321 Niles Pond Road, Suite ICR
Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431
P.O. Box 151, Suite ICR
Peapack, New Jersey 07977
Camp Locations: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION
Camp Cayuga is a private coed residential summer camp for children ages 6 to 16. 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 less than a 3-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia.
QUALITY & EXPERIENCE
Camp Cayuga was purchased in 1962 by Mike Buynak, 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 60 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 11th grade who are 13 years old (or older). 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
Cayuga’s Elective Program provides campers the opportunity to explore their individual interests and pursue those interests he/she finds most challenging. Campers, who are entering 5th grade & higher, select their activities each morning after breakfast. Campers sign-up with their friends, and can plan their activity schedules together. Over 60 activities are offered every day!
JUNIOR DIVISION ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Campers, who are 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 counselors.
The camper population is limited to 390 campers. To register your child at Cayuga, complete the online camper enrollment application or the hard-copy application. Cayuga offers 2, 4, 6, 8-week sessions. Sibling credits and "early registration" discounts are available. Diversity and nonrepetition of the program are two guidelines we use in planning the summer's Calendar of Events.
LAND SPORTS: Basketball, USTA Tennis, Bubble Soccer, Skateboarding, Baseball, English Horseback Riding, Western Horseback Riding, Horse Shows, Paintball, Fencing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Archery, Golf, Karate, Judo, InLine Skating, Softball, Gymnastics, Tumbling, Bungee Trampoline, Kickball, Exercise & Fitness, Weight Training, Roller Hockey, Field Hockey, Badminton, Wrestling, Flag Football, Volleyball, Newcomb, Riflery, Rugby, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cheerleading, Tetherball, Ping Pong, T-Ball, Gaga, Jogging, Track Meets, 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, Floating Iceberg, Canoeing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Row Boating, Paddle Boats, Paddle Boards, 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 (23 wheels), 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, Paper Mache & Plaster Projects, Wood Projects, Copper Enameling, Block Printing, Needle Craft, Mask-Making, Decoupage, Model Rocketry, Nature Crafts, and Cooking Classes.
PERFORMING ARTS: Acting, Drama Productions, Ballet, Social Dance, Modern Dance, Aerobics, Yoga, Zumba, Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, and Singing/Choir.
MEDIA ARTS: Video Camera Filming, Digital Photography, Radio DJ Broadcasting, Creative Writing for the Camp Newspaper.
FLYING TRAPEZE & CIRCUS ARTS: High Flying Trapeze, Single & Double Stationary Trapeze, Aerial Silks, Lyra, Flying Trapeze Performance, Trapeze Competitions, Devil Sticks, Plate Spinning, Juggling, Diabolo, Clowning, Unicycling, Acrobatics, and the Rolling Globe.
ADVENTURE & WILDERNESS: High and Low-Ropes Course, 32’ Climbing Tower, 205’ Zip Line, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, ATVs, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Compass Reading, Nature Hikes, Survival Skills, Petting Zoo, Cabin Overnights, Horseback Overnights, Cookouts, Rafting Trips, Canoe Trips, and more!
FUN TRIPS: Trips to Amusement Parks, Backpacking Trips, AAA Baseball Games, Rafting/Canoe Trips, Theatre Trips, Golf Course Trips, and many more! In the past we've attended day trips to New York City and 3-day trips to Busch Gardens/Williamsburg, Virginia and Niagara Falls, Canada.
CLINICS: Survival Clinic, Football Clinic, Hockey Clinic, Scuba Diving Clinic, Baseball Clinic, Basketball Clinic, Soccer Clinic, Circus Shows, Trapeze Performances, Dance Recitals and more.
QUALITY INSTRUCTION: Cayuga's Activity Program stresses self-improvement with emphasis on instruction rather than competition. Quality instruction takes into account the camper's individual skill level. Each activity certifications and/or documented qualifications to each their expertise. Instruction is patient and thorough with due regard for both safety and enjoyment.
