321 Niles Pond Road, Suite ICR, Pocono Mtns.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431
P.O. Box 151, Suite ICR
Peapack, New Jersey 07977
GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION
Camp Cayuga is a private coed residential summer camp for children ages 5 to 15. The camp is located on a secluded 350-acre estate in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, just outside the village of Honesdale. It’s about a 3-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia.
QUALITY & EXPERIENCE
Camp Cayuga was purchased by Mike Buynak in 1964, who turned over the full-time directorship in 1983 to his son, Brian. The Buynaks have owned & operated summer camps since 1957 and have earned a fine reputation over 50 years for providing healthy, safe, fun-filled summers for children! Cayuga is an ACA accredited camp and has exceeded all standards set for safety, personnel, and program.
GUARANTEE TO FIRST-TIME CAMPERS
Everyone has fun at Camp Cayuga - that’s our promise to you! We specialize in first-time campers and back-up our promise with “Cayuga’s First-Time Camper Guarantee”. Our guarantee provides for a full prorated tuition refund to any first-time camper departing prior to the conclusion of his or her registered session. That is, we will refund the excess of tuition after deducting the ordinary charges for the period your child remained in camp. That's a promise!
SEPARATE TEEN CAMPUS
Cayuga’s property is divided into 2 campuses. With two separate campuses, we can provide two separate programs geared to the different age groups on each campus. Teen Campus houses campers entering 8th to 10th grade who are 13 years old (or older) before arriving at camp. Teen Campus is reserved exclusively for teenagers. Junior Campus houses campers entering 1st to 8th grade who are 13 years old or younger. Campers entering 8th grade, who are 13 years of age before arrival, have the option to reside on either campus.
CREATE YOUR OWN ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Campers, entering 5th grade & higher, select their own activities each morning after breakfast. Campers can sign-up with their friends, so they can attend the same activities together that day. There are over 60 different activities offered every day! Cayuga’s Elective Program provides campers the opportunity to explore their individual interests and pursue those interests he/she finds most challenging.
JUNIOR DIVISION ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Campers, entering 4th grade & lower, participate in the Junior Activity Program. Each Junior cabin is provided with its own weekly activity schedule, which is geared to the age and gender of the cabin group. The schedule is different each day of the week! Campers travel together as a “cabin group” to activities under the direct supervision of their counselor.
The camper population is limited to 390 campers. To register your child at Cayuga, you can complete the on-line camper enrollment application or the hard-copy application. Cayuga offers flexible sessions including 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks. Diversity and nonrepetition of the program are two guidelines we use in planning the summer's calendar of events. Sibling credits and "early registration" discounts are available.
OVER 60 DAILY ACTIVITIES
LAND SPORTS: Basketball, USTA Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Archery, Golf, Karate, Judo, Skateboarding, In-Line Skating, Paintball, English Horseback Riding, Western Horseback Riding, Horse Shows, Gymnastics, Tumbling, Extreme Sport Jumping, Kickball, Exercise & Fitness, Weight Training, Roller Hockey, Field Hockey, T-Ball, Gaga, Jogging, Track Meets, Badminton, Wrestling, Flag Football, Volleyball, Newcomb, Riflery, Rugby, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cheerleading, Tetherball, Ping Pong, and Video Arcade Games.
WATER SPORTS: American Red Cross Swim Instruction, Recreational Swimming, Swim Meets, Scuba Diving Clinics, Water Basketball, Water Polo, Water Volleyball, Water Trampoline, Canoeing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Row Boating, Paddle Boats, Kayaks, Tubing, Fishing, Rafting Trips, Canoe Trips, Boating Regatta, Big Beach Bash, Hawaiian Pool Parties, Wet & Wild Water Carnival, and Polar Bear Club.
Creative Arts: Arts & Crafts, Pottery, Pottery Wheel Operation, Ceramics (glazing & firing), Clay Work (sculpting), T-Shirt Creations (tye dyeing, air-brushing, fabric painting, & silk screening), Painting (water color & acrylics), Sketching (charcoal pencils), Drawing, Jewelry Making, Beading, Basket Weaving, Lanyards & Braiding, Macramé, Papier Mache & Plaster Projects, Wood Projects, Copper Enameling, Block Printing, Needle Craft, Mask-Making, Decoupage, Model Rocketry (building & launching Estes Rockets), and Nature Crafts.
Performing Arts: Acting, Drama Productions, Ballet, Social Dance, Modern Dance, Aerobics, Yoga, Zumba, Guitar, Keyboards, and Singing/Choir.
Media Arts: Video Camera Filming, Photography, Photography Darkroom Operation, Radio DJ Broadcasting, Creative Writing for the Camp Newspaper.
FLYING TRAPEZE & CIRCUS ACTS: High Flying Trapeze, Single & Double Stationary Trapeze, Flying Trapeze Performance, Trapeze Competitions, Diabolo, Devil Sticks, Plate Spinning, Juggling, Clowning, Stilt Walking, Unicycling, Acrobatics, and the Rolling Globe.
Adventure & Wilderness: High and Low-Ropes Course, 32’ Climbing Tower, 205’ Zip Line, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, ATV Quads (4-Wheelers), Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Compass Reading, Nature Hikes, Petting Zoo, Cabin Overnights, Horseback Overnights, Cookouts, Rafting Trips, Canoe Trips, and more!
This summer is loaded with exciting trips to Busch Gardens/Williamsburg, Niagara Falls/Canada, New York City, Hershey Amusement Park & The Chocolate World, Dorney Amusement Park & Wild Water Kingdom, Yankees AAA Baseball Games, Backpacking Trips, Rafting/Canoe Trips, Theatre Trips, Golf Course Trips, and many more!
Our success with first-time campers is directly related to the quality of our staff. Each camper is under the close care and direct supervision of at least 2 cabin counselors. Our youngest counselor is entering his sophomore year of college. There is no Junior Staff Program at Cayuga. Our Division Directors assist the cabin counselors, and will frequently communicate with our campers' parents when deemed necessary. In addition, there are over 40 Senior Staff Members who direct and supervise various areas of the camp's program, and stand ready to work with your child on a one-to-one basis to make his/her summer camp experience a successful one. The staff/camper ratio is 1 to 4.
