Reconnecting without technology
Photos & Communication
Throughout each week of camp, the International Gymnastics Camp Photography Staff take many photos to post online for parents and campers to view. Photographs can be viewed and purchased through our SmugMug photo site. A password to view the photos will be provided at Check-In and via the welcome e-mail, you receive prior to camp. Printed photos can be purchased as well.
TIP: While we take many photos of life at camp, it is not always possible to ensure that all campers have their photo taken and posted each day. Some campers are so busy and having such a good time that they are impossible to catch, and some campers can be a little camera shy. Be sure to check back the next day!
CampStamps is an email system that is accessed through your My IGC account. This system is one that allows parents to purchase electronic stamps to write letters back and forth with their camper while at gymnastics sleep away camp. Once stamps are purchased through the Email section of your My IGC account you can write a letter to your camper that will then be printed by our office staff once a day to be distributed to campers. Parents can select for an eLetter reply sheet to be printed along with their letter for the camper to be able to write back.
PLEASE NOTE: It is not unusual for a camper to reply a day or two later – campers have so many activities available that they may not stop long enough to write a letter: Also, “E Letters” from campers may be reviewed by our staff to ensure campers are having a positive experience and to make sure any concerns are addressed with parents while the camper is still at camp.
TIP: When writing e-letters focus on camp and how excited you are to hear about the sleep away camp, the gymnastics, and the new friends they have made. Refrain from expressing anxious feelings about time away from home, even with the best of intentions (“I sure hope the food there is decent“, “I hope you’ll be okay“, or “Have a wonderful time. I hope I remember to feed your dog.“). Giving children something to worry about will increase the likelihood of nervousness or homesickness.
International Gymnastics Camp campers love receiving care packages and even the old-fashioned traditional letter!
IGC offers specially designed Camp Care Packages filled with IGC souvenirs. These can be pre-ordered online or ordered at Check-In. Counselors hand deliver the packages to campers (Pre-order care packages to ensure you receive your desired choice as these are popular items).
For traditional mail and packages, allow ample time for mail to arrive at camp. Be sure to check with your local post office for average shipping times. Please address all correspondence as follows:
If you are sending a care package from home, please do not include any food items, candy, or gum. Out of an abundance of caution for other campers’ medical needs and food allergies, and to discourage visits from forest animals, we do not allow food or snacks in the cabins.
TIP: When writing letters or including notes with care packages, focus on camp and how excited you are to hear about the camp, the gymnastics, and the new friends they have made. Refrain from expressing anxious feelings about time away from home, even with the best of intentions (“I sure hope the food there is decent“, “I hope you’ll be okay“, or “Have a wonderful time. I hope I remember to feed your dog.“). Giving children something to worry about will increase the likelihood of nervousness or homesickness.
Campers do not have access to the internet or social media at gymnastics sleep away camp. Our IGC campers are too busy working out, making new friends, and having fun!