The Weequahic Experience

Summer Camp FAQs

  1. Where is your summer camp located?
  2. Where do most of your campers come from?
  3. How many campers and counselors are in each cabin and how are they assigned?
  4. How are the cabins situated and equipped?
  5. What is your summer camp staff like?
  6. How does my child get to summer camp?
  7. What kind of medical staff are on-site and how does the Health Center operate?
  8. How is the food and how is it served?
  9. What is the daily summer camp program?
  10. What do sleepaway campers do at night?
  11. Are there special event days at camp?
  12. What is the length of stay and is there a visiting day?
  13. How can I communicate with my child at sleepaway camp?
  14. How will I know how my child is doing at camp?
  15. Do campers have to wear a uniform?
  16. What should my child bring to sleepaway camp?
  17. How does the laundry work?
  18. Do I need to send extra spending money?
  19. How will my child’s birthday be celebrated at summer camp?
  20. Does Camp Weequahic have a religious affiliation?
  21. How does the camp ensure the safety of campers?
  22. Are you ACA (American Camp Association) accredited?
  23. How do I get more information about Camp Weequahic?

1) Where is your summer camp located?

Camp Weequahic is located in the Endless Mountain’s of northeast Pennsylvania. We are about two-and-a half hours from New York City and Philadelphia, in the heart of Wayne County, PA, and 4 hours from New Jersey.

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2) Where do most of your campers come from?

Campers join us from all over the United States and abroad. The majority of our campers come from the New York metropolitan area (with groups from Bergen, Essex and Morris Counties in New Jersey, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland Counties in New York, Fairfield County in Connecticut and Manhattan). We have also sizeable groups from Philadelphia, Baltimore-Washington, Florida and California. Additionally, we have families from the mid-west as well as campers from Spain, France and England.

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3) How many campers and counselors are in each cabin and how are they assigned?

Each modern, duplex cabin houses eight to ten campers with two to three summer camp counselors on each side. We usually group campers based on the grade entering in the fall.

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4) How are the cabins situated and equipped?

Our cabins are beautifully set along on a tree-lined semi-circle in the middle of the campus overlooking the lake. Each cabin has its own bathroom with toilets, sinks and showers. They are equipped with electrical outlets and abundant storage space for clothing.

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5) What is your summer camp staff like?

Choosing the ideal sleepaway camp staff is a top priority for Camp Weequahic. We hire highly recommended teachers and upper level college students who come to us with spirit, a commitment to children, and a love for summer camp. All kids camp staff are interviewed extensively and are required to attend a week long intensive staff orientation. Our staff receives continued support throughout the summer from our experienced leadership team.

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6) How does my child get to summer camp?

Children come to summer camp on air conditioned, bathroom and video-equipped motorcoaches. There are always experienced staff members on these buses. Campers traveling outside the metropolitan area fly to a New York airport where they are met at the Jetway Gate and escorted to summer camp.

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7) What kind of medical staff are on-site and how does the Health Center operate?

Our modern Health Center is staffed by a doctor and three registered nurses. We have two health-calls each day…but campers are treated at any time if they are ill or sustain an injury. Our medical staff will dispense all medications to campers as prescribed by your family doctor. Parents are always called when a child stays overnight in the Health Center, needs to see a specialist, or needs to be started on prescription medication. We also contact parents immediately in the event of an accident or injury.

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8) How is the food and how is it served?

Our campers and staff tell us our food is excellent! Meals are served buffet style in our air-conditioned dining room and campers sit by bunk. We serve three well-balanced, child friendly meals. There are salad/yogurt bars and substitutes to supplement each meal. In addition to our chefs, we have a camp baker whose treats sweeten up our summer. We also serve a snack during the day and at bedtime which include fresh fruit, home-made cookies and ice-cream.

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9) What is the daily summer camp program?

Our daily schedule is unique and the possibilities are endless. Camper’s can design and create their own fun summer experiences. Campers excel by participating in Wee-Excel summer camp activities that are chosen prior to camp and continue throughout the summer. Through our Wee-Explore program, Campers have the opportunity to explore their own interests in two camp activities of their choice chosen daily.

Our summer camp program also features a one day specialty camp in areas such as baseball, basketball, dance, fine arts, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, outdoor adventure, roller-hockey, soccer, tennis, theater and volleyball. These sports camp programs are often run by guest instructors and assisted by our own specialists.

Camp Weequahic also participates in the Wayne County Camp Association tournaments, where we compete against neighboring summer camps in a camper’s favorite sport.

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10) What do sleepaway campers do at night?

