Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for YEA Camp for Adults

Thanks for wondering! 

ACCOMMODATIONS + FOOD 

What are the accommodations like?

The lodgings are simple but modern, comfortable summer camp cabins that are a perfect backdrop for connecting with our inner kid as well as the awesome other folks at YEA Camp. Each cabin has 4 rooms with sets of bunk beds to accommodate 6-8 people, along with a living room in the front room to hang out before bed. There are showers and toilets in the bunks. One cabin will be all female and female-identified, while the other will be co-ed, with rooms and bathrooms separated.

What should I bring to YEA Camp?

We will be sharing a packing list with you in our welcome packet as we get closer to camp. The main thing to ensure that you bring is bedding, including pillow, sheet and blanket or sleeping bag, and towels. If you are traveling or for whatever reason are unable to easily bring these items, please let us know and we will provide these for you.

Can I bring my pet?

We wish! Unfortunately not. However, we will be spending the week at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary where we will get plenty of time visiting with the resident animals, which will hopefully help you miss your best friend a little less.

Can I request to share a bunk with friends?

Yes, of course, but we actually recommend that you not do so, as it can keep you in a bit of a bubble, with less motivation to go outside your comfort zone and meet other amazing people at YEA Camp. Unless you request us to put you together, we will assign people who know one another before camp to different cabins. We will be spending very little time in the cabins, so you will have plenty of time to visit with your friends at other times.

Can I stay in a bunk with my husband/wife/girl or boyfriend/partner?

First, see the question above.

We have 2 cabins, one which will be all female and the other that will be all genders, separated by room and bathroom, so hetero couples could be in the same cabin but not the same room. Again, we encourage you to branch out beyond the people you knew before YEA Camp.

Can I bring my children to camp?

Unfortunately not. We have very limited space, and we expect every bed to be accounted for. We also will not be able to provide child care and want you to be able to focus on and fully benefit from your own experience at YEA Camp.

What kind of food will be served?

YEA Camp is committed to modeling our commitment to social justice in every way we can, and our food is one way we do this. Our food at YEA Camp is delicious, nutritious, filling, vegan, fair-trade, and organic and local where possible. We focus on international cuisines, so you might expect Mexican, Italian, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Middle Eastern, as well as YEA Camp classics like pancakes, veggie burgers, and vegan pizza. Fresh fruit or salad will be available at all meals. We will be offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, along with 2 snacks and dessert each day, so expect to never get hungry.

Can you accommodate food allergies?

Our chefs are accustomed to accommodating common allergies. If you have a life-threatening allergy, please contact us before you register so we can ensure a safe environment for you. We will ask you about any allergies you may have when you register.

Why does YEA Camp serve vegan food? And does it taste good?

Our food is amazing and gets rave reviews from our campers (meat-eating and vegan alike)!  YEA Camp is a camp for teens who care about social justice and want to bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world. The more we have learned about modern animal agriculture, the more we see these values compromised. (Visit ChooseVeg.com for more info on this.) While we are not seeking to “convert” anyone to a particular way of eating, we feel it would be hypocritical to serve standard camp food at a camp with such a big mission to move our world in a more peaceful and sustainable direction. Meanwhile, our food is delicious! Our cooks are typically personal vegan chefs who are happy to put aside their gourmet expertise to make kid-friendly camp food our campers love. Far healthier than the average camp or school’s food, our menu items are really pretty similar to what most kids eat at home or school — things like pancakes and French toast for breakfasts, burritos and veggie burgers for lunch,

Meanwhile, our food is delicious! Our cooks are typically personal gourmet vegan chefs who are happy to make kid-friendly camp food our campers love. Far healthier than the average camp or school’s food, our menu items are really pretty similar to what most kids eat at home, camp, or school — things like pancakes and French toast for breakfasts, burritos and veggie burgers for lunch, pasta and stir-fries for dinner, chocolate chip cookies or brownies for dessert. Yum, we’re making ourselves hungry over here! Check out more information about our food here.

What is your policy on alcohol and drugs?

We do not serve alcohol at YEA Camp and ask that you do not bring or consume any alcohol or non-medically needed drugs at YEA Camp. We will have participants in our community who are under the legal drinking age, making having alcohol at camp difficult for us to manage. We feel a sober environment will best serve what we are up to in spending our week together trying to make a bigger difference in the world, as well as to commit to self care and build strong relationships.

