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Talent Show

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Seining

Camp Life

Cabins, Bathrooms, and Showers

Cabins are rustic and campers sleep in bunk beds. There is no air-conditioning, but counselors may have a box fan in the cabin. All campers live in cabins with at least two counselors. Cabin assignments are made according to a child's age and grade. Bathrooms are centrally located within the cabin or just outside. Showers are located in the Sandcastles for girls and the Shower House for boys. 

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Cabin Requests

Campers can request up to two cabin mates. Campers can be placed in the same cabin when:

  • Only up to two requests are made.
  • The requests are reciprocated.
  • They are in the same grade in school

Parents should know…

  • Sometimes there is no way of honoring your request because of age, space or other restrictions.
  • Requests that are not reciprocated will not be honored. In order for a request to be considered reciprocated, all three people must have made the same requests. If anyone makes a different request, the group will not be placed together.

Example of a reciprocated group:

Christian requests: John and Ethan

John requests: Ethan and Christian

Ethan requests: John and Christian

Example of a non-reciprocated group:

Christian requests: John and Ethan

John requests: Ethan and Christian

Ethan requests: SAL and John

  • When campers of different ages request to be together, the older camper will be placed with the younger camper.
  • Campers two grades or more apart will not be place together.
  • Campers requesting to be with a camper of a different age/grade may experience different camp activities than if they were in a cabin with campers their own age.
  • Requests for a specific cabin or counselor cannot be honored
  • Requests cannot be made after June 1.

Contacting Your Child at Camp

Cell phones: and other electronic devices are not permitted at camp for a variety of reasons: we want campers to disconnect from technology; cell phones are expensive and can easily be lost or damaged at camp; they can be misused. Please do not send your child to camp with a cell phone. Cell phones or electronic devices will be confiscated and returned to parents at departure.

Calling home: campers are not permitted to use the office phone to call home. If necessary (injury or illness, or severe homesickness) camp staff will contact parents.

Mail: Campers are permitted to receive letters and postcards that can be sent with one first class stamp. Oversized envelopes, which require more than one first class stamp, will not be accepted and will be returned to sender. All mail sent via USPS should be addressed to Camper's Name, Peconic Dunes Camp, P.O. Box 190, Peconic NY 11958.

IMPORTANT: Campers are NOT allowed to receive any packages while at camp. Please let relatives and friends know not to send your child a package while at camp.

If there is an essential item, such as a pair of eye glasses, toiletries or an article of clothing, that a camper forgot, you must contact the camp office in advance to arrange for package delivery. If you do not get the package pre-approved, it will be returned to sender.

Why a "No Package" Policy?

Along with many other camps, we have determined that packages lead to unnecessary stress, anxiety and jealousy when parents feel obligated to send packages and when some campers receive packages and others don't. Despite prohibitions, campers continue to receive food products that pose a thread to other campers with food allergies and attract insects and pests in the cabin. Moreover, packages produce a large amount of waste that the camp must dispose of.

E-Letters: A one way e-mail service is offered to overnight campers and CITs. There is no additional fee for this service. Log into your Peconic Dunes account, click on additional options, click on e-mail a camper. E-mails are received at the camp office, printed, and delivered to your camper once each day. There are currently no facilities for campers to send an e-mail reply from camp.

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather can impact camp activities. Light rain does not alter the camp schedule, but, for the safety and well-being of our campers and staff, severe weather conditions require changes in schedule and program.

If the weather is extremely hot, strenuous activities, such as team sports, will be cancelled or modified. Counselors will make sure campers take frequent breaks out of the sun and drink plenty of water.

When rain is heavy, campers will move under shelter and counselors will implement rainy day plans.In the event of downpours or thunderstorms, campers and staff will go back to their cabins for quiet cabin activities.

Sailing is subject to weather conditions including high winds, rough seas, and heavy rain and may be cancelled or modified as needed.

In emergency weather situations, such as a hurricane threat, day camp will be cancelled and all overnight campers and staff will be relocated to Southold High School.

Laundry

There are no laundry facilities for campers' use. Campers should pack enough clothes for the entire week of camp. In the event of an emergency, the staff will arrange laundry service for a camper. Laundry service will be provided to campers registered for Super Saturdays and CITs.

