Camp Policies - New York City, NY

Camp Policies

Limited Enrollment

Our Camp is Limited to 60 campers. We suggest registering as soon as you make your final decision, as our sessions tend to fill quickly. Please call the camp office if we can help you in your decision process.

Inclusion Policy

Benswic strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for each camper as they work to discover and grow their personal best with us regardless of race, gender identity, ethnicity or background. Our goal is to create a space where campers feel secure enough to expand their comfort zones, try and discover new passions and stretch themselves. We have a diverse camper and staff base, and work to ensure that all of our staff have the appropriate training and emotional intelligence to effectively support our campers along their journey. Incidents that involve any demographically-based or historically charged language or actions that may jeopardize a camper or staff member’s physical or emotional safety will be immediately escalated to our Leadership Team and could result in dismissal from camp without a refund or credit.

Registration Information

Parents are encouraged to register in advance, but we understand that for unforeseen reasons, parents sometimes need to register at the last minute. If you find yourself in this situation, you can enroll online until camp deadline (each camp we provide has a deadline). If you see at our online is closed but still like to enroll, you can do so by calling our office at (646) 598-8017.

Refund & Credit Policies

If you wish to cancel your camp registration and apply for a credit to another week of camp, you can contact our office at (646) 598-8017 or The following policies and timeline apply.

  • If you notify us before months before, you can apply for a 75% refund, or a 100% credit on your account for a future enrollment.
  • If you notify us one month (30 days) before the start of that specific camp week, you can apply for a 100% credit on your account for a future enrollment, or a 50% refund.
  • If you notify us less than one month (30 days) but at least two weeks (14 days) before the start of that specific camp week, you can apply for a 100% credit on your account for a future enrollment.
  • If you notify us less than 2 weeks (14 days) before the start of that specific camp week, you may receive a 75% credit on your account.
  • Once a program begins, we cannot make any adjustments or offer any credits.

Waiting List Policy

If we receive your application after a particular session is full, we will place you on that session’s waiting list and confirm with you via email. At that time, we recommend enrolling your child in another open session while keeping them on the waiting list for their first-choice session. We usually see a few cancellations each year which means we do enroll campers from our waiting list.

Discipline Policy

Benswic Camps staff uses the positive techniques of guidance, including logical or natural consequences applied in problem situations, redirection of children to more acceptable behavior, anticipation of and elimination of potential problems and encouragement of appropriate behavior rather than comparison, competition or criticism. Consistent and clear rules are established. Staff members encourage children to solve problems rather than imposing solutions and help children to recognize and respect one another’s feelings. Counselors encourage pro-social behavior such as cooperation, helping, taking turns and constructive verbal communication to solve problems. The goal is to help children internalize rules and become self-directed in their behavior.
Benswic Camps reserves the right to dismiss a child for consistent behavior that makes it difficult or impossible for the staff to meet his/her needs and/or the needs of other children in the group. This will occur without a refund (or portion thereof) or credit towards a future program. This will occur only after parent/staff discussion has occurred.

Potty Training Policy

All campers attending Benswic Summer Camps are expected to be fully potty-trained by their first day of camp. We ask that families provide an extra set of clothes with campers, if a camper has a history of bathroom accidents. If an accident occurs during camp hours, the Staff and Safety Specialist will notify the camper’s primary parent/guardian.

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Sunscreen Policy & Procedure

Benswic’s policy is to do everything possible to protect our campers from excessive exposure to the sun, while still allowing them to get the most out of our outdoor games and activities.
Sunscreen Parents/guardians should provide sunscreen for use during the camp (summer) day. Sunscreen sent to camp should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and labeled with the child’s first and last name.
Families are responsible for applying the first layer of sunscreen prior to morning drop-off and provide it for use during the camp day. We ask that you label it and place it in a clear plastic sandwich bag. During the camp day, Benswic staff will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to help each child reapply sunscreen to exposed skin– including the face, the tops of ears, and bare shoulders, arms, legs, & feet– prior to campers’ participation in outdoor activities. Counselors will not apply sunscreen when skin is broken or an adverse reaction has been observed. When staff notices these reactions, they will report them to the Camp Director who will contact the camper's family. If, for any reason, counselors cannot apply sunscreen on a camper, s/he may not be able to participate in outdoor activities for his/her own protection. If parents/guardians have more than one camper attending camp, we ask each camper have their own supply of sunscreen so that it is readily accessible throughout the camp day.

Policy on Electronics, Toys,
Trading Cards & Pins

Benswic Summer Camps strives to provide a program free from video games, cell phones, audio players, toys and other distractions. Please do not permit your child to bring any of these items to camp as they will be busy throughout the camp day and these items also tend to get lost or misplaced when brought to camp.

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