FOR BOYS AND GIRLS • LOCATED ON LAKE CONISTON • CROYDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Frequently Asked Questions

With answers...

CABINS AND ACTIVITIES

Can I request that my son/daughter be placed in the same cabin as his/her friend?

Yes, you can request one cabin mate when you register your child for camp. Only one cabin mate request per camper is allowed. We cannot guarantee all requests, but we do strive to honor as many as we can. If you did not request a cabin mate when you registered, please send our registrar an email with the camper’s name you would like to request. Cabin mate requests do need to be reciprocal in order for them to be considered (two campers need to request each other). See the Camp Policies page for details.

This is my child’s first year at camp. Will he/she be the only first year camper in the cabin?

It is unlikely that your camper will be the only new camper in his/her cabin. We place kids based on their age and grade, and do our best to make sure there is a combination of new and returning campers. We are sensitive to the dynamics that new campers face, and our counselors are specifically trained on how to make them feel immediately welcome and a part of the Coniston family.

My son/daughter has interrupted sleep. How is this handled at camp?

Please let us know if you child has sleep issues. The cabin counselors will work with him/her to ensure nighttime safety (for example, making sure he/she stays in a bottom bunk if needed).

Is my son/daughter guaranteed to get his/her top choices for activities?

We want camp to be as enjoyable as possible for all campers, and we offer a wide variety of activities to appeal to all interests. We do our best to match campers with their activity preferences that they indicate on the Activity Sign-Up sheet. However, due to various circumstances (some activities being more popular than others, limited enrollment numbers); we cannot guarantee their top choices. Campers can change their activities after the first day; however we encourage them to try new things whenever possible!

Can my child bring his/her own sports equipment (e.g. tennis racquet, lacrosse stick) or musical instrument to camp?

Yes, as long as your camper knows that he/she is responsible for the item. Sports items may be kept in the cabin, and we keep musical instruments in the office. Be sure to have his/her name written clearly! We cannot replace lost belongings.

My child will celebrate his/her birthday at camp. Do you celebrate birthdays?

We want their day to be special too! Every camper who celebrates a birthday at camp celebrates with his/her cabin and a special cake is made and shared at dinner time.

LETTERS, PACKAGES, AND PHONE CALLS

Will my son/daughter be able to call home while at camp?

The telephones in camp are for staff and office use only and cell phones are not allowed in camp. We find that phone calls home can sometimes trigger homesickness, and we assure campers that they will have lots of time after camp to share their fun summer stories! If your son/daughter has an issue that requires a phone call home, one of our camp directors will be in touch with you.

Can we e-mail each other while my son/daughter is at camp?

Computers are not available to campers. We believe in giving our campers an authentic camp experience without the distraction of electronics, and they LOVE getting letters via the postal service!

Can I send a fax to my son/daughter?

We prefer that you send letters via regular mail, however in special circumstances we will accept faxes for a $1 per page fee. The fax number is 603-863-1620

How can I send a package to my camper?

When sending packages through the post office, send them to PO Box 185, Grantham, NH 03753.

When sending packages through UPS or FedEx, send them to 24 Main Camp Rd, Grantham, NH 03753.

Please indicate your camper's cabin number (eg: B5 or G12) on packages or mail you send.

Can I send food and candy in their package?

We do not allow food, candy, gum, powdered drinks, etc. in packages. Critters love treats, so it is best to avoid all food items in cabins!

All packages sent to campers are opened and inspected in front of Coniston staff. Confiscating candy from kids is one of our least favorite things to do, so please save the goodies for their homecoming!

Are there “visiting days” for parents?

Visiting days are allowed for campers who are staying for two sessions, only on the normal change-over weekends between Sessions 1 & 2 and Sessions 3 & 4.

There is a $150 fee for stayover which covers activities and laundry. Please contact the registrar to add stayover for your camper. There is no stayover or laundry option for campers who are attending Sessions 2 and 3.

CAMP JITTERS AND HOMESICKNESS

This is my child’s first time away from home. How can I help him/her prepare?

There is much anticipation leading up to camp, even for returning campers! It’s an exciting time, yet also one that can cause anxiety at the thought of being away. Here are some things you can do to prepare:

  • Have a count-down on the calendar to get psyched for camp!
  • Visit the website often (www.coniston.org) and check out the "photo of the day" (posted many times every day during the summer), to see all the fun that happens at camp!
  • Talk about camp as a positive place, and if you went to camp as a child, recall your fun memories!
  • Be sure to involve your son/daughter in the packing process, talking about activities he/she will be doing as you pack.
  • Send your camper with stationery, envelopes and stamps so letters can be written every day if they’d like.
  • Pack a favorite stuffed animal or item from home.
  • "Pretend camp" before the session starts and role play for fun! Follow the camp's Daily Schedule!

If I get a homesick letter and my child is asking to be picked up early, what should I do?

Letters home to parents expressing homesickness are common, especially for younger or new campers. We take homesickness seriously and work carefully and attentively through these issues with each camper. If needed, we will certainly be in touch with you and discuss a resolution for your son/daughter. In the meantime, rest assured we are working hard so your camper will come home stronger and more independent, with great summer memories!

THE CAMP STORE AND THE INFIRMARY

Does my son/daughter need money while at camp?

No, campers do not need money while at camp. They should not bring cash and other valuable items because we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. Our camp store is open on Check-In and Check-Out day, and you can purchase Coniston items then!

My child takes a daily medication. How will I know that he/she is taking it every day?

All medications are given to the nurses on Check-In day, and they are distributed 3 times a day at meal times. Campers should not be keeping medications, prescription or over the counter, in their cabins.

Will I be notified if my child becomes ill at camp?

If your child is seen in our infirmary for routine ailments, our nurses will take good care of him/her here at camp. If the nurse feels your child needs to see the local pediatrician, we will contact you and let you know why, and what the treatment plan is.

PACKING, LAUNDRY AND LOST/FOUND

What kind of luggage should we use when packing for camp?

Many campers pack in traditional trunks or large plastic storage containers. After campers unpack, all luggage is stored underneath the cabin or in another building, so it is best to pack in something that is water tight.

Do we really need to pack enough clothes for 2 weeks?

Yes, we recommend enough clothes to cover each day your child is here at camp! We also recommend more than one bathing suit! (Remember that for girls bathing suits must be one-piece.)

How does my son/daughter get laundry done?

Laundry service is available only to those campers who are staying for 4 weeks, for a $30 fee. Laundry is sent out between Sessions 1 & 2 and between Sessions 3 & 4. Clothes must be tied in a one load size, cloth laundry bag, with camper’s name clearly printed on outside. Don’t forget to label all clothing as well!

What happens to lost and found items?

All lost and found is donated to a charity at the end of each session. Due to the volume of things left behind, we cannot return items to you. Please carefully check cabins, the A-field, and the lost and found for your camper’s things on Check-Out day.

MISCELLANEOUS

Is Camp Coniston an accredited camp?

Yes, Camp Coniston is accredited by the American Camping Association and is licensed by the State of New Hampshire.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes, we do offer scholarships and financial aid. Please e-mail our registrar, Lorraine, at office@coniston.org for information.