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CAMP DETAILS

Where is Camp Lohikan located?

Camp Lohikan is situated on 1200 acres and located high in the northeast Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.   The campsite is surrounded by preserved forested landscape and overlooks picturesque streams, a private lake and miles of mountain vistas.  The mountain air at a quarter mile above sea level is clean and dry.  Summer days are typically warm and the nights are cool.  It’s the ideal location for summer camp!

Camp Lohikan is located outside the village of Lake Como in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.  We’re about 130 miles northwest of New York City (2.5 hour drive), 160 miles north of Philadelphia (3.25 hour drive), 45 miles northeast of Scranton, and 10 miles south of Hancock, New York. (Back To Top)

How do campers get to camp?

Round-trip coach bus transportation is available from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore on June 27, July 25 and 26, and August 21.  There is also a bus that services 6 weekers from New York and New Jersey on August 7.  Campers traveling by air are greeted by Lohikan staff members at Newark Airport in New Jersey, LaGuardia and JFK Airport in New York and escorted to camp.  Parents can also drive their child to camp. (Back To Top)

Should I take the bus to camp?

We recommend it.  Most kids take the bus to camp if the bus pickup site is located within a convenient driving distance of home.  The bus ride to camp is the first camp activity of the summer!  It’s where old friends reunite, new friends first meet, and counselors introduce themselves.  The coach buses are equipped with air conditioning, comfy seats, and a restroom. (Back To Top)

Where do campers come from?

Lohikanites come from all over!  Last summer we had campers from 26 states and 19 countries.  Many of our campers come from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida and the Washington DC area.  But we’ve had campers from Russia, Japan, Spain and France too!  Just think, you’ll have camp friends from lots of new and fascinating places! (Back To Top)

Describe the camp population.

The camp’s population is divided into 3 girls and boys divisions: juniors, intermediates and seniors.  Each girls and boys division is composed of 60 to 90 campers.   At this size we have found that our camper population is large enough in each age group to support a full and varied camp program (especially team sports), yet small enough to ensure our personal involvement with each camper.

Junior campers are children entering the first through fourth grade.  Fifth graders are our "super juniors" and, while they are considered part of the junior division, they are given a later curfew (15 minutes) and the option of joining the elective program.

The intermediate division is composed of campers entering the 6th and 7th grades.  Seniors are campers entering the 8th through 10th grades. (Back To Top)

Leadership Training Program

Campers can continue their camp career beyond the age of 15 (11th and 12th grades) by participating in the Lohikan’s Leadership Training Program.  Participants learn responsibility and leadership skills in a fun atmosphere by attending leadership classes and working under the guidance of a senior staff mentor. (Back To Top)

How many campers are assigned to a cabin?  What is the staff to camper ratio?

Junior cabins are composed of 6 to 10 campers.   Inter cabins are assigned 8 to 12 campers.  Senior cabins have 10 to 16 campers.  Two to four counselors are assigned to a cabin.  Every 3 to 6 cabins are combined into a unit that is supervised by a division director.  Division directors are adult professionals and members of the camp’s senior staff.   Our staff to camper ratio is better than 1 to 3. (Back To Top)

What are the cabins like?

All of the cabins are modern and designed to accommodate campers and counselors comfortably.  Each cabin has its own bathroom which includes 2 to 4 individual stall showers, 2 to 4 private toilets, 2 to 4 sinks, and ample hot and cold water.  Cabins are equipped with lights, electrical outlets, windows with screens, doors, a sheltered porch with lights, fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, and a walk way.  The majority of the beds in most cabins are single beds.  Double-decked beds are kept to a minimum.  Campers are provided a “cubbie” dresser for personal belongings and share an open closet area used to hang-up clothes.  Girls & boys cabins are located on opposite sides of the camp.  Half of the cabins are winterized. (Back To Top)

How are bunks assigned?

The bunk unit is important at Camp Lohikan.  We go all out to make sure that campers are assigned to cabins that will promote the formation of friendships and result in positive camp experiences.  Campers are bunked according to age, grade and session.  In most age groups, cabins are composed of campers enrolled for the same session.  Our goal is to have bunkmates begin and end their camp experience together. 

New campers are assigned to cabins with at least 2 other new campers.  The remaining campers would be returning campers which is a good thing.  The sharing that occurs is important for both the new kids and the returning kids.  Returning campers take great pride in “showing the ropes” to the new campers and new campers acclimatize faster when they have the benefit of living with seasoned campers.  (Back To Top)

Can I request for my child to be bunked with a friend?

If your friend is the same age, grade and enrolled for the same session, completing a simple bunk request form will ensure that the friends are bunked together.  Other requests are met on a case by case basis. (Back To Top)

What are the camp’s sessions?

Our summer season is 56 days and many of our campers enroll for the entire season.  We realize that family plans may necessitate a shorter enrollment so we have designed our program to accommodate 8, 6, 4, and 2 week enrollments (56-13 days).  After the 56 day summer program we operate a 7 day Mini-Camp Program designed to give hesitant first-timers (and/or hesitant parents!) an opportunity to find out what sleep-away camp is all about.

Camp Lohikan’s evening activities, special events and trips do not repeat during the 56 day season.  The half season sessions are complete programs equalized in terms of trips and popular camp events.  The two-week programs are equalized in terms of popular special events and evening activities.  (Back To Top)

Are there religious services?

Lohikan is a non-sectarian camp.  There are no religious observances in our program.  Children of many faiths attend Lohikan and all are welcome.  Optional worship services (during free-time) are made available to interested campers and in accordance with parental directives.  Optional Jewish worship services are held on Fridays after dinner and before evening activities.  The services are held on camp grounds and led by a member of our senior staff.  Christian services are available on Sundays.  Campers interested in attending services are accompanied by a member of our senior staff (and counselors) to Catholic and Protestant services located 5-8 miles off camp grounds. (Back To Top)

What kind of camper does Lohikan attract?

Lohikan attracts campers who are looking to make new friends, learn new skills and have fun.  We are an unpretentious camp not obsessed with fashion, social status or competition.  Campers are recognized at weekly campfires with the presentation of our “Chief’s Award” for their acts of kindness, cooperation, and sportsmanship.  Bullies, cliques, and nasty behavior are not tolerated. (Back To Top)

Tell me about your discipline policy.

All staff members receive training in behavior management during staff orientation.  Most disciplinary matters are minor and are handled by cabin counselors, division directors and head instructors when appropriate.  The division director is an adult professional who works most closely with the campers assigned to the division and keeps tabs on how each camper is fairing.  In cases where a disciplinary matter is serious or reoccurring, the parents are contacted and requested to take part in the resolution.  Campers who do not hold the prospect of living in harmony with the other kids in camp are dismissed.  Bullying, thievery, drugs/alcohol, and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated. (Back To Top)

What if my child doesn’t know anyone?

