Summer/Respite FAQs

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We've compiled some of our most frequently asked questions below. If after reading this, you still have a question, just contact one of our helpful team members for assistance.

Philosophy of Nuhop

What is the structure/essence of Camp Nuhop? How does it work?

At camp we start each session with each group of campers being placed in smaller camp groups of three staff members and typically 6-8 campers. Each group functions as a smaller camp group within the larger Nuhop weekly program. Each tribe creates their own norms for the week and creates their unique tribe name for the week.  On the first day of the session we engage the kids in social skills exercises through get to know you games and teambuilding programming. Through this, intentional community is built with the kids and staff, and this becomes a way of interacting with their tribe mates. The first day is such an important day as it spurs on these bonding connections.

Much of Camp Nuhop’s success begins with the intentional design of programming and concludes with guided group reflection and debriefing where appropriate. It is through this cycle of programming and learning that campers open up and begin to build their camaraderie and/or friendships.

Through the Nuhop experience, kids open up about their experiences and realize their experiences may not be that removed from other campers, and maybe just maybe, their experience is more normal than they once thought. It is then that our campers may see themselves or their tribe-mates in a new light. Through “ah ha” moments like these, new found skills and beliefs crystallize becoming something that the campers and staff carry forward when they go home.

The social skills programming often lead to children meeting a friend for the first time. Overwhelmingly this is what parents are most pleased with when they get to camp and see their child walking arm in arm with another child. Many campers plan their next experience so they will be able to see one another again.

By placing children in a safe and nurturing environment, our campers are given the opportunity to be themselves in all of their uncanny spirit and to be supported with all of their nuances. At Nuhop our culture is to provide each child with “unconditional acceptance.”

What will my child gain from participating in a Camp Nuhop program?

Camp Nuhop offers an environment designed to allow kids an opportunity to recognize that they are not that different from “typical” kids and it gives kids a chance to be kids. At Nuhop, our kids are recognized and celebrated daily for their unique skills and the contributions they bring to our camp community. When kids leave Nuhop, they have found successes, built friendships and self-esteem, and have been recognized for their abilities. They can see that there is life beyond labels.

How do I know if my child is ready for camp?

Kids are often more ready for a summer camp experience than their parents! In the midst of raising children, parents often forget that their kids have more skills and capacities than they believe. When you think about camps or the outdoors, you think about active engagement (canoeing, hiking, & camping under the stars). Their exuberant spirit is in the fabric of their being and they learn through their bodies. Camp Nuhop is designed for kids with these nuances and is set up to engage kids through kinesthetic play and programming. As a camp that serves children with various diagnoses, and due to a high staff to camper ratio, kids are able to find success through our unique experiences.

How physically fit does my camper need to be?

Campers should be able to walk short distances around camp and be prepared to participate in typical camp activities such as canoeing, swimming, and field games. During the longer all day hikes, several breaks are taken throughout the hike with snacks and water provided.

Schedule/ Food Service/ Meds

What is a typical day like at Camp Nuhop?

For those campers staying in camp each day starts at 7:30 in the morning and breakfast is served at 8am. After breakfast camper will have many activities planned for them in their tribes depending on their group, from hiking around the Mohican forest and Malabar farm, to inner tubing and canoeing down a river, to many fun games around camp. Lunch is served at noon and then campers will have rest time for an hour. After rest campers have more activities like arts and crafts, slip n’ slide or free swim until dinner at 5:30pm. Some tribes will eat their dinner in the dining hall and some eat outside together around a campfire near their “Home in the Woods. Either way, after dinner campers will have a few more activities before bed which might include a scavenger hunt, carnival, or an evening campfire.

What kind of food does Camp Nuhop serve its campers? What do you do about picky eaters? Do I need to send my child’s food?

Camp Nuhop serves a varied menu with hot and cold options at each meal. Menus are designed with children in mind, incorporating foods that are preferred by most campers. Meals are served family style with an emphasis on table manners, social skills and healthy attitudes. If your child requires special accommodations for their meals, you will be able to note those on your child’s application, and arrangements will be made by our Kitchen Staff.

We encourage picky eaters to “try” the food at each meal, but we will not let your camper go hungry. We are almost always able to find food options to satisfy our campers’ needs.

My camper takes daily medications. How will they be dispensed to my camper?

Many of our campers take daily medications. Our camp nurse and your child’s medication counselor will meet with you at Check-In to go through the medication and discuss concerns or allergies. Please bring your child’s medications in the original, prescription container(s) to check-in with the exact number of pills that they will need for the week at camp. The head counselor of the child’s tribe will be in charge of administering the medication to the child according to what is written on the bottles and communicated by you.  This will be overseen by our on-site camp nurse.


How do you hire and train your staff?

Our seasonal staff is carefully screened through extensive interviews and background checks. Every summer camp counselor goes through an intensive two week In-Service Training to learn about the different aspects and philosophies associated with Nuhop and our summer camper population. Feel free to read more about Nuhop’s full-time staff on our Team page.

What is your camper to staff ratio?

At Camp Nuhop we keep a staff to camper ratio of 3:7 or 3:8.  We provide highly trained, experienced counselors who want to work with your camper to provide a positive camp experience.

My camper has some behavioral problems during the school year, how will the staff at Nuhop address these concerns if they should occur at camp?

Discipline is handled on a case-by-case basis. We do not believe in being punitive; we believe in respect for all individuals.  The Nuhop summer staff attends a rigorous in-service training to address the various needs and issues our summer campers bring to the table. This training includes certification in Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI's) “Nonviolent Crisis Intervention” program, and CPR/First Aid certification, along with group process and community engagement skills. Individual and group expectations will be laid out on day one allowing Nuhop staff to maintain behavioral consistency throughout the week. 



