Check In Day
Camp check-in begins at 3:00 PM. Campers check in to verify registration, payment, and medical releases before getting their group and cabin assignments. After checking in, campers have some free time to get settled in their cabins and mingle with other campers. Before dinner, campers meet with their day groups to get to know their counselors and the other campers in their group.
A Typical Camp Day
Campers have an easy wake up call with a 30 minute beginning stretch block led by counselors to get all the sleepiness and yesterday’s soreness out. Between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, campers have a full day of instruction on rifle, sabre, or flag at varying skill levels. Campers also get some time off from spinning every afternoon for some typical summer camp fun of hiking or other recreational activities. After dinner, campers can wind down with a variety of dance classes before finishing their day with snacks and a camp fire.
Pick Up Day
The last day of camp starts with the same stretch and breakfast routine campers have come accustomed to. Campers then have some time to review the choreography they have been working on all week before performing their routines for other campers and couneslors. After show and tell, we expect all campers to help clean up the camp grounds to leave the facilities cleaner then we found it before being picked up by their parents at noon.
Groups versus Cabins versus Classes
Our goal at Camp Rhapsody is for color guard kids from all over to break out of their current social circles and meet new kids who also have a passion for color guard! To facilitate this, we have developed a system to encourage as much mingling as possible. Each camper is assigned a cabin, a day group, and class schedule. Cabin groups only assign which cabin you sleep in. Day groups are the groups in which campers mingle for daily activities such as hikes and skit night. Class schedule is determined by a campers comfort level and desire for each class and will vary from day to day, giving campers a change to meet every other person at camp. All meal times are camp wide, so if you don’t share a cabin or day group with your bestie, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see them in classes and at meal times!
If campers would prefer to have a familiar face is their cabin or group, we will certainly work to accommodate that. Please make requests during registration or by emailing camp director Amy DeGiovanni at Camp@Rhapsodywinterguard.org.
Sleeping accommodations are in cabins with bunks. Showers / bathrooms are onsite and are locker room style.
What To Pack
Flags will be provided. Please bring personal sabres or rifles if possible. If you would like to learn sabre or rifle, but do not own one, Camp Rhapsody has a limited quantity of both available for check out.
Guard gloves (if desired)
A completed Medical Release Form, signed by a parent or guardian if under 18
Warm, Chilly & Rainy Weather Clothes for 5 days (even if the weather is nice, it gets cold in the evenings)
Athletic Shoes for Rehearsal (no Keds, Flip-Flops or Sandals)
Comfortable attire for rehearsals (No Jeans!)
Dance Attire for indoor Classes (Nothing special, just form fitting clothes, No Jeans!)
Headwear (Hat, Visor, Bandanna, Hair Ties)
Comfortable Footwear for Free Time (Flip-Flops or Sandals)
Blanket or Large Towel For Stretching In The Grass
Swimsuit for Free Time
Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush, female supplies, deodorant, etc)
High SPF Sunblock
Lip Gloss w/Sunblock
Aloe Vera Gel
Brace/support wrap (if needed)
Water Cooler/Bottle (1/2 Gallon Insulated works best!)
A Little Spending Money (Souvenirs, Snacks on Free Time)
What NOT to Bring
Please consider not bringing the following items, as Camp Rhapsody can’t be responsible for them.
Lots of Money
Cell Phones (call service is limited at camp)