Welcome to Summer 2022 - Perlman Camp
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Welcome to Summer 2022

Getting your camper ready for camp is exciting! To ensure the best summer for your camper, we rely on the detailed, personal information you provide. Everything you need to know and complete can be found in the sections below, organized to make it easy for you to review and complete.

Please remember our professional staff are here to help you as you prepare for camp. If you ever have a question, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (301) 231-5300 or send us an email.

Looking for information about Taste of Perlman? Click here.

Click each tab below to find information for this summer.

The Importance of Forms

Completing camper forms in a timely manner is one of the most important things parents do prior to sending their children to camp.

To ensure the best summer for your camper, we rely on the detailed, personal information you provide.

We review the information along with our counselors, division leaders, medical staff, and camp clinicians.  We understand that some information is extremely personal in nature, and we respect your reluctance to want to disclose this to us. However, our commitment to partnering with your family relies on an honest description of your child, including their strengths and weaknesses, special talents, fears and ambitions, and so on.

Camper forms are due by April 1. If you register after April 1, please submit all forms to us within 10 days of registering. 

All forms and instructions are available through CampInTouch.

Each parent has a unique login and password. Contact Kelsey if you are having trouble logging in.

Below, you’ll find a list of forms you will need to fill out for your camper. Additional forms will be added as we get closer to camp.

Physician's Examination

This form must be completed by a physician. You can print this form out and have your child’s doctor fill it out. Then, please upload it to the Parent Portal.

Health History and Consent to Treat

This form is completed online, and gives our health center team information on your child’s health history. Your doctor’s office may require that you send them a copy of this completed form when they fill out the Physician’s Exam form. Once completed, you can download a copy of your form from the Parent Portal.

Camper Code of Conduct and Parent Release

This form is completed online and must be signed by the camper and a parent.

Camper Profile

Help us get to know your  camper better! This form is completed online.

This year, we have updated our Camper Profile form to include more information about your child. These questions are related to your child’s previous camp experience, family situation, physical and emotional health, personality, and interests. This information is invaluable in helping our camper care team and counselors to prepare for your child’s arrival at camp, and to ensure the best possible summer experience for your camper. 

Having prior knowledge about any of the above makes a tremendous difference in helping us to be sensitive to your child’s needs this summer. This information will only be shared with those directly involved in your child’s day-to-day care at camp. If there are any circumstances that you prefer to discuss directly rather than including on this form, please let us know.

Camper Information

This form is completed online. Please answer a few basic details about your camper!

Bunk and Bed Requests

Please fill this form out online to let us know if your camper would like to be in a bunk with another camper their age, or if they have a top or bottom bunk bed preference.

COVID-19 Vaccination Card

Please scan and upload the front of your child’s COVID-19 vaccination card.

Insurance Cards and Prescription Cards

Please scan and upload the front and back of your health insurance cards. Additionally, if you have separate prescription cards, please upload the front and back of these cards.

B'nai Mitzvah Tutoring

This form is completed online, and is optional. B’nai Mitzvah tutoring is available for campers who will have their B’nai mitzvah by December 31, 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccination

In order to ensure the health and safety of our community this summer, all staff and campers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes:

Pfizer/BioNTech COVOVAX
Johnson & Johnson Janssen Novavax
Moderna Covishield
Oxford/AstraZeneca Covaxin
BBIBP-CorV CoronaVac

As the CDC updates their recommendations, we will keep you updated about our requirements for the summer. We encourage everyone who is eligible for a booster shot to get one when it is available to you, as this is likely to be required by the time the summer arrives.

Luggage Policy

Beginning this year ALL CAMPER LUGGAGE MUST arrive via Camp Trucking or UPS/FedEx as well as be shipped home at the end of the session. Luggage trucks will not be available. Luggage will also not be able to be stored under the bus-this includes plastic drawers. Campers may only arrive with hand luggage (backpack and/or small overnight bag). We cannot accept camper luggage on opening day as we want our campers to be able to feel at home from the moment they walk into the bunk knowing that all of their bags are there and ready for them to unpack.

