What is a typical day at Camp Hudson?
Within this daily structure, our youngest campers have time to tinker with several fun interludes within each Tinkering, Nature or Making session while our older campers have the opportunity to get into FLOW. During play break, campers have a plethora of choice including working on their own project, building with Legos, reading a book, playing games outdoors, running around the sprinklers, exploring, etc.
What is a typical week at Camp Hudson?
Each week at Camp Hudson has a unique theme. On Mondays, we introduce the week's challenge, introduce some big ideas out there in the world as inspiration, and teach kids how to use real tools. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we play, think up lots of creative ideas, work together, build, test our ideas, and play some more. Friday afternoons we host an exhibition to show parents, Andrus residents and members of the community our fabulous work.
Please send in your child's annual Health Appraisal form (including immunization schedule) completed by your child's doctor within the past year. The form you send into your child's school works great. (Please note, because we are located within a nursing home, all children attending Camp Hudson must be vaccinated.)
Camp Hudson starts at $600 for one full week and only gets better the sooner you register and the more weeks and children you enroll. The week of July 2nd starts at $480 because we're closed for the July 4 holiday. We offer a series of discounts outlined below. To find out pricing for the weeks and number of children you are interested in, please click the Rates & Discounts button to begin the enrollment process to see what rates and discounts apply to your family.
- Early Bird Discount for families who register before March 1
- Multi-Week Discount of $50 off for every week starting at 3 weeks and up
- Sibling Discounts with 5% off for a second sibling, 7% off for a third sibling, and 9% off for a fourth sibling and beyond
- $100 Deposit per week at time of registration
- One Additional Payment Plan: Due April 1
- Two Additional Payments Plan: Due March 1 and June 1
- Online bank deposits (ACH) and checks accepted at no additional charge
- Credit card payments will incur a 2.9% convenience fee
- We will refund camp tuition with a $50 cancellation fee before May 15. After May 15, we’ll refund 50% of tuition up to two weeks before your camp week. Within two weeks before your camp week, no tuition will be refunded.
Lunch at Camp
Campers at Camp Hudson bring snack and lunch from home to eat at camp. Packing your camper an ample, nutritious lunch makes for a fun, well-supported day at camp. Please be aware we are a nut-free camp. (If you do send in a sandwich that may look like peanut butter, please label the sandwich or let your child know that it is a nut-free sandwich.)
Daily Packing Checklist
- Nutritious snack and lunch with NO NUTS. (If you do send in a sandwich that may look like peanut butter, please label the sandwich or let your child know that it is a nut-free sandwich.)
- Refillable water bottle labelled with your child's name
- A change of clothes and towel (for playing in the sprinklers)
- Sunscreen and bug spray already applied (plus extra for later in the day)
- Rain gear for rainy days
You can download and print this handy checklist for your fridge.
At Camp Hudson, we embrace the theory that free, unstructured play is vital for children. Beyond our picturesque lawn, we have a magical enclave in the woods known as our Wild Playspace. We see it as an antidote to our hurried lifestyles and digital distractions as well as a great way to cut loose and have just the right dose of adventure and risk in play. Given summer is high tick season, we’re also aware that some parents may not feel comfortable having their children play in the woods and we respect that. We are opening up the Wild Playspace for one hour at the end of the day during Choice Time. Only students whose parents return this completed waiver will have the option to go to the Wild Playspace. Given the plethora of Choice Time options include running around the sprinklers, making or building, playing games, relaxing and reading, etc., we don’t believe children will feel they are missing out by not going to the Wild Playspace.
To prevent tick bites, please consider using inspect spray containing DEET or treat your child's clothes with Permethrin. For trips to the Wild Playspace, we recommend children wear light-colored clothes with long pants tucked into socks and long-sleeve shirts tucked into pants. Also, it's best if hair is tied up and a hat is worn.
We will check your children for ticks daily, but we recommend that all children have a thorough tick check and bathe when they come home from camp each day. Download this Tick Workbook from NYC Health and learn all about ticks with your children so everyone knows what to look for this summer.
Before & After Camp Care
We will offer Before Camp Care from 8:30 - 9:30 am and After Camp Care from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. The cost is $12.50 per hour. We cannot guarantee last-minute requests for extended hours care, but we will try our best. Please submit the dates that you require Before or After Camp Care and we will email you an invoice as confirmation.
Half-Days & Busing
Currently we do not offer camp half-days, but may consider it at a later date. As well, we are willing to offer busing at $150/week. Given enough interest, we'll happily provide busing to and from your area.
This year Camp Hudson is creating the Camp Hudson Fund to help provide assistance to families who strongly believe in our camp philosophy and mission, but cannot afford to send their child/ren to camp. The maximum amount of aid possible is 25% off of tuition. If this might make camp financially feasible for your family, please proceed with an application.