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| 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
My Daughters second home!, Jul 27, 2012
|MY daughter has been going here for 3 years and hasnt left yet but cant wait to go back! The counselors are awesome and its a small camp so everyone knows everyone. She loves the trips they go and and thinks the food is ok.
She is already begging me for her to stay for 7 weeks next year.
I just hate that they dont give them a camp shirt when they first start..you have to buy it. If thats my only thing..not so bad!!
| 1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
When Bad Camps Happen to Good Kids, Jul 30, 2011
|I sent my daughter who is 9 to Camp Half Moon in June 2011
for a sleepover real camp experience. I would not recommend
this camp to anyone. The facilities were run down and the
bathrooms were unclean. The only redeeming feature was their
fun cooking class where they decorated and made cupcakes.
However for $1,400 a week it's safe to say you could start your
own bakery. The lake was also very pretty but if you don't
water-ski it's not really worth paying the extra 150 to ride on a
The activities were not engaging and she was very bored. All
her notes home said how sad she was and how mean the
counselors were. Also she mentioned they were forced to swim
every day very early in the freezing dirty pool. Luckily I only
committed to one week because she hated it. She has been to
other overnight camps before but I thought I would try
something co-ed and more outdoorsy for her. I made a very big
mistake choosing Half Moon. The staff does not have any
responses or assume any responsibility. She also had a
lifeguard throw her sunglasses in the Lake for spite.
Overall, it was a horrible week that she regrets doing, and I just
hope I didn't traumatize her for future more high-end camps. If
you are looking into Half Moon I would reconsider and do not
assume the way it is presented in their web-site is authentic. I
would be very hesitant to send any child overnight there.
However, if you had no other camp options and had to do day
camp there I would suggest dropping by unannounced to check
up on my child...What you see in this case is the opposite of
what you get..
| 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS CAMP, Jul 30, 2011
from New York
|I am a professional who lives and works in NYC and have one 10
year old son who is very independent. I recommended this camp
to several of my son's friends as a sleep away camp for the
summer. My son attends a private school in NYC and we were
looking for a real old-fashioned camp experience. My son's first
year was a good experience although the facilities were very
outdated. I even had 2 of his counselors stay at my beach house
for a month after camp ended. This year, I signed up for 2 weeks
since my son enjoyed last year and recommended the camp to
several other parents in NYC, so he had some more friends there.
To say this year was a complete disaster is an understatement. I
had to drive up after only 5 days because my son was hysterical
over the treatment and the conditions. The camp has gone
downhill fast. When I arrived, my son was filthy, underfed and
looked like he had no sleep. On drop off everything looks great
because it's orchestrated to give you a false sense of what is
really going on. By day 4 my son made an emergency call to get
him out of there. I called the camp and spoke to the new
executive director none of the counselors returned from last year.
He told me I would get a refund for a week and attempted not to
let me up to see the bunk or talk to the owners who knew I was
coming to pick up my son. I spoke to the counselor who was
suppose to be sleeping in the bunk with the 4 campers. What I
did find out was that they put a camper in my son's bunk who
spoke no English and cried every night for 5 days straight. The
facilities were a mess, dirty and disorganized. The campers looked
as miserable as the counselors did. On speaking with the
counselor in my son's bunk who was not from the US said " he
had no clue". My son who is very independent born and raised in
NYC told me that the kids were crying all day and night and that
the counselors would leave them when they thought they were
asleep to go into town. My son looked like he didn't sleep in a
week was skinny and clearly upset. The directors tried to force
him to stay but I knew that this was not normal behavior for my
When I arrived, they told me I could process my week refund
with the owner. After driving 3 1/2 hrs she would not come out
to speak with me. Her assistant said she was on the phone, I
waited an hour and she never came out. The assistant told me it
was no problem and to send and email which I did. Their reply
was they have a no refund policy. I was asking only for a week
back when my son had to leave because of the conditions and
was willing to forfit the first week's money. Also they said they
wouldn't give me any money back for a rafting trip that was extra
and scheduled for the following week. The camp owner Gretchen
is completing unprofessional and rude.
I referred many NYC kids to their camp on the basis of his
experience last year. The facilities went completely downhill, the
activities were boring, the counselors were all new, foreign and
inexperienced. DO NOT EVER SEND YOUR CHILD to this camp.
It's dangerous, dirty and unprofessionally managed. Your kid will
have a horrible traumatizing experience and you will not be