Here we've collected questions we are commonly asked about camp.
How long has your camp been in operation?
The summer of 2021 will be our 36th year of operation.
What are the camp’s hours?
Campers arrive between 8:45 and 9 am. Dismissal for buses begins at 3:30 pm, and campers are picked up by car between 3:45 and 4 pm. We also offer before- and after-camp care which enables your child’s camp day to begin as early as 7:30 am and end as late as 5:30 pm.
Is there a nurse present during regular camp hours?
Yes, we have a full-time Registered Nurse at camp during operating hours.
What are your protocols for operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The safety of our campers, staff, and camp families is always at the forefront of what we do. In Summer 2020, camp families put their trust in us, and through our partnership with them, we safely operated camp. Last summer’s Safety Plan can we found here, and we will be updating it for Summer 2021 as circumstances evolve. Please do reach out if you would like to discuss this further, as we know questions around this have a significant impact on decision-making about camp.
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 (this number may be modified due to COVID-19 protocols). Groups are all-gender, and are put together based on age, grade and friend request.
How many counselors are with each group?
Most of our groups have 3 counselors (this number may be modified due to COVID-19 protocols).
How many campers do you have?
We maintain our numbers at an average of 250 campers. 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, during our six week program, 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?
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 their group?
No. But we always encourage and support campers in trying new things.