Equinunk New Parent FAQs

What sports equipment do we need to pack? Does my son really need Rollerblades?

Please pack a Tennis Racquet, Baseball Glove, and Shin Guards for soccer. While we have plenty of sports equipment at camp (lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks etc.), many campers like to bring their own gear and that is something that we encourage.

Rollerblades are very much recommended. For those campers who do not know how to rollerblade, our staff will work with your son to learn. Nearly all campers bring rollerblades to camp.

Now that you know what sports equipment to pack – you must be wondering where do you put it all! We recommend trying to pack these items in your trunk(s). If they won’t fit, a sports duffle bag is appropriate and should be sent up prior to the start of camp along with your other bags. If your son plays Spring Sports and you are not able to ship this bag prior to camp with our Trucking Company, you may place the duffle under the bus.

How much sunscreen do I need to send up? How often is sunscreen applied?

We recommend sending up two spray-bottles of Sunscreen. We apply sunscreen before swim periods (twice each day) and as needed. For campers who have fair skin and need more than two applications each day, please email adam@cecbr.com  so we can make note for our Group Heads and bunk counselors.

A common theme with many of these questions will be “similar to what you may do at home.” Just as you might do; if your son has been spending a lot of time out in the sun, you may re-apply multiple times each day – we will do the same. 

What is the camps electronics policy?

Any device that has Wifi capabilities is NOT permitted at camp. This includes Kindles and iPod touches. iPod Nano’s and Ipod Shuffles are allowed. If you are packing an older generation device that does not have Wifi capability, please remember games and videos must be removed. Additionally, we do not allow fitbits.

Will my son have a “Big Buddy”?

Of course! Your son will get a big buddy on the first night of camp. This person is a role model and someone who can give a little extra special attention to your camper. Big Buddies will participate in activities and select meals together. However, it’s the unplanned time that makes this relationship so special. Buddies are chosen by the Head Counselor, Camp Directors and Group Heads.

Beyond clicking the “Refresh” button in CampInTouch when viewing photos – how do I know he is doing ok?

Your son’s Group Head will be reaching out before the summer and you will hear from them (or another member of our Leadership Team) within 24 hours. We want to let you know how amazing the first day has been! Throughout the summer we will be in constant communication with you. Feel free to call the camp office at any time 570-224-4121. You will be able to leave a message for your son’s Group Head. Remember that Group Heads are often on campus, with our campers and often return phone calls in the evening.

Your camper will also have two phone calls during the summer and as you can imagine will be writing you some good old-fashioned letters (filled with detail!).

 Should I be sending a letter before camp starts?

YES! Mark down June 23rd on your calendar to mail your first letter to camp. Snail mail may take an extra day or so to reach us in Equinunk, PA so sending this letter the week before camp starts will ensure your son has a letter that first day of camp.

 What is the routine for bedtime?

After a fun filled day at Equinunk and a great evening activity, campers will enjoy a snack at “Milk Bar” and go back to their bunk to get ready for bed. The counselors may have a fun story to share about their experience at Equinunk or a small activity to recap the day. Bedtime for our youngest campers is around 9:15.

If your son uses TV or an iPad to fall asleep – now is a good time to change the routine so there is a smooth transition into camp life.

 How do I send medication to camp? If my camper does end up in the Health Center, how will I know?

Medication should be mailed up to camp the 2nd week of June. Please make sure to label packages and medication properly and ship to Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge 788 Legends Path, Equinunk PA 18417. All epi-pens, Benadryl and emergency inhalers should be sent up to camp on the bus and given to the Bus Counselor. It is not necessary to send up Tylenol, Advil, etc., since our Health Center stocks those items.

In the event your camper ends up in the Health Center for an overnight stay – you will receive a phone call from our Nursing Staff to make you aware. They will continue to keep you updated during your campers stay.

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Blue Ridge New Parent FAQs

Will my daughter have a “Big Sister”?

Of course! All new campers receive a Big Sister on the first night of camp. This person is a role model and someone who can give a little extra special attention to your camper. Big Sisters will participate in activities and some special events together.

