We know you have questions when choosing an overnight summer camp. We want you to feel comfortable and confident when sending your child to Camp Kennybrook. That’s why we’ve compiled our most frequently asked questions and answers:
What age groups can attend Camp Kennybrook?
As a family-owned and operated sleep-away camp for over 40 years, we take pride in ensuring a safe, nurturing and fun environment for boys and girls who’ve completed grades 1st through 9th.
What sets Camp Kennybrook apart from other camps?
We are just the right size so that every camper knows every other camper….and all the staff at Kennybrook. We make all campers feel welcome and right at home, while they rekindle old friendships and foster new ones. This strong sense of family tradition makes a positive difference in how quickly campers adjust and begin to enjoy the wonderful adventures of overnight summer camp. Camp Kennybrook allows kids to “unplug” from daily pressures to relax, have fun and be themselves in a warm, secure and nurturing environment. Furthermore, we know that parents are facing difficult economic times and appreciate, even more than ever, that our camp is an excellent value for their money. This, coupled with our quality programs and stellar staff, delivers an amazing summer experience for all our campers. Consequently, Kennybrook campers average five summers with us and we enjoy a return rate of over 85% each summer. It’s also important to note that we are a 100% peanut-free camp.
How are counselors hired and where do they come from?
Camp counselor applicants are carefully screened with rigorous background checks. The Kennybrook team of approximately 100 staff members includes Directors, Senior Staff, Counselors, Administrative, Health and Support Staff. All senior staff are college graduates, and counselors have completed at least one year of college. All staff participate in an intense five-day orientation and training program. Lastly, approximately 75% of our staff come from the United States, while others are from England, Ireland, New Zealand and other countries. Each bunk has at least two counselors and each age group is overseen by an adult Group Leader, typically an educator.
How will my child benefit from the Kennybrook experience?
We like to say that Camp Kennybrook is more than just a good time because it’s true. We go beyond what is expected to encourage new experiences, increase skills and nurture individual interests, all in a warm and secure environment. At Camp Kennybrook, we get to know each individual child to ensure they have fun, be themselves and just enjoy being a kid. In addition, our “Get Moving!” fitness program helps campers see the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. In turn, parents continue to tell us that their children return home with great friends, a sense of pride in accomplishment, improved social skills and more self confidence.
What about the medical facilities and personnel?
We have a doctor who is at camp daily, as well as a local Pediatrician on call, as needed. The benefit of having a local Pediatrician is that he/she has rights to the local medical center and a network of specialists to turn to at a moment’s notice. We also have three registered nurses who live in our new, state-of-the-art Health Center. We are located only four miles from Catskills Regional Medical Center, and whenever a child spends a night in our Health Center, parents will get a call from the nurse and speak to their child. Lastly, we are equipped to handle a variety of food allergy needs, including EpiPen injection and administration, and are a 100% peanut-free camp.
How competitive is Kennybrook?
We encourage participation, skill development and sportsmanship. Athletic campers learn to hone key skills and new techniques to accelerate during more challenging tournaments and competitive leagues. All athletics are taught by high school and college coaches who help each camper improve individual competencies. With that said, campers are not required to try out, but if they want to be competitive, they have numerous opportunities to learn new strategies to excel. We have an extensive intra-camp league system that includes our Roller Hockey, Basketball and Baseball Leagues. We also participate in the Mountain Conference Leagues with other camps.
Where do campers come from?
Since Camp Kennybrook is located in Sullivan County’s Monticello, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, most of our campers come from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Others are from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Ohio, California, Mexico, Canada, Spain and South America. Kennybrook campers average five summers with us, and each year we enjoy a return rate of over 85% each summer.
How many electives does each camper get?
Electives encourage campers to focus on particular areas of interest and have more intense instruction. Athletic and creative electives are chosen weekly and all campers have two electives each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
How coed is Camp Kennybrook?
Daily activities are not coed because we know that girls and boys learn better without coed social pressures. Our residential camper cabins and modern bunks are also gender specific. Each cabin has a dedicated counselor and minimum of two staff, as well as separate bathrooms and showers. Boys and girls also have separate campuses…boys on one side of the camp, and girls on the other. Campers do however, all eat at one time and see each other throughout the day. Evening activities are occasionally coed, teens socialize each evening and time is set aside for brothers and sisters to get together.
Do campers or staff wear uniforms?
There are no uniforms since we are informal at Camp Kennybrook. However, campers are required to wear Kennybrook shirts during specific activities, such as off-camp trips and tournaments. All campers are expected to dress in appropriate clothing that works for busy, active days. Counselors are good role models in terms of their dress and grooming.
How is the food and can you manage nut allergies and other dietary constraints?
Campers tell us that the food is good and parents appreciate the fact that Camp Kennybrook is a 100% peanut-free camp. We can also accommodate gluten-free and vegetarian diets as well, and alternative meals are always available. We serve family-style in our modern, airy dining room. The varied menu is prepared by certified dietitians who work for Marist College during the winter. Campers love our hot cereal breakfast options, as well as our salad and soup bars at lunch and dinner.
How often do campers communicate with their parents?
Since our philosophy is that children need to “unplug” from daily stresses, we do not allow cell phones or other personal devices on campus. We do however arrange for campers to call and speak to their parents once a week, with the exception of the first and last weeks of camp. The Directors are always available to speak with parents and are sensitive to the adjustment process. Campers also write home at least three times a week.
What's my first step to getting more information and speaking with a Camp Kennybrook team member?
Simply contact us
and a member of the Camp Kennybrook team will be in touch to discuss your needs and answer any questions.