Why Camp Tuku?
We offer a camp experience like no other. We focus on nurturing young minds and building life skills while campers build special friendships and participating in fun camp activities.
After their time at Camp Tuku, your children will:
- KNOW: how to manage stress and be resilient, enabling them to be happier and healthier.
- HAVE: simple, proven techniques that kids can apply at any time to help manage their emotional state, tap into their creativity, and be even more resourceful in overcoming obstacles in their lives.
- FEEL: happy and excited about the connections made with new friends and the fun activities they have enjoyed together.
When will camp be held?
In the summer of 2021, we are excited to announce that we’ll be hosting two in-person residential(sleep away) summer sessions, as well as 4 weekly virtual sessions.
Prescott, AZ: Tuesday June 1st ~ Sunday Jun 6th, 2021. Camper drop off will be between 10:00am and 2:00pm on Tuesday, and pickup will be between 9:30am and 11:00am on Sunday.
Huguenot, NY: Sunday July 18th ~ Saturday July 24th, 2021. Camper drop off will be between 10:00am and 2:00pm on Sunday and pickup will be between 9:30am and 11:00am on Saturday.
- Around the World (Monday June 14th ~ Friday June 18th) – Session A: 9:00am~12:00pm EST; Session B: 9:30am ~12:30pm PST
- Exploring Outer Space and Inner Space (Monday June 21st ~ Friday June 25th) – Session A: 9:00am~12:00pm EST; Session B: 9:30am ~12:30pm PST
- Mission Impossible (Monday June 28th ~ Friday July 2nd) – Session A: 9:00am~12:00pm EST; Session B: 9:30am ~12:30pm PST
- Imagination (Monday July 5th ~ Friday July 9th) – Session A: 9:00am~12:00pm EST; Session B: 9:30am ~12:30pm PST
Where are the in-person camps located and how do campers get to Camp?
We will be hosting our AZ camp at Camp Pinerock. Nestled in the beautiful cool pines of Prescott, Arizona, the facility is less than 2 hours north of Phoenix. Please click here for map and directions. For health & safety concerns, we ask that you drop off and pick up your child at camp. For the same reason, we will not be providing bus service this year.
We will be hosting our NY camp at YMCA Camp Greenkill. The beautiful 1,000 acre facility in Huguenot, NY is nestled in between the Delaware Water Gap and the Catskill Mountains, just 90 minutes from NYC. Please click here for map and directions. Bus service may be available from NYC (please stay tuned).
How can I tell if my child is ready for camp? What if my child gets homesick during camp?
Our campers range from 6 to 13 years of age. We encourage you to speak with your child about his/her willingness and readiness for camp. You can help a child who says they are ready by letting them know you are confident that they can succeed and have a great time at camp. Most campers adjust quickly to camp life, others may need a day or so. Sometimes a camper may feel a bit unsettled at first, especially the first night. We understand that this may happen and work hard to make the first days extra special. Our mindfulness practices will also help them understand their emotions, including sadness, anxiety, and fear. We firmly believe that once your camper is involved, engaged, and getting to know their bunk mates and staff, their outlook on camp will be positive and enthusiastic.
What do the lodging and bunking arrangements look like?
Camp Tuku offer cabins or “bunks” that incorporate the comforts of home with the rustic nature of camping. The bunk is where your child’s memories of camp is born. Your camper will laugh and swap stories with his/her bunk mates and counselor.
For the summer of 2021, each bunk will have a max of 4:1 counselor to camper ratio for 8 and under, and 5:1 counselor to camper ratio for 9 and older. Each bunk is equipped with its own sink, toilet, and shower, so there is no trudging into the darkness if he/she needs to use the bathroom late at night.
Your child may find that they know some kids from their neighborhood, school, or recreational activities. Many children will come to camp for the first time without knowing anyone at all, but this will change very quickly. We will arrange for kids by gender and within similar age groups to bunk together. If you request to have your child bunk with a friend of a similar age group, we will do our best to accommodate you. Your child’s bunk counselor will be living with him/her the entire session. The counselor will be there to see that the cabin runs smoothly, this includes helping the cabin mates get along and become good friends.
Do you have healthcare staff on site?
Yes, we have a board-certified family practice physician and a pediatric nurse on-site. The Infirmary is air-conditioned with a bathroom and washing station. In addition, we have 4 staff members that are certified in CPR and First Aid to care for our campers and staff.
What is your health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19?
Please see our Opening Plan for 2020
Can you accommodate food allergies at camp?
We strongly believe that a food allergy should not be a barrier to enjoying camp. We accommodate special dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. We will also accommodate campers with wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, egg, fish, and nut allergies.
How can I communicate with my child at Camp Tuku?
There are a lot of ways you can communicate with your child while at camp. We still encourage the old-fashioned letter. Campers love receiving letters in the mail! You will also have the ability to e-mail your child (we print out emails daily and distribute them with the regular mail). However, campers are not allowed to send e-mails. You will also have the opportunity to schedule a phone call with your child when camp is in session, if needed.
Do you post photos of the children when camp is in session?
Our photographer will post photos to our camp management software (CRM). We are excited to announce that our CRM tool has just rolled out photo and video blogs capabilities! You will have access to your child’s precious moments at camp through the secure Parent Dashboard. You will also be able to download pictures, watch videos, and even grant access to extended family members.
What is the policy regarding cell phones and other electronic devices?
The only electronic device allowed at camp are music-only iPod that does not have access to the internet or Gizmo watches.