Beyond clicking the “Refresh” button in CampInTouch when viewing photos – how do I know she is doing ok?

Your daughter’s Group Head will be reaching out before the summer and you will hear from a Director within 24 hours. We want to let you know how amazing the first day has been! Throughout the summer we will be in constant communication with you. Feel free to call the camp at any time 570-224-4121. You will be able to leave a message for your daughter’s Group Head. Remember that Group Heads are often on campus, with our campers and often return phone calls in the evening.

Your camper will also have two phone calls during the summer and as you can imagine will be writing you some good old-fashioned letters (filled with detail!). A phone call schedule will be sent out soon. Please let us know if you need to re-schedule your phone call to a different time.

Should I be sending a letter before camp starts?

YES! Mark down June 23rd on your calendar to mail your first letter to camp. Snail mail may take an extra day or so to reach us in Equinunk, PA so sending this letter the week before camp starts will ensure your daughter has a letter that first day of camp. We also recommend putting a small “surprise” – such as a note or small stuffed animal in with the trunks for when your daughters arrive at camp.

What is the routine for bedtime?

After a fun filled day at Blue Ridge and a great evening activity, campers will enjoy a snack at “Milk Bar” and go back to their bunk to get ready for bed. Bedtime varies by age group. For our youngest campers, it is around 9:15.

If your daughter uses TV or an iPad to fall asleep – now is a good time to change the routine so there is a smooth transition into camp life. They are welcome to read or listen to music before bed.

 How do I send medication to camp? If my camper does end up in the Health Center, how will I know?

Medication should be mailed up to camp the 2nd week of June. Please make sure to label packages and medication properly and ship to Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge 788 Legends Path, Equinunk PA 18417. All epi-pens, Benadryl and emergency inhalers should be sent up to camp on the bus and given to the Bus Counselor. It is not necessary to send up Tylenol, Advil, etc., since our Health Center stocks those items.

In the event your camper ends up in the Health Center for an overnight stay – you will receive a phone call from our Nursing Staff to make you aware. They will continue to keep you updated during your campers stay.

 I am concerned about my daughter’s hygiene, who will help her? 

We keep a close eye on our camper’s hygiene and make sure that they are showering, brushing their teeth and hair, and wearing clean clothing. Counselors assist younger campers in brushing and putting up their hair.

 Where will my daughter put all of her “stuff?”

Our counselors unpack our lower camp campers prior to camp. There are three drawers under each bed for underwear, swimsuits, and pajamas. All additional clothing is put in the back room area – where each camper has a cubby and small closest space. We recommend that you show your child what has been packed for them so that they are aware of what is coming to camp with them! Please consult our packing list for what items to send to camp, it is not necessary to send additional items since there is not space!

What is the camps electronics policy?

Any device that has Wifi capabilities is NOT permitted at camp. This includes Kindles and iPod touches. iPod Nano’s and Shuffles are allowed. If you are packing an older generation device that does not have Wifi capability, please remember games and videos must be removed. We also do not recommend that you send digital cameras to camp and prefer that you send disposable cameras. We do not allow pictures to be taken inside the bunk. Additionally, we do not allow fitbits.

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New Millennium Trucking LLC Information

Dear Camp Blue Ridge/Camp Equinunk Family:

The winter has passed and the call of summer is soon to be upon us.  For the eighteenth year, we are pleased to again be the exclusive baggage delivery service for Camp Blue Ridge/Camp Equinunk in the Metro NY/NJ/DC/PHILA and their surrounding areas.  Once again, we look forward to providing you with the same reliable baggage service we’ve provided summer camp families over the years. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER CAMPER BAGS FOR SUMMER 2016.

New For This Year: New Millennium Trucking LLC. will be accepting Credit Cards in addition to checks.

Our goal is to provide timely delivery of baggage both into and from the camp bunks.  We schedule pickups from your home based on Camp Directors instructions (baggage must arrive at camp on June 19th, just prior to Counselor Orientation), and return baggage to your home as soon as 1-4 days from the end of camp (conditions permitting).