Cayuga features some of the most comprehensive facilities available in camping today: Comfortable Modern Cabins (large bathrooms with 3 to 7 private showers per cabin), 2 Pools, 13-Acre Private Lake, Dining Hall on each campus, Equestrian Center (25 horses, 2 riding rings, scenic trails), Petting Zoo (goats, sheep, mini horse, bunnies, etc), Tennis Center (10 courts), Skate Park (half-pipe, pyramids, ramps, grind rails), Gymnasium, Teen Rec Center, High & Low Adventure Ropes Course (32' climbing tower, 205' zip line, 6 stations), Performing Arts Building, Dance Studio, Aerobics Studio, Martial Arts Room, Weight Training Room, Video Game Room, Roller Hockey Rink, Indoor & Outdoor Basketball Courts, 4 Grass Volleyball Courts, 2 Sand Volleyball Courts, 2 Creative Arts Pavilions, Pottery Room (15 wheels), Ceramics Room (4 kilns), Photography Darkroom, Radio DJ Broadcasting Stations, ATV Track, Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails, Baseball Fields, 4 Athletic Fields, Paintball Fields, 2 Archery Ranges, 2 Riflery Ranges, 4 Golf Cages, 4 Bungee Trampolines, Overnight Sites, Cookout Sites, 2 Snack Bars, Staff Lounge, Separate Teen Campus, and 350 secluded acres for hiking, dreaming, and exploring!
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Cayuga’s comprehensive facilities include: comfortable modern cabins (large bathrooms with 3 to 7 private showers), 2 pools, 13-acre private lake, dining hall on each campus, equestrian center (25 horses, 2 riding rings, scenic trails), petting zoo, tennis center (10 courts), skate park (half-pipe, pyramids, ramps, grind rails), gymnasium, teen rec center, high & lower ropes course (32 ft climbing tower, 205 ft zip line, 6 stations), performing arts building, dance studio, aerobics studio, martial arts room, weight training room, video game room, roller hockey rink, indoor & outdoor basketball courts, 4 grass volleyball courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, 2 creative arts pavilions, pottery room (15 wheels), ceramics room (4 kilns), photography darkroom, 2 radio DJ broadcasting stations, ATV track, mountain biking & hiking trails, baseball fields, 4 athletic fields, paintball fields, 2 archery ranges, 2 riflery ranges, 4 golf cages, 4 bungee trampolines, overnight sites, cookout sites, 2 snack bars, staff lounge, separate Teen Campus, and 350 secluded acres for hiking, dreaming, and exploring.
We hire approximately 130 counselors/instructors and 50 senior staff members. Our counselors are at least 19 years of age or have completed one year in college. Our counselors are hired to instruct over 60 daily activities. Our senior staff is comprised of 50 professional educators, teachers, nurses, and coaches. All Cayuga staff members are dedicated to providing a safe, fun and nurturing environment for our campers. For more information on staff positions, see the employment opportunities available on this page, or visit our website at www.campcayuga.com/jobs for more information. All staff members are required to attend a one-week training orientation session prior to the arrival of our campers.
WHERE DO THE KIDS COME FROM?
Most of the Cayuga campers live in the Tri-State area of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Some kids travel from across the United States. Last summer we had campers from 25 states. There’s also several international campers who last summer traveled from 17 countries! What’s cool is that you’ll make friends from all over the world!
SHOULD I TAKE THE BUS TO CAMP?
More than half of our campers take the bus to camp. We recommend it. It’s a nice way to start your summer….Making friends on the bus before you arrive at camp! The buses are air-conditioned & have a restroom. About 10%-15% of campers travel by plane, while the remaining campers travel by car with their folks.
DO MOST NEW CAMPERS COME TO CAYUGA WITH A FRIEND?
No, most new kids arrive at camp not knowing anyone! Some kids say it’s actually easier to meet a bunch of new kids when you don’t come to camp with a friend from home.
CAN I STAY IN THE SAME CABIN WITH MY FRIEND?
Yes, as long as you and your friend properly complete a Bunk Request Form. There are some conditions you must satisfy like you & your friend must be: 1) Enrolled in the same camp session and 2) Entering the same grade in September. Also, 3) Your parents need to sign this Form. The Bunk Request Form is retrievable off Cayuga’s website on the “Camp Forms” page.
HOW MANY KIDS WILL BE IN MY CABIN?
Most Junior Campus cabins have 8 to 12 kids and 2 or 3 college-enrolled counselors. There are 3 really large cabins on that can have up to 17 kids. Most Teen Campus cabins have between 20 and 23 teenagers plus 2 or 3 counselors. The Teen Campus cabins are double the size of the standard Junior Campus cabin.
DO I HAVE TO CLEAN UP MY CABIN?
Yes, cabin clean-up is scheduled for 30 minutes after breakfast everyday. You’ll have to make your bed, tidy-up your clothes in the cubby, and do one cabin chore. The chores rotate among the cabinmates. Chores include: sweeping, mopping, emptying the cabin’s trash can, opening the windows, clearing-off the outside clothesline, etc. Our camp staff is responsible for cleaning & disinfecting your cabin’s bathroom daily. By the way, the cleanest boys & girls cabin each week is awarded a pizza party in town. Yeah!!!
IS THERE A BATHROOM INSIDE MY CABIN AND IS IT NICE?
Yes, each cabin has its own bathroom. On Junior Campus most cabin bathrooms include 4 sinks, 3 private showers, and 3 toilets. The largest bathroom has 5 sinks, 4 showers, & 4 toilets! On Teen Campus, the typical bathroom includes 8 sinks, 7 private showers, and 7 toilets! Each bathroom includes a closet, for hanging-up your stuff. There’s plenty of hot water too! All bathrooms were recently renovated between 2006-2010.
WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHES DO THE KIDS WEAR AT CAMP?
