FAQs

Where do MKN campers come from?

Mah-Kee-Nac boys come from all over the United States. We have campers from New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Florida, Texas, California and as far away as France, China and the Dominican Republic. Many of our campers are children of Mah-Kee-Nac alumni.

How will my son get to camp?

Bus transportation is available from North & Central New Jersey, Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Philadelphia and Boston. Our counselors escort campers on flights from Washington, DC and Florida. A member of our senior staff meets boys at the Albany and Hartford Airports.

How is the food at camp? What if my child has a food allergy?

OUTSTANDING! Mah-Kee-Nac’s menu is designed to appeal to boys. Our chef provides a large variety of nutritious and well-prepared meal selections, and alternatives are available at every meal. Breakfast always consists of a fruit and yogurt bar, assorted cereals and a hot meal which rotates daily. For Lunch, a full salad bar and a made-to-order sandwich bar always compliments the main meal prepared daily by our chef. Dinner follows the same suit, offering a full salad bar, hamburger, hotdog or pasta selection alongside the main course for the evening. Our campers are always given plenty of options!

MKN is a “NUT AWARE” camp and does not use any nut products in the kitchen or allow any snacks on campus that contain nuts. Snacks are shared twice a day, one in the afternoon and an evening treat before bed. We are able to accommodate a variety of special diets; we ask that you contact us directly so we can provide the best individual attention to your child.

What happens if my child gets sick or is injured at camp?

Mah-Kee-Nac’s health care staff consists of four nurses and a physician that cover our health center 24/7. During orientation, the staff reviews each of our camper’s medical history and medications. Sick call is held after breakfast and dinner, but campers who are ill are immediately escorted to the health center by their counselor. Children receive routine medications at mealtime and bedtime according to the documentation on the health history.

Local physicians attend to campers who need to see a specialist. These doctors are affiliated with the Berkshire Medical Center, 15 minutes from camp, which is a teaching hospital of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Parents are always called when a child stays overnight in the health center, needs to see a specialist, or needs to be started on prescription medication. We also contact parents, or the emergency contact person, immediately in the event of an accident or injury.

In addition, our campers are checked bi-weekly by our nursing staff to insure hygiene and health is maintained satisfactorily.

How will I communicate with my son during the summer?

Full summer campers will receive four phone call during the summer, two during the first session and two during the second session. First session and second session campers will receive two phone calls. Parents will schedule all calls prior to the summer through our online database.

Campers are required to write home at least twice a week, although we encourage them to do so more often. We ask for parents to write weekly. We also provide a free of charge email service for parents. Parent emails are printed and delivered each morning to your son’s camp mailbox.

MKN is a package-free camp. This reduces clutter in the bunks and eliminates feelings of exclusion for the boys who do not receive packages. If your son happens to forget something, you may send a package with the forgotten item. In those instances, we ask that the parents please contact us beforehand.

How is the camp divided?

Simply put, Mah-Kee-Nac likes to describe itself as one camp, three campuses, eight tribes:

Junior Camp (TJC) consists of boys going into 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade. 2nd graders are referred to Apaches, 3rd graders are Iroquois and 4th graders are Mohicans.

Lower Senior (LSR) consists of boys going into 5th and 6th grade. 5th graders are Navajos and 6th graders are Cheyennes.

Upper Senior (USR) consists of boys going into 7th, 8th and 9th grade. 7th graders are Cherokees, 8th graders are Algonquins, and our eldest boys are the Senecas.

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