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:

Pre-Arrival Requirements

The following link has mandatory pre-camp requirements. Additional details related to pre-camp symptom monitoring and pre-camp testing will continue to be posted on this page.

Pre-Camp Requirements for Unvaccinated Campers as of 5/25/21

Pre-Camp Requirements for Vaccinated Campers as of 5/25/21

Pre-Arrival COVID Testing Requirements (updated 5/26/21)

Summer 2021 Brochure - Everything You Need to Know!

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. 

In order to reduce the spread of COVID and safely enter and exit campers we have adjusted our drop off and pick-up process as outlined below.

Please note the following:

  • 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.
  • All unvaccinated campers must bring a printed copy of their negative PCR test on change day.

  • All fully vaccinated campers must bring a printed copy of their vaccination card showing date of both shots and completion two weeks prior to the start of your camp session.

  • The Camp Store will be closed on check-in days. The Camp Store is open online at campbelknap.org/shop

We require anyone outside of their car to wear a mask at all times.

We ask that everyone except for campers stay in their car during check-in and check-out time.

Bathroom facilities will only be available on Clark Field.

Due to onsite COVID testing on drop off day, drop off time will be staggered this summer.  Drop off will be between 10AM and 4PM with families being assigned a specific 1 hr arrival window.  Your time slot is designated by your hometown (not current location) and sometimes also by last name.  Please look for your session below to see your specific arrival times.  Pick up will be on Saturdays and will be between 9AM and 11AM for all five sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop Off process will be the following:

            -Parents/Guardians will be directed to enter camp through camp’s eastern most entrance our laundry facility (just north of chase point rd. on Rt. 109).

            -This will allow us to guide all cars up onto Clark Field where cars will be parked, and campers will be checked in.   Check-in will consist of seeing proof of a negative PCR test within the last 5 days or vaccination card, reviewing any pertinent medical histories with our medical team and receiving division assignment.

            -From Clark Lodge, campers will walk across the field to our main office where they will receive a rapid PCR test. 

            -Campers will return to the car and once confirmation of a negative PCR provided by the test they will be released via car to the division.

            -Once cars arrive at the division, we ask that all parents remain in the car.  The cabin leader will help your son with his trunk. 

            -The cabin leader will provide time to speak to the parents while they are in the car.

Pick Up process

            -Pick Up process will consist of picking your camper up at his cabin and then returning to Clark Field to sign him out and settle up his camper spending.

Camp Life During COVID

 

Belknap’s mission remains unchanged.  And much of camp life will remain the same in 2021.  We will continue our Belknap traditions such as choice programming, vespers, woodcraft, candlelight and Adam’s cup.  To enhance safety and still preserve the core principles of Belknap life, we have implemented the following upgrades:

  • All Cabins have permanently installed screen doors and ventilation fans.
  • Our Dining Hall will receive a ~3,000ft2 addition of a tent to allow for more distancing between tables.
  • Replaced all water fountains with water bottle fill stations (don’t forget your water bottle this summer!)
  • Move all camp programming from our closer spaces like the chapel and woodcraft circle to messer field
  • Installed hand sanitizer stations throughout camp.
  • Installed additional hand washing stations throughout camp.
  • Installed a tents at the health center for outdoor triage and potential isolation of COVID positive campers.
  • Rented porta-potties for change days
  • Installed additional safety measures within our kitchen

Masks

Masks for campers and staff will be a part of Belknap’s plan for preventing introduction and spread of virus at Camp. Please note that campers and staff will be unmasked for sleeping, eating, showering, swimming and while participating in activities on the lake in small watercraft.  Campers/staff will be allowed to take masks off with their cabin group (their “Family” for the their time at camp) when that group is not interacting with others.  For information on choosing masks and number needed while at camp, please see CDC guidance and Belknap’s equipment list.  Please note, our masking policy may shift in a division (age group) based on percent of campers vaccinated. (Updated 5/12/21)

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 following outlines our requirements for pre-arrival COVID-19 Testing.

All unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated campers attending Camp Belknap are required to have a Covid-19 PCR-based test conducted 3 to 5 days prior to camp arrival.  The results must be complete and campers must arrive with a printed confirmation of a negative Covid-19 PCR-based test.  For fully vaccinated campers, there is no pre-camp testing requirement.  The camper will only qualify as fully vaccinated if they are 14 days after their final/second vaccination shot.  Please see the pre-camp requirements.

Reminder: once campers are swabbed for a PCR test, we ask that they interact only with their household family members and engage in low risk behaviors to prevent COVID exposure between the time of testing and arrival at camp.  For details, please refer to pre-camp expectations for VACCINATED or UNVACCINATED campers.

What is a PCR-based test?

A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based test is conducted to determine if a person is infected with SARS-CoV-2.   More specifically, a PCR test looks for genetic material from the COVID virus itself.  By contrast, rapid testing is usually antigen testing, which looks for cellular evidence of the body’s response to the virus, but not the actual virus.  The PCR test is the most accurate and reliable test for COVID-19, the “gold standard.”

If you want more information on different types of testing, you can read this:

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/coronavirus-disease-2019-testing-basics

Again, Belknap can only accept a PCR test, not an antigen test.  This is a state requirement for camp admission.

Where can I get tested? 

Look on your local state websites or contact your primary care providers.  This link might help: 

https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html

Many drug stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, along with walk-in clinics, are now offering Covid-19 testing.  Just make sure, wherever you go, that it is a PCR test, not a rapid antigen test.

Can I do a rapid test?

Maybe.  Currently, most rapid testing is antigen testing, which the State of NH will not accept for camp admission.  There are some instances of rapid PCR testing, but it is less common.  Bottom line: rapid vs. slow does not matter; PCR vs. antigen does.  Again, we cannot accept an antigen test per the NH guidelines and regulations. If you have further questions, please let us know. 

How will the camp get the results?

You will hand carry a copy of the results with you to camp.  We need a hard copy, not a screen shot or photo of the result.  Your camper will not be able to remain at camp without documentation of a negative PCR test performed 3-5 days before camp, by order of the state of New Hampshire.  Additionally, you may be asked to upload this document to his CampDoc medical record.

What if my child has had COVID?  

If your child has had a Covid-19 infection within 90 days of camp arrival, your child does NOT have to be tested. However, you must upload documentation showing a positive Covid-19 test result to Camp Doc. We also require you to bring a hard copy of the result on arrival day. 

Will campers still be tested on arrival day even if they are vaccinated?  

Yes, all campers vaccinated and unvaccinated will also be tested upon arrival at camp.  If the test is positive, the camper will not be allowed to enter/attend that session.

What if I still have questions about testing?

Call camp or email the Camp Belknap COVID Team at teamc@campbelknap.org

Response to Positive Test

Belknap’s medical advisory group, has 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.

Any camper who tests positive (vaccinated or unvaccinated) will be asked to leave camp.  All vaccinated campers in close contact with a positive case, as long as they remain symptom free, will be able to remain at camp.  All unvaccinated close contacts to a positive case will be required to leave camp and quarantine at home.

Visitors

Visitors are only permitted until June 6th.  Up until June 6th, 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 to vendors and maintenance needs.  If there is an urgent reason to come onto the property between June 7th and August 29th please call camp.

Visit Information

Belknap Word of Honor

Please go to this link to review and agree to the Word of Honor. 

All parents, campers and staff are requested to accept this Word of Honor in an effort to support the safe operations of Camp Belknap.