Camp is no place to be worried about fashion. So, “casual” wear is in-style at Cayuga. A t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers is worn by mostly everyone including the senior staff and counselors.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK MY STUFF IN?
Most kids use large soft trunks for packing their camp clothes. Some kids bring hard trunks and other kids use suitcases. Duffel bags are popular too. You can keep your trunk under your bed and use it for storage, or you can put your trunk in “camp storage” during your stay, if you’d like.
CAN I BRING COSTUMES & PROPS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS OR EVENING ACTIVITIES?
Sure thing! There’s a bunch of fun evening activities & special events where a costume or unique prop from home will come in-handy. Our Big Talent Show, “Stars in Your Eyes” Night, Halloween Social, Hippie Social, and 1950’s Dance are just a few events where your costume will be a big help! Of course, you can always create your own prop or costume at the Creative Arts Pavilion. Go the “Calendar Events” webpage under the Program Section to learn what & when these events are scheduled throughout the summer.
CAN I BRING STUFF TO DECORATE MY AREA IN THE CABIN?
Yes, some kids bring stuffed animals, framed photo of their family & friends from home, and wall posters. By the way, the posters must be rated “G”.
WHAT'S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
Well, 4 days a week you’ll follow a “regular” schedule and wake-up is at 7:40am. The remaining 3 days you’ll follow a “late-breakfast” schedule and wake-up at 8:40am. The regular schedule includes 7 periods each day with first period being a sign-up period for activity choices (unless you’re a Junior). Each activity period is about 1 hour (includes 10 minute travel time between activities). Everybody meets together at the flagpole twice a day – once in the morning before breakfast to raise the American flag and again before the Evening Activity to lower the American flag. The Evening Activity begins on Junior Campus at 7:45pm and at 8:45pm on Teen Campus. There’s a different activity every night of the summer!
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE WEEKENDS?
Actually, weekends at camp are kinda like any other day of the week. In fact, during camp it’s easy to forget what day of the week it is! Anyway, the weekend program is the same as the weekday program. Cayuga’s Special Events (like: beach bash, water carnival, backwards day, camper-counselor day, etc.) are usually scheduled on weekdays, not on weekends.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON?
You’ll get the scoop about what’s going-on from your counselors. They’ll explain everything to you. They’ll show you how to: sign-up for your daily electives, join the intercamp tournament teams, ride in horse shows, go to baseball games, and a lot more stuff. The Senior Staff members will remind you too with their announcements at morning and evening flagpole assemblies. All other camp news (like cabin inspection scores, team rosters, tournament brackets, etc. are posted daily on the camp bulletin board.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHERE ACTIVITIES ARE LOCATED?
On your first day your counselor will give you a tour around camp. We’ll show you the location of all activity sites, cookout areas, overnight sites, and infirmary. The Cayuga Elective Program Staff are out-and-about while the activity program is in progress. They’ll gladly show you where the activities are located and will lend a helping hand at any time.
WHAT'S MY ACTIVITY SCHEDULE LIKE? I'M ENTERING 4TH GRADE AFTER CAMP.
If you’re in the Junior Division (entering 4th grade or lower), you’ll follow a “structured” activity schedule that incorporates a few individual “free-choice” periods. Your activity schedule is different every day! You’ll always travel to/from your activities under the direct supervision of a cabin counselor.
WHAT'S MY ACTIVITY SCHEDULE LIKE? I'M ENTERING 5TH GRADE.
If you’re entering 5th grade or higher, you get to pick your activities each morning after breakfast. You sign-up at the same time as other campers in your age group. This way, you can get together with all of your friends and plan your activity schedule together! You don’t have to select your activities in advance! Our campers say this is one of the best features about Cayuga’s Elective Program.
HOW WILL I REMEMBER WHAT ACTIVITIES TO ATTEND EACH DAY?
Well, if you’re a Junior you simply follow the activity schedule assigned to you. If you’re older and selecting your own activities, you’ll receive an Activity Card each day. On this Card is a list of the activities you selected & the time period for each activity. If you lose your card, don’t worry! The Elective Program Staff have copies of your activity selections.
MUST I ATTEND MY ACTIVITIES?
Yes, you must attend your activities. If you’re a Junior, your cabin counselor will escort you to the activities. If you’re participating in Cayuga’s Elective Program, instructors will take attendance at the beginning of each activity period. It is assumed that you’re selecting an activity that interests you, so attendance & participation is expected from all campers
DO I STAY IN MY CABIN ON RAINY DAYS?
No, actually you spend very little time in your cabin - no matter what the weather is like! Except for rest period, you're "out and about". On rainy days the campers follow a special “Indoor Program” which utilizes the Gym, Teen Rec Center, Martial Arts Room, 2 Dance Studios, 2 Creative Arts Pavilions, Pottery Room, Ceramics Room, Exercise & Fitness Room, 2 Radio Broadcasting Stations, Game Room, Performing Arts Room, and 2 Dining Halls. As you can see, there’s plenty of indoor space for rainy day games and activities!
CAN I CHECK OUT THE OTHER CAMPUS?
Yes, you will have a chance to check-out the other campus because there are activity sites which are shared between the two campuses. The lake, stables, petting zoo, hockey rink, skate park, and paintball fields are located on Teen Campus and are shared with the kids who are living on Junior Campus. The flying trapeze, ropes course (climbing wall, zip line, etc), bungee trampoline rig (extreme sport jumping), ATV quad track, photography darkroom, game room and tennis center (10 courts) are located on Junior Campus and are shared with the campers who are living on Teen Campus. Sometimes the oldest kids on Junior Campus (entering 8th grade) participate in the evening activities on Teen Campus. And, sometimes the teenagers on Teen Campus come over to Junior Campus to perform their skits & recitals in front of the younger campers.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING REST PERIOD?
Most kids relax during Rest Period. You can write letters, read, play quiet games & stuff like that. Many campers are scheduled to go to the Canteen (camp store) during Rest Period. There are also group meetings scheduled during Rest Period. These meetings are mandatory if you sign-up for the canoe trip, backpacking trip, Canada trip, and/or Busch Gardens trip. During the meeting, safety procedures & rules are reviewed.
