We’re so glad that you are considering sending your campers to Holmes Camp and Retreat Center this summer! It is our hope that this page will help you and your camper(s) prepare for summer camp.
Registering for summer camp
Registration for camp will open January 12th at noon. Beginning in 2022 we will be using a new camp registration portal. You will need to create a new account, even if you have attended Holmes Camp in the past.
Camper Health Forms
Camper Health Forms will be available through our new registration portal beginning on January 12th. In order to streamline the registration experience for you we have integrated registration, camper health information, and other forms all into one online portal.
What to pack for camp
Packing with your camper is a great way to help them prepare for their time at Holmes!
You will receive a packing list specific to the programs your child is registered for. For all programs campers should have plenty of comfortable clothing appropriate for playing outside during the summer. Rain gear is essential! All campers should wear secure fitting, closed toe shoes while at Holmes. Sandals or flip flops are fine at the waterfront or in the shower, but we do a lot of walking at Holmes and proper shoes are important!
Please leave phones, candy, snacks, electronics, water guns, pocket knives and expensive or sentimental items at home.
Camper Check-In and Check-Out
Check-In is at 3:00 pm on the first day of the session. Check-In takes place at Robinson, and there will be signs and staff directing you there. You will sign in your camper, complete any remaining forms or payments, and meet with our Health Center Director to turn in any medications.
Check-Out for traditional overnight camp is Friday at 6:00 pm. Check-Out also takes place at Robinson. Please be sure to pick up any medications and go through the lost and found!
If you are arriving by train, please call at least 48 hours before Check-In so we can arrange pick-up service from the train station. Train service to Holmes is out of Grand Central Station through the Harlem Line of the Metro North to the Southeast Station (last stop). No camper should be sent un-escorted to camp, and we will not send any camper home un-escorted. Parents should expect to come to Holmes with their camper to Check-In and Check-Out. There is a $20 charge for round trip van service from Southeast Station; taxi service is also available from the Southeast Station.
Families are encouraged to send letters and packages to their campers! We pass out mail every afternoon. Please do not send any food or candy, which will be collected and held by staff for the rest of the session. Mail should be addressed as:
Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center
Camper Name, Camp Program and Dates
60 Denton Lake Rd
Holmes, NY 12531
Families may also email their campers by emailing messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your camper’s name and camp program in the subject line.
Campers are encourage to write letters home, but do not have access to email or phones. If situation with your camper arises that warrants parental involvement, be it severe homesickness, a behavior issue or a healthcare concern, we will contact you as soon as possible.