Hancock Information for Students and Families
Spring Hancock 2023
Wednesday, May 24–Friday, May 26
Please reach out to our Hancock “Czar” Jackson Elliott, Head of School Jennifer Borman, or Assistant Head of School Rebecca Jackman.
- Attendance and RSVP Form
- Contact Information
- Location and Directions
- Schedule, with NEW PICKUP PROTOCOL
- Packing List
- Sleeping Arrangements
- Jobs and Activities
- Health and Safety Protocols
Attendance and RSVP Form
Students are expected to attend Hancock, though we understand if some unavoidable commitments make doing so impossible. If students cannot attend, they (or their parents/guardians) should reach out to Ms. Borman.
Students should also complete the Hancock RSVP Form as soon as possible to confirm their participation and transportation. Note, there will not be a separate RSVP form for parents/guardians to complete.
Please note that cell phone reception at Camp Fuller is poor. We also strongly encourage students to turn off their phones.
- Camp Fuller Landline: 401-783-5359
- Jackson Elliott: 617-888-2518, email@example.com
- Rebecca Jackman: 617-680-8682, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jennifer Borman: email@example.com
- Stephanie Poynter: 617-266-7525, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location and Directions
Schedule, with NEW PICKUP PROTOCOL
We hope our new weekday spring Hancock dates—Wednesday, May 24, to Friday, May 26—makes weekend planning easier for students and families, particularly leading up to Memorial Day (Monday, May 29). Note, given the Memorial Day holiday, we will not be holding any additional post-Hancock holidays. Classes will be held as usual on Tuesday, May 30.
Departure: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
- 7:30 a.m.: Day Heads and Bus Loaders arrive at Commonwealth School
- 7:45 a.m.: Food Czars and Tech Crew arrive at Commonwealth School
- 8:15 a.m.: All other students arrive at Commonwealth School
All students taking the coach buses should be at school no later than 8:15 a.m. Buses will depart Commonwealth promptly at 9:00 a.m. Be sure to contact the front office (617-266-7525) if you are sick or running late. In addition, please label all belongings—and pack a hearty lunch! The first meal served at camp will be dinner.
Alternatively, students may arrange their own transportation to Camp Fuller if necessary; they should plan to arrive at the camp Wednesday afternoon. Please note that students cannot drive themselves or other students. Students will indicate whether they will take the bus or arrange alternate transportation to and from Camp Fuller in the Hancock RSVP Form.
NEW PICKUP PROTOCOL: Friday, May 26, 2023
The buses will return to Commonwealth on Friday, May 26, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., when students will unload them per usual. We will then experiment with a new pick-up protocol:
- When the buses arrive at school, we will notify parents and guardians via our text and email alert system with specific pick-up windows by grade in the early afternoon; 9s and 10s will have a ~30-minute pick up window, followed by a ~30-minute pick up window for 11s and 12s. Please refrain from coordinating an earlier pick-up, because it creates unnecessary congestion along Commonwealth Avenue, and we need all students to help with the final unloading of the buses.
- If the pick-up windows pose any hardship (particularly since they fall in the middle of a workday), the building will remain open until 4:00 p.m. to accommodate later pick ups. If needed, students wishing to take public transportation may leave their bags at school over the weekend, which must be picked up Tuesday, May 30.
- Lunch will be provided on Friday, and students can relax and play games at school while they wait for rides.
Parents/guardians who pick students up at Commonwealth on Friday are asked:
- to not park by the school along Dartmouth Street, as the buses need to park there;
- to not double-park on Commonwealth Avenue (though a quick stop is okay); and
- to confirm they have all baggage and gear.
Alternatively, students may arrange their own transportation from Camp Fuller if necessary; they must be picked up by 9:00 a.m. on Friday if so, checking in with a faculty or staff member before they leave. Please note that students cannot drive themselves or other students. Students will indicate whether they will take the bus or arrange alternate transportation to and from Camp Fuller in the Hancock RSVP Form.
Though late May should bring pleasant weather, we will still be next to the ocean and its brisk breezes—and our sleeping cabins are not insulated. Accordingly, it remains critical that students pack a warm sleeping bag and warm layers. Please contact Jackson Elliott if you need to borrow a sleeping bag.
We also strongly recommend labeling belongings, particularly duffle bags, sleeping bags, tents, and otherwise nondescript bags!
- Bagged lunch for Thursday
- A warm sleeping bag (Please contact Jackson Elliott if you need to borrow a sleeping bag.)
