Frequently Asked Questions
How long has your camp been in operation?
This summer of 2017 will be our 32nd year of operation.
Is there a nurse present during regular camp hours?
Yes, we have a full-time Registered Nurse at camp during operating hours.
What does non-competitive mean?
Read about what being non-competitive means to us, and why we think it’s important.
How many campers are in each group?
There are 12-18 campers in each group. Groups are co-ed, and are put together based on age, grade and friend request.
How many counselors are with each group?
Younger campers often have 4 counselors for each group. Most other groups have 3 counselors.
How many campers do you have?
We maintain our numbers at an average of about 250 during the course of the summer. We’re proud that there are no crowds to get lost in.
Are you a peanut-free camp?
No, we are not peanut-free, but we are extremely peanut-aware! Every year we manage a number of campers with severe allergies to peanuts, other nuts, and other foods.
What kind of animals do you have at camp?
On our 200 acres we find worms, insects, crayfish, snakes, deer, skunks, groundhogs, birds and much more. At the farm we have chickens, cows, plow horses, honeybees and sheep. Each week our neighbor here in Chestnut Ridge, Outragehisss Pets, brings a variety of unusual animals for us to look at, touch (if we want to) and learn from. On day hikes and camping trips we may find lizards, turkey vultures, bald eagles, deer, coyotes, beaver and if we’re lucky, the occasional bear.
Is there a parent visiting day?
No. Parents can visit any day. Give us a call beforehand, if at all possible, so that we will be able to bring you to wherever your child’s group is when you arrive.
Do you allow campers or staff to use cell phones or other digital media devices during camp?
No. We want our campers to connect with new friends, with the natural world, with themselves, and we would like to minimize obstacles that could get in the way of these things happening.
Does my child have to go on a camping overnight scheduled for his/her group?
No. But we always encourage and support campers in trying new things.