It’s not uncommon for a first-time camper to come to camp without a friend from home.  Many children come to camp to make new friends!  And it doesn’t take that long… maybe a minute or two!  We’ve got a lot of outgoing kids and staff members at camp.  Returning campers take a lot of pride in their knowledge of camp and can’t wait to share what’s going to happen next!  Staff members are trained in methods of engaging kids and helping reticent campers become active members of the team.  Lohikan is a friendly place and it’s easy to make friends.  It’s apparent in the welcome signs you’ll see on the first day and the smiles that will greet you as you get off the bus.  “Welcome to Camp Lohikan!”

Prior to camp we do a lot of things to get first-time campers into the “swing of things”.  To prepare campers and parents for the camper’s time away from home, after registration we send a package of literature which will guide the parent in the process of getting ready for camp and will include tips that will go a long way in ensuring the camper’s successful adjustment to camplife.  We also schedule an open house at the camp in the spring which is a perfect opportunity for first-time campers to meet, enjoy a barbecue, take a tour of the camp grounds, meet summer staff members and maybe even make a new camper friend!  Click here for details regarding this year’s open house and tour dates.

Another program we offer first-time campers is our pen pal program.  Interested first-time campers will be provided the names and addresses of a returning camper who can’t wait to make a new camp friend! (Back To Top)

What if my child needs medical care?

Lohikan’s health center is staffed with a medical doctor and 5 registered nurses.  The center includes an examination room, male and female dorm rooms and living quarters for all of our medical staff.  The health center is insulated, heated and air conditioned for the comfort of our campers.

Emergency medical service is located less than 4 miles from the camp and we are within 30 minutes of the Wayne County Hospital, a fully-equipped hospital where a wide variety of specialists are available.  We also have a dentist on call during the summer for our campers.

The health center is staffed 24 hours a day.  While sick calls are held after every meal, campers who are ill are treated at the health center around the clock.  All medications are stored in the health center.  Daily medications are logged into a medical database from which daily medication lists are prepared.  Medications are distributed and documented by a registered nurse.

Parents are notified by a member of the medical staff if their child has been in the health center over night, their child has been placed on prescription medicine, or their child has been taken to an out-of-camp doctor, emergency room or hospital.  You can rest assured that our medical staff will keep you informed regarding the health of your child. (Back To Top)

How do you monitor camper hygiene?

Campers are supervised daily for proper grooming and cleanliness by their cabin counselors and their division directors.  Campers are required to take a daily shower and brush their teeth twice a day.  Periodic wellness assessments are made by the infirmary staff to confirm good health.  On sunny days campers are checked for the application of sunscreen.  Sunscreen stations are located throughout camp. (Back To Top)

How does the camp ensure the safety of campers?

Safety always comes first at Camp Lohikan.  Our risk management manuals address the operation of every program and facility where campers could potentially get hurt.  These manuals delineate required supervision levels, equipment checks, and operating guidelines to ensure the safe participation of all campers.

Safety procedures are an integral part of every daily activity.  Every activity is staffed by instructors with confirmed skills and documented training to safely operate the activity.  All activity equipment is the very best available and designed to assure the maximum safety of our campers.  Safety procedures for each activity are carefully reviewed with campers prior to participation and all safety procedures are strictly enforced.

Campers and staff are trained to recognize and respond to signals in case of an emergency.  Emergency procedures are practiced by way of drills held early in every session.  We train our staff in first aid and CPR during the staff orientation period.  We also train staff members in the proper use of fire extinguishers (attached to every building).  We even have our own fire truck at camp that we use in staff training! (Back To Top)

Is Camp Lohikan accredited?

Camp Lohikan has been accredited by the American Camping Association since its beginning.  Our director, Mark Buynak, has been an ACA Certified Director since 1984.  To be accredited by the ACA the camp must undergo a thorough review of its operations.  There are over 300 standards covering everything from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.

In addition to the ACA accreditation, we are inspected annually by the Pennsylvania Health Department and the Department of Environmental Resources.  Regular inspections by these agencies cover buildings, food service, dining hall, kitchen, septic systems, drinking water, and lake water.  We have always received top ratings from the state agencies and the ACA. (Back To Top)

 

CAMPLIFE

How are the campers supervised during the day?

Junior campers never leave the sight of their cabin counselor(s) – day or night.  During the day intermediate and senior campers (11 and older) participate in the camp’s elective program and travel to activities according to their individualized schedule.  As they travel from one activity site to another they are supervised by attendance supervisors, members of the senior staff and instructor staff members.  Campers are checked in and out of activity sites by instructors with the use of a computerized attendance roster.  If a camper does not report to an activity as scheduled, a member of the camp’s attendance supervisory staff is notified and the camper is located and the absence is investigated.  The computerized elective program provides for the accountability of every camper participating in the program.  Activity attendance is required. (Back To Top)

How are the campers supervised at night?

At least one cabin counselor returns to the cabin with the campers at curfew.  The cabin counselor(s) supervise the campers as they get ready for bed.  After lights out the cabin counselor(s) remains at the cabin.  In addition to counselor coverage, 3 members of the camp’s senior staff are scheduled night duty and confirm that all is well by visiting the cabins up until 12:30am.  At 12:30am all staff members return to their quarters and the night watch person takes over. 

All senior staff members live on camp grounds and are accommodated in close proximity to the living quarters of our campers - no more than 50’ away.  This close proximity puts our most mature adult staff members in locations convenient to supplement the supervision provided by cabin counselors.  Senior staff members are available 24 hours a day. (Back To Top)

How safe is the camp’s location?

In our 57 years of camp operation we have never had a security concern or situation arise.  We are located in a secluded area which has seen little development in 50 years.  We are not close to a city, main highway or thoroughfare.  The camp is situated on 1200 acres which is only accessible by a 2 mile long dirt road.  For added security, we have a security station located at the top of the camp’s driveway that is staffed by an individual who checks everyone in and out of camp. In addition, Lohikan’s lake is a private, spring fed lake, completely surrounded by camp property.  Unlike shared or public lakes, it is not accessible to outsiders. (Back To Top)

How is the food?

Our food selection accommodates even the pickiest eaters!  Eating healthy and supplying the proper nutrition is imperative, especially when campers exercise daily.  So we provide food that tastes good and is good for them.

Our chefs are culinary professionals who have been preparing healthy and nutritious meals for Lohikan campers for many years.  Our menus have been designed by a nutritionist to be well-rounded and appealing to kids.  The menu is "Kosher-style" (no pork or shelled-seafood) and is served cafeteria style in well-balanced three course meals with plentiful fruits, vegetables, milk and juices.  A vegetarian entree is offered at every meal as well as an alternate to the main entree.  Our breakfast bar offers a variety of cereals, fruit, yogurt and other delicious items, in addition to a hot entrée.  Lunch and dinner meals feature two large salad bars, baked potato bar and a pasta bar.  Fresh fruit is available at every meal. Weekly barbecues and lakeside picnics are favorites with our campers.  We also vary the menu with weekly theme dinners, including Italian, Asian, Mexican, Western and a beach party Luau! 