By using Camp Trucking/Lugless/Shipping Options in advance of OPENING DAY, we will be able to have all camper luggage sorted and pre-arranged in their bunks upon arrival.

All camper luggage must arrive at camp through one of the following methods

Camp Trucking

Lugless/UPS, FedEx

If you are picking your child up from camp at the end of their session you may choose round trip luggage or opt to take it home in the car with you at the end of the session.

Luggage FAQ’s

Why do I have to ship my camper’s bags ahead of time and back from camp?

By shipping your luggage in advance of the first day of camp, we will be able to have all camper luggage sorted and pre-arranged in their bunks upon arrival. This means that from the moment your camper steps foot on camp, they will be able to feel at home and jump right into camp life without worrying about where their belongings are.

Additionally, this is the direction that many of our neighboring camps have moved in the last couple years, as the companies  who provided our luggage trucks previously no longer offering those services. These camps have found significant benefits both to their campers and camp as a whole, and we believe this is the right move for Perlman this summer.

How much will it cost?

Your overall cost will depend upon the service you choose and how many bags you will be sending to camp. You can view the pricing and options for Lugless and Camp Trucking by clicking the links below. Please note that with Camp Trucking, the $50 overweight & oversized bag charge is a one-time fee that covers the round trip for two overweight bags.

Camp Trucking

Lugless/UPS, FedEx

What can my camper bring on the bus with them?

Assuming bus transportation is available (we hope to confirm this soon), your camper will be allowed to bring a backpack and/or small overnight bag with them on the bus. Additional items such as musical instruments, sports equipment, etc. may also be brought on the bus. Your camper must be able to carry these items from when they get to camp until they get to their bunk on the first day.

How do I ship my camper’s drawers?

While not a necessity, if you wish for your camper to have plastic drawers at camp this summer, you may ship them using either Lugless or Camp Trucking. With Camp Trucking, the cost is $40 round trip. Cost will vary with Lugless depending on location, weight, and other shipping factors. With either option, you will need to box your camper’s drawers in order to ship them. Plastic drawers will not be accepted at the bus stop this year.

If you would prefer to not send your child’s drawers, please click here for some packable storage options that will fit in your child’s duffle bag.

When will my child’s bags be picked up?

If you are using Camp Trucking, your pick up date will be determined by a number of factors. For families in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and surrounding states, your pick up date for 1st session/Full Summer/Rookie A bags will be around June 18th-21st. For families in California, the date would be the first week of June. For families in Florida, around June 14th-16th.

Your pick up date should be sent to you by Camp Trucking around Memorial Day Weekend.

What if I have a Pio or SIT traveling to Israel?

Keep an eye out for an email about Pio and SIT luggage coming soon.

Technology Policy

In such a connected world it is easy to default to your devices during down time, or even when other activities are going on. American adolescents spend more than 7.5 hours a day using electronic devices- camp is a great opportunity to put the screens down and keep our heads up!

Please leave all expensive electronics at home! These devices have a way of getting lost or broken at camp.

The only electronics allowed at Perlman are certain music players, e-readers, and watches. Digital cameras are allowed as long as the only capability is for it to be used as a camera.

In order to be brought to camp, your child’s device must meet the following requirements.

Music Players

  • Only has music playing capabilities
  • Can not be connected to cellular data or wifi
  • Does not have any apps, games, videos, etc.

E-readers

  • Used solely for reading books
  • Is not connected to cellular data
  • Does not have any apps, games, videos, etc.
  • Please ensure your child’s device is pre-loaded with what they will need for the summer

Smart Watches

  • No Apple watches, Galaxy watches, Garmin watches, or other smart watches are permitted
  • Fitness trackers are ok
  • Can not be connected to cellular data or wifi
  • Does not have any apps, games, etc.

For a list of devices that meet these guidelines, please see below. (*Note, we have not tested these devices, therefore we cannot recommend any specifically)

All other music players, portable game devices, and video players should remain at home. Camp is one of the few places throughout the year where kids can truly unplug and we have made this decision to both honor and recognize this space and as a result of direct parent feedback.