What time is arrival and pick-up?

Summer Camp

Check in:

Sunday, the time will be specific to your child's group.


Friday, the time will be specific to your child's group.



Respite Weekends

Check in:

Friday at 7:30pm


Sunday at 12:00pm

What should we bring to camp?

Clothes will get muddy/dirty during camp, please send old clothes!

Please make sure that ALL belongings are marked with your child's name. Tags are the best place for this.

Parents of younger children: please pack your child's clothing in zip-lock bags for each day. For example, take one large bag and place one pair of underwear, socks, shorts, and a t-shirt inside. Then label the outside of the bag with the day to be worn.


  • 7 pairs of shorts
  • 7 shirts
  • 2 pair jeans/sweat pants
  • 2 sweat shirts
  • underwear
  • socks
  • pajamas
  • raincoat
  • swimsuit

Personal Hygiene

  • soap
  • comb/brush
  • toothbrush
  • washcloths
  • beach towel (for swimming)
  • shampoo
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • towel


  • sleeping bag or twin sheet set
  • pillow
  • *if your child is a bed wetter you should send an extra sheet and pull-ups for the week


  • tennis shoes (2 pair)
  • water shoes (worn for canoeing/tubing)
    **please no flip flops

Misc. Items

  • flashlight or headlamp
  • bug repellent
  • sunblock

What happens when I drop off my camper on the first day?

When you and your camper arrive at Camp Nuhop you will check in from your car at the entrance to camp. You may be asked to fill out any additional paperwork that has not yet been completed. At that time you will be directed to park your vehicle and will be met by a counselor from your camper’s group as well as a camp nurse where you will go through any medications and discuss remaining concerns or allergies. The counselor will then get your child and their belongings unloaded from the car, say “see you laters” to family members, and then meet the other counselors and campers in the group.

What happens between sessions if my child is staying?

Reminder that staying between sessions is limited; for return campers 13yr or older and priority given to families who reside out of state.  Be sure to contact the office prior to registering for a Stay Between.

Activities can vary for those campers staying between sessions. The weekend is a great opportunity for campers to catch up on some rest from their active week. Campers may do activities like going to dinner and a movie, visit a playground, or take in a local attraction. This is also when the prior week’s clothes can be washed and re-packed.

We will be offering limit stay between spots between sessions 2&3 and sessions 4&5.


What happens on the last day I pick up my camper?

The last day of camp is a special time for your camper as it is a time for them to be center stage. We strongly recommend for each child to have a representative attend the Awards time on the last day. During the awards ceremony every group will get the opportunity to introduce themselves and tell a little bit about some of the activities they participated in that week. After all introductions are complete each group will go to their assigned area where the counselors present your camper with their “Grande Finale” award. This is an important time for your camper because it gives them the opportunity to be center stage and for you to hear more detail about some of the exciting activities they participated in that week. Once all the awards are given out we invite you to speak with one of your camper's counselors, and ask any questions you may have and retrieve your camper's belongings from their cabin.

My child is staying between sessions. Is there a laundry service?

Reminder that staying between sessions is limited; for return campers 13yr or older and priority given to families who reside out of state.  Be sure to contact the office prior to registering for a Stay Between.

Yes. A laundry service is provided for those campers staying between sessions.


What if my child is flying in from out of state?

Those traveling by air are asked to fly into Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (CMH), or Akron/Canton (CAK) airports.

Parents are responsible for booking flights but are encouraged to consult with the camp office for optimal times. Please make arrangements for your child to arrive between the hours of 12:00pm and 3:00pm on the day our summer camps begin. Because of our awards program, departure should ideally be between the hours of 12:00pm and 3:00pm on the last day of camp.

There will be $150 charge for round trip transportation arrangements.


Can my camper attend more than one session?

We do accept campers for more than one session. However, we recommend for each new camper to register for just one week for their first experience at Nuhop.  We want for all of our campers to have a successful and enjoyable experience at Camp Nuhop,

Why is the application so long?

Our application is specifically designed to ask questions that will help us know your child’s needs. We want to ensure that we understand your child and your goals for him/her, as well as the little things that will help us provide a program that will help your child grow and experience positive change at Nuhop.  Please help us accomplish this by giving us the insights we need to make your child successful in our program.

What if my camper gets homesick?

Campers who have never slept away from home, or have not yet established an independent schedule from home, may experience some homesickness. THIS IS TO BE EXPECTED! We take great pride in making certain your camper is given ample love and attention, and to direct them into activities that will help them have the best camp experience Camp Nuhop has to offer.  We discourage calls home because our program is designed to foster independence and self-sufficiency. You may utilize the “Camp Stamp” program on your Campminder Parent login (how you register for camp) or bring hand-written letters to registration and our staff will distribute them to your camper after lunch or dinnertime.


Will I be able to contact my camper while they are at camp?

The Camp Nuhop program is designed to build a sense of independence, therefore, we do not allow telephone calls from campers to home. The camp encourages letter writing and emails from family and friends to the camper while at camp. Parents can bring letters from home to leave at check-in, which eliminates postal delays. If an emergency occurs, parents will be contacted by a Nuhop Director.  If you have an emergency and need to contact Nuhop, please call 419-938-7151 or the on-call phone at 419-651-3820.

What if my camper has a problem with bedwetting?

For those campers with a bedwetting problem it is recommended that an extra set of sheets be packed as well as proper pull-ups/disposable underpads as needed. If at any point during the week the bedding becomes soiled the bedding is washed and returned to the camper. Discretion is used to ensure the privacy of the camper. Our #1 goal is to ensure the safety and dignity of each of our campers!


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