Can I smoke cigarettes at camp?

There is a designated area at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary where cigarette smoke is permitted. Otherwise, smoking is not permitted at YEA Camp.

Is YEA Camp handicap accessible? What kind of physical condition do I need to be in to participate in activities?

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, the home of YEA Camp for Adults, is handicap accessible, though be aware that there is about a 5 minute walk between our dining hall / main activity space from our cabins. Driving between these buildings is possible if needed. While we will offer daily physical activities, no activity is required and could certainly be opted out of for physical or other reasons.

How much time will we spend with the animals at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary?

We will have about an hour a day of time we can visit with the animals at the sanctuary, as well as any free time you would like to observe the animals in their enclosures. The sanctuary staff will be offering tours on our first two days of camp, as well as optional animal time during our after-lunch free times the rest of our days at camp.

Can I use my computer and cell phone? Is there Wifi and cell reception?

There is decent wifi and cell reception at YEA Camp, and yes you can bring and use your electronics. We understand that, over the course of a week, many people will have family or professional responsibilities to be available to attend to. We offer 2 hours during the day of personal time that you can use however you need. Having said that, we encourage you to set yourself up to be fully present at YEA Camp and not to plan to do significant work while with us. The more you are on your phone or computer, the less you will be connecting with people or participating at YEA Camp. Remember that we will be together during the week of 4th of July, so hopefully this will be a quieter work week for most people.

I don’t see my question here.

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We’re happy to answer any questions you have! Please contact us through our web form, at info at yeacamp.org, or at 415-710-7351.

GETTING TO YEA CAMP

Is transportation provided or included?

No, though we are happy to help advise you and connect you with others who might want to carpool with you or take the same bus you are on.

How do I get to YEA Camp?

YEA Camp is conveniently located in High Falls, NY, just about 1-½ hours from Manhattan. High Falls is just outside the town of New Paltz, where there are regular buses leaving from Port Authority bus terminal in New York City. If you plan to drive and are able to offer a ride, or if you would like to be connected to someone driving or taking the same bus as you are, please let us know so we can connect you. There is plenty of parking at Woosdtock Sanctuary. Click here to see the bus information and to buy a ticket to New Paltz. Depending on the demand, we may be able to offer shuttles from the bus station in New Paltz, though if not you can easily catch a cab for the 15 minute ride to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

Can I check in late or leave early, and/or what if I can’t arrive on time?

YEA Camp gets started right away working to lay the ground work for our transformational week together, and everything we do builds up to a culmination when we end our week together. As a result, we strongly encourage and request that you be with us the whole time. If that’s not possible, please check in with us before you register.

I don’t see my question here.

You have a very unique question! 🙂

We’re happy to answer any questions you have! Please contact us through our web form, at info at yeacamp.org, or at 415-710-7351.

PROGRAM

What type of activism do you promote or teach? Do you endorse violence?

YEA Camp defines activism inclusively as “taking intentional action to help others.” By this definition, we say you qualify as an activist if you have recycled a can, rescued a stray dog, signed an online petition, donated to a charity, spoken up against a bully, or countless other things to make life better for others.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media typically only shows activists who have done something resulting in arrest (which they probably did because they knew that was the only way the media would cover the issue), which has colored many people’s views of activism.

YEA Camp absolutely does not advocate anything that could result in harm or arrest. There are countless amazing things we can all do everyday to make our world a better place without hurting anyone or risking our freedom to do more amazing things in the future.

If someone cares about the environment, yes, they could chain themselves to a building, but we think they’d be more effective by starting a recycling club at their school, passing out flyers, writing for their school newspaper, greening their school with solar panels or a composting program, carpooling, and countless other things to make a difference that not only don’t risk arrest but also look great on a college application. We do not know of a single YEA Camper who has gone on to do something they got arrested for, and if someone does/did, it will certainly not be because of anything we encouraged them to do.

What issues do you teach about?

