At Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp, we know how important it is for parents to gather all the information they can to make an educated decision in finding the right summer camp for their children. Therefore, we have included our most commonly asked questions below. If you have further questions, please contact us anytime.
Camp is all about having fun outdoors. As such, we strongly recommend that you do not pack clothing items that you would mind if they got dirty or stained. The What to Bring to Camp list is to help in your preparation. Please do not forget bedding, including sheets, pillow, blankets and a sleeping bag. Please mark all clothing and equipment with your camper’s name. This will help us return lost items.
We understand that often campers may come to camp with a friend that they would like to bunk with. We strongly believe that camp is an opportunity for children to meet new people, and have new experiences. As such, we limit requests to one per camper. There is a space on the registration form to complete this request or you can call or email our camp office. Requests will only be honored for campers of the same gender that are within one year of each other in age. Both families must also mutually request the campers to be in the same cabin group.
We love to celebrate birthdays! If your child has a birthday while they are at camp, please feel free to send a special card or care package. We will provide the fun and a special treat for your camper’s birthday!!
While many times campers come to our infirmary feeling ill because they are overtired or a little homesick, some campers do actually have an illness that must be cared for. Our nursing staff will treat their symptoms and call you only if your camper spends the night in the infirmary, visits repeatedly with the same medical concern, has to visit our local hospital or if the nurse has a question about your camper’s medical form.
All campers must have had a physical exam by a licensed provider WITHIN 2 YEARS of their last day of camp. A copy of a medical evaluation from your child’s school, sports activity, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or any other youth-oriented organization is acceptable.
We have a nurse on duty at camp every session. Our nurse distributes all medication to campers (over-the-counter or prescription), care for illness and respond to any emergency situations. In addition, our staff is trained in First Aid and CPR. The closest hospital to camp is less than 15 minutes away.
Safety is always our top priority at camp. We are accredited by the State of Connecticut and the American Camp Association- meaning that we meet or exceed more than 300 standards of health, safety, and program excellence. Our staff goes through a minimum of one and one-half weeks of staff training and are certified in First Aid and CPR, our waterfront staff are Red Cross lifeguards, and our program staff are current in all their program certifications.
No, it is not necessary to be a 4-H member to attend camp.
In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your child’s camp week, please note there is a non-refundable $200 deposit for Resident Camp and Experienced Clover Camp, a $100.00 non-refundable deposit for Day Camp and the Teen Leader Program, and a $50.00 non-refundable deposit for Clover Camp and Horseback Riding.
NO REFUNDS AFTER THE FIRST SUNDAY OF CAMP
There are no refunds for early dismissal due to homesickness, misconduct or medical reasons.
8-8:30 am – Arrive at camp
8:45 am – 12:30 pm – Morning activities
12:30 pm – Lunch
2:30 – 4:45 – Afternoon activities
5-5:30 pm – Parent pick up
Day Campers are welcome to participate in Friday evening dinner and closing ceremonies which start at 6:30 pm.
Through generous donors and sponsors the camp is able to offer the Campership Program. Our camp registrar would be happy to help you. Please call 860-974-3379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
We offer “Early Bird” discounts and a whole summer discount. See our Camp Deals and Discounts page for more details.
Camp WT4H’s Dining Hall is situated in the center of camp overlooking the lake. Boys and girls are typically seated by cabin, except once a week where they can sit where they want giving them an opportunity to sit with new friends they have made while at camp. Our kitchen serves a family style breakfast complimented by cereal, yogurt, and toast. We have a family style Lunch and Dinner. An extensive salad bar is available for lunch and dinner everyday, with the entire camp eating at the same time. On Fridays, we have a cookout for the entire camp held outside and campers eat picnic style at the pavilion, picnic tables or front porch. Healthy snack options and water are available throughout the day as well. For more information, see Food at Camp.
All of our camp staff is interviewed in person by the Camp Director. When a candidate is identified as a prospective camp staff member from the interview process, personal and professional references are verified and a background check is performed before employment is finalized.
A great day at WT4H begins with reveille at 7:00 a.m. Mornings begin with Flag raising at the flagpole, After breakfast, there is scheduled time for bunk cleanup. Each bunk works as a team by sharing the cleaning responsibilities.
There are three camp program activity periods in the morning, followed by a free time/free swim period before lunch. Lunch is followed by rest hour. During this time, resident campers recharge for the two afternoon periods.
After the 2 afternoon activities, campers have some down time in their cabins with their counselors followed by dinner and the Flag lowering ceremony. Campers then spend some time at “Time For Thought.”
At the end of the day, there is an all camp evening program followed by a snack and then evening cabin time. Lights out at 9:45 pm. We believe a good night’s sleep is essential for children to experience daily camp program activities to the fullest.
We specialize in caring for children and making Camp a fun summer home for everyone. We personally get to know each of our campers and strive to make them feel special. Parents can always be assured that they’re talking to someone who knows and understands their child.
The best way to describe a camper’s summer is to emphasize that Athletics, Outdoor Adventure, Fine Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, and Watersports and all other camp programs all combine to provide a well-rounded experience.
We do not focus exclusively on a specific sport or hobby. Rather, each camp program activity at WT4H Camp is valued equally so that athletes and artists alike may find an area in which they can shine while also exploring new interests.
Camp is a weekly youth camp. Each camp program day is comprised of five scheduled activity periods. For our Resident Campers there are cabin and all camp evening activities. Campers ages 6-8 will be in the Clover Camp program while older campers (ages 9-15) have the opportunity to make personal choices about their daily schedules.