- Tent—only needed if sleeping outside
- Extra tarp—only needed if sleeping outside
- Insect repellant (preferably one effective against ticks, mosquitoes, and blackflies; also see “Health and Safety” below)
- Warm jacket
- Toilet articles
- Two pairs of solid shoes
- Several changes of warm clothes
- Pillow and pillow case
- High-quality mask (also see “Health and Safety” below)
- Reusable water bottle and/or mug
- Musical instruments
- Sports equipment
- Rapid-antigen COVID test
- Plastic bags (for field clothes; also see “Health and Safety” below)
- Bathing suit (swimming will be weather and lifeguard dependent)
For those camping, we strongly recommend conducting a thorough gear check as you pack: Do you have all of your tent stakes? Are there any holes in the outer tent/rain fly? Etc.
We aim to maximize social interactions at Hancock. To that end, we discourage students from bringing electronic devices, other than a phone. Some students and faculty elect to go device-free while we are there.
Please check the weather forecast for South Kingstown, Rhode Island, as you pack for the trip. Remember we will be next to the ocean, too! If rain is likely, make sure that sleeping bags and suitcases are in labeled plastic bags so they don't get wet.
All students will be given the option of sleeping in a cabin or tent. The school can provide some tents, if needed. Students will be given the opportunity to request cabin/tent groups. They will then be assigned to sleeping spaces, confirmed the week of Hancock, with their preferences taken into consideration. After arriving at Hancock, students cannot change their sleeping arrangements unless they have special permission from our “Night Owl” (evening/overnight chaperone), Mr. Letarte.
With the exception of lunch on Wednesday that students need to supply themselves, all meals will be provided by student kitchen crews. They will prepare each meal with faculty or staff supervision in a commercial kitchen. Snacks will be provided as well.
- Students with severe allergies and food restrictions should coordinate their needs with Ms. Dale and Mr. Hodgkins before departure and Ms. Shu and Ms. Sundberg while at Hancock.
- Students are welcome to bring their own food if they wish, including food that meets special dietary needs. They can store perishables in the camp kitchen refrigerator.
- Beverages, including water and hot coffee, tea, and cocoa, will be available. We recommend packing a water bottle as well as a canteen or mug for hot beverages.
Coach buses will transport students, along with faculty and staff chaperones. Buses will leave the school promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24. Please contact the front office (617-266-7525) if you are sick or running late. Also see our new pickup protocol for Friday afternoon outlined under “Schedule.”
Alternatively, students may arrange their own transportation to and from Hancock if needed. Please note that students cannot drive themselves or other students. Students will indicate whether they will take the bus or arrange alternate transportation to and from Camp Fuller in the Hancock RSVP Form.
Note: In the event that a student becomes symptomatic and tests positive for COVID while at Camp Fuller, their emergency contact will be called to come pick them up. If you think you may be unable to pick up your child at Hancock, please arrange for a designated alternate. The student will wait in a quarantined area until their ride arrives.
Jobs and Activities
Student jobs/crew assignments and daily schedules of activities will be shared in advance of the trip and posted at camp. Students may reach out to Mr. Sherry or Mr. Elliott with questions in the interim.
In addition to morning activities (which will only be required on Friday), unstructured time in the afternoons, and the traditional talent show and dance, students might join faculty and staff for:
- Card games
- Archery (with trained Camp Fuller staff)
- Climbing (with trained Camp Fuller staff)
- Playing music (bring your instruments!)
Weather and lifeguard availability permitting, boating and swimming may also be available.
Health and Safety Protocols
A registered EMT will be at the camp for the duration of the trip. Students, faculty, and staff should contact the nurse or the nearest faculty or staff member IMMEDIATELY if they begin to feel unwell at any point.
We will call 911 in the case of a medical emergency. The nearest emergency medical facility is South County Hospital’s Wakefield Branch in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
We will follow our existing COVID health and safety protocols. We recommend students pack a high-quality mask (e.g., KN95, N95, etc.) should the need arise. Otherwise, masks will be optional. As they would for any other school day, students, faculty, and staff must stay home if they exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID.
If an individual tests positive while at Camp Fuller, that person will be taken to a designated isolation area, and a student's emergency contact will be called to pick them up. Our expectation is that students will be picked up as soon as possible. If you think you may be unable to pick up your child at Hancock should the need arise, please arrange for a designated alternate driver.
Tick Prevention and Checks
We remind students and families to take precautions to limit tick exposure, including the following:
- Pants should be tucked into socks or boots to prevent open areas for tick-to-skin contact.
- Students should pack extra pairs of long pants and socks, insect repellent for ticks, and permethrin for treating the outside of their tent if they are going to field tent.
- Students who have been out in the fields or woods should do self-tick checks as soon as they come in, shower, and put on clean clothes. Worn field clothes should get tied up in plastic bags, and kept separate from their clean clothes.
- Students should conduct a thorough tick check upon returning home, as ticks can remain attached for up to 36 hours.
We will remind students about procedures to prevent exposure to ticks, and we encourage families to do so, as well.
Swimming will only be offered if the camp’s lifeguard is available. Boating may be available with Camp Fuller staff supervision as well. All water-related activities are weather permitting.