Below are the most asked questions many of our parents and campers have asked over the years. Please read through them to see if they answer or cover some of yours. If you don’t see them, or if you’ve got some of your own please feel free to call the camp office (718.251.6200), stop by in person (5945 Strickland Ave) or email us at anytime.

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What Are The Dates and Times For the Upcoming Season ?

2024 CAMP DATES: JULY 01 - AUGUST 23, 2024
Families can create their own registration schedule by selecting a weeks they need (4 week minimum)

What is the camps philosophy ?

Mill Basin Day Camp is dedicated to providing children and their families with a fun, safe and caring summer camp experience. Through innovative programming and careful staff selection, our campers will make friends and share experiences and memories that can last a lifetime.

How long has the camp been in existence ?

We proudly opened our doors in 1998 and provide a wonderful summer experience for boys and girls each summer ages 3 – 14.

What is the camper-counselor ratio?

In the Pioneers, each group is headed by a licensed teacher, with Assistant Counselors, and Junior Counselors. Pioneers have the most staff than any other group, as this age group requires the most individualized attention.

In the Adventures (grades 1 – 2) and Stars Camps (grades 3 & 4), groups are limited to 1 to 8, with a Head Counselor, Assistant Counselor and Junior Counselor. Many campers attend only part weeks, making the counsellor/camper ratio even smaller on most days.

In the Explorers Camp grades 5 & 6, each group is limited to 1 to 9, with a Head Counselor and Assistant Counselors and Junior Counselor.
Teen Quest Camp grades 7, 8 & 9, each group has 2 – 3 Head Counselors that are specially chosen to work with the Teens based on prior experience.

It should be noted that many of our campers do not attend camp 5 days a week or for a full 8-week summer. Therefore, there are days when the groups have smaller numbers of campers. Also, most of our Head Counselors if they are not returning from the previous summer have worked at Mill Basin Day Camp for years.

Who are the counselors? How are they chosen? How are they trained?

All Head Counselors are mandated to be certified in CPR and First Aid from the American Red Cross. All staff at Mill Basin Day Camp are interviewed by directors and anyone being offered a position that is over 18 years of age has their references and backgrounds checked. All staff must attend mandatory staff training sessions prior to beginning work. Experience working with children is mandatory in most cases.

How many counselors and campers returned from the previous year?

Many of our staff return each summer & and have moved up the ranks from Junior Counselors to Head Counselors. Most of our campers are also returning. We also have many former campers returning this year as CITs.

How are new campers integrated, and made to feel at home?

Each group has various methods for integrating new campers into their groups. Head Counselors are trained to make sure that all campers are introduced to the other campers and are made to feel part of the group in the first few minutes of the camp day. Directors are also at hand to help new campers make any adjustments that they may need. We also find that while your child may be new to our camp, they may know some of the campers from school or extra-curricular activities that they may attend.

How does the camp stay in touch with the parents?

One of the most asked questions about Mill Basin Day Camp is how we stay in touch with parents . We do that through emails, texting and our website, MBDC keeps parents informed on a daily basis. Families have their own personal login accounts where they can view password-protected pages that include their own family information, schedules, food menus, and more.

Of course, every parent wants to see their camper in action at camp. So as an enrolled family, a parent can log in to see the hundreds of pictures and some videos that we post daily of our campers participating in all the MBDC has to offer.

What sort of references can the camp provide?

The best reference any camp can provide is the recommendation of other parents and campers. However, all camp records are available to the public by contacting the NYC Department of Health Day Camp Division.

What kinds of activities are offered? Is there a good variety or is it limited?

Mill Basin Day Camp offers a wide variety of daily activities for our campers. Swimming, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Karate, Sports, Gymnastics, PlayStation Game Room, Baking Center, IJAX (Giant Screen Theatre) Computers, Lazer Maze, Fashion Design, Lego Lab, Circus, Rock Band and many more are just some of what we offer. Each group follows a pre-structured daily schedule. Swimming is the only activity that is offered every day that campers are in the camp facility for the entire day.! All other activities are evenly distributed so that each group gets to participate in all that we have to offer.

What is a typical day like? How many activities take place each day?

Here we answer the top most asked question .At Mill Basin The typical camp day begins with the first activity beginning at 9:00 am. There are 3 periods in the morning, then lunch, 3 periods in the afternoon, a snack time break and then 1 final activity. Activities are both indoor and outdoor and are balanced accordingly. Pioneers' dismissal times and activities are a bit different and will be explained at the pre-camp parents meeting for registered families.

Can campers choose their own activities, or are they assigned?

Camp activities are chosen prior to the start of camp. While all campers are encouraged to participate in all of the activities, we do not force any child to do anything that they are uncomfortable doing. That said, if a camper does not want to participate in an activity other than swimming – he or she must stay with the group until that activity is finished. If a child does not want to swim, he or she is placed with a counsellor and taken to a shaded or indoor activity until the period ends. If there is a camper who refuses to participate in any activities, a director will attempt to find out why. If needed, a parent may be called to help to solve the issue.

If a group as a whole wishes to change an activity, the staff will meet with counsellors to see what can be done to accommodate the group.

What are the qualifications of the instructors?

Our camp staff consists of professionals, many of whom continue to work in summer camp or child-related fields throughout the year. All leader staff are trained in CPR and First Aid and our aquatics programs are staffed by licensed personnel, as required by the N.Y.C. Board of Health and American Red Cross. We equip our staff and facility with the latest safety and technological products in order to maintain constant contact and security both on and off the premises.

How does the camp view competition?

Addressing another most asked question , we are a non-competitive no-pressure camp with a no-winner, no-loser mantra. All games and activities promote fun and safety. Counselors support and encourage good sportsmanship.

How do the instructors handle differences in abilities and attitude?

No children are alike and at Mill Basin Day Camp, we treat each camper as an individual. Some campers are good athletes, others are very artistic- we try to offer praise and encouragement in all situations. Instruction is offered in all areas and we hope that campers are able to learn new skills as well as improve existing skills and come away from their camp experience very positively.

Do the campers have down time when they can relax?

In the Pioneers Camp, there is a quiet time scheduled daily, however, we find that most campers do not nap. It is a time when the lights are dimmed and campers can lay on their blanket or mat. In the Adventures camp, some of the activities take place in air-conditioned rooms, which could be used for quiet activities. Please note that ALL of our indoor facilities are climate controlled for the comfort of our campers and staff.

What does the camp do to insure the safety of the campers?

Safety is our highest priority at Mill Basin Day Camp. We have a public address system throughout the facility. Each of our Directors carries 2-way Radio which keeps us in constant contact with each other. All persons entering the building after morning drop-off must check into the camp office first.

If you have to pick up your child(ren) earlier than the dismissal time must also come into the office we will bring your child(ren) to you. If you must send someone other than yourself or your authorized pick-up person, you must call ahead to let the office staff know and that person MUST have a picture I.D. or they will not be allowed to take your child(ren). If there are any special concerns that you have concerning authorized pick-ups, a director will be happy to handle that personally.

Additional Covid related safety procedures have been implemented for 2020 and beyond as we are guided by the NYC Department of Health.

What sort of abuse-prevention training do the counselors receive?

All Head Counselors are required to be certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and First Aid. In addition, all camp staff is required to attend mandatory abuse-prevention training prior to the first day of camp.

What are the medical facilities? Is there an on-site doctor or nurse?

At Mill Basin Day Camp we have on site a full First Aid center. It is staffed by 2 Full-Time nurses or certified R.T.E. – Responding to Emergencies Technicians and or EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians).