How will I know my child is safe?
Camp is patrolled by staff after the campers go to sleep. Counselors are “on-call” or “on-duty”at all times, except for the 36 hours off they have per week.
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 new photos each day.
You can also send letters and emails to communicate with your camper during the summer. We will print out all emails and deliver them to your child along with daily mail, though we have found that hand-written letters have a certain timeless charm. Campers love to hear from you no matter what!
Camp Regis looks pretty, but so far away…How do I get my kids to camp?
If your children are coming for the 5 week session and live near NYC, Boston or Phili, we will have pick-up and drop-off available. If they are coming for the first 2 weeks, you just need to get them at the end of their session. If they are coming for the last 3 weeks, you’ll need to drop them at camp. For other locations, if you’d like to arrange pick-up at Burlington, VT or Plattsburgh, NY airports- just let us know. We do encourage you to take the drive regardless. It’s a little over 5 hours form NYC and it’s a lovely road trip.
Does Camp Regis-Applejack have a computer/technology program?
We are a traditional Adirondack camp and want our campers to unplug for the summer, spending time socializing, learning new skills, reading, and reconnecting with nature. Staff checks email daily and updates our website and private Facebook group weekly so that you can see what’s going on at camp each summer.
Can campers use cell phones?
Camp is a place to reconnect with people and the natural surroundings. We do not allow campers to use cell phones at camp, as we strongly believe that it interferes with the camp experience. Staff have cell phones to communicate when need be, but are not permitted to use phone for personal use unless in off hours, away from campers
Are special diets taken into account?
We offer a well-rounded menu of foods, accommodating vegetarians with delicious alternatives. Campers fill out a form about dietary restrictions before their session begins and we will make efforts to offer options and information. If campers have serious allergies and/or food restrictions, we recommend a conversation with our camp-nurse to discuss possibilities, but it may be necessary for your child to attend a camp that caters to your needs more specifically.
How will my child get to camp?
All parents are welcome to drive their children to camp, hopefully taking advantage of the Adirondacks and all they have to offer. For campers attending the full five week session, we offer a round-trip transportation option from NYC/Westchester, Philadelphia and Boston, for $85/per child. Two week campers can choose this option for one-way to camp, and three week campers may choose this option for one-way from camp. For campers living outside the area, we meet flights at local airports as well as meeting international flights. Please work with our staff to arrange airport pick-ups/flights.
Do you have Olympics/Color War?
Olympics has always been a bonding part of team spirit at camp. The number of teams and number of days for Olympics have changed over the years, but we will continue to have games events at Camp Regis.
Can kids take the boats out on their own?
Yes. Campers must past a rigorous swim and safety test, but once they do, our instructors will show them how to sail, canoe, etc. and boats can be taken out by campers who have proven to be mature and capable. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are mandatory for all boaters at all times. Fun-yaks are safe boats for all ages, which our campers enjoy.
How is the staff trained?
Camp Regis-Applejack provides an extensive amount of training during our orientation, and even beforehand via tutorials and pre-assigned material. We provide constant support, supervision, and additional training throughout the summer. Depending on type of staff member and years with Camp Regis, orientation is anywhere from 3 days – 2 weeks.
It’s important that our staff continue to be the backbone of support, reinforcing culture and values, which is why we pay such close attention to training. Our manuals have been created from years of history, and we’ve conferred with our Board of Advisors on program material.
What is a “typical day” like?
We wake up before eight and the fun begins!!! Up and dressed we start our day with a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, campers have line-up where we have morning announcements and raise the flag. Campers then return to their bunks for a short clean-up period. Then the activities begin!
We run 6 activity periods during the day – 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Our activity periods provide a perfect blend of group activities and Choice based options such as Electives and Club Choice. It is a full day of friendship and excitement for all of our campers. After lunch, between our morning and afternoon activities, we also have a rest time when campers relax in their bunks, read, write letters, and play games.
Evening Program begins after dinner. The Evening Program is either a special program for each individual age group, or often an exciting activity for the entire camp. When Evening Program is done, younger campers return to their bunks, while older campers enjoy the privilege of staying up a little while longer.
We invite you to check out a “typical schedule.”
What about special events and activities?
Campers do not get bored. Our regular schedule is packed with fun, and we throw in trips, hikes, theme days, and special surprises throughout the summer to keep everyone entertained. Even our “bunk days” are special, though more relaxing. Sometimes we even get on the bus and compete against other camps!
How “competitive” is Camp Regis-Applejack?
“Competitive” is not one of the words used to describe Camp Regis-Applejack. Instead, we focus on “supportive.” This is an environment where children are encouraged to try new things and to improve skills in areas of interest. For summers that we have sports teams compete against other camps, we tend to be a bit competitive, but still from a mindset of supportive with teammates.
How is the food?
Delicious! For 32 years we had the same chef, our beloved Frank. While he is no longer with us, his legend and traditions are. This year our Head Chef, Ben Clyde, a culinary master who prepares healthy meals for college students during the school year, has joined Camp Regis. Ben’s career was inspired by “Chefy Frank” when he was a child at Camp Regis. We provide campers a dining experience that is all tasty, healthy and plentiful. Our counselors are trained to make sure that all campers are eating enough and are eating healthy balanced meals.
The most popular meal each week is our Saturday picnic- complete with fresh fruit, vegetables, corn on the cob and the best fried chicken ever. Former campers constantly tell us how they miss this meal, not just because it was so yummy, but also because of the community aspect of picnicking together on the lawn. Always a great day!
What medical care is available at camp?
Many on our staff are trained to care for children’s day-to-day medical needs. For every 100 campers we have 1 full-time registered nurse. Our infirmary is easily accessible, providing a comfortable place for campers to rest and recuperate, when needed. In the unlikely event that more urgent care is needed, we are only 14 minutes from Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Whenever a camper requires medical attention, we will inform their family right away.