Our professional staff and Board of Directors have come to this decision to:

  • encourage our campers to spend more time off their beds and outdoors
  • promote socialization between campers
  • remove the divide between “the haves, and the have-nots” in each cabin
  • reduce the stress associated with the damage to and theft of electronics
  • give campers a much needed break from the world of technology
  • allow campers to fully embrace the connections they make with other campers
  • ensure that our campers are not exposed to age inappropriate material

If you have any questions about our screen free technology policy, please feel free to contact our office.

Campanion App

This summer, all photos will be posted to CampInTouch and our new Campanion App.

We’re excited to introduce a new app for our parents this summer. This app will allow for additional features we’ve never had before such as facial recognition for photos, filling out forms on your phone, and even sending bunk notes directly from the app. Campminder charges a small fee ($25 per camper) to gain full access to photo tagging and notifications along with many other features.

Parents who choose not to use the app will still have access to all of our camp photos via your CampInTouch account on a computer.

See below for additional information and how to get started. Sign up and download the app today to get instant access to your camper’s forms for the upcoming summer.

To get started, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Go to your CampInTouch forms and sign up for Campanion using the additional options form
  2. Download the Campanion app
  3. Use your CampInTouch Account email address and password to log in
  4. Complete forms online and upload completed paperwork right in the app
  5. Wait until closer to camp to upload a training photo of your child, which enables the app to send you photos of your camper over the summer
  6. Ensure you have push notification enabled within your phone settings so you can receive important updates from camp all year long!

Let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to sharing the experience of camp in a new, modern way this summer!

How Will My Child Get to Camp?

The first day of camp is an exciting start to the summer. We want to make sure that your camper arrives to a welcoming staff member and starts developing relationships from the moment they arrive. There are three different ways to come to and from camp:

  • On a Bus from one of our four Bus Locations
  • In a Car that’s driven by a family member or friend
  • On a Plane to Newark Airport

Bus Information

We look forward to providing bus transportation to and from camp this summer. Transportation plans are subject to change based upon potential changes with COVID-19. Campers will be required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to getting on the bus as well as wear masks while on the bus. Further COVID policies as they relate to transportation and arrival to camp will be communicated soon.

Maryland Bus - Rockville, MD

B’nai Israel
6301 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852

Drop Off

First Session/Rookie A/Full Summer
June 26: Departs 8:00 AM (Please arrive at 7:15 AM)

Second Session/Rookie B
July 24: Departs 8:00 AM (Please arrive at 7:15 AM)

Rookie C
August 5: Parent Drop-off At Camp Only

Pick-Up

Rookie A Pickup
July 10: Parent Pickup from Camp Only

First Session Pickup
July 22: Arrives 2PM

Rookie B Pickup
August 3: Parent Pickup from Camp Only

Rookie C/Second Session/Full Summer Pickup
August 12: Arrives 2PM

Long Island Bus - Jericho, NY

Jericho Jewish Center
430 N. Broadway
Jericho, NY 11753

Drop Off

First Session/Rookie A/Full Summer
June 26: Departs 9:00 AM (Please arrive at 8:15 AM)

Second Session/Rookie B
July 24: Parent Drop-off At Camp Only

Rookie C
August 5: Parent Drop-off At Camp Only

Pick-Up

Rookie A Pickup
July 10: Parent Pickup at Camp Only

First Session Pickup
July 22: Arrives 12:30PM

Rookie B Pickup
August 3: Parent Pickup from Camp Only

Rookie C/Second Session/Full Summer Pickup
August 12: Arrives 12:30PM

New Jersey Bus - Paramus, NJ

Paramus JCC
304 Midland Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Drop Off

First Session/Rookie A/Full Summer
June 26: Departs 10:00 AM (Please arrive at 9:15 AM)

Second Session/Rookie B
July 24: Parent Drop-off At Camp Only

Rookie C
August 5: Parent Drop-off At Camp Only

Pick-Up

Rookie A Pickup
July 10: Parent Pickup from Camp Only

First Session Pickup
July 22: Arrives 11:30AM

Rookie B Pickup
August 3: Parent Pickup from Camp Only

Rookie C/Second Session/Full Summer Pickup
August 12: Arrives 11:30AM

Westchester Bus - White Plains, NY

White Plains HS
550 North St.
White Plains, NY 10605

Drop Off

First Session/Rookie A/Full Summer
June 26: Departs 10:00 AM (Please arrive at 9:15 AM)