Campers and counselors sit together by cabin in the dining hall and all meal servings are unlimited.  No one ever leaves the table hungry!  A sample menu is posted on our website and can be viewed by clicking here. (Back To Top)

What if my child has special dietary needs or food allergies?

We do our best to accommodate campers with special dietary needs or food allergies.  Please contact us if your child has serious food restrictions or allergies to discuss the options available. (Back To Top)

Is this a uniform camp?

No.  Save your money.  Lohikan supplies campers with a camp t-shirt which is worn when the camper participates in an inter-camp game or attends an off-camp trip.  Camp uniforms are expensive and are typically only worn at camp.  The argument for camp uniforms is that the uniform reduces “clothes competition” among campers.  We haven’t seen that at Lohikan.  Our kids typically wear comfortable clothes that won’t cause heartache if they get a few grass stains.  (Back To Top)

Describe your laundry service.

Laundry service is supplied as part of the camp tuition.  Clothing is collected by cabin on a weekly basis.  The laundry is washed and dried with commercial equipment located on the campgrounds.  The laundry is completed and returned to the cabin within 24 hours.  Based upon the laundry schedule and turnaround time we recommend that your child have enough clothes to last 8 days.  (Back To Top)

What kind of clothes does my child need at camp?

There’s nothing special that’s required.  A clothing list guide is posted on our website for your convenience. (Back To Top)

What is your telephone policy?

As a parent, we know that it is important for you to keep up to date with the progress of your child.  Therefore, we encourage you to call as often as you would like.  Your child’s division director (the adult senior staff leader of the child’s age group) will get back to you in a timely manner. 

The camp policy regarding outgoing phone calls (campers calling home) is based upon the understanding that phone calls can be the most challenging form of contact for campers.  Hearing a parent’s voice can be difficult even for a well adjusted camper.  Consequently, we limit campers to 4 phone calls for the summer.  Phone calls home can be scheduled at the rate of 1 every 2 weeks.  No phone calls are made within the first 10 days of the camper’s arrival into camp. (Back To Top)

Can campers email home?

Yes!  When campers schedule the Media Arts/Email Activity, they can compose and send emails.  The activity is available every period, every day.  Campers can email parents, family and friends as often as they like.  Email is part of the camp's daily program. Parents can also email the camper however this service organized by CampMinder. (Back To Top)

Can I check on my child’s progress?

Certainly, just call the camp at any time and ask to speak to your child’s division director. (Back To Top)

What’s the best way to communicate with my child during the summer?

The best way to communicate is by letter or email.  Campers are required to write or email home at least twice a week.  Emails are printed and delivered daily with the US mail.  (Back To Top)

Can I view photos of my child at camp?

We post photos of campers every day of the summer!  While we can’t guarantee that you’ll see your child every day, we do our best to make sure everyone’s photo is taken and posted online consistently throughout the summer.  Last summer we posted over 16,000 photos!!! (Back To Top)

My child will have a birthday at camp.  What do you do to make it special?

Birthday celebrations at Camp Lohikan are great!  We begin the morning with a congratulatory announcement at the morning flagpole assembly, a presentation of our special edition Birthday T-Shirt (very cool!) and, while the birthday flag is raised, the entire camp joins in our unique rendition of Lohikan’s Happy Birthday song!  At dinner, the lights in the dining hall are dimmed when the birthday cake and ice cream are delivered.  It’s a big day for the birthday boy or girl …and their cabinmates!  The cake and ice cream are really good!!!  (Back To Top)

 

 

CAMP STAFF

Who are the owners and directors of Camp Lohikan?

Camp Lohikan is owned and operated by the Buynak family.  The camp originated in 1957 with the purchase of 250 acres in Lake Como, Pennsylvania by Mike and Arline Buynak.  In 1983 they retired and their son Mark took over as camp director.

Mark Buynak is uniquely qualified for the position of camp director having literally grown up in Camp Lohikan.  Starting as a camper at the age of 5, Mark participated in every phase of camper life and worked in most of the camp's counseling and supervisory positions.

A camp director with first-hand knowledge of camper life means a lot.  It's evident in the selection of caring counselors and involved supervisors, the design of our dynamic camp program, range of activity choices and even the little, but important, things like how we celebrate camper birthdays and tooth fairy visits.

Mark is joined in the directorship of Camp Lohikan by his wife, Sandy.  Mark and Sandy are "hands-on" directors, involved in every facet of daily camp life.  They have 4 children attending camp and are sensitive to the concerns parents face when entrusting the care and well-being of their children to others.  Mark and Sandy live and work on the camp grounds every day of the camp season and actively supervise the campers and the camp program.  They get to know every camper in camp.  If there is a problem, you can count on Mark and Sandy to solve it.  Their "hands-on" direction ensures that the care and safety of each child is always the highest priority.  (Back To Top)

Tell me about Camp Lohikan’s management team.

Supporting Mark and Sandy is the camp’s management team that has a total of more than a 150 years of combined camp experience.  Camp managers are co-directors and assistant camp directors, most of whom are year-round employees of the camp.  They assume responsibilities for health care, camper counseling, staff management, food service, program operations, camp administration, year-round operations, transportation and maintenance.  Joining the camp managers in the operation of the camp are our senior staff members. (Back To Top)

Tell me about Camp Lohikan’s senior staff.

Senior staff members are teachers, coaches and child care professionals who join us for the summer season and supervise our campers, counselors and instructors and direct various aspects of the activity program.  They have extensive experience working with children and at least 90% return every summer.  We have approximately 60 senior staff members living on the campgrounds.

Many of our senior staff members have children enrolled in camp and have chosen to work at Camp Lohikan specifically because it was the experience they wanted for their own children. (Back To Top)

Tell me about Camp Lohikan’s counselor staff.

When it comes right down to it, camp staff is what a successful camp is all about.  A great camp experience is only possible with great camp staff.  This is where we shine!  Our in-cabin counselors are college-enrolled staff members who return at a rate better than 50%.  This allows us to assign an experienced staff member to every cabin.  This means a lot to our campers!

Counselors are at least 19 years of age and college sophomores.  The average age of our in-cabin staff is greater than 21.  Most staff members are education or child development majors who we personally recruit from colleges and universities from across the country.  At least 95% of our counselors are Americans.  5% of the staff is from Great Britain and Australia.

Each cabin is under the direct supervision of 2 to 4 college-aged counselors.  Trained and experienced child-care professionals (division directors) supervise our counselors. (Back To Top)

Tell me about Camp Lohikan’s Instructor Staff.

