FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are answers to your most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions that were not addressed here, please contact us and we will be happy to answer them for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Where is Camp Turk located?

Camp Turk is located on 1,500 + beautiful acres in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, just 45 minutes north of Utica, NY.  Our natural wooded setting, outstanding facilities, and breathtaking waterfront provide campers endless opportunities for outdoor fun. We are approximately 4 ½ hours from New York City. 

Where do most Camp Turk campers come from?

At Camp Turk we ensure that each cabin includes a diverse geographical mix of campers so every child has the chance to broaden horizons and develop new friendships. Each year, campers come to camp all over the Unites States and even some from outside the US.

What session lengths do you offer?

Camp Turk offers a variety of sessions to accommodate growing campers and differing family schedules. We offer one, two & three week sessions for boys, then one, two & three week sessions for girls. We are not a co-ed camp.

What camper’s age do you accept?

Campers who turn 8 prior to the start of the session they sign up for up to 16 years of age.  Campers are roomed by age. 

Where do campers live?

Campers live with their counselors and bunkmates in cabins. All cabins feature either a twin bed or a bunk bed.  All our cabins have updated bathroom facilities.

What programs do you offer?

Camp Turk is on over 1,500 + acres of land including a private lake.  We offer land sports such as tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, archery, dodgeball, badmitton.  On the waterfront we offer kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, tubing, swimming, inflatables, fishing, canoeing.  In addition we offer a theatre program, music program, arts & crafts, computers, hiking & biking & much more. 

Do you offer a CIT program?

The CIT program is open to campers who will be 17 years of age prior to the start of the boys or girls camp.  CIT’s must have two years of camping experience.   At Camp Turk  we work closely with our CITs each day, teaching them how to be effective leaders and giving them the chance to lead many camp activities.

Through our CIT program they have the opportunity to demonstrate whether they have what it takes to become a future staff member.

Staffing

How does Camp Turk handle staff hiring?

Our first staffing priority is to hire staff members who possess the ability to take great care of children and be outstanding role models. Secondly, we focus on a staff member’s specific activity and coaching skills. Camp Turk makes sure that appropriate reference and background checks are completed on all staff. With an extremely low camper to staff ratios, we ensure that each camper receives a lot of attention.

Our staff members work diligently to ensure that every camper is encouraged to experience new activities, express themselves creatively, improve existing skills, and enjoy and cultivate friendships.

What types of staff training does Camp Turk conduct?

Camp Turk provides an extensive amount of training during our intensive pre-camp orientation. We also provide constant support, supervision, and additional training throughout the summer. During orientation, we spend a tremendous amount of time teaching our staff how to care for our campers. We even bring in outside experts to conduct certain training sessions.

Communication

How will I be able to communicate with camp during the summer?

We encourage parents can send camper’s email through our new CampDoc site.  We will print out all emails and deliver them to your child along with daily mail. Campers love to hear from you, so keep those letters and emails coming!  Campers will have the opportunity to email parents during their free time each afternoon (if they chose). 

We schedule camper phone calls home on Thursday evenings between 6:30 and 8 pm.  If your child brings a cell phone it will be collected during registration and kept in the camp office.  Phones will be signed out for phone time and returned to the office.  If you child does not have a phone, campers can come to the camp office to call home but there is a 10 minute time limit for those campers.   

Each first year camper will receive a call from our staff within 72 hours of their arrival so you know how things are going. 

Do not hesitate to contact us to ask questions, check on your camper, or discuss your camper’s experience. We want you to feel as comfortable your child does.

How will I know what my child is doing at camp?

Follow us on Instagram at Camp.Turk  Each morning we do our best to post photos of the events from the previous day activities so you can see all the fun your camper is having!

Programs and Activities

What is a “typical day” like at Camp Turk?

Wake up is at 7:30 am.  Up and dressed we start our day by raising the flag then off to breakfast. After breakfast, campers return to their bunks for a short clean-up period. Then the activities begin!

We run 2 scheduled activity periods for the morning.  Our activity periods are scheduled with their cabin and rotate each day. 

After lunch, we also have a short rest time (mail call) when campers relax in their bunks, read and write letters.

In the afternoon all campers will go to the waterfront for open waterfront.  During this time campers can participate in boating, swimming or inflatables.  At the end of open waterfront campers have open activity when they can run around camp and choose the activities they like to do. 

Campers get ready for dinner and everyone reports to the flag for flag lowering then dinner. 

All campers report to open field for open field where campers participate in fun field activities and games. 

Evening Program begins at 8:00 p.m. The Evening Program is a special program for the entire camp.  When Evening Program is done campers return to their bunks, while older campers enjoy the privilege of staying up a little while longer.  Those campers can socialize in their cabins where they can listen to music, play ping pong, foosball, or just hang out. 

Does camp have any Special Events and activities?

We offer many exciting “special days” that differ from our “regular” schedule!  Our campers enjoy the Olympics, Carnival, Color Wars, Halloween among others camp traditions.

How competitive is Camp Turk?

Camp Turk places its emphasis on participation and instruction while providing ample opportunities for campers to compete within camp.  Most importantly we enjoy the team spirit and experience of participating, playing together, and doing our best.

Nutrition and Safety

How is the food at Camp Turk?

All meals are served buffet style and offer a variety of delicious, nutritious, and kid-friendly menu items.  We also have a wide range of beverages including natural juices and a variety of types of milk. Our counselors are trained to make sure that all campers are eating enough and are eating healthy balanced meals.

Some sample menu items include:

Breakfast -  pancakes, waffles, french toast, scrambled eggs, etc. We also serve cold and hot cereals. 

Lunch - pizza, tacos, grilled cheese, wraps, and so much more. 

Dinner – spagettti & meatballs, chicken alfredo, turkey, and so much more.

Vegetarian options are available for those who require it.  Fresh fruit is always available as well. Dinner is capped off with something special for dessert.

We are NOT peanut and tree nut free camp.

What medical care is available at camp?

Our air-conditioned health center is staffed by our experienced registered nurses. These medical personnel are available to dispense medicine and care for any camper’s needs. If a child requires an overnight stay in the infirmary or a trip to Urgent Care, we always call the camper’s family to let them know.