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Cayuga features some of the most comprehensive facilities available in camping today: Separate Teen Campus, Comfortable Modern Cabins (large bathrooms with 3 to 7 private showers per cabin), 2 Pools, 13-Acre Private Lake, Tennis Center (10 courts), Equestrian Center (20+ horses, 2 riding rings, scenic trails), Skate Park (half-pipe, pyramids, ramps, grind rails), Petting Zoo (goats, sheep, mini horse, bunnies, etc), Gymnasium, Teen Rec Center, High & Low Adventure Ropes Course (32' climbing tower, 205' zip line), Performing Arts Building, Dance Studio, Aerobics Studio, Martial Arts Room, Weight Training/Fitness Room, Video Game Room, Roller Hockey Rink, 2 Indoor & 4 Outdoor Basketball Courts, 4 Grass Volleyball Courts, 2 Sand Volleyball Courts, 2 Creative Arts Pavilions, 2 Pottery Rooms (23 wheels), Ceramics Room (4 kilns), Photography Edit Room, 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, Dining Hall & Health Center on each campus, Overnight Sites, Cookout Sites, 2 Snack Bars, Staff Lounge, and 350 secluded acres for hiking, dreaming, and exploring!
CAYUGA'S STAFF: Our success is directly related to the quality of our staff, who are dedicated to providing a safe, fun and nurturing environment for our campers. Each camper is under the close care and direct supervision of at least 2 cabin counselors. Our youngest counselor is entering their sophomore year of college. The camp staff is comprised of 135 counselors and over 40 senior staff, who assist our counselors and supervise various areas of the camp's program. Our senior staff are professional educators, teachers, nurses, and coaches. The staff/camper ratio is better than 1 to 4. We stand ready to work with your child on a one-to-one basis to make his/her summer camp experience a positive one! For information about employment opportunities, visit the
Job Section on our website.
WHERE DO THE CAYUGA KIDS COME FROM?
A lot of campers live in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Some kids travel from all over the United States and from abroad too! Last summer we had campers & staff from 26 states and 17 countries. It’s really cool - You’ll make friends from all over the world!
SHOULD I TAKE THE BUS TO CAMP?
About half of our campers take the bus to camp. We recommend it. It’s a nice way to start your summer by making friend on the bus before you arrive at camp! The buses are comfortable, air-conditioned, and have a restroom. About 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 kids first arrive at camp not knowing anyone! Some campers say it’s actually easier to meet a bunch of new kids when you come to camp by yourself. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, so it’s real easy to make friends.
CAN I STAY IN THE SAME CABIN WITH MY FRIEND?
Yes, as long as you and your friend submit a Bunk Request Form. There are some conditions you have to satisfy, like you & your friend must be: 1) Enrolled in the same camp session, and 2) Entering the same grade in September. Ask your parents to complete this form. It’s located on their dashboard.
HOW MANY KIDS WILL BE IN MY CABIN?
Junior Campus cabins have 8-12 kids and 2-3 college-enrolled counselors. There are 2 cabins that can sleep up to 15 campers. Teen Campus cabins are a lot larger and have 18-24 teenagers plus 3 counselors.
DO I HAVE TO CLEAN-UP MY CABIN?
Yes, ‘clean-up’ takes place after breakfast. You get about 30 minutes to make your bed, tidy-up your clothes in the cubby, and do a cabin chore. The chores rotate among your cabinmates, and include jobs like sweeping, mopping, emptying the cabin’s trash can, opening windows, and clearing-off your clothesline. Your counselors will clean & disinfect the cabin bathroom. By the way, the cleanest boys & girls cabin each week is awarded a special ice-cream party!
IS THERE A BATHROOM INSIDE MY CABIN AND IS IT NICE?
Yes, each cabin has its own bathroom. On Junior Campus the bathrooms include 3 private showers, 3 private toilets, and 4 sinks. The largest bathroom has 4 showers, 4 toilets, and 5 sinks. On Teen Campus, the typical bathroom includes 7 private showers, 7 private toilets, and 8 sinks. Each bathroom also has a large closet & some shelves for toiletries. There’s always plenty of hot water!
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES DO I WEAR AT CAMP?
Camp is no place to be worried about fashion. So, “casual” wear is in-style at Cayuga. That means t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers are worn by mostly everyone including our senior staff and counselors.
WHAT DO 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. The choice is yours.
CAN I BRING COSTUMES & PROPS?
Sure thing! There’s a bunch of fun evening activities & special events where a costume or unique prop from home will come in-handy. The Big Talent Show, Skit Night, Halloween Social, Hippie Social, and Super-Hero Social are just a few events where your costume will be a big help. Some campers make their own props at the Creative Arts Pavilion. To see what Special Events & Evening Activities are planned, go to 'Calendar of Events'.
