Check-in time is on Sunday’s from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and check-out time is on Saturday’s from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Please honor this schedule by adhering to these arrival and departure times. As a courtesy, if you are running late, please call camp to inform our staff of your approximate arrival. Our goal is to move you and your camper(s) through the process as quickly as possible, hopefully in about an hour. However, depending on the session and how many campers are arriving on a given day, it could take up to two hours. The steps for check in include checking in at the cabin, depositing funds in your child’s store account, head lice screening, visiting with the nurse to discuss any medications, and meeting the staff. Each child’s health and time at camp is important to us, so please allow for adequate time to ensure your child is all set!
How do you select your staff?
Many of our staff members at Camp Foss are former campers who have gone through both the Leader-In-Training and Counselor-In-Training programs. Others are selected for their expertise and desire to work with children in a camping environment. Some staff members are selected from international placement agencies that draw from highly qualified applicants from all over the world. We hire all staff for their maturity, for their personal warmth and for their leadership skills. We always run reference and criminal background checks on all staff.
What happens if my child forgets her health form?
State law mandates we have a completed health history and physician-signed physical for all campers. All required medical forms and information must be uploaded and completed on CampDoc prior to your daughter’s arrival at camp. No one is permitted to stay at camp unless their CampDoc account shows 100% completion.
What is the likelihood of my daughter not getting her cabin request?
To accommodate cabin requests we do require that all cabin mate requests be a mutual request, the girls are the same age, and both campers are attending the same length session. While we cannot make guarantees, as long as the requirements are met, the likelihood is very good they will be together. If they are not the same age, but are within 12 months of age, we will place them to the best of our ability, in a cabin that is age-appropriate for the younger camper. We will not put girls together in a cabin that are more than 12 months apart in age. Due to last minute enrollment changes, cabin assignments are done just before check-in day. Therefore, if you call in advance to check on your daughter’s cabin, we may not be able to tell you. Please understand it is not beneficial to have 4–6 campers from the same town in the same cabin. It discourages meeting new friends and makes it difficult for those other campers that do not know anyone in the cabin.
I will be out of town; can I send someone else to pick up my camper?
Yes, as long as we receive a signed and dated letter from a parent or legal guardian. We request you call camp to confirm we have received this letter.
What kind of training does the staff have?
Before camp starts, all staff complete extensive online trainings. A week prior to the start of camp, all staff undergo an intensive week-long training at camp. We cover topics such as working with homesick campers, team building, age-specific behaviors, character development, conflict resolution, emergency procedures, child abuse awareness, anti-bullying techniques, teaching campers how to make friends, CPR, first aid, daily schedules, and activity planning. In addition, many staff attend trainings on their own throughout the year.
What happens if my child gets sick at camp?
The infirmary is well equipped and staffed to handle day-to-day medical concerns. Should campers need to be seen by a doctor, a parent or guardian will be notified. Parents will also be notified of any campers staying in the infirmary for more than 24 hours. Any over the counter medications, including vitamins or herbal preparations, MUST be stored in the infirmary. In addition, any over the counter medications, including vitamins or herbal preparations, that are not listed on the OTC permission form will require a doctor’s note to be administered to your daughter.
What size luggage does my child need?
We recommend standard trunks and suitcases that are approximately 12″ in height. This will allow them to slide under the bunk beds. The newer large size plastic storage containers do not fit under the bunks.
This is my daughter’s first time away from home. What can I do to help her prepare for the separation?
The best way to help your daughter prepare is to go over the packing list together and talk with her about all of the fun activities she is going to be enjoying during her stay at camp. It’s best to avoid talking about how much you will miss her or what your plans are while she is away as this can cause homesickness before she gets to camp. Reassure her that there will be lots of other campers that are also attending camp for the first time. More importantly, remind her of how much fun she is going to have, the new friends she will make, and the lifetime of memories she will create.
What should I do if I get a homesick letter from my daughter?
Don’t panic, it’s normal for the first letter! Our counselors are specially trained to help kids work through their homesickness. If you receive another, feel free to call/email camp to check in. We can set up a time for you to speak with her cabin counselor or another staff that has connected with your camper.
Should I be worried if I don’t get any mail from my daughter?
No. It usually means she is having a wonderful time and busy in activities and making new friends. Tip: Pack self-addressed, stamped postcards or envelopes for her to send to you.
Does my child need any money at camp?
Camp has a store that works on a debit basis. During the check-in process, you can go to the camp store to make a deposit into your child’s account. We recommend about $30 – $50 per week. The store carries camp apparel, snacks, drinks, toiletries, and miscellaneous goods. Campers can also use this fund for out-of-camp trips. All campers have the opportunity to visit the store at least twice a week. Any money left in the account at the end of the session is refunded at the camp store upon camper check-out.
What forms are required in order for my child to attend camp?
