Why have a Camp Name?
March 13th, 2012 by webmaster

1) It creates a difference
for you.

camp persona is different then your regular persona.  A different name will support you in creating
a campy-self for camp time and transitioning back to being yourself.

Your standard persona
may not even know who “Camp Name” is, nor those games and songs which “Camp Name
did during the summer. And your camp persona certainly doesn’t know the personal
life of you.

It creates a difference for parents.

that camp is not the same year-round experience and is not just like child-care.

Meeting customer
expectations around camp means giving them cues which match those expectations,
and camp names are a part of that.

3) It creates a difference
for campers.

Teacher-student relationship defines a set of norms, which include a power
structure, denoted by the “Mr. / Mrs.” formal naming conventions.  (Power is not the only way to have respect.) The
Camper-counselor is a different relationship. Your camp name will open your
interactions to different norms.


  • Camp Names generally stay with you
    forever. They are not changed each week or each summer, so they do not
    usually follow a theme, unless it is also persistent from year to year.

  • The
    must be appropriate.
    It should not represent
    anything that can be taken as
    gross, vulgar, disrespectful, profane etc. Do not pick an “innocent” word
    that has a “slang” use which is inappropriate.

  • It should not be the name of any person, real or fictitious, who uses
    language that is vulgar, disrespectful, or profane or who supports acts
    that are not in the best interests of children.

  • Don’t choose a name that is difficult to
    pronounce or to remember.

  • Choose a name that will not attract disrespect
    such as “Slug,” “Slime,” “Peabrain,”
    “Dufus” etc.

  • Do not try to stick with “Mr.” or “Miss / Mrs.”
    – remember we’re tossing out the power structure words.

  • Campers will ask how you got your name. Make
    sure the story of your name is one you can tell children.

Be culturally sensitive. It
is common to think of using Native American sounding words, please resist
unless it is part of your native culture. Likewise with any culture, religion,
or cherished value of another

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