Frequently Asked Questions about Dorm Life
- Are vegetarian meals available?
Yes, vegetarian meals are always available in the dining hall.
- I have a special dietary restriction. Is appropriate food provided? (e.g. vegan/kosher)
The availability of special meals varies as the camp moves from year to year. However, even when special meals cannot be arranged through the dining hall, Mathcamp has always been able to accommodate all of our students' dietary restrictions, including those of students with severe allergies and those who kept strictly kosher. Please contact us for further information.
- What sports activities are available?
Lots! Mathcamp students have access to campus athletic facilities, including the swimming pool. Many informal sports activities are organized by students and staff in the evening. In the past, there have been soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, and swimming. If there's anything else you'd like us to arrange, let us know, and we'll try our best. Learn about facilities on our 2015 campus.
- What other recreational activities are there?
Lots! We have field trips and hiking trips on weekends, and plenty of fun activities in the evening. See Activities for more information. We also have access to facilities on campus: there are pianos for students to practice, fields for frisbee, and, of course, students can browse the college library. And we sometimes hold activities on campus like math relays in the pool.
- What kind of rooms are students housed in?
In 2015, students will be housed in singles and doubles in UPS's Smith and University.
Students placed together are approximately of the same age. Students who know each other prior to arriving at Mathcamp may request to be in the same room.
- Are the rooms for girls and boys on the same floor?
Depending on the exact layout of our dormitories, girls' and boys' rooms may be either on separate floors or in different areas of the same floor.
- Are there laundry facilities in the dorms?
Yes. Mathcamp will supply laundry detergent, fabric softener and anti-static sheets.
- Are bed linens and towels provided?
Mathcamp always provides pillows and blankets. In 2015, students should bring bed sheets, pillowcases, and towels. The beds at UPS are twin extra long; if you have x-long fitted sheets, then bring them. Regular twin sheets will work, too (so you don't have to go out and buy new sheets to come to Mathcamp).
- Can I go to church/mosque/temple on the weekend?
Yes, of course. The camp staff will help you with transportation; however, please remind them at least a day in advance of your needs.
- I need regular medical attention. Can this be arranged?
Yes, of course. Please contact us in advance of camp to make arrangements.
- What happens if I get hurt during the camp?
Depending on the nature of the injury, the staff will give you first aid, call the camp nurse, drive you to the hospital, or call an ambulance.
- Can I visit the town alone?
Anything on the campus map is defined as "on campus", and you may go places on campus by yourself. However, you must be in a group of at least three students to leave campus. All groups of students wishing to go off-campus must check out with a staff member: explain where they are going, their cell phone numbers, and when they expect to be back. In all cases, students must be back in the dorms by 10 pm (the end of sign-in), unless accompanied by a staff member off-campus.
- What should I bring to Mathcamp?
See the packing list.
- Can I bring my computer?
Sure, but we cannot take responsibility for any valuables.
- Can I bring my calculator?
Certainly, though you can probably do without it.
- Can I bring a musical instrument?
Of course. And if you'd like, you'll be able to find other students (and staff) to play music with: we often have chamber ensembles and/or rock bands getting together.
- Is there internet access?
Yes, there is free wireless internet in the dormitory.
- Is there a mailbox in the dormitory?
Yes, students can send and receive mail through the Mathcamp office.
- What is the mailing address of Mathcamp while it is in session?
Please direct mail to:
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner Street, CMB 1093
Tacoma, Washington 98416-1093
Please bear in mind that mail sometimes takes an extra day or two to get to us through the college mail room; allow extra time for delivery.
- How can my parents contact Mathcamp while it is in session?
You can reach us at (888) 371-4159. During the school year (Sept - June), this number will reach the mathcamp staff during business hours. During camp (July 5 to August 9, 2015), this number will ring 24 hours a day in the Mathcamp office. And of course, you can always contact us by email. See also info for parents on communicating with campers.
- Will there be a telephone in my dorm room?
The landline telephone situation varies from year to year. We will let you know as early as possible whether or not phone jacks will be live in students' rooms at UPS in 2015. For those campers not bringing cell phones to camp, we will have cell phones available to borrow (for up to an hour at a time) at the Mathcamp office for calling home!
- Can my relatives visit me?
Sure! However, we cannot provide accommodation for them.
- Can I visit my relatives who live nearby?
Yes, of course. The pre-camp registration will include a permission form for parents to list the names of relatives who are permitted to take the student off campus overnight. (See Permission Forms.)