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.

Live Camp Updates with the Directors

Register for a session below to learn more about the 2021 season. Get your questions answered.

Director Q&A:

New Camper Orientation (New Camper Families only please! Session is for Campers and Adults)

Pre-Arrival Requirements

The following link has mandatory pre-camp requirements. Additional details will be provided related to pre-camp symptom monitoring and pre-camp testing in May.

Pre-Camp Requirements as of 4/13/21

Packing for Camp

Click here to view and download the most up-to-date list of items to pack for camp (Updated on February 24th, 2021).

If any changes to the list occur prior to the start of camp, a new list and updates will be posted here.

Please note the following:

  • No Laundry - To minimize handling of camper clothes and equipment, Belknap will NOT be offering laundry for sessions that are 1 or 2 weeks. We will provide laundry for 4-week campers.
  • Mask type requirements are outlined as of the current CDC guidance.
  • Water bottles with strap or carrying device are required. Water fountains will be closed to minimize transmission of COVID. Instead, campers will be asked to carry their water bottles to program periods. Water bottle fill stations are located throughout camp.
  • Medications – Belknap is using PackMyRx to help pre-pack medications for camp. Please click here for information and instructions. Please ensure you complete this process at least 30 days prior to your session. Late fees apply.
  • No care packages. Please send letters only.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Belknap is planning coordinated efforts to minimize exposure and risk on these high traffic days. Families will be made aware of exact pick-up and drop off times and procedures for campers and guardians. Information will be posted here as it becomes available. Please note the following:

  • All campers are required to have a negative COVID PCR test complete 3-5 days prior to arrival. Documentation of a negative test will be required upon arrival at camp. Belknap will be providing more information about completing this step soon.
  • Additionally, Belknap will be completing a PCR test for each camper onsite on check-in day. This is separate than the pre-camp testing. Information about this testing will be provided soon.
  • Belknap has not posted check-in times yet. Thank you for your patience. Belknap plans on coordinated efforts to minimize exposure and risk on these high traffic days. Belknap is working through the final discussion on testing and timing which will dictate the drop off process. Families will be made aware of exact drop off times soon.
  • Reminder - Late arrivals will NOT be accepted on to campus because of the testing procedures and COVID protocols. Also please note if the camper needs to depart early from camp for a pre-planned event or unforeseen circumstance, they will be unable to return back to camp no matter what day it is within the session.
  • Pick-up times are tentatively planned for 9am-11am for 2-week sessions and 9-10am for 1-week sessions. More information to come soon on the process.
  • The Camp Store will be closed on check-in days. Camp Store will be open online before your camper’s session and you will be able to access and get camp clothing and equipment sent to you ahead of time.

Camp Life During COVID

Belknap’s mission remains unchanged. Belknap is working on modifications to the property/facilities and program in 2021 to enhance safety and still preserve the core principles of Belknap life. The pictures below will be updated as we make changes around camp.

  • Cabin Fans
  • Hand Washing Station
  • Screen Doors
  • Water Bottle Fill Stations
  • Cabin Fans

    Fans installed on cabin to improve airflow.

  • Hand Washing Station

    Outdoor hand-washing stations installed around camp.

  • Screen Doors

    Screen doors on every cabin will improve the airflow in living quarters.

  • Water Bottle Fill Stations

    Camp is removing the water bubblers and installing 30 of these bottle fill stations all over camp

Masks

Masks for campers and staff will be a part of Belknap’s plan for preventing introduction and spread of virus at Camp. Belknap will be providing more information at a later date about type and number of masks to pack for camp. Please note that campers and staff will be unmasked for sleeping, eating, showering and swimming.

COVID Testing

Camp Belknap plans to use COVID testing as a part of our 2021 plan for entry and admittance to camp, diagnostic (symptoms) and ongoing monitoring, The timing, type of testing, and logistics are being reviewed and will be announced as decisions are made. Types of tests and criteria for their use are continuing to evolve and we want to ensure that we are implementing best practices.

Response to Positive Test

Working with Belknap’s medical advisory group, we are developing a detailed plan for the potential of a symptomatic individual and/or positive test at camp. This plan will include isolation, quarantine, contact tracing, and care of campers/staff.

Visitors

Permission is required to visit camp during the non-summer months/“off season.” Please click below for detailed information on visiting camp. When camp is in session, for the safety of our campers and staff, visitors will be strictly limited. Updated information regarding this policy will be provided here.

Visit Information

Belknap Pledge

We are developing a pledge to ensure compliance and a clear focus on keeping ourselves and each other safe. More to come on this!