Many families begin looking at overnight camp as early as first grade. We are happy to address this with you individually, as it is a personal decision and does not have a one-size-fits-all answer!
CAN WE VISIT AND TOUR THE CAMP WHILE CAMP IS IN SESSION? HOW ABOUT DURING THE OFF-SEASON?
Ken and Stacy are happy to arrange in-season and off-season tours of the camp (weather permitting). We also offer two in-season “Training Camp” sessions, where prospective campers can spend a day and optional overnight at camp for free!
CAN WE ARRANGE A HOME VISIT TO MEET THE CAMP DIRECTOR OR OTHER ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF?
YES!!! We’re a sports camp… we know all about home-field advantage. To make it more convenient for you and also more comfortable for your camper, Ken and Stacy would be thrilled to arrange a visit to your home during the off-season to talk about camp and answer any questions your family has. See our contact page for in-season and off-season contact information!
HOW LONG ARE YOUR CAMP SESSIONS? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Bauercrest offers two 2-week sessions (Mini Camp, for 1st-year campers up to 6th grade only), two 3.5-week (Single) sessions, and two 5.5-week (Extended) sessions, in addition to our 7-week Full Season session. You can get more information on our Dates & Rates page.
WHERE DO MOST OF YOUR CAMPERS COME FROM?
The majority of our campers are from Massachusetts and the metropolitan Boston area. However, we have many campers attending from many parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region States (Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland), in addition to the Southeastern United States (Florida and Atlanta). We have a growing camper population from Texas and California. We’ve also had campers from Europe and Israel!
WHERE DOES MOST OF YOUR STAFF COME FROM?
Most of our staff have progressed through the camper ranks at Bauercrest and therefore represent the same geographic regions as our campers. We also have international staff from Israel and the U.K., which exposes our campers to other backgrounds and cultures in a fun and meaningful way.
HOW OLD ARE YOUR COUNSELORS?
Our counselor staff ranges in age from 18 through the post-college years (21+). The average age of a Bauercrest counselor is 20.
WHAT IS THE STAFF-TO-CAMPER RATIO?
We exceed the ACA guidelines ratios, holding a 4:1 ratio for all campers. We place additional staff in our youngest camper groups, ensuring increased supervision and support.
HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR STAFF?
All staff attend a weeklong training session before the start of the summer, where we cover a variety of key issues from conflict resolution, bullying, and homesickness to safety protocols, engagement, peer management, relationship-building, and much more. We cover these topics in a variety of ways, from presentations and guest speakers to role-playing and team-building exercises. As our coaches teach on the field, success is a team effort, and we make sure our team is prepared to deliver the best summer possible for our campers. While most of our staff are former Bauercrest campers, we also recruit specialty staff to Bauercrest to provide expertise in specific areas, such as sports instruction, water skiing, ceramics and pottery, and more.
IS YOUR CAMP ACCREDITED?
Yes! We are proud to be accredited through the American Camping Association (ACA), a nationally recognized association in the Camping industry. In fact, we received a perfect 100% score from them on our last visit!
HOW IS SAFETY ADDRESSED AT THE WATERFRONT AND POOL?
Both the pool and waterfront are overseen by our Aquatics Director, who directly supervises our team of certified lifeguards and swim instructors. In addition, we have experienced instructors for waterskiing, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, and fishing. Many of our specialty staff return summer after summer to improve their areas. We consistently exceed the strict guidelines from the American Camping Association and the Town of Amesbury, so our water-based programs are guaranteed to be both safe and fun!
DO CAMPERS GO ON ANY FIELD TRIPS?
Absolutely! The campers will take an average of one off-campus trip per week. Examples include:
Local sporting events
Mini golf/bumper boats
Movies (during inclement weather)
Paintball (older campers only)
DOES BAUERCREST HAVE SOCIAL ACTIVITY WITH OTHER CAMPS?
