Frequently Asked Questions

How many children are in each group?

Pee Wee (pre-K and kindergarten) campers are divided into groups of 12 children with 3 counselors per group. Junior Camp (kindergarten and grade 1) and Middle Camp (grades 2 and 3) are divided into groups of approximately 16 children with 3 to 4 counselors per group. Senior Camp (grades 4-6) and On Wheels (grades 6-8) groups have approximately 20 children with 2 counselors per group.

Can my child be in a group with friends?

As long as the children have requested to be at the same site and are registered for same program, we will do our best to group them together. Please understand that the later in the registration season it is, the harder it is for us to accommodate requests. We will always do our best, but we cannot guarantee that children will always be grouped with their friends.

Will my child, who will only be in camp for a couple of weeks, feel left out?

Not at all. We have children starting camp every week of the summer. Each Monday morning begins with special activities designed to break the ice and reshuffle the group dynamic. We have always offered very flexible registration and pride ourselves on how welcome newcomers feel.

What will my child wear to camp?

Your child will receive complimentary PSDC T-shirts on the first day of camp. Our campers wear a camp T-shirt, shorts, and sneakers.

Is camp very competitive?

Our camp is fun and active, not competitive. Next to safety, we encourage kindness and sportsmanship above all.

Does camp provide lunch?

No, campers bring lunch from home.

What do you serve for snack?

A typical snack consists of a container of fruit juice and cookies, bread sticks, or pretzels

Does my child need extra money at camp?

No. PSDC provides everything your child needs however older campers are permitted to bring small amounts of money on trip days.

Do you ask parents to come on trips?

We do not. While schools ask for chaperones to assist classroom teachers with supervision, we have more than adequate staff to ensure your child’s safety during camp trips.

Will my child drink enough water on hot days?

The PSDC staff is taught the importance of hydration during staff training. We have “water fountain visits” when in the park and travel with coolers of water on hot days. We ask campers to bring water bottles and we will refill them as needed.

Will I be able to change my child’s schedule?

Our policies are designed to give families maximum flexibility while considering the realities of camp enrollment. We accommodate schedule change requests until June 1 (additions are dependent upon space availability). After June 1, all schedules are considered final. Should your child be required to attend summer school, we will make an exception, provided we receive official written notice in advance.

Can I cancel my child’s registration?

All payments, less the $95 registration fee, are refundable on or before May 15. If you are owed a refund a 5% charge will be deducted from the amount.

Who are the counselors?

PSDC counselors are a diverse bunch. Some of our staff grew up as our campers and bring with them years of camp traditions. Others are our friends and neighbors, local babysitters, and teachers. All have experience working with children and are chosen for their enthusiasm and creativity. Prior to camp, we conduct a fun, yet very rigorous training program.

When are medical forms due?

Medical forms are due on or before June 1 unless your registration was submitted after May 20, in which case the form is due 2 weeks prior to your child’s first day of camp. Sooner is always better!

Can I stay at camp on my (young) child’s first day?

Feel free to stay as long as your child needs you, but not longer. Everyone will be eager to get the camp day underway and we find that well-meaning, lingering parents often make the adjustment more difficult, not easier.

What is your immunization policy?

We require our campers and staff to be fully immunized in accordance with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulations, with the sole exception of those who have a current medical exemption for a specific immunization or immunizations from their primary care physician. Notwithstanding the forgoing limited exemption for other illnesses, we will not enroll (and may withdraw or terminate) a camper or hire a staff member who is not vaccinated against measles or against any other current outbreak or epidemic.