CAN I BRING STUFF TO DECORATE MY AREA IN THE CABIN?
Yes, some campers bring framed photos of their family & friends from home, wall posters, and stuffed animals. By the way, if you hang-up a wall poster, it has to be 'G' rated.
WHAT'S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
Well, 4 days a week you follow a 'regular' schedule and wake-up at 8:00am. Teen Campus wakes-up about an hour later. The remaining 3 days, you follow a 'late-breakfast' schedule and wake-up at 8:50am. The regular schedule includes 7 periods each day. The first period being a 'sign-up' period for your electives (unless you’re a Junior). Each activity period is about 1 hour that includes 10 minute travel time between activities. We meet at flagpole twice a day for flag lowering & raising. Evening Activities begin at 7:45pm (8:30pm on Teen Campus). There’s a different evening activity each night of the week!
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 trips are generally scheduled on weekdays.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON?
You’ll get the scoop from your counselors. They’ll explain everything to you, and will show you how to: sign-up for your daily electives; join intercamp tournament teams; ride in horse shows; sign-up for clinics & trips; and so on. The Senior Staff make announcements at flagpole assemblies to remind you of what’s going on. More camp news (like cabin inspection scores, team rosters, tournament brackets) is posted daily on the Bulletin Board.
HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHERE MY ACTIVITIES ARE LOCATED?
On your first day, your counselor will give you and your cabinmates a tour around camp. We’ll show you the location of all activity sites, cookout & overnight areas, the health center, and other buildings. The Elective Program Staff will also lend a helping-hand since they’re always checking-in at the activity sites and collecting rosters. By the way, a map of all activity sites and program meeting areas is posted on the Bulletin Board.
WHAT'S MY ACTIVITY SCHEDULE LIKE? I'M ENTERING 4TH GRADE AFTER CAMP.
If you’re entering 4th grade or lower after camp, you’re in the ‘Junior Division’, which means you follow a ‘structured’ activity schedule that's already set-up for you. Your scheduled activities are different each day of the week. You travel to your activities with your cabinmates, and you’ll always be with your cabin counselor.
WHAT’S MY ACTIVITY SCHEDULE LIKE? I’M GOING INTO 5th GRADE.
If you’re entering 5th grade or higher, you select your activities each morning after breakfast. You sign-up at the same time as other campers in your age group. This way, you can meet-up with your friends and plan your activity schedules together. The Elective Program is very popular!
HOW WILL I REMEMBER THE ACTIVITIES I SELECTED?
When you enter the sign-up room, you’re given an Activity Card where you’ll write-down your selected activities for each period. Your Activity Card includes the list of your activities for the day. If you lose your Card, you can go to the ‘Happy Hut’ where our Elective Program Staff have copies of your activity selections. If you’re a ‘Junior’, your activities have already been selected, and your counselor escorts you and your cabinmates to these activities.
MUST I ATTEND MY ACTIVITIES?
Yes, you must attend your activities. Activity Instructors take attendance at the beginning of each activity period. Since you’re selecting your activities, it makes sense that you’ll attend & participate. If you want to change your Activity Card, that’s ok, but you must report to the ‘Happy Hut’ to get approval from the Elective Program Staff. They’ll gladly change your Activity Card (and update the activity rosters). If you’re a ‘Junior’, your schedule includes a variety of popular activities that are geared to the interests of your age group.
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 you’ll follow a fun Indoor Activity Program which utilizes the Gym, Teen Rec Center, Martial Arts Room, 2 Dance Studios, 2 Arts Pavilions, Pottery Room, Ceramics Room, Exercise & Fitness Room, Radio Station, Game Room, and so on. There’s plenty of indoor space for rainy day games and activities!
CAN I "CHECK OUT" THE OTHER CAMPUS?
Yes - There are several activity sites that are shared between the two campuses. The lake, stables, petting zoo, hockey rink, skate park, and paintball fields are located on Teen Campus and shared with the kids on Junior Campus. The flying trapeze, ropes course, bungee trampoline, ATV quad track, game room, and tennis center are located on Junior Campus and shared with the teenagers living on Teen Campus. The oldest kids on Junior Campus (entering 8th grade) once in a while participate in Teen Campus events, like the Mud Run & Color Run. Sometimes the teens perform their skits & recitals for the kids on Junior Campus.
