FAQs

Where do MKN campers come from?

Mah-Kee-Nac boys come from all over the World, with around 70% of our campers arriving from the Tri-State area in the United States. We have boys from New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Virgina, Washington DC, South Dakota, Florida, Texas, California and as far away as France, China, Mexico, Columbia 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. Chaperoned flights are available from Washington, DC and Florida. Counselors escort campers to and from camp through the Albany and Hartford Airports.

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

HOMEMADE AND DELICIOUS! Mah-Kee-Nac’s menu provides a large variety of nutritious and well-prepared meal selections, and allergy 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/wrap bar always compliments the main meal prepared daily by our chef. Dinner follows the same suit, offering a full salad bar alongside the main course for the evening. Hamburger, hotdog or pasta selections are offered every other night. Our campers are always given plenty of options during meals and receive 3 additional snacks during the day: morning, afternoon and a night bite. Fresh fruit is always available in the Dining Hall.

We take allergies extremely seriously at Mah-Kee-Nac. MKN is a “NUT AWARE” camp and does not use any tree nut/nut products in the kitchen, or allow any snacks on campus that contain tree nuts/nuts or were produced in a facility that contain tree nuts/nuts. We do not serve shellfish or sesame and have a separate side of the kitchen to accommodate a variety of allergies. We ask that you contact us directly if your son has a special diet 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. 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 twice a session by our nursing staff to insure hygiene and health is maintained satisfactorily.

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.

How will I communicate with my son during the summer?

Full summer campers will receive two phone call during the summer, one during the first session and one during the second session. First session and second session campers will receive one phone call. Parents will schedule all calls prior to the summer through their online Camp In Touch account.

Campers are required to write home at least once a week, although we encourage them to do so more often. We ask for parents to write weekly as well. We also provide a free of charge email service for parents. Parent emails are printed and delivered each morning to your son’s bunk’s 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, 4th and 5th grade. 2nd/3rd graders are referred to Apaches, 4th graders are Iroquois and 5th graders are Mohicans.

Lower Senior (LSR) consists of boys going into 6th and 7th grade. 6th graders are Navajos and 7th graders are Cheyennes.

Upper Senior (USR) consists of boys going into 8th, 9th and 10th grade. 8th graders are Cherokees, 9th graders are Algonquins, and our eldest 10th grade boys are the Senecas.

The Braves are boys going into 11th grade and act as MKN’s group of Counselor’s in Training.