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CAMP GRADY SPRUCE TRIP
A GUIDE TO HAVING A SUCCESSFUL CAMP TRIP!
Blanton 5th Grade December 12-14, 2016
What’s My Mission?
To have a successful camp trip and come
back with the best camp memories, new
friends, new experiences and a necklace
full of beads!
So how do I do that? Read this guide and
follow it carefully!
What’s the 411?
When: December 12-114
Leave Monday Morning Dec. 12th at 9:00am
Return Wednesday Afternoon Dec. 14th at 3:00pm
Where: Camp Grady Spruce Main Camp at Possum Kingdom Lake
Map of our Route
What Do I Need To Bring?
Everything you need to survive for 3 days-especially warm clothes! It’s a good idea to bring lots of layers because we never know what Texas weather will do!
See “What to Bring” List (sent home and on website)
All luggage needs to be labeled with student name.
Sleeping bags or bedrolls should be inside a plastic garbage bag and labeled with masking tape and name.
Students must be able to carry their luggage to the cabin.
Students will need to bring a backpack to carry their water bottle, camp journal, pencil, flashlight and any other necessities while at camp.
What to Bring!!!
WHAT TO BRING
Clothes- t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, or sweatshirts, jeans or long pants (must be worn on trails for safety) , socks, underwear, pajamas, etc.
comfortable shoes (2 pair incase one gets wet), jacket, gloves, scarf, earmuffs, etc. for cold weather, raincoat
Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.), towels and washcloth
Sleeping bag or sheets and blankets (bedroll), pillow and pillowcase
flashlight and batteries, insect repellant , sunscreen, water bottle, backpack
anything else you need to get your self ready and take care of yourself
Sunglasses, Camera, Cap or hat, Shower shoes
Fishing equipment, Board games, cards, sports equipment
What Can I Not Bring?
You may think you can’t survive for 3 days without your cell phone but you can and you will and you’ll have the best time you won’t even miss it!
Students are not allowed to bring any electronic items including cell phones, video games, ipods, e-readers, etc.
New, nice, or expensive clothes and shoes and jewelry are not recommended.
Students can not bring food. All meals and snacks are provided. No candy!
Knives or other weapons.
Drop Off and Pick Up
You will need to be dropped off at normal time at
school on the morning of Monday, December 12th
Drop off with your luggage will be in the front circle
Also you will need to be picked you up at school on
Wednesday, December 14th around 3:00pm
Pick up will be in the front circle drive.
We do not recommend riding the bus, due to limited
space with luggage.
So When Are We Leaving?
First, remain calm! We know you are excited but
your teachers must be sure everything is ready to
So you will go to your classroom as usual and head
to specials while your teachers get the bus packed
After specials we will take a restroom break and
load buses and head to camp!!!
Charter Buses with Restrooms and TV’s! So Cool!
But what are the rules so I can enjoy the ride?
1. The same school rules that always apply- be a
safe, respectful, and caring.
2. Don’t distract the bus driver.
3. You will be able to choose your seat- 2 to a seat-
but if you can’t behave you will lose the privilege
to choose your seat.
Safety Comes First!
Our job is to keep you safe while at camp! Your job is to help keep yourself and others safe!
What if I get hurt?
Never fear our wonderful Nurse Tracy will be with us!
All medicine must be turned in to Nurse Tracy before we leave for the trip. Students may not carry their own medication while at camp.
If you take medicine see Nurse Tracy at your time to take your medicine.
What About Shelter?
Nice new updated cabins that have heat and air conditioning, hot and cold water, sinks, toilets and a shower.
Boys and girls cabins are separated.
There will be approximately 10 students per cabin with 2-3 parent chaperones.
You filled out a form with 4 other students you’d like to be with and we guarantee you will be at least 1.
When will I find out who’s in my cabin?
When we get to camp and not a second before! You will survive!
But How Will I Get The Food I Need?
Students will need to bring a sack lunch for Monday, December 12th and pack it in their backpack (not their luggage).
All other meals are provided and served buffet style so everyone can eat as much as they want. In addition to the main course they also provide a salad bar/cereal bar at every meal.
You will get snacks to keep with your for during the day when you just don’t know if you can make it until the next meal! When your snacks are gone they are gone so ration carefully!
So what about school?
Camp journal is your school work for the week!
We will be taking 4 grades from it:
1 science, 1 math, 1 social studies, and one language arts.
The day after we return from camp the students will have time in class to complete anything they did not finish.
Camp journals are due no later than Friday, December 16th- no exceptions!
What’s Our Daily Schedule?
7:00 Wake up and get Ready
1:00-2:00 Rest Hour
7:00-9:00 Evening Activities
9:00 Prepare for Bed
10:00 Lights Out
Cabin and Activity Groups
Your Cabin Group
Make Cabin Flag
One boys cabin and one girls cabin paired for activity
There is a store that you may purchase souvenirs and
They have Soft Drinks, Sport Drinks, Bottled Water,
Snacks, Postcards, T-shirts, Shorts, Hats, Visors,
Cameras, Flashlights and Stuffed Animals.
If you choose to bring money, please be sure it is in a
ziplock or envelope labeled with your name.
How Will I Survive?
In order to survive you will need to exhibit the traits
of a noble knight and be a safe, respectful, and
Your chaperones (parents), teachers, and naturalists
will be there to guide you to do just that!
You must demonstrate the following traits to survive-
responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, caring, fairness,
How Do I Know I Will Have Fun?
Well we always have fun don’t we???
No but really, it’s a simple math equation.
Your choices= Your camp experience
Good choices= camp experience
Poor choices= camp experience
It’s your choice, you have the power to determine your
actions! So choose wisely!
What are the Rules?
Only 4 Rules you need to know!
Follow your cabin rules!
Follow ALL school rules and expectations!
Follow all CAMP rules!
With an adult at all times!
Your Camp Chaperone (Parent) is your leader!
What Can I Earn?
An awesome bead necklace to take home as a
The opportunity to earn the Camper of the
Do I Need a Ticket?
Your fee is paid and your bags are packed.
The only ticket you need is a commitment to do your
part to make camp a success by pledging to be a
safe, respectful, and caring learner!
Complete your My Camp Goals Sheet and return to
your homeroom teacher by Friday, December 2nd.
That’s your Golden Ticket!
We Will Survive and are
Gonna Have a Great Time!
For more information visit the Website:
Camp Grady Spruce Website