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Dates, Fees, and FAQs for Camp Walden Summer Overnight Camp

2018 Dates and Fees

SESSION DATES COST
Full Summer Session June 27th – August 15th $11,475
First Half Session June 27th – July 21st $7,200
Second Half Session July 22nd – August 15th $7,200
CIT Program (Full Summer Only) June 27th – August 15th $11,475
Two Week Session* July 22nd – August 5th $4,975
*2 week session is for New Campers ONLY leaving 2nd or 3rd grade.

 

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Deposits: $1500 paid by Credit Card ONLY with online Registration Agreement
  1. Pay balance in 8 equal monthly payments by Credit Card Only 9/15 through 4/15 (MC, Visa, or AMEX)
  2. Pay balance by sending 4 Equal Checks (Money Orders) due on 10/15/17, 12/15/17, 2/15/18 & 4/15/18
Reminder statements will be sent out prior to scheduled credit card charges or check due dates.
Dates, Fees, and FAQs for Camp Walden Summer Overnight Camp

SIBLING CREDIT: For your 2nd registration you will receive a $435 credit off your Full Summer Tuition and a $275 credit off your Half Session Tuition. For your 3rd and subsequent registrations you will receive $530 and $335 respectively.

REFERRAL CREDIT: For each new camper you refer that attends Camp Walden, upon the completion of their summer, you will receive the following credit for their first year of attendance: $435 for Full Summer, $275 for Half Session.

REFUNDS: Prior to September 1st your deposit and all monies paid are fully refundable. After September 1st the cancellation fee is $1,500. After January 1st the tuition is not refundable.

TRIP FEES: CIT Program Trip Fee (Full Summer Only): $1,200/Full Summer
Teen Trip Fee: First, Second & Full Summer Session: $700/Half Session / $1400/Full Summer

TUITION INCLUDES: Canteen, Laundry, Local Trips, CampMeds Registration (US Only), Health Center Visits, Lice Screening (not treatment), and Bus Transportation from White Plains, Cherry Hill, Paramus, Montreal and Albany Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Camp     Staffing     Communication     Programs and Activities     Nutrition and Safety

About Camp

Where is Camp Walden located?

Camp Walden is ideally located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of the Southern Adirondack Mountains, just 5 miles from Lake George, NY. Our natural wooded setting, outstanding facilities, and breathtaking waterfront provide campers endless opportunities for outdoor fun. Walden is approximately 3 ½ hours from New York City and Boston, 2 ½ hours from Montreal, Canada, and one hour from Albany, New York and The Albany International Airport.

Where do most Camp Walden campers come from?

At Walden we ensure that each cabin includes a diverse geographical mix of campers so every child has the chance to broaden horizons and develop new friendships. Each year, campers come to Camp Walden from all over the Unites States, Canada, and the world. Our largest concentration of campers is from the New York City metropolitan area, our second largest concentration is from Montreal, Canada, and we also attract a fairly large number of campers from Florida and Maryland.

What session lengths do you offer?

Camp Walden offers a variety of sessions to accommodate growing campers and differing family schedules. Walden has both full session and half session options. We also offer a two-week program for campers who have completed third grade and under, and who are attending for their first summer. A little over 50% of our campers attend Walden for the full summer session.

What programs do you have for older campers?

The Walden Teen Program offers greater freedom, more choices, and even bigger adventures for Walden campers who have completed 9th grade. Our Teen Program combines the best of “camper life” by pairing exciting in-camp activity options with fabulous multi-day trips to locations such as Montreal, Niagara Falls and Toronto.

Walden’s Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program is an extremely popular full-summer-only program that provides hands-on leadership training and leadership opportunities to campers who have completed 10th grade. At Walden we work closely with our CITs each day, teaching them how to be effective leaders and giving them the chance to lead many camp activities. Through our CIT program, our oldest campers have the opportunity to demonstrate whether they have what it takes to become a future Walden staff member. Through participating in leadership development workshops, planning and running Special Events, Color Wars, Tribals, and Evening Programs, and in assisting throughout camp, CITS get the chance to step up to the plate and really shine! Our CITs also love spending one day per week off grounds enjoying fun out-of-camp activities. They also experience an awesome multi-day excursion to Boston. Walden CITs experience tremendous growth and big fun as they live and learn together.

Is Camp Walden co-ed?

Camp Walden is a co-ed camp that combines the best benefits of single sex and co-ed camping through our innovative programs and scheduling. During the day, boys and girls engage in separate activities. Walden places a strong emphasis on instruction and participation while providing opportunities for healthy competition. Separate programs ensure that pressure is eliminated and that instruction and play are always developmentally appropriate. Campers then gain the real world social benefits of a co-ed experience during mealtimes and during many of Walden’s evening activities and Special Events. This blend of experiences creates a secure, appropriate setting with maximum opportunities for socialization and fun!

Where do campers live?

Campers live with their counselors and bunkmates in our cheerful, newly renovated cabins. All cabins feature new wooden beds and comfortable, new mattresses. They also are well equipped with ceiling fans, large windows, separate cubby rooms, and spacious porches. All our cabins have new, well-maintained bathroom facilities.

Staffing

How does Walden handle staff hiring?

Walden’s first staffing priority is to hire staff members who possess the ability to take great care of children and be outstanding role models. Secondly, we focus on a staff member’s specific activity and coaching skills. Camp Walden makes sure that appropriate reference and background checks are completed on all staff. With an extremely low camper to staff ratios, we ensure that each camper receives a lot of individualized attention.

