Who can attend Model UN Camp?
Model UN Camp is open to all students between the ages of 13 and 17, or those between entering 8th grade and 12th grade.
How many campers attend Model UN Camp?
Each session of Model UN Camp has between 35 and 50 campers.
Who staffs Model UN Camp?
Model UN Camp summer counselors are college students, recent graduates, or young professionals with a minimum of 2 years of Model United Nations experience, as well as leadership roles within their local Model UN programs. After a thorough background check, counselors are extensively trained in preparation for their roles as educators, supervisors, and role models.
Our staffers are truly passionate about the role Model United Nations can have in empowering and educating youth.
We do this because these programs had impact on our lives.
Simply, we do this because we love it.
What are the camp's sleeping arrangements?
At Stony Point Center, Model UN Camp is housed in one central building, with separate lodge wings for boys and girls. Campers will share a room with one other camper. Lodges have shared bathrooms, living rooms and patio areas. The cabins are newly renovated and have all modern amenities including electricity, hot water, heating, A/C, refrigeration and WiFi.
Counselors sleep in separate rooms within the same wing as the respective Boys/Girls they oversee to make sure everyone is safe (and gets enough sleep!).
Our dorm policy is to put campers into cabins with people they do not know who are of similar ages. We are happy to accommodate specific requests pertaining to sleeping arrangements. If your child would like to bunk with a particular roommate, or needs his/her own room, please indicate this on our registration form, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What should I pack for my child?
Model UN Camp provides beds, linens and blankets for each child. Cabins are fully equipped with showers, bathrooms, laundry services, and wifi throughout the property. While not needed, children are welcome to bring items that will help them feel comfortable, including their own blankets, pillows or personal effects. Western business attire is NOT required for Model UN Camp, and committee sessions are conducted in casual wear. They may bring cell phones and to communicate with family members. Our administrative office has access to a land line and internet in case a parent needs to speak with their children, or vice versa. Laptops and other electronic devices are not required, but students can feel free to bring them if they choose.
We also recommend the following accessories or items:
- 1 water bottle
- 1 bottle of SPF 15 sunscreen
- 1 bottle of bug spray
- 1 backpack for hiking
- Lip balm
- Toothbrush and tooth paste
- Soap and shampoo
- Comb, brush (hair clips or pony tail holders for girls)
- 1 flashlight
- 1 reading book
The following items of clothing are strongly recommended for one week in the program:
- 8 T-Shirts
- 5 pairs of shorts
- 1-2 pairs of jeans, khakis or sweatpants
- 1 Button up or Polo shirt or blouse (for UN visit!)
- 1 pair of Khakis / slacks or casual dress (for UN visit!)
- 5-6 pairs of socks
- 1 swimsuits, 1 coverup (for girls)
- 1 sweatshirt or windbreaker (if it gets cold at night)
- 2 pairs of PJs or T-Shirts for sleeping
- 1 pair of Flip Flops
- 1 pair of sneakers
What if my child is unable to participate in certain activities?
While we schedule most activities to be as inclusive as possible, we recognize that some may not be interested in or able to participate in every activity. We always try to have an alternative activity scheduled, and our instructors do an excellent job of revising plans to ensure that every child feels included.
What are meals like?
Each meal is organized self-serve style from a buffet of hot and cold foods. Students dine together in our dining hall alongside counselors and staff. Breakfast is served at 8:00am, lunch is served at 12:30pm and dinner is served at 6:30pm nightly. Snacks are available at all times.
Meals at Stony Point Center are prepared “from scratch” in their own kitchens, using produce from their own gardens and local growers whenever possible, and using fair trade chocolate and coffee.
Put simply, the food is phenomenal.
Stony Point Center is very well equipped to handle all food allergies. Our meal plan is planned to ensure that there are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher and halal options available at every dining opportunity. With advance notice, kitchen staff is happy to provide for other special needs.
How can I contact my child during the week?
Our camp allows cell phones and other electronic devices, but not their use during activities. Additionally, reception problems are common in mountainous parts of New York State. Our facility has a land line and office staff that can be utilized if parents need to contact their child, or if children wish to speak to their parents for whatever reason, including homesickness. Students are invited to bring smartphones, tablets or laptops to the camp so that they may email or phone their parents over our WiFi network.
We are happy to keep laptops, passports, electronic devices and other personal effects secure for campers. Campers are invited to keep their valuables locked in a cabin with our director, and retrieve them when needed.
Health & Safety
How are campers supervised?
Model UN Camp maintains a strictly enforced safety policy, as certified by the State of New York. By maintaining a small program size, and adhering to a 6:1 camper-to-counselor ratio, we are able to make safety a top priority at the program. During the day, our entire group stays together on site, with staffers assigned at all times to oversee indoor and outdoor activities. Upon conclusion of evening activities, campers return to their cabins.
What medical precautions does the program take?
Our activities are planned with an emphasis on safety, by operating out of unobstructed field spaces and swimming facilities overseen by NY State lifeguards.
While we will continue making safety an issue of paramount importance, we are proud of the attention paid to our medical contingency plans, and believe that we are addressing safety in a thorough, responsible manner.
A certified nurse will be available at the facility at all times.