All your Frequently Asked Questions are answered here!
Where is Camp Lakota located?
Camp Lakota is located in Wurtsboro, NY in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The Camp is approximately 15 minutes west of Middletown, New York. We are just 90 minutes from New York City.
What size is the bed? (Our most popular question)
Our camp mattress is 73 inches long and 30 inches wide.
Where do I send the mail?
If you are sending mail or packages to our campers during the summer please send them to our summer address which is 56 Park Road Wurtsboro, NY 12790. Please be sure to list your campers name, you do not need the bunk number, we know every camper. If you are trying to send us something during the winter please send all mail to our winter address 26 Gedney Way Chappaqua, NY 10514
How big is Camp Lakota?
Camp Lakota is laid out on 200 lush acres in the Catskill Mountains and sits along side glorious Masten Lake. Camp Lakota is comprised of acres and acres of trails for hiking, horseback riding and campouts.
Is Camp Lakota ACA accredited?
Camp Lakota is proud to be an accredited member of the American Camping Association (ACA). We just went through our re-certification and passed with very high “scores”.
How many children are there in camp?
We accept 190 boys and 190 girls each summer, for a total of 380 campers. It is our goal to know each camper as individuals.
How many campers will be in my child’s bunk?
There are approximately 8 –10 campers in each bunk.
How old are the bunk counselors?
Our bunk counselors are college age students. Every staff member goes through a professional background check and every staff member completes our mandatory orientation training program.
Where do your counselors come from?
The majority of our counselors come from across the U.S. and many of our counsleors were once campers. In addition, we have a small group of counselors who come from Great Britain, Scotland
and even Australia.
What type of screening is done before hiring a camp staff member?
Each staff person is carefully screened before being hired. The process includes an application, extensive reference checks and a criminal background check. We truly believe that we hire the
‘cream of the crop’ as your child’s safety and personal welfare is our paramount concern. Many of our counselors are returnees and many were former campers. It is our goal to hire counselors with abundant experience in their area of expertise.
How long is each activity period?
Each activity period is approximately 1 hour. Time is given between each period for campers and staff to move from activity to activity.
What do you do on a rainy day?
We have a pre-planned rainy day schedule that we can switch to at a moments notice. Camp Lakota has many indoor facilities that are geared for rainy day activities. Our recreation center is available for a wide variety of indoor sports.. Other indoor facilities include a dance studio, gymnastics center, fitness center, dining hall, canteen building, multiple art studios and over 40 cabins. With years of experience we keep our campers happy, rain or shine!
How competitive is the program?
Camp Lakota’s emphasis is on fun and learning. For those who are looking for a more competitive atmosphere, we provide intercamp games several times a week through the Sullivan County Camp Athletic League. Every camper that wants to join our intercamp teams is guaranteed a spot.
Are your swim and waterfront instructors certified lifeguards?
All of our swim and waterfront instructors are American Red Cross Certified lifeguards. We have very clear rules and safety regulations that are enforced at all times. Each camper will participate in our Red Cross swim program and receive their certification cards.
Do the campers put on theatrical shows?
Our campers put on musicals, revues and several talent shows throughout the summer. The shows are performed on our fully equipped stage with professional sound and lighting in the recreation hall. Everyone who wants to be in our shows will have a part. Many of our campers become part of the backstage crew helping with lighting, scenery and costumes.
What are the special in-camp events?
Each summer Camp Lakota has an exciting variety of special events. These include our Water Canrnival and fireworks on July 4th, Tribal War, College Olympics, and all camp trips. Each summer concludes with our tradition of Color War!
Do the campers have an opportunity to hike and camp-out?
Each bunk will have several opportunities to go on one of our exciting high adventure hikes led by our experienced nature staff. Our hikes are both fun and educational as we explore some of the
Catskill Region’s most beautiful waterfalls and scenic areas. Each bunk will also have the opportunity to camp out in tents on our very own camp grounds.
What are the meals like?
Campers sit at their own assigned table with their bunkmates and counselors. Our dining hall service is buffet style. The meals are well balanced and plentiful. In addition to our main courses, we have delicious substitutions which are always available, these include a make-your-own salad bar and pasta bar at each lunch and dinner meal. While we are not a “peanut free” camp we are very peanut conscious and can accomodate most dietary concerns.
How do we run our infirmary?
We are very proud of our fully equipped health center which is always available to all campers. After breakfast and dinner we have “Health Call” for campers who are not feeling well. We are staffed with physicians and Registered Nurses. The Orange Regional Hospital in Middletown, New York is only 12 minutes from the camp and Crystal Run Urgent Care Center is just 5 minutes away in Rock Hill. When is a parent notified if their camper visits the Infirmary. If a camper needs anything more than a band-aid our medical staff will notify you right away.
What items are sold at the Canteen?
Our Canteen offers a wide variety of snacks with many healthy choices. Campers visit the canteen either after lunch or in the evening depending on age. Visits to the canteen are supervised and campers receive a drink and a snack. The canteen does not require any tickets or cash. We also have other items and supplies available which can be purchased on campus in our Office Store, for example, campers can buy items such as batteries, toiletries, envelopes and stamps.
Will Campers need pocket money?
Its practical for campers to keep a small amount of cash in our office. Our staff will keep it secure in their individual envelope. Cash is useful for batteries and stamps from the Camp Store and for souveniers on camp trips.
Should Campers keep cash or valuables in their cabin?
All cash, passports and other important items must be kept in our camp safe located in the camp office. Each camper will have an daily opportunity to access their envelope.
How is the laundry handled?
Camp Lakota has its own laundry service on premises. A camper’s laundry will be picked up once a week, washed, dried, and folded and returned within 24 hours.
What is the camp’s telephone policy?
For a smooth transition from “home life” to “camp life” it is important that campers refrain from calls home during their first week. After the first week, the campers can set up two phone
calls home per session.
Can Parents email their children at camp?
Parents can send an unlimited amount of emails to their children. Emails are printed, folded and sorted by bunk. Emails are delivered to campers with the daily mail. As camp approaches,
we will provide you with the exact email address to use for the upcoming summer.
What if we have an emergency after office hours?
If you need to reach us after office hours, please call our summer camp office (845) 888-5611 and the greeting will give you a 24 hour contact number for one of our directors.
Do you provide transportation to and from camp?
We provide chartered bus service to camp from several different New York and New Jersey departure areas. Our buses run on the first day of camp and the last day of camp. If you are going home
after 4 weeks, or if you are coming to camp for our final 3 week session, we ask that you travel by car.
Can we bring our child directly to the camp?
All campers are required to take the bus, please refer to this page bus to camp or your family handbook.
Is it possible to come see the camp in person and receive a tour?
The Camp is open for touring all year long and we would be happy to arrange to give you and your family a tour at your convenience. Please call 866-7-LAKOTA (866/752-5682) to set up a tour.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
Please call our summer office (845) 888-5611 with any questions you might have. If you would like more information or would like to arrange a tour, please call the Camp Lakota winter office at 866-7-LAKOTA (866/752-5682) and our Director Michael will be happy to answer all of your questions. You can also find more information on our website at www.CampLakota.com. We look forward to introducing your family to our family.