Camp Bauercrest conducts at least one social event/dance each month with Camp Pembroke in Pembroke, Mass. In addition, we attend and host various inter-camp festivals and events. Other camps visited are typically in the circle of non-profit Jewish camps in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
HOW IS HYGIENE IN CAMP ADDRESSED?
Great question! We make sure to encourage kids to maintain good hygiene here at camp and allocate plenty of time to do so. Each morning the campers clean their bunks with the supervision and aid of the staff. Campers are assigned various bunk-cleaning responsibilities on a rotating basis so that everyone contributes. This encourages a degree of responsibility, accountability, and teamwork within each bunk. For the campers themselves, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day for showers. Younger campers are specifically monitored to make sure they are showering daily. Our staff is mindful of the importance of hygiene in the camp community, and they are always nearby to make sure spaces are clean and people are taking care of themselves.
HOW IS HOMESICKNESS AT CAMP ADDRESSED?
Homesickness is very common for campers with their first experience away from home. We train all of our staff on how to deal with homesickness, and we have a professional mental health counselor on staffwho is available to speak with campers.
WHAT IS YOUR CELL PHONE/ELECTRONICS POLICY?
Campers are not allowed to have phones, iPads, laptops, or anything else with a screen and/or cellular, wireless, or data signal. If your camper would like to bring a music player, it must be one that meets these restrictions. (read more on our Packing for Camp page). These rules will be strictly enforced. It is important that our campers are able to “unplug” while they are here at camp to maximize their immersion and involvement in our community.
MY SON WILL REQUIRE BAR-MITZVAH AND/OR OTHER ACADEMIC TUTORING THIS SUMMER; IS IT AVAILABLE?
Yes. Subject to the availability of tutors, Bar Mitzvah and Academic tutoring are available at a rate of approximately $45 an hour. These services will be billed with payments to be made on Visiting Day or pick-up day. We will review any prescribed education plan or parental request in order to assign an appropriate tutor. The assigned tutor will produce the tutoring schedule.
WHAT DO KIDS WEAR AT CAMP?
We are not a uniform camp. That is, we do not require that the boys wear a prescribed attire or color scheme for clothing each day. We do require that each camper have at least 2 Bauercrest T-shirts and a Bauercrest sweatshirt for off-camp trips or inter-camp activities. See the Packing List.
HOW MANY CAMPERS ARE IN A BUNK?
We have 17 bunks with a maximum capacity of 14 people. The average number of campers in a bunk is about 11. Bunks usually do not house fewer than 7 or 8 campers. These bunks consist of mostly single beds and up to 4 bunk beds. We have three larger bunks with a maximum capacity of 20 people. These bunks consist of mostly bunk beds.
HOW WILL I COMMUNICATE WITH AND HEAR FROM MY SON DURING THE SUMMER?
Campers are required to write home to their parents at least twice per week. Campers will also receive daily U.S. Mail (except for Sundays). In addition, parents can email their children through services offered by our partners at Camp In Touch. In addition, we post photos regularly to our photo gallery hosted by Camp In Touch.
CAN I VISIT OR CALL MY SON DURING THE SUMMER?
We do not allow calls or visits except in the case of a family emergency. An overriding exception to this rule is that campers are either allowed to call home or receive a call from their parents on their birthday if it occurs during the camping season.
I UNDERSTAND THAT BAUERCREST IS PRIMARILY A SPORTS CAMP. MY SON ENJOYS PLAYING SPORTS BUT HE IS NOT A HIGH-PERFORMING ATHLETE. HOW WILL HE DO IN THIS ENVIRONMENT?
At least 50 percent of the day is devoted to organized intraleague sports and sports electives. As our mission states, Bauercrest aims to build Jewish Identity and Self-Esteem based on four primary facets: Sportsmanship, Tradition, Accountability, and Resilience – our STAR concept. It is the desire to participate in any of our activities and not the level of one’s performance that will help to determine your son’s likelihood of enjoying a summer at Bauercrest.