Photos & Communication
IGC prides itself on providing each camper with a traditional summer camp experience. As a result, IGC is a device free campus, free of cell phones, iPads/tablets, laptops/computers, gaming devices/consoles, and personal music playing devices.
This policy allows our campers to unplug from electronics and plug into real life relationships with fellow campers, counselors, and coaches.
For parents, we provide many different ways to connect with your camper while they are at IGC. Read below to learn more!
Throughout each week of camp, the IGC Photography Staff take hundreds of photos each day to post online for parents of campers. 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 one week prior to camp. Printed photos can be purchased at Check-Out as well.
TIP: While we take over 400 pictures every day, 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 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 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 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:
Week(s) & Cabin #
International Gymnastics Camp
100 Gymnastics Way
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
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 camp. Our campers are too busy working out, making new friends, and having fun!