Below is an overview of camp policies and other helpful information about Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Please take a moment to review these items before your camper arrives.
Information & Policies
All dorms have alarms that are set each night after all campers and staff are inside the cabin. Final check at 11:30 PM by administrative staff.
Behaviors & Placement
All questions concerning behavior and “appropriate placement” for camp should be directed to Judy, the Medical Director, and/or Alyssa, the Camp Director, at 631-878-1070 Ext. 114 or 631-503-3337. All camp candidates must be interviewed prior to approval. Please call for an appointment.
Any additional information that parents and caregivers have should be directed to the camp.
For safety, campers are allowed on bottom bunks only. Staff sleep on top bunk. Hospital beds are reserved for more medically involved children.
For communication purposes, campers are allowed to receive mail and e-mails. this can be done through our Bunk1 program that also allows you to view photos of camp. Photos can also be seen on our Facebook page and Instagram.
All staff are CPR certified.
Drills are run each week for fire, for a potential “Lost Camper”, weather alerts, and potential intruders. Fire drills are run during training with staff only and within the first 48 hours of each session with campers and staff (NYSDOH law mandate.) Lost camper and other drills are run in training and additionally as needed.
Fifty (50) campers maximum each weekly session.
All questions concerning financial issues should be directed to the Main Office at 878-1070, Ext. 113. Financial aid is available for those who are qualified – we encourage you to seek that information from the office as well. We accept self-direction and other reimbursement programs. Also, please ask your broker what is available!
Campers are accompanied by staff when visiting the petting farm. We run the farm with assistance from IGHL day programs. There are hand washing stations at the farm.
If a child needs to make a phone call home, it can be arranged; however, it is discouraged. Parents may call and speak to office staff daily to receive morning reports after 10AM, but we strongly suggest that you do not call and ask to speak to your child as this can create problems in behavior. Additionally, it can send the wrong message to a child that their departure date is different once they speak to a parent or caregiver.
We strongly discourage sending snacks; however, we will accept special diet food that you may wish to send with your child. Please identify the session number and your child’s name on each item. We provide all sorts of snacks throughout the day and a special treat from the Trading Post after lunch. No extra money is needed. If you are particular about what foods your child may eat, or in the case of special diets, you may bring labelled (special) snacks to us for distribution as directed.
Special Nutritional Needs
Special diets are monitored and adhered to as per instructions from Medical Doctor. Parents may speak to our Nursing Staff as needed. Diet orders are from doctor only. Additionally, parents may speak to camp cook and send along snacks (labeled with child’s name and date) if they prefer.
When you register for the summer program, there is a camper packing list you can download along with the camper handbook. The list is also here on the camp website under registration.
Swimming and Boating
We offer swimming and boating daily. Swimming is only allowed in the pool. The pond is used for boating and fishing. All water craft activities require life jackets regardless of swimming ability. Lifeguards are always present at pond and pool.
Technology (phones, iPads, etc.)
All technology devices are discouraged as we place a strong emphasis on socialization. We cannot be responsible for these items. If there is a special communication device that your child uses, please let us know at registration; and arrangements may be made to allow this. You will be asked to sign a release of liability form. If caregivers do not let us know, we will not be responsible for these devices. Please do not send your child with items you have not disclosed.
Although we encourage family participation as a whole, we strongly discourage visits during the camper’s week. This creates mixed messages for the child who may think they are leaving to go home. We post pictures daily on Bunk1, Facebook and Instagram. Take some time to look here before camp starts to show your child where they are going and what to expect.