Second Session/Rookie B
July 24: Parent Drop-off At Camp Only

Rookie C
August 5: Parent Drop-off At Camp Only

Pick-Up

Rookie A Pickup
July 10: Parent Pickup from Camp Only

First Session Pickup
July 22: Arrives 12PM

Rookie B Pickup
August 3: Parent Pickup from Camp Only

Rookie C/Second Session/Full Summer Pickup
August 12: Arrives 12PM

Car Drop-Off & Pick-up

If you are dropping your child off at camp at the beginning of any session, please plan to arrive between 11am and 12pm.

If you are picking your child up from camp, please plan to arrive between 9am and 10am.

Plane Arrival & Departure

If your child will be arriving to or departing from camp by flying, please contact Kelsey to arrange your child’s travel.

Beginning this year ALL CAMPER LUGGAGE MUST arrive via Camp Trucking or UPS/FedEx. If bus transportation is available this summer, luggage trucks will not be available. Luggage will also not be able to be stored under the bus-this includes plastic drawers. Campers may only arrive with hand luggage (backpack and/or small overnight bag. We cannot accept camper luggage on opening day as we want our campers to be able to feel at home from the moment they walk into the bunk knowing that all of their bags are there and ready for them to unpack.

By using Camp Trucking/Lugless/Shipping Options in advance of OPENING DAY, we will be able to have all camper luggage sorted and pre-arranged in their bunks upon arrival.

All camper luggage must arrive at camp through one of the following methods

Camp Trucking

Lugless/UPS, FedEx

If you are picking your child up from camp at the end of their session you may choose round trip luggage or opt to take it home in the car with you at the end of the session.

Luggage FAQ’s

Why do I have to ship my camper’s bags ahead of time?

By shipping your luggage in advance of the first day of camp, we will be able to have all camper luggage sorted and pre-arranged in their bunks upon arrival. This means that from the moment your camper steps foot on camp, they will be able to feel at home and jump right into camp life without worrying about where their belongings are.

Additionally, this is the direction that many of our neighboring camps have moved in the last couple years, as the companies  who provided our luggage trucks previously no longer offering those services. These camps have found significant benefits both to their campers and camp as a whole, and we believe this is the right move for Perlman this summer.

How much will it cost?

Your overall cost will depend upon the service you choose and how many bags you will be sending to camp. You can view the pricing and options for Lugless and Camp Trucking by clicking the links below. Please note that with Camp Trucking, the $50 overweight & oversized bag charge is a one-time fee that covers the round trip for two overweight bags.

Camp Trucking

Lugless/UPS, FedEx

What can my camper bring on the bus with them?

Assuming bus transportation is available (we hope to confirm this soon), your camper will be allowed to bring a backpack and/or small overnight bag with them on the bus. Additional items such as musical instruments, sports equipment, etc. may also be brought on the bus. Your camper must be able to carry these items from when they get to camp until they get to their bunk on the first day.

How do I ship my camper’s drawers?

While not a necessity, if you wish for your camper to have plastic drawers at camp this summer, you may ship them using either Lugless or Camp Trucking. With Camp Trucking, the cost is $40 round trip. Cost will vary with Lugless depending on location, weight, and other shipping factors. With either option, you will need to box your camper’s drawers in order to ship them. Plastic drawers will not be accepted at the bus stop this year.

If you would prefer to not send your child’s drawers, please click here for some packable storage options that will fit in your child’s duffle bag.

What if I have a Pio or SIT traveling to Israel?

Keep an eye out for an email about Pio and SIT luggage coming soon.

Perlman Camp’s Health Center is open 24 hours a day and is staffed by 3-4 registered nurses. The Health Center is centrally located, air-conditioned and well-equipped to meet most health needs.

Your camper’s health, safety, and well-being is our top priority. Our medical staff provide excellent medical attention should a camper be admitted to the health center, need to take medication, or need a pick me up.