CAN I WATCH TV?
Sorry, no TV - but don’t worry about it. Since there’s so much action going-on day & night, you won’t miss watching TV. By the way, the only way to get television reception at camp is via satellite. TVs are prohibited, so don’t bring your TV to camp.
DO I HAVE TO BE A GOOD ATHELETE TO HAVE FUN AT CAYUGA?
No, absolutely not! Camp Cayuga offers a wide variety of activities for all types of kids. If you enjoy competitive sports and athletic-type activities, Cayuga has plenty! If you don’t like competitive activities, that’s OK too. There are dozens of non-competitive activities to choose from, including: pottery, ceramics, the flying trapeze, model rocketry, drama, circus acts, petting zoo, sailing, boating, fishing, extreme sport jumping, chorus, dance, photography, video camera filming, camp newspaper, zip line, creative arts, lake activities (floating ice berg, water trampoline, rolling log), radio broadcasting, rec swim, and a lot more!
WHAT SPORTS EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
You’ll need to bring a softball mitt/baseball glove. If you plan to skate, you’ll need to bring your skateboard and skates. Cayuga has a limited inventory of inline skates, and recommends you bring your own skates to camp. Safety equipment, including a helmet and safety pads (for knees, elbows, & wrists), is provided by the camp. If you plan to play lacrosse, you’ll need to bring your gear. Cayuga has a limited inventory of lacrosse gear, but again, you’re better off bringing your own gear to camp. Even though the necessary supplies for all other activities are supplied by Cayuga, some kids still prefer to bring their own tennis racket, hockey stick, fishing rod, horseback riding helmet, and golf clubs. It’s OK to bring this stuff, but remember to mark/label each item with your name!
WHAT'S THE STORY ON INTERCAMP TOURNAMENTS? ARE THERE TRY-OUTS?
If you’re athletic and enjoy competing in sports, Cayuga’s Intercamp Tournament Program is for you! There’s a team for practically every land & water sport! If you want to compete in a tournament, all you have to do is sign-up for the team. There’s no pressure in “making the team” because there are no try-outs! Cayuga competes in over 120 tournaments with other neighboring camps in Wayne County. Some tournaments will take place at Cayuga (“home games”) while others will take place at neighboring camps (“away games”). If you’re not athletic and don’t want to compete, that’s OK all Intercamp Tournaments are voluntary.
CAN THE BOYS & GIRLS DO ACTIVITIES TOGETHER?
Yeah of course, Cayuga is a coed camp! All “day” activities are coed (unless they involve physical contact, such as flag football & soccer). The “evening” activities are coed too. Keep in mind Camp Cayuga’s traditional ”10 Foot Rule” is always in effect. This rule states that boys are not permitted within 10 feet of a girl’s cabin, and girls aren’t permitted within 10 feet of a boy’s cabin.
SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR THE 3-DAY TRIPS?
Cayuga offers a 3-day trip to Busch Gardens, Virginia in the first-half session and a 3-day trip to Canada & Niagara Falls in the second half-session. They’re great camp trips and you’re guaranteed to have an awesome time! Advance registration is required. Both trips are popular and spaces fill-up early. If you’re interested, don’t delay signing-up. If you don’t attend these trips, you’ll continue to follow your regular activity schedule. During the trip dates, the daily program at camp operates as usual.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR TRIPS TO YANKEE AAA BASEBALL GAMES?
It’s easy. All you need to do is sign-up in the morning on the day of the game. (You don’t have to register in advance.) We’ll remind you at morning flagpole assembly when a baseball game is scheduled. If you’re a “Junior Division” camper, you can attend “day” games. If you’re entering 5th grade or higher, you can attend both “day” and “night” games. The stadium is less than an hour from camp. To learn more about AAA Yankee Baseball Trips, go to the “Program” sign on Cayuga’s website and click “Trips”.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO GO ON CANOE TRIPS?
In order to go on a Delaware River Canoe Trip, you must pass Cayuga’s Deep Water Swim Test and Canoe Test. In other words, you must be a good swimmer and know how to properly paddle in a canoe. Before the trip, you’ll watch a River Safety video. It’s a short 10-minute training video produced by the American Red Cross. The video shows the inherent dangers of the river and helps you prepare for the trip. Also, Cayuga’s Waterfront Director will remind you of the camp’s safety rules & procedures before you go on the trip. The Delaware River is located only 45 minutes from camp. Canoe Trips are full of excitement and beautiful natural surroundings!
ANY TRIPS TO AMUSEMENT PARKS?
Yes, and they’re awesome trips! This summer we’re going to Dorney Amusement Park & The Wild Water Kingdom, and Hershey Amusement Park & The Chocolate World. One Amusement Park Trip is scheduled during the first-half session and the other during the second-half session. It’s an action-packed full-day loaded with thrilling rides and entertainment. The entire camp population attends the trip together. That includes the campers, counselors, senior staff members, and all support staff too. It’s a BIG trip and a lot of fun for everyone! We depart camp after an “early” breakfast and return to camp an hour after curfew (that’s between 10:00pm and 11:30pm). Lunch and dinner meals are served at the Park. There is no extra charge for these trips. (They’re included in your Canteen Fund.) To learn more about Cayuga’s Trips Program, go to the “Program” sign on Cayuga’s website and click “Trips”.
WILL I GET THE CHANCE TO PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF?
Sure! Golf Trips to Cricket Hill Golf Course are scheduled about every 10 days. The course is really nice and located only 30 minutes from camp. One Cayuga staff member is assigned to each foursome. We typically play 9 holes. Cayuga provides the golf clubs/bag and golf balls. If you prefer, you can bring your own golf clubs to camp. All you need to do is sign-up in the morning on the day of the golf trip. (You don’t have to register in advance.) You’re eligible to attend a Golf Trip as long as you’re deemed qualified to play on a public golf course. By the way, golf instruction is offered daily on the camp property inside netted golf cages.