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. Sometimes there are trip meetings held during Rest Period, where the trip’s procedures & safety rules are discussed.
CAN I WATCH TV?
Sorry, no TV but don’t worry about it. Since there’s so much action going-on each day and night, you won’t miss your favorite TV show. 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 ATHLETE TO HAVE FUN?
No - Cayuga offers a wide spectrum of activities for all types of kids. If you don’t like competitive activities, that’s ok because there are dozens of other activities to choose from, like pottery, ceramics, arts & crafts, mountain biking, hiking, flying trapeze, circus arts, drama, petting zoo, fishing, bungee trampoline jumping, chorus, dance, camp newspaper, zip line, lake activities (sailing & boating, paddle boards, water trampoline, etc), game room, radio DJ, & a lot more. If you enjoy competitive sports, Cayuga has plenty!
WHAT SPORTS EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
You’ll need to bring a softball mitt or baseball glove. If you plan to skate, you’ll need to bring your skates, skateboard, and all your safety pads (for knees, elbows, & wrists). Skate helmets are provided by the camp. If you want to play lacrosse, you’ll need to bring all of your safety gear. Lacrosse sticks are provided by the camp. For all other activities, Cayuga provides the stuff you’ll need. Some campers prefer to bring their own tennis racket or horseback riding helmet - that’s ok, but remember to label each item with your name!
WHAT’S UP WITH INTERCAMP TOURNAMENTS? ARE THERE TRY-OUTS?
If you enjoy competing in sports, Cayuga’s Intercamp Tournament Program is for you! There’s a team for practically every land & water sport. All you have to do is sign-up for the team. Since there are no-tryouts, you can sign-up for as many teams as you’d like. No pressure in ‘making the team’. Cayuga competes in over 120 tournaments with nearby camps. Some tourneys are held at Cayuga, while others are ‘away’ games. Intercamp Tournaments are voluntary.
CAN I TAKE PRIVATE TENNIS LESSONS?
Yes - Private tennis lessons are offered daily. They’re optional and advance registration is required. Private Lessons are given by the Tennis Director and/or his assistants who are qualified tennis instructors. There are 10 courts at the Tennis Center, which allows private lessons to operate without interfering with the regular tennis instructional program. Regular tennis lessons typically include 2-5 campers with 1 instructor. While this ratio is satisfactory for most campers, nothing beats one-on-one private instruction.
CAN THE BOYS & GIRLS ATTEND ACTIVITIES TOGETHER?
Yeah of course - Cayuga is a coed camp! The ‘day’ activities are coed, unless they involve physical contact. The ‘evening’ activities are also coed. Keep in mind the camp’s ‘10 Foot Rule’. This means 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.
ARE THERE ANY EXTENDED TRIPS?
Once in a while we'll schedule a 3-day trip for campers who wish to explore exciting places like Busch Gardens in Virginia, Canada’s Wonderland & Niagara Falls, and the like. We’ve attended these places in the past, and they’re great trips! By the way, you don’t have to go on an extended trip to look for fun. There’s plenty of fun stuff to do without having to leave camp! The 3-day trip is optional and incurs an additional charge. To see if a 3-day trip is scheduled this summer, go to ‘Calendar of Events’.
HOW DO I SIGN-UP FOR YANKEE AAA BASEBALL GAMES?
It’s easy. We’ll remind you at flagpole assemblies when the next game is scheduled. If you want to go, you sign-up that day (at the same time you sign-up for your activities). If you select the trip, it gets listed on your Activity Card (with the activities you selected for that day). If you’re a ‘Junior’, you can attend ‘day’ baseball games. If you’re entering 5th grade or higher, you can attend both day & night games. The stadium is less than an hour from Cayuga. These games are a blast!
CAN I GO ON A RAFTING TRIP? DO I HAVE TO QUALIFY?
To qualify for a rafting trip, you must pass Cayuga’s Deep Water Swim Test and Rafting Test, to demonstrate you’re a good swimmer, and know how to properly paddle. The Trip Director reviews the river safety rules & trip procedures with you before leaving camp. The staff will remind you at flagpole assemblies when the next trip is scheduled. The Delaware River is only 45 minutes from camp. It’s an exciting trip, and the natural surroundings are beautiful.
