First Day Is July 01, 2019!

Parent Guide


    Always an exciting and sometimes nervous day for parents and campers. Whether you’re bringing your camper or they travel on the bus, please make sure to have them wear their Mill Basin Day Camp t-shirt and make sure that they have their group assignment cards which you should have been sent. When you and/or they arrive, staff will be in the lobby to greet everyone and direct them to their groups. Signs will also be posted as you arrive. Please stay as long as you feel is necessary so that you can talk to the counselor, but please then say your goodbye and allow the group to begin their first. Feel free to call the camp office if your nervous and would like us to check on your camper.


    Mornings are never a problem because parents drop their kids and leave pretty quickly. In the afternoon, however, there are a lot of buses and a whole lot of cars. That can make for a nice traffic jam. Our suggestion if at all possible is to park outside the lot to avoid any getting caught up in outgoing traffic. Parking is available right outside the lot to either side and is legal. Do not park in front of the door or even double park as you wait for someone to come out. Its very dangerous and can cause a lot of extra traffic backup.


    As part of your welcome packet, you should have received a Camper Checklist. While every child is different, we strongly recommend that you follow the list to be sure that your campers have what they need. Please note that if a child forgets something, such as lunch, we will do whatever we can to see to it that your camper has whatever they need. Please ask the camp office for a copy of the checklist if you don't have it.
    Click Here To Get A "What To Pack" List


Begins at 8:25 unless you are enrolled in the Early AM Drop Off Program (see the next topic for information). You may drop off your child any time after 8:25 however please remember that on trip days our groups will be leaving promptly at 9:00 AM for their destination and we do not want them to miss it, right?

Yawn. How is 7:30 AM sound? You can send breakfast with them (we like decaf :). Staff will be here to hang with them until their counselors arrive. Additional fee required because we could not get them to work that early otherwise.

Cost: $40.00 per week

Anyone authorized to pick up your camper should arrive at the following times: Pre-School 3:25 PM and all other camps at 4:00 PM. Just to make sure there is no confusion, once again 4:00 PM. If you are going to be late or need to pick up early, please call the camp office at 718.251.6200 by 3:00 PM to let us know and we’ll make sure that your kids will not be nervous. A little loving goes a long way. If you cannot pick up by 4:30, you can enroll in the Late Stay Afternoon Program (see the next topic).

You have to work late or even better your camper loves camp so much you cant get them to leave. They can stay until 6:30 PM. Well give them some snack and drink to keep their energy up and theyll have a blast with the Late Stay staff. Additional fee required because we couldnt get them to stay after such long hot days.

Cost: $55.00 per week



    Pioneers (Pre-School): Check Your Trip Calendar

    Adventures: Check Your Trip Calendar

    Stars: Check Your Trip Calendar

    Check Your Trip Calendar

    Teen Quest: Check Your Trip Calendar

    Please have your camper wearing their camp t-shirt and a smile that day.

    What if my child is absent that day or is not registered for that day of the week?

    No camper should miss picture day. So, the best thing to do is to call the camp office the morning of their scheduled picture day and get an approximate time for their group's pictures. You can bring your camper over to the camp to take their individual and group shot. If you cannot make it that day, there will be a makeup date for all individual shots only. Of course, you can still receive a group shot although your camper won't be in it. Pictures are always included free of charge!



    Each camp has its own unique trip schedule and trip day(s). This is done so that you can register for a schedule that does not include trip days. For Pioneers (Pre- School) and Adventures Camps, trips are on Thursdays only, are usually only half days in length and are to local attracti ons. For Stars, the trip day is on Tuesday and are both half and full day trips. Explorers trip are mostly Monday and Wednesdays although some trips might be on other days. Teen Quest trips are scheduled throughout the week. (A complete trip list, with dates, time of the trip and recommended spending money will be distributed prior to the beginning of camp. Please note that if you are not registered for trip days or if your camper is not planning on attending the trip, there is no camp for them that day unless it is a half day trip and you would like to bring them in for the other half of the day.)


Emergency Procedures & Call To Parents

What is an emergency? We realize that each person views emergencies differently. At Mill Basin Day Camp, we define an emergency as a situation that requires us to call a parent or someone that is listed on the registration form as Emergency Contacts. Let's hope that there never is one, but in the event that a situation arises that requires emergency attention, the following steps will be taken. First, our staff will see to and take whatever action is called for in the situation. Next, we will attempt to contact the people listed on the form. Of course, our office can and will call parents for anything that our professional staff feel requires one. An example could be a bump on the head, a splinter, stomach ache or even a quickie call for a camper that might need to hear a parents voice to help them through the day. If you have a personal reason that you feel requires a call, please speak to us anytime.

