent to campermail@somersetbeach.org. Emails MUST include the camper's name, as well as the counselor's name, in the subject line. E-mails without the proper information in the subject line may get lost.

BY FAX

You may fax your camper a message to 517-688-3621. Be sure to include your camper's name, as well as the counselor's name on the cover page.


BY PHONE

Emergency phone calls will be received at the camp office at 517-688-3783. After-hours emergency calls can be directed to our director’s home at 517.688.9408 or our assistant director’s home at 517-688-4714.


Often parents instruct their child to call home during the week. To comply with child protection laws we have a policy that no unsupervised phone calls are to be made by campers. Campers may not call home or receive phone calls, so please encourage your child to send post cards instead. In most cases, letters from home are appreciated by your child more than a phone call.

VISITS

Visits by family and friends are discouraged and may not be permitted because of child protection laws as well as the many scheduling problems it creates.