First Time Campers

“Welcome My Friend!” Whether this is your first time away from home or your first experience at Camp Ho Mita Koda, we understand the butterflies you may be feeling and the number of questions and concerns piling up. We pride ourselves in ensuring the best possible experience not only for our campers, but for the entire family. Once you have registered, we will send out a detailed “Pre-Camp Guide” with everything you will need to know about how to make camp the most successful experience ever. Our year-round office staff are available to answering questions or concerns so please don’t hesitate to call or write.

 

First Time Camp Orientation

Prior to the summer season, Camp Ho Mita Koda hosts 4 onsite tours and 2 online orientation webinars for all first-time campers and families. These orientations are a great opportunity meet the staff, ask questions, and learn all about camp including how activity sign-ups work, what the camp food is like, communications home, medical management and more! Don’t worry if you miss the orientations, we record them and can send you the link so you can watch it at your convenience.

Preparing For Camp

Packing for camp is the beginning of each camper’s independent camp experience. Parents receive a detail Packing List that tells you everything you’ll need to bring. Remember that nights at camp can be chilly so bring some warm layers and make sure that your sleeping bag is rated to at least 30 degrees or lower so you are comfortable at night!

What if I don’t know anyone else at camp?

No problem! Camp Ho Mita Koda is a great place to make new friends as many campers come not knowing anyone else. Our talented instructors are on the job and ensure that all the campers feel included and a part of the group. Even if you come to camp with friends, you’ll be making lots of new friendships that will last a lifetime.

 

What is Opening Day like?

It’s a blast! Check-In is Sunday from 12pm – 4pm, and as soon as you enter our gates, your counselors will be waiting to welcome you to camp. You’ll meet the directors right when you arrive, get your cabin assignment, set up your camp store account, do a quick medical check in with our camp nurses, and then you’ll head to your cabin to pick out your bunk. Next you’ll have a camp tour, do your first cabin meeting, take your cabin photo, do activity orientations, have dinner and then you’ll wrap up the day at our Opening Campfire!

 

How do activity sign ups work?

One of the most important aspects to the program at Camp Ho Mita Koda is that campers get to design their own schedule and sign up for the activities that interest them the most. If campers don’t like an activity, they can change into another.  The schedule is designed to give campers a lot of variety and opportunity to explore new interests as well as the freedom to repeat activities they liked the most.

What about homesickness?

Homesickness is very common at camp and we take pride in our ability to help campers gain independence and learn how to overcome homesickness. Keeping campers active and engaged is important and our counselors and directors are experienced with working through camper homesickness when it occurs.

 

How do parents and campers communicate?

Campers unplug from technology at Camp Ho Mita Koda so that means no cell phones. But we do offer one-way email for parents to be able to write letters as often as they like. Emails are printed off and given to the campers during mail call after lunch. Parents are welcome to send letters and care packages through email and campers will be sending postcards and letters home the same way. Our counselors will send parents a camper update and cabin photo each session as well. Parents are always able to call and speak with their campers if there is any type of emergency or special occasion.

We want Camp Ho Mita Koda to feel like a second home for our campers and as soon as you pass through our gates, you are apart of the Ho Mita Koda Family. We can’t wait to welcome you this summer!