Communication from the Health Center

Parents/Guardians will be contacted by the Health Center if:

  • Your camper has been admitted to stay in the Health Center overnight
  • Your camper is placed on a new prescription medication.
  • Your camper has a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Your camper has been taken off-site to seek medical attention.
  • We have questions regarding your child’s health.

Parents/Guardians will not be contacted by the Health Center When:

  • Your camper receives a small cut or scrape.
  • Your camper receives over-the-counter medication.
  • Your camper rests in the Health Center for a short period.

Parents/Guardians are always welcome to call for an update on how their camper is doing. 

Prescription Medication & DAILY Non-prescription Medication

To ensure the best possible quality of care in our health center, we require all campers who take daily prescriptions, supplements, vitamins, and/or over-the-counter medications to enroll in a pharmacy service provided by Pack My Rx through their website. This service ensures higher efficiency, lower risk of error, reduced waiting time for your campers, and increased focus on their overall health. Once it arrives at camp, all medication is stored and locked safely, and all medication is  distributed by health center staff.

We expect 100% participation from families with campers who will need medication while at camp. The only exception is if the pharmacy notifies us that they are unable to accept your insurance or fill a particular medication.

Please register online at their website. They will package your camper’s meds and deliver them directly to camp prior to your child’s arrival. All pills will be pre-packaged in dose/blister packs. Pack My Rx will manage every step of the process, including insurance payments, dispensing and delivery.

Once you create your Pack My Rx account, please complete your camper’s medication profile, select the session s/he is attending, upload copies of your health insurance documents, and provide a credit card for payment of any fees.

If you’ve already completed your camper’s physical, no need to make another doctor’s appointment – you can just fax/email the forms to your doctor’s office. Once completed by your child’s doctor, mail the prescriptions to Pack My RxAll medication orders must be received 30 days prior to start of the session. All orders after that will incur a $30 charge plus any expedited shipping charges.

If you have problems submitting any of your forms, documents, or insurance information, please call the pharmacy directly at (888) 598-6337.

Pack My Rx registration needs to be completed online. Please take extra care to enter all information accurately, to avoid any errors.

Listed below is all the information needed to register with Pack My Rx:

  1. Instructions on how to register
  2. Instructions for your physician on how to send prescriptions to Direct Meds of Florida.
  3. Instructions for your physician to authorize any over the counter medications to be packaged by Direct Meds of Florida.
  4. Information about registration fees, prescription insurance, and late fees.

Using the Pack My Rx packaging process is required for all daily pill-form and liquid medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter. This also includes any over-the-counter vitamins or supplements your child may take.

The only medications exempt from using the service are powders, inhalers, nose sprays, birth control pills, epinephrine auto-injectors, and other injectable medications.  However, you may go through Pack My Rx for these medications as well.  If you are sending these medications directly to camp, you must have your doctor complete the Perlman Camp Medication Authorization Form.

Most of this information can also be found on the website packmyrx.com under the Camp Parents’ tab and during the registration process.

If you have used Pack My Rx before, your login information remains the same.

Click here to download the Pack My Rx Physician Medication Authorization form.

Creating an Account

  1. Log on to Packmyrx.com
  2. At the upper right corner, click on the “Get Started” button.
  3. Enter your name and last name, email and create a password.
  4. Select role: Camp Parent
  5. After completing this first part, you will receive an email with a link to begin registration.