Camp offers cabins which incorporate some comforts of home with the rustic nature of camping. Each bunk houses 8 campers and 2 counselors and features front and back entrances, plenty of windows, a smoke detector, bunks and storage space.
The first day at Camp actually begins before your child’s session even starts, with the placement of each camper into a bunk. During this process, we give careful consideration to all aspects of each child’s personality and interests. Camp Staff greets each camper family upon arrival, and camp counselors welcome campers to their bunks with signs, group games, and lots of fun stuff. The rest of the day is filled with cheering in the Dining Hall, time for the campers to bond, and the annual opening meeting showcasing all the activities your overnight camper may choose from.
We have four open house dates for families to come tour the facility and meet the director and some staff. One weekend in April and one in June. Check our Event Calendar this year’s dates and times. Be sure to check out our Parent Panel offered on Saturday Open Houses. The panel discusses the benefits of camp for you and your child and features a question and answer time at the end.
Our camp is the ideal place for children who are willing to try, experience, and learn new things while making friends, growing as individuals, and achieving goals. WT4H campers are “doers” and “participators”. They are encouraged to try everything and often discover that they like some new activities in addition to their current favorites.
Our highly qualified camp staff of 35+ individuals is comprised of college-age women and men as well as several international staff. Our camper to staff ratio is 7 to 1. Our staff receives an intense 1 ½ weeks of training from national, state and local experts in child education and safety. Training includes: Homesickness, character building, child development, positive behavior management and more. CT state licensing and ACA Accreditation guarantee that our staff is certified to instruct in their program areas and are highly qualified to work with children.
The majority of our campers come from the Northeast including Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We also have a number of campers from others areas of the United States such as Ohio and Indiana.
Camp Director, Heather Logee has been director of the camp for 11 years. Heather has an MA in Camp Administration and Leadership and brings over 27 years of experience to the camp. Camp Program / Day Camp Coordinator, Jessica “J” Logee. During the off season J is the Head Preschool Teacher in the Putnam Head Start Program. Teen Leader Coordinator, Mary McGinn. During the off season Mary is a teaching assistant in the Head Start Preschool Program. For more information, visit our Staff page.
We follow a daily schedule that provides routine and comfort, particularly for first-time campers. But within that schedule, there’s flexibility with ample time to hang out, step back and experience the moment. It’s one of the beauties of camp. We don’t hurry to get to the next thing. We have time to enjoy one another and, most importantly, to have fun. For a closer look at the daily schedule, visit our Resident/Overnight Camp and Day Camp pages.
Parents must provide their children with transportation to and from camp. You may have a friend, relative or neighbor help with transportation we just need a note from the parents saying who can and cannot pick up your child.
Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp counselors are 18 + ( in some cases we do have staff that are 16-17 as part of Counselor-in-Training program). Staff not part of our CIT program have graduated high school, and most are enrolled in a higher education program. We refer to them as youth development professionals. Each counselor undergoes 10 days of thorough training prior to the start of camp, covering topics such as safety and risk management issues, team building, counseling skills and communication and teaching skills.
When a session fills a camp, campers are placed on a waitlist. To get the session you want for your child, register early.
If your child is placed on the waitlist, you will be contacted by phone if space becomes available.
Please visit our Register For Camp page for online registration and mail-in registration forms. Registration is open from January 1 – August 14, 2017. A minimum deposit is required to reserve your child’s week(s) of camp. Resident Camp, Experienced Clovers and first week of Teen Leader – deposit is $200/session. Day Camp deposit is $100/session.
Forms A, B, C, D & G can be filled out during online registration, or you can download our 2017 registration forms for print and mail.
Medication Form E and Physical Form F both require doctor’s signatures and must be sent to camp. These forms can be mailed, emailed or faxed. Email to email@example.com, or visit our contact page for mailing address and fax number.
Everybody loves to get mail. We welcome cards and letters. Avoid writing about how much fun the child is missing while away from home; you might stir up an unnecessary case of homesickness. Encourage your child to have fun and to make the most of his/her camp experience. A simple note to stay in touch is all that’s necessary. Please address camper mail as follows:
326 Taft Pond Road
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
It’s not unusual for children, especially younger ones away for the first time, to feel homesick the first few days. Most get over it quickly and go on to have a wonderful time. We provide structure and keep campers busy from the moment they arrive, which helps to shift their focus away from home to new friends and having fun. In the rare instance that a child is truly struggling, we will contact you.
Our Teen Leadership program is for Teens ages 15-17 who have completed 9th, 10th or 11th grades by June 30. In this program, teens gain practical working knowledge of how to be a leader at camp, school and life in a fun, outdoor setting. Teens assist Staff in making the camp as fun as possible for themselves and campers, and are eligible to collect community service hours for participation in the program. Our program also helps build their resume for college. Highly successful and dedicated Teen Leaders are learn the skills of what it takes to be an effective camp counselor and the program opens the door to the possibility of working at camp in the future.
Located on 270 acres in Pomfret Center, CT, the Windham-Tolland 4-H camp has been serving children and families since 1954. Woodland, cabins, recreational areas, scenic ponds and an updated main lodge all help to create an environment in which our staff uses cooperative activities to promote each camper’s social and emotional development.
Youth need to have a say in the decision to attend camp. Making this decision together gives your child a healthy sense of self-direction. Once the decision has been made, relaxed family conversations can help children set realistic goals for their camp experience.