Can my child request to be with his/her best friend? As long as they are the same gender and entering the same grade, we do our best to accommodate one mutual roommate request per camper. Your request can be made during the registration process.
Will my child need lots of special equipment from home? We will provide all equipment that is necessary for all activities at camp, including science activities and recreational activities. Campers may choose to bring non-electronic games and sports equipment (such as their personal tennis racket), but we encourage you to leave anything expensive at home. Please also see our Personal Technology Policy for more information on personal electronics at camp.
How can I get a 6 Points Sci-Tech t-shirt for my child? All campers will receive a 6 Points Sci-Tech t-shirt at camp. Additional shirts and camp clothing and gear can be purchased at our online camp store.
How will my child’s laundry get done? Campers will have their laundry sent out to a local wash-and-fold service about halfway through each session. Campers staying multiple sessions will also have their laundry done on the day between sessions. We encourage you to also label each article of clothing to help ensure everything makes it home!
How’s the food? Amazing! Food service is provided by The Governor’s Academy, in their new, air conditioned dining hall. The dining services staff are year-round professional employees of the school (many of whom live on campus), who are highly skilled in preparing tasty, nutritious meals for kids. Most meals are served buffet-style with multiple options. For more information about food service, see our On The Menu page.
What if my child’s birthday occurs during camp? We love birthdays at camp! It is a special day for a camper, and we celebrate as a community by singing happy birthday in the dining hall and giving the camper a birthday cake to enjoy with his or her hallmates. During the Boker Big Bang that morning, the camper gets to participate in the experiment of the day, and counselors make it an extra special day for their campers by decorating their door or hall. Our birthday campers also get their own star named after them in the Sci-Tech Star Registry! We know that birthdays are a difficult time for campers to be away from their families, so we also schedule a special phone call so that you can wish them a happy birthday, too!
Is my child ready for overnight camp? We believe that all children are capable of having a rewarding overnight summer camp experience. Our two-week sessions are a great choice for families looking for a shorter experience. Being conveniently located in the Northeast means that your child may not even have to travel very far! Our camp professionals are happy to discuss preparing your child for their first summer at camp to ensure it will be a successful experience!
Can we visit and tour the camp during the camping season or off-season? We love giving tours, and think it is one of the best ways to pick a camp. During the summer, camp tours are available on Thursdays and Sundays and can be scheduled through our Camp Tour form as summer approaches. During the off-season, we offer several Open House dates. Please visit our Open House page for more information and to register today!
Can we arrange a home visit to meet the camp director? We are happy to visit homes as our travel schedule permits. If we can’t make it in person, we can always be there virtually—we love videoconferencing using Skype, ooVoo, Facetime, Google Hangouts, and GoToMeeting! Please contact our camp office today to schedule your visit!
How do you select, train, and supervise your staff? What is the staff-to-camper ratio? Our counselors are more than just supervisors – they are mentors, friends and role models! Counselors are selected based on their past experience working with children, their dedication to our Jewish values, and their passion for science and technology. All staff participate in our week-long staff orientation prior to the first day of camp, which features training in child care and development, informal Jewish and scientific education, and camper safety. We maintain at least a 5-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio.
Will my child be safe while at camp? There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of your child, both physically and emotionally. The following mechanisms are in place to ensure that your child remains safe while at camp:
- The Governor’s Academy has a 24/7 professional security presence on campus. They regularly patrol the facility, and work closely with us to ensure our safety.
- All staff participate in a mandatory safety training, which includes procedures for a variety of safety situations, such as medical and weather emergencies.
- Many leadership staff are trained in first aid and CPR, and all carry cell phones or walkie-talkies to ensure a fast response time in the event of a medical problem.
Our camp nurse lives on campus, and is on-call 24/7 to respond to any medical problems. We work with a local pediatrician as well to provide additional care when needed.
- URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local board of health.
What kind of clothing should my child bring to camp? Campers at 6 Points Sci-Tech will be outside and moving around for much of the day, so we recommend comfortable clothes such as shorts and t-shirts. Closed-toed shoes are required (no sandals or flip-flops). For Shabbat, many choose to dress a little nicer (such as khakis, polo shirts, skirts); we request that all campers wear a white top to help get in the Shabbat spirit and bring our community together! Please also see our full packing list.
