Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I drop off and pick up my camper for a week of Residential Camp?

Campers can be dropped off between 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. on the Sunday beginning the camp week. They may be picked up at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the end of their camp week. HOWEVER, those attending First Year Camp, Outdoor Expedition Camp, will be picked up at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

What time should I drop off and pick up my camper from Day Camp?

Drop off time is between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Pick up time is between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Will family members count towards the Bring a Friend to Camp Discount?

No. Family members do not count.

If I have been to Day Camp, but this is my first time at Residential Camp, do I qualify as a friend that has never been to camp at Phoebe Needles?

Yes. As a former Day Camper, you have never been to Residential Camp at Phoebe Needles, so this will count towards the Bring a Friend to Camp Discount.

How much scholarship will my child get for camp tuition?

The average amount of scholarship awarded is $80 for Residential Camp and $35 for Day Camp. Each family is asked to contribute a minimum of 1/3 of the camp fee and to find another source (e.g. church, relative, civic organization, or friend) to provide an additional 1/3 of the camp fee. Various amounts are awarded on a case by case basis in regard to the amount of need. Call our office at (540)-483-1518 for more information regarding how much aid you may receive. Anyone may apply for and may receive a scholarship.

What should my child bring to camp?

Check out our Camper’s Packing List.

What should I do if I want another parent/guardian to pick up my child from camp?

Per our policy, you will have to sign a permission slip listing the name of the parent/guardian that will pick up your camper on a particular date. This should be done in advance unless extenuating circumstances occur.

If I apply for a summer camp scholarship, can I still receive the summer camp discounts that are offered?

Yes, you can receive both a scholarship and summer camp discount(s).

I need to pick up my camper early. Is that possible?

Please provide notice in advance via emailing or calling the office (540)-483-1518.

I have paid a deposit for my camper, but now my youth is unable to attend. May I receive a refund?

Deposits are nonrefundable.

Do you offer military discounts on camp tuition?

Phoebe Needles Center, Inc. offers a free week of camp to children that have a parent(s) that is actively deployed in the military.

Do you offer discounts for campers that have a parent in the corrections system?

Phoebe Needles Center, Inc. offers a free week of camp to children that have a parent(s) that is currently incarcerated.

When is the deadline for camp registration?

Although there is no firmly set deadline, we prefer to have all registration materials two weeks prior to the start date of the camp for which you are registering.

May I call my camper during camp week?

Campers are not accessible by phone unless an emergency occurs or if the camper has been homesick for more than 24 hours. However, you may write a letter to your camper.

My camper has specific needs, and I am unsure if he or she may fair well during a week of camp. What should I do?

List any information we should know about your camper on the medical form during the registration process. Please discuss your concerns with our Office Manager, the Director of Programs, or the Executive Director at (540)-483-1518 or