How we will keep in touch with camp families...
Our campers have a busy day, and snail mail is often off their radar, but we will encourage campers to write home often, and at least once a week, to let you know first hand how their summers are going! Campers will have plenty of opportunities to write home, and the famous Appel Farm Mail Ninja will help make it fun!
- Pack pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes and stationery in a zipped freezer bag!
We will also offer campers a chance to film short digital video letters during free time and workshop periods throughout the summer. If your camper films a video letter, it will be sent to you via e-mail.
Bunk Counselor Postcards
At the end of the first week of camp, your camper’s Bunk Counselors will send you a postcard with news about the first days of classes and bunk life and how your camper is enjoying the summer so far.
Performance Week Phone Calls
At the end of the third week of camp, your 4, 6, or 8-week camper’s Bunk Counselors will call with a quick update and to confirm your camper’s schedule for Performance Week.
Blog & Photo Gallery
We want our camp families to be part of the fun! Check the camp blog to hear about all of great things your camper is doing at Appel Farm, and view hundreds of photos of classes, bunk life, and special events. Our Camp Documentarian will post news, photos, and important information every day! Login information will be available on Check-In Day, and will also be e-mailed to families at the start of each session.
The Camp Directors, Camp Nurses, Camper Coordinator, or Office Coordinator may be in touch with camp news, if your camper is experiencing a challenge in their adjustment to camp, or if any health issues arise. Campers should not expect to make or receive phone calls — camp is a great way to gain confidence and independence! Of course, if a camper has an urgent message for a parent, they may speak with a Camp Director, and we will help them get in touch with you by phone.
- If you are planning a trip or vacation, please call us with your itinerary and update your contact information!
How camp families can keep in touch with camp & their campers...
Snail Mail & Care Packages
Campers love receiving mail, so write often! Letters and package notices are distributed to campers Monday through Saturday during rest hour. When you write a letter, it’s nice to let your campers know all the “newsy” things that are going on at home. Ask focused questions about your child’s experience, let them know that you are proud of their accomplishments at camp so far, and assure them that everything is going well at home. Your letters and e-mail are your camper’s primary connection to you, and so it is important to avoid any worrisome information, and keep your letters upbeat!
Care packages are also great! We have enclosed brochures from companies that specialize in camp care packages, or you can make your own and include puzzles, frisbees, games, clothes, books, magazines, film, stationery, batteries, and stamps. Please review the list of items prohibited at camp on page 10, and do not send anything on the list, including food, candy, or gum. Campers open their care packages in the camp office, and a staff member will discard any prohibited items.
You can send letters and care packages to your camper at:Camper Name, Bunk #, Appel Farm, PO Box 888, 457 Shirley Road (for UPS, FedEx, etc.), Elmer, NJ 08318
- Send a letter a few days before Check-In Day to be sure your camper gets mail on the first day of camp!
Send your camper an e-message from our blog! This is an easy way to keep in touch with your camper — check out the newest blog entry each evening, and then use the Camper E-Message feature to enter your camper’s name, bunk number, and your message. E-messages will be printed at 9:00 AM and distributed with letters and package notices every day during rest hour.
You can also contact the Camp Directors or Office Coordinator using the Camp E-Message feature on the blog. We check our e-messages throughout the day and into the evening, and will get back to you within 24 hours.
During Business Hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, you can call the Camp Office if you have a question or concern, or if you want to find out how your camper is doing. When you call, ask for the Camp Directors, or Office Coordinator. Although the Camp Directors are out on the grounds with campers, and are not always able to come to the phone, they collect messages regularly and will get back to you within 24 hours.
You can also contact the Camp Nurses directly, or leave a voicemail, at our Infirmary. At least one Camp Nurse will be on camp at all times, but may not be able to answer the phone when you call. Camp Nurses collect messages regularly and will also get back to you within 24 hours.
- Camp Office (856) 358-2472
- Infirmary (856) 358-2476
Outside of business hours, we will not be in the office answering the phone, but you can leave a voicemail for a Camp Directors or Office Coordinator. We check our voicemail throughout the day, into the evening, and on weekends, and will get back to you within 24 hours.
- Tracy Power, Camp Director (856) 358-2472, ext. 121
- Cara Corradetti, Camp Director (856) 358-2472, ext. 105
- Office Coordinator (856) 358-2472, ext. 111
- Camp Nurses (856) 358-2476
If you have an urgent message or emergency that cannot wait until morning, please do not leave a message. Call our Urgent Messages and Emergencies Line at (856) 358-2476.
- Urgent Messages and Emergencies (856) 358-2476