Department heads are professionals in their field.  For instance, our tennis pro, Jim Jensen, was named Nebraska’s USTA coach of the year (his third time!); Glenn Bromfield, our golf director, has been teaching golf for over 20 years; Skateboarding is headed by Steve Shields another head with extensive competition and teaching experience.

In addition to department and program heads (i.e., Horseback Riding, Circus, Theater, Dance, Music, Rock Band, Swimming, Waterfront, Adventure, Survival Camp, Spy Camp, etc.) we also have Assistant Directors, Head Counselors, and Division Directors who assist in overseeing the daily operation of the summer program.

Department and program heads are assisted by specialists who are college-enrolled staff members or college graduates with college level training and coaching or teaching experience.  (Back To Top)

How is the staff screened?

A lot of time and attention is devoted to hiring qualified instructors and child-centered counselors.  Extensive staff interviews test for core competencies necessary to be a successful camp counselor.  Counselor applicants must be at least 19 years of age and entering their sophomore year in college.  All staff members must have completed a written application, provide excellent references, document their experience working with children and must evidence a strong desire to make a positive impact upon the lives of young people.  All references are confirmed and criminal background checks are performed.  The staff members we select must be excellent role models and warm, nurturing caregivers. (Back To Top)

How is the staff trained?

Staff members attend a pre-camp staff training session that extends 7 to 10 days depending upon the responsibilities assumed by the staff member.  The staff training period covers a wide variety of topics such as risk management, first aid and emergency procedures, preventing bullying behaviors, group dynamics, camper behavior management, camper homesickness, camp rules and regulations, and program operations.  Each successful phase of the staff member’s training is documented and upon completion of all training sessions, staff members are “qualified” as camp counselors.  Instructor staff members are trained in the camp’s procedures related to their specialty.  Personal skills are verified and instructors are tested to confirm their knowledge of the camp’s safety guidelines, operating procedures, and their ability to teach children. Additional training and coaching is provided to all staff members throughout the camping season by program heads and senior staff professionals.  In-service training sessions are scheduled every 2 weeks to reinforce and enhance the skills and knowledge of our staff. (Back To Top)

How do you prepare your staff for working with my child?

Before the camper arrives in camp we take great care to get to know your child’s needs and interests as well as your goals for the summer.  Prior to the start of the summer you will be supplied with a camper profile form which will let us know your child’s favorite things to do and what he/she expects from camp.  It also offers parents an opportunity to share their concerns with us.  We review this form with your child’s counselors and division director and use it for prepping the appropriate staff members prior to your child’s arrival.  We also use it as an aid in counseling campers and providing advice when scheduling activities. (Back To Top)

How involved are the directors?

Mark and Sandy Buynak are very “hands on” camp directors.  From sitting in a cabin of juniors playing a guitar during rest hour, to eating a meal with inters, to taking photos of water-sporting kids at the lake, to joking with seniors at canteen, Mark and Sandy are involved and take very active roles in the operation and management of camp life.  In fact, they never take a day off!  Camp is “show time” and this is what they live for. (Back To Top)

ACTIVITY PROGRAM

Is the program structured or non-structured?

Camp Lohikan is definitely structured.  We have a set daily schedule so that children know what’s happening and when.  With respect to program format, junior campers (campers entering the 4th grade and younger) participate in the camp’s cabin-structured, counselor-supervised activity program.  Super junior campers (entering the 5th grade) start their first week in a cabin-structured program but thereafter have the option of joining in the elective program with parental permission.  Inter and senior campers (6th graders and older) participate in the “individualized” elective program – they choose all of their activities. (Back To Top)

How much choice is there in the program?

You would be hard pressed to find a camp program offering more choices than Lohikan.  Older campers (super juniors, inters and seniors) get to CHOOSE ALL OF THEIR ACTIVITIES.  Lohikan’s elective program is computerized which allows for parental controls, attendance supervision, and guaranteed placement in the activities that you and your child choose!  It’s the ideal “individualized” program and huge success with our older campers… and we have more than 30 years of elective programming experience.  Every camper is guaranteed to receive the activities they want!  (Back To Top)

Is choice important?

Today’s child demands choice.  Forcing an older child (5th grade or older) to participate in an activity just because it appears in the bunk’s schedule is a thing of the past.  The 1950’s don’t cut it anymore.  The elective program addresses the desires and interests of the child better than any other program format.  Kids attend activities because they want to!  The enthusiasm they bring to the activity is contagious and it lifts the spirit of everyone.  More is accomplished when everyone’s on board and satisfaction is higher when everyone is doing what they want.  Participation is not a problem in the elective program because the campers are not being forced to participate in an activity in which they have no interest.  When participation is enthusiastic and the campers are having fun, amazing things happen!  (Back To Top)

How are the junior campers scheduled?

Junior campers (4th grade and younger) travel together as a cabin group with their cabin counselor(s) according to a schedule of activities designed for the age and gender of the cabin.  The junior program is designed to expose younger campers to a wide variety of arts, sports and adventure activities, provide appropriate instruction in these activities, maintain bunk unity and provide close supervision.

Every junior cabin is scheduled a daily period of swimming instruction (in our heated pool!), a weekly period of horseback riding (no extra charge!) and mix of arts, sports and adventure activities every day.  Junior campers also are given activity choices!  Whenever the cabin is scheduled waterfront activities, creative arts, performing arts, skate park, arena sports and field sports, the junior campers are given a choice of participating in any of the elective activities offered. Because of the design of our facilities we are able to offer electives at these activity sites while still maintaining cabin unity and counselor supervision.

Campers entering 5th grade after camp are super juniors.  They start the first week of camp in a cabin-structured program and thereafter are given the choice of participating in the elective program. (Back To Top)

How does the Elective Program work?

Campers participating in the elective program receive an Activity Selection Form in the spring which is used to make activity choices for the first week.  The data is entered into our computer which prepares the camper’s schedule of activities for the first week.  Individual activity cards are printed daily and list the camper’s activities for the day.  We also print attendance sheets for every activity every period of the day.  These rosters are used for attendance purposes.

After the first week, the camper’s original Activity Selection Form is returned and used to make choices for the next week.  Activities originally selected in pencil can be changed by the camper.  Parents control what activities are mandatory and cannot be changed by making the original activity selection on the camper’s Activity Selection Form in ink.  Program specialists, division directors, and counselors are on hand when these activity choices are made to help and advise the campers.

The “Individualized” Elective Program has been in operation at Camp Lohikan since 1984.  It’s the ultimate in elective programming!  (1) It allows campers to choose all of their daily activities.  (2) Provides parents with the ability to control what activities must appear as well as those activities that should never appear.  (3) Provides campers with a choice of more than 65 daily arts, sports and adventure activities.  (4) Guarantees that the camper will get the activities chosen.  No one ever gets closed out!  (5) Allows campers to specialize in activities or program areas of their choice.  We guarantee that campers can schedule a minimum of 14 periods a week of instruction in any activity... even our most popular activities!  Usually, more than 14 periods a week are available.

