- What does the daily schedule look like?
The daily schedule features six activity periods comprised of choice electives, athletics and recreational swim time. Electives include individual and team sports, a variety of waterfront activities (jetskiing, sailing, windsurfing and lake elements), visual, dramatic, creative and culinary arts, adventure activities, high ropes, sciences and additional choice TACtivities that are often driven by the choices of the campers. Check out the Daily Schedule for more information.
Of course, there are many add-ons to any day of Teen Camp which can include leadership workshops, internships, courses and certifications, camper led projects, service learning trips and many others.
- How does my child choose activities/electives?
There are over 75 camp electives. Every three days, campers will choose four electives. We encourage campers to try new activities all the time, but also allow them to repeat activities they really like.
- How are campers supervised throughout the day?
Our activity sign up system allows us to check attendance at all activities that campers participate in. In addition, Teen Camp staff are assigned at every period to be checking attendance around camp and being on duty in certain areas of camp. Our goal is to provide a structured and supervised environment while also creating a program that allows campers to take responsibility of their time and have a sense of ownership over the camp experience.
- How do the TAC trips work?
The entire Teen Camp of campers, staff and supervisors leave camp for a middle portion of each session to participate in a trip. The camp travels together either by coach bus or flights and stay in a hotel together. The trip itineraries are packed with activities, volunteer work, touring, fun and adventure. Food on the trips is either kosher or vegetarian. While campers get to choose who they room with, counselors are on a rotating On Duty schedule throughout the night.
- Are campers allowed phones on the TAC trips?
Yes. Phones are only permitted when Teen Camp travels on their multi day trips. Campers must hand phones in on opening day and they will be kept in the camp safe until departing for the trip. Campers return the phones to the safe upon returning from the trip.
- How are campers bunked for the summer?
Campers are grouped in bunks by grade and gender. We take a lot of time to bunk our campers with others that we feel they will connect with and make lasting friendships with. We ask new and returning families to fill out camper questionnaires. You are able to make bunking requests which can include people you know, to be or not to be with people from your town and even a top or bottom bunk.
- How many people are in each bunk?
Each bunk has on average fifteen to twenty campers with two or three counselors. The bunks are equipped with full bathroom facilities including at least 2 and often 3 showers, sinks and toilets, electrical outlets and cubbies for clothing. All campers and staff sleep in solid wooden bunk beds and our counselors sleep amongst the campers in the cabin. Our housekeeping staff sanitizes the bathrooms daily while the campers and counselors keep the main area of the cabin in order which is maintained through daily cabin inspections.
- Where do campers come from?
Our campers come from all over the United States. We have large groups of children from New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area, Long Island, Connecticut and Florida. We also have international campers from Israel, Russia, Latin America, Canada and other European countries.
- Are there a lot of choices at mealtimes?
Yes. Besides the kosher hot meal, there is a full salad bar, bread, pasta (white and whole-wheat), and fruit at lunch and dinner. If a camper still can’t find something they like, they can also approach their counselor or a supervisor that can help find them something in our fully stocked kitchen. Check out the Health & Nutrition section for more information.
- Can you accommodate my child’s allergies?
We have a dedicated GIG certified Gluten Free kitchen for campers with a gluten free diet. In addition, we can also accommodate most special dietary needs. For further information, check out the Health & Nutrition section or contact the camp director for specific questions.
- Do you have a doctor in camp?
We have a doctor and up to five registered nurses in camp at all times. Our overnight health center is staffed 24 hours per day. Check out the Health & Nutrition section for more information.
- Are there any other expenses? Do campers need extra money?
Although canteen is included for all campers twice a week, they can still purchase sodas, waters and Gatorades from our vending machines. If you wish to send extra money, we suggest sending quarters and dollars.
For the TAC trips, we recommend no more than $100 spending money for each trip. If you have a full summer camper, we suggest that each parent also send in spending money for their campers for our field trip to Dorney Park. This money is kept in the office safe and will be given to the campers when needed.
- Do you offer horseback riding?
Yes, we offer horseback riding lessons for an additional fee which can either be selected before or added during the summer. Our campers receive English style instruction and can choose between trail riding and lessons in the coral.
- How does the laundry work?
Laundry is done once every week by bunk at our onsite laundry facility. Bunk counselors help the campers move laundry from their own bags into larger bunk laundry bags. Counselors assist campers with sorting and distributing clean items. Please label every item of clothing with your child’s name.
