GENERAL INFORMATION:

LIFE AT MOGEN AV

It goes without saying that you can expect Mogen Av to have outstanding sports on spectacular courts. You can also be sure that there high quality learning daily. It also goes without saying that all the רוחניות in every campers life is a high priority. Moreover, in Mogen Av we seek to help campers thrive and grow every chance we have. So sports are competitive, but tempered so that they do not create too much competition. Our learning groups are high quality with the best rebbeim anywhere, but we make sure that they are relaxing and enjoyable to the extent that a very large amount of our campers voluntarily learn with our staff in their spare time. Every area of camp is designed to give your son the chance to thrive in ways he could not necessarily have in a more formal Yeshiva setting

COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR CHILD

Mogen Av prides itself as a camp that listens. We welcome any feedback from parents and campers alike. We value any comments you might have to enhance your son’s experience in camp. To provide the very best for you and your son we need you to partner with us on this quest. Often children are not communicative or open with their thoughts and feelings.  If you sense from your correspondence with him that his needs are not being met or you have some concerns, please feel free to communicate this with us and we will put you in touch with his division head. We endeavor to do our best to help your son learn to communicate his needs and work through the issues with our mechanchim/counselors. We do not however, believe that we are aware of all issues and need your help in this area if at all necessary.

Parents are welcome as well to call the office at any time to inquire regarding the welfare of their child. As our day is extraordinarily busy the most efficient way to facilitate this conversation is to leave a message in the camp office at 516-992-6131, and the staff member will call you back within 24-48 hrs. Please indicate in your message if it is more urgent and we will do our best to expedite the call.

The office is is open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Our office hours on Friday, erev Shabbos, are from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Instructions for how to reach someone after hours for Emergency Phone Calls ONLY will be detailed on the voice message when you call our office after hours.

Mail

Getting mail is a huge part of the camp experience. Campers love getting letters, and eagerly anticipate hearing from home. We recommend sending one or two letters prior to their departure, so that your child receives mail during the first few days while they settle into camp life. Please make sure to include your child’s full name.  Mail is sorted and distributed on a daily basis during rest hour whenever the campers are not away on trips. Our mailing address for writing letters to your camper during camp is Camp Mogen Avraham 169 Laymon Rd.  Swan Lake, NY 12783. We will send out an email with your son’s bunk. Please include this on your letter. (Don’t worry – even if you leave it off, the mail will still get to him:)

Packages

FOOD/NOSH FROM HOME

While nosh from home is welcome, please be assured the meals in camp are bountiful and delicious. If you would like to send snacks along we strongly recommend that you keep them to a minimum. They create a mess in the bunks and they disrupt the boys’ appetite. As well, please be aware the foods such as cereal boxes, potato chips bags and the like in non re-sealable bags cause additional mess and may bring bugs. If you do find the need for this please send along a sealable container to keep open snacks contained. Cases of water are available at the canteen for a great price.
Any special diets should be brought to our medical staff’s attention so that we can do our best to accommodate your son’s special needs.

CAMP LAUNDRY

Laundry is sent out three times a trip. Each bunk puts its laundry into a laundry bag that is assigned by the camp. Please make sure to pack enough clothing to last 10 days. Do not send expensive clothes. Be sure that all articles of clothing are clearly tagged with your child’s name and phone number. We cannot assume responsibility for any lost or ruined laundry.

LOST AND FOUND

It is crucial to have name tapes sewn or ironed onto all personal belongings, including eyeglasses, cameras, and luggage. Name stamps and permanent ink should not be used, since they are usually unclear, especially after laundering. While we make every effort to return misplaced items, camp is not responsible for any personal belongings. The camp does not assume responsibility for loss, theft, or damage caused to any items. Please do not send clothing/electronics that you would be devastated to lose. Any unclaimed articles left in camp by the end of the summer will be donated or discarded.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Your children’s safety and security are top priorities here in Camp Mogen Avraham. Our professional 24 hour security team ensures that the entrance in camp is safeguarded at all times.  Security make their periodic checks throughout the entire camp grounds.

CANTEEN

Canteen is an exciting part of camp. Each camper has an account that parents can fund to enable campers to buy items in the canteen. The suggested amount is $60 to $70 per trip which can be used for canteen. Prior to camp, checks made payable to Camp Mogen Avraham can be mailed to PO Box 415 Woodmere, N.Y. 11598. (We do not accept credit cards.) Alternatively, you can fund your canteen account with an e-check by logging into your CampMinder account.  Then go to “View Accounts” and select Fund.  Feel free to call our office if you need assistance.  We are happy to help!  Extra money left in canteen will be forwarded as a credit towards next summer. If you wish to receive a refund, please email a request to info@shmacamps.com and we will issue a refund check.

PLEASE NOTE: Canteen money can NOT be withdrawn and used for trips.  Trip money should be kept in the camp safe.

Trip Money/Spending Money

If you would like to send your camper with spending money for trips, please place it in a separate envelope with his first and last name. Your child should give it to his supervisor upon arrival in camp so that it can be placed in the camp safe.