Our Policies

Camper Eligibility

Camp Mac is available to boys and girls of good character who have completed the grades as stated on the application. Because every camp term is different, we believe it’s important for you to work with us to make sure the program is right for your child’s maturity, ability, and interest. Because it is our goal to provide a remarkable experience for each and every camper, we do reserve the right to dismiss any camper who has a history of being disruptive, is unable to follow directions, will not cooperate with camp staff, or is unable to adjust to our program. We expect all of our campers and you, our parents, to follow all camp policies.

Communication

Mail is how your camper will be communicating with you throughout the term. To help with their adjustment to camp life, campers are not allowed access to phone or email. Please send stationary or postcards stamped and addressed, so that your child can write home about all the wonderful fun they are having at camp! Remember, it can take days before you receive your child’s letter. Please put camper’s home address as their return address, not camp’s. Often if a camper’s cards are returned, it is after they have gone home for the summer. This helps with lost mail.

Note:  We do have a one-way email service for parents to email their camper at $1/email.

No Package Policy

In the past, the large number of packages received by campers promoted a competitive atmosphere at camp and overwhelmed our small camp post office. As a result, we have a no package policy. All large envelopes, padded envelopes,  any envelope larger than a letter size #10, or a greeting card envelope 6×9 is considered a package and will be returned. Regular envelopes containing “anything” (other than your letter) are considered packages (don’t send these)! However, if there is a necessary item left at home, medicine, or a birthday gift (no food) you may mail the package to the office.

"It was exciting to return to beautiful Camp Mac and pick up Josey. We were fascinated to see her standing there, taller with her new-found confidence..." - A Parent

Picture Policy

During the summer, we update our website daily with news and photos of the previous day’s activities. Our news comes from daily six o’clock news reports (at 7:15pm) and is uploaded the following day around 5pm. Photos are available for download in our Facebook Photo Gallery! No account required. Our photo gallery is best viewed on a computer. Please note, while we take as many photos as possible, you may not see a picture of your camper every single day. Please remember, camp is for the camper! Our photographers do not interrupt activities to take pictures, rather they try to blend in to the background and capture those action shots we all love. Our photos are an extra service that we happily provide for our camper families, but there is no guarantee on how many photos will be posted of your child. While we do our best to capture pictures of all of our campers, we are not able to guarantee a camper will appear in the same number of pictures as another camper. Just because you may not see pictures doesn’t mean they aren’t having fun!

Swim Requirement

Because of our extensive waterfront program, every camper is required to swim unassisted at least 50 yards before attending Camp Mac.

Birthdays at Camp

Birthdays at camp are very special! Campers’ names are listed on a large poster in the Dining Hall. At dinner on their special day, they are presented with their own birthday cupcake platter to share with their cabin provided by the Camp Mac baker!

CabinMate Request

Before you arrive on Check-In, Bunk Assignments will have been made eliminating added stress of trying to get a certain bunk or save bunks upon arrival. If you have a request or disrequest, please indicate that on your camper’s Personal Profile Form. We will not be able to honor day-of requests. Please note that bunk assignments take into account all campers’ requests and disrequests and have been thoughtfully prepared by our staff for each camper. Families are not allowed to swap camper name tags on bunks at Check-In.

Electronics Policy

We allow music-only devices with earphones for use only in the living cabins and only if they meet the following conditions:

  • Contains no videos or games and has no video capability
  • Costs less than $100. Relatively inexpensive MP3 players such as iPod shuffles and iPod Nanos are allowed
  • Has no WiFi or cellular LTE capability
  • Uses earphones or earbuds (speakers are not allowed)

Cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and any device with cellular LTE or WiFi capabilities are not allowed. Devices that fail to meet our criteria will be taken up and returned at the end of term.

Please do not bring expensive cameras or GoPros. Cameras that fail to meet our criteria will be taken up and returned at the end of the term.

Camp Mac reserves the right to search as needed, including contents of electronic devices.

Prohibited Items

Campers are prohibited from bringing the following to camp: alcohol, tobacco and tobacco products (including electronic and vaping devices), illegal drugs or devices needed to use these drugs, weapons, and animals. Camp Mac reserves the right to search as needed. Possession of any of the listed items can result in dismissal without refund of fees.

Visiting Campers

You and your child will adjust to camp better without the interruption of visits. For that reason, we do not allow visits to campers during camp terms. We encourage you to meet our staff and tour the grounds on check-in day and check-out day of each term. Camp Mac is not open to the general public at any time.

Camp Tours

We love giving tours! We welcome you to call and set up a time to tour Camp Mac.

Fall Tour Dates (all times are CDT)
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10 AM & 1 PM
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1 PM

Parent Handbook

Click here for our 2019 Parent Handbook!