The elective program operates 6 to 7 periods a day, 6 days a week.  One day each week is a trip day or special events day.  Campers are scheduled activities by division.  Inters are generally scheduled activities by gender.  Senior activities are coed except for contact sports.   Friends who want to travel together are always accommodated! (Back To Top)

What activities are offered?

We offer more than 65 arts, sports and adventure activities every day.  The current list includes:

LAND SPORTS: USTA Tennis, Baseball, T-Ball, Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Riflery, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Gymnastics, Roller Hockey, Floor Hockey, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Archery, Beach Volleyball, Track & Field, Martial Arts, Wrestling, Tetherball, Weight Training, Fitness, Fencing, Ultimate Frisbee, Ping Pong, Frolf, Ga Ga, Dodgeball.

EXTREME SPORTS:  Honda Quads – ATVs (4 wheelers), Dirt Bike Riding, Mountain Boarding, Skateboarding, In-Line Skating, Mountain Biking, Bungee Trampoline, Paintball, Jet Skiing.

AQUATICS: Swimming Instruction, Free Swim, Lifeguard Certification Program, Sailing, Jet Skiing, Canoeing, Fishing, Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Boogie Boarding, Windsurfing, Paddle Boating, Kayaking, Boating, Rowing, Paddle Boarding, Water Polo, Snorkling.

WATER PARK: Iceberg Activity, Lake Trampoline, Tarzan Swing, Giant Lake Water Slide, Rolling Log, Banana Boating, Water Slide

CREATIVE ARTS:  Macrame, Paper Mache, Jewelry, Basketry, Beading, Weaving, Lanyards, Model Building, Copper Enameling, Leathercrafts, Weaving, Sewing, Candle Making, Mask Making, Block Printing, Paper Making, Stained Glass, Painting: Acrylic & Watercolor Drawing & Cartooning, T-Shirt Design: Batiking, Silk-screening, Tie-Dyeing, Fabric Painting, Nature Crafts, Set Design, Pottery (8 wheels), Ceramics, Woodworking, Rocketry, Air Brush.

MEDIA ARTS: Radio Broadcasting, Photography, Video Production, Email, Computers, Newspaper.

PERFORMING ARTS: Theatre - Acting Techniques, Movement, Song Delivery, Music, Dancing, Costuming, Make-up, Set Design and Construction, Lighting Design, Sound Engineering. 

DANCE - Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Aerobics, Choreography.

ROCK BAND:  Guitar (electric and acoustic), Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Voice, Digital Recording, Music Productions.

CIRCUS ARTS: Mini-Tramp, Rolla Bolla, Circus Bike, Low Wire Walking, Rolling Globe, Acrobatics, Stilts, Hand Balancing, Single/Double/Triple Trapeze, Aerial Hoop, Flying Trapeze, Juggling, Unicycle, Spanish Web, Tight Wire, Diabolo, Devil Sticks, Lyra, Clowning, Circus Show.

ADVENTURE PROGRAM:  Survival Camp, High and Low Ropes Course, Rock Climbing (40’ tower), Real Rock Climbing (42’ on site), Rappelling, 20' Bouldering Wall, Hiking, Orienteering, Zip Line, High Ropes (i.e., Burmese Bridge), Giant Swing, Challenge Course (low ropes), Giants Ladder, Camp-outs.

HORSEBACK RIDING: Horseback Riding (English equitation), Horse Care, Horseback Overnights, Horseshows, Trail Rides, Stable Management.

CLINIC PROGRAMS:  Spy Camp, Survival Camp, Rock Band Performance Clinic, Scuba Diving Clinic, Circus Show Clinic, Equestrian Clinic, DJ Clinic, Cheerleading Clinic, Skate X-Games Camp, Paintball Tournament Camp, Culinary Arts Clinic.

OTHER PROGRAMS: Cooking, Chess, First Aid Class, CPR Class, Academic Tutoring, SAT Prep Class. (Back To Top)

Can my child specialize in activities?

Yes!  The elective program allows campers to concentrate their time and specialize in any activity of their choice!  Campers are guaranteed to get as much as 14 hours of instruction a week in any of our 65+ activities.  Most of the time we can provide more than 14 hours. Every activity offers beginner through advanced instruction with delineated levels of skill progression.  The time spent at the activity will be primarily devoted to the improvement of skills, not just play. While specialization is an option, most campers schedule a broad range of activities while at camp.  We encourage campers to challenge themselves and try “new things” at camp.  There’s so many fun things to do at Lohikan, it would be a shame not to try it all! (Back To Top)

What is meant by Success Programming?

Our activity program, special events and evening programs are all designed to provide campers with numerous opportunities to experience “success”.  A child does not have to be a great athlete to experience success at Camp Lohikan.  We provide more activity outlets for the non-athlete (as well as the athlete!) to experience achievement and success than anywhere else.  Creating opportunities for all children to improve self-esteem and build confidence is central to our camp mission.  At Lohikan, campers feel safe and supported.  It’s a camp environment where kids are more inclined to try new activities because they’re not so worried about “looking bad”. (Back To Top)

Describe your instructional program.

We offer the highest quality instruction possible in all areas of the camp’s activity program.  Department heads number at least 30 and they are professionals in their area of expertise.  They are assisted by specialists who are college-enrolled staff members or college graduates with college level training and coaching or teaching experience.  Progressive skill learning and beginner to advanced instruction is available in every activity offered.  Instruction is provided one-on-one and in small groups.  While instruction is the focus of the program, recreational play and just having fun is an important part of every activity period. (Back To Top)

What is the camp’s philosophy regarding instruction?

Every activity period, whether it’s tennis, horseback riding or mountain boarding, begins with the teaching of a skill and then leads into play.  One of the camp goals is to teach campers new skills as well as sharpen existing skills and recognize this development in supportive ways, i.e., awards, announcements, publications. (Back To Top)

How coed is Camp Lohikan?

Lohikan’s population is equally divided, girls and boys.  The living accommodations for the boys and the girls are located on opposite sides of the camp.  Meals, evening activities, special events and snack bar/game room times are coed.  Most of the daily program activities for junior campers are scheduled by gender.  The daily activities for inter campers are gender specific, except for performing arts, circus arts, creative arts and media arts.  Senior activities are generally coed except for contact sports. (Back To Top)

Are activities separated by age group?

Junior campers travel according to a cabin schedule and attend activities with other junior cabins.  Inter campers and super juniors on the elective program are scheduled together.  Senior campers are scheduled activities with other seniors except for activities that work well with a variety of ages, i.e., drama productions, circus shows, etc. (Back To Top)

What time do campers wake up and go to bed?