Upon our receipt of your online baggage enrollment form and payment you will receive  a confirmation notice by June 4th, along with your 2016 New Millennium Trucking bag tags (color coded by gender), with a specific service (pick-up) date in your area (estimated to be between June 14-17th.  **Estimated June 10th in Metro DC surrounding area)

In order to plan all of the essential logistics involved, it is necessary that we receive your baggage enrollment form, with payment, no later than Friday, May 13th, 2016.  We are a PRE-PAID service.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your camp baggage or completing the form, please e-mail, or, call us, and not the camp office.  For your convenience, you can e-mail your question to:  nmtcecbr@aol.com.                

 Thank You,

New Millennium Trucking, LLC.

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Several New Features Have Launched at CECBR.com!

We are thrilled this morning to announce the launch of several new features at CECBR.com, the online home of Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge!

If you have visited our website over the last week, you may have noticed some changes and we wanted to take a moment to walk you through the great new items that we have pushed live:

We’re Mobile! Explore our website on any device. CECBR.com is fully mobile responsive and now provides the very best viewing on any desktop, mobile, and iPad. Explore our Interactive MapListen to WEBR, and navigate all pages seamlessly — anytime, anywhere!

New Video Suite: On Monday, we released a suite of new videos which is accessible on our refreshed homepage. Click Here or visit CECBR.com and Our Videos above ‘About Our Camps’ to explore Athletics, Waterfront, Hobbies and Adventure, and Arts at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge!

Live Chat: Have a quick question as you prepare for summer? In an effort to answer those ‘Quick Q’s’ — we have implemented a live chat throughout our website. You can find one of our directors available to help you in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. This feature will be available to you during business hours through June 15th and re-launch in the first weeks of September.

CECBR Retreats: Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge plays host to several events outside of the camp season; sports camps, weddings, and corporate events. To explore all the possibilities CECBR has to offer in the ten months we wait for two; click Retreats in the top navigation.

As we continue the countdown to Summer 2016 — we hope you can spend some time at the revamped CECBR.com. Let us know what you think!

All Our Best,

The CECBR Team

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Presidential Candidates To Visit Blue Ridge and Equinunk This Summer

Fresh off dramatic “Super Tuesday” wins, presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have announced plans for a mid-summer caucus and debate at Blue Ridge and Equinunk.

Many of our PCs and Upper Seniors were notified by email, Instagram and Twitter that the presidential hopefuls will be seeking their support and endorsements even though they are too young to vote.

Based on early returns, the young women and men in our Senior groups are excited to meet the Blue and Red candidates because they support their gender representation and the Seniors are hopeful that the timing of the event can provide the impetus for more meaningful and positive campaign dialogue.

As many of you know, the mid-August excitement and cheering in each Mess Hall transcends anything we’ve seen during the Primaries. The PCs and Upper Seniors are confident that both presidential candidates will be transformed by experiencing the joy and excitement that all of us at camp have for each and every candidate
who is cheered for Chief.

As the candidates continue onto the final road to November, Blue Ridge and Equinunk have great hopes for more positive, respectful and a tolerant campaign and future for our country….the same values we embrace every day at camp.

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Round Table Discussion at Therapy West: Is Your Child Safe on Social Media?

Childcare is at the forefront of everything we do at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge. During the summer, we have created an “unplugged environment” so our campers can focus on relationships and the outdoors. We realize replicating this at home is much more challenging.

The following event was sent to us by CBR Alum Ali Hamroff who is one of the organizers. While this event is not organized by CECBR we know how relevant the topic of Social Media is in today’s day and age. We wanted to forward details on to our camp families:

Join Therapy West for a Round Table Discussion: Is Your Child Safe on Social Media? 

Learn how to keep your kids protected on Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

When: December 9th, 2015 | Location: Academics West Office 164 W 80th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus) | Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Coffee will be served. Limited Seating is available. RSVP to Mia Goldmia@therapywest.com or 212-580-0080 Ext 33.

Why Come?

  • Learn how to keep your child safe on social media.
  • Master the ins and outs of your child’s social media accounts.
  • Find out how to monitor your child’s account.
  • Why is your child glued to their phone?
  • Is overuse an addiction?
  • When is social media too much?
  • Are we creating the new narcissist?
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Father-Son Weekend 2016!

