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Preparing for Camp

We want to do everything we can to make the process of getting ready for camp as easy as possible for you. Of course, the earlier you get started on preparing for camp, the easier it will be for you and your family. We know there are lots of details to keep track of, and we want to help you find everything you need all in one place. In addition to the information on the other pages of this section, please see below for a checklist of things that should be done ahead of time to make the days leading up to camp stress-free:

  • Even though your camp forms aren’t due until May 1, start working on your camper forms by March. Some of these forms will just take a few minutes to complete, while others will take more time. First-time families should be prepared to spend over an hour completing camp forms. This is to help ensure that we are prepared to provide your child with the best and safest summer possible.
  • All duffels must be shipped to camp using R&B Shipping as we do not have room under our buses for camper bags. Please make sure to sign up for their shipping services on their website. They will follow up with you by June 1 to let you know when they will pick up your duffels.
  • All campers are required to purchase two of our green Camp Walt Whitman t-shirts. These shirts are for campers to wear at inter-camp events and when out of camp on trips. Please visit The CampSpot to purchase your clothing by May 1, as delivery may take a few weeks.
  • Label everything! There are lots of different choices for labels today (iron on, sew on, stick on, stamp on, or old-fashioned Sharpie), and it is essential that EVERYTHING being sent to camp gets labeled. This takes more time than you anticipate, so try to give yourself a head start. As camp directors and camp parents, we are big fans of Label Daddy.
  • If your child takes daily medication, you must register with CampMeds. This helps us assure that we provide campers with the correct dosage of medication at the right time.
  • Visiting Day takes place on Saturday, July 21. If you have not yet booked your hotel room, you will want to do so right away. You can click here to find our recommended list of places to stay. In addition, more and more families have been utilizing Airbnb and VRBO for lodging on Visiting Day.

Important Dates & Rates

Session LengthSession DatesCost
7-WeekJun 23 - Augt 11$12,500
4-WeekJun 23 - Jul 21$8,900
3-WeekJul 22 - Aug 11$6,150
Pioneer 1Jul 22 - Jul 28$1,250
Pioneer 2Jul 29 - Aug 4$1,250

Handbook & Resources

Parent Handbook

Transportation to Camp

Full Session

Camp will provide coach bus service to camp on June 23 and home on August 11 to Purchase, NY; Fairfield, CT; and Newton/Lexington, MA. In addition, camp provides a chaperoned flight to and from Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles. For those campers flying from alternate locations, please contact our office to arrange for airport pick-up and drop-off.

July Session

Camp will provide coach bus service to camp on June 23 from Purchase, NY; Fairfield, CT; and Newton, MA. In addition, camp provides a chaperoned flight from Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles. July parents should plan on taking their child home on July 21 between 2:00 and 4:00 PM.

August Session

On Sunday, July 22, our coach bus will depart for camp from Purchase, NY, at 9:00 AM. Alternatively, parents who would like to drop their child off at camp may do so between 10:30 and 11:00 AM. Camp will provide transportation home by coach bus on August 11 to Purchase, NY; Fairfield, CT; and Lexington, MA.

Please make sure to complete your child’s online Transportation Form by May 1st.