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America's Camp
3 New King Street
White Plains, NY 10604
(800) 548-6295

info@americascamp.org

Legacy FAQs




Is America's Camp still running after 2011?
How is camper eligibility determined?
Where is America's Camp located?
Who are the sponsors of America's Camp?
Who are the directors and how do they choose staff?
How do the boys and girls get to camp?
Where do campers live?
How will I keep in touch with my child?
How is the food?
What do we do all day at America's Camp?
Is there on-site medical care?
How safe and secure is America's Camp?
What support services will be available to my child?



IS AMERICA'S CAMP STILL RUNNING AFTER 2011?
We have ended our week-long camp experiences after the summer of 2011. However, we continue to have reunion programs and events for campers and grads from the America's Camp family. To ensure you're receiving notices about these events, please sign up on our mailing list or email americascamp@gmail.com for help.

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HOW IS CAMPER ELIGIBILITY DETERMINED?
America's Camp is a one-week, co-ed, residential ("sleep-away") camp for children who lost a parent or sibling as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and for children or siblings of fire fighters and law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty at any time. Boys and girls entering 2nd grade through 10th grades are eligible to enroll.

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WHERE IS AMERICA'S CAMP LOCATED?
Camp Danbee is the host site of America's Camp, in the small New England town of Hinsdale, in the western part of Massachusetts. The camp is set in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, on the shores of gorgeous Lake Ashmere. We are just down the road from Pittsfield. We are about three hours from the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area, and two hours from Boston

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WHO ARE THE SPONSORS OF AMERICA'S CAMP?
America's Camp Foundation is a legacy program of the Twin Towers Fund. The foundation raises and manages the funds to operate the camp. CampGroup is the co-sponsor of America's Camp.
  • The America's Camp Foundation is chaired by Laurence Levy and includes on its board: Al Leiter of the New York Mets; Carolyn Robles-Roman, New York City's Deputy Mayor for Law; Bryan Spears, president of the Britney Spears Foundation; and Daniel Zenkel, president of CampGroup. The advisory board is chaired by Rudolph Giuliani.

  • CampGroup operates nine premier summer camps in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and Illinois. These camps are known for their safe and comprehensive programs and their warm, caring communities. Camp Danbee, the host site for America's Camp, is a CampGroup facility.

  • The Twin Towers Fund was chaired by Rudolph Giuliani and presided over by Laurence Levy. The fund assisted, supported and recognized the families of the members of the uniformed services and other government offices who lost their lives or were injured because of the tragedies of September 11th at the World Tade Center in New York City. The TTF has completed its mission, having raised and distributed over $216 million since September 11th, 2001.
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WHO ARE THE DIRECTORS AND HOW DO THEY CHOOSE STAFF?
Danny Metzger, Jay Toporoff and Jed Dorfman have been the directors of America's Camp since its inception in 2002. Andy Cole is the executive director, coordinating camp operations and working with families in preparation for the summer. The directors have many years of experience operating some of the finest camps in the country, and have been actively involved in the American Camping Association.

America's Camp staff includes talented, mature professionals who have enthusiastically volunteered to participate in this camp experience. Trained grief support facilitators, chaplains, teachers, doctors, nurses, coaches, directors, program specialists and a caring general counselor staff comprise the America's Camp team. They have all been personally interviewed and carefully screened with background and reference checks. Our staff members are selected for their dedication to children. Our wonderful volunteer camp counselors at America's Camp are the "cream of the crop" from the hundreds of staff members at our CampGroup camps.

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HOW DO THE BOYS AND GIRLS GET TO CAMP?
Air-conditioned coach buses will be provided to all campers from central locations around the greater metropolitan New York area and Boston. Senior staff members will greet families and chaperone the children to camp. Campers will return by bus to the same locations at the end of the week, escorted by America's Camp staff. Campers can also be driven to camp by parents or guardians.

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WHERE DO CAMPERS LIVE?
About 7-10 campers of the same age and three staff members live in each cabin. Each camper's area has a bed and a "cubby" for storing clothes and other items. The cabins are well-lit, with plenty of screened-in windows and electric lights. There are sinks, restrooms and additional storage space in the back of each cabin. Each cabin has its own shower facilities.

There is a boys' campus and girls' campus. They are nearby each other, but clearly separate. Most importantly, each campus has two experienced Head Counselors supervising all of the campers and staff in that division.

