1. Where is Buck's Rock Camp located?
Situated on 125 acres of deeply wooded forests in New Milford, CT, only 85 miles from New York City, Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp is located in the heart of many cultural facilities. Campers enjoy visits to Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Caramoor, the Shakespeare Festival, the Yale Arts Museum, and Pratt Center, all of which are just a short drive away.
6. What should campers bring with them to Buck's Rock?
Buck's Rock summer sleepaway camp is set in natural woodlands and campers will be very comfortable without worrying about dressing up. Campers should pack clothing that is comfortable and suitable to the areas in which they will be working. Keep in mind that clothes should be easy to launder and that delicate fabrics should be avoided. You may want to include one nicer outfit in case your child or teen camper wants to go on a trip such as the one to the Tanglewood Music Festival. A nice dress or shirt and slacks are fine for these occasions.
All clothing items must be identified with the camper's full name. For your convenience, name tapes can be ordered (see office/links on our site) or you may choose to use a laundry marker. Also, please use duffel bags or soft luggage for packing clothing as there is limited storage space. Trunks or large hard suitcases cannot be accommodated. The list that follows is a suggested one. Since it takes only a few days for laundry to be returned, campers generally need enough clothing for 10 days (the first laundry is not for 10 days, then every seven days thereafter). Closet and shelf space is limited and campers who bring too much will find themselves without enough space. Therefore, when packing for a sleepaway summer camp, "if in doubt, leave it out."
Underwear (for at least 10 days)
Socks (many pairs)
Pajamas (both light or heavier weight)
T-shirts - tank tops, etc.
Shorts (several pairs)
Jeans (several pairs)
Non-synthetic pants (glass and sculpture)
Raincoat / Poncho /Jacket
Sneakers / Sandals
Shoes (closed toe / sturdy)
Bathing suits (2)
Flip-flops / Crocs (for shower or pool)
1 Nicer outfit for trips or recitals
Bedding and Linen
Please pack two bottom sheets for a twin/cot sized bunk bed, 2 cover sheets, 1-2 blankets, 2 pillowcases, at least 4 towels including a beach towel, washcloths, and a pillow. The camp will provide linens and blankets for campers who are coming from abroad or by air.
Extra pair of glasses or contacts
Stamps (also for sale at the Office)
Sunscreen (also available at the Pool)
As campers are permitted to keep food in their bunks, it is mandatory that the food be kept in some kind of container (ie: tupperware or small cooler) that can be tightly closed for protection from insects. Also, since many teen and junior campers have peanut allergies, please do not send any snacks that contain known peanuts.
Please remember that all items should be labeled with the camper's full name. Also, all personal sports equipment must be used appropriately and stored when not in use.
Musical instruments (they can also be ren,ted)
Ballet slippers, Tap Shoes leotards
Sketch pads (may be purchased at the art studio)
Art smock or work shirt
Small, clip-on fan
Power strip (no extension cords)
A radio - for listening to our radio station
MP3 player and headpones
Note: Please label all items with campers' name.
7. What should campers leave at home?
STRICTLY PROHIBITED ITEMS
Cigarettes, alcohol or drugs
Knives (pocket knives included)
Weapons of any kind
Matches or lighters
Refrigerators, electric kettles and hot plates
The camp shall not be responsible for camper's clothing or personal possessions lost or damaged by theft, laundry, fire, malicious mischief, or otherwise. The camp specifically advises against bringing jewelry, cash, or valuables to camp.
8. What kind of off-campus trips are there?
As a performing and creative arts summer camp, Bucks Rock schedules various performance and art trips – as well as other activities – throughout the summer. Our campers may choose to travel to Tanglewood and Caramoor for music concerts, Jacob's Pillow for dance, local theaters for plays, museums, galleries, art studios, state parks for spelunking, overnight camping trips and more.