Registration

  1. Click on the verification link you receive in your email to begin registration.
  2. Enter the first 3 letters of your camp (PER) and select it from the drop-down menu.
  3. For Camp Sessions: select session your child will attend.
  4. Fill out all required fields (with an *)
  5. We require contact info for only one parent, but need at least 2 phone numbers.
  6. If your contact information is international, there is a box you must check to be able to fill out your information.
  7. If you would like Pack My Rx to bill your prescription insurance, it is important to fill out all the required information. If you do not know the Rx Bin, Rx Group, Rx ID, or Rx PCN, please call the number on your insurance card and find out this information.
  8. It is also mandatory to submit a copy of your insurance card by uploading the photo of the front and back of the card. In case you have difficulty uploading the photos, they can be emailed to info@packmyrx.com.
  9. If you have ongoing refills at your local pharmacy, we need the pharmacy information.
  10. The information for each prescription and over the counter medication has to be entered separately and you must click on “save” after each one. When filling in medication information, please make sure everything matches what is written on the actual prescriptions. Please specify your preferred med times: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Bedtime)
  11. Please understand that we require a doctor’s authorization note for all over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements.
  12. A credit card is needed to complete registration. The registration fee will be charged to that card and we will keep the encrypted number on file for any medication charges as well as any late fees. We do not accept FSA/HSA cards.
  13. Please read all acknowledgements carefully, and click each box.
  14. Click on “submit registration” to finish.

Please call or email Pack My Rx directly for any assistance. They can be reached at 888-598-6337 or info@packmyrx.com

Insurance

  • We accept most prescription insurance plans and co-payments should be similar to those at your local pharmacy.
  • Once we receive your registration, we will verify coverage and notify you if we have any issues.
  • We do not accept any Medicaid plans other than Florida’s.
  • We will make every effort to bill your insurance. In the event that prescriptions are not covered, you are responsible for any out of pocket cost which will be charged to your credit card.
  • Although prescriptions usually cannot be filled until the monthly refill date, we will dispense the medication so it arrives on time to camp. Please understand that you cannot refill your child’s medication while your child is away as this will cause your insurance to reject Direct Meds’ insurance claim.   If we cannot bill the insurance before shipping the medication, we will continue to try to bill your insurance for a maximum of 30 days after which we will charge your credit card the full retail price of the medication dispensed.

Fees

Registration Fee

  • $60 for kids going to camp for 30 days or less (1-month supply of medication)
  • $70 for kids going to camp for more than 30 days (2-months’ supply of medication)
  • Will be charged to your credit card when registration is submitted.

Late Fee

  • $10 will be charged to your credit card if we do not receive registration and prescriptions at least 30 days before camp starts. (May 21 – 1st session and June 18 – 2nd session).

Expedited Shipping Fee

  • $30 will be charged to your credit card if we do not receive registration and prescriptions at least 14 days before camp starts.
  • This fee will also be charged if your child has any medication changes that require a special shipment in the middle of a camp session.

Other Costs

  • The registration fee does not include the cost of any medication. Any medication not covered by insurance, including co-payments and the cost of over the counter medications, will be charged to your credit card.
  • Please note that in the event that we cannot obtain a particular brand of supplement and you have to send a sealed bottle to Pack My Rx, you will be charged a $10 repackaging fee per supplement.
Changes to Medication Prior to Camp

If your child is beginning to take a new medication or has a change to existing medications immediately prior to camp, you must contact Pack My Rx at info@packmyrx.com or 888-598-6337 to order medications.

We strongly discourage putting kids on a “medication vacation” while at camp. Camp is not a time to try a new medication or remove a child from a medication. If this is unavoidable, we request that you consult with a camp director or nurse prior to camp.

What if my camper needs a prescription during camp?

We have a wonderful relationship with Walgreens Pharmacy just a few miles from camp. If a physician prescribes medication for your camper while at camp, we will contact you first, and we will use the Walgreens Pharmacy to fill the prescription. Please make sure that we have your RX-PCN and RX-BIN number, and that we have a copy of your pharmacy card if you have a separate card. This ensures that your camper receives their new medication promptly.

We will charge your account for the cost of the prescription. If Walgreens does not have accurate information, they will charge us the cost of the medication, and you may submit that to your insurer for reimbursement.

As-Needed (PRN) Medication

If your child needs a non-prescription medication occasionally, the Health Center will have it in stock. If your child demonstrates ongoing need for the medication, we will contact you to set up a medication plan through Pack My Rx. If your child is on a daily non-prescription antihistamine of any kind it must go through Pack My Rx.

Allergies

Perlman Camp is an Allergy-Aware Camp. We recognize that many campers have specific dietary needs. We firmly believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all campers at Perlman Camp. We are happy to work with your family on an individual basis to meet your child’s allergy needs, and happily accommodate children with multiple allergies each summer.

