Everyone gets homesick sometimes (even your counselors and us, the directors) and that is ok. At The Heart, you will be surrounded by an incredible group of counselors, division leaders, coaches and directors that are all there to make sure you have the best summer possible. Any time you feel a little bit homesick, we are going to get you up and involved in some of the wildest, craziest, most fun activities you can imagine.
What we have found, in our 60+ years of camping, is that phoning home most often is not helpful in overcoming feelings of homesickness. One of the greatest things we can give our campers is the opportunity to gain independence and self confidence. One of the reasons this happens so often at camp is because campers are able to navigate through challenging situations on their own and with the help of peers and counselors. Calling home doesn’t allow for this opportunity and usually stirs up stronger feelings of homesickness. Remember, camp is just a short part of your year so try to take advantage of every second!
Campers come from all over the US. Many of our campers live in the Texas, Oklahoma andLouisiana. We have international campers who travel from many different countries. You will enjoy making friends from so many different places and cultures!
Many campers come with a friend, just as many come on their own. It’s easy to make new friends at camp. Some girls say it’s actually easier to make new friends when you don’t come to camp with a friend from home. Many girls return to camp year after year to reunite with friends they have made at camp.
We want you to be with your friends and also make new friends at camp. We make every effort to put you with your friends, but if there are too many of you for one cabin, we will keep you in the same unit but in a couple of different cabins. If you are new to camp, you will have other girls in your cabin that are also new to camp. You can submit your bunkmate requests on the application form or by email to our camp office.
You’ll have to make your bed, tidy-up your clothes, and do a cabin chore. The chores rotate amongst the cabin mates. Chores include: sweeping, emptying the cabin’s trash can, clearing-off the outside clothesline, etc. Counselors are responsible for cleaning & disinfecting your bathroom.
There are a lot of fun and crazy evening activities and special events where a costume or fun clothing from home will come in handy. We have many fun evening programs at camp such as hoe downs, dance parties, and other special events. Feel free to pack hoe down clothing (denim, plaid shirt and bandana) or fun party clothing (the crazier the better). You also will create a lot of your own outfits for special events in Performing Arts.
A better question would be, “what isn’t there to do at camp?” We have over 60 different activities, and are adding more all the time. If there is something you can think of that we don’t have, TELL US, and we will try and add it to our list of activities.
Your head staff are always around to make sure you are having a great time, and so are all your counselors, division leaders, and full time staff. If there is ever anything you want to know, or are worried about all you have to do is let us know. During camp, we are always there for you. Before camp begins and after camp is over, we are only a phone call or e-mail away.
Along with that, we go over your bunk schedules every day to make sure you get all the activities you want. We even arrange for private and small group lessons whenever there is down time so you can really improve your skills in any of the activities we offer at camp.