METALCAMP FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT METALCAMP, INCLUDING…

  • LOCATION
  • BUNKS
  • CAMP STAFF
  • STUFF TO BRING
  • STUFF TO NOT BRING
  • SWIMMING
  • FOOD
  • VALUABLES
  • EMERGENCIES
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • SKILLS
  • HEALTH/SECURITY

LOCATION

Why is it called School of Rock Metal Camp at Camp Lakota?

Camp Lakota has graciously lent us space to hold Metal Camp on their grounds.

Where is School of Rock Metal Camp at Camp Lakota located?

Camp Lakota is located in Wurtsboro, NY in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The Camp is approximately 15 minutes west of Middletown, New York, and just 90 minutes from New York City.

How big is Camp Lakota?

Camp Lakota sits on 200 lush acres in the Catskill Mountains, alongside Masten Lake.

BUNKS

How many campers would be in my child’s bunk?

There would be approximately 8 –10 campers in each bunk. Campers will be grouped by age.

How old are the bunk counselors?

Bunk counselors range from 18 to 60. They’ll be comprised of School of Rock teachers, camp staff, and college age counselors.

What is the size of the beds in the bunks?

Camp mattresses are 73 inches long and 30 inches wide.

CAMP STAFF

What type of screening was done before hiring a camp staff member?

Each staff person is carefully screened before being hired. The process includes an application, extensive reference checks, and a criminal background check

STUFF TO BRING

What would my child need to bring to Metal Camp?

Your child would need to bring:

  • bedding (pillows, pillow cases, sheets, blankets)
  • toiletries/personal care items
  • swimwear
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • enough changes of clothes for the week (plus extra bathing suits, socks, and underwear)
  • towels (bath and hand towels)
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • refillable water bottle
  • sneakers
  • flip flops or sandals
  • waterproof hiking boots and poncho (in case of rain)
  • sports equipment (if desired)
  • notebook, pens
  • tissues
  • laundry bag
  • hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants (for cool nights)
  • hat
  • camera

Equipment-wise, guitarists and bassists would need to bring their instruments in their cases (pedals/effects are optional). Drummers would need their sticks. Keyboardists and vocalists would not have to bring anything.

SWIMMING

Are your swim and waterfront instructors certified lifeguards?

All swim and waterfront instructors are American Red Cross Certified lifeguards. Clear waterfront rules and safety regulations are enforced at all times.

FOOD

What are the meals like?

Campers sit at their own assigned table with their bunkmates and counselors. Dining hall service is buffet style. The meals are well balanced and plentiful. In addition to main courses, there are substitutions which are always available, including a make-your-own salad bar and pasta bar at each lunch and dinner meal. While the camp is not “peanut free”, the kitchen is very peanut conscious and can accommodate most dietary concerns.

What items are available at the Canteen?

The Canteen offers a wide variety of snacks with many healthy choices. Campers can visit the Canteen after lunch or in the evening, depending on their age. Visits to the Canteen would be supervised and campers would receive a drink and a snack. The Canteen does not require any tickets or cash. Other items and supplies can be purchased on campus in the Office Store (batteries, toiletries, envelopes, stamps, etc.).

VALUABLES

Would campers need pocket money?

It’s practical for campers to keep a small amount of cash in the camp office. The office staff will keep it secure in a camper’s individual envelope.

Should campers keep cash or valuables in their cabin?

All cash, passports, and other important items must be kept in the camp’s safe located in the camp office. Campers will have a daily opportunity to access their envelopes.

EMERGENCIES

What if I have a family emergency after office hours and need to reach my child?

If you need to reach the camp after office hours, please call the camp office at (845) 888-5611, and the greeting will give you a 24-hour contact number for one of the directors.

TRANSPORTATION

Do you provide transportation to and from the camp?

Yes, we are providing transportation from Newark Airport on August 18th and ask that you arrive at 12pm. We will also provide transportation for departures on August 24th to Newark airport and ask that you depart around the 6pm time frame. Parents/guardians/caregivers are responsible for ensuring a timely arrival (August 18th at 12PM) and departure (August 24th at 6PM).

Which airport should I fly to if I’m coming in from out of the area?

You can either fly into Westchester County Airport which is about 90 minutes from the camp or Newark Liberty International, which is approximately a 90 minute drive to the camp.

SKILLS

How would my child’s musical skill level be assessed?

We will ask you to submit a short video via YouTube that showcases your child’s talent. We call these “placement videos”, and they’ll help us determine your child’s abilities so we know which group to put him/her into.

HEALTH/SECURITY

My child takes medication. Is there a certified healthcare professional on campus to administer it?

Yes, there will be a certified healthcare professional at the camp 24/7 throughout the week.

My child suffers from (seizures, food allergies, anxiety, asthma, etc.) How can I let you know about these issues?

We will send you a medical form to fill out in order for us to have this information.

Where is the nearest hospital?

The Orange Regional Hospital in Middletown, New York is only 12 minutes from the camp, and Crystal Run Urgent Care Center is just 5 minutes away in Rock Hill.

What is the ratio of counselors to campers?

5:1 ratio.

My child has never slept away from home. What is your refund or credit policy if this experience doesn’t work out?

There is a $600 deposit that is refundable until April 1. After that, it’s non-refundable.

What if my child becomes ill and cannot attend your camp, or if my child becomes ill during the camp week and can’t complete the session? What is your credit or refund policy for these situations?

These scenarios would be resolved on a case-by-case basis.

What policies and guidelines do you have in place to deal with bullying behavior?

Metal Camp is completely supervised, and bullying will not be tolerated.

How do you prevent campers from leaving the camp grounds, and also non-campers/camp personnel from entering the camp grounds?

A security team monitors the camp grounds at all hours.