One of the great benefits a girl receives from a residential camping experience is natural growth in self-confidence and independence. While visiting your daughter at camp may seem like a good way to help her ease into this independence, it can often disrupt the very growth that you want for her. We do allow one visit by either parents or grandparents during the term, but we ask you to thoughtfully consider the way a visit will affect your camper’s experience at DeSoto before promising or planning a visit.
A month can seem like a long time for a girl to be away from her parents (and vice versa). Sometimes, parent visits are more reassuring to the parent than the camper. Once a child is settled into Camp and has begun to feel safe in the context of a new community, seeing her parents can be unsettling and make her want to go home, even if she has been enjoying camp! We just ask you to consider whether a visit will enrich her camping experience and contribute to her growth, or whether it may undermine it.
If you do choose to visit your daughter, visitation is open during Rest Hour the third week of each term:
First Term Visitation: Saturday, June 24 – Saturday, July 1
Second Term Visitation: Saturday, July 22 – Saturday, July 29
You should plan to arrive at Camp by 2:00 P.M. Your camper will receive a note in the mail asking her to come to the Log Cabin Office to greet her visitors, and you will be able to spend all of Rest Hour together. At 3:00, you may may greet her friends and counselors at Store. All visitors will be asked to leave by 3:15 so that girls can get to their 4th period activities on time.
In order to minimize disruption of the Camp program and protect campers, there are a few visitation guidelines we ask you to follow:
To arrange a visit, please call the Business Office and ask for the Camp Hostess. She will check the Camp schedule to make sure your daughter will be available on the requested date and make your reservation accordingly.