Frequently Asked Questions
When is check-in/check-out?
For overnight campers:
Check-in for overnight campers begins on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Campers who are bringing their own horse should plan to arrive at 1:300 pm so they have an hour to settle their horse in at the barn and unpack their supplies. Check-out is on Friday afternoon. Horse campers have their parent demonstrations at 12:30 pm and then attend camp-wide closing ceremonies at 1:30 pm if they choose. Horse camp will give awards at horse camp. All campers are free to leave after closing ceremonies. All Marshall Campers should be picked up by 3:30 PM
Mini Campers are picked up on Tuesday Evening after dinner at 7:00 PM.
For day campers:
Check-in is every morning, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. All day campers are served breakfast. Check-out is at 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, unless campers are enrolled in our "Extended Evenings" program. If this is the case campers may be picked up anytime between 5 and 6:30 pm. On Fridays, any day campers in horse camp will take part in our horse demonstration beginning at 12:30 pm, with all campers (Equestrian, Traditional, Cloverbud, and Maple Leaf) participating in our weekly closing ceremony at 3:00 pm.
Is there any type of financial assistance available?
Camp Marshall is proud to sponsor a Campership Program to help individuals and families who need financial assistance to help cover the cost of the camp experience. Our Campership Application form, once available, will be found on our Registration Page.
What are the cabins like?
Our cabins are rustic in nature. Cabin areas are split into Girl's Side and Boy's Side. The cabins range from 6-12 beds each, with 2 staff members assigned to each cabin.. There is no electricity, air conditioning or bathroom facilities in the cabins themselves. Both the girls' and the boys' sides have bathhouses with several bathroom stalls and hot showers. To view photos of cabin areas visit our Camp Overview Page.
What should my child bring to camp?
All suggested items are listed in our Parent Camper Handbook ( coming soon)
. We ask that campers do not bring any form of weapon, food (except for those who have specific dietary needs), personal sports equipment, aerosol cans, electronics (especially cell phones), or any kind of clothing or reading material that depicts inappropriate subject matter. All items that a camper brings to camp should be marked with the camper's name.
What happens to Lost & Found?
Throughout the week all Lost & Found items are put onto our Lost & Found board, located in Andrews Hall. Near the end of each week any items that are not claimed are held up in front of the entire camp, and any items still not claimed are laid out for parents to look at during checkout on Friday. All Lost & Found from all weeks is kept at camp until 2 weeks after the last camp session. Any items unclaimed at that point are either donated or disposed of, depending on the condition of the item.
Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?
Camp Marshall believes that summer camp is the ideal place for campers to "unplug" from much of the technology that is so prevalent in their world today. While games and social media can be a great form of entertainment and education, we aim to provide an experience that is as much "off the grid" as possible. By doing so, campers are more easily able to immerse themselves in the simpler style of living provided by camp. This includes learning how to live with others in a group setting and exploring their natural environments without the intrusion of digital updates, notifications, and alerts. It is against our policy for any camper to be in possession of a cell phone. If a camper is found to have a cell phone while at camp it is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
Can my child be placed in a cabin with their friend or sibling?
There is a section on the registration form entitled "Cabin Mate Request." We do our best to fulfill these requests as much as possible. The only time that this may become difficult is if the age of the campers is vastly different, as campers are placed in cabin groups according to age (within 2 years of each other). All cabins are single-sex cabins, so male and female campers cannot bunk in the same cabin at any time.
What should my child pack their stuff in?
We see many different ways to bring things to camp, but whatever campers use to pack should fit under their bunk. Some campers have been using the tall plastic storage drawers that can be placed at the head of the bunk. The height underneath the camp beds is 15", so tubs and totes that are shorter than this fit well.
My camper needs to leave camp early or needs to leave and come back to camp. What is the notification process?
If any camper needs to leave early due to an athletic event, medical appointment, or other activities we ask that the camp Leadership Team is informed early on so that we can ensure that the camper is ready to leave at the correct time. This can be done during check-in. Please make sure that your child is also aware of this arrangement.
Does Camp Marshall get inspected?
Yes. The Department of Public Health inspects and licenses Camp Marshall each year along with the Fire Marshall. Camp Marshall is also accredited by the American Camp Association and undergoes a visit every three years. Our most recent accreditation with the ACA was during the summer of 2017.
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Who works at Camp Marshall? What kind of training do they get?
Camp Marshall staff are recruited from across the country and around the world. Many of our staff are from Massachusetts and are former Marshall campers and CITs. We also host International staff members, who in the past have come from Australia, Scotland, the UK, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, and South Africa!
All Camp Marshall staff are required to be CORI/SORI checked, along with being checked in the National Sex Offender Registry. All staff that begin on the start date of training are CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified. Additionally, staff go through a staff training process wherein they go over a wide variety of topics including behavior management, developmental age levels, program planning, and emergency procedures, just to name a few.
Do all campers get to swim?
Yes, all campers have to opportunity to swim each day, pending weather conditions of course. ALL campers are required to take the swim test on the first day of camp even if they choose not to swim.
Can I send my child e-mail?
We offer a camper e-mail service. This link will be available on the homepage when camp is in session. These e-mails are "one way," meaning campers are not able to e-mail a response. Messages are delivered each day at meal times. All campers have time each day to write letters home if they wish.
Is there a fee to send e-mail to my camper?
Yes, there is a small charge for this service to cover the time and supplies for this service.
Questions and Concerns
If you have a concern that you feel needs to be addressed, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 508-885-4891.
All complaints will be addressed on an individual basis. We ask that you contact us as soon as you become aware of the situation. Refunds are not guaranteed. Please refer to refund policy in the Camper-Parent Handbook.
Per Massachusetts law, parents may:
430.190: General Program Requirements: (D) The operator shall inform parents at the time application forms are provided that they may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances. All Camp Marshall background checks are kept on file for a minimum of three years.