Frequently Asked Questions

Cabinmate Requests

Q:Can my camper bunk with their friend?
A:Because of anticipated reduced capacity, campers can only request one cabin mate this summer. Cabin requests cannot be guaranteed because of capacity limitations or any restrictions required by the health department.

Campers may be placed in the same cabin when:

Campers request only one bunk mate.
The request is reciprocated by the other individual.
They are in the same grade in school.
Parents should know…

Sometimes there is no way of honoring your request because of age, space, or other restrictions.
Requests that are not reciprocated will not be honored. For a request to be considered reciprocated, campers must request each other.
We will not consider requests that name more than one camper.
Requests for a specific cabin or counselor cannot be honored.
Requests cannot be made after June 1.


Q:Can my camper bring their cell phone?
A:Cell phones: and other electronic devices are not permitted at camp for a variety of reasons: we want campers to disconnect from technology; cell phones are expensive and can easily be lost or damaged at camp; they can be misused. Please do not send your child to camp with a cell phone. Cell phones or electronic devices will be confiscated and returned to parents at departure.

Calling home: campers are not permitted to use the office phone to call home. If necessary (injury or illness, or severe homesickness) camp staff will contact parents.

Mail: Campers are permitted to receive letters and postcards that can be sent with one first class stamp. Oversized envelopes, which require more than one first class stamp, will not be accepted and will be returned to sender. All mail sent via USPS should be addressed to Camper's Name, Peconic Dunes Camp, P.O. Box 190, Peconic NY 11958.

IMPORTANT: Campers are NOT allowed to receive any packages while at camp. Please let relatives and friends know not to send your child a package while at camp.

If there is an essential item, such as a pair of eye glasses, toiletries or an article of clothing, that a camper forgot, you must contact the camp office in advance to arrange for package delivery. If you do not get the package pre-approved, it will be returned to sender.

Why a "No Package" Policy?

Along with many other camps, we have determined that packages lead to unnecessary stress, anxiety and jealousy when parents feel obligated to send packages and when some campers receive packages and others don't. Despite prohibitions, campers continue to receive food products that pose a thread to other campers with food allergies and attract insects and pests in the cabin. Moreover, packages produce a large amount of waste that the camp must dispose of.

E-Letters: A one way e-mail service is offered to overnight campers and CITs. There is no additional fee for this service. Log into your Peconic Dunes account, click on additional options, click on e-mail a camper. E-mails are received at the camp office, printed, and delivered to your camper once each day. There are currently no facilities for campers to send an e-mail reply from camp.

Inclement Weather

Q:What happens if it rains?
A:Inclement weather can impact camp activities. Light rain does not alter the camp schedule, but, for the safety and well-being of our campers and staff, severe weather conditions require changes in schedule and program.

If the weather is extremely hot, strenuous activities, such as team sports, will be cancelled or modified. Counselors will make sure campers take frequent breaks out of the sun and drink plenty of water.

When rain is heavy, campers will move under shelter and counselors will implement rainy day plans.In the event of downpours or thunderstorms, campers and staff will go back to their cabins for quiet cabin activities.

In emergency weather situations, such as a hurricane threat, day camp will be cancelled and all overnight campers and staff will be relocated to Southold High School.

Drop off and Pick up

Q:When is drop off/pick up for overnight camp?
A:Overnight campers will be emailed their drop off and pick up times the week prior to their camp session. Drop off times will be assigned in increments ranging from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Sunday. If you are dropping off multiple campers please come to the latest time you receive.

Pick-up times will be assigned in increments ranging from 9:00am to 10:30am on Saturday.
If you are picking up multiple campers please come to the earliest time you receive.

If you need to drop your camper off later than 4:30pm on Sunday, or pick your child up earlier than 9:00am on Saturday morning, please contact the camp office one week prior to the start of your camper's session: 631-852-8629. Earlier drop offs cannot be accommodated.

Please note: Parents/Guaridans will not be permitted to exit their vehicles at drop off/pick up. Bathroom faciltities will not be available. We ask that add

Q:What time is drop off/pick up for day camp?
A:Day campers may be dropped off between 8:35am and 8:55pm. Pick-up is between 4:45 pm and 5:15 pm. Earlier drop offs and later pick-ups cannot be accommodated. We ask that you do not pick your child up earlier than 5:00pm because it disrupts the camp schedule. However, if special circumstances require an earlier pick up time, please arrange it with the camp office in advance 631-852-8629. Please note parents/guardians will not be permitted to exit their vehicles at drop off or pick up. Campers will be subject to a daily health screen.

Q:Can a friend or relative pick up my camper?
A:All campers are only permitted to be picked up by family & friends listed as authorized pick-ups in their Peconic Dunes account. To add an authorized pick-up, login to your Peconic Dunes account, scroll down to the authorized pick-ups heading and click add/edit. Be prepared to show appropriate identification.