Father-Son-Weekend

 

We are very excited to announce the return of Father/Son Weekend for Summer 2016! Returning Equinunk campers are invited up to camp on Saturday June 25th through the morning of opening day Sunday June 26th to participate in a full day of camp filled with great activities, Equinunk traditions, tribes and more! Each camper is able to bring one guest (father, grandfather, uncle etc.).

You can register for Father-Son Weekend by Clicking Here. This form must be completed by March 1st to secure your spot. Please keep in mind that space is limitedIf you have any questions on the weekend, please contact scott@cecbr.com or call 631-329-3239.

We hope to see you there!

All The Best,

The CECBR Team

 

View Highlights from Our Last Father-Son Weekend:

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2016 Winter Reunion

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YO STEVEN GELOBTER

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This past Monday, a magnificent sculpture was placed in Brooklyn Bridge Park and will remain there until August.

Stretching  8 x 17 1/2 feet, this amazing sculpture is both powerful and simple and spells out YO.  Described by Deborah Kass, the artist, “The fact that this particular work resonates so beautifully in so many languages to so many communities is why I wanted to make it monumental”. I can’t believe that the dedication and opening of this piece of art is coincidental.  The color of it is yellow, however I’m sure that when Equinunk and Blue Ridge do its summer magic, it will glow red and blue.  So the next time you’re walking along the east side of Manhattan, think of MCW and give a YO!!!

You can read the full article in The New York Times, Thursday November 12th, Page A28.

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Steven Gelobter Funeral and Shiva Arrangements, Contact and Donation Information

Dear Equinunk and Blue Ridge,

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to you today about the passing of my dear friend Steven Gelobter. Words cannot express the sorrow, love and support we all feel for Lidia, Evan, Dylan, Giselle and their entire family.

When I met Steven 30 years ago, he dazzled me with his charm and charisma and that never changed. It was just the beginning of an amazing personal and professional relationship. I was blessed to have him in my life; he was unlike anyone I’ll ever know. Our initial connection was through camp. That bond grew and developed into a treasured brotherhood that transcended the EBR foundation. We shared many memories, lots of laughs and all momentous occasions together.

Steven spent his entire life loving and giving to Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge. Generations of campers will remember him as “MCW”, (Mr. Color War). We all grew up with and couldn’t wait for “Great Moments In Color War History” at line-ups and “The Speech” in the Mess Hall. The Upper Seniors adored him and trailed him with walkie-talkies on “Gelobter patrol”, trying to sniff out any hint of Color War and The Break. Every Color War line-up was masterpiece theater. He created the mystique ofThe Game, the former Chiefs introductory ceremony, and the Opening and Closing ceremonies.  Every year was the best “war” ever.

Steven’s love extended to Blue Ridge as well. He commuted almost every Thursday from Atlanta, Georgia for Tribes. Every girl couldn’t wait to hear his imaginative explanations for their scouting reports. Steven’s passion was for everyone at camp to embrace every tradition that he held close to him.

We can honor Steven’s memory and his family by following his lead and respecting one another in the Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge spirit.

Whenever I hear a helicopter overhead, I know that Steven Gelobter is safeguarding all of us and camp.

MCW,… “With a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat”, we all love you, Steven.

See you at The Break!

Love,

Richie

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Services for Steven Gelobter

Sunday November 8, 2015  at 10 AM

Temple Sinai of Roslyn

425 Roslyn Road

Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

516-621-6800

 

 

Shiva to follow after the interment for one day only until 9 PM 

 

Nadine & Scott Teman

3218 Judith Lane

Oceanside, NY 11572

516-972-3943

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Contact Information for Lidia, Evan, Dylan and Giselle

For those wishing to contact the Gelobters and/or share any memories, stories or sentiments of Steven please email:

tributes@cecbr.com

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from Lidia:

Dear friends and family, 

In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made in Steve Gelobter’s name to the following charity which assists in cancer research and seeks to improve the lives of young adults and teenagers with cancer.

The Kristen Ann Carr Fund :  Funding the fight against sarcoma

http://sarcoma.com/

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