Camp in a Box Program

Introducing Camp in a box. Camp is coming to you this summer. $50 includes shipping. Order by July 15.

 

Covid may have closed our facility, but it cannot cancel summer! We are excited to announce that 4-H Camp Shankitunk is coming to you this summer through our Camp in a Box program!

Each box is filled with enough camp goodness for a single youth to enjoy for 10+ hours! At only $50 a box; it's a bargain. Each box offers a unique set of activities related to the box theme, so order one, two, or all of them if you'd like. 

Box options include:

  1. Classic Camp Box (Classic camp activities: dreamcatcher, boondoggle, paracord bracelet, beaded keychain, & more!)
  2. Camp Crafts Box (Justine's selections from the Craft Hall closet including Tie Dye, Coffee Filter Flowers, clay, mystery crafts & more!)
  3. Nature Play (Our favorite nature exploration activities with some fun new ideas/activities as well)
  4. Science/STEM (A few of our favorite science experiments including Oobleck as well as mixed STEM activities)
  5. Cloverbud Box (designed for ages 5-8; let's face it though, Miss Lauren has some fun stuff in there!)
  6. "YSP" Camp Staff Care Package - Send some love/kindness to the staff who are missing camp just as much as you are! 

Please order by July 15th. Supplies are limited and will be first come first served. Thank you for your support! Wishing everyone continued good health and wellness during this time.

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Frequently asked Questions:

What is in the boxes?

Boxes contain everything you need to complete 5+ themed hands on activities as well as other prompts, challenges, ideas for family fun, camp store swag, smores treat, camp culture, and a few surprises from our staff! We hope you enjoy! 

When will my child receive their box?

Boxes will be mailed at least weekly beginning July 15, 2020.

Do I need to supervise my child with the box?

All activities we are sending would be supervised in the camp setting, and we strongly encourage you to supervise your child as they carry out the activities contained in the boxes. Why? Each box does contain materials/small pieces that could present choking hazards. Some boxes also contain materials that are harmful if ingested.

Are there any scholarships available?

We do have some scholarship opportunities available for Delaware County Youth. Please contact Cathy at css19@cornell.edu or Corrine at crb222@cornell.edu for more information. Not in Delaware County? We suggest reaching out to your local Youth Services programs to see if there are any opportunities to sponsor your box.

If you or your organization are able to or interested in providing scholarships to support the camp in a box program, please email Corrine Tompkins (Camp Director) at crb222@cornell.edu. You may also make a donation and select "Camp in a Box" as the cause if you prefer, Thank you in advance for your generosity and support during this time.

Does my child need internet to participate?

No! All activities will come with step-by-step instructions for your child to do on their own. If you have an internet connection, we welcome you/your child to join our virtual meetings.

What is the virtual programming component?

The virtual sessions are optional. We’ll use Zoom technology to complete camp-in-a-box activities as well as play fun, interactive games together!
If you can’t join a session, video tutorials will be available for viewing later.

When is the virtual programming?

Virtual sessions will be scheduled throughout the summer between July 20 to August 7. Join one session, or join them all! Morning, afternoon, weekend, and evening sessions. Stay tuned for scheduling and details.

Can I send Camp-in-a-Box as a gift?

Absolutely! What a great gift idea indeed. There will be a gift message option when you check out.

How is this program possible?

As you know, we are closed for Summer 2020. We provided families with the option to receive a full refund, donate, or defer their camp fees to summer 2021. While this was financially devastating for us; it was the right thing to do. We believe in the power of camp and know how much our campers look forward to it each year; we do too! We wanted to get some of our programming and camp culture out to families in a new and creative way given the circumstances of Covid-19. Hence, Camp in a Box was born. Much like our camping program, we wanted Camp in a Box to be affordable and accessible to those in our community who need it most. This program entailed a number of expenses, that quite frankly we would not have been able to cover without the generosity of others.

Thanks to the Paycheck Protection Program and the flexibility of our staff this summer we are able to keep a few people on to help carry out this programming. In addition, a huge thank you goes out to the Community Foundation for South Central New York. Their gracious support of the program allowed us to set up the online store and covers some supplies as well as ALL of the shipping costs associated with the project. We couldn't have done it without them. Delaware County Youth Services is another wonderful partner who is generously providing the opportunity for scholarships to local Delaware County Youth. Thank you to everyone for there support and for making this program possible! We appreciate you.