This summer, in our continuous efforts to provide the best possible care to our campers and staff, Camp Foss is once again partnering with CampDoc.com. CampDoc.com is an electronic health record system for camps which helps us consolidate and integrate camper health information into a centralized and secure location. This system gives our doctors and nurses instant access to camper health information, a key component in providing quality patient care. The security, confidentiality and privacy of your camper’s personal health information will always be protected. The CampDoc.com site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Camp Foss’ health staff will have access to camper health information. You will receive a “Welcome E-mail” from CampDoc.com with information about how to complete your camper’s health information. Click the link in this email to set a new password for your CampDoc.com account. Follow the instructions, and complete the health history for your campers. Alerts will appear for any missing required information. Upload all required documents to your CampDoc.com account. Return to CampDoc.com at any time to make changes/updates to your camper’s health information before camp begins. Please set firstname.lastname@example.org as a ‘safe sender,’ to avoid accidental delivery to junk and spam folders. We are excited to continually evolve – building safer, more productive, and more efficient systems to create the best experience for you and your family.
Do you have financial assistance?
Yes. Thanks to generous donations from YMCA families, camp alumni and friends, funds are available for families who may not be able to afford a camping experience for their child. Limited funds are applied toward camp fees (usually not more than 50%). Applications are kept confidential and are available under parent resources. All applications must be submitted by June 1, 2016. For more information, call Lauren Frazier at 603-232-8642 or email email@example.com.
How do I get to camp?
If you are following GPS directions, please use the address below. Please note that if you are coming North on 126 from Rochester/Portsmouth area, GPS directions will provide you with incorrect instructions. Instead of turning left on Willey Pond Road from 126, you will need to continue on 126 and turn left onto Parsons Hill Road.
242 Willey Pond Road, Strafford, NH
Dates & Rates
Camp Foss 2018 Dates
All camp check-ins will be on Sunday (2:00pm – 4:00pm) and check-outs will be on Saturday (9:00am – 11:00am).
Two Week Sessions
Session 1……………………June 24 – July 7
Session 2……………………July 8 – July 21
Session 3……………………July 22 – August 4
One Week Sessions
Session 1A……………………June 24 – June 30
Session 1B……………………July 1 – July 7
Session 2A……………………July 8 – July 14
Session 2B……………………July 15 – July 21
Session 3A……………………July 22 – July 28
Session 3B……………………July 29 – August 4
Session 4A……………………August 5 – August 11
Session 1……………………June 23 – July 21
Session 2……………………July 15 – August 11
Camp Foss 2018 Rates
Applicable discounts will be applied to your account in house by our registrar staff.
Two Week Sessions………………………$1,675
One Week Sessions………………………$925
White Water Rafting……………………$160
Counselor In Training
Four Week Session………………………$1,575
Bring a Friend……………………10% off total session tuition
Upcoming Camp Events
Camp Info Day
Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 11:00 am
Located at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester
Join us at the YMCA in Manchester, NH and learn what overnight camp has to offer. Bring your future camper and enjoy video presentations as we go over a typical day camp, activities, cabin life, and more! Financial assistance interview will also be available at 11:45 am. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Open House
Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come see what camp is all about at our open house and family barbecue. Take a tour of camp and enjoy fun family events. We will be serving lunch and the camp director and staff will be available for questions and tours!
Family Camp Weekend
August 31 – September 3, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00am
Located at Camp Mi-Te-Na
Join us this Labor Day weekend to reconnect with your family in a relaxing outdoor atmosphere. This is the perfect opportunity to strengthen family bonds and discover the magic that overnight camp has to offer. Enjoy a weekend of adventure filled with a variety of activities.
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Camp Info Resources
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Prior to the primary camping season, the facilities at Camp Mi-Te-Na, Camp Foss’ brother camp, are available for families, corporate and community groups to rent. For more information please contact Lauren Frazier or Matt Hanson at 603.232.8642.
Come to Camp Mi-Te-Na for a fun two or three day stay where you’ll learn about the environment through activities such as mock oil spills, interactive nature hikes, and learn primitive outdoor survival skills.
High Ropes Challenge Course
The high ropes course at Camp Mi-Te-Na is used to teach campers about courage, confidence, and teamwork. It can accommodate up to 120 people and is perfect for school trips and corporate teams. Imagine climbing a 34′ three sided climbing tower or zipping down a 205′ cable from 40′ in the air. Our exciting high ropes course is a thrilling learning adventure for kids and adults alike!
Team Building Challenge Course
Join us for a day of fun designed to help teams of 8-15 members break down barriers and learn to problem solve as a group. There are a variety of innovative activities for all ages created to help develop trust, respect, and build connections.
Sports Team Facility Rentals
“There is no I in team” We’ve all heard it and we’ve all used it. Why not take an alternative route to enhancing teamwork and togetherness? Camp Mi-Te-Na is a fun, safe, and friendly environment to bring your high school and college teams. The facilities provide endless possibilities for training and practice of almost any sport. Our staff can provide the necessary tools and run activities to help build strong teams and develop group trust. Learning to work together and communicate with others not only creates a better team atmosphere and higher morale, but it also builds character, creates friendships, and helps mold important life skills for players and coaches as a whole.