Bus Service Pickup & Drop Off

Bus pickup and drop off is available to you in most cases door to door. However, depending on the street that you live on, it may be necessary for the bus to stop in a spot other than in front of your house. For example, it might have to stop across the street or on your corner. While we work very closely with the bus company (Superior Bus Service for anyone wishing to do a background check), to make pickups and drop off times and locations as convenient as possible, please remember that we cannot make changes to the bus route or schedule to accommodate a single camper. Morning pick up and afternoon drop off are done in the opposite order. For example, if a camper is the first to be picked up each day, they will be the last to be dropped off in the afternoon.

What time will my camper be picked up and dropped off? A few days before your campers first day, you will receive a phone call from the camp office with an approximate time to have your camper ready, your bus number and the bus counselors name. For the first several days, please allow about 20 - 30 minutes from the time you receive. It takes time to get all the pickups exact, so we ask that you be patient and have your camper ready. If your camper is not coming to camp on a day that they are scheduled to attend. This way you can assure yourself of being there on time and it will give the person who is meeting the bus a more accurate time for drop off each day. If you do not want your camper to take the bus service home on a particular day, you MUST call the camp office by 3:00 PM. In some cases, minivans will be used. A bus counselor will be present on each bus, both AM & PM. Please make sure to walk your child to the steps of the bus and to receive them as well. Bus counselors cannot walk the campers to doors or across the street for the simple reason that we cannot leave the bus unattended. If we are aware of a problem with a specific bus, such as a mechanical issue or traffic problem, we may be able to call you to let you know if the bus will be very late. Otherwise, you can call the camp office and we can contact the bus via radio. However, we ask all parents to be patient.

We now provide you a free service to GPS track the location of your campers bus!  Prior to the start of camp, you will be sent instructions on how to follow the bus both morning an evening via your computer or mobile device!  A great service that parents love!


Cost: $55.00 per week

Lunch & Snack


Pioneers, Adventures, Stars campers receive lunch every day, including trip days. Hot and cold lunches are mixed in throughout the week. All campers can also bring lunch with them each day. If sending lunch you should send lunch they like, a drink and a small snack. The lunches will be refrigerated until lunch time lunchtime then returned to the campers. Please do not send any food that needs to be heated or micro-waved. Check menus to see if your camper does not eat whats being served or has dietary or allergy issues. Please use the camp lunch bag if possible and write your campers name on it. On trips, lunch will be brought to the trip site in coolers to remain fresh.

To View The Lunch Menu click here: Lunch Menu:

Explorers & Teens must bring lunch and snack daily.


Snack: Is given every day to Pioneers, Adventures, Stars campers. It could be a bag of chips, pretzels or cookies. We hand out different kinds each day to keep the campers interested. ONLY WATER IS SERVED AT MILL BASIN DAY CAMP!. Seconds and extras are available but well try and limit the sugar wherever possible. Please feel free to send your own snack with them as well.

  • Calling Office &
    Leaving Messages

    During camp hours, your phone calls will be answered by a live person, not a recording. They will be happy to answer as many questions as possible. However, during those hours, we cant promise that youll be able to speak to a director right away. They are out in the field supervising their groups and activities. In most cases, someone will call you back at the end of the day or in the evening. When you call and you need to speak to a director and they are not available, it would help if you told the office staff why your calling and when and where you can be reached later on. If you call after camp hours, make sure to leave your name, your campers name and group, along with the reason for your call. We will make every effort to return your call as soon as possible

  • Parent

    Each camp has its own unique program. There are different dates for each camp group and you will receive a letter when those dates are announced. At the meetings you will be able to pick up your campers, bag, t-shirt, water bottle, lunch box and schedule. The directors of each camp will be there to answer your questions and we will talk about your campers upcoming summer. If you have campers in 2 different age groups, you only have to come to 1 meeting if you like and you can pick up all the stuff at one time. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND RECEIVE THE CAMP GEAR, ALL BALANCES MUST BE PAID IN FULL. after camp hours, make sure to leave your name, your campers name and group, along with the reason for your call. We will make every effort to return your call as soon as possible

  • Siblings

    If you have a child in Pre-School Camp and others in older camps, you can pick them up at regular 4:00 PM dismissal time. If you have an Explorer or Teen Camper on a late stay or overnight trip and others in younger camps, you will need to pick up the younger ones at the regular dismissal time (4:00) before coming back to get the ones returning from their trip. If you have a child in Pre-School Camp and others in older camps, you can pick them up at regular 4:00 PM dismissal time. If you have an Explorer or Teen Camper on a late stay or overnight trip and others in younger camps, you will need to pick up the younger ones at the regular dismissal time (4:00) before coming back to get the ones returning from their trip.

Medication & Medical Issues

If your camper has any medical or special needs such as diet, medications (asthma pump, insulin etc.) we would be happy to sit down with you to discuss them with you. In most cases we are able to assist with storing, supervising and dispensing medication to campers who might need them during the summer. Please make sure to submit you medical form to the camp office that is completely filled out and signed by both parents and your family physician.