ANY TRIPS TO AMUSEMENT PARKS?
Yes – Dorney Amusement Park & The Wild Water Kingdom is scheduled twice this summer. All campers & staff attend the trip. We depart after breakfast and return to camp about an hour after curfew. It’s an action-packed full-day loaded with thrilling rides and entertainment. Lunch and dinner at the park is provided by the camp. There’s no extra fee for this trip, since it’s included in your canteen fee. For trip dates, go to ‘Calendar of Events’.
WILL I GET THE CHANCE TO PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF?
Yes - Cricket Hill Golf Course is really nice, and it’s only 30 minutes from camp. One staff member is assigned to each foursome. Cayuga provides the clubs, bag & balls. You can bring your own stuff if you want. We’ll remind you at flagpole assemblies when the next golf trip is scheduled. If you want to go, you sign-up that day (at the same time you sign-up for your activities). As long as you’re deemed qualified to play on a public golf course, you’re permitted to go. By the way, golf instruction is offered daily at camp inside netted golf cages.
CAN I PLAY IN PAINTBALL GAMES?
If you are entering 5th grade or higher, you’re old enough to play. The paintball fields have rolling hills, trees, bunkers, and open areas loaded with natural & man-made obstacles, like huge inflatables & sheds. You’ll get a paintball gun (semi-automatic), 300 pellets, and a face mask. The activity period is 2-3 hours. Cayuga sponsors an Annual Intercamp Paintball Championship Tournament at the end of each summer. Paintball is offered daily, it’s optional, and advance registration is required.
DO MY PARENTS PAY EXTRA FOR HORSEBACK RIDING?
There’s no extra fee – Horseback Riding is included in the tuition. Cayuga features a top quality horseback riding program in a traditional camp setting, where you can participate in a well-rounded activity program, and at the same time, concentrate on your riding skills! The Equestrian Center features a stables, 20 horses, 2 riding rings, pasture, and miles of scenic trails. If you’re a ‘Junior’, your weekly schedule includes 2 riding periods (optional). Additional classes can be requested.
HOW CAN I SPEND MORE TIME AT THE STABLES?
If you really like horses and want to spend extra time at the Equestrian Center, you’re not alone! Many campers sign-up for an activity we call ‘Junior Stable Staff’. This is reserved for kids who want to help-out with chores like grooming, feeding, watering, walking-out the horses after a lesson, and mucking-out (only if you want to). You can also sign-up for the ‘Petting Zoo’ activity and take care of our miniature horse, calf, goats, and bunnies. They’re very friendly and cute!
CAN I RIDE IN HORSE SHOWS?
Yes, everyone is invited to ride in our Horse Shows. 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 3-4 Horse Shows this summer. By the way, you’ll want to sign-up for our Horseback Overnights too. They’re awesome!
WHAT RAMPS & RAILS ARE AT THE SKATE PARK?
The Skate Park features straight grind rails, kinked grind rails, quarter pipes with rails, half-pipes, bank ramps with rails, roll-ins, wedges, spines, and a large half-pyramid with wedge jump combos and an angled flat ledge. There’s also a huge half-pipe measuring 40’ long, 20’ wide, 6’ high. Our ramps were built by Woodward Ramps and Rails & Hot Rails, two of the industry’s leaders for durability, ride-ability, and safety.
I NEVER RODE AN ATV. CAN I TRY IT?
Yes – Everyone can ride ATVs. It doesn’t matter how old you are. What matters most is passing the ‘Safety Control Test’. The instructor will determine your physical & mental maturity, and evaluate your ability to manage the ATV and understand its operation. Once you pass, you can ride as often as you’d like. The ATVs are child-size 4-wheelers, and remain on the ATV track under the supervision of the activity instructors. You’ll be given a helmet, eye goggles, and safety pads. ATV Riding is offered daily, it’s optional, and advance registration is required.
WHAT'S 'EXTREME SPORT JUMPING'?
Extreme Sport Jumping is one of the wildest activities. It’s a large rig that combines a trampoline with a bungee cord. It has 4 separate trampolines, so 4 kids can be jumping at the same time. You’re hooked-up to a bungee cord that’s connected to a hydraulic lift. As you jump higher & 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. It’s fun & very safe! Imagine this - The bungee cord can propel you up in the air 24 feet. Wow, that’s crazy fun!
