Dates, Tuition & Financial Aid
What are the seven-week session dates for 2018?
Saturday, June 30, 2018 – Saturday, August 18, 2018
What are the four-week session dates for 2018?
Saturday, June 30, 2018 – Saturday, July 28, 2018
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When is Visitors’ Weekend for 2018?
Visitors’ Weekend will take place on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2018. Families are requested to attend either Saturday or Sunday. Divorced or separated parents may each choose a day.
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What is the tuition for Treetops for 2018 and what does it include?
- Seven-week session: $9,600 (Early bird discount on or before 12/1/2017)
- Seven-week session: $9,800 (After 12/1/2017)
- Four-week session: $7,000 (Early bird discount on or before 12/1/2017)
- Four-week session: $7,200 (After 12/1/2017)
Treetops tuition includes everything except for transportation costs such as taking the chartered bus from NYC and very minor expenses such as extra batteries or toothpaste.
A $1,000 deposit is due with the enrollment form.
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What is your refund policy?
If you withdraw your child before March 1st and the vacancy is filled, we will fully refund your $1000 deposit. The balance of tuition is due May 15th. We do not make refunds or reduce tuition due to late arrival, early departure, dismissal or withdrawal, unless the withdrawal is due to illness incurred while at camp.
How do I apply for scholarship aid?
Camp Treetops’ scholarships come from the operating budget and designated special gifts and endowments. In both instances, the funds are limited. In the interest of best serving the largest possible number of applicants, the following process has been established for the allocation of grants.
Aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, or national or ethnic origin.
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Do all new Junior campers (8-11 year olds) attend the four-week session?
Most new Junior campers attend the seven-week session, which gives them the full benefit of our program. We have a small group of new Junior campers who attend our four-week session. This group is limited in size, and scholarship aid is not available. Occasionally, a school calendar conflicts with our seven-week program, especially for children from other countries. We sometimes make accommodations for this on a case-by-case basis.
Life at Camp
What if my child is homesick?
Every summer some children are homesick, a few acutely. Invariably they weather this pain and return year after year to Treetops with a new found sense of strength. There is no rule as to who is afflicted. A seven year old may not be homesick at all, while a twelve year old who is “grown-up” in other ways may be very sad. Homesickness is not something to be taken lightly, as the pain is very real.
On the other hand it usually does not last the whole summer. Most children get over being homesick in a week’s time. During that time the child is usually saddest at meals, bedtime, and rest hour. Because children are allowed to write at rest hour, you may get sorrowful letters when a child is feeling low, even though he just spent the morning happily engaged in activities. You may call the program directors or the Camp director when you get an upsetting letter. Often by the time you call, the crisis will have passed, but if it has not, together we can help your child make the adjustment to being away from home. At Camp we help children deal with homesickness by making sure they become involved in activities, by giving them T.L.C., by listening and acknowledging their feelings, and by assuring them that homesickness does go away.
Can I send my child a care package?
We strive to provide our campers with a summer free from the overly material and commercial world. We know that one reason you are sending your child to Treetops is because you value this credo. Unfortunately however, in recent years we have received an astonishing number of packages each day for campers, many of which contain items that undermine our philosophy of striving to lead a simple life.
We ask that you do not send packages unless you forgot to pack an article of clothing, a favorite stuffed animal, or item of camping gear. An occasional good book or stationery is welcome; toys or electronics are out-of-place. Concerning food: we consider matters of nutrition a cornerstone of our educational philosophy. We raise much of our own food with the help of the campers and purchase many local, unprocessed foods. There is no canteen for between meal indulgences. Instead there are wonderful fresh berries and raw veggies from the garden. We request that you do not send food packages to campers. The New York State Department of Health prohibits food in sleeping areas at children’s camps.