Summer Communication

There are several ways to stay in touch with your child during summer camp and share in the experience. Options are explained below along with several camp policies and their rationale.

Keeping a connection with home is important for many kids. We’ve noticed that corresponding through letter writing - in today’s world - provides campers and parents a new way to communicate that can be surprising and fun.


There are several ways to do this. We receive snail mail every day at camp. Campers enjoy an “old fashioned” letter. You can even write letters in advance and we can deliver your letters throughout your child’s stay at summer camp!

Bunk1 Email Service

We provide a one-way email service that enables parents and campers to communicate through a tool called There is a fee for this service charged by -- bunk1 is not financially affiliated with Camp Roosevelt Firebird.

It works like this:

  • You send an email to your child through bunk1
  • We print it out and deliver it (usually at breakfast time).
  • Your child can reply by writing a handwritten letter (we are able to email this letter right back through the bunk1 service)

To set up a Bunk1 account:

  • Go to the homepage
  • Above the Welcome to Bunk1 banner, click on "Need an account or have an invitation code?"
  • Set up your account, and enter this Invitation Code when prompted: 15RFB6635
  • You will receive a parent letter which explains how the system works.
  • Here is an instruction sheet you can print out that explains all the details

Telephone Calls

We love to hear from parents! Feel free to call us anytime to check in on your child. We’ll bring you up to date.

However, campers are not permitted to use the telephone. There is one exception: we allow for a brief call on a child’s birthday.

Our reasoning is simple:. campers are building independence and self reliance. Communication from a relative who is at home may lead to homesickness for that camper or even others. We have found that telephone communication is counterproductive to the goal of helping kids grow in confidence by practicing their independence in a safe place .

We Post Photos

We take thousands of pictures during the summer and post them for you to view in a secure environment.

Care Packages

Do not send any, please!

Campers are well provided for and do not need any special treats. It’s amazing how they quickly forget about some of the normal things they are used to. Special treatment for one child, or one cabin, can cause problems and conflict at camp. Kids may compete for the “best” package or even brag.

Small animals and critters will invariably find these treats in the cabins. Remember, camp is situated in a forest. We thank you in advance for understanding and respecting these rules.


Feel free to send a package containing clothes or basic supplies your child needs.