A NOTE TO PARENTS:
Thank you for making the important decision to send your child to a camp with a tradition of teaching stewardship for the environment, developing positive self-images, and creating memories that will last a life-time. Since 1946, Camp Hollis has been renowned for providing exceptional services for youth of Oswego County and Central New York. Camp is a special place where we meet new friends, build friendships, and have fun! With a variety of activities and imagination, this opportunity is sure to engage and create memories that last a lifetime. Send your camper to Camp Hollis this summer so they can slow down, unplug, and see what the simple life is all about!
At Camp Hollis, the camp staff and I are dedicated to constantly providing new and positive life changing programs and experiences for youth that allow them to grow and create lasting memories. We have some great things planned for this, our 75th year. Camp Hollis offers something for everyone, and I encourage you to allow your child to grow at camp.
I am proud to serve you and your children as the Coordinator of Recreation and Youth Development for Oswego County, overseeing operations at Camp Hollis, and I look forward to working with your family. Please, never hesitate to contact me with any questions!For more information about Camp Hollis including what to expect, what to pack, how to contact your camper, and much more, check out our Camp Hollis 2020 Parent Handbook
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend Camp Hollis?
Children attending residential camp are 8-14 years old. For a day camp experience, we welcome children ages 6-12.
How do I register my child/children for camp?
Registration forms are available from this web site after January 1st of each year. Forms are also available at our office starting February 1st. Parents complete the registration form and return it with the registration fee to our office. Registrations are accepted on a first come - first served basis. For the best opportunity to register, we recommend forms being returned ASAP. Children may register for up to two sessions and if they are interested in an additional week they will be put on a waiting list. All children are notified of their acceptance by mail. Children will be placed on a waiting list once all open spaces have been filled. Families may receive calls during the summer to fill the spot of a child who does not show or goes home early.
How much does it cost to send a child to Camp Hollis?
The cost for one week of resident camp for Oswego County Residents is based on a sliding scale according to family income and a separate fee for youth attending from outside the county (see registration form for details).
The cost for the day camp program is a flat rate of $125/week per camper.
Scholarships for anyone needing assistance are available for the resident camp program only.
How do I pay for my child to go to camp? Do I have to pay in full at the time of registration?
A completed registration form AND payment must be received in order to complete your registration and secure your child's spot at camp.
**If registering for multiple weeks of camp, it is not required to pay in full at the time of registration. The first week must be paid for at the time of registration. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration for each of the remaining weeks registered for. The balance for the remaining weeks is due two weeks prior to the week being attended.
Example: Camper is registered for Week 1, Week 5, and Week 6.
- At the time of registration, Week #1 must be paid in full as well as a non-refundable $25 deposit each for Week 5 and Week 6. The remaining balance for Weeks 5 and 6 are due two weeks prior to the camper attending those weeks or their spot will be forfeited.
How are children supervised at Camp Hollis?
There are two counselors living in each cabin of eight children who accompany children at all times. We staff a full-time registered nurse in residence. Our security guard patrols the grounds every night, and our residential site director and his/her assistants supervise the camp. All employees are background checked prior to beginning employment at Camp Hollis.
How is a child chosen to go to Camp Hollis?
Applications are available from this web site after January 1st of each year. Applications are also available in all Oswego County schools and our office on February 1st. Parents complete the application and return it with the registration fee to our office. Registrations are accepted on a first come - first served basis. For the best opportunity to register a child it is recommended that applications are returned asap. Children may register for up to two sessions and if they are interested in an additional week they will be put on a waiting list. Information is available on the Camp Hollis registration form. All children are notified of their acceptance by mail. A waiting list is created of all children not chosen. These children may receive calls during the summer to fill the spot of a child who does not show or goes home early.
What if I can't afford the fees to send my child to Camp Hollis?
While Camp Hollis serves all age eligible children in Oswego County, it strives to keep the camping experience within reach of all children, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Because Camp Hollis is also supported by funds from the County of Oswego and the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Feeding Program, scholarships are available for families experiencing extreme financial difficulties. Families in need are welcome to contact our office to inquire about full and partial camper scholarship opportunities. Donations provided to Camp Hollis are also accepted to help offset the costs of providing 800 children with this unique summer experience.
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