Camp Walden maintains a high staff return rate so we are able to provide strong continuity. Our staff members work diligently to ensure that every camper is encouraged to experience new activities, express themselves creatively, improve existing skills, and enjoy and cultivate friendships.

What types of staff training does Walden conduct?

Walden provides an extensive amount of training during our intensive pre-camp orientation. We also provide constant support, supervision, and additional training throughout the summer. During orientation, we spend a tremendous amount of time teaching our staff the “Walden Way” of caring for our campers. We even bring in outside experts to conduct certain training sessions. Walden has also worked with outside consultants to develop our own youth bully program.

Communication

How will I be able to communicate with camp during the summer?

We encourage you to call or email camp ANYTIME during the summer! Do not hesitate to contact us to ask questions, check on your camper, or discuss your camper’s experience. We want you to feel as comfortable at Walden as your child does.

You can also send letters and emails to communicate with your camper during the summer. We will print out all emails and deliver them to your child along with daily mail. Campers love to hear from you, so keep those letters and emails coming!

Walden schedules two camper phone calls home per half session, one during the second weekend of camp and one during the third week of the session. Full session campers make four phone calls home per summer.

How will I know what my child is doing at camp?

You can always call or email us to check-in, and we also offer two awesome forms of online communication to help you keep up with camp. Each morning we send out a daily email update letting parents know about our daily events, special activities, and Evening Program for the day. Each evening we post hundreds of photos of campers in action during that day’s exciting activities so you can see all the fun your camper is having!

Programs and Activities

What is a “typical day” like at Walden?

We wake up before eight and the fun begins!!!  Up and dressed we start our day with a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, campers have line-up where we have morning announcements and raise the flag. Campers then return to their bunks for a short clean-up period. Then the activities begin!

We run 6 activity periods during the day – 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Our activity periods provide a perfect blend of group activities and Choice based options such as Electives and Club Choice. It is a full day of friendship and excitement for all of our campers. After lunch, between our morning and afternoon activities, we also have a rest time when campers relax in their bunks, read, write letters, and play games.

Campers have the opportunity to be at the waterfront at least twice a day, once for General Swim and once for boating. During General Swim, campers can participate in boating, swimming, waterskiing, beach volleyball or tetherball, or take a dip in the heated pool. Campers in grades 2-6 receive swim instruction 3 times per week during their General swim period.

Evening Program begins at 7:45 p.m. The Evening Program is either a special program for each individual age group, or often an exciting activity for the entire camp.  When Evening Program is done, younger campers return to their bunks, while older campers enjoy the privilege of staying up a little while longer.  Those campers are either involved in sports under the lights or they can socialize in our camper lounge where they can listen to music, play ping pong, foosball, and air hockey, and grab a snack.

Does Walden have any Special Events and activities?

Walden has many exciting “special days” that differ from our “regular” schedule!  Our campers enjoy awesome trip days to places such as water parks and Six Flags amusement park. We also have many “Special Events Days” including Survivor Day, Carnival, Superbowl Sunday and Waldenstock among others. Walden campers additionally enjoy camp traditions such as Tribals in the first session and Color War during the second session. Both are four-day events with exciting activities to promote teambuilding and camp spirit.

Walden also offers optional mountain bike trips and guided hikes up local Adirondack peaks. Campers may also elect to participate in any number of tournament teams in which they compete against neighboring camps.

How competitive is Camp Walden?

Camp Walden places its emphasis on participation and instruction while providing ample opportunities for campers to compete within camp and with other camps during inter-camp tournaments. Campers who choose can join in exciting one day tournaments involving several area camps.

Walden's philosophy is to allow any camper who wants to participate to be "on" an out-of-camp team regardless of skill level. At Walden, we love to compete and we play to win, but most importantly we enjoy the team spirit and experience of participating, playing together, and doing our best.

Nutrition and Safety

How is the food at Walden?

Our food truly is awesome! At Walden, we provide campers a dining experience that is all about quality, options, and choice. All meals are served buffet style and offer a tremendous variety of delicious, nutritious, and kid-friendly menu items from which campers can choose. We also have a wide range of beverages including natural juices and a variety of types of milk. Our counselors are trained to make sure that all campers are eating enough and are eating healthy balanced meals.

The day begins with a scrumptious hot breakfast buffet consisting of a rotation of pancakes, waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs, etc. We also serve cold and hot cereals, a fruit bar, and yogurt daily. We have a special bagel breakfast one day per week.
At lunch and dinner we fuel up with healthy foods that kids love! Walden serves delicious entrees such as pizza, tacos, fajitas, ravioli, grilled cheese, and so much more. Choices abound every day as in addition to our entrees we always offer our daily pasta bar and an enormous daily sandwich and salad bar. Vegetarian options and fresh fruit are always available as well. Our expert chefs are also accomplished bakers, so meals are often capped off with something special for dessert.

Camp Walden is a peanut and tree nut free camp and can accommodate campers with various dietary needs. At Walden we have great food and many choices to keep every camper healthy, happy, and well fed!

What medical care is available at camp?

Walden’s air-conditioned health center is staffed by our experienced camp doctor and our amazing registered nurses. These medical personnel are available to dispense medicine and care for any camper’s needs. Campers staying in the infirmary enjoy the comforts of home such as air-conditioning, books, games, and DVDs. If a child requires an overnight stay in the infirmary, we always call the camper’s family to let them know. Camp Walden is conveniently located just ten minutes from the Warrensburg Urgent Care facility and twenty minutes from Glens Falls Hospital.