YEA Camp’s curriculum follows a “popular education” style, meaning that rather than try to formally impart our views or knowledge on those less informed (the way school is typically set up), we have dialogue, ask questions, and encourage people to think critically and share their views. About halfway through camp, each camper chooses for themselves an Issue of Importance they want to focus primarily on.

YEA Camp gives campers opportunities to “share about what they care about” so that everyone can learn from one another. Everyone doesn’t always agree with one another on every issue, and that’s ok. We teach nonviolent communication and have an Honor Code our campers and staff hold the group to so that everyone is treated with respect, even if people disagree.

Having said this, our camp would be considered “progressive” in valuing human rights, environmental sustainability, and animal protection. Of course this looks different to different people, but we are not trying to force views onto anyone. Our core staff have worked professionally or volunteered on causes such as climate change, women’s rights, animal protection, racism and environmental justice, gay rights, immigrant rights, gun control, funding of education, and diplomatic means of resolving conflict. While nobody needs to agree on everything, youth whose views are totally out of alignment with these values would be a better fit at another camp.

 

How much time will we spend with the animals at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary?

We will have about an hour a day of time we can visit with the animals at the sanctuary, as well as any free time you would like to observe the animals in their enclosures. The sanctuary staff will be offering tours on our first two days of camp, as well as optional animal time during our after-lunch free times the rest of our days at camp.

Can I use my computer and cell phone? Is there Wifi and cell reception?

There is decent wifi and cell reception at YEA Camp, and yes you can bring and use your electronics. We understand that, over the course of a week, many people will have family or professional responsibilities to be available to attend to. We offer 2 hours during the day of personal time that you can use however you need. Having said that, we encourage you to set yourself up to be fully present at YEA Camp and not to plan to do significant work while with us. The more you are on your phone or computer, the less you will be connecting with people or participating at YEA Camp. Remember that we will be together during the week of 4th of July, so hopefully this will be a quieter work week for most people.

Do you need volunteers or staff?

Yes! We are hiring staff and would love for you to apply. We don’t hire staff or accept volunteers for just a small portion of YEA Camp (like a guest presentation), but if you’re able to be with us for the whole week, as well as for the 4 days that precede it for our staff training, please apply! We also definitely need volunteers to help with different projects in the leadup to YEA Camp. You can find out more here, and please apply here if you’re interested! One of the biggest things you can do right now is just spread the word. We really appreciate it!

Who works at YEA Camp?

YEA Camp was started and is directed by longtime social justice advocate Nora Kramer. Our staff is composed of a diverse group of changemakers with experience working on issues from racism to animal rights, climate change to indigenous rights, feminism to homelessness. We hire staff for their activist experience, positive attitude, good judgment, respect for and knowledge of many social justice issues, and their all-around willingness to have a good time while working to change the world.

I don’t see my question here.

You have a very unique question! 🙂

We’re happy to answer any questions you have! Please contact us through our web form, at info at yeacamp.org, or at 415-710-7351.

PAYMENT

What is included in my tuition?

Your tuition at YEA Camp includes all of our workshops and activities, all of our meals, your lodging, and any basic treatment you may need from our camp health supervisor, who will be available to support you with concerns and provide over the counter meds or toiletries you may need. There will be no need for you to have any money while at YEA Camp, as everything is included.

What is your cancellation policy?

YEA Camp provides a full refund minus $100 until April 1. After April 1, we provide refunds minus $100 only if YEA Camp fills up and we are able to fill your spot with another participant. Your registration is transferable to another qualified participant, so if you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your place for no additional fee. Your registration is also transferable to a future session of YEA Camp, though we cannot guarantee any specific sessions or locations will be offered next summer. To cancel or express any questions or concerns about your attendance, please contact us at info @ yeacamp.org.

Do you offer financial aid to attend YEA Camp for Adults?

Yes! It is important to us to make YEA Camp for Adults accessible for people of low income. We offer four tiers of sliding scale assistance:  $1200; $800; $400, and a pay-what-you-can for those who cannot afford the higher levels. The sliding scale and financial aid process is explained here. We do ask that if you apply for financial aid that you also create and share a fundraising page that we can also share in order to raise additional funds.

I don’t see my question here.

You have a very unique question! 🙂

We’re happy to answer any questions you have! Please contact us through our web form, at info at yeacamp.org, or at 415-710-7351.

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