Photos & Communication
IGC prides itself on providing each camper with a traditional summer camp experience. As a result, IGC is a Device Free campus, free of cell phones, iPads/tablets, laptops/computers, gaming devices/consoles, and personal music playing devices.
This policy allows our campers to unplug from electronics and plug into real life relationships with fellow campers, counselors, and coaches.
For parents, we provide many different ways to connect with your camper while they are at IGC. Read below to learn more!
Throughout each week of camp, the IGC Photography Staff take hundreds of photos each day to post online for parents of campers. Photographs can be viewed and purchased through our SmugMug photo site. A password to view the photos will be provided at Check-In and via the welcome e-mail you receive one week prior to camp. Printed photos can be purchased at Check-Out as well.
TIP: While we take over 400 pictures every day, it is not always possible to ensure that all campers have their photo taken and posted each day. Some campers are so busy and having such a good time that they are impossible to catch, and some campers can be a little camera shy. Be sure to check back the next day!
Camp Stamps: Safe, secure, and fun communication! While camp is a device-free zone, we know that for many parents it is much easier to use technology to communicate with campers. Our “Camp Stamps” system allows you to do exactly that through your “MY IGC” account.
Messages from parents: You can send one-way “emails” to your campers through your “MY IGC” account. We print out the incoming “emails” once per day, and put the hard copies in the cabin mailboxes just like a traditional letter! To send a message, please log in to your “MY IGC” account, and select the “Email Your Camper” link. Please note that all emails are printed in black and white.
Responses from Campers: The corresponding “E-Letter” system lets your camper handwrite a response, which our office staff scans and uploads as a PDF into your “MY IGC” account. (“E-Letters” are paper stationery, complete with a unique bar code that matches your account.) Counselors deliver completed “E-Letters” once per day to the office.
Each message sent or received costs one “Camp Stamp”. You can purchase “Camp Stamps” in advance, as well as during your camper’s time here, through your “My IGC” account. When sending an “E-Letter” please remember to check the box requesting a reply to ensure a blank “E-Letter” sheet is printed for your camper.
PLEASE NOTE: It is not unusual for a camper to reply a day or two later – campers have so many activities available that they may not stop long enough to write a letter: Also, “E Letters” from campers may be reviewed by our staff to ensure campers are having a positive experience and to make sure any concerns are addressed with parents while the camper is still at camp.
Campers love receiving care packages and even the old-fashioned traditional letter!
IGC offers specially designed Camp Care Packages filled with IGC souvenirs. These can be pre-ordered online or ordered at Check-In, Counselors hand deliver the packages to campers. (Pre-order care packages to ensure you receive your desired choice as these are popular items.)
For traditional mail and packages, allow ample time for mail to arrive at camp. Be sure to check with your local post office for average shipping times. Please address all correspondence as follows:
Week(s) & Cabin #
International Gymnastics Camp
100 Gymnastics Way
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
If you are sending a care package from home, please do not include any food items, candy, or gum. Out of an abundance of caution for other campers’ medical needs and food allergies, and to discourage visits from forest animals, we do not allow food or snacks in the cabins.
TIP: When writing letters or including notes with care packages, focus on camp and how excited you are to hear about the camp, the gymnastics, and the new friends they have made. Refrain from expressing anxious feelings about time away from home, even with the best of intentions (“I sure hope the food there is decent“, “I hope you’ll be okay“, or “Have a wonderful time. I hope I remember to feed your dog.“). Giving children something to worry about will increase the likelihood of nervousness or homesickness.
Campers do not have access to the internet or social media at camp. Our campers are too busy working out, making new friends, and having fun!