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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Camp Lakota located?

Camp Lakota is located in Wurtsboro, NY in the foot hills of Catskill Mountains. The campus is approximately 20 minutes from Middletown, NY and just 90 minutes from New York City.

Is it possible to come and see the camp in person?

The Camp is open for touring all year long and we would be happy to arrange a tour for you and your family a tour at your convenience. Please call (845) 888-5611

What size are the beds?

Our camp mattresses are 73 inches long and 30 inches wide, twin size bedding will fit.

Where do I send the mail?

If you are sending mail to a camper, staff member, or the camp office during the summer please send them to our summer address: Camp Lakota 56 Park Rd Wurtsboro, NY 12790 (Be sure to include your campers name!)If you need to mail us something during the off season please use the winter address: Camp Lakota 26 Gedney Way Chappaqua, NY 10514

Package Policy

We do not allow food in the bunks.  So, we remind you that any food sent in a care package will not be allowed in the bunk.  We recommend care packages contain puzzles, magazines, pictures, letters. The envelope must be no larger than 9’ x 12’.

Is Camp Lakota ACA accredited?

Camp Lakota is proud to be an accredited member of the American Campaign Association (ACA).

How many children are there in camp?

We accept 190 boys and 190 girls for a total of 380 campers. It’s our goal to know each camper as an individual.

How many campers will be in my child’s bunk?

Our boys campus bunks house 10-15 campers each and our girls campus bunks do vary in size many bunks are 8-10 campers with the execption of a dorm style building for our Chiefs & a few bunks where the whole division is in one building.

How old are the bunk counselors?

Our bunk counselors are college age young adults.

Where do your counselors come from?

We have counselors who come from across the U.S and many of them were once campers themselves. In addition, we also have counselors who come from different countries all over the world.

What type of screening is done before hiring a camp staff member?

Each staff person is thoroughly screened before being hired. The process includes an application, extensive reference checks and a criminal background check. We truly believe that we hire the ‘cream of the crop’ as your child’s safety and personal welfare is our top concern.

What do you do on a rainy day?

We have a pre-planned rainy day schedule that we can switch to at a moments notice. Camp Lakota has many indoor facilities that can be used for rainy day activities such as indoor sports, arts and crafts, board games, movies and other group activities so there is plenty to do, rain or shine!

How competitive is the program?

Camp Lakota’s emphasis is on fun and learning. For those who are looking for a more competitive atmosphere, we provide inter-camp games several times a week through the Sullivan County Camp Athletic League. Every camper that wants to join our inter-camp teams is guaranteed a spot.

Are your swim and waterfront instructors certified lifeguards?

All of our swim and waterfront instructors are American Red Cross Certified lifeguards. We have very clear rules and safety regulations that are enforced at all times. Each camper will participate in our Red Cross swim program and receive their certification cards.

What are the meals like?

Campers sit at their own assigned table with their bunkmates and counselors. Our dining hall service is buffet style. The meals are well balanced and plentiful. In addition to our main courses, we have delicious substitutions which are always available, these include a make-your-own salad bar and pasta bar at each lunch and dinner meal. While we are not a “peanut free” camp we are very peanut conscious and can accommodate most dietary concerns

How do we run our infirmary?

We are very proud of our fully equipped health center which is always available to all campers. We are staffed with physicians and Registered Nurses. If a camper needs anything more than a band-aid our medical staff will notify you right away. The Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown, New York is only 20 minutes from the camp and Crystal Run Urgent Care Center is just 10 minutes away in  Rock Hill, NY

Will Campers need pocket money?

It’s practical for campers to keep a small amount of cash in our office. Our staff will keep it secure in their individual envelope. Cash is useful for batteries and stamps from the Camp Store and for souvenirs on camp trips.

Should Campers keep cash or valuables in their cabin?

All cash, passports and other important items must be kept in our camp safe located in the camp office. Each camper will have an daily opportunity to access their envelopes.

How is the laundry handled?

Camp Lakota has its own laundry service on premises. Your camper’s laundry will be picked up once a week, washed, dried, and folded and returned within 24 hours.

What is the camp’s telephone policy?

For a smooth transition from “home life” to “camp life” it is important that campers refrain from calls home during their first week. After the first week, the campers can set up one phone call per week.

Can Parents email their children at camp?

Parents can send an unlimited amount of emails to their children through their Bunk 1 account using the “bunk note” tab. Bunk Notes are printed, folded and sorted by bunk and are delivered to campers with the daily mail.

What if we have an emergency after office hours?

If you need to reach us after office hours, please call our summer camp office (845) 888-5611 and the greeting will give you a 24 hour contact number for one of our directors.

Do you provide transportation to and from camp?

We provide chartered bus service to camp from several different New York and New Jersey departure areas. Our buses run on the first day of camp and the last day of camp. As part of camper enrollment you will need to fill out the bus form.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please call (845) 888-5611 with any questions you might have. If you would like more information our director Michael will be happy to answer all of your questions. You can also find more information on our website at We look forward to introducing your family to our family.