Why be ACA accredited?
At Odyssey Teen Camp, we understand that your biggest concern is for the safety of your teenager. We also know you have goals for your teenager’s development related to the powerful lessons the camp experience provides in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living. We share those same goals, which is why we have taken the added step of becoming an Accredited Camp through the American Camp Association (ACA).
ACA Accreditation is the best evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their campers. ACA Accreditation means that your camp cares enough to undergo regular reviews of its operation. Accreditation involves evaluation in the categories of food service, transportation, health care, management, staffing, and programming. Additional information on what is entailed in accreditation can be found [here].
What kinds of teens come to camp?
We are the perfect summer camp for any sensitive, creative thinking teenager who is looking to have a great time while exploring new things in a safe and loving community. Teens who might not think of themselves as “camp kids” often love our camp. We are a great camp for teenagers who could use more time laughing, running, playing, swimming, and connecting with people face-to-face.
What is OTC all about?
While Odyssey Teen Camp is a lot of things, it’s primarily a safe place for teens to explore who they are, free from negative judgment and external pressures. Our entire program is geared exclusively toward teenagers ages 12-18 and includes more than 50 activities every day. While we offer traditional programs like sports, arts, dance, music, and nature, we also offer many unique activities like improv comedy, poetry slams, firewalking, henna tattooing, trance dancing, sweat lodges, meditation, martial arts, and acro-yoga classes.
What age are most of the campers?
Generally, our camper population is a pretty even mix from 12 to 18.
How many teens come to the summer camp program? How long do they stay?
We generally have between 140-160 campers each session. Campers have the option to come for 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks.
Where do campers come from?
About 70 percent of our campers come from the Northeast, and the other 30 percent fly in from around the country and around the world.
What is a typical day at camp like?
Our days are very full, with a good mix of activities and relaxation. We offer four activity periods each day. Two of the activities change daily and the other two, called intensives, go from Monday to Friday. We have breakfast, lunch, and dinner together as a community every day. After dinner, we have “community chill time”, which is a time to relax, hang out, play games, create art, play music, and connect with one another. To close out our day, we have an evening activity such as campfires, talent shows, dances, and camp-wide games. Most nights, we offer two options for evening activities. Check out our activities and daily schedule.
How about healthcare and medical facilities?
We have 2 registered nurses on the premises full time. We also have a fully equipped infirmary. A physician’s office is less than 10 minutes from camp and we are just a 20 minute drive from the hospital. We dispense prescription and nonprescription medications during breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bedtime.
What is summer camp food like?
Food at Odyssey’s summer camp is far from your usual summer camp fare. Each meal includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. There are always superb salads and occasionally organic, free-range beef and chicken. All meals are made using as many organic and local ingredients as possible. Meals are served buffet style, and campers can take as much as they want. OTC campers and staff rave about our food!
Do you offer financial assistance?
Odyssey is committed to helping families with limited finances. Eligibility for financial assistance is primarily determined by your family’s gross annual income. If you would like to apply for financial assistance fill out this form.
How many new campers are there each summer? Do they come with friends?
At least half of the campers will be there for the first time, and for many it’s their first time away from home for any extended period of time. The majority of teenagers come by themselves. While it’s normal for new campers to worry whether they will make friends, generally within a few days people make great connections.
What are the staff like?
We hire about 45 of the most fun, loving, compassionate people we know. They are a wonderful mix of artists, athletes, yogis, musicians, and comics, passionate about supporting teenagers. They all have at least one year of college, and their average age is 24. We do an extensive background check on all staff members before they are hired. Learn more about our summer staff here.
What are the cabins like?
Our cedar cabins are well maintained and spacious. Eight teenagers and two counselors live together in a cabin and create their own “home away from home”. Cabins are grouped together in pods (4-6 cabins). Each of our pods are overseen by an experienced OTC staff member. The campers, staff, and pod leader in each pod become a mini-community in our larger camp community. Teenagers are housed by age and gender.
What is the summer camp facility like?
Our camp is located on 500 beautiful country acres just 90 minutes north of New York City. The facility has cedar log cabins, a large swimming pool, a lake for boating, a 50-foot climbing wall, high ropes course, and many other great features. There will be several open houses where you can walk the facility and learn more about camp in May and June.
How do you keep campers safe at camp?
While our camp has a free feel, we have very clear rules regarding behaviors that are allowed and not allowed. We have zero tolerance toward alcohol and drugs.
This sounds great, but what about my teen?
If you have any questions or concerns about how your teen will do at Odyssey Teen Camp, please contact us at (844)239-6882 or a firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do campers communicate with friends and family?
We want to give campers the opportunity to really enjoy camp, so we ask that campers leave their cell phone at home. Campers will be able to make phone calls home using our camp phones, after the 1st week of camp. We also encourage letter writing. Family and friends can send letters to:
Odyssey Teen Camp
115 Camp Road
Holmes, NY 12531
Parents are always welcome to call the directors to check in on their teenager.
adam simon, camp director