What happens if my child gets sick while at camp? Our professional medical team, which includes nurses and local doctors, are here to help ensure your camper’s wellness! In most cases, sick campers stay in our Health Center until they are able to re-join camp activities. In the event of an overnight stay, a hospital visit, or if our medical staff prescribes or changes any medication, the parents will be notified as soon as possible.
Where is the closest hospital? Anna Jacques Hospital, a full-service community hospital (including emergency medicine) in Newburyport is less than 6 miles away.
How are activities scheduled? We have three types of activities at camp:
- Workshops: Campers attend their workshops every day of the session for 2½ hours a day. The sign up for their workshop when they register for camp (although we’re happy to switch it if they change their minds!). Topics are the same each session, although the exact projects may change. Most campers choose a workshop that they already have a strong interest in, or want to learn more about.
- Electives (chugim): Campers have two elective periods a day, and the electives change halfway through the session. Campers select their electives throughout the session, and most campers use electives as a way to explore new interests and subject areas!
- Sports: This hour-long period is an opportunity each day to be active! Campers can choose to participate in a different recreational activity each day. Activities include field games like capture the flag, recreational sports like basketball and tennis, and even going on our challenging climbing wall!
What do you do on rainy days? We are fortunate to have many functional indoor spaces, including:
- All science classrooms and laboratories on campus in our Technion Building
- The Kaiser Visual Arts Center, including its video lab and photo lab
- The hockey rink, which serves as a massive indoor area for sports or programs during the summer
- The gymnasium complex, which includes four basketball/volleyball courts and other all-purpose space
- An all-purpose activity room in the Frost Building
- The Performing Arts Center, with rooms for digital music production and dance
- Dorms and common rooms
Our program coordinators and activity specialists plan ahead to ensure that all programs can be moved indoors if need be, and that campers never miss an activity!
Who teaches the various activities? Workshops are taught by our lead instructors – educators with deep experience in the field of study and in teaching children of camp age. Electives are taught by counselors, typically young adults studying science or technology at universities with experience teaching and working with children.
What does 6 Points mean? Our name reflects the 6 Points of the Jewish star (Magen David). As our program is built upon a foundation of Jewish values, so too does our name signify the important role that Jewish tradition, culture, history and scholarship plays in our daily lives.
Can parents call the camp to check on their children? We love hearing from parents, and love telling you about your child’s camp experience! Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns, or just to check in. We’ll check with your child’s counselors and tell you all about their camp experience! Parents of new campers can also expect to receive a call from a member of our Camper Care Team in the first week of camp, and a letter from your camper’s instructors at the end of the session—we want you to know all the great stuff your camper is up to!
Can I visit my child while they are at camp? Parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their campers at the beginning and end of each session and see our wonderful camp facility. In between, however, camp is closed to parents. This helps us to ensure a safe environment and a smooth program.
Are care packages allowed? We do not allow packages at camp. We do this to avoid creating a culture of haves and have nots. When some campers get packages and others do not, its creates feelings of jealousy and puts undue pressure on parents to feel the need to send packages. If during the summer your campers has forgotten or lost an item of necessity that needs to be mailed to camp, please call our office to let us know, so that we can expect this item. We will only accept #10 size envelopes or smaller. Please do not send items in padded envelopes or anything larger than a #10 size envelope.
My son/daughter will require bar/bat mitzvah tutoring this summer. Is it available? Our Jewish Life Director and visiting faculty (rabbis, cantors, and educators) are happy to meet with your child each week to assist with Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Campers preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah are expected to come with their materials (including recordings) so that we can help keep them on track.
Does 6 Points Sci-Tech have a religious affiliation? Yes, we are a Jewish camp that is part of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). In addition to representing 900 Reform congregations and their over 1 million members, the URJ operates 18 summer camps and a number of youth Israel programs. Last summer, over 10,000 campers attended our camps! We believe in a progressive, inclusive, egalitarian approach to Judaism, and a vibrant, living Jewish community.