Q. How many campers attend and for which sessions?
A. Our enrollment averages from 180 to 200 boys and is limited to maximize each camper's experience. The number is about equally divided among full session, first-half session and second-half session campers.
Q. What is the staff/child ratio? How many campers in a bunk?
A. Our staff/camper ratio is 1:3, with about 8 to 12 campers in each bunk.
Q. How old are the counselors? Where do they come from?
A. The average age is 20-21 years. We personally recruit most of our staff from colleges and universities across the country. Some counselors are selected from Scotland, England and other countries.
Q. What is the food like?
A. Nutritious hot meals and snacks - delicious home cooking that's good and healthful. There is a vegetarian option for each meal. We are happy to accommodate campers and counselors with special dietary needs.
Q. How often is laundry done?
A. Laundry is picked up by our camp laundry service once a week.
Q. How often do campers participate with the sister camp, Timber Tops?
A. Coeducational activities are dependent on the age group. The juniors (3rd- through 6th-graders) may have an evening activity with Timber Tops once a week, whereas the hi-seniors (9th- through 11th-graders) have canteen with the girls three times a week as well as a weekly social. For siblings, there is a visitation every Sunday afternoon.
Q. Is there a doctor or nurse in residence?
A. Yes, both, at all times. We have two nurses who live at Owego in our fully equipped Health Center. Our camp doctor, who lives down the road one mile away at our co-ed camp, Pine Forest, makes daily rounds at Owego. The doctor and nurses stay in camp and are on call 24 hours day, seven days a week.
Q. Is there a disadvantage to attending the second session after friendships are formed?
A. We are asked that a lot and understand the concern. However, our experience is just the opposite. Because we have so many arriving for the second half (about one-third of the total enrollment), usually campers are placed in a cabin where the entire group arrives together. We have plenty of exciting events that happen during the second session, so it's as action-packed as the first. Finally, we have very, very friendly campers and counselors who welcome new campers with warmth and support.
Q. How can we get our child prepared for a summer at Lake Owego?
A. Come to New Camper Weekend! All new campers and their families are invited to come to Lake Owego during New Camper Weekend (usually in late May) and get a taste of the Owego experience first-hand. You'll stay in a cabin, dine on camp food and sing around the campfire - just like in the summer! New Camper Weekend is a great way to introduce your son to the pleasures of overnight camp and to meet other new families.
Q. Can we meet the directors?
A. Of course! Just call or e-mail us to let us know you're interested and we'll get back to you let you know when we'll be in your area and set up a time to meet with you. We're looking forward to it!