Welcome Parents!

We’re so glad that you are considering sending your campers to Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference 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

You can access your online account and make payments here.  If you have have ever registered a camper for summer at Holmes, you already have an account; if you have forgotten your login information, please contact us at the Camp Office at holmes@holmescamp.org so we can help you access your account. This login is separate from a login you may have created to apply for summer staff or to create a donor account.

 

Camper Health Forms

Holmes partners with CampDoc.com to consolidate and integrate camper health information in a centralized and secure location. After you register for camp, you will receive a welcome email from CampDoc.com with information on how to complete your camper’s health information.  While much of it may be completed online, there are also forms that must be completed by your camper’s physician. Immunization records are required (including day, month, and year completed), as is a completed physical from within 12 months of camp attendance. Completed physician forms can be scanned and uploaded to CampDoc.com, mailed or faxed to the Camp Office.  Forms should be received at the Camp at least two weeks before your camper’s session begins. Our Health Center Director will review all forms and be in contact if necessary.

 

What to pack for camp

You can find the Overnight Camp Packing List here here.  You can find the Day Camp Packing List here. Packing with your camper is a great way to help them prepare for their time at Holmes!

Please note special items needed for themed camps.

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

Overnight Camp

Check-In is at 3:00 pm on the first day of the session, with the exception of Family Camp.  Check-In is at 9 am on Monday and Wednesday of Family Camp.  Check-In takes place at the Lodge, and there will be signs and staff directing you to the Lodge parking lot and into the building.  You will sign in your camper, complete any forms or payments, meet with our Health Center Director and turn in any medications, create a canteen account for your camper, and meet your camper’s counselors.

Check-Out is Saturday at 10:00 am, with the exception of Family Camp and Discoverers (Sunday-Tuesday).  Check-Out for Family Camp is at 2:30 pm on Friday and Discoverers (Sunday-Tuesday) is at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, the last days of each session. Check-Out takes place at the Lodge, and includes our Closing Program, where campers share songs and skits from their week. 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 unescorted to camp, and we will not send any camper home unescorted. 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.

Day Camp

Check-In is at 8:45 am on Monday morning and at 9:00 am the remainder of the week, at the Lodge.; there will be signs and staff directing you to the Lodge parking lot and into the building. On Monday, staff will help you complete any necessary paperwork, create a canteen account for your camper and meet your camper’s counselors. You will also meet with your Health Center Director and turn in any medications.

Check-Out is at 5:00 pm each day. On Friday, our Closing Campfire will begin at 4:30 pm at Cedar Circle (by Don’s Diner); there will be signs and staff to direct you. Closing Campfire will include the campers sharing about their week, and afterwards please be sure to pick up any medication and go through the lost and found!

 

Camper Mail

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 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 campers@holmescamp.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.

 

Camper Pictures

This summer, we’re excited to let you know about a new photo delivery service where you can get all the photos of your camper delivered straight to your phone! As an added bonus, 50% of your photo enrollment fee comes back to Holmes to use for 2019 camperships!

This optional service, offered by Waldo Photos, uses facial recognition to match your camper’s face to photos in our album, and then sends them to you via fun and friendly text messages. Learn how it works in this quick video.

Cost per overnight camper:
1 Week – $14.99
Weeks 2 & 3 – additional $10/week

Camper families will be sent information on how to register for our photo delivery service before campers arrive to Holmes if they are interested.  Camper families will also be sent links to our free online picture galleries.