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Register for Camp or Events - Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to questions we are often asked, if you’ve any others just ask!

Arrival

For all camp programs, please pay close attention to the start date/day of your campers program to ensure you arrive at the correct time on the right day! We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer.

Tanglewood day camp check-in

Day camp check in begins at 8:30 AM on the Monday of each camp session. If you are participating in our before and after care program, you may check your camper in when you get to camp that morning.

Tanglewood Day Camp check in takes place at Big Pine Lodge. When heading into camp, turn right off the Tanglewood drive onto Water Tower Road to reach day camp (there will be a sign)!

Blueberry Cove day camp check-in

Day camp check in begins at 8:30 AM on the Monday of each camp session. If you are participating in our shuttle program, you are required to drop your child off in person to start the session (shuttle runs T-F for the morning and M-Th for the afternoon).

Tanglewood overnight camp check-in

Check in for Tanglewood overnight camp sessions begins at 2:30 PM on the Sunday that starts each camp session. Come straight down the road into camp and we’ll be at picnic tables by the dining hall waiting for you!

Blueberry Cove overnight camp check-in

Check in for Blueberry Cove overnight camp sessions runs between 2:30-3:30 PM on the starting Sunday. We’ll be at the Maine.

Leadership program check-in

Check in for Leadership programs begins at 2:30 PM on the start day of the program. It takes place with the residential camp check in. Follow the drive down into the main part of camp and we’ll see you by the dining hall.

Tanglewood Discovery Trips check-in

Check in for the Appalachian Trail Trips begins at Noon on the start date of the program.

All other Discovery Trips start at 1:30 PM on the start date of the program. Please check your confirmation letter closely for the correct arrival date. Check in takes place at Big Pine Lodge. You can get there by following Tanglewood Road into camp and turning right onto Water Tower Road (there will be a sign).

Blueberry Cove’s Discover Trip Check-in

Take place at the Maine at Blueberry Cove in Tenant’s Harbor between 1:00-2:00 on the starting day of the program. Closing ceremonies are at 1:00 PM on Friday.

Pick Up

Tanglewood Overnight camp and leadership programs

Closing ceremonies for residential and Leadership programs begin at 3:00 PM on the final day of the camp program. We wrap up camp with a look at some of the new things your campers learned while at camp, a closing circle, final statements from campers, certificates to leadership participants and more. As many campers are anxious to see their families at the end of camp, please be sure to be prompt! See you there!

Blueberry Cove Overnight camp

Closing ceremonies are at 3:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there to share all the fantastic memories made throughout the week

Tanglewood Discovery Trips check-out

Our trip programs wrap up at 1:30 PM on the last day of your camp session at the same place where you checked in. Your camper(s) will have much to say about their week “on the trail”. We look forward to seeing you there.

Blueberry Cove Discover Trips check-out

Closing ceremonies are at 1:00 PM on Friday.

Communication

Can I send a letter to my child at camp?

Yes of course! Receiving letters/cards from home can mean a lot, even if your child is only at camp for a short time. Sometimes it can take a while for mail to reach us, so sending letters a little prior to you child arriving at camp can be useful!

Campers also have the opportunity to send mail home from camp.

For campers at Tanglewood Camp, address mail to: [Child's name], Tanglewood 4-H Camp, 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849

For campers at Blueberry Cove Camp, address mail to: [Child's name], 22 Blueberry Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860

What if my child is on a trip program?

Most of our trips involve making food drops. Where this is the case, it is usually possible to also pass on letters or postcards for your camper. For more information please contact us.

Can I e-mail my child at camp?

Sorry, but we cannot accept e-mails directed to campers.

In some extreme cases, such as communication from family overseas, we may be able to arrange for an e-mail to be printed and passed onto a camper.

Birthdays

We do our best to make birthdays at camp extra-special and we ensure counselors are informed about any campers who have a birthday during the camp week.

Food

My child has food allergies

In most cases we can accommodate food allergies, providing our kitchen staff are given advance notice. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

My child has specific dietary needs

Please contact us to discuss whether we can accommodate them. Our chefs are often able to create options suitable for most dietary needs.

My child can be a “fussy eater”

At each meal we have a large number of options available, and counselors are on hand to help campers find something to their taste. It is very rare for a camper not to find anything to their taste at a meal.

Why can’t my child bring food to camp?

We ask that no food is brought (or mailed) to camp. The main reasons for this request are:

  1. Some campers have severe food allergies
  2. Food stored in cabins can attract wildlife

We have a wide selection of food available at mealtimes together with healthy snacks during recreation times, plus additional energy-rich food & snacks provided for those on hiking trips or other extended adventure activities.

Health

My child takes medicines during the day

Tanglewood has a registered nurse who oversees health care. All camper medicines are checked into the nurse by parents/guardians during registration and are kept within our health center at all times (exceptions can be made for inhalers and Epi-pens). Counselors are informed when their campers need to take medicines and can join campers at administration times.

What first-aid/safety provisions do you have?

The majority, but not all, of our staff have both first aid and CPR certifications. Any activity which leaves the immediate proximity of our facility is always accompanied by someone holding current 1st aid & CPR. All trips away from the camp facility also carry first aid kits.

All swimming activities are overseen by certified lifeguards; boating activities by a small craft safety instructor or lifeguard.

Belongings

My child lost something while they were at camp

While we do try to ensure campers go home with all of their belongings, inevitably some things remain. Any items that are found are taken to our main office and the owners of named items contacted. All unmarked items are held for several months after the summer camp season.

If you discover that your child is missing anything, please contact us with a description of the item.

Other

Why is no ‘ACA Accredited’ logo shown for Blueberry Cove?

Although Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove are run in very similar ways, they are two different camps, operating different programs connected to each camp’s location and surrounding environment. While Tanglewood has been through the (voluntary) process of being accredited by the American Camp Association, Blueberry Cove has not.

If you would like to learn more about ACA accreditation, please visit http://www.campparents.org/funsafety.php

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Contact Information

4-H Camp & Learning Centers at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove
One Tanglewood Road
Lincolnville, Maine 04849
Phone: (207) 789-5868E-mail: extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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