CAN ALL CAMPERS GO ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE?
Yes! 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. You ought to give it a try. ‘Juniors’ are scheduled this activity twice a week. If you’re entering 5th grade or higher, can select the Flying Trapeze as one of your electives.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT COOKOUTS & OVERNIGHTS?
Cookouts & Overnights are scheduled for Junior Campus cabins every night. The sites are located in secluded wooded areas on the camp property, and have been chosen for their privacy & natural beauty. Your first chore is to collect wood and set-up the fireplace area. For cookouts, you grill your own burgers & hot dogs over an open flame (instead of eating the dinner meal in the dining hall). For overnights, after the evening activity you head-out to the site with your sleeping bag. After making smores and telling stories around the campfire, you’ll sleep-out under the stars.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ADVENTURE ROPES COURSE?
The Ropes Course is located in a wooded area, and features a 3-sided 32’ high climbing tower, where you’ll learn to rock climb and rappell. There’s also a long Zip Line where you’ll glide for over 200 feet through the woods. It’s awesome - It’s so much fun, you’ll want to do it over & over again!
ARE THERE CLINICS?
Yes! The most popular clinics include the Survival Tactics Clinic, Scuba Diving Clinic, Circus Arts, Soccer, and Basketball. There's generally 1-2 clinics scheduled each week. Clinics are optional and voluntary. The survival & Scuba diving clinics incur an additional fee and preregistration is recommended. For clinic dates, go to ‘Calendar of Events’.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DINNER?
After dinner, everyone chills-out until 7:30pm (8:30pm on Teen Campus). That’s when we all meet at the flagpole. This is where campers lower the American Flag, and staff make announcements about upcoming events. Afterwards, the Evening Activity begins (it ends at curfew time). To see this summer’s Evening Activity Schedule, go to ‘Calendar of Events’.
WHAT ARE THE EVENING ACTIVITIES LIKE?
The Evening Activities are ‘the highlight’ of each day! This is 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 their skits & recitals in front of the kids on Junior Campus. The ‘Seniors’ on Junior Campus will sometimes attend events on Teen Campus like the Mud Run & Color Run.
ARE THERE ANY DANCES?
Yes, our ‘dances’ are socials with a theme - where everyone gets dressed-up for the occasion. In the past our themes included: The Halloween Social, Rave Social, Hill Billy Social, Super Hero Social, and Hippie Social. There’s good music, an excellent light show, a lot of dancing, and costume contests (cabin points are awarded to the winners). They’re a lot of fun - even if you don’t dance! At the end of the summer, both campuses get together for dancing at the farewell 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. 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 frisbee, sports bottle, Cayuga key chain, and a few other fun surprises! At dinner we’ll jazz-up your table with birthday decorations, and sing the Happy Birthday song to you. For dessert, you (& your cabinmates) will be served ice cream & birthday cupcakes, baked by the camp’s chef.
WHO HELPS ME IF I HAVE A PROBLEM?
Cayuga counselors have an excellent reputation for caring and making sure you’re having a great time. Your Division Director also helps-out. This is an older adult who’s in charge of the campers & counselors in your division. He’ll introduce himself to you on arrival day, and will be in contact with your parents all the time to keep them updated on how you’re doing.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL SICK?
If you're not feeling well, the camp medical staff will take care of you. They’ll do their best to make you feel comfortable in the health center (infirmary). There are about 7 nurses who live in the infirmary. They’re available all the time. Our camp nurses are nice, and are 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 only 10 minutes from camp.
CAN I SPEND SOME TIME WITH MY BROTHER OR SISTER?
Yes! One way is to join the Sibling Club, which meets for a couple periods (about 2 hours) about every 10 days. The Sibling Club Leader will organize a different event for each Club meeting, which in the past included baking cookies together, working on an arts & crafts project together, private heated pool parties, and so on. The Sibling Club was originally created for siblings who lived on different campuses. Today, the Sibling Club is available to all siblings – even if you reside on the same campus.
CAN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT?
Yes - There are 2 official Visiting Days. One durng the first-half session and the other during the second-half session. Your parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives, and friends are invited. Certain activities will be open for you & your visitors, like swimming, sailing, boating, tennis, creative arts, bungee trampoline jumping, etc. There's also a Horse Show (or special riding classes) scheduled. Visiting Days are not intended for campers enrolled in a two-week session.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PARENTS CANNOT ATTEND VISITING DAY?