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HOW WILL I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MY CHILD?
America's Camp directors will be available 24/7 to answer your questions regarding your child's stay at camp. We will also offer a secure on-line website where you will be able to view pictures of activities and special events daily. We encourage you to write or e-mail your child daily. Mail will be distributed to campers at rest hour, after lunch. We will also ask your child to write to you! If you wish to speak with your child, our office staff will be happy to set up a time

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HOW IS THE FOOD?
America's Camp menus are designed to appeal to children. A large variety of nutritious and well-prepared selections and alternatives, including vegetarian options, are available at every meal. Two large salad bars and a daily pasta selection are offered at both lunch and dinner. Due to the increase in allergies, America's Camp is a PEANUT-FREE environment. Snacks during the afternoon and bedtime include fresh fruit, homemade cookies, and ice cream. If your child has a birthday during camp, we will celebrate and provide a special birthday cake.

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WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY AT AMERICA'S CAMP?
America's Camp is fun and relaxing, but very active! There are three parts:

Activity Periods
Special Events & Trips
Evening Activities


During Activity Periods, campers get to choose their activities from a long list of options. Facilities and equipment are top-notch at America's Camp, and all areas are supervised by trained instructors. Whether the activity is playing touch football, taking a yoga class, creating a work of art, or learning to water ski -- there's something for everyone...every period...every day...rain or shine! There are also Special Events and exciting Trips. America's Camp campers have enjoyed various theme competition days, like Harry Potter Day, College Day, and Olympics. Trip destinations have included amusement parks, the Basketball Hall of Fame, New York Giants training camp and a night out at a minor league baseball game. A great day at America's Camp always ends with an exciting Evening Activity, such as a scavenger hunt or air-band night.

Typical Day at AC

7:45 Polar Bear Club (optional)
8:00 Reveille
8:30 Flag Raising & Breakfast
9:00 Cabin Clean-Up
9:30 Morning Assembly
10:00 1st Activity Period
11:15 2nd Activity Period
12:30 Lunch & Rest Hour
2:00 Afternoon Assembly
2:15 3rd Activity Period
3:15 Afternoon Snack
3:30 4th Activity Period
4:30 Campus Time/Showers
5:45 Flag Lowering & Dinner
6:45 Evening Activity
8:30 Snack
Bedtimes vary by age group

Non-Stop Fun!!
• 12 Tennis Courts
• 2 Heated Swimming Pools
• 3-mile Lake
• Theatre & Dance Studio
• 3 Basketball Courts
• Baseball/Softball Field
• 2 Soccer Fields
• 2 Sand Volleyball Courts
• Canoeing & Kayaking
• Sailing & Windsurfing
• Water Skiing & Fishing
• Archery
• Gymnastics Complex
• Arts & Crafts Center
• Woodshop
• Ropes Course
• Model Rocketry

Also... Polar Bear Club!
Water Sliding!
Nature Hikes!
Campfires!
Sports Clinics!

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IS THERE ON-SITE MEDICAL CARE?
Our health care staff consists of a team of experienced registered nurses who live at camp, an on-call physician, and a readily accessible county medical center. Clinic call is held after breakfast and dinner, but campers are treated at any time if they are ill or sustain an injury. Campers receive routine medications at mealtime and bedtime according to instructions on the medical form that is completed by the parent and the child's doctor. Our health care staff is available to consult with you, and will call you if your child needs to stay overnight in the Health Center. You will also be notified if your child is started on any medication, needs to see a specialist, or has an accident or injury. America's Camp is only 15 minutes away from Berkshire Medical Center, a regional hospital with an excellent reputation.

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HOW SAFE AND SECURE IS AMERICA'S CAMP?
Your child's safety and security is our number one priority. Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. Our instructors use state-of-the-art safety equipment in all activities that require it. Certified lifeguards and water safety instructors supervise our pool and lake. Three adult staff members reside in each cabin with the campers, including nighttime supervision. There is one entrance/exit at America's Camp, and it is closely monitored by security personnel. No visitors will be allowed in camp without signing in and being personally escorted by our staff. All America's Camp staff wear identification name badges at all times (it also helps the kids learn the counselors' names!).

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WHAT SUPPORT SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MY CHILD?
Our mission is to ensure that your child has a safe, fun, and emotionally supportive camp experience. Our trained staff will be available, as needed, to assist campers in the grieving and healing process. The entire staff will be sensitized to the needs of our campers. Should campers be in need of emotional support during their stay with us, there will be a number of systems in place.

A highly trained staff consisting of personnel from the Center for Grieving Children (Portland, Maine), clinical psychologists, chaplains, physicians, registered nurses, and seasoned summer camp leaders will provide on-site support to all the children. Trained grief facilitators will be available for your child (24 hours a day) and will assist them should the need arise. Three experienced camp counselors will staff each camper cabin.

In addition, during your child's stay with us, optional prayer services for campers of different faiths will be offered at the end of each day.

America's Camp staff will respect, honor, and encourage your child to express feelings. Each child processes grief and heals in a different way, and the professional counselors on staff recognize that all feelings, no matter what they are, must be validated for the child.

Any other questions?
We want to answer them!
Call us at 800-548-6295
E-Mail us at info@americascamp.org

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