- Are there any out of camp trips?
TAC goes on out of camp adventure trips in our local area. These include day mountain biking trips in the Pocono State forest, day & overnight canoe trips down the Delaware River, day & overnight sailing trips on lake Wallenpaupak and day & overnight hiking trips in the Highpoint State Forest.
Campers also leave camp to compete in inter-camp games and tournaments. We play in 2 different leagues giving our campers opportunity to compete in sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, roller hockey, tennis meets, swim meets and more.
Finally TAC campers have the opportunity to participate in service learning trips where they volunteer with local non profit agencies and can gain high school volunteer hours.
- What is Total Specialty Camps (TSC)?
TSC is our unique specialty camp option to participate in an intensive in a sport, art or STEM field. By adding the Specialty Camp to your summer experience, you can immerse yourself in one activity four hours a day, six days a week. You will learn from the best on how to improve your skills, gain confidence and most importantly have fun at what you love to do. To see our TSC offerings and for more information, check out our Specialty Camps section.
- Do you provide a suggested packing list for the summer?
Once registered, you gain access to many online forms including the camp packing list. We suggest packing into soft duffle bags for easy storage. For our activities most equipment is provided except for lacrosse, skateboard and roller hockey equipment. Please ensure your clearly label your camper’s clothing and equipment.
- How do campers get to camp?
There are 3 ways that campers get to and from camp. On the first and last day of each session, parents can drive their camper to and from camp, campers can take free buses provided by the camp from various stops in the tri-state area or campers can fly into one of New York’s major airports and we will meet them there and bring them by bus to camp.
- How do I get my child’s luggage to and from camp?
If you live in metropolitan NY, NJ, CT and parts of Pennsylvania, baggage can be picked up from your home and brought directly to camp via a camp bag delivery company (info is available after registration in our online forms section). You can also arrange with UPS or FedEX to ship bags to camp. Luggage may be driven to camp and dropped off prior to the start of camp or on opening day with your camper.
Only hand luggage may go on the bus with the campers unless they are coming to camp from an airport.
- How do I keep in touch with my child once they are at camp?
You, your family members and friends can go to our camp web site as much as you like to email campers using our easy web form. The email system will open on the first day of camp. Campers also enjoy letters and packages sent by US mail.
We post pictures, Sunday through Friday, usually by 11 pm EST, by camp. On occasion, technology issues and/or camp programs intervene and posting of photos may be delayed. You can reach them from our homepage at www.njycamps.org. We try our very best to capture pictures of many campers every day. You should expect to see your camper once every 3 days. If not, please let us know.
Campers will send emails as regularly as they choose and we encourage letter writing too.
If you ever have any concerns during the summer, your point person is the assistant director associated with your age group or the camp director. They can be reached by calling our summer office and will get back to you promptly to deal with any issues.
- What happens on the 1st day of camp?
Campers will be welcomed to camp by our very enthusiastic staff! Before going to their bunks, all campers are “Health Checked,” which includes a lice check. Bunk counselors escort the campers to their bunks for introductions and unpacking. Camper orientation includes tour of the grounds, icebreakers, lunch, swim tests, athletics and a Directors Meeting to kick off the summer of their lives!
- Where is the Milford Campus located?
Our address is 570 Sawkill Road, Milford, PA 18337.
We have 4 camps located at this address: Camp Nah-Jee-Wah, Cedar Lake Camp, Round Lake Camp and Teen Camp.
- International Campers – Do you have an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program?
Yes, we do. Our ESL program is offered free of charge to campers. The ESL lessons run for 1 hour each day and parents can enroll their campers in the program before camp begins. In addition, we will do our best not to bunk your camper with others who speak their native language. If we have to bunk them together we will try our best to limit the number.
- What airports can my camper fly into?
Once your child is registered, please contact us regarding flights and times before making any arrangements. If at all possible, flight arrangements should be made through Newark Liberty International Airport.
Our staff meet and greet campers upon arrival and bring them to camp. For the return flight, we bring campers to the aiport, and if permitted by security, accompany them to the gate. Our staff does not leave the airport until the plane has departed. We give parents an emergency contact number and procedures to follow in case of unexpected delays.
- Do you provide linens for international campers?
We provide our international campers with bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillow, pillow case) for use during the summer. Please be sure to label all clothing and items you send to camp with the camper’s first and last name.