First Time Families

How does Mohawk prepare children for the First Day of camp?

Before camp starts, Mohawk hosts an event in May, and then two Open House days in June for all enrolled campers – one for preschoolers and another for older campers. Along with a host of fun activities, families meet their child’s Head Counselor, as well as our Directors, Division Directors, Nurses, and Dietician. Preschool campers will also have an opportunity to practice for their first day by taking a bus trip around the block with mom or dad, and then by themselves, as parents wave goodbye for their ninety-second ride.

Prior to the first day of camp, you will receive medical forms to fill out, a Mohawk backpack for your camper, and a Parent Handbook giving you all the information needed about what to wear, what to bring to camp, important policies and procedures, etc. Finally, before camp starts, a bus monitor will visit you at home so that your child knows the first smiling face he or she will see on the first day!

How are groups structured? And how does Mohawk group its campers?

Every group is led by a Head Counselor and four or five General Counselors, each of whom supervises between four and nine children depending upon the campers’ age. These “Subgroups” are designed to provide deeper one-on-one attention and mentoring for each child. Children within an overall group are with one another most of each day. At activities, including swim, groups are broken down further for small-group instruction.

Mohawk carefully groups children based on age, grade, home address, school and whether they are new or returning campers. Please feel free to call our office if you have questions.

Can my child be placed in the same group as a friend?

Campers may request to be grouped with one other camper within the overall group. It is not always possible (nor is it typically important to campers) to put friends in the same subgroup. An important reason for coming to Mohawk is the joy of making new friends! Please note that campers in the same overall group will spend most of their day together, regardless of subgroup divisions.

Does Mohawk Day Camp have a uniform?

Mohawk does not have a required camp uniform. We provide campers with a Mohawk backpack and camp apparel. We ask that campers wear their Mohawk T-shirt on picture day.

What if I need to bring my camper in late, or want to pick him / her up early?

No problem! Just let our office know and we'd be happy to make the necessary arrangements for your camper.

I want to ask one of my child’s counselors to babysit / My child would like a playdate with one of his or her camp friends. How do I arrange this?

We love to see relationships built at camp blossom “in the real world!” Please feel free to call our office and we will be happy to pass along your request to the staff member or parent in question. Once we get their “okay,” we’ll connect you.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or issues?

The Mohawk office is open Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. In most cases, a camper’s Head Counselor or a Swim Director is the best person with whom to talk, because they work most closely with your child. Since their primary responsibility during the camp day is to supervise campers, however, please leave a message with our office. They will call you back when there is a gap in their schedule. Of course, our Director Adam Wallach, as well as your camper’s Division Director, are also available to speak with you.

What if my child is a “picky” eater?

Mohawk’s varied and nutritious meals, which include one cook-out and one pizza day a week, are planned by our chefs with children’s tastes in mind. In the event that your child is a picky eater, we always have plenty of options. Head Counselors serve lunch daily to ensure that every child finds something that he or she likes, including one of our 14 daily alternative choices such as sandwiches, yogurt, bagels and pasta!

What is the Deep Water Test?

Our deep water test is designed to ensure that campers are safe and comfortable in deep water, and it is conducted by a licensed Water Safety Instructor. Campers must be able to swim the width of the pool comfortably (without struggling) using the crawl, return using a backstroke and tread water comfortably for one minute.

Campers who passed the deep water test during the previous camp season may need time to progress to deep water again. Some who may swim in deep water at home or at a club might not be ready for our deep water requirements – which are designed to ensure our campers’ safety.

Often, campers who pass a deep water test will continue to have instruction in shallow water because the best teaching is done when an instructor is in the water with the camper. In these situations, campers are brought to deep water for specific instruction or for a free swim opportunity.

Are the camp buses air-conditioned?

Yes!

What if my child has severe allergies and/or an Epi-Pen?

Many parents choose Mohawk specifically because of the precautions we take to protect children with allergies. We understand that many allergies can be life-threatening and, as always, Mohawk never compromises when it comes to the safety of our campers.

As a “Nut Aware” camp, Mohawk checks the ingredients of every food we serve at camp to ensure that they are free of tree nuts, peanuts, and nut oils, and that they were not manufactured in facilities which use them. Campers, parents and even staff are not allowed to bring food onto campus without the approval of our nutritionist.

Campers who have Epi-Pens keep their medication in our Nurse’s office. Parents can provide additional Epi-Pens for traveling on the camp bus. Counselors, who are Epi-Pen trained will be responsible for the medication that will be contained in a special camper-specific pouch.

We encourage parents to contact Mohawk with any and all questions about our detailed procedures and safeguards for protecting campers with allergies. Mohawk wishes for every child to have the safest summer possible!