Summer Camp FAQ

What time is drop off and pick up? Drop off is staggered to help the flow of people in and out of the farm and prevent long lines.  Children ages 10-12 should be dropped off at 8:55 am, ages 7-9 should be dropped off at 9:00 am, and ages 4-6 should be dropped off at 9:05 am.  If you have two or more children attending camp, please drop off on the schedule for the youngest child. Afternoon pick-up occurs at 3:00 PM at the pavilion. An authorized adult must sign your child out with the Camp Director. Early and late drop-offs and pick-ups are not permitted at this time. Camp staff will not be available to supervise your child outside of camp hours.

Do you apply or reapply sunscreen and bug spray? We suggest you apply sunscreen in the morning before arriving at camp.  We will remind children to reapply in the middle of the day.  We will assist children who are struggling, but our staff generally does not apply sunscreen to children.  We will remind children to use bug spray before taking a nature walk.

COVID Safety Protocol – This is subject to change as we receive updates from the Department of Health.  Changes will be updated here on this website and this is only applicable to summer camp. 
Update 5/25/21: We have received guidance regarding face masks and social distancing for summer camp from NY State for 2021 and it states the following, and was updated a few days after the initial release on the evening of 5/24/21.  All of our campers are considered “older children” since they are kindergarten age or older:

Older children/campers are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings as feasible. In addition, the outdoor space that belongs to and/or is exclusively used by the child care or day camp program is not considered a public place for the purposes of this guidance. Children/campers are not required to wear a face covering when utilizing the outdoor space that belongs to and/or is exclusively used by the child care or day camp program. 

Please feel free to review this guidance online here.

We suggest having your child wear a mask that ties around their neck and also ask that you send an extra one in case one is misplaced.  If your child is vaccinated, please provide records of vaccination.  Vaccinated individuals are not required to mask or distance, but masking of all individuals is still suggested, especially indoors.

At camp we will be following social distancing guidelines and do suggest that campers wear their masks indoors and whenever possible.

Phillies Bridge campers will be screened upon entry to camp, as required by NY State, for any COVID-19 exposure and temperatures will be taken.  Hand washing is required upon arrival to the program to be completed with the counselor, and parents must remain in the parking area and are not permitted to walk into the camp area.

Lunch will take place outside on our lawn, on individual blankets (see supply list!) In the event of rain, we space out for lunch under our sheltered areas on the farm.

Immunization requirement
Children are required to be immunized according the New York State immunization schedule.  Religious exemptions may be permitted, but each child MUST have 2 MMR immunizations, or proof of measles immunity, in order to attend, by order of the Ulster County Department of Health for the summer of 2021.

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?
COVID SUPPLIES: Due to COVID, we are asking that campers bring their own labeled gardening gloves if they would like to use them.  We recommend that campers have face masks that tie around their necks, so they don’t loose them and can put them on when necessary. Children will also need a small picnic blanket or towel for a spaced out lunch time on the grass.  Please send this in addition to their regular towel for water play.  Thank you! Our regular camp items, which are also needed, are listed below:

REGULAR SUPPLIES: Please send your child to camp with lunch, healthy snacks, and a refillable water bottle. Campers also need a towel, bathing suit (one that is easy to change in and out of,) 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. We recommend golashas for rainy days.  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 is the minimum age of campers?
Your child must be turning five by December 1st, 2021 (kindergarten age) to attend any of our drop-off summer programs.

How do I know if my child is ready for Phillies Bridge Farm Camp?

Your child should be fully independent in toilet use and should not be taking an early afternoon nap when attending PBFP farm camp.  Children who are dependent on an early afternoon nap generally have a difficult time enjoying themselves during a full day of exposure to nature, and we do not have a nap time at camp.  Please feel free to reach out to our Education Director at for assistance in determining your child’s readiness for our program!

What is the daily schedule?
9:00 – 9:30 Morning Meeting, Greeting, & Movement
9:30 – 10:30 Farm Activities (planting / harvesting / taking care of the animals)
10:30- 11:00 Break Time (hand washing/ snack/ bathroom)
11:00 – 12:00 Camp Games/Nature Walks/ Music
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch on the lawn
12:30 – 1:30 Free Time
1:30 – 2:30 Activity
2:30 -3:00 Story Time & Closing

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 recommended that you check your child for ticks in the evening as a precaution.

As for poison ivy, we try our hardest to keep it out of any locations where the children will be. We always talk to the children about poison ivy and teach them how to identify it. We recommend high socks to protect the ankles and we ask the children to wash their arms and legs after walks in the woods. 

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 our Camp Director.

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 camps to get an especially diverse camp experience.

Are scholarships available?
Yes. Phillies Bridge Farm Project strives to make our education programs financially accessible to all families. Due to the support of donors and fundraising efforts, we are able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships. For more information about camp scholarships, please fill out this form.