Perlman does not use nuts in any menu items and we do not serve peanut butter at meals. It is impossible to guarantee that camp can be fully peanut or nut free due to manufacturing processes and labeling, but alternative items are available for those who need them. Perlman is proud to be able to provide alternative meals for those with food allergies and intolerances such as wheat/gluten, dairy, and egg.

Immunization Policy

Perlman Camp has adopted the policy that all children and staff that attend camp must be up to date on all immunizations in order to attend camp. The following Immunization Requirements must be completed prior to the start of the session or else your child will not be allowed to participate in camp:

1. In order to ensure the health and safety of our community this summer, all staff and campers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes:

Pfizer/BioNTech COVOVAX
Johnson & Johnson Janssen Novavax
Moderna Covishield
Oxford/AstraZeneca Covaxin
BBIBP-CorV CoronaVac

As the CDC updates their recommendations, we will keep you updated about our requirements for the summer. We encourage everyone who is eligible for a booster shot to get one when it is available to you, as this is likely to be required by the time the summer arrives.

2. All campers must have received two doses of vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), with the first dose being on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 4 weeks (28 days) after the first dose. The second dose may be given from years 4-6 years old.

3. All campers must have received two doses of Varicella vaccine (Chickenpox), with the first dose being on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 4 weeks (28 days) after the first dose. The second dose may also be given at years 4-6 years old. Proof of disease documented by a physician or laboratory evidence of immunity will all be accepted.

4. Children entering the sixth grade must show proof of having received three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, or other proof of immunity. The first two doses shall have been received no less than four weeks (28 days apart). The interval between the second and third doses must be at least two months (8 weeks apart). The interval between the first and third doses must be at least four months (16 weeks apart). Proof of prior or current infection, if verified by laboratory evidence, may be substituted for proof of vaccination.

5. All campers age 11+ must show proof of receiving one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4).

6. All campers age 11+ must show proof of receiving one dose of adolescent Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine).

Perlman Camp, as well as ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), highly recommends your Camper be vaccinated against influenza and hepatitis A.

How do I get in touch with camp?

Parents are always welcome to call or email our camp office, directors, or leadership staff. We are happy to discuss how your camper is doing and address any of your questions or concerns. You can reach our camp office at (570) 635-9200.

eLetters & Camp Stamps

Parents can send 1-way e-mails to their campers through the CampInTouch Parent Portal or the Campanion App. E-mails will be delivered with your camper’s mail. When sending an e-mail, if desired, select the “handwritten e-letter reply” box. This will allow your camper to create a hand-written response that will be scanned to your CampInTouch account. Please send emails the evening before the day you want your child to receive them, as we print emails in the morning and they are delivered during Rest Hour.

Regular Mail

Mail from you and other friends and family is very important to your child. Please write often. It’s a great idea to have a letter sent before your child arrives. You will receive an e-mail on the first night of camp noting your child’s safe arrival, as well as bunk information. Once you know your child’s cabin, please include it on the envelope. 

Campers are required to write a letter twice a week. Please make sure you send your child with envelopes, stamps, paper, and a pen or pencil to write these letters. Please don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from your child for a couple of days; the post office near camp traditionally takes longer for outgoing mail!

Please address all mail to the following:

Camper’s Name (ex. Joe Camper)

Bunk (ex. L1, U8, Pio Village)

Perlman Camp

661 Rose Hill Road

Lake Como, PA 18437

You will find our your child’s bunk after they arrive at camp. Don’t worry – any mail sent without a bunk number will still reach your camper.

Packages

Based on feedback from our community, as well as our desire to keep campers focused on being present at camp and less distracted by material items, care packages are not accepted at camp. Only flat envelopes, such as 8″x10″ or 9″X12″ mails, FedEx, UPS or USPS envelopes are permitted. Anything larger will be marked “Return to Sender” and sent back. Items such as magazines, Mad Libs, photos, or newspaper clippings are still great things to send your child, however food and any contraband items will be confiscated. Please share this information with family members and friends so they will not be disappointed when certain items are not delivered to your camper. If your child forgot an item that must be sent, please contact us so we can make sure it is received.

