NCDC FAQ

How do campers get to camp?

Campers are bused every day from our stops in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Click here to see our list of 2017 bus pickup locations.

Every bus has two bus supervisors who are staff member that have shown exemplary leadership skills at camp.  Additionally, all of our staff ride the bus to get to camp, so each bus is staffed appropriately.

Can my camper get on the bus at one stop in the morning, and off at another in the afternoon?

In general we don’t do many bus changes in the interest of camper safety, however changes can be made in certain circumstances. Your camper may always get on and off at different stops if the stops are on the same bus if you have communicated with your bus supervisors (which unfortunately, you won’t know until June). If your camper participates in the AfterCamp at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, we will work with you to create your bus schedule independently. There are specific occasions in which a switch is completely necessary for your family, please contact us to speak about this and we will see if an accommodation can be made.

What do we do about lunch?

In Summer 2018 we will have camp provided lunch 5 days per week! In past years we had Mac & Cheese Monday, Hot Dog Wednesday, and Pizza Friday.  The menu for this summer will be published soon. We also provide a daily afternoon snack, which comes from a sustainable, local farm. Snacks include berries, 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 at least 2 counselors. The younger the campers, the tighter the camper:counselor ratio. Since we are a fully inclusive camp, we group campers together regardless of learning abilities or special needs.  If there are campers who require additional support for success at camp, there is an extra counselor in their group to help support them and all of the campers in that group.

What is included in the camp tuition?

Camp tuition includes transportation to and from camp, lunch and afternoon snack daily, towel service and a camper t-shirt!

*Towel service is a new addition this coming summer!  We have a laundry service that will provide clean towels for each camper daily – no more transporting big heavy towels!

Do you offer an extended day program or late pick up?

Aftercamp is an extended day program located at the 14th Street Y.  Brooklyn and Manhattan campers are able to come back to the Y until 6:00 pm and participate in various activities such as gym sports, board games, and our rooftop playground. Parents must pick up at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan by 6:00 pm.

What does camp do on rainy days?

Camp is camp; rain or shine!  When it is 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 rain 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!).

Have questions that aren’t answered here?

Connect with a NCDC staff member! Call us at 646-395-4357 anytime between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. You can also email Gadi Paskoff, NCDC Coordinator, at GPaskoff@14StreetY.org.