summer camp FAQ

Summer Camp FAQ

What is the minimum age of campers?

Campers MUST be at least four years old before January 1st 2017 to attend any of our drop-off summer programs. We offer preschooler programs throughout the year for children ages five and younger.

What time is drop-off and pick-up?

Morning drop-off is at 9:00 AM. An adult must walk with their campers to the pavilion and sign them in with the Camp Director. Afternoon pick-up occurs at 3:00 PM at the pavilion. An authorized adult must sign campers out with the Camp Director. Early and late drop-offs and pick-ups are not permitted. Camp staff will not be available to supervise campers outside of camp hours.

Can I sign my child up for one week of a two-week session?

YES! We are able to split two-week sessions. Please contact Camp Director, Jasmine Wood at 845-256-9108 or jasmine@philliesbridge.org to register for one week of a 2 week session.

Can my child attend more than one camp session?

Absolutely! We encourage campers to attend multiple camp sessions. Each camp week will include different activities. We encourage campers to attend multiple weeks of our themed camps to get an especially diverse camp experience.

Does Phillies Bridge Farm provide transportation to camp?

Phillies Bridge Farm does not provide transportation to camp. Many working families carpool together. We will send out an e-mail with the contact information of registered campers to help parents facilitate this.

What should my child wear to camp?

Your child should dress appropriately for the weather. Campers will be outside in all weather conditions and should wear clothing appropriate for working with the soil and being near farm animals. They will probably get dirty! Closed-toed, sturdy-soled shoes are preferred. Campers may not wear flip-flops. Shorts are acceptable, but please be aware that campers will be spending time in the woods. It is recommended you provide your child with a day bag which includes an extra set of clothes, sun hat, rain jacket etc. This bag can go home each day or stay at the farm each week.

What should my child bring to camp?

Please send your child to camp with lunch, healthful snacks, and a water bottle. Campers also need a towel, bathing suit, and water shoes to run under the sprinkler. A day bag containing a change of clothing, sunscreen and sun hat, rain jacket and bug repellent are recommended. Please label all clothing and personal items with your child’s name. Please leave cell phones, hand-held electronic games, and music players at home, as well as other toys and valuables.

What happens if it rains during camp? What happens if it is exceptionally hot?

In the case of light rain campers will continue their planned outdoor activities. In the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms all campers will move under shelter until the storm ends. In the case of exceptionally hot weather campers will participate in low-energy activities, seek shade during outdoor activities and be provided with plenty of water. All staff members are trained to ensure that campers stay hydrated.

My child has a nut or other food allergy. Is Phillies Bridge Farm a nut-free facility?

Phillies Bridge Farm is not a nut-free facility. However, we do not use nuts in any of our food activities. We are happy to make any necessary accommodations to keep campers healthy and safe. Please indicate your child’s allergy on your registration form and the Camp Director will contact you for further clarification.

How are my children kept safe from ticks and poison ivy?

There are inherent risks to being outdoors. We take safety extremely seriously on the farm and try our hardest to minimize any risk of injury/illness. Unfortunately, ticks are a reality of our natural landscape.  They tend to be the most active in the spring/fall and significantly less prevalent in the summer. Luckily, the ticks are not very prevalent on farm itself thanks to our deer fence and mowed lawns. We do periodic ticks checks on each other when in the woods. However, when spending time at our farm (or any other outdoor setting) it is recommend that you check your child for ticks in the evening just to be safe.

As for poison ivy, we try our hardest to keep it out of any locations where the children will be.  Just to be safe, we always talk to the children about poison ivy and teach them how to identity it. The counselors make sure that the children do not play in areas of the woods where poison ivy is prevalent.

My child takes prescription medication daily. Can staff administer my child’s medication?

By law, Phillies Bridge Farm staff members are not permitted to administer medication to your child (with the exception of an Epi-Pen). Your child must self-administer any medication that you bring. If you are sending your child to camp with medication, you must provide a signed doctor’s note outlining dosage and schedule. Medication must be sealed and clearly labeled with your child’s name. All medication must be in its original packaging, and have a current manufacturer’s expiration date. The Camp Director is trained in CPR, First Aid, and Epi-Pen use. While there is no registered nurse on site, we have a registered nurse on call during camp hours. If you have any questions about our medical policy, please contact Jasmine Wood, Camp Director.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Phillies Bridge Farm Project strives to make our education programs financially accessible to all families. Due to the generous support of Susan Eckhardt-Knoops, the Brykill Farm Camp Scholarship Fund has been established to give 2-4 children from low-income families the opportunity to attend our summer camp. Through the support of other donors and fundraising efforts we are able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships. For more information about camp scholarships, please contact Jasmine Wood, Camp Director.