Policies and What to Pack
The following camp policies are based on long experience of what works best to make camp sessions safe, fun, and harmonious for everyone.
We respectfully ask that you and your camper be familiar with these policies.
- Prescription Medications: We have a nurse on staff who visits camp every day. A doctor is on call at all times. If your child takes prescription medications, staff will collect them on the day she arrives. They will be dispensed by the staff according to your doctor’s instructions. Please send the medications in the prescription bottles and ensure that the medications - especially inhalers - are not expired.
- Over the Counter Medications: We have basic over the counter medications (Advil, Benadryl, etc.) here at camp, so you do not need to send them. We do recommend that you pack plenty of sun block and bug repellant (It is summer in New Hampshire, after all.).
- Phone calls: Please keep in mind that it is an important part of the camp experience for your camper to be on her own and have a feeling of independence. We ask that you do not call during your child’s first week at camp (unless of course there is an emergency situation), and that you limit your calls to one a week after that, keeping them short and sweet. Please be patient when calling: we are outside enjoying the weather and the ponies and are not always right next to the phone. If you leave a message, we or your child will call you as soon as we/she can.
- Contacting you in case of injury or illness: In the unlikely event of your child’s having an injury or illness, we will contact you promptly at the emergency contact phone number you provided in your camp forms.
- PLEASE do not send cell phones. Your child will have access to the farm phone. We need to know if she is calling you or her friends so that we can support her in any way needed. If you are uncomfortable with this arrangement, please let us know before your arrival.
- iPads, laptops, and other electronics: We discourage the use of iPads, Nooks, Kindles, and electronic devices at camp. We ENCOURAGE a different kind of connection - with each other, the horses and other animals, the outdoors and nature. Help us make camp a terrific "unplugged" experience for your daughter. “Enjoy camp - plug into PONY FARM!”
- Lost and found: When there are this many children in one place, items may get lost despite our best efforts. We have found that marking your camper's belongings is the best way to keep them from getting lost or mixed up with other campers' items. Helmets, boots, chaps, and other riding gear look very much alike. The better you mark your camper’s belongings, the better chance they have of staying with her. We make no guarantees on return of lost items.
- Spending money: While your camper is at camp she does not need any money.* We keep track of any incidental expenses and settle the bill at the end of the session. * If your child is coming to Session 4 you will need to leave some spending cash for the Cheshire Fair ($30—$40 is suggested.) We will collect this on opening day and give it to your camper the day of the fair.
- Horse shows: The horse shows are an added expense. If your child is coming to one of the sessions with a Touchstone Farm horse show, there is a fee of $75 for the horse show or $100 for the horse show and hunter derby. We will include this your end of session bill. No one is required to show and there is no pressure to do so. Campers who choose not to compete have a blast helping and watching the fun. Just let us know in the camp forms if your child and you prefer not to show.
- Candy and food treats: We ask that campers leave candy and other edible treats at home and that you do not send them to campers. We have found over the years that candy in the rooms leads to bugs and arguments. We have a snack every day that consists of a sweet goodie so no one will die from sugar withdrawal! Sweets sent to campers will be taken and kept until campers leave. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
What to Pack
If your camper is bringing her horse with her, download the list of required and suggested items for your camper's horse (PDF).
Please mark all your camper's items (and all her horse's items) with her full name.