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Frequently Asked Questions at CAMP-of-the-WOODS
HOW SHOULD WE DRESS?
Camp attire is casual and modest. Most guests wear khakis, jeans, shirts, skirts, sweaters, etc. to meetings and meals. We want our guests to be relaxed! This is your vacation. Ties are never required. Leave your formal attire back home. Since pictures are better than words, we are providing the attached flyer to be of help to you.
Normal casual clothes are what most wear at both dining halls, but sweaty athletic clothes and wet bathing suits are never acceptable at either dining hall. We need adults to use good judgment in their swim attire plus monitor their children’s. Appropriate, modest beach attire must be worn by all guests. We desire to honor our Lord and never want to be a stumbling block to others.
DO I BRING MY OWN TOWELS AND LINENS?
In most accommodations they are provided. However, if you are staying in any of the Tentels, then you must either bring your own sheets, pillowcases or sleeping bags, as they will not be on the beds when you arrive, or you may pick those items up at the Linen Room at no charge. Bring your own beach towels no matter what accommodation you stay in while at CAMP-of-the-WOODS.
IS MAID SERVICE INCLUDED?
Yes, in all accommodations except for the Tentels. Towels are changed daily, Monday through Saturday. Extra towels are left on Saturday since we do not have maid service on Sundays.
IS TIPPING REQUIRED?
Tipping is an important part of the compensation of our staff. To some it is their total compensation. It is correct to tip at both dining halls and in accommodations with housekeeping service.
Tips are pooled at both dining halls and shared among the servers and bus staff. The average tip amount is $4.00 per person in your party per day. A party of five staying one week would tip $140.00. In accommodations with housekeeping service, the average tip amount is $2.00 per person in your party per day. Four people staying one week would tip $56.00. Many of our guests tip more than that, but this gives a starting point to help you.
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES?
Most activities are free for our resident guests, including our beautiful beach, Sonju Sports Complex with indoor gymnasiums and climbing wall, outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, mini-golf course, ropes course, and our incredible staff concerts. There are fees for water skiing, boat rentals and rides, and for special events like whitewater rafting, etc.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING ELSE?
Yes, bring rain gear, and if you or your children like sports activities, bring the appropriate equipment. Please note that street shoes, hiking shoes or boots, and dress shoes are prohibited in the gymnasiums in the Sonju Sports Complex. Bring athletic court shoes or non-marking sneakers. Also, each week our Recreation Director leads a “dress up” parade that ends at our Carnival. It is a great time, and the guests who bring crazy clothes/costumes seem to have the most fun.
•Please do not bring bicycles, scooters, skateboards, mopeds, Segways, hoverboards, or drones, as they are not allowed on the grounds. (For serious recreational riders who wish to ride off the grounds, you may lock and store your bike in the designated areas provided near Camp’s entrance.)
CAN WE SHOP NEARBY?
Yes! There are a variety of different stores in town. Check the Information Booklet which can be found in your room for a list and times of operation. Additionally, we have several stores right here on Camp.
•Our own Tee Pee serves ice cream, penny candy and items cooked on our grill. The Trading Post, next to the Tee Pee, carries sun tan lotion, post cards, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. The Purdy Center Bookstore has a great selection of books and small gift items, our annual Camp mug, plus it has the best fudge in the Adirondacks.
CAN I ACCESS THE INTERNET AT CAMP?
Yes, we offer free wireless service in many parts of Camp. Our main hotspots are located near the Purdy Center Lobby, Social Hall (near the Bookstore), the lounge in Larsen Lodge, Delaware and Sonju Sports Complex. To ensure fast connection speeds are available for everyone, we ask that you not stream movies, video games and other high usage websites.
DO YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?
If you have a specific food allergy, please let us know at least one week before you arrive. While our chefs will do their best to accommodate your food allergy, we may not be able to handle all food restrictions. Those with extensive food allergies, special dietary needs and/or restrictions should consider utilizing one of our many efficiency units
CAN WE HIRE BABYSITTERS?
Yes, contact the Front Desk in the Purdy Center. There is an hourly rate for babysitting services. Twenty-four hour notice is required.
ARE THERE ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS?
Yes, there are Chapel services Monday – Friday mornings, plus many activities throughout the week just for them. Your teens will love our Teen Ministry. We have an excellent Teen Staff that will make your teens feel at home and introduce them to new friends!
DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES?
Each morning during Chapel services, we offer Nursery and Kids’ Klub for children from birth through teen years. Extended programming called “Chapter Two” is available Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – Noon for children from infant and toddler age through 6th grade. Nursery care is also provided during the evening concerts and Wednesday night service.
IS THERE A CURFEW FOR CHILDREN?
Yes and No! There is never a curfew when they are with you, but children without adult supervision do have an 11:00 p.m. curfew. Camp quiet time is observed from 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Thanks for being attentive to this effort to provide rest for guests and staff.
CAN I BRING MY OWN FIREWOOD?
No, unless you live less than 50 miles away. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) law states that: No person shall transport untreated firewood into New York State from any location outside the State and that no person shall move untreated firewood, from trees that are grown in New York State, more than 50 miles from the source of the firewood. For more information, go to www.dec.ny.gov. We do sell firewood on site for $5 per bundle.
CAN I BRING A BOAT?
Yes, but call the Front Desk at 518-548-4311 ext. 0 to assure a place for your boat. Boats can be up to 24’ in length. If you plan to moor your boat, be sure to bring your own mooring anchors. After you launch your boat, there is a convenient and safe place to store your boat trailer. Please obey all NY State safety regulations. Guest safety is a priority, and we need everyone’s cooperation!
• All boats must be cleaned and empty of residual water before launching onto Lake Pleasant. Your boat will be inspected at the Welcome Center when you check in, and if anything is questionable you will be asked to have the boat washed. The Village is strict on this and is trying hard to keep milfoil and spiny water fleas from ruining our beautiful lake.
ARE PERSONAL WATERCRAFT PERMITTED?
Motorized personal water craft (e.g. jet skis) are allowed on Lake Pleasant but are banned in most National and State Parks. State laws are enforced, so everyone must know and obey those laws. All operators of motorized personal watercraft must carry a boating safety certificate issued by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation; U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; or the U.S. Power Squadron.
WHEN CAN WE GET INTO OUR ROOMS?
Accommodations are available AFTER 2:00 P.M. Your week starts with lunch, which is 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on other days. Keys to accommodations may be picked up after 2:00 p.m.
WHEN MUST WE LEAVE OUR ROOMS?
Check out time is 9:00am due to the short amount of time our housekeeping staff has to prepare for the next week’s guests. If you brought a boat, jet ski, etc., please load it onto your trailer by 10:00am to free the space for incoming guests.
IS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE FROM THE ALBANY AIRPORT?
Yes, but you must call the Front Desk at 518-548-4311 ext. 0 at least one week in advance to schedule a ride. They will give you the rates for this service. The drive from Albany to Speculator is 1 hour 40 min.
IS CAMP-of-the-WOODS OPEN YEAR-ROUND?
Yes, for group retreats and conferences, plus two programmed family weekends over New Year’s and Presidents’ Day. Christa Smith is our Group Coordinator, and she can be reached at ext. 242 if you have any questions about our Conference Season or if you want to request brochures or more information.