We have a creative special events staff whose main priority is to plan the most entertaining evening camp activities. From game shows to Halloween theme nights to square dancing to MTV nights, our summer camp’s spirit goes on right until bedtime.

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11) Are there special event days at summer camp?

Special Events Days are held once a week and are a great part of the Weequahic culture. Recent special events have included Carnival, Cinco de Mayo, Western Day, and Decathlon to name a few. At the end of each session, our campers participate in a multi-day competition: Tribal Games or Olympics.

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12) What is the length of stay and is there a visiting day?

We offer two options for our summer camp families. Our fun-packed three week sessions provide a traditional overnight camp experience with a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Our three week campers live with others of the same age and session length, take part in all of our traditional events, such as Color War, and enjoy a parents’ Visiting Day on the last day of the session.

Our Super Six Week campers enjoy a fun-packed summer but leave summer camp with still plenty of time to spare before school starts. Those in the Super Six Week session enjoy Tribal during the first half of the summer, a Visiting Day with their family, Olympics during the second half, live with other Super Six campers, and experience a true full summer camp experience in a family friendly time frame.

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13) How can I communicate with my child during camp?

We suggest good, old fashioned letter writing as the best way to communicate with your camper. Camper's love getting regular mail from their family and friends! Campers write home regularly. In addition, parents may e-mail their children. E-mails from parents are printed out and distributed to campers daily after lunch. Campers are able to make one phone call after the first week of summer camp.

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14) How will I know how my child is doing at sleepaway camp?

Our purpose is to provide a worthwhile and stimulating summer experience for your children. Parents of all new campers will receive a phone call from a Director or Head Counselor within the first 72 hours of sleepaway camp, informing them of their child’s adjustment. We ask that you never hesitate to communicate with us regarding any question concerning your son or daughter. Also, please be assured that we will be in touch with you should there be any issue with your child.

You may also check on your child’s camp activities and view daily photos on our secure site, accessible only to parents, invited family members and staff. This is your link to staying current with your camper during the summer! We post hundreds of photos each day.

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15) Do campers have to wear a uniform?

Camp Weequahic is not a uniform camp. However, we do require a very modest amount of logo’d camp apparel. Campers often choose to wear their Weequahic clothing because they are proud of their summer camp and they like to show their camp spirit. Campers do wear uniform items for intercamps, tournaments, and certain "Spirit Days." There is no “clothes competition” at Weequahic and campers do not stress about the clothing they wear.

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16) What should my child bring to sleepaway camp?

We will send a packing list outlining everything you need for the summer. Almost all the items are from your child’s wardrobe at home.

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17) How does the laundry work?

Laundry is done once a week by cabin and returned the next day. The counselors help the campers sort the laundry upon its return.

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18) Do I need to send extra spending money?

Every-day trips and camp activities are included in the tuition. As campers may want to buy souvenirs or extra snacks, we do recommend sending a small amount of spending money to be kept in the office. Older campers occasionally go on overnight trips with hotel stays that would require an extra charge.

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19) ) How will my child’s birthday be celebrated at summer camp?

Camp Weequahic is an amazing place to celebrate a summer birthday. Each birthday child will be cheered on as he or she raises the flag at morning line-up. Later in the day, the birthday camper will be serenaded to our own rendition of “Happy Birthday” and have a delicious home-baked cake to share with his or her cabin followed by a party in the Canteen. Of course, parents will speak to their birthday child on this special day.

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20) Does Camp Weequahic have a religious affiliation?

Camp Weequahic is a non-denominational sleepaway summer camp and welcomes children and staff from all backgrounds, religions and faiths.

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21) How does the camp ensure the safety of campers?

Safety is our highest priority at Camp Weequahic. Our experienced staff and 24-hour security guards ensure that all campers are safe while on camp grounds. In addition, visitors to summer camp must be approved by the Directors.

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22) Are you ACA (American Camp Association) accredited?

Yes, we are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. ACA Accreditation means that Camp Weequahic cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at our summer camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety. ACA Accreditation is the best evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children. ACA Accreditation means that your child’s summer camp cares enough to undergo regular reviews of its operation. We are also a member of the Wayne County Camping Association. Parents can (and should) verify the accreditation status of any summer camp by visiting www.acacamps.org or calling 1-800-428-CAMP.

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23) How do I get more information about Camp Weequahic?

We encourage all new families to meet with our directors who are available to visit with you in your home or speak with you on the phone to answer any questions you may have. Please call to arrange a home visit or an appointment when we are visiting in your area.

Once you decide Camp Weequahic is the place for your child, you may enroll online. We will then be in touch with pertinent information regarding your child’s summer.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like more information about Camp Weequahic. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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