Campers wake up 4 days a week at 7:30am and 3 days a week at 8:30am.  Occasionally, late days are scheduled which allow campers and staff to sleep until 9:00am.  Evening activities for juniors typically end at about 9:00pm which is when juniors return to their cabin.  Super juniors return to their cabins at 9:15pm.  Evening activities for intermediates and seniors end at about 9:30pm.  At this time intermediates return to their cabins and seniors report to the snack bar/game room for their canteen period (socializing free-time).  They return to their cabin with their counselors at 10:00pm. (Back To Top)

What is a typical day like?

TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE

7:30 - Reveille.  Three days a week reveille is played at 8:30.  Late days 9:00am.
7:50 - Breakfast is served.
8:35 - Cabin clean-up and daily cabin inspection.
9:05 - 12:15 - Three 1 hour morning activity periods.
12:20 - Lunch is served.
1:00 - Canteen – Snack Bar/Game Room (juniors)
1:30 - Rest Period
2:05 - 5:05 - Three 1 hour afternoon activity periods.
5:20 - Free swim in pool
6:05 - Dinner is served.
6:40 - Canteen – Snack Bar/Game Room (intermediates)
7:30 - Flagpole Assembly
7:45 - Evening activities begin!
9:00 - Junior Curfew
9:15 - Super Junior Curfew
9:30 - Inter Curfew
9:30 - Canteen – Snack Bar/Game Room (seniors)
10:00 - Senior Curfew (Back To Top)

Do siblings get to see each other?

Siblings can see each other as often as they like.  Depending upon the ages of the siblings and the activity, siblings can even attend activities together!  In any event, siblings can always see each other at meal times, daily assemblies, many evening activities, and free time. (Back To Top)

Is the program competitive or non-competitive?

We consider our program to be non-competitive.  A lot of our daily activities are noncompetitive by nature and many campers schedule these activities exclusively.  When it comes to sports, our approach is comprehensive with emphasis on learning the skills needed to play the game and enjoy the sport.  Spirited recreational games are part of the sports program but our focus is teaching our campers that “effort” and “giving it your best shot” are reasons enough for satisfaction.  We emphasize that the purpose of the inter-camp games program is to have FUN!  …And everyone knows, you don’t have to be the best to have the most FUN! (Back To Top)

Are there inter-camp games?  Are there “tryouts”?  What is your philosophy regarding competition?

We participate in many inter-camp games and we do it without “tryouts”.  Our campers participated in more than 150 inter-camp games last summer.  Some we won, some we lost, but all were fun! Competition in moderation is good.  The inter-camp games program is operated for kids who enjoy the thrill of competition.  The program is filled with spirited inter-camp rivalries.  Participation is always optional and everyone gets a chance to play on the team of his or her choice. Sportsmanship and the importance of losing with grace and winning with poise are important lessons that can only be learned by participating in a competitive game.  Consequently, we recommend inter-camp game participation to all campers.  Inter camp games are not limited to the traditional sports programs.  We participate in chess tournaments, archery and riflery matches, dance and gymnastics competitions, horseshows, flying trapeze competitions and a lot more. (Back To Top)

Describe your Clinics Program

Clinics are specially staffed, concentrated instructional programs designed to focus the camper’s attention and time on improving a specific set of skills.  Certain clinics are an outgrowth of programs already operating on a daily basis.  These clinics are offered to provide campers with strong interest an opportunity to become immersed in the activity (2-4 hours per day) with the purpose of producing more advanced skills in a relatively short period of time.  These “outgrowth” clinics would include the Competitive Tennis Clinic, the Equestrian Clinic, the Skate Clinic, the High-Five Basketball Clinic,the Culinary Arts Clinic, the Hip Hop Clinic, and the Circus Show Clinic. Other clinics feature activities and instruction in skills not offered in the camp’s regular daily activity program.  These “special skills” clinics include Spy Camp, Survival Camp, the Dee Jay Clinic, the Rock Band Clinic, the Paintball Clinic, and the Horse Care Clinic. New campers can pre-register for the clinic of their choice in the spring at no charge.  Most clinics can also be joined during the summer at no charge. (Back To Top)

What kinds of trips do campers take?

Every July we take our campers on an awesome day trip to the Dorney Amusement Park.  In August we spend a great day at Hershey Park.  During the summer we also take small group trips like the senior trip to the Wayne County Fair.  Additional trips like Delaware River Canoe Trips and Backpacking Trips on the Appalachian Trail are scheduled throughout the summer. There are also trips that are awarded to cabin groups as prizes for weekly cabin clean-up inspections, evening activity games and special events.  These trips include the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Whitewater Rafting Trips, Ice Cream Trips and Villa Como Pizza Parties. Our annual 3-Day Trip is an optional trip for which there is an additional fee.  The trip is limited to 50 campers and in the past these trips have included Canada/Niagara Falls, Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario Science Center, Williamsburg, Va., Washington DC/Kings Dominion Amusement Park, Boston/Six Flags and more. Additional fee trips would also include golf trips to the local course and Yankees AAA Baseball Games in Scranton. (Back To Top)

How are campers transported?

For short trips the campers are transported by camp vans and mini-school buses that are driven by members of our Senior Staff who are appropriately licensed.  Our drivers are trained and tested during staff orientation and certified by our insurance company before transporting campers.  For long distance trips (i.e., Dorney and Hershey Amusement Park Trips, and the Annual 3-Day Trip), we useschool buses with professional drivers. (Back To Top)

Is there a Visiting Day?

There is a visiting day scheduled in July and August for parents to visit their campers, meet staff and enjoy the summer camp setting.  Parents, siblings and family members are all invited to join us for a beautiful day in the country!  Enjoy a swim in the lake or pool, go boating, play tennis, shoot hoops, view the arts exhibit at creative arts, check out the circus show or watch an awesome horseshow at the stables.  There’s a lot to do!  You can also bring a picnic lunch or join us for our Visiting Day Barbecue Lunch.  Everyone’s invited!  If you prefer, parents can also take their campers for a visit off campgrounds. Because we have campers from all over, not every parent can attend our visiting days.  In these cases campers without visitors are provided a fun day program out of camp, which usually includes a mystery bus ride and a trip to the movies and McDonalds. (Back To Top)

Describe your special events program

Exciting special events are scheduled every week.  Special Events diversify the daily program with entertaining, fun events like: Olympics, Water Carnival, Skate X-Games, Lake Regatta, Carnival Day, Summer Fest, Tribal Survival, Bragging Rights, Senior Beach Parties, and more! (Back To Top)

What do campers do in the evening?

