“ I believe Director involvement is essential to the
success of any camp. Sending your child away to an overnight camp is a
big step for campers as well as their parents. Over the years, I have
been asked every possible question by thousands of parents.”
- Sid Friedman (Owner/Director)
How do I know I’ve packed enough clothing?
You will receive a clothing list prior to the camping season. This is
a useful guideline. Remember, laundry is done weekly with a 2-3 day turnover,
so regardless of how long your child attends camp, the amount of clothes
should be geared for 10 days. We also have washing machines on camp grounds
in the event clothing or bedding needs to be done more often.
How can I assure my child that he or she will be in a cabin
with all of their friends?
Part of going to camp is learning to make new friends. It’s comforting
to be with 1 or 2 friends however, the campers that have the best summers
are ones that don’t know the whole cabin before going to camp for
the first time. As the years pass, a child develops strong relationships
with friends they may not see a whole lot during the year. These friendships
will last a lifetime. Cabin assignments are one of the toughest jobs of
How do you hire your staff?
Our staff is a combination of former campers who have come up through
the ranks, recruitment from employment fairs at Universities nationwide
or Tanuga’s staff networking to identify new recruits. What we're
looking for are individuals who are willing to put the campers first.
Education majors are a good target because teachers tend to make the best
counselors. We also hire a number of foreign staff. We find that the more
diverse the make-up of the staff, the better the summer!
At what age do you feel my child will be ready to go to camp?
Keep in mind that every child is different. Some are ready at six years
old, others not until eight. Consider that in most cases, it will be a
harder adjustment for the parent than the child. The older a child becomes
doesn’t mean it will be easier. Most children begin overnight camping
at ages 7-8, so by waiting until a child is 10 or 11 only means social
interaction and adjustment with campers, many of whom have attended camp
for two to four years already, can be a difficult experience. Find out
how many children in the cabin are new versus returning campers. Possibly
arrange for an informal meeting with other new campers before camp starts.
This will lessen the anxiety when going off to camp.
My son is flying all the way from California. How will he
Tanuga prides itself on participation and seeking out individuals from
all over the country. It may put you at ease to know that your son will
choose his activities independent of cabin mates and be placed with and
experience activities together with those who have similar interests.
All of a sudden he is sharing a learning experience and he’s on
his way to making new friends. My biggest complaint from out-of-state
campers’ parents, is the phone bill they receive from their children
keeping in touch with new camp friends!
Is there a required swim test?
Yes. In order to participate in any of our waterfront activities, a camper
must pass one prerequisite swim test. This involves:
• Swimming 375 yards (15 lengths of 25 yards) of any stroke they
• One length of a proficient stroke; and
• Treading water for one minute with no hands.
If a camper is unable to perform this test, they are placed in a swim
class. If they are able to perform just the 375 yard swim and not pass
the latter, they can participate in water activities as well as being
placed in a swim class.
*All campers are required to wear life jackets while participating in