Camp Information

NYPD CAMP General Information

See full-length Registration Packet available from your sponsoring tribe for detailed information

Registration begins in March of each year!

Packing List

See registration packet for dress code

  • Sleeping bag/twin sheets, blanket & pillow
  • T-shirts (refer to dress code)
  • Shorts (refer to dress code)
  • Jeans, long pants, sweats
  • Underwear
  • Socks (must reach the ankle or above)
  • Closed toe shoes (tennis shoes, etc)
  • Flip flops
  • Jacket or raincoat
  • Boots/shoes
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Swimsuit (refer to dress code)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and shampoo
  • Brush and comb
  • Deodorant
  • Other personal items
  • Extra t-shirts and shorts for sleeping
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Plastic cup or water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen lotion (minimum SPF 15)

Activities & Classes

There are lots of fun activities for you at NYPD. Campers of all ages will have a chance to enjoy:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Archery Tag
  • Basketball
  • Canoing
  • Caving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Laser Tag
  • Native American cultural activities
  • Outdoor skills
  • Rock Wall climbing
  • Softball
  • Stick Ball
  • Swimming
  • Tether-ball
  • Volleyball
  • Zip line

NYPD will provide a wide variety of classes.

  • Understanding Health, Diabetes Prevention
  • Nutrition (Grocery Games), Oral Health
  • Self Esteem/Self Care, Bullying Prevention
  • Tobacco Awareness, Cultural vs. Commercial
  • Dangers of Vaping, Social Media

Camp Rules

Additional information on NYPD camp rules found in registration packet

  • No drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, fireworks, firearms, knives or other weapons of any kind will be permitted.¬†Possession of any of these items will result in immediate expulsion from NYPD camp.
  • No suggestive or aggressive behavior or malicious pranks will be tolerated.¬†Fighting or threat of harm will result in immediate expulsion from NYPD camp.
  • Profanity will not be tolerated.
  • Attire should conform to camp dress code and be modest and appropriate for a camp activity.
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, cell phones, walkie-talkies, ipods, etc. are not permitted. Please do not bring radios, cassette or CD players. Counselors will have alarm clock/clock radio and music equipment in the living unit.
  • Bringing food or snacks to NYPD camp is not allowed.
  • Stay away from the lake, barn, pool area, ropes course, archery ranges, and rappelling tower when there is not a counselor present.
  • Be on time for all activity classes, flag ceremonies, meals and evening events.
  • Practice the buddy system at all times.
  • Do not leave the living unit without permission from your counselor.
  • Do not write on the living unit walls, beds, etc., or you will be responsible for repairing them.
  • Any public displays of affection on the part of a camper is prohibited.
  • In the best interest and safety of the campers¬†parents/guardians/visitors will NOT be allowed in camp during the NYPD session without prior approval from the NYPD Camp Director or Infirmary Supervisor.
  • Explore new skills.
  • Make new friends.
  • HAVE FUN!!!

Discipline Policy

Additional information on NYPD discipline policy found in registration packet

Every camper has a right to attend NYPD without being subjected to threat of injury or intimidation in any fashion. Incidents of fighting, physical assault, verbal intimidation, and other negative offenses that reference sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability are not acceptable. In addition, all staff and campers must be allowed to live in an environment free from unsolicited harassment. Harassment is behavior which is not welcome, which is personally offensive, which debilitates morale, and which interferes with the living environment of all campers. A safe and friendly atmosphere is the responsibility of all campers and staff at NYPD Camp.

You and your child should understand that while participating at camp, the NYPD staff is in charge. Your child should be aware that any rules and/or instructions that are made by a staff member are to be respected. In the unfortunate event that there is a disciplinary problem that cannot be resolved, the parent will be notified and expected to pick up his/her child immediately.

NYPD continually applies for grants and donations to offset the cost of children to attend the NYPD camp. These efforts allow for children to attend at very low or no-cost for the week-long program. All tribes and organizations that provide educators and health providers, do so exclusively as a donation of time and effort for the hope of a healthy future of our American Indian youth and tribal communities. Without these volunteers, NYPD would cease to exist.