Campout FAQ

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Q. What's the rain plan?

The campout is rain or shine.

Q. What time should I arrive? When are the activities?

Schedule is coming soon! You can arrive as early as 10:00AM.

Q. What's for dinner?

We'll have food vendors on hand. You're also welcome to bring your own backcountry stoves, grills, or even food to cook over the campfire.

Note: it's a 10 minute walk from the parking lot to the campground so pack accordingly.

Q. Drinks?

The water is potable (there are even bathrooms!) so it's easy to refill so please bring a water bottle. We'll also have beer from Sierra Nevada and coffee

Q. I purchased a shuttle pass, where do I go? 

We will meet you at Passenger Pickup in a large 15 passenger van. Here’s a map circling said passenger pick up /drop off area: To get there, you'll follow the masses as you get off the ferry. In the main terminal hallway you'll see a bunch of "ramps". Turn left and walk all the way to the very end past the A ramp. At the end of the hallway there's a staircase on your left heading DOWN. At the bottom of those staircase is passenger pick-up.

Q. Can I drive myself?

Yes, there is parking on site. **Please do not use the Google Maps address for Kaufman it will lead you astray!**  For GPS use: 1215-1251 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY you will see the entrance to the "JCC camp" across the street from the school. That's where you turn.

Once you park you'll see a path on the left hand side of the lot leading up to a lake where check-in is. 

Q. What should I bring? 


  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping Pad
  • Headlamp or flashlight (if you're running, headlamp required)
  • Extra layers
  • Water bottle***


  • Yoga mat
  • Running / hiking footwear 
  • Camp stove + cooking gear
  • Playing cards, musical instrument 

Q. Do I need to bring fire starter, fishing gear, water purification methods?

Nope. The water tap is potable, we'll start the fires and Freestone will bring the fishing gear.

Q. I don't have a headlamp / yoga mat / hiking boots.

We have some loaners of all of these things on a first come, first serve basis.

Q. Can I bring a dog, illegal substances or my own alcohol?


Q. I'm running in the 5K, what time does that start?

A. Registration for the run goes from 7:30PM-8:00PM. Race begins at 8:15PM. 

Q. Is this run timed? Are there prizes?