At camp, the safety and physical well being of our campers and staff is our number one priority. Our Health Center is an air conditioned building equipped with a private exam room, medication room, triage room, nurses living quarters, kitchen and bed for camper to rest or stay overnight.
Our resident health staff consists of a doctor, two infirmary managers and up to five registered nurses who oversee the medical care of our campers throughout the entire summer, including those with unique situations such as allergies, chronic health issues, and those requiring regular medication. Our overnight Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day and our doctor and nurses live on campus to ensure appropriate care. Sick Call takes place twice daily, and campers are encouraged to come in for a visit when they (or their counselors) think the need medical assistant. Nurses dispense medication at breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed from the infirmary. We are also only a short distance from an Urgent Care facility on our local area and a major hospital in Port Jervis, NY (14 miles away).
If campers need to spend the night in the infirmary, we have spacious male and female dorms accessible showers and toilets, and private dining area. The Health Center provides campers with bedding so they don’t have to worry about bringing their own if they are there for an overnight stay. Additionally, counselors are given a list of items (including any favorite stuffed animals) to bring to campers who need to spend the night.
If a camper is staying in the Health Center overnight or receiving care for a unique situation, the health staff always consults with his or her parents. We also understand that young campers away from home with a health problem often need an extra dose of “tender loving care”. Our nurses and infirmary administrators understand that working in a summer camp requires them to be sensitive to the needs of children. It is essential that our nurses have the right temperament to work with children as well as their professional credentials.
Each summer, the goal of our dining room is to provide nutritious and well balanced meals that kids enjoy eating. We strongly believe that food is a key step to ensuring that a camper has an enjoyable summer. Our campers eat cafeteria style with their bunk and counselors. Our counselors get to know their campers’ eating habits and food allergies and help them appropriately.
During the summer, campers are constantly on the go and it’s extremely important that they eat right to maintain their health and energy. We strive to put together a kosher menu that is both diverse and nutritionally sound. Of course, we realize that not every child is going to like every meal. That’s why we make sure that we always have multiple options available.
At breakfast, we offer a full cereal bar, with 6-8 cereal choices, fresh fruit, bread, portion packaged Peanut-Butter & Jelly and yoghurt. At lunch and dinner we offer a full salad bar with 10-12 items, plain pasta (whole wheat and white), bread, Peanut Butter & Jelly and fresh fruit. These items complement our hot entrees which can be seen by clicking on the Sample Camp Menu.
To complement our 3 meals, we offer two daily snacks, once mid morning and again mid afternoon. Snack consists of apple slices, grapes, oranges, cookies, pretzels, or popcorn. Hydration stations are located throughout camp and we also encourage campers to bring their own water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the day.
The NJY Camps has a dedicated GIG Certified Gluten Free kitchen serving meals to match those of our traditional menu. These meals are served from a separate service line with a dedicated salad bar.
We are also a nut aware camp only serving peanut butter in portion packaged containers.
If your child has food allergies/intolerances, please contact us to learn about the different options we can provide.
Example of our camp menu