The highlight of each day is the evening activity!  Every night features a different fun event designed specifically for each camper age group.  Camper favorites include: the Super Star Games, Night of the Classics, Mad Mike’s Mimic Mania, the Rock Hunt, the Ceremony of Chief Lohikan, the Roman Toga Social, the Sadie and Sammi Hawkins Nights, Lohikan Idol, and a lot more!  Click here for Camp Lohikan’s Events Calendar. (Back To Top)

Describe your facilities

We sit on top of a mountain overlooking a beautiful lake and miles of mountain vistas.  Our camp occupies 1200 acres and features a private lake, miles of trails, a preserved natural environment, and top-notch arts, sports and adventure facilities.
We’re constantly renovating and updating our facilities.  Over the course of our 57 year camp history, much has changed.  Our current facilities feature:  Eleven professional tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, 6 sports fields, fully equipped gymnasium with a bungee trampoline, indoor and outdoor riding ring, indoor and outdoor flying trapeze, 4 story circus building, huge skate park, heated swimming pool, high and low ropes course, a real rock climbing site, indoor and outdoor theater, music recording studio, dance studio, media arts center, creative arts center (with 14 workshops), indoor roller hockey rink, sports center, 5 outpost overnight sites, quad track, archery and riflery ranges, speedball and woods course for paintball, 50+ boats on the lake, fully equipped health center, and a lot more.  Click here for a complete description of Lohikan’s facilities. (Back To Top)

What about rainy day facilities?

Camp Lohikan has over 40,000 square feet of indoor activity space to utilize in the event of inclement weather.  We have an indoor riding ring, an indoor flying trapeze facility, indoor creative arts center, gymnastics center, indoor roller hockey rink, indoor facilities for theater, dance, music, rock band, woodworking, and a huge rec hall, sports center, and circus building to accommodate large group activities. We don’t sit around when it rains.  Fun rainy day programs are a favorite for many campers, i.e., Ms. Lohikan Beauty Contest!?, Dancin’ with the Staff, etc. (Back To Top)

Do you have a pool? 

Yes!  Our pool is a HEATED, olympic-size (25 meter) pool filled with clear crystal blue water!  The pool facility is used to teach swimming (an American Red Cross program), operate recreational swims, swim meets, scuba classes, snorkeling, water polo and pool parties. (Back To Top)

Do you have a lake?

Yes!  The lake happens to be one of the top 5 activity sites in camp.  Our lake is private and reserved for the exclusive use of our campers and staff.  We have over 50 boats on the lake and campers can receive instruction and become certified in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, and even fishing.  In addition to boating, campers also love to swim in the lake – Pennsylvania lakes are warm during the summer!  But wait. There’s more!  We have a number of fun water park activities at the lake that are very popular with our campers.  Campers love the 14’ Lake Iceberg (a climbing, jumping and sliding activity), the Tarzan Swing, the Water Trampoline and Blob, the Rolling Log, the Giant Lake Water Slide, and the Banana Boat!  They’re all a hoot! (Back To Top)

 

CAMP SPECIALTIES

What do you know about the first-time camp experience?

Getting ready for the first-time camp experience can make a child nervous and apprehensive.  Questions frequently asked include, “Are the counselors nice?  Can I do the activities I like?  Will I make friends?  Will I feel at home?”  As directors and owners of Camp Lohikan it's our responsibility to make sure that the answers to these questions are always ''yes!''  It takes a lot of time and effort to find counselors who will meet the needs and expectations of our campers.  It also takes time and tremendous preparation to ensure that the summer program is both interesting and stimulating for our campers.  However, when it comes to helping a homesick child tackle the hurdles of being away from home, it takes more.  This requires special experience and sensitivity.

Our expertise in providing first-time campers with successful summers stems in part from our 57 years of experience working with children in the camp setting.  It's also our personal approach and commitment to the happiness of our campers that makes a difference.  Unlimited individual attention is sometimes required to help in tough cases.  Our entire camp staff is recruited and trained with this camper need in mind.  We are committed to the happiness of our children and we stand ready to offer the special attention required by first-time campers.  This is what we do best!

For literature describing the preparations parents should make to ensure that the first-time camp adjustment is a smooth and easy process, contact our office at 908-470-9317. (Back To Top)

What if my child is homesick?

Even seasoned campers sometimes get homesick.  It’s natural to miss mom and dad when you’re away and all of our staff members are trained to identify the tell tale signs of homesickness and how to help the camper get through a rough patch.  Professional care givers (division directors) stand ready to jump in and lend a hand when needed.  The entire camp staff understands that the first time camper will encounter homesickness in one form or another.  Everyone from our general counselors to our tennis pro understands that the most important goal of the summer is the camper’s growth as a person.  We have a huge bag of tools to make the summer a successful experience for our campers.  That’s why we’re the first-time camper specialists!

Parents are kept informed of their camper’s adjustment at camp by the division director.  The division director is the senior staff member who works most closely with the campers assigned to the division.  Division directors meet with each of their campers several times during the day and keep close tabs on first-time campers.  If you have any questions about how your camper is doing, the division director will be able to give you up to the minute details. (Back To Top)

What makes your staff unique?

Their credentials, experience, character and personality.

Credentials and experience: Lohikan’s senior staff consists of high school and college coaches, teachers and other professionals.  Senior staff members and program heads bring years of experience to the camp program and provide excellent instruction and supervision.  Lohikan’s cabin counselors are college students and young teachers.  All have child care experience.  Most are specialists in a particular arts, sports or adventure program area.  Our 1:3 staff to camper ratio ensures that the staff is plentiful and personal attention is readily available.

Character:  We spare neither expense nor time in interviewing, screening and selecting the best camp staff.  Every staff member is selected first on the basis of his or her acceptability as a role model for children.  We also place special emphasis on recruiting individuals with counseling experience and the ability to relate to children.

Personality:  Personality gives the camp its flavor.  We have a lot of friendly, outgoing people who are happy to have the opportunity to be a positive influence in a child’s development.  (Back To Top)

Why should our family choose Camp Lohikan?

So many people put their heart and soul into making the Camp Lohikan experience special that it’s hard to limit the reasons why we think your child should join us this summer.  Camp in general is a great experience.  At Camp Lohikan we take it to the next level.  We’ve got the staff, the facilities, and the programming that guarantees the camper will experience success and fun on a daily basis.  While the camper is experiencing success and fun in the camp program, in our supportive, nurturing environment, amazing things happen!  Kids learn to make and keep friends.  They learn about themselves and how to meet life’s challenges and achieve what might seem, in the beginning, to be impossible goals.  They stand a little taller and more confident in their abilities at the end of camp than they did on opening day.  We live for camp!  Our campers do too! (Back To Top)

If my child leaves camp because of homesickness, will I get a refund?

Yes.  Our success rate with new campers is extremely high.  We are so confident in our expertise with first-time campers that we back up our services with a refund policy you won’t find anywhere else.  If the camper’s homesickness is such that the parent decides to take the child home, we will refund the portion of the tuition allocated to the days the camper leaves camp early!  The camp absorbs the loss for the days the camper leaves early and you lose nothing!  Our Great Camp Guarantee is described in detail and can be viewed by clicking here. (Back To Top)

What is your return rate?

