Communicating with Your Camper

COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR UPPER SCHOOL STUDENT
 
As a leadership-based program, one of the valuable lessons we foster throughout the summer is self-confidence. Living in a dorm/barracks setting provides students with the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone and learn the necessary skills of independent living.
 
In order to best support your child as he/she gets acclimated to our residential summer camp program, students will not be able to make or receive phone calls for the first two weeks. This is crucial for establishing routines and being fully immersed in all that Culver has to offer here on campus. 
 
Below you will find options available to communicate with your Upper School student:

BUNK 1 (Optional Service)
Culver has partnered with Bunk 1 again this summer. Bunk1 offers families a simple way of staying connected with their campers. With Bunk1, you can access secure online photo galleries with facial recognition and send printed notes to your camper(s) from a desktop browser and their easy-to-use mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
 
Bunk 1 currently offers:
 
  • Photo Gallery- Bunk 1 photographers take and post photos every day while camp is in session. Please keep in mind that we have over 600 students in Upper School, and we try our best to capture as many photos of all students and activities as often as possible!
 
  • Bunk Notes- are the fastest and easiest way to deliver one-way communication to your camper. Families can send their camper letters, customized with photos, borders, puzzles, and more from the Family Portal. These letters are printed at camp, sorted, and delivered once daily (Monday through Friday) right to each unit’s mailboxes and delivered to campers along with the traditional mail. Please note that Bunk Notes can be sent on Saturday and Sunday, however, they will not be received by campers until Monday. It is important to note that Bunk Notes sent prior to week 3 will be collected but not delivered until Monday of week 3. This allows time for the students to adjust to being away from home.
 
Returning families will be able to log in with their previous credentials and can reset account passwords if needed.
 
New families can set up an account through the app or on the website.
 
The Bunk 1 Invitation Code is: 1902CULVER 
 
 
SENDING MAIL
If you would like to send your Upper School student mail or a care package while he/she is at camp, you are welcome to do so. Culver recommends sending letters, books, pictures, magazines, or other non-food items. The mailing address is as follows:
 
Upper School Student’s Name
Culver Upper School
Unit Name and # if applicable (I.e., Naval 1, Deck 2, etc.)
1300 Academy Rd
Culver, IN 46511
United States
 
Your child's unit assignment will be provided at registration. Returning Upper School students are placed in the same unit as previous summers.
 
Note: Boys Units are Naval (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Band), Troop or Aviation, Girls are in Decks (1 through 7)
 
PHONE
Landline phones are available for students to use in the hallways and common area lounges of their dorm/barrack. Students can make outgoing calls during their free time. Calls within the United States and Canada are free; however, calling cards are available for purchase in the Campus Bookstore for calls to other countries. 
 
Again, please note that to best support your child as he/she gets acclimated to our residential summer camp program, students will not be able to make or receive phone calls for the first two weeks. This is crucial for establishing routines and acclimating to the Culver lifestyle.
 
Please keep in mind...
There are specific office email accounts and phone numbers should you need to reach your son/daughter's counselors directly. Contact information for each unit’s counseling staff will be provided both at registration and by email on registration day. Please keep in mind that they may not always be immediately available as counselors are always supervising their students at formations, activities, intramurals, and all other events that comprise the Culver summer lifestyle.
 
BEST PRACTICES for communicating with your child while he/she is at Culver: 
  • Discuss the communication avenues available during the summer with your child prior to leaving and provide some convenient times (after the first two weeks) when they might reach you.
    • From a student schedule standpoint, this is usually on Saturday or Sunday afternoons when they have free time.
    • Evenings just before TAPS (lights out) is generally not a good time as counselors are making announcements and ensuring their needs are met before lights out.
  • Out of consideration to others attempting to use the phones available and to combat possible homesickness, please limit all calls to five to ten minutes.
  • Consider using Bunk1 to send family updates and communications. While this is a one-way communication from you to them, it allows them to maintain some connection to home when they have time to read the message. Bunk 1 messages are typically distributed within 24-48 hours to the student (not delivered on Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, any urgent or sensitive information should not be conveyed via Bunk 1. To share urgent or sensitive information please contact the unit counselor directly via their email address or telephone number provided on registration day.