Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the questions most frequently asked by interested parents, campers, and staff regarding AGBU Camp Nubar. Camp Nubar is accredited by the American Camping Association. Click the ACA logo below to find out what it means for AGBU Camp Nubar to be accredited by the American Camping Association.

Information Regarding Children’s Camps in New York State: As AGBU Camp Nubar is located in the State of New York, it is subject to the rigorous requirements of the laws of the State of New York, and is required to inform you of the following information pursuant to New York State Sanitary Code Subpart 7-2 regulating children’s camps:

  1. AGBU Camp Nubar is required to be permitted to operate by the New York State Department of Health;
  2. AGBU Camp Nubar is required to be inspected twice yearly; and
  3. Inspection reports concerning AGBU Camp Nubar are filed with:

New York State Department of Health
Oneonta District Office
28 Hill Street, Suite 201
Oneonta, NY 13820

To find out more regarding the rights of parents and guardians, and the responsibilities of camp directors in New York State, as well as additional information about Children’s Camps in New York State, please visit http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/camps/nyscamp.htm.

1. What level of child supervision is implemented at Camp Nubar?

Campers are under the constant care of our staff. Camp Nubar adheres to New York State Law and the requirements set forth by the American Camp Association (ACA), which require 24-hour supervision by a senior counselor (18 years of age or older) in cabins and all activities. In addition, our Director, Assistant Director, Waterfront Director, Boys’ Head Counselor and Girls’ Head Counselor all oversee the ongoing operations of the Camp. We are proud to maintain a 3:1 camper-to-counselor ratio throughout the summer. Campers are never left unattended.

Furthermore, we take special steps to ensure safety within the context of an active summer camp. Our waterfront program is managed by a certified Water Safety Instructor and certified lifeguards who are on duty at the lake during all waterfront activities.

2. Does the Staff at Camp Nubar receive formal training?

Camp Nubar’s staff arrives at Camp one week prior to the arrival of the campers. During this time, our counselors undergo rigorous training in First Aid, CPR and other safety drills and health certification. Led by our Director, visiting professionals and members of the Camp Nubar Committee, our staff also participates in sessions on sensitivity training and counseling to fully understand how to care for the welfare of our campers. Our staff understands and is taught to regard the overall well-being of every camper, being sensitive to their safety, emotional health and happiness. Our counselors are constant caregivers and role models and often become lifelong friends with their campers.

3. What are the medical facilities at Camp Nubar?

Camp Nubar employs a Certified Health Director who resides in the Infirmary and is available 24 hours a day to administer any health-related needs of the Camp. The infirmary is a first-class facility that is fully stocked with necessary medical supplies and contains ten bedrooms for those children who need extra care. To ensure your child receives the best medical treatment, all parents are required to fill out and submit the Health Form provided in your application packet. We must be alerted of all allergies and medical conditions prior to your child’s arrival at Camp. In the unlikely event that your child requires further medical attention, the nearest hospital and medical offices are only 12 miles away. We will notify you within 24 hours of any illness or serious injury that requires an overnight stay in the infirmary.

4. What is the Armenian presence like at Camp Nubar? How does Camp Nubar promote the Armenian identity?

At AGBU Camp Nubar we embrace our Armenian heritage in all of our daily activities. Campers are required to attend an Armenian class every other day where instruction in language, history, culture, song and dance is taught by our energetic counselors. Campers are also encouraged to explore their unique heritage outside the classroom through camp wide events, cooking lessons, daily prayers and weekly church service.

Camp Nubar is proud to welcome visiting clergy throughout the summer to preside over our weekly church services. Campers and staff participate together in the Divine Liturgy and benefit from the weekly reflection.

We find a way to make learning fun and campers and counselors alike leave Camp with a greater attachment to the Armenian community. A true sense of pride is developed as a camper becomes part of the Camp Nubar Family.

