Welcoming First-Time Campers
New campers quickly feel at home at Schodack. It’s a special atmosphere. Here’s why…
Our warm, family environment attracts a particularly friendly, down-to-earth type of camper. This promotes a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere for new campers.
New Camper Day
At New Camper Day in early June, first-time campers meet other new campers, meet the Head Staff, and can see their bunk prior to the start of camp. Parents meet with Matt, Paul, Rachel and Kim for a fun and informative Q&A. Everyone has their first lunch at Schodack!
Big Brother / Big Sister Friendship
First-time campers have a “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” who contacts them before camp and becomes another special friend throughout the summer.
More than ninety percent of our bunk staff are former Schodack campers and are specially trained in dealing with homesickness, facilitating friendships, and helping new children feel at home. Bunk counselors are with your child all day and night – they live, eat and travel with your child from activity to activity. New campers immediately feel the comfort and camaraderie of our dedicated counselors.
Intentional Bunk Placement
Your child’s cabin and bed placement are very important to us so we spend two months carefully assigning every camper to a specific group, a specific cabin and a specific bed in order to give them the optimal camp experience. Much time is spent discussing what you have told us about your child. We unpack all your child’s clothes, label the cubbies, decorate the bunk, and make the bed so he/she will feel very reassured and comfortable on arrival at camp.
Matt and Rachel meet with every new camper and are always available throughout the spring to connect as families are preparing for camp. Our helpful Parent Handbook is filled with strategies and advice for first-time campers and their families.
Frequent Parent Updates
Within the first three days of camp, you’ll receive an update from your child’s Division Head on how your child is adapting to camp. Campers phone home twice during the First Session and twice during the Second Session so you are always “in the loop,” and we welcome parent “check in” phone calls anytime!