Camp Tockwogh FAQs


How will you make sure everyone is staying safe and healthy this summer?

Camp Tockwogh is committed to following the highest safety standards for all campers and staff. We are actively following the CDC’s camp guidelines as well as the Maryland state and County Health Department guidelines. Check out the Summer 2021 Health & Safety Page for details.


What is your plan if someone is exposed to Covid-19?

Any camper or staff who has tested positive or has been exposed will be isolated. Parents/guardians of campers will be notified, and the next steps will be communicated.


Are you still offering changeover weekend stays at camp?

In order to properly sanitize all areas of camp before a new group of campers arrives, we will not offer changeover weekends at camp this summer.


If I decide not to come to camp, will I be refunded? Is there a deadline for this?

Yes, you can receive a full refund on or before April 15th. After April 15 (up to two weeks prior to your camper session) any cancellation will incur a $100 processing fee. Verified COVID-related issues within two weeks of the session start date will receive a full refund (families can also choose to roll over to summer 2022). Cancellations outside of COVID-related issues, within two weeks of the session start date, be charged the $300 deposit. All payments are due May 1st.


How is missing home handled?

Our staff are trained with evidence-based tactics that help campers overcome the anxiety of being away from home. Homesickness can be a natural part of overnight camping and tends to affect anywhere between 10 and 20 percent of our campers in a given year. Usually, by the third day of camp, we have worked with the camper successfully, and they are having a great time. Here are a few tips if you are worried about your child being homesick:

1. Send your child to a relative’s house for the weekend.
This will help your son or daughter get used to a different environment with slightly different rules. You can talk about the experience with them afterward to see how it felt. Our Mini-Camp is another great way to introduce your child to the summer camp experience. It is a short program that gives younger children (grades K-5) the independence and confidence they need to be successful in attending a longer session.

2. Try not to reassure your child by telling them you will come pick them up. Instead, be warm, reassuring, and express confidence in their abilities. Tell them that they can write you if they have problems, and let them know that they can always talk to their counselors. As parents, it is natural to want to comfort and support your child. If the child believes that you will come to get them, it may increase the likelihood that they will act out, in an attempt to get the directors to call you. Also, if you do not fulfill your promise to come pick up your child then it represents a breach of trust.


What about Counselor training, ages, ratio to campers?

A good staff begins with good training. Before the summer starts our leadership staff goes through a full two weeks of training. All of our counselors have graduated high school and range in age from 18- 25 years old. Many are education majors and enjoy using their summer months to work with youth. There will never be fewer than 1 counselor for 8 campers in a cabin, and overall there are 110 staff on camp, working with 400 campers. We pride ourselves on having multiple staff to supervise your child because we firmly believe that good supervision provides the safest environment for kids to develop at camp.


How do you make waterfront activities safe?

Waterfront activities are about fun, but it is not possible to enjoy the programs without first making them safe. To reduce the risks, we believe in educating campers, training staff, and enforcing rules. When campers arrive at Tockwogh, they will participate in a swim evaluation. If a camper receives a red tag, they are automatically signed up for swim lessons. As long as these campers agree to take swim lessons, they may participate in waterfront activities. All campers at the waterfront are required to wear a properly-sized lifejacket regardless of swimming ability, and the Waterfront Director reviews the critical safety rules with each cabin. All staff who operate our boats have completed the Maryland Safe Boater Safety course and have participated in more than 20 hours of training on safe driving and operation. Most importantly, more than two-thirds of our waterfront counselors are Special Faculties Ellis Lifeguards. Rules are then enforced from the top-down, with little tolerance for any unsafe behavior.


When and how do children choose their activities?

Campers will not choose their own activities in Summer 2021. Cabin cohorts will move throughout camp and will participate in the top 18 activities together. Cabins will also choose additional activities. For details, click here.


Can my child choose a cabin mate?

We do honor cabin requests. There are some limits. A cabin mate request must be mutual, with the parents of both children agreeing, and campers are limited to one request. We limit each camper to one mutual request because of group interactions in the cabin. It would be very strange and challenging for a new camper to come into a cabin where 4 best friends have all been placed. Part of the magic of camp is meeting new people and challenging yourself socially, so unless you think it is vitally important to your camper’s experience to be in a cabin with one other specific friend, we suggest you do not make a request.


What medical staff are on camp?

Everyday camp is in session we have an RN onsite. He or she is assisted by nursing students, LPNs, and EMTs, who all work here throughout the summer. Safety is incredibly important to us and that certainly includes the medical condition of our campers. We also work closely with a pediatrician in town who annually reviews our standing orders, and provides additional medical care to our campers when needed.


Where is the closest hospital?

The closest hospital for emergency room visits is in Chestertown which is only 15 minutes away. A fire company with an ambulance is less than 10 minutes away with a response time under 15 minutes to camp. We may also take campers to the pediatrician or emergency room in camp vehicles to determine the extent of an injury. For example, if we think a camper might have sprained his or her ankle, we might take them to the emergency room with our staff just to get X-rays so we can be sure. We will contact parents in the event of any medical condition that requires further care.


What meals, snacks and food/water can campers bring with them?

We allow campers to bring snacks with them to camp. Comfort food is great; we only ask for moderation. Too many snacks and sweets tend to generate trash and attract critters. Additionally, we want to keep all our campers safe so please consider all allergies, dietary needs, etc. when packing. Many campers cannot eat all of the traditional snacks and sweets and we do not want them to feel left out or not “normal.”

Campers will have several opportunities to purchase snacks and beverages from our store. No cash is required for these purchases, so please do not send your child to camp with money. The store accounts are set up by you, the parent, before the camper arrives.


How are bullying problems handled?

It is our experience that there is no exact formula for dealing with bullying and personality conflicts within cabins. Because each person is different and each situation is different, we train our staff to recognize problems early on and effectively engage campers in being a part of the solution.

Bullies are not tolerated at Tockwogh. We expect that our staff are proactive in managing these situations. Any camper who is bullying another child will be sent home if the behavior continues after the behavior is addressed.

Our staff are trained as mediators, and if necessary our Village Chiefs will assist counselors in working with campers who don’t seem to be getting along. Our goal is to find common ground between the two campers and teach them to interact with others respectfully despite potential personal disagreements.


Do you allow cell phones or electronic devices?

Tockwogh is a place to be unplugged from modern technology and focus on the camp atmosphere. As a result, we do not allow campers to bring their cell phones with them to camp. While do we allow other portable electronics at camp like iPods, they are not recommended as they can be expensive and not always conducive to camp life. Please note, Camp Tockwogh is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Can my child call me while at camp?

We believe that part of the camp experience is rooted in independence. With the exception of family emergencies or extreme circumstances, we do not allow campers to call home. Over the years, we have learned that in the case of homesickness, it is best not to put the camper in direct contact with a parent or guardian. Speaking to someone from home tends to increase anxiety rather than decreases it. As a parent, you may always request to speak with your child’s counselor, who will call you as soon as he or she is able to that same day. Additionally, we have staff available to answer the phone in our main office until midnight every night camp is in session.


Where are you? (distance from Philly area for example)

Tockwogh is located on the Northeastern portion of the Chesapeake Bay. We are approximately 2 hours away from Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Baltimore. We are just over an hour from Wilmington and Dover, Delaware, and about 45 minutes from the Bear-Glasgow area.