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Facilities

Our camp is held at Markus Park.  With 70 acres, it's the perfect summer camp setting.

Daily Schedule

A day at Camp Sisol includes everything from flagpole to activity periods to free swim.

Busing Information

Campers are picked up and dropped off at designated, supervised bus stops for your convenience and the safety, happiness and security of campers.

Specials/Activities

"Specials" are the activities each group of campers visit weekly. Our specialists have specific training, experience or expertise in their activity.

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General Questions

Where is Camp Sisol?

Camp Sisol is located at Markus Park, in Honeoye Falls. It is about a 15 minute drive from the JCC building. We provide bussing at no additional cost from the Brighton/Pittsford areas. Please visit our Bussing Information page for more details. If you live in Honeoye Falls/Mendon, drop-off at Markus Park is available beginning at 8:30AM and pick-up is at 3:45.  

What are the hours of Camp Sisol?

Camp goes from approximately 9:00AM until 3:45PM. There is before camp care and after camp care available from 7AM-6PM at the JCC.

How are campers divided into groups at camp?

Campers are divided into units based on grade entering the September following camp. Within the larger unit, they are subdivided in to smaller groups of about 10-15 campers. You may request up to 3 friends that your child would like to be in a group with. We guarantee your child will be with at least one request.

Does my child have to be Jewish to come to Camp Sisol?

No! Camp Sisol is open to children of all backgrounds. Camp Sisol is a Jewish cultural setting, and children of other faiths don't feel excluded or intimidated.

Daily Activities

What activities will my child participate in at camp?

Campers participate in a variety of activities including arts & crafts, drama, athletics, nature and adventure. Older campers will have an opportunity to experience archery, ropes course and a variety of outdoor living skill and teambuilding activities. All campers are encouraged to try all of the activities. Please click here for a more detailed description of our activities and here for a listing of our daily schedule.

What should my child bring to camp every day?

A water bottle, sunscreen, a bathing suit and towel, and be wearing closed toed/closed heeled shoes. You may opt to leave extra clothes in your child’s cubby at camp, which will be returned on your child’s last day.

What are late nights and overnight?

Late nights and overnights give our campers the opportunity to stay at camp beyond the regular dismissal time to engage in outdoor activities.

Staffing

How do I contact my child's Unit Head (staff member in charge of specific age group)?

You will find your child’s unit head’s contact information on the Contact Us page of our website. You may also reach your child's unit head by calling the camp office during camp hours.

Will I be able to meet my child’s Unit Head and counselors?

We have an open house the Sunday before camp starts where parents are invited to come visit camp with their child to meet the unit head, counselors, and other campers who will be in their child’s unit.

Meals and Snacks

Do I need to send lunch with my child?

No! Because Camp Sisol is a Kosher environment, we cannot allow food to be brought in from the outside. Morning and afternoon snack, as well as lunch will be provided daily. We happily accommodate all dietary restrictions and allergies. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your child’s individual needs.

What does a "Kosher" meal mean?

"Kosher" pertains to the way in which food is prepared. Certain animals are not considered to be Kosher, and therefore are not eaten at camp (ex. pigs, shellfish). Meat and dairy are also never combined in the same meal, and we wait a certain amount of time before serving dairy after a meat lunch. Separate utensils, pots/pans, etc. are used for meat and dairy meals, and are never used interchangeably.

Swimming

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Registration

My child will be coming to camp as a special needs camper. How do I communicate what he or she will need at camp?

There will be a section on the registration form to indicate needs at camp. Once the registration has been received, , the special needs coordinator will contact you to discuss your child's needs while at camp. He will discuss any concerns you have, and work with you to implement a strategy for your child to streamline the transition from school to camp. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have about the program.

Health and Safety

What happens if my child gets sick at camp?

If a child becomes ill while at camp, he or she will be taken to the infirmary. The Camp nurse will treat the child to the best of his or her abilities. A child will be sent home if he or she is throwing up or develops a fever higher than 101 degrees. If the child's illness becomes serious, and the child requires care beyond basic first aid, 911 will be called, and the child may be taken to the hospital.

What happens if it rains during camp?

While we like to think it will always be sunny at Camp Sisol, there are days when there will be rainy or cold weather. We have covered pavilions available for use on rainy days, as well as our dining hall. Depending upon the severity of the weather, the Camp Director will decide whether we will have a normal daily schedule or implement an alternative plan.

My child will need to take medication during the camp day. How do I get medication to camp?

You may drop medication off at Camp Sisol or to our designated person at the JCC during after camp care. You MAY NOT send medication on the bus with your child. Bus counselors WILL NOT accept medication.

Bussing

What happens if my child misses the bus in the morning?

If there is another bus stop on your child's route, you may follow the bus to the next stop and he or she may board there. Due to safety concerns, the bus may not pull over and let passengers on after it has left the stop. If your child's stop is the last on the route, you must follow the bus to Camp Sisol to drop him or her off.

What happens if I am late to pick up my child off the bus?

The bus will wait 5 minutes at each stop, and if no one is there to pick up your child, he or she will ride the bus back to the JCC. He or she will then go to after camp care until someone is able to pick him or her up.