CAN I PLAY IN PAINTBALL GAMES?
If you are entering 5th grade or higher, you’re old enough to sign-up for Paintball Games. The Paintball Activity is offered daily and takes place on Cayuga’s paintball fields. The large playing area consists of open fields, rolling hills, trees, bunkers and several man-made obstacles. Camp Cayuga follows the same safety guidelines set forth by the commercial professional paintball areas, and safety rules are reviewed before each game. You’ll be provided with the paintball gun, pellets, and safety equipment (face protection). Towards the end of the summer, Cayuga sponsors the Annual Intercamp Championship Paintball Tournament. It’s a series of paintball games played against kids from other nearby camps. Cayuga’s Paintball Activity is optional and advance registration is required. More information about Paintball can be found on Cayuga's website.
CAN I GO HORSEBACK RIDING EVERYDAY?
You can ride everyday! And guess what, Daily Horseback Riding is included in the camp tuition. Camp Cayuga features a top quality horseback riding program in a traditional camp setting. You can participate in a well-rounded activity program, and at the same time, you can concentrate in equestrian activities! If you’re a “Junior Camper”, your activity schedule includes 2 optional riding periods. (Additional classes are available if requested.) If you’re an “Intermediate Camper” or older (5th grade & up), you can sign-up to go riding everyday. The Equestrian Center features 2 riding rings, miles of scenic trails, and about 25 horses.
CAN I SPEND MORE TIME AT THE STABLES?
Yes. If you’re participating in the Elective Program (entering 5th grade & higher), you can sign-up for an activity called Junior Stable Staff. It’s an activity reserved for kids who want to help-out caring for the horses. You can assist Cayuga’s Stable Staff in grooming, feeding, watering, walking-out the horses after a lesson, and mucking-out (only if you want to). This activity also includes caring for the animals at the Petting Zoo (bunnies, goat, sheep, calf). The Junior Stable Staff Program is a separate activity from Horseback Riding. It gives you more time at the Equestrian Center!
CAN I RIDE IN HORSE SHOWS?
Yes. If you’d like to ride in a Horse Show, all you have to do is sign-up at camp. There are no try-outs. The horse show classes are categorized by ability, so if you’re a beginner you’ll be riding in a class with other beginners. There are usually 5 Horse Shows scheduled each summer (2 of them are scheduled on Visiting Day). In addition to Horse Shows, Cayuga’s Horseback Riding Program includes instruction for all levels of ability, trail rides, and weekly horseback overnights. They’re a lot of fun!
DOES THE SKATE PARK HAVE A VARIETY OF RAMPS & RAILS?
Cayuga’s Skate Park is loaded with a variety of ramps, including straight grind rails, kinked grind rails, quarter pipes with rails, half-pipes, bank ramps with rails, roll-ins, wedges, spines, and a recently added large half-pyramid with wedge jump combos and an angled flat ledge. The Skate Park also features a huge half-pipe that measures 40 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 11 feet high. Cayuga’s ramps were professionally designed and built by 2 of the industry’s leaders: Woodward Ramps & Rails and Hot Rails Inc. These ramps & rails have an excellent reputation in the skate park industry for durability, ride-ability and safety. Whether you’re roller blading or skate boarding on these ramps & rails, you’re guaranteed to have fun!
SHOULD I SIGN UP TO RIDE ATVs?
Well, you don’t have to sign-up for Quad Riding to have a good time at camp. There are plenty of action-packed activities that will guarantee you an awesome time. But if you think you’d enjoy it, we suggest you give it a try because it really is a lot of fun. ATV Quad Riding is an optional activity and advance registration is required. All campers are eligible to participate in the ATV Quad Riding Program subject to an evaluation of your physical & mental maturity. You’ll be given a Safety Control Test at camp to determine your ability to manage the quad and understand its operation. The Quads (ATV 4-wheelers) are child-size and are driven only on the Quad Track under the supervision of the Quad Instructors. The camp will provide you with safety equipment including a helmet, eye protectors, and safety pads.
WHAT IS EXTREME SPORT JUMPING?
Extreme Sport Jumping is one of the wildest activities at camp, and now it’s recognized as an Olympic sanctioned event. It’s a large rig that combines a trampoline with a bungee cord. The rig features four separate trampolines, so 4 campers can participate at one time! You’re hooked-up to a bungee cord that’s connected to a hydraulic lift. As you jump higher and higher, the hydraulic lift readjusts the height settings on the rig. With this safety feature, you can never over-stretch the bungee cord while jumping. There’s no other system like it. Imagine this - the bungee cord can propel you up to 24 feet in the air! Extreme Sport Jumping is one of our most popular activities at camp!
CAN ALL CAMPERS GO ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE?
Yes, of course. If you’re in the Junior Division, your cabin schedule includes the Flying Trapeze Activity about twice a week. If you’re entering 5th grade or higher, you can select the Flying Trapeze Activity everyday. It's a thrill of a lifetime to fly through the air on the flying trapeze! This activity will bring a high level of excitement to your summer camp experience, and we highly recommend you try it. You’ll really like it! It’s exciting and thrilling, and definitely unforgettable!
ARE THERE CABIN COOKOUTS AND CAN I GO ON AN OVERNIGHT WITH MY FRIENDS?
Yes, cookouts and overnights take place every night during the summer! The cookout sites and overnight areas are located in secluded wooded areas on the camp property. The areas were chosen for their privacy and natural beauty. While cabin cookouts and overnights are optional, the camp staff will encourage you to attend. First, you set-up the overnight area and collect wood. After starting the fire, you’ll grill burgers & hot dogs for dinner. And later, after telling stories around the campfire at nightfall, you’ll sleep-out under the stars.
WHAT ABOUT NATURE HIKES AND BACKPACKING TRIPS?