5. How do I enroll my child as a camper at Camp Nubar?

It’s simple! Click here to start!

6. How do I apply for a Staff Position at Camp Nubar?

We welcome applicants for Senior Counselors (age 18+), Junior Counselors (age 17) and Counselors-In-Training (ages 16) to upload our application by clicking here. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 15TH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 2011 SUMMER SEASON.

7. What is the tuition cost to send my child to Camp Nubar?

For a complete list of our tuition, view our parent handbook by clicking here or contact us at campnubar@campnubar.org.

8. What should I pack for my child or children?

Please click here to see a detailed Packing List. Your child’s clothes are washed weekly by a staff member in our on-premises laundry facility. Please label all belongings.

9. How do you get to Camp Nubar? Is there any transportation organized by Camp?

We have provided directions to Camp Nubar from various locations on our ‘Directions’ page. Please click here for details.

Camp Nubar provides transportation services to and from Camp for an additional fee per trip per child. For further information, please click here.

10. Does my child require any money while at camp?

Camp Nubar operates a small camp store known as the “Canteen” where the campers may buy beverages and snacks in limited quantities at designated times. The Canteen also sells Camp Nubar clothing, stamps, batteries, toiletries and stationary items. We suggest that each camper be given $60 per two-week session as “Canteen money” (more or less at your discretion). The Camp office will keep track of the money your child spends, and any unused portion will, at your election, either be returned to you at the end of the Camp season, or will be donated to the Camp Nubar Building Improvement Fund. You may contribute to your child’s Canteen account online at your time of registration.

11. How do I contact the camp in case of an emergency?

You should call (845) 676-3101 and ask for the Assistant Director. Please indicate that your call is of an urgent nature.

12. How can I communicate with my child during camp sessions?

We encourage parents and friends to keep up with campers by checking our website for daily pictures and blog entries.

The two phone lines at Camp Nubar must be kept open for emergency and office use only. Please do not call your child except in the case of an emergency. In addition, we believe that telephone calls often intensify feelings of homesickness and disrupt campers’ schedules.

All campers are given computer once per week to receive and send e-mails. Campers will be able to access their personal email accounts during these email sessions. There is no access to instant messaging at Camp. You may obtain a free email account from various email providers.

We encourage you to keep in touch with your child the old fashioned way, with letters and postcards from home. Campers love to receive mail and are urged to write home often. Pack pre-addressed and stamped postcards and pens for your child. Address letters and packages to your camper as follows:

(Your Camper’s Name)
c/o Camp Nubar
5939 Fall Clove Road
Delancey, NY 13752

* Please remember, due to campers’ safety as well as for sanitary requirements; do not send any food, beverages, candy or gum. Any such items will be confiscated and not returned.

13. How are campers grouped with each other?

Campers and counselors live together in cabins assigned by age and gender. Girls reside in the “Valley” side of Camp and boys reside on the “Hill”. Cabin assignments are based strictly upon the camper’s age. Please do not make any special requests for campers of different ages (whether or not related) to be put together in the same cabin.

14. When can I visit my child at Camp Nubar?

Parents are welcome to visit Camp on changeover days (Saturday, July 19th and Saturday, August 2nd) between 10:00am and 5:00pm, and during Open House (Sunday, July 27th). Visits on other days are disruptive to the Camp schedule and are not permitted.

Please be advised that for the sake of our campers’ health, and to preserve our beautiful grounds, there is no smoking at Camp. Dogs and other pets are not permitted.

15. What is the food like at Camp Nubar?

Camp Nubar has what we like to call great “camp” food. We offer three nutritious meals each day in our state-of-the-art cafeteria. We employ a well-established food service company to prepare all of our meals and provide healthy snacks. In addition, Armenian cuisine is served on special nights. Menus are designed by certified nutritionists and food is prepared fresh each day. All campers are encouraged to eat a well-balanced diet.

If you have any other questions, please email us at campnubar@campnubar.org