Opening Day Details

Opening day of camp can be one of the most exciting and at the same time one of the most awkward days of camp.

Knowing our schedule and check in procedures ahead of time will at least reduce fear of the unknown.

In the video to the right, Karla walks you through what a typical Opening Day at Heart O’ the Hills Camp looks like.

Full Term (4 week) and
Split A (2 week) Campers

The Schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. Gates open
12 p.m. Buffet lunch in the Dining Hall
1:00 p.m. Families depart
1:30 p.m. Campers get informal
camp tours with tepee groups
3:00 p.m. Activity registration at the Village

Split Term B (2 week)

The Schedule is as follows:

2 p.m. Gates open
Because our full-term campers are here already, we ask you to bidgoodbye at The Village checkin area, and let your camper’s counselor get her moved in.

4:00 p.m. Families depart
4:15 p.m. Activity registration at the Village

Check In Procedures

When you drive into the gate, our Village is the building straight ahead (attached to the office). Park wherever you find a spot and come into the Village for your camper’s nametag.
While it doesn’t actually matter which station you visit first, it’s a good idea to meet the nurse at any moment the line looks tolerably short! She will be in great demand. We do our best to have two queues: one for those bringing meds or have need to speak with the nurse, and the “fast lane” for those who only have forms to drop off or just need to get their name checked off.
All new campers need to stop by the new camper uniform station to confirm their order and clothing sizes. We have a supply of pre-washed and worn uniforms in each size for you to “size up”
The station we dread to offer! But the reality is, if we don’t assure that everyone is lice-free at Opening, the situation can get out of control. We bring in a team of professionals to help us; if lice are found, you have two options: take your camper back to your hotel and do the treatment and comb out, or pay the professionals directly for their services (it’s a thorough, painless, one-time thing).
Just for the record! We like to have a baseline number.
After all the other stations are checked off, your last stop is to receive your tepee assignment. A counselor or Heart LITe will guide you to the tepee (feel free to drive with the trunk and other belongings). Park near the tepee or pickleball court. We will have some young muscles to ferry the luggage from the court up the stairs, just be sure each piece is marked with camper name and tepee.
When I was a young camper, my parents always helped me make the bed, and after that I was on my own. Big hug goodbye and that was that! We do offer a buffet lunch in the dining hall at around noon until 1 on opening day, and camp families are welcome to join us for that. It’s good eats!
It’s not a bad idea to strategize about this with your camper ahead of time. Some kids really want an official last hug, while others would rather have their family just fade away as soon as they get swept up into conversation. If you work it our in advance, it’s easier when the time comes.

No Pets Please

Please do not bring your pets on opening or closing day! It is very hot, and there are not many places for them to get out of the heat. There are a lot of people around camp on these days and we have had issues with dogs in the past. We feel the simplest way to avoid this and keep everyone happy is to leave them at home.