If you are not expecting visitors on Visiting Day, you’ll attend a special Mystery Trip for the day. You’ll depart from camp before Visiting Day begins (10:00am) and will return after Visiting Day ends (4:00pm). This trip is mandatory, and advance registration is required.
CAN MY PARENTS TELEPHONE ME?
Yes - Your parents can call you once every 2 weeks. There’s no telephone calls allowed during your first week. Keep in mind your parents can call your Division Director whenever they wish – to learn how you’re doing. Likewise, your Division Director will be contacting your parents when it’s deemed necessary.
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 about once a week. We call it “Letters Home for Canteen”. This means you have to bring your letter (addressed to your parents) to the Canteen (camp store) before you get your daily snack allowance. If you’re too busy to write a letter, you can use the camp’s fill-in-the-blank letters. They’re real easy to complete. By the way, the canteen 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, and games, you can receive food items like pretzels & crackers (like ‘goldfish’), as long as they’re stored in a sealed rubber-maid type container. Other types of food & candy are prohibited.
CAN MY PARENTS EMAIL ME?
Yes, your parents can email, but to do so, they need to use the services of CampMinder. This is an independent company who manages all incoming personal email messages by bundling and sorting them. More info about sending emails is located on your parent’s dashboard under ‘CampStamps’.
DO I NEED MONEY AT CAMP?
Yes, all campers bring money for personal stuff you may want to buy from the canteen, like a sweatshirt or stuffed animal. If you attend an AAA baseball game or theatre trip, you may want money to buy a souvenir. The more trips you attend, the more money you’ll need. Cayuga has a ‘Camp Bank’ that will hold your money in safekeeping. The Camp Bank is open 6 days a week for deposits & withdrawals. Certain trips fees are paid out of the Camp Bank.
WHAT KIND OF STUFF IS SOLD AT THE CANTEEN?
The Canteen is where you pick-up your daily snack allowance, which includes 2 snack items (value $2). This allowance is already paid for by your parents (the canteen fee). Snacks include pretzels, chips, ice cream, popcorn, candy, granola bars, fresh fruit, and a variety of drinks (bottled water, slushies, soda, power aid, juice). The Canteen also stocks batteries, stationery & stamps, prepaid international calling cards, tooth paste, toothbrushes, diabolos, model rockets, sports bottles, stuffed animals, small backpacks, baseball caps, and Cayuga apparell (t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, shorts, etc).
CAN I ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES?
If you’d like to attend religious services, no problem. Jewish services take place on the camp property at the lakefront on Fridays. The service is led by a Cayuga staff member. Christian services take place in town on Sunday mornings. The church is located 10 minutes from camp, and transportation is provided. Generally speaking, religious services are not popular.
HOW IS THE CAMP FOOD?
The food is actually pretty 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 alternative choices (leftovers, etc) available at each meal. In addition to the main entrée at lunch & dinner, there’s a complete salad bar, 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’s a real ‘camp guy’ who hasn’t missed a summer at camp since 1957 (he was 3 months at the time). His parents turned-over the directorship to him in 1983. Brian enlightens us each morning with his ‘Thought for the Day’, and has a habit of appearing out of nowhere! Cayuga’s Co-Director is Molly Bisson, who started her career at Cayuga in 2005. She’s a year-round staff member who’s dedicated to making sure you’re having a great time! The Director on Teen Campus is Steve Beals (Bealzy), who is also a year-round staff member. He lives at camp all year, and started his Cayuga career back in 1984. He enjoys teenagers, and has been the Director since 1994.
WHO WASHES MY DIRTY CLOTHES?
‘Laundry Day’ is scheduled about once a week. This is when you empty your personal laundry bag into your cabin’s large laundry bag. These large bags are picked-up by an independent laundry company. It takes them 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 at camp. The staff remind you at flagpole assemblies when ‘laundry day’ is scheduled.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP?
After you sign-up for camp, your parents will be given an online account where they can access camp forms & documents. The recommended clothing list is posted on their dashboard. It includes everything you need to bring to camp. It also lists optional items, as well as prohibited items that you can’t bring.
CAN CAMPERS EARN AWARDS?
