Frequently Asked Questions
How old does my son need to be to attend Camp Belknap?
Campers need to be 9-16 years old to attend a two-week session at Belknap. Campers ages 8-12 can attend the one-week session (5th session). Eight-year-old campers can apply to sessions 1-4 only if an older brother is a current camper and the 8-year-old comes to the same session as the older brother. Sixteen-year-old campers must have attended Belknap the previous year.
Can my son attend for more than one session?
Yes. Campers can choose to stay for 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks. Many campers stay for 4 weeks each summer.
I have heard that you maintain a waitlist to get into camp. What can I do to get my son in?
Yes, there is a waitlist. We suggest you contact camp as you begin to think about enrolling. Click HERE to complete an inquiry and receive an application when they are released.
We then recommend that you complete and submit the application as soon as you receive it. The more flexibility you have in session placement, the more likely a spot will become available.
What are Camp Belknap’s core values?
Throughout the day, boys and young men encourage each other to be kind, be truthful, be brave, and seek the joy of being alive. Brotherhood is felt as all campers come together for vespers, meals, and all camp programs around the fire and on the fields. A Belknap experience is one in which a boy learns individual maturity and community responsibility through the support of strong role models.
How do you select your leaders/counselors?
All of our cabin leaders (counselors) are homegrown at our camp. All of them were campers at Belknap and have gone through our 2- year leadership program. The average tenure of a leader at Camp Belknap is 10.5 years. Leaders live in the cabin with the campers. Additionally, we have a leadership director who is dedicated to the development of our leaders. Click here to learn more about our leadership.
Why are campers not allowed to bring electronic devices to camp?
Our intention at camp is to foster a community that encourages face-to-face contact. We believe the true camp experience is possible only if it does not include technological devices, that have become so much a part of young people’s lives.
Do you accept cabin mate requests?
We do NOT accept cabin mate requests, as we separate siblings and friends among cabins in order to be fair to all campers, to avoid cliques, and to give all campers an opportunity to make new friends. However, our daily schedule, which is based on camper choice, permits campers to participate in activities with their friends.
How do we meet the health and wellness needs of the campers?
We have nurses that live on camp and provide care for your campers 24 hours a day. Many of our leaders and staff have certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard. And, Huggins Hospital is 7 miles away in case of an emergency. And our kitchen crew prepares plentiful, well-balanced family style meals three times a day. Please call the main office prior to registration if you have specific health or food restrictions. Click here for info on food allergies and your son’s health.
Can I see my son or talk on the phone with him while he is at camp?
We kindly request that visitation is kept to check-in and out days. We have found that unscheduled visits and a camper coming to the phone can disrupt activity time and can lead to additional homesickness. In line with our technology policy we do not deliver emails or faxes to campers. We continue the tradition of the mail boat that drops and picks up the mail daily at camp. Campers look forward to receiving mail from home.
Do campers ever leave the camp property for any Belknap activities?
Our program is mostly residential based and occurs on Camp Belknap’s 300 acres. However, Campers have the opportunity to sign up for a variety of opportunities including day hiking trips, water trips (sailing, canoeing, kayaking), to play sports with a team at another camp, and other trips (such as to the local farm). We travel to these places either by boat, van or bus.
What activities does camp offer?
Camp offers a variety of activities. Click here to learn more about our programs.
Do campers get to decide what activities he wants to do?
The daily schedule has three program periods that the camper can choose what he wants to do from a list of at least five program options. Most program periods do not require the camper to sign-up, such as soccer, arts and crafts, and nature. The camper can choose to go to the program he likes and he does NOT travel with his cabin. A handful of the activity options require him to sign-up after the meals because of limited spots/equipment, such as sailing, archery, and riflery. Priority is given to those campers who have not had the chance to do the activity.
Does camp provide transportation to and from the airport or bus station? And how do I get a trunk to camp if my camper is flying there?
We do not provide transportation to and from airports and stations. You should make prepaid arrangements directly with the limousine or car service of your choice. If you wish to ship a footlocker or trunk to camp prior to your son’s arrival, or home at the end of your son’s stay at camp, please make pre-paid arrangements directly with the shipping company of your choice (Fed-Ex, UPS, etc). Make sure to mail it with plenty of time so it arrives by check-in day. We will put it aside for your camper.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available on the basis of need. Please contact the Belknap office for details.