Communication at Camp

Camper Mail

Should you need to mail anything to your camper, please address all mail as follows:

E-mail

In addition to writing letters, campers will be able to communicate with you through their personal email account during the summer. Beyond Akeela staff will do their best to coordinate regular computer access for campers to read and respond to emails from family and friends. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of the program, the group will not have access to internet at all times. This will make access to email challenging on some days.

Regular Website Updates

To keep you as current as possible with all that’s going on at camp, we will regularly update our website. Updates will include news from camp, announcements of special events & trips, pictures and videos. These can all be accessed through the Family Log In link on Beyond Akeela’s website.

Package Policy

In an effort to reduce unnecessary competition among campers and constant pressure on families to send packages, Beyond Akeela has a NO PACKAGE POLICY. Teens may receive flat envelopes only, up to 11×14 inches in size. Larger packages will not be delivered. Please inform all family members of our package policy.

Camper Phone Calls

Families who choose to do so may coordinate with Kevin or Kristin to schedule a brief phone call with their teen. We ask that you wait approximately 5 days after the start of the camp session. This time allows teens to acclimate to Beyond Akeela before calling home, which we find makes calls better for everyone involved!

Family Communication

We believe strongly in partnership and open lines of communication with families. The Beyond Akeela Directors, Kevin & Kristin Trimble, will be your primary point of contact during the camp session. In addition to regular updates they will provide you, you should feel free to check in with them with any frequency that makes you feel comfortable. Kristin and Kevin will best be reached on their cell phones: 920-896-2769 (Kristin) & 650-269-9656 (Kevin).

Communication After Camp

In August, you will receive a brief report from us summarizing our staff’s feedback of your teen’s time at Beyond Akeela. We will also be inviting you to participate in a survey to collect any input you have for the camp.

One of the wonderful outcomes of Akeela is lasting friendships. We would love for your teen to be able to keep in touch with their friends from this summer. At the end of each session, we will print out the names, home phone numbers and addresses for each camper. In addition, we will list the family email address that you have used to be in touch with us. (We use parent/guardian emails because not all families are comfortable sharing their teen’s email without their knowledge; if you prefer to have your teen use a personal email address, please feel free to pass that information along to your teen’s friends after camp.) If you do not want to have your family’s information shared with the other families in our community, please let us know before the end of your teen’s camp session.


Family Handbook Table of Contents

  1. About Beyond Akeela
  2. Camper Travel and Luggage
  3. Packing List & Purchasing Camp Clothing
  4. Laundry, Electronics Policy, and Spending Money
  5. Communication: E-mail, Phone Calls & Parent Communication
  6. Health Care: Medications, Health Communication, Medical Charges, Other Health Concerns
  7. Success at Beyond Akeela
  8. Camper Code of Conduct

Important Note for 2021

One of the reasons we have made this Handbook available on our website, rather than sending it by snail mail, is that we anticipate making changes well into the spring, as we learn more about how COVID-19 will affect how we operate this summer. To be clear, camp is opening and we are ready to keep our campers and staff healthy and safe in any scenario. However, current conditions, as well as guidance from health professionals and the State of New Hampshire, might affect some of our planned activities, travel opportunities, policies, etc.