Is this an every weekend thing? This is a one-night event. It starts on Saturday morning, March 3rd and ends Sunday afternoon, March 4th. If you want to be a part of it, sign up early. We have limited space.
Who is invited? This event is only for current Hayground campers who were in the Seals, Sharks, Orcas or Gators last summer. It is a reunion for Hayground campers and Hayground counselors. Everyone you see there with the exception of Sharpe Reservation staff who will be facilitating activities is someone who was with us last summer.
Who is coming? We don't know! We hope that this is an exciting enough idea that it has a huge draw and that next year we have to run two weekends just to accommodate everyone. But this is our first year doing it. So please feel free to reach out to your Hayground friends and encourage them to join you for this pioneering event. One way to let people know that you're coming and to find out who else is coming is to join our Facebook Page.
How does the lodging work? Each cabin has a wall in the middle of it. The two sides share a front porch. So when we talk about a cabin, we are really talking about a half-cabin. Each half-cabin has four bunk beds (eight beds), one bathroom with two private toilet stalls and two private shower stalls. Each cabin will have up to six boys or girls and two counselors.
If you have special requests for who your child will bunk with, just let us know. We should be able to accommodate any requests you make.
What should the kids bring for sleeping? The cabins are heated and very comfortable. You will be surrounded by woods and other cabins, but this is not a camping trip. There are no tents. Bring your own sheets, sleeping bag or blanket and pillow and we will provide the rest.
How much does this cost and what does it include? The cost for this wonderful weekend is $350 per person/bed which includes Lodging, Four Meals, All Activities and all the fun you can have! All of the proceeds go to our Hayground Camp Scholarship Fund.
What is the purpose of this event? This event is primarily a mid-year reunion. Every year, we have such a wonderful summer together and then we say goodbye for ten months. Why? Wouldn't it be great to check in half-way through the year, reminisce about last summer and dream about the next?
You say there will be Hayground counselors at the event. Who will be there? We are still finalizing our staff for the event and things change. But we can tell you that we are doing our best to ensure a diversity of staff members. That is, staff members from each of the groups that are invited: Seals 1, Seals 2, Sharks 1, Sharks 2, Orcas and Gators as well as specialty counselors from the Woodshop, Sports, Kitchen, Garden, Art, Drama and Music. To see which counselors are coming, join our Facebook Page.
What kinds of activities will we be doing throughout the weekend? There are four activity blocks throughout the weekend: Saturday between breakfast and lunch, Saturday between lunch and dinner, Saturday after dinner, Sunday between breakfast and lunch. Each block will be structured slightly differently. In keeping with the Hayground Camp philosophy, campers will have the power to choose their own adventures.
Although not all participants will do all activities, the activities include the following:
Maple Syrup Tapping Snowshoeing Birding Hiking Low Ropes Animal Study Ice Fishing Broomball Footprint Casting Yoga Tubing Papermaking Tracks and Traces Orienteering Planetarium Show
All snow/ice activities will include contingency plans if there is no snow and/or the ice is not thick enough.
What are the meals like? The dining hall provides healthy options for all meals. For breakfast there is a breakfast bar with eggs, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage. There are also cereal and oatmeal options and fruit selections. Lunch includes sandwiches and a salad bar. And dinner includes hot options as well as salad bar. All meals provide vegetarian options.
In addition, snacks will be available in the dining hall between meals.
How can I get in touch with my child if I need to? We ask that children do not use cell phones at camp. If you need to reach us, you will have Doug's phone number as well as a hard-line camp number. We will be posting to Facebook the whole time, so if you want to see what's going on, follow us!
What should we bring? All you need for sleeping is your own sheets, a pillow and either a blanket or sleeping bag. As far as activities, you will be provided with a packing list as a follow-up on your registration. Essentially, you'll bring warm clothes including a winter jacket, gloves, hats, boots and plenty of changes of socks if you get wet. We want to make sure that everyone is able to focus on having fun and is not distracted by being cold and uncomfortable.
How often will we be outside? Most of the activities that take place during the activity blocks are outside. The activity blocks are anywhere from 2-3 hours. Some of the activities take place indoors. There will be ample opportunity for you to come into the cozy dining hall to warm up and ample opportunity for you to run to the cabin to change into dry or warmer clothes.
When do we show up and how do we get there? We are all taking a charter bus from Manhattan to Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY (about an hour and a half from the city) together. We will leave Manhattan early, around 7AM. Details will accompany your welcome packet which will be sent to you following your registration.
Does the event take place at Hayground? Because I am not out there during the winter. No, it does not. The event takes place at Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY. (It's about an hour and a half north of Manhattan.)
If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (Doug) directly at 631.276.1076.