Nature Hiking is an optional activity that’s scheduled as a double-period everyday at camp. If you’re a serious hiker, you can sign-up for our Backpacking Trips that are scheduled about once a week. Backpacking takes place at Ricketts Glen State Park. It’s a beautiful area for backpacking, and you’ll love the scenery! Ricketts Glen is less than an hour from camp and includes a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, including “Ganoga Falls” that’s 94 feet high! It’s one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania! You’re eligible to go as long as you’re deemed physically mature to hike the terrain. Oh yeah, you’ll need hiking boots and a sports bottle. All other equipment (backpacks, etc.) is provided by Camp Cayuga.
DOES CAYUGA'S ADVENTURE PROGRAM INCLUDE A ROPES COURSE?
Yes. The Ropes Course features 6 stations including a 32’ climbing tower, 205’ zip line, spider web, tension traverse, port hole, and fidget ladder. The Climbing Tower and Zip Line are two of the most popular stations. At the climbing tower, you’ll learn how to rock climb and rappel. On the zip line, you’ll glide over 200 feet down the hillside through the woods! It’s so much fun, you’ll want to do it over and over again.
ARE THERE ANY CLINICS?
Yes, every summer Cayuga offers at least one type of clinic. The clinics will generally rotate depending upon the availability of the clinic professionals. In the past, clinics have been offered in Scuba Diving, Circus Acts, 5-Star Basketball, and Paintball. Scuba Diving Clinics are generally scheduled once in each session. If you’re entering 5th grade (or higher) and have basic swimming skills, you’re eligible to sign-up for the Scuba Diving Clinic. For more info on Clinics this summer, see the Calendar of Events on Cayuga’s website.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DINNER?
Around 7:30pm (8:30pm on Teen Campus) the entire campus population meets at the flagpole. That’s when we lower the American Flag and make announcements about upcoming events. After flagpole assembly, the Evening Program begins. To see this summer’s Evening Activity Schedule, see the Calendar of Events on our website.
WHAT ARE THE EVENING ACTIVITIES LIKE?
Well, some kids say it’s “the highlight” of each day. It’s the time when all campers unite, and camper enthusiasm & spirit peaks! The Evening Activities are different every night, and for the most part, they are scheduled separately on each campus. Once in awhile, the teens perform in front of the Junior Campus kids and sometimes the 8th graders from Junior Campus attend an Evening Activity on Teen Campus.
ARE THERE ANY DANCES?
Yes, “Socials” are scheduled about once a week. The themes include the Halloween Social, Roman Toga Social, Hip Hop Social, 1950’s Sock Hop Social, Hippie Social, and others. Everyone participates including the campers, cabin counselors, and senior staff. Socials are loaded with good music, dancing, costume contests, theme décor, etc. They’re a lot of fun - even if you don’t dance! At the end of the first-half session, we have a “Farewell Social”. This is a “fancy” dance most of us get dressed-up for. At the end of the summer, both campuses get together at the “Prom”. This is the final dance of the summer, so everyone dresses-up for it. There’s usually quite a bit of dancing going on. A Professional DJ and his crew provide the music, light show, and entertainment for both the Farewell Social and Prom.
WHAT HAPPENS ON MY BIRTHDAY?
Birthdays are special at Camp Cayuga. We begin the celebration at morning flagpole assembly when we raise the Birthday Flag, and make a congratulatory announcement on your behalf. After lunch you’ll receive a birthday card in the mail from the camp staff along with a “Birthday Care-Package” loaded with Cayuga stuff, like: a camp t-shirt, frisbee, sports bottle, Cayuga key chain, and a few more fun surprises! We’ll also jazz-up your table in the dining hall with birthday decorations. Then, at dinner we sing the Happy Birthday song to you. And for dessert, you & your cabinmates will enjoy a special birthday cake, baked by our chef.
WHO HELPS ME IF I HAVE A PROBLEM?
Cayuga counselors have a good reputation for “caring” and making sure you’re having a great time. Cabin counselors are at least 19 years of age and entering their sophomore year (or higher) in college. You also have a Division Director. This is an older adult who’s in charge of the campers and counselors in your division. Your Division Director will introduce himself/herself to you on arrival day. He/she will introduce himself/herself to your parents via email within the first 3 days of your arrival. Just like your counselors, your Division Director is always available to lend a helping hand when you need it.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL SICK?
If you ever feel sick, the camp nurses will take care of you. They’ll do their best to make you feel comfortable in the camp infirmary. There are about 6 nurses and they all live in the infirmary. They’re available all the time. The camp nurses are nice (they’re usually moms who have their own kids attending Cayuga). If you ever need outside medical treatment, the nurses will notify your parents. The local medical clinic and hospital are less than 10 minutes from camp.
CAN I SPEND SOME TIME WITH MY BROTHER OR SISTER?
Yes, you can. One way is to join the Sibling Club. As a member of this Club, you’ll be given permission to spend a couple periods (about 2 hours) together with your sibling. The Club members meet about every 10 days. The Sibling Club Leader will organize an event for each Club Meeting, which in the past included baking cookies together, working on an arts & crafts project together, eating a meal together, and so on. The Sibling Club was originally created to give siblings, who lived on different campuses, a chance to get together. Today, the Sibling Club is available to all campers no matter what campus you live on.
CAN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT?
Yes, there are 2 official Visiting Days. One Visiting Day is scheduled during the first-half session and the other during the second-half session. Your parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives, and friends are invited to visit you. Certain activity areas will be open for you & your visitors (like the pools, sailing, boating, tennis, creative arts, bungee trampoline jumping, etc.). You can also ride in the Visiting Day Horse Show! (Sorry kids, your pets are not permitted to visit.) See the “Calendar of Events” page on Cayuga’s website for this summer’s Visiting Day dates.
CAN MY PARENTS TELEPHONE ME?
Yes, your parents are permitted to call you at camp, but your incoming calls are limited to 1 call every 2 weeks. There is no limit on the number of telephone calls you make when you’re off the camp property. So, if you’re attending an off-camp trip, you can telephone anyone you wish and talk as long as you want (since you’re not tying-up the office telephone lines at camp).
CAN I RECEIVE MAIL?
