Can I call home during my trip?
We allow one phone call during your trip and it is important to understand that we want everyone to live in the moment and not worry about what is going on back home. This phone call will occur sometime during your trip, but parents should not expect to receive a phone call on a certain day. There is no way to guarantee that we will have access to a phone on a certain day or time.
Can I bring my cell phone?
We understand that many participants will travel with a cell phone to stay in touch with parents should delays occur, but once you arrive, we ask everyone to turn in their cell phones. Not only do cell phones detract from the experience, but they disrupt group dynamics as well. Cell phones will be returned on the last day of your trip. Cell phones are not allowed to be used as cameras during trips.
Will I have internet access?
We want you to unplug during your trip, so we want to keep everyone to see what life was like before internet!! One of the lessons we hope to teach everyone is to communicate within their group. Given the short time we are together, we want everyone to work through the challenges and accomplishments as a whole.
Can my parents call me while on a trip?
Sorry, but since we are constantly moving, this is impossible to occur while your trip is going on. In the event of an emergency, Moondance will contact your leaders directly and put you in touch with your parents.
How can family and friends find out how their teen’s trip is going?
We have set up our Trip Logs section on our web site that allow parents, family and friends to read what is going on during your trip. We’ll post these trip updates from both our leaders and students periodically while your trip is going on and gives everyone a glimpse of how your trip is progressing. We will have three or four updates during your trip and it is a great way to live vicariously through the web! Since we want to focus on the success of the trip and its members, these updates happen only a few times during your trip and may not give a full detail of what is going on with your trip. As they say, no news is good news!
What if a parent has not heard from their teen?
This is not unusual for teens, but know that if anything of consequence has happened, our leaders will notify us and our staff will contact parents directly. Everyone needs to touch base with their parents upon arrival on opening day, and though they have the opportunity to call home during their trip, some teens want to wait until they get home to share their stories with their family.