Camp Emmanuel Policies Camp Emmanuel Policies


Preventing Homesickness

One benefit of summer camp is the opportunity for a child to develop his or her independence while in a safe and supportive community. Many successful adults look back on their camp experience as a fundamental building block in their personal development.

At the same time, developing independence at camp can require a child to overcoming a degree of homesickness. Homesickness can be as simple as feeling uncomfortable in new surroundings and/or with new children and adults. Sometimes it can be more pronounced and last for several days with tears and heart-wrenching letters home. Whatever the cause or the symptoms, overcoming homesickness can be (and normally is) a good thing, and part of the maturing process for children and teenagers.

 

Camper Social Networking Policy

In general, Camp Emmanuel views social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Insta-gram, Snapchat, etc.), personal web sites and weblogs positively and respects the right of campers to use them as a medium of self-expression and peer interaction. If a camper chooses to identify himself or herself as a participant of Camp Emmanuel on such Internet venues, some readers of such web sites or blogs may view the camper as a representative or spokesperson of Camp Emmanuel. In light of this possibility, Camp Emmanuel requires that campers observe certain guidelines when referring to Camp Emmanuel, its programs or activities, its campers and/or staff, in a blog or on a web site.  The following is adapted from the Antiochian Village summer camping program, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America:

1. Campers must be respectful in all internet postings (text, photos, video) and blogs related to, or referencing the camp, its facilitators, and other campers. Any messages, photos, or videos that are linked or tagged from “friends” and attached to your site(s) or profile(s) that are inappropriate should also be removed.

2. Campers must not use obscenities, profanity, or vulgar language.

Campers must not use blogs or personal web sites to disparage Camp Emmanuel or any of its staff or camper participants.

3. Campers must not use blogs or personal web sites to harass, bully, or intimidate other campers or staff of Camp Emmanuel. Behaviors that constitute harassment and bullying include, but are not limited to, comments that are derogatory with respect to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability; sexually suggestive, humiliating, or demeaning comments; and threats to stalk, haze, or physically injure another person.

4. Campers must not use these venues to discuss engaging in conduct prohibited by camp policies and contrary to an Orthodox Christian lifestyle, including, but not  limited to, the use of alcohol and drugs, sexual behavior, sexual harassment, and bullying.

 

Two-Strike Behavior Policy

In developing and implementing the Camp Emmanuel program, the Metropolis of Denver strives to create a nurturing Christian environment which respects its participants’ physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. At times certain behavioral issues arise among some campers that may disrupt the camp community. For this reason we have created a “Two Strike Policy” in regard to participant behavior.

Participants in the Camp Emmanuel program are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the teachings of Orthodox Christianity. If an incident occurs in which a camper breaks camp guidelines or exhibits unacceptable behavior, they will be given a first warning and the matter will be discussed with camp administrators and clergy.  Upon a second offense, the camper will be subject to removal from the camp. If this occurs the camper will be sent home immediately at their parents’ expense. Behaviors that are not acceptable (verbal or physical abuse, bullying, foul language, theft, etc.) are determined at the discretion of the Camp and Program Directors.

 

Dress Code

While camping is by its nature informal, Christian modesty should be taken into account when packing for the week.  Inappropriate clothing (i.e.: t-shirts with inappropriate logos, short-shorts, halter tops, exposed midriffs, “skimpy clothing,” etc.) is not permitted.  Dress for daily church services is casual.  Please note that evening temperatures can be cool.  Because participants will be involved in various activities, at least one pair of closed-toe shoes is required.  The Manzano Mountain Retreat has a pool and there will be time for swimming.  Girls must wear one-piece swimsuits (bikinis and tankinis are not allowed).

Transportation Transportation

Driving directions to Manzano Mountain Retreat can be found on their website at: http://manzanomountainretreat.com/location.html

For those flying in to Albuquerque (ABQ), transportation will be provided between the airport and the camp facility.  Please follow the guidelines below when scheduling flights and travel with parish groups when possible.  Flight itineraries should be forward to denveryouth@denver.goarch.org.

Flights into the Albuquerque airport should arrive before 3pm on Sunday.  Participants arriving earlier in the day will be transported to St. George parish, which is about 5 minutes from the airport, where lunch will be provided.  Those who are arriving in the afternoon will be transported directly to the camp facility from the airport, without the stop at the church.

On the departing Saturday, flights should be scheduled after 1pm.  The planned departure from the camp facility will be 11am to allow sufficient time to get to the airport and to check in. 

In the event that flight times are made outside of these guidelines, you are responsibile for scheduling transportation and paying any fees associated with transportation between the camp facility and the airport.  Campers must be accompanied by a parent or advisor.

It is encouraged that you do not secure flights until you receive both a confirmation email and electronic receipt for the transaction.  If you do not receive both a confirmation and receipt on the day you register, please contact us.  Booking flights without registering for the event does not secure your child's place at the camp.