Q. Where is Avantis located?

A: Avantis Sleepaway Camp is located on 160 acres in the Tri-state region of New York State’s Sullivan County. Our unique setting provides a perfect environment for physical and mental growth. The camp overlooks the majestic Lake Lochada, a natural four mile spring fed lake and is close to the Delaware River. It is located near the town of Glen Spey, New York and it is approximately two hours from New York City.

Q. How are the Avantis facilities like?

A: Campers live in rustic wooden cabins with bunk beds. Each cabin is just a short walk away from everything Activities happen in many cabin-like buildings throughout camp.

Q. Who accredits Avantis?

A: Avantis is a proud member of the American Camp Association, a distinction marked by adhering to almost 300 industry-accepted standards deemed “best practices” for summer camps.

Q. How old are the campers?

A: Our campers have finished 1st grade through the 8th grade, and are usually between 6 and 16 years old. They live in cabins according to grade, assuring cabin mates will be approximately the same age. For activity periods and special evening programs, we divide into three age groups: Juniors (1st-4th grade) and Seniors (5th – 8th grade).

Q. What happens if a camper gets sick or needs regular medication?

A: At least one

registered nurse

is available at all times. Campers receive regular medications there and nurses provide general health care. Every camp staff member is certified in CPR and first aid.

Q. What is the food like?

A: We serve tasty, balanced meals in our dining hall where campers eat “family style” with their cabin-mates. In addition to the hot meal at lunch a dinner, we always have a salad bar, vegetarian option and sweet tooth station. Throughout the day, we have fruit and snacks available to keep us going.

Q. What do the camp fees cover?

A: The session fees are all-inclusive. They cover, living expenses, activities and equipment. The only additional money campers may need is a small amount to use at the camp store and laundry.

Q. Where do your counselors come from?

A: Our staff members come from NYC and NJ. Many of them are former Avantis Campers. Each goes through a very rigorous interview process and background check. We want to make sure we have the best role models working with our campers.

Q. Can campers call home?

A: We have found that it is best for campers not to talk with family and friends from home as it actually encourages homesickness. Therefore, campers may not use phones while at camp.

Q. Are visitors allowed to visit campers during their session?

A: Campers are not allowed to have visitors while at camp. It too easily disrupts their adjustment to camp life and typically encourages homesickness.

Q. Will someone contact me if my camper is having difficulty adjusting to camp?

A: Avantis has a Parent Liaison on staff who checks in with all new families in the first few days of each session and also keeps in touch with any parents whose campers are experiencing a higher level of homesickness or another other things a parent may need to know about.

Q. How do you know if you are ready for sleepaway camp?

A: It’s very important to remember that every child is different and that a little bit of nervousness about a first overnight camp experience is completely normal. We offer various lengths of time to accommodate the needs of girls ages 6-16. Be assured that our staff members are trained to work with girls of all ages to make their adjustment to being away from home much easier. Being excited about camp is the right first step. It’s also great to practice before going away from home. For example, spending the night out and learning to shower on your own are great things to do in preparation for camp.

Q. Does Avantis have any religious affiliation?

A: Avantis is not a religiously affiliated camp and sincerely welcomes campers of all religious traditions to attend.

Q. How many campers live in one cabin?

A: A typical cabin group has 8-10 campers and 2 counselors.

Q. Does camp provide transportation to Avantis?

A: It is each camper’s family’s responsibility to get her to and from Avantis.

Q. How do campers get clean laundry?

A: Laundry is done once a week at our sleepaway camp. So we suggest bringing clothing for about 10 days to accommodate for a 2 day turn-around. The commercial laundry can be tough on clothes, so we recommend that campers leave their nicer items at home.

Q. Can I request to have my friends from home in my cabin?

A: Campers may make one mutual request for someone who is in their same grade and attending the same session. We work hard to make sure as many requests as possible are granted. However, final cabin assignments are at the discretion of the directors. You will be notified if our request cannot be granted prior to your camp arrival.

Q. What is the camp’s refund policy?

A: Absolutely no refunds.

Q. Can campers receive packages at camp?

A: Avantis has a no package policy to encourage its non-competitive environment. Please be advised that any packages sent to camp will be returned to sender or held until closing day.

Q. So why is camp so important for kids?

A: There are so many reasons! Spending time at a sleepaway camp has been shown to have profound and lasting benefits for children. Check out the Top 10 Reasons Why Camp is Great for Kids.