Does my child get to choose their activities?
Absolutely! Each day campers are given a selection of 'camper choices' for their afternoon activities. The selection of activities varies each day to keep things exciting and new.
Does my child need to bring any money with them?
No. All meals are provided as part of your registration fee and there is nothing to purchase during your child's time at camp. Beaver Cross merchandise is available to purchase after the closing program.
How does Christian Ed work?
Our teaching follows the ABC's of Christian formation:
Good Morning God is one of our times set aside for Christian education and worship. Kaitlyn Hyde, our Overnight Camp Director, teams up with clergy of the week for a Spirit-filled morning of teaching and worship, centering our day in Christ. We also have Eucharist once a week, as well as Compline some evenings.
What is the counselor to child ratio?
The New York State Department of Health, who manages summer camps in New York, have a maximum counselor to child ratio for Overnight Camps at 1:10. At Beaver Cross, we like to maintain a 1:8 ratio for the majority of all of our activities.
How does Camper Mail work?
Cheerful letters and care packages always bring a smile to a camper’s face. Please label letters and packages with camper’s name and cabin. Either drop them off at arrival, or be sure to mail them well in advance of your child’s arrival day.
Beaver Cross occasionally has campers who don’t receive mail during the week for a variety of reasons. We encourage you to send an extra letter or care package, to help us ensure that every camper receives mail during their time at camp. Simply mark on the package what it is for, and we’ll make sure to get it to a camper who needs a smile!
How do you ensure the staff are qualified and do staff undergo a background check?
All staff positions, even those staff who are returning to camp, must complete a yearly staff application and have 3 new references completed each year. All staff are then interviewed by the Camp Director and the leadership team and references are followed up on. Prior to being offered a position, a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Sex Offender Registry check is conducted (this also includes the camp director, leadership team, and all volunteers).
To ensure that all staff are properly trained a week of staff training is conducted prior to the camp season beginning on the topics of: description of camp hazards, procedures for camper supervision and discipline, child abuse recognition and reporting, provisions for first aid and emergency medical assistance, buddy system, lost swimmer plan, lightning plan, fire safety and fire drills, camp evacuation procedures, and activity specific training.