Frequently Asked Questions

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?
It means that at The Nature Place we create an environment that never pits person against person or group against group. We have no competitive sports, and instead you will find cooperative games that are fun, active, full of laughter and usually involve the whole group all of the time. This idea of cooperation rather than competition is not only essential to our games program, but is how we operate our entire camp.

How do you select and train your staff?
See the staff section of our website.

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 200 during the course of the Summer. We’re proud that there are no crowds to get lost in. With 200 acres, we like to think of our camper/space ratio as one child per acre.

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 cell phones, video games or other technological devices?
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.