Yes, of course. The mail is delivered and picked-up everyday except Sunday. There’s no limit to the amount of letters you can receive, but you are required to write your parents at least once a week. We call it Letters Home for Dinner. This means you have to bring your letter (addressed to your parents) to the dinner meal. If you’re too busy to write a long letter, you can use “fill-in-the-blank” letters that are available at camp. They’re real easy to fill-in. By the way, the canteen (camp store) sells stamps, writing paper, envelopes, and pens.
CAN I RECEIVE CARE-PACKAGES?
Yes. While most camps nowadays prohibit care-packages, Cayuga still permits them as long as they abide by the camp’s guidelines. In addition to books, magazines, & games, you can receive food items like pretzels and crackers (like “goldfish”), as long as they’re stored in a sealed “rubber-maid” type container. Other types of food and candy are prohibited.
CAN MY PARENTS EMAIL ME?
Yes, your parents can email you, but in order to do so, they must use “Bunk1 Email Service”. This is an independent company who manages all incoming personal email messages by bundling and sorting them. It’s a simple process. More information is explained on Cayuga’s website.
WILL I NEED TO BRING MONEY TO CAMP?
Yes, all campers should bring money to camp. You’ll need money for personal stuff you buy in the canteen and on off-camp trips. If you plan to attend AAA baseball games, golf course trips, Busch Gardens trip, or any other trip, you’ll need to bring more money with you to camp. The more trips you attend, the more money you’ll need. By the way, Camp Cayuga has a bank that will hold your money in safekeeping. The Camp Bank is open 6 days a week for deposits and withdrawals.
WHAT KIND OF STUFF IS SOLD AT THE CANTEEN?
The Canteen is the camp store. It’s open everyday of the summer (except for the 2 Amusement Park Trip Days). You’ll go to the canteen everyday to receive your daily snack. Your daily snack allowance lets you spend up to $1.50. (The allowance is included in the Canteen Fund which is paid in advance by your parents.) The Canteen sells snacks like pretzels, chips, ice cream, popcorn, Granola bars, fruit drinks, soda, bottled water, slushies, and other snacks too. The canteen also stocks general supplies like: batteries, stationery, stamps, prepaid calling cards, toothbrushes, tooth paste, single-use cameras, diabolos, devil sticks, sports bottles, Estes model rockets, a variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, shorts, baseball caps, visors, backpacks, and carry-on bags.
CAN I ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES?
Yes. Attendance at religious services is voluntary. You do not have to go! Camp Cayuga is a nonsectarian summer camp that places no emphasis on religion. If you’d like to attend Religious Services this summer, it’s no problem. Cayuga will accommodate all campers who wish to attend religious services. Jewish services take place on the camp property at the lakefront on Fridays. The service is led by a Cayuga staff member. Christian services are available in town for various religions on Sunday mornings. Transportation is provided by Camp Cayuga. Generally speaking, there are not a lot of campers who are interested in attending religious services.
HOW IS THE CAMP FOOD?
The camp food is actually quite good. Ask any camper who went to Cayuga, and they’ll tell you the same thing. The meats, fish, vegetables, and fruit are of the very best quality. If you’re a picky eater, don’t worry about it! There’s always choices available at each meal. In addition to the main entrée at lunch & dinner, there’s always a pasta substitute. There’s also a complete salad bar every lunch and dinner, as well as peanut butter & jelly. No camper ever leaves the table hungry!
WHO ARE THE CAMP DIRECTORS & WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?
Brian Buynak is the Camp Owner. He also directs Junior Campus during the summer. He first attended camp in 1957 when he was only 3 months old. (His parents were camp owners at the time.) Brian hasn’t missed a summer at camp since then! He’s been the owner & director since 1983. He’s a pretty cool guy and you’ll always see him around (flagpole assemblies, in the dining hall during meal times, at evening activities, etc.). He has a habit of appearing out of nowhere when you least expect it! Brian enlightens us all with his “Thought for the Day” at morning flagpole assembly. Cayuga’s Teen Campus Director is Steve "Bealzy" Beals. Steve lives on the camp property year-round. He started his camping career as a counselor at Cayuga in 1984 and became the Teen Campus Director in 1994. Steve is a likeable guy who enjoys spending his summers with teenagers.
DO I HAVE TO WASH MY DIRTY CLOTHES?
No, you don’t have to worry about washing your clothes. Once a week your dirty clothes & bed linens will be washed by an independent laundry company who Camp Cayuga has contracted with. On Laundry Day, you’ll empty your personal laundry bag into your large cabin laundry bag. The large cabin bags are then carried by your counselors to a designated area. This is the area where the Laundry Company picks-up and delivers the laundry. The pick-up days are once a week. We’ll make announcements at flagpole to remind you when it’s Laundry Day. It takes the Laundry Company 2 days to wash, dry, fold, and return the laundry. The general rule is to bring 10 days worth of clothes, no matter how long you’re staying.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO BRING?
After you register, we’ll mail you a recommended clothing list that includes everything you’ll need to bring to camp. The list includes clothing and gear. It also includes of list of optional items you may need as well as prohibited items you cannot bring.
WHO RECEIVES AWARDS AT CAMP?
There’s a very good chance you’ll earn an award this summer! Cayuga is real serious when it comes to recognizing campers for their achievements and success. Cayuga is just as serious when it comes to enthusiasm & good sportsmanship. You don’t have to be the best hitter on the field to receive a baseball award, and you don’t have to be the best rider to receive a horse show ribbon. What’s most important is your effort! Camper of the Week awards are presented at flagpole assembly once a week. This award goes to the best camper in each cabin. The winner is selected by the cabin counselors. For your effort, you’re awarded a Cayuga pennant and “Camper-of-the-Week” t-shirt. Activity certificates and trophies are presented at the Oscar Ceremony (which takes place at the end of the first-half session) and again at the Banquet (end of summer).
CAN MY PARENTS SEE ME HAVING FUN AT CAMP?
