- What does the daily schedule look like?
Each division (age group) has a schedule which includes instructional athletics, instructional H2O, a recreational period and 2 daily electives. 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, and a comprehensive sciences to name a few. Check out the Daily Schedule for more information.
- How does my child choose activities/electives?
There are more than 25 camp electives. With the help of our counselors, every two days, campers choose two electives. We encourage campers to try new activities, but also allow them to repeat activities that they enjoy. Prior to camp, parents have the opportunity to help guide which electives their children will receive.
- 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. We ask all families to fill out a camper questionnaire which is supplemented by interviews for 1st year campers. You are able to make bunking requests so that your child can be with one or two children from your town, or bunked separately, if you prefer . Top or bottom bunks can be requested.
- How many people are in each bunk?
Each bunk has ten to fourteen campers with at least three to four counselors. The bunks are equipped with full bathroom facilities including at least 2 showers, sinks and toilets, ample electrical outlets and cubbies for clothing. All campers and staff sleep in solid wooden bunk beds and our counselor sleep among 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, Pennsylvania and Florida. We also have international campers from Israel, Russia, Spain, Latin America, Canada and other locales.
- 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 ask their counselor or division head to find 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 camper 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 NJW 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?
There are only two extra expenses that families may incur. Although canteen is included for all campers twice a week, they can still purchase water, juice and/or Gatorade from our vending machines. If you wish to send extra money, we suggest sending quarters and dollars.
If you have a Full Season camper, we suggest that parents send spending money for our field trip to Dorney Park. This money is kept in the office safe and given to the camper by the division head when needed.
- Do you offer Horseback Riding?
Yes, we offer Horseback Riding lessons for an additional fee. Horseback Riding can be selected before camp starts or added during the summer. Our campers receive English or Western style instruction and can choose between trail riding and lessons in the corral.
- How does the laundry work?
Bunk laundry is done once each week. Bunk counselors help the campers move laundry from their own bags into larger bunk laundry bags. The laundry is brought to our on-premise facility, wash, dried and then returned. 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?
Campers have the opportunity to join inter-camp sports leagues and leave camp to compete in inter-camp games and tournaments. We play in two different leagues giving our campers opportunity to compete in sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, rollerhockey, tennis, dance and swim meets.
Campers can also opt into day-long canoe and hiking trips, overnight camp outs or trips to nearby Grey Towers. Our entering 6th grade campers enjoy a special “Mystery Trip” each session!
On our changeover day from 1st to 2nd session, our Full Season campers go on a field trip to Dorney Park for the day.
- What is Total Specialty Camps (TSC)?
TSC is our unique specialty camp option providing an intensive experience in a sport, art or science. By adding Specialty Camp to your summer experience, you can immerse yourself in one activity four hours a day, six days a week. You learn from the best about 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 recommend packing camp gear into soft trunks or duffle bags allowing easy storage. Most sports equipment is provided except for lacrosse, skateboard and rollerhockey equipment. Please ensure your clearly label your camper’s clothing and equipment.
- How do campers get to camp?
There are three ways that campers get to and from camp. On the first and last days of the 1st, 2nd and Full Season sessions, 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 Newark Liberty International Airport and we will meet them there and bring them by bus to camp. Short stay campers may take camp buses to camp, but are picked up at the end of their session at camp. First Step and 1 Week Total Specialty Campers are brought to camp and pickup from 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 Camp Trunk Delivery, a camp baggage trucking service (information is available after registration). 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 brought 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 email campers as much as you like using our easy web form available on our web site. The email system opens on the first day of camp. Campers also enjoy letters and packages sent through the US postal service.
We post pictures, Sunday through Friday, usually by 11 pm EDT, 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 or by going to pictures.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. We also upload video clips from camp to highlight different activities and events.
Campers send emails once a week and we encourage letter writing too.
If you ever have any concerns during the summer, your contact is the assistant director associated with your child’s age group or the camp director. They can be reached by calling our summer office; they will get back to you promptly to deal with any issues.
- What happens on the 1st day of camp?
Campers are 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. Each camper is individually unpacked by their counselor. Camper orientation includes a tour of the grounds, icebreakers, lunch, swim tests, athletics and a Divisional Meeting (by age group) 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.
- International Campers – 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 the parents an emergency contact number and procedures to follow in case of unexpected delays.
- International Campers – 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.