Frequently Asked Questions
What methods of transportation are provided?
We use the Chappaqua Transportation Company for our busing needs. Children are picked up and dropped off in front of their driveways. Morning pick up is between 8:00 and 8:30 AM, and drop off is between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.
What if I need to pick up my child early or drop off my child late?
Parents can call the office or send in a note if they need to pick up a child up early. They will need to sign the child out from the front office (through our main entrance on Tamarac and Nabby Hill). We ask that parents arrive before 3:30 PM so as to not interfere with our afternoon dismissal. If a child is dropped off late the child is to check in with the office and we will accompany him or her to their group.
What if my child has a scheduled playdate with another camper?
We need a note or email from each camper’s parent requesting the playdate. If busing is needed, please call the office prior to the playdate to confirm room on the bus.
Food & Snack
Do you provide lunch and/or snacks?
Lunch is provided twice a week. We offer BBQ on Tuesday (junior camp) and Thursday (senior camp), and all groups get pizza on Friday. Cold milk and water are served daily.
Our daily snacks consist of healthy options such as fruit, cheese and whole wheat crackers. However, on occasion campers and couselors will bring cupcakes or other sweets to celebrate a birthday. We don’t encourage these sweets, but we really like birthdays!
What is served on BBQ days?
We are proud of our relationship with Hemlock Hill Farm, where our hamburgers are prepared fresh just for Nabby. We also serve Hebrew National all beef kosher hot dogs, turkey hot dogs, chicken hot dogs, and veggie burgers. And finally, we usually serve ice cream or an ice pop to each camper for dessert.
Where are the bag lunches stored during the day?
Every group’s bunk is equipped with a refrigerator to keep bag lunches cool during the day.
What happens in the event of a bad rain storm or thunder and lightning?
We switch to our “rainy day schedule” where campers remain on-site in one of our 11 covered areas. These spaces are set up for activities that include floor hockey, basketball, dodgeball, arts & crafts.
What do children do during extreme heat?
Campers keep their regular schedules and are kept cool with misters, sprinklers and extended swim time. If necessary, field activities are shortened to allow for more rest and frequent water breaks.
Programs & Facilities
Is Nabby a sports camp?
Although we take pride in our athletic programs and facilities, we consider Camp Nabby to be a traditional day camp where sports are complemented by our specialty programs in arts and crafts, nature, music and gymnastics.
Where do children get changed for swim?
Each group has its own indoor dressing facility (or bunk) where campers change for swim and store their belongings.
Will my child ever leave the Nabby grounds?
Junior campers will never leave the Nabby grounds. Senior campers may have one inter-camp softball or kickball game and one swim meet with another local camp, where transportation is provided by the Chappaqua Transportation Company. We will always notify parents when/if these events are scheduled.
Do you provide a calendar for special events and theme days?
Yes, we have a calendar with our special events and theme days. You can always access it from our Nabby News blog.
Do you offer any activities for parents?
Every summer we invite parents to participate on two separate evenings: Hollyrock game night and Daddy Dodgeball!
What do I need to know about the Junior Camp Musical?
Parents are invited to enjoy our annual Junior Camp Musical from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on the last Wednesday of camp, August 17, 2016. Parking will be made available in either of our two back parking lots or on our upper baseball field from 9:30 AM on.
Allergies & Medications
Is camp nut-free?
Camp Nabby is a “nut-aware” day camp, which means we understand the severity of nut allergies and therefore do not serve any nut products. If a child brings a nut product for lunch, the bag must be clearly marked so counselors and staff can make any/all adjustments during lunchtime. All campers are required to wash their hands before and after eating any nut products.
Does camp have Epi-Pens?
Camp Nabby has an Epi-Pen agreement with Phelps Hospital and several staff members are certified to administer Epi-Pens. Parents whose children require their own Epi-Pens will be asked to leave one in the health office along with a prescripton from their doctor.
How flexible are the program sessions?
We do not have a minimum for summer enrollment. However, we recommend two or more weeks of camp for most children.
What are the hours of the camp day?
The camp day starts at 9:00 a.m. Dismissal is at 4:00 p.m.
Why does camp end on a Thursday?
We decided a while ago to close on the last Thursday because many of our counselors are teachers, coaches, athletes and college students who need to prepare for a new school year. It just feels like the right thing to do.
Communication & Social Media
How will I know what’s going on at camp?
Camp Nabby relies on several forms of digital communication—email, CampSite, and Facebook — and we ask that you check them frequently for reminders and updates. If necessary, you are always welcome to call us directly at the camp office. If we are not immediately available we will return your message as soon as possible.
Conflicts & Discipline
What if my child feels bullied or picked on?
It is important for children to learn to speak up when they feel uncomfortable in any situation. We encourage them to alert their head counselor or any Program Director so we can work to resolve the issue and, if necessary, notify parents. We can only help if an issue is brought to our attention, and we will do everything in our power to make sure every child is treated with respect!
What if my child doesn’t want to participate in an activity or event?
It is important that campers learn to try new things and work on the necessary skills to be successful in a team setting. Campers will not be forced to participate but we strongly encourage them to at least try.
What should I do if my child has a complaint about his/her counselor?
Tell us! We’re here to help!
Registration & Payment
Is there a deadline for registering?
Registering is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a group is filled it will be closed from any additional enrollment requests.
Do you offer any payment plans or discounts?
Yes to both! If you are interested in setting up a payment plan please indicate so on your enrollment form, we offer several options. We also offer an early bird discount for applicants who enroll prior to November 1st and we have sibling discounts on both tuition and transportation.