Yes, your parents can see you having fun at camp! They may not see you “in person”, but they can see you in photographs on Cayuga’s website. That’s right! Cayuga’s photographer takes pictures all day every day. In the evenings, he copies the pictures onto a computer and uploads them in the Summer SnapShots section. Your parents can go to Cayuga’s website everyday and look for pictures of you at your activities. Parents will really like this!
CAN I CHANGE MY SESSION AND STAY LONGER AT CAMP?
Well, that’s a compliment to the Cayuga Staff and we’d like to say, “Sure you can stay longer”. But, sometimes there’s no space available! If there is space for you, we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. The best advice is to tell your counselor as soon as you start thinking about staying longer. We’ll make a note of your request and if space becomes available, we’ll notify you and your parents. The important thing to remember is to let your counselors know as soon as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE TO GO HOME EARLY?
We hope that doesn’t happen, and quite frankly, it rarely happens. But if you do decide to depart camp prior to the end of your registered session, Camp Cayuga’s First-Time Camper Guarantee will be applied. That means, as long as you abide by the camp’s departure procedures, your parents will receive a full prorated refund of the camp tuition. That is, Cayuga will refund the excess of tuition paid after deducting the ordinary charges for the period you remained in camp. That’s Cayuga’s promise to all First-Time Campers!
CAN I TAKE A TOUR OF CAYUGA?
Yes, absolutely! The best time to visit is at Open House. If you’re unable to attend Open House, that’s OK. You can tour Cayuga any time. Our “Open Door” policy encourages tours and provides flexibility for tour dates. The Directors are available for tours seven days a week. We’re proud of our facility and enjoy giving tours! If you’d like a tour, just give us a call. For more information about Cayuga's Open House go to our website.
WILL I RECEIVE A CAYUGA YEARBOOK?
Yes. At the end of each summer, all of the Summer Snap Shots are burned onto a DVD (along with some music). It’s about a 4 hour slide show of 1000s of photos of campers and staff from the summer. The DVD gets duplicated, then mailed to every camper. You’ll receive your very own DVD Summer Yearbook in the Winter.
IS THERE A REUNION AFTER CAMP?
Yes, camp reunions started way back in 1964 when the Buynak Family purchased Camp Cayuga. For 45+ years, campers & staff have been getting together after the summer. The Annual Winter Reunion is a tradition at Cayuga and a special event we all look forward to. It's a great opportunity to see all of your friends from camp in one day! It’s a lot of fun. You know, in many ways it feels like you’re back at camp! In recent years, the reunion has been held at Space Odyssey in Englewood, New Jersey. It’s a huge family entertainment center, loaded with 26,000 square feet of high-tech video games and other amusing attractions. You & your camp friends can also play laser tag, glow-in-the-dark bowling, and paintless paintball. Space Odyssey has everything!
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PARENTS CANNOT ATTEND VISITING DAY?
If you are not expecting visitors on Visiting Day, you will attend a special “Mystery Trip” for the day. You’ll depart from Cayuga before Visiting Day begins (10:00am) and will return after Visiting Day ends (4:00pm). The trip is a lot of fun!
CAN I TAKE PRIVATE TENNIS LESSONS?
Yes. Private tennis lessons are available everyday at camp. They take place during the day at Cayuga’s Tennis Center. Private Lessons are given by the Tennis Pro, and his assistants who are qualified tennis instructors. There are 10 courts at the Tennis Center, so the private lessons don’t interfere with the regular tennis instruction program. Regular tennis lessons typically include 2 to 5 campers with 1 instructor. While this ratio is satisfactory for most campers, nothing beats one-on-one private instruction! The Private Tennis Lesson Program is optional and advance registration is required.
MY LAST QUESTION – WHEN DO I GO TO BED AT NIGHT?
Hey, you saved the most popular question for last! The answer is: If you’re entering 4th grade or lower, you return to your cabin at 9:00pm and your cabin lights get turned-off at 9:30pm. If you’re entering 5th or 6th grade, you return to your cabin at 9:30pm and your cabin lights get turned-off at 10:00pm. If you’re residing on Junior Campus and entering 7th or 8th grade in September, you have a 10:00pm curfew and your cabin lights get turned-off at 10:30pm. If you’re residing on Teen Campus, you have a 10:30pm curfew and your cabin lights get turned-off at 11:00pm.
Camp Season: June 27, 2013 to August 18, 2013
Multiple camper discounts available
- SessionDates# CampersTuition
- Full Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2013 to 8/18/2013390 Campers$7,175.00
- First day: Thursday, June 27th. Last day: Sunday, August 18th. Visiting day: Sunday, July 7th & Saturday, August 3rd. ---- Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- First 6 Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2013 to 8/5/2013390 Campers$5,825.00
- Start: Thursday, June 27th. End: Monday, August 5th. Visiting Day: Sunday, July 7th & Saturday August 3rd. ------- Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Last 6 Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/10/2013 to 8/18/2013390 Campers$5,500.00
- Start: Wednesday, July 10th. End: Sunday, August 18th. Visiting Day: Saturday, August 3rd. ------- Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- First Half Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2013 to 7/23/2013390 Campers$3,975.00
- First day: Thursday, June 27th. Last day: Tuesday, July 23th. Visiting day: Sunday, July 7th. ---- Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Second Half Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/24/2013 to 8/18/2013390 Campers$3,575.00
- First day: Wednesday, July 24st. Last day: Sunday, August 18th. Visiting day: Saturday, August 3rd. ---- Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- First 2-Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2013 to 7/9/2013390 Campers$1,950.00
- First Day: Thursday, June 27th. Last Day: Tuesday, July 9th. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Second 2-Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/10/2013 to 7/23/2013390 Campers$2,100.00
- First Day: Wednesday, July 10th. Last Day: Tuesday, July 23rd. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Third 2 Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/24/2013 to 8/5/2013390 Campers$1,925.00
- Start: Wednesday, July 24th. End: Monday, August 5th. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Last 2 Week Mini Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼8/6/2013 to 8/18/2013390 Campers$1,650.00
- Start: Tuesday, August 6th. End: Sunday, August 18th. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
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