FAQ for New Country Day Camp
How do campers get to camp?
- Campers are bused every day from our stops in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Click here to visit our transportation page and see where we pick up from.
Is the bus trip to camp supervised?
- Every bus has two bus supervisors who are staff member that have shown exemplary leadership skills at camp. Additionally, all our staff ride the bus to get to camp as well.
Can my camper get on the bus at one stop in the morning, and off at another in the afternoon?
- Your camper may get on and off at different stops if the stops are on the same bus (which unfortunately, you won't know until June), if the camper gets on an East Side Manhattan stop in the morning, and goes to after-camp at the Y in the afternoons, are on a specific occasion in which such a switch is completely necessary for your family, and there is room on the bus that is not usually yours. For safety reasons, we don't generally allow campers to get on at one stop and off at another.
What do we do about lunch?
- Campers bring homemade lunches that are refrigerated until meal time. On Wednesdays we have a hot dog cook out and on Fridays we have a pizza party! We also provide snack every day, which comes from a sustainable, local farm. Snacks include berries, donut peaches, and other fruit. All leftover food is composted as part of our commitment to greening.
Is there swimming at camp?
- Yes! Every camper has two scheduled swim periods during the day; one instructional and one free. Click here to visit our swim program page and learn more about the program.
How does camp group the campers?
- Campers belong to co-ed groups of children going into the same grade. There are between 10-14 campers in a group, with two counselors. The younger the campers, the tighter the camper:counselor ratio.
What is included in the camp tuition?
- Camp tuition includes transportation to camp, lunch on Wednesday and Fridays, snack every afternoon and a camper t-shirt!
Do you offer an extended day program or late pick up?
- Aftercamp is an extended day program located at the 14th Street Y. Campers that ride an East Side Manhattan bus are able to come back to the Y until 6:00 and participate in various activities such as gym sports, board games, and our rooftop playground.
What does camp do on rainy days?
- Camp is camp; rain or shine! When it is very lightly drizzling, camp program goes on as it would normally as long as it is safe. If the rain makes it so we can't be outside anymore, we all return to our shelters which have been outfitted with giant curtains on all sides which prevent rain from getting into the shelter. In our shelters we project movies, sing songs, play games and have a blast! Overall, we try our best to maintain a normal schedule as much as possible (including swim!).