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Nominate Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck and Spooky Walk in Long Island Press’ “Best of LI” 2015!

Be sure to nominate Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in the Long Island Press’ “Best of LI” 2015 for Best Not-For-Profit and Best Camp. | Read More


News 12’s Erin Colton Goes to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

As part of her “Erin Goes to Camp” series, News 12 correspondent Erin Colton came to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck on July 14 to interview the counselors and the campers. The segments showed the campers participating in fun activities such as swimming, playing on the “Slip & Slide,” parachute play, singing songs and tug-of-war.

“Erin Goes to Camp” is part of News 12’s “12 Weeks of Summer” series. Click here to watch the main segment.


Mineola Resident Raises $3,500 for Camp from Participation in Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon

Mineola Resident Raises $3,500 for Camp from Participation in Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon

Liz Holzknecht, a Mineola resident, came to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck on July 13 to present a check in the amount of $3,500 to Camp Director Bridget Costello. Ms. Holzknecht raised the money by participating in the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon in Boston on June 8. | Read More


Richard Pantwell

Richard Patwell Offers Boating Safety Tips to Camp Counselors

Richard Patwell (pictured) came to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck on June 22 to instruct camp counselors on boat safety. Although he has been with the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2011, he has spent the last three years volunteering his time at the camp teaching counselors how they can be safe on the water. | Read More

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Summer fun for everyone! Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck kicks off its 67th year

FiOS1 Long Island featured a story on the beginning of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s 67th summer season. The story interviewed campers and counselors on what they are looking forward to this season. | Read More


Local Organizations Invited to Provide BBQ Lunches and Dinners for Campers

A list of dates are available for local organizations to come to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck and host and/or sponsor barbeque lunches and dinners for the campers during the summer. | Read More

Available dates are as follows:

• Lunches: July 25, 29, and 31; August 1, 5-7, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29
• Dinners: July 24, and 29; August 5, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26-28


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Executive Director’s Report

As I sit to write this month’s report, what resonates in my mind at this time of year is all of the preparations that go into opening the camp: the repairs that had to be made as a result of the long brutal winter and the cleaning and redesigning of various spaces to be used for different activities.

Once camp begins, most of the development or new projects must halt for safety reasons. However, on a daily basis, there are repairs to be made, resources that we quickly use up that must be refilled and items that can be repurposed that may need a bit of tweaking in order to fill a new need.

Part of the mystique and magic of the camp lies in the very task of recycling or repurposing. We look to repurpose items that were formerly used for something particular. When the camp hosts an event and there are decorative measures taken, or some amount of artistry has been involved in the decorating for the event, once the event concludes, we ask the creators/organizers of the event what their intentions are for the decorative pieces left behind. Most of the time, the event organizers have created the décor specifically for the event, do not have the room to store them, and are happy that these items can be repurposed.

The Bradstock event, held at the camp over Labor Day weekend, is just such an event. Each year after the event has taken place, the artistic endeavors of the volunteers for Bradstock remain at camp and have been reused during camp each summer to support our weekly camp themes. Last year, Bradstock donated about 65 gallons of paint to the camp which we have used for multiple projects. They also donated waves, beautifully painted and cut out on plywood. These waves now adorn our pool, giving it a nice beach-like visual for the kids as they swim and cool off.

Truly one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure! If you feel that you have items that could be repurposed and might work to support our summer themes, please give us a call at (631) 878-1070. Some of the past themes have involved surfing, tiki/beach themes, pirate and Caribbean themes, Wild West themes, anything with music, including old instruments no longer in use and, of course, Disney items. Our staff really becomes imaginative each year and we are seeing more and more very artistic campers coming to spend a week with us and grace our walls with their creative visions.

We suggest that you photograph any object(s) you are thinking of donating and email the photo to camp, or and we will let you know if we can use the item or décor that you are thinking about casting aside. As always, we are so grateful to all individuals and groups that support our mission.

You have our deepest gratitude.

Have a safe and healthy July!

Yours in Camping,
Bridget Costello

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2 Chet Swezey Road
Center Moriches, NY 11934-1708
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