Parents

New Families

We know what you’re thinking . . .

Q. Just how “co-ed” is Camp Lenox?

Boys and girls have a separate daily program of Electives and Group Periods. In the evenings, boys and girls going into the 8th grade, and older, will have age-appropriate activities together throughout the week. The older the age group, the greater the frequency of these activities.

Q. How competitive is Camp Lenox?

Although campers at Lenox enjoy competition, their well-being is our first priority. Electives are non-competitive, skill-based activities where learning and fun are the main focuses. Group periods offer recreational competition in the form of league play and “choose up” games. There are several levels of competition available at camp: Intramural leagues, intercamps, and tournaments. No matter which level of competition the camper is involved in, activities always center around getting better and having a good time.

Q. What are the bunks like?

All of the bunks are spacious and have recently been renovated with pine paneling. They all have electricity, showers, sinks, and toilets as well as ample cubby spaces for clothes. All of the girls’ bunks have shower facilities. Boys ages 7-13 also have showers in their cabins while boys ages 14-16 use an individual shower house outside their cabins. Inside the cabins, the staff-to-camper ratio is 1:3.

Q. How do I communicate with my camper during the summer?

Full-summer campers have three scheduled phone calls with home — half-summer campers have two. Parents may also send one-way emails to their children via their online accounts. All emails are printed out and placed in their recipient’s mailbox inside the Canteen.

While emails are best-suited for quick messages, parents should plan on communicating the old-fashioned way: writing letters. Letter writing will be the primary means of communication for campers, who often write their families during Rest Hour each day. There’s nothing better than receiving letters from home while at camp.

Finally, we post photos from camp online every day. Like the one-way emails, these are available for viewing and downloading via your online account. You can even order prints of your favorites!

Q. How do I access my camper’s required forms?

All of your camper’s forms are available from your online account, which is accessed by logging in with the email address and password you entered while enrolling your child. Most of the forms are online and the few that require a signature may be downloaded, printed, and then either re-uploaded to your account or returned to camp by mail.

Q. What kind of medical facilities and personnel are available?

Lenox has a beautiful medical facility, staffed by four live-in, full-time nurses, a part-time medical assistant, a full-time medical driver, and a team of physicians who rotate through camp each week. There is always a physician in residence. Berkshire Medical Center is 30 minutes away from camp should further medical treatment ever be required. Parents must provide their own coverage for illness, injuries, and dental injuries that require medical attention.

Q. What if my child takes prescription medication?

If your child takes prescription medication, you MUST enroll them in our prescription med program, CampMeds. Enrolling is mandatory, no exceptions. All campers taking prescription medications must be registered before arriving at camp.

Q. Are there any religious services at Camp Lenox?

Lenox is a non-denominational camp but we do offer an optional Friday night Shabbat service and provide transportation to local churches.

Q. Is Camp Lenox a uniform camp?

No. We do have official athletic jerseys that are required for intercamp competitions and tournament games. At all other times, campers wear casual sports clothes.

Q. How about the food?

Lenox offers an extensive menu that focuses on healthy, fresh foods. The entire camp eats together, and waitresses serve meals family-style. Cabin counselors sit with their campers during mealtime. A restaurant-style fruit bar or salad bar accompanies every meal, and there’s even a creative “children’s menu” suited for the pickiest of eaters. Special dietary concerns are happily accommodated with advance notice.

Q. My child is new to camp. Are there any opportunities for new campers to meet other campers before the summer begins?

Yes! We host a new camper luncheon in the Tri-state area every December as well as a New Camper Open House “at camp” on Saturday, June 13, 2015, two weeks before camp begins. During this day, campers meet staff, enjoy a barbecue lunch, and have some recreational activity — a taste of what they’ll enjoy during the summer. Campers and their parents receive a tour of the camp as well.

Q. How often is laundry done during the summer?

Each camper receives a color-coded laundry bag to be filled with soiled clothes. The laundry staff collects these bags every Monday, delivers the clothes to the laundry service, and returns them to the campers’ bunks on the following Thursday, filled with clean, folded clothing. Campers should bring their own laundry bag for use while their camp-supplied bag is away.

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