frequently asked questions
Due to COVID-19, plans and protocols for Summer 2020 will be different from the past.
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What does my child need to bring to camp?
All campers should arrive with sunblock already applied and wearing a swimsuit under their clothes. Remember: camp is fun and sometimes a bit messy. Please send your child to camp in old clothes. All campers will have a locker or cubby in which to store their belongings. Please send children in with the following:
- Lunch with a cold pack
- Change of clothes
- Second swimsuit
- Plastic bag for wet items
- Water shoes (optional)
- Sneakers – Note that sandals are not allowed at camp.
Please label everything clearly with your child’s name!
Preschool and Kindergarten campers should bring an extra set of clothes in a labeled shoe box to leave at camp for the weeks they will be here (just in case!).
Is food provided for the campers?
A morning snack is provided, and complimentary pizza is available for all campers every Friday. Ice cream and Italian ice are sold every day during lunch for $1. In addition, each camper is given a freeze pop at the end of the day.
Campers may bring their own lunch (please include a cold pack), or participate in our optional lunch program through Sequa Deli. Lunches must be preselected and prepaid, and include a side of fruit and bottled water for $5 per lunch.
Water is always available throughout the camp grounds. Please provide a drink for your child on pizza Fridays. If your child would prefer to bring his/her lunch on Fridays, this is fine, too.
What time is dismissal?
Dismissal times are staggered, and groups are dismissed at the following times:
3:15-3:30 pm Grades 1, 2, 3, CITs
3:30-3:45 pm PreK, Kindergarten, Grades 4, 5
3:45-4:00 pm Grades 6, 7, 8
What if I am running late for pickup?
Never a problem. Just call the camp office, and we will inform your child. The aftercare program is available each day until 6 pm (except the very last day of camp!).
What if my child is going home with another camper?
Terrific! But we must have a dated note with your signature on file in the camp office.
What if there are certain people who I do not wish to pick up my child?
Please keep the camp office informed of any special circumstances. Such information is kept strictly confidential.
What if I need to pick up my child early?
Don't worry. Call the camp office to let us know or send in a note that day. Your child will be ready and waiting for you. We just ask that you sign him/her out.
What if I need to drop off my child early?
Our doors open at 7:30 am each morning. You are welcome to drop off your child from 7:30 am on.
Can my child make up missed days?
Unfortunately, we do not offer make-up days.
What are the staff qualifications?
The head counselor for each camp group is a certified teacher. The group assistants are enthusiastic high school and college students, many of whom are majoring in education. Special activities such as soccer, arts & crafts, baseball, and swimming are taught by local professionals experienced in working with children.
All academic workshops are taught by certified teachers, some of whom are on the staff at Harbor Country Day School.
What if my child needs to take medication during the day?
There is a registered nurse at camp. All medicines should be given to her and not to the counselors. Please note that in order for the camp nurse to give any medication (including over-the-counter medication), a written medical order from a Doctor, as well as written parental consent must be on file in the camp health office.
What is the average group size?
There are 20-25 campers in each group.
What temperature is the pool?
The pool is kept at 84 degrees.
How deep is the pool?
The pool is 3 feet at the shallow end and 5 feet at the deep end.
Can my child be in the same group as his/her friend?
Yes, as long as this is clearly indicated on the registration form at the time of enrollment and the children are in the same age group.
Can my child's friend or relative join him/her for an hour or so at camp when they are visiting?
Unfortunately not. This is a liability issue for us and we cannot allow visitors to participate in our summer programs. Thank you for your understanding.
What are workshops?
Workshops are classes held before and after camp, from 8:00 am-9:00 am or 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Weekly workshops are offered in academic and special interest areas. The workshop program is designed to be combined with the five-day camp program.
Can my child celebrate his/her birthday at camp?
Yes! If you would like to send in enough birthday fare for the entire camp group or workshop group, great! Please just let the camp office know in advance so that we can be prepared and check the group for food allergies.
What should my child not bring to camp?
Please do not send your child to camp with any valuables, including jewelry, cell phones, iPads, cameras, video games, toys, and glass containers.
Who do I contact with questions?
Please feel free to give us a call at 631-584-5555 anytime for anything. If you would like to speak with your child's head counselor or workshop teacher, just leave a message with the camp office, and the teacher will get back to you as soon as possible.