Youth Camp Information for Parents
Arrival and Departure Time
Check-in time for all camp sessions takes place between 2PM and 4PM on the Sunday a session begins. Please do not arrive at camp before 2PM as we will not be able to accommodate you before that time. Our staff needs time to meet, eat lunch, get cabins ready and to prepare camp for your arrival.
Pick up time on the Saturday that ends the session takes place between 10AM and 12 Noon. Drive down to our lower camp area, where you will find your camper and his/her luggage, sign your child out of camp, collect medications, camper address-lists, see a slide-show, and have a chance to meet your child’s counselors. You can then go to our camp store to purchase last minute camp T-shirts, sweatshirts and refreshments. We ask that you leave camp with your child(ren) by 12 Noon, as staff must begin their staff meetings to plan for the next session. A fee of $50 will be charged to parents who pick up their child after 12 Noon.
Camp Intersession Information
Though there is no formal program between sessions, campers who are registered for the next session are able to stay at camp for your convenience. Campers are supervised but activities are minimal and dinner on Saturday night is pizza paid out of each camper’s camp store account. We usually show a movie on Saturday night. Parents who wish to visit their child may come and take their child out of camp on Saturday (though this is not a common occurrence).
Camp Store Account
The fee per session includes a $25 amount for camp store. Campers draw against this amount for purchases at camp store. The camp store is open once per day. Snacks, beverages, postcards, stamps, flashlights, toothbrushes, camp tee shirts, bandanas and sweatshirts, and other small items are sold.
NOTE: If your child intends to buy a camp t-shirt or sweatshirt, please note that t-shirts cost approximately $10 and sweatshirts cost approximately $20. The camp store will be open when parents check their campers out at the end of the camp session. T-shirts and sweatshirts can be purchased at that time with cash or check. At the end of each session, each camper’s unspent camp store funds are donated to Unirondack’s Campership Fund to help other young people afford camp.
If you are staying for more than two weeks, you can arrange for you to do your laundry at camp. Your child can ask their counselor to sign them up for time to do their laundry during the camp intersession.
OFFICE PHONES: 845-675-9001 or 315-376-6888
You are welcome to call camp at any time. You may reach your camper on the camper phone line. If your camper is involved in an activity, we will take a message and ask your camper to call you back. A good time to reach campers is between 5-6pm during our Camp Council time.
You can always try to reach us at our office numbers. If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message with your phone number and we will call you back. NOTE: Emailing us at [email protected] is a great way to communicate with us.
Camper Name, Unirondack, 8722 Unirondack Road, Lowville, NY 13367
Campers love to receive letters and postcards. We strongly recommend against sending care packages with food. Food is forbidden in cabins because of the Adirondack’s plentitude of wildlife. Our camp store provides daily snacks for campers and we serve plentiful meals (with dessert served after dinner). Campers who receive care packages with junk food tend to fill up on empty calories and lose their appetite at meals.
If you have to send an item larger than a postcard or letter, please use UPS (no signature required) or Priority Mail (no signature required). Please do not send mail via Fed-Ex or USPS Express Mail, as it requires a signature and does not get delivered to our camp mailbox.
Under state regulations, campers are not permitted to remain at camp without completed medical records. Medical information must be submitted online at CampDocs by May 1 (and Permissions form and Community Compact must be included). Your child will not be able to stay at camp unless we have all required medical information, Permissions form and Community Compact.
NOTE: Although your child may not have any allergies, an Anaphylactic reaction can happen to anyone and requires the use of the Epi pen with in the first few minutes. Also note that EMS has a response time of greater than 35 minutes. It is in the best interest of your child that you mark “YES” to Epi-Pen use at camp.
All medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, and directions for dispensing them must be left with the camp EMT upon arrival. ALL medications need to be in their original containers as required by the Health Department for summer camps.
Health and Wellness:
If your child has cold or flu symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever or upset stomach at the start of a camp session, we ask that you to wait until he or she is completely well before coming to camp. According to health department guidelines, your child must be free of symptoms for 24 hours to be non-contagious. If your child is sick please call us to discuss before bringing your child to camp. Your child will not be allowed to stay at camp if she arrives with a cold, sore throat, cough, fever or upset stomach. Please use your best judgement in this matter.
For the safety and welfare of the camp community, we will be doing a wellness check when you bring your child to camp. This will consist of asking you if your child currently has a cough, sore throat or fever and checking for lice. Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate your child at camp even if a few lice nits or bugs are found in your child’s hair, so….please make sure to check your child’s head for Lice nits (lice eggs) before coming to camp. Even if there has been no incidence of Lice in your home or among your child’s friends, we recommend that you do so.
To prevent dehydration at camp it is recommended that you pack a durable water bottle for your child (or they can buy one from the camp store). Your child will be encouraged to drink plenty of water/electrolytes, especially on the hotter days.
Our goal is to create a safe, healthy environment for our campers. We thank you for your cooperation.