FAQs

FAQs

Where do your campers come from?

Where do your campers come from?

We have campers from all over the US and the world. The majority come from the northeast coast from Boston to Virginia.

What are the ages of your campers?

What are the ages of your campers?

Our campers are age 7 - 15. We have new campers joining us at every age. This is a very welcoming place. If you want to discuss your child's readiness for camp, give Sue a call at 800-782-3395.

How are the bunks assigned?

How are the bunks assigned?

Children are placed in bunks based on the grade they have just completed. We also look at children’s interests, personalities and who’s coming for the first time. Each bunk has approximately 8 campers and 2 counselors. Campers can always request bunkmates.

Can I extend my child's stay if s/he wants?

Can I extend my child's stay if s/he wants?

Yes! Just tell us that you’d like this to happen and we’ll save a space. Many campers decide at camp that they want to extend and we're happy to accommodate. This is the ultimate compliment.

How do campers get to camp?

How do campers get to camp?

Most campers travel to camp by bus from one of 2 locations –White Plains, NY or Newton, MA. The bus starts the camp experience and makes separating from home easier. We also coordinate flight travel for our international and out of area families. Local families and first time campers who have not seen camp may drive to camp.

What is the phone call policy?

What is the phone call policy?

  • Every camper has 1 phone call during the 2nd week of each 2-week session.
  • Of course, you can call us anytime. We have staff dedicated to answering your questions throughout the summer.

How does mail and email work?

How does mail and email work?

You’ll be set up with an account to send emails as often as you want to your child. This is a free service. One-way emails can be set up for parents, extended family and friends to email the camper. Campers are encouraged to write you weekly and it is sent regular mail. Email is distributed with regular mail after lunch each day. There are no packages.

Is there a visiting day?

Is there a visiting day?

If your child is staying for 4 or 6 weeks you can take him/her out of camp for the afternoon on the “Transition Day” between weeks 2 & 3 or weeks 4 & 5.

Tell me about laundry.

Tell me about laundry.

Laundry is done once a week. Laundry is included in tuition. Please label everything you send to camp!

Do campers wear uniforms?

Do campers wear uniforms?

Camp Emerson is a non-uniform camp. Campers can wear whatever they are comfortable in. Campers do purchase 2 Camp Emerson official t-shirts for intercamp games and trips out of camp. That is the only required clothing.

Since schedules are designed individually, when do bunkmates spend time together?

Since schedules are designed individually, when do bunkmates spend time together?

Bunkmates are together for all meals, evening programs, trips and special event days. Campers are matched in bunks with other children who like to do what they like to do. So if you look at a bunk’s schedule, you’ll see campers picking activities together. The benefit of our program is that kids are not forced to do what other bunkmates want to do. They tell us that they prefer it this way. It also gives them time to meet other campers in same age bunks and not just be with their bunkmates all day.

How is the program different for older campers?

How is the program different for older campers?

As campers move into Upper Camp (grades 7-9) they gain privileges and leadership opportunities. They have later bedtimes and get to hang out as a group after Lower and Middle camp go back to the bunks when evening activity is over. Roses & Settlers (finished 8th grade) and Hillcrests & Explorers (finished 9th grade) go on an overnight trip in the last 2 week session. Hillcrests & Explorers can also become assistant instructors or design an independent study or intensive training program based on their interests and goals for High School.

Will you really pay attention to my child?

Will you really pay attention to my child?

Personal attention to each child’s needs is what sets Camp Emerson apart. Our parents can feel it in how we answer questions and problem solve issues during the summer. Sue likes to meet all the families when she can and spend time talking with parents prior to camp to get to know what’s important to you and your child. Then we collect a lot of information from you to train the counselors and prepare for your child’s success. At camp, our huge staff allows for constant checking in with each camper. We are on top of showers, laundry, medicine, phone calls, birthdays, food preferences, activities and worries. We know that this attention to detail makes the difference in a child feeling cared for and in parents knowing that things are working. Please tell us what we need to know so that we can prepare for a great summer.

What if my child gets sick or injured at camp?

What if my child gets sick or injured at camp?

Your child’s health and safety are paramount. We have full-time onsite medical staff including: Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and a board certified Pediatrician. Most illnesses and minor injuries are treated in our health center. You will be informed if your child requires a prescription, sees the Doctor or goes to the emergency room. The Berkshire Medical Center is 15 minutes away if needed.

How do you dispense medication?

How do you dispense medication?

Any camper that requires medication will receive it according to your physician’s orders. All medication comes to us through our pharmacy partner. They package and send the medications to camp. This affords us the safest and most organized way to handle medications of all kinds. We cannot dispense prescription or over-the-counter medication except through our pharmacy partner.

How diverse is Camp Emerson? Is there any religious component?

How diverse is Camp Emerson? Is there any religious component?

We are very proud that Camp Emerson is a very diverse community where all backgrounds, family structures and religions are welcome and find a comfortable environment. There are no services of any kind.

 

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