Meals

Campers eat meals with their cabins under the mess tent. Snacks are available mid-afternoon and before bed. Water to refill water bottles is available at water stations throughout the camp. Campers with dietary restrictions should list their allergies/restrictions on the health history and Camper Health form. We will do our best to accommodate requests.


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Breakfast Specialty Scramble w/English Muffins Pancakes w/Turkey Bacon Scrambled Eggs w/Hash browns English Muffins Waffles w/Turkey Sausage Breakfast sandwich w/eggs cheese & ham French Toast w/Turkey Bacon Muffins

Granola Bars

Lunch n/a Taco Bar Chicken Sandwich w/Sweet Potato Fries Pita Bar- Chicken Salad, Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Macaroni Salad Chicken Fingers w/ Tater Tots Pizza w/Grilled Veggie Toppings
Dinner Lasagna Roasted Broccoli Garlic bread Herb Baked Chicken w/Roasted Red Potatoes Cauliflower Sweet & Sour Pork w/Rice Green Beans Pasta Primavera Shepherd’s Pie BBQ Chicken Burgers Hot Dogs Corn Salad

Also available at breakfast: fruit, yogurt, and cereal. Also available at lunch and dinner: salad bar. 

*Please note this menu is an example of some of the meals we serve. There is a different menu each week. All menus are subject to change depending on deliveries and availability of ingredients.

Camp Activities

Each day campers participate in cabin, choice, and challenge activities. Campers are not guaranteed to experience all activities that camp offers and some activities are only available for senior camp (archery, some boating activities). The activities listed below are examples of cabin and challenge activities. 

  • Corcl
  • Kayak
  • Snorkel
  • SUP
  • Environmental Science
  • Gardening
  • Archery
  • Back-country Cooking
  • Fishing
  • Leadership Skills
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Adventure Trail
  • Frisbee
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Art & Design
  • Improv Theatre
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Videography

For some people, the day starts a little earlier with optional activities known as The Bears (Polar, Yoga, and Alpha).  Then the whole camp gathers for flag raising, quotemeister, and kudos. One of our favorite traditions is t-shirt signing when campers sign each other's camp shirts. The last night of each session features the closing campfire when campers are recognized for their achievements during the week. Camp traditions at Peconic Dunes include:


  • Kudos
  • Quotemeister
  • Flag raising & lowering
  • Yoga Bear

Campers have Choice activities each day. The goal of Choice is to simply have fun. We offer some the same activities that we offer during Challenge, plus "a few more" to keep it interesting. Campers and staff are encouraged to create new and interesting Choices throughout the summer. Choice activities are one hour long and vary daily.

  • Animal Charades
  • Bracelet Making
  • Can Jam
  • Capture the Flag
  • Team Handball
  • Free Swim
  • Karaoke
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Nukem
  • Parachute Games
  • Read & Relax
  • Shelter Building
  • Skit Practice
  • Tie Dyeing
  • Touch Rugby
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water Aerobics
  • Water Polo
  • Whiffle Ball

Every night's a little different at Peconic Dunes. We have our classic campfires on the first and last night of camp, plus another during the mid-week talent show. It's not always sunny at camp so we have a few surprises to pull out if it rains.

  • Carnival
  • Closing Campfire
  • Counselor Hunt
  • Dance
  • Get Yer Ya Yas Out Campfire
  • Opening Campfire
  • Sand Sculpture Competition
  • Turtle Games
  • Ugly Counselor Contest
  • Reflections

Security

A gate attendant is on duty to monitor vendors and visitors. All visitors must be checked in before entering the camp property. Our staff is advised to address any unknown persons on the property and escort them to the camp office. 

Special Needs

If your child requires any sort of special accommodation (i.e. medication dispensed, physical adaptation, verbal, or otherwise), please notify the camp when you register. We will do our best to make reasonable accommodations within the limits of our outdoor camp environment.

Staff

Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp maintains a camp-wide staff to camper ratio of 1:4. Staff members selected to work at Peconic Dunes are hired based on their experience working with children, safety and skill certifications and experience in their given specialty.


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Last updated September 18, 2019