Philipstown Recreation Department

Philipstown Recreation Department



Hours:  9:00am-3:00pm 
Half Day Preschool option: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost Per Week: $160 Resident / $175 Non-Resident (Week 2 - no 7/4: $130 / $145)
Half Day Preschool: $105 Resident / $120 Non-Resident (Week 2 - No 7/4: $85/$100)
Teen Travel: $185 Resident / $200 Non-Resident (Week 2 - No 7/4: $155/$170)

Campers must be registered for all 8 weeks by June 1 to receive discount. 
There is no Early Bird Special for Teen Travel. 
Full day: $1150 Resident/$1270 Non-Resident (Cost is for all 8 weeks)
Preschool Half day: $745 Resident /$865 Non-Resident (Cost is for all 8 weeks)
(per week):
8:00am-9:00am $40 Resident / $55 Non-Resident (Week 2 - No 7/4: $32/$44)

(per week ):
3:00pm-6:00pm $65 Resident / $80 Non-Resident (Week 2 - No 7/4: $52/$64)
LOCATION: All camps are located at the Philipstown Community Center unless otherwise stated.










All campers should wear appropriate shoes for hiking and running around.  Flip-flops and open-toed sandals are not recommended.  Please send your child with a bathing suit and towel on swim days.  Please label all items.


Camp t-shirts will be issued to any camper who will be traveling on a camp trip.  Campers must wear their shirt on trip days.  Your camper will only be issued one shirt per summer.  If the shirt is misplaced you will be responsible for purchasing a new one.   Campers will not be allowed to attend camp trips without wearing a camp shirt!


It is strongly recommended that campers do not bring anything of value (i.e.: I-pods, cell phones, toys, electronic games, etc.)  We are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.   Campers are not permitted to play with personal electronic equipment at camp.

All children attending Summer Fun must have an updated permission slip and medical form on file prior to the start of camp. If we do not have your updated forms, your child will not be permitted to attend camp. 


Please label all your child’s belongings.  The lost and found cabinet is located in the vestibule next to the office.  Please check it regularly.  Any items not claimed by the end of camp will be discarded or donated. 


Please send your child with a labeled lunch and drink each day.   Lunches are refrigerated.   If your child is staying for the After Camp Option, please provide a snack.  All campers in preschool, kindergarten and 1 & 2 grades should bring a mid-morning snack each day.  Snack must be labeled and placed in the appropriate bin at drop-off.


NYS Department of Health mandates all campers must have a health form (including immunizations) on file prior to the first day of camp.  Children will not be allowed to attend camp without one. 

Your camper’s health and safety are the highest priorities at camp.  Most camp injuries are minor and will be handled by our on site Health Director.  If an injury occurs that needs further attention, you will be called to pick up your child.  In a serious emergency, your child may be sent to the hospital with the paramedics.  Please do not send your child to camp sick.  Should your child become ill at camp, we will call you for pick-up.

Our Health Director is permitted to administer lifesaving medications only (i.e.: epi pen, inhaler).  You are responsible for dropping off and picking up your child’s medications with the Health Director daily.  The camper’s counselor will be instructed on proper care and emergency situations.

Campers with diabetes must have a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP) completed by the parent/guardian and approved by the camper’s healthcare provider.  This must be presented to the medical director for review with the parent/guardian to assure the necessary items will be brought to camp.  The medical director will ascertain that the camper is properly prepared to self-administer insulin as directed by their physician, and will discuss implementation of the DMMP as well as storage of supplies.   

Camp starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm unless your child is registered for the before or after camp program.  There will be a $5 fee for every additional 15 minutes your child is here past the time they are registered for.  Parents must escort their children in and out of the building and sign their child in/out with the head counselor.  All campers must enter through the front door.  The gym doors are not open for pick-up/drop-off. 

Group Drop-off locations are as follows:

Preschool Camp: Preschool Classroom
Kindergarten Camp: Gymnasium
Grades 1-Teens, including Teen Travel: Gymnasium

Arrangements must be made in advance if your child is to go home with someone other than their parent or guardian.  This request needs to be provided in writing, and the person picking up must show a photo ID if they are not known to the staff.  If you arrive late or need to pick up your camper early, please head straight to the main office.  Do not roam the building looking for your child’s group.

All children must be potty trained.  Children should be sent to camp in a bathing suit and with sunscreen already applied.  Staff is not permitted to re-apply sunscreen.  Please provide a change of clothing for your child in a labeled bag.


Payment must be received each week prior to the week your child attends camp.  Additional payment plans must be pre-approved by the department.  Refunds, at the registrant’s request, may be made up to one week prior to the start of the program.  There is a 15% administrative fee for all refunds and withdrawals issued less than one week prior to the start of the program.  Once the program has begun, there are no refunds except for documented medical reasons.


To insure adequate staffing and the safety of your children, please note the following registration deadline information:

Week of June 25:  June 21 at 4:00pm 
Week of July 2: June 28 at 4:00pm 
Week of July 19: July 5 at 4:00pm 
Week of July 16: July 12 at 4:00pm 
Week of July 23: July 20 at 4:00pm
Week of  July 30: July 26 at 4:00pm
Week of August 6: August 2 at 4:00pm
Week of August 13: August 9 at 4:00pm

On swimming days, all campers must come to camp wearing their bathing suits. Please send a change of clothes and towel.  All campers must be swim tested each summer in order to participate in water activities.  Swim levels include shallow water (yellow band) and deep water (green band.)  Campers who do not pass the deep water test or choose to not test at all are automatically designated yellow band swimmers.  Swim tests will happen at the beginning of each week of camp and will be overseen by a certified Water Safety Instructor. 

***REMEMBER***:  If your child chooses to not take the swim test, they will be designated as a shallow water swimmer and not be allowed to participate in deep water activities; including but not limited to swimming in the deep end at the pool, participating in the wave pool at water amusement parks, etc.  Children who are not swim tested or do not test as a “green band” will only be permitted to participate in shallow water activities.  There are NO exceptions.  


Please remember to apply sunscreen at home.  The New York State Department of Health requires that campers may bring sunscreen to camp if: 1) the sunscreen is used for the purpose of avoiding overexposure to the sun and not the medical treatment of an illness or injury, 2) the sunscreen is approved by the FDA for over the counter use, and 3) the camper’s parent or guardian provides written permission for the camper to carry and use the sunscreen (located on the medical form).  Camp staff is not permitted to carry or apply sunscreen for your child.

Trips are filled on a first come, first served basis.  Once the bus is filled, we will start a waitlist.  Trip space will be reserved in the order that registration is received.  Trips that have an additional fee must be registered separately.