Telephone Calls & Birthdays at Camp

If your child has a birthday at camp, we will contact you in advance to arrange a time for a birthday call. On their birthday, your child will receive a treat from the kitchen and we will sing Perlman’s version of the “Happy Birthday” song!

Due to the sheer volume of potential calls, campers will not be able to call home for parent or sibling birthdays, anniversaries, etc. but they will be invited to make signs and take special photos that will be uploaded to CampInTouch.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to camp very soon to kick off Summer 2022.

As COVID-19 is still present in our daily lives, it is important that we take precautions to mitigate the risk of infection and spread this summer at camp.

We have worked closely with our medical committee to determine the necessary precautions in order to allow us to run camp as close to “normally” as possible. This year, we will start the summer eating in the dining hall together, having campers mix in hobbies, and gather together inside and outside as a whole camp. Please read below for how we plan to do so and keep everyone safe at the same time!

Please see our COVID plans here.

In such a connected world it is easy to default to your devices during down time, or even when other activities are going on. American adolescents spend more than 7.5 hours a day using electronic devices- camp is a great opportunity to put the screens down and keep our heads up!

Please leave all expensive electronics at home! These devices have a way of getting lost or broken at camp.

The only electronics allowed at Perlman are certain music players, e-readers, and watches. Digital cameras are allowed as long as the only capability is for it to be used as a camera.

In order to be brought to camp, your child’s device must meet the following requirements.

Music Players
  • Only has music playing capabilities
  • Can not be connected to cellular data or wifi
  • Does not have any apps, games, videos, etc.
E-readers
  • Used solely for reading books
  • Is not connected to cellular data
  • Does not have any apps, games, videos, etc.
  • Please ensure your child’s device is pre-loaded with what they will need for the summer
Smart Watches
  • No Apple watches, Galaxy watches, Garmin watches, or other smart watches are permitted
  • Fitness trackers are ok
  • Can not be connected to cellular data or wifi
  • Does not have any apps, games, etc.

For a list of devices that meet these guidelines, please see below. (*Note, we have not tested these devices, therefore we cannot recommend any specifically)

All other music players, portable game devices, and video players should remain at home. Camp is one of the few places throughout the year where kids can truly unplug and we have made this decision to both honor and recognize this space and as a result of direct parent feedback.

Our professional staff and Board of Directors have come to this decision to:

  • encourage our campers to spend more time off their beds and outdoors
  • promote socialization between campers
  • remove the divide between “the haves, and the have-nots” in each cabin
  • reduce the stress associated with the damage to and theft of electronics
  • give campers a much needed break from the world of technology
  • allow campers to fully embrace the connections they make with other campers
  • ensure that our campers are not exposed to age inappropriate material

If you have any questions about our screen free technology policy, please feel free to contact our office.

This summer, all photos will be posted to CampInTouch and our new Campanion App.

We’re excited to introduce a new app for our parents this summer. This app will allow for additional features we’ve never had before such as facial recognition for photos, filling out forms on your phone, and even sending bunk notes directly from the app. Campminder charges a small fee ($25 per camper) to gain full access to photo tagging and notifications along with many other features.

Parents who choose not to use the app will still have access to all of our camp photos via your CampInTouch account on a computer.

See below for additional information and how to get started. Sign up and download the app today to get instant access to your camper’s forms for the upcoming summer.

To get started, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Go to your CampInTouch forms and sign up for Campanion using the additional options form
  2. Download the Campanion app
  3. Use your CampInTouch Account email address and password to log in
  4. Complete forms online and upload completed paperwork right in the app
  5. Wait until closer to camp to upload a training photo of your child, which enables the app to send you photos of your camper over the summer
  6. Ensure you have push notification enabled within your phone settings so you can receive important updates from camp all year long!

Let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to sharing the experience of camp in a new, modern way this summer!

While we don’t know yet if we will be able to have Visiting Day this year, IF we do –  it will be on Sunday, July 17th.
If we are unable to hold an in person visiting day, we will schedule video calls for our full summer campers.
We will provide an update by May 1st.