Staying In Touch

We know how important it is for you to stay in touch with your daughter while she is away for the month! Letters exchanged between parents and campers are a priceless element of the camping experience.

In addition to hearing your camper’s account of what’s going on at Camp, you may also want to look through photos of the days event, which are posted daily on the Camp website. Below are some important things to keep in mind regarding ways to stay in touch with your DeSoto camper.

Snail Mail

Snail Mail is the best way to keep in touch with your camper while she is away. We love that girls get to practice the art of writing letters and the patience of waiting to hear from someone through the mail. Your daughter will want to receive a letter soon after her arrival. You may even want to mail her first letter at the Camp Post Office on Opening Day.

Mail is delivered to campers every day except Sunday and the 4th of July. Only flat, letter-size or smaller envelopes will be delivered through the Camp Post Office. Thick envelopes, large envelopes, over-sized cards, or lumpy envelopes will be neither delivered nor returned at the end of the camping season. Remember that we are giving girls the gift of simplicity, and a thoughtful letter from you is all she really needs.

Please notify all possible correspondents of Camp’s mail and package policies. Mail sent through the U. S. Postal Service should be addressed as follows:

Camper Name – Cabin
Camp DeSoto
P. O. Box 432
Mentone, AL 35984

E-mail

Because Camp provides a much-needed break from technology, campers cannot send e- mails. Campers may, however, receive e-mails that you send through your CampInTouch account. These email messages are printed and delivered through the Camp Post Office every day except Sunday. Please feel free to communicate with Phil, Marsha, and Sarah at . This account is checked every day except Sunday.

International Mail

If you plan to travel outside the country while your daughter is at Camp, you may stay in touch by sending emails through your CampInTouch account. Campers whose parents are traveling overseas may send scanned e-mails in return three times each week. International campers may send scanned e-mails three times each week. International campers may receive e-mails sent through your CampInTouch account daily.

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Packages

You may mail, ship, or drop off forgotten items (provided they cannot cannot be purchased in the Camp Store) addressed c/o Phil Hurt. These items will only be delivered if they arrive during the first week of the term. Packages addressed c/o Phil Hurt will be delivered to campers at the Camp Directors’ discretion. Packages addressed directly to campers will not be opened and will be neither delivered nor returned. Here are a few examples of what campers can receive in the mail

Allowed for delivery:

summer reading books, riding boots, goggles, tennis racquet , crazy creek, glasses

Disallowed for Delivery:

costumes, holiday decorations, stickers, large numbers of photographs, food items

We also do not deliver items that can be purchased in the Camp store, including stamps, stationery, chewing gum, batteries, toiletries, etc.

U.S.P.S. Address

Camper Name
c/o Phil Hurt
Camp DeSoto
P. O. Box 432
Mentone, AL 35984

FedEx/UPS Address

Camper Name
c/o Phil Hurt
Camp DeSoto
264 Highway Above the Clouds
Mentone, AL 35984

Phone Calls

Parents may call the Camp office at any time during normal business hours (Mon- Fri, 9-5). For emergencies after hours or on weekends, please call Phil’s cell phone (205-902-9622). Because telephone contact negates the wonderful sense of removal that Camp provides, we do not allow campers to make or receive telephone calls at Camp, unless there is a serious situation at home (such as a death in the family) that parents would like to relay in person. That decision should be made with the Directors.

Campers who travel to and/or from Camp by airplane may store their cell phones in the Business Office until the end of the term. Their counselor will take care of this on Opening Day. Campers found with a cell phone or using a cell phone (whether theirs or someone else’s) will be sent home at their parents’ expense and without refund. Campers consistently tell us they appreciate the removal of not having cell phones at Camp, and we know how tempting it might be to “bend” this rule if the consequences were not serious. We are stringent about our no-cell-phone policy because we know girls need and appreciate the protection it gives them.

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