Cayuga is real serious when it comes to recognizing campers for their achievements, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship. Camper-of-the-Week pennants and t-shirts are awarded to the best camper in each cabin. Activity trophies & certificates are presented at the Oscars Ceremony (end of first-half) and again at the Banquet (end of summer). You don’t have to be the best hitter on the field to receive a baseball trophy, or the best rider to receive a horseback riding ribbon. It’s your effort that counts!
CAN MY PARENTS SEE PHOTOS OF ME THIS SUMMER?
Yes, the Camp Photographers take hundreds of pics and upload them daily. It’s a simple process – Your parents simply login to their account, go the ‘Photos’ section, and click ‘Summer Snapshots’. There are 300-400 of photos posted everyday on Cayuga’s website. That’s right! Cayuga’s photographers take pictures all day every day, rain or shine.
CAN I EXTEND MY SESSION?
It’s not uncommon for kids to extend their session after arriving. First-time campers do it all the time. As long as there’s space, you can stay longer. The best thing to remember is to tell your counselor as soon as you decide to extend.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I LEAVE CAMP EARLY?
The ‘First-Time Camper Guarantee’ provides a full pro-rated refund for the session you attended. Your parents get their money back for the days you missed, as long as you abide by the camp’s departure procedures.
CAN I TOUR CAYUGA BEFORE THE SUMMER?
Yes. ‘Open House’ is the best time to visit. There’s plenty of staff ready to help and answer your questions. Snacks & refreshments are available too. Tours are conducted for each campus between 1:00pm-3:30pm. If you can’t attend Open House, that’s ok. You can tour Cayuga anytime – complete the online form ‘Schedule a Tour’ and include your date & tour time preferences. After that, the camp will reach-out with more information.
WILL I RECEIVE A YEARBOOK?
Yes. After each season the camp staff sorts through over 10,000 photos taken by the camp photographers. They select around 2500 pics, create an exciting slide show, add some music and – there you have it – Cayuga’s Annual Digital Yearbook. It's a 2 hour show that will make you smile! Your parents will receive an email in January with the yearbook’s link. It’s best to download the file so you’ll always have a copy.
IS THERE A WINTER REUNION?
Yes, reunions started back in 1964 when Mike Buynak was the Camp Director. Since then, the Winter Reunion has become a tradition at Cayuga. It's an opportunity to see everyone from camp in one place at the same time - It’s a lot of fun, and in some ways, it kinda feels like we’re all back at camp! In recent years, the reunions have been held at a family entertainment center that’s loaded with thousands of high-tech video games and other amusing attractions.
MY LAST QUESTION – WHEN DO I GO TO BED?
That’s one of the most popular questions! If you’re going into 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, your curfew is 9:30pm with lights-off at 10:00pm. If you’re enterng 7th or 8th grade, your curfew is 10:00pm with lights-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, 2020 to August 20, 2020
Multiple camper discounts available
- SessionDates# CampersTuition
- Full Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2020 to 8/20/2020390 Campers$8,500.00
- Visiting Days: Saturday, July 11th & Saturday, August 8th — Two trips to Amusements Parks. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- First 6 Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2020 to 8/7/2020390 Campers$6,725.00
- Visiting Day: Saturday, July 11th — One trip to Amusement Park. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Last 6 Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/12/2020 to 8/20/2020390 Campers$6,325.00
- Visiting Day: Saturday, August 8th — One trip to Amusement Park. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- First Half Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2020 to 7/24/2020390 Campers$4,550.00
- Visiting Day: Saturday, July 11th — One trip to Amusement Park. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Middle Half Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/12/2020 to 8/7/2020390 Campers$4,700.00
- One trip to Amusement Park. TuitionTuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Second Half Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/25/2020 to 8/20/2020390 Campers$4,050.00
- Visiting day: Saturday, August 10th — One trip to Amusement Park.
- First 2-Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/27/2020 to 7/10/2020390 Campers$2,325.00
- One trip to Amusement Park. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Second 2-Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/12/2020 to 7/24/2020390 Campers$2,450.00
- Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Third 2 Week Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/25/2020 to 8/7/2020390 Campers$2,275.00
- One trip to Amusement Park. Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
- Last 2 Week Mini Session
MORE INFORMATION ▼8/9/2020 to 8/20/2020390 Campers$1,875.00
- Tuition Discounts are available for early registration and sibling enrollments.
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