Based upon phone call surveys and written questionnaires 99% of our campers had the summer of their lives and want to return.  However, we generally run about an 80% return rate.  About 15-20% of our campers will be new and their ages extend from juniors to seniors. (Back To Top)

What is the best age for children to start attending Camp Lohikan?

Camp Lohikan offers sessions for campers ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old.  Depending on the child’s level of independence and interest in attending camp, they usually start attending camp between the ages of 6-10.  At ages 6-7, we recommend that you send your child only if he/she expresses interest and excitement about the experience and has demonstrated some independence at home, such as being able to take a shower and wash their own hair, get themselves dressed, etc.  Counselors assist young campers with everything they need.  But campers must be able to handle the basics.  Parents have found that camp is a good experience to reinforce these skills. If, by age 10, you and/or your child are still unsure whether he or she is “ready” for camp, it still is probably a good age to start.  For children needing to gain some independence, it seems to be easier to make the adjustment at a younger age than during the adolescent years.  Even children who don’t enjoy sleepovers tend to do well in the structured, fun, supervised environment of camp. Some of our campers start camp at an older age (13-15), and they tend to adjust fine.  Usually they are disappointed, however, that the number of summers they have as a camper at camp is limited. (Back To Top)

Are references available?

Yes.  We have families from all over who would be happy to speak with you about camp.  Call us at 908-470-9317 or email your request to info@lohikan.com. (Back To Top)

ENROLLMENT AND CAMP POLICIES

What is the camp tuition?

Click here for current tuition rates. (Back To Top)

Can I add a session after my child is enrolled?

Session changes can be made as long as space is available in your child’s age group in the desired session.  Many sessions fill quickly and therefore, changes are not always possible. (Back To Top)

Are there other costs in addition to the tuition?

The only additional mandatory fee at Camp Lohikan is the canteen fee.  The canteen fee covers the camper’s daily canteen allowance, a Lohikan t-shirt, admissions to amusement parks and coach bus transportation (we don’t use school buses), off-camp trips, and a subscription to the camp newsletter. Certain optional services are available at an extra charge.  These include the camp’s bus and baggage transportation service to and from the camp and linen rental (blankets, sheets, pillowcase).  The camp’s weekly laundry service is included in the camp tuition. All daily activities are included in the camp's tuition except for horseback riding (in excess of 1 period a week), jet skiing, quad riding, dirt bike riding, and paintball. Extra horseback riding is available in units of 2 periods a week at the rate of $20.00 a period. Jet skiing, quad riding, and dirt bike riding are available at the rate of $15 per period.  Paintball is charged at $30 per session which typically extends to 3-4 hours. Optional trips like the 3-day trip to Canada or Kings Dominion/Washington DC, AAA baseball games and golf trips to a local golf course are available at an extra charge.  Details regarding these services and costs can be found online at http://www.lohikan.com/campforms. (Back To Top)

How much spending money does my child need?

The only extra money a camper will need is the money spent while attending an off camp trip.  Since the camp covers the admission, transportation and supplies meals, the money is typically used for souvenirs and specialty food purchases, i.e. ice cream.  Usually campers bring $5 to $10 per week for use during off camp trips.  Cash is kept in the camp safe for the camper.   Money not used by the camper is returned to the parents when the camper departs camp. (Back To Top)

Why are the tuition prices so reasonable?

Compared to most private camps our full season is a little longer (56 days vs. 49 days) and about $2000.00 cheaper.  How we manage to do it is a question that’s often asked by parents.  “You offer so many activities, your facilities are amazing, your staff is first rate – how do you do it?”  The answer is not that easy.  We’re lucky that the camp has been in the family for 57 years.  We’re not carrying a multi-million dollar mortgage and we don’t have hidden partners.  We do experience economies of scale by virtue of the fact that our facility is winterized and utilized for more than the 2 month summer camp season.  We also share many of the summer expenses with Lake Greeley Camp and Camp Cayuga which are 2 other camps operated by the Buynak family.  Probably the biggest reason is that we’ve been doing camp a long time and we’re good at it! (Back To Top)

What is your cell phone policy?

Cell phones impede the acclimatization of campers to camplife and the development of independence.  Furthermore, because of the level of supervision we provide in and out of camp, cell phones don’t provide the same value in camp as they do at home and school where protecting the child’s safety is a legitimate concern.  Their intrusion into camplife outweighs their value as protection while attending the camp program.  Therefore, cell phones are prohibited at camp except in the case of campers traveling by air.  In these cases, the cell phones will be collected when the camper arrives in camp and returned on the trip back to the airport. (Back To Top)

What is your electronics policy?

We don’t recommend that electronic devices be brought to camp.  They tend to be expensive and fragile.  Certain electronic devices are prohibited.  Electronic games and music devices are prohibited if they are capable of: (1) taking or storing pictures and/or movies, or (2) communicating via the internet, or (3) operating as a cell phone. (Back To Top)

Can I send my child “care packages” during the summer?

Yes.  Campers look forward to receiving packages from home.  Guidelines as to what can be sent and cannot be sent are detailed in the Parent Handbook.  Books, games and supplies are always fine.  Certain food items can be mailed as well. (Back To Top)

Can I tour the campgrounds? 

Tours of the campsite are available year-round.  Call us at 908-470-9317 or email us at info@lohikan.cam and we’ll make the arrangements. In the spring we schedule an open house which is highly attended by first-time campers.  The open house is a perfect opportunity for first-time campers to meet, enjoy a barbecue, take a tour of the campgrounds, meet summer staff members and maybe even make a new camper friend!  (Back To Top)

Have we forgotten something?

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, please call us!  We're here to help. You can reach us at 908-470-9317 or info@lohikan.com. (Back To Top)

 

 

 

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Aquatics:
Lake | Sailing & Windsurfing | Water Skiing | Tarzan Swing | Jet Skiing | Lake Park | Aquatic Adventure | Fishing | Pool Program | Scuba

Sports: Land Sports | Gymnastics | Cheerleading | Basketball | Baseball & Softball | Tennis | Soccer | Volleyball | Lacrosse | Golf | Roller Hockey | Archery & Riflery | Wrestling | Martial Arts | Track & Field | Weightlifting

Extreme Sports: Extreme Sports Program | Mountain Boarding | Skateboarding | Skate Park | ATV's-Quad Riding | Bungee Jumping | Paintball

Equestrian Program:
Horseback Riding | Equestrian Clinic | Horse Care Clinic | Petting Zoo

Adventure Activities:
High Ropes | Survival Camp | Adventure Program | Rock Climbing

Summer Clinics:
Spy Camp | DJ Clinic | Circus Performance Clinic | Skate X-Games Clinic | Equestrian Clinic | Horse Care Clinic | Survival Camp | Competitive Tennis Clinic | Golf Clinic | High 5 Basketball Clinic | Cheerleading Clinic | Paintball Camp | Rock Band Clinic | Scuba Clinic