Welcome to our SJ Riding Camp family!
Since this is your daughter's first time at SJ, she may be interested in having a pen pal. Many
of our veteran campers enjoy being "Big Sisters" to our new campers through our pen pal
program. It's always comforting to know someone who will be at camp at the same time. Let
us know via email if she would like a Big Sister and we'll match her with a camper who will
be at camp during the same session.
Visiting prior to summer - Please try to visit us once before she comes to camp.
Please call for an appointment, (860 872-4742 ) but late notice is ok. We would love to show
you around and meet you before the rush of the 1st day of camp and it will be less intimidating
for your daughter if she has a familiar place to look forward to coming to. We will also be
having an Open House on May 21 from 1-4pm.
If it's your daughter's 1st time away from home, try to arrange some shorter
"practice" times at friend's or family's houses. Try to duplicate the experience she will have at
camp by agreeing to having no phone calls. Perhaps you can even write a short letter to each
You may be interested in reading a list for first-time camp families, presented by the
American Camp Association (ACA). They describe the best ways to prevent homesickness
and prepare for a wonderful summer at camp. If you would like to view a video that Dr. Chris
Thurber produced called, "The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success," and we can
send it you on loan. Please email or call for it.
Mail, e-mails, faxes, packages - The mail is generally slower than you think, so start
writing a little earlier than you think you need to, even posting a letter or two prior to her
arrival at camp so she will have mail on her first day. You can also e-mail to your daughter at
email@example.com with your daughter’s name as a subject and we will print out and
deliver the e-mail to her for a charge of 50 cents per page. Faxes can be sent for a charge of 1
dollar per page (860 870-4914). If you want mail from your daughter it helps to send
addressed and stamped envelopes with her.
Everyone loves to get packages at camp - some girls get a package or two a week and others
don't get any. It doesn't need to be big or elaborate, it's just fun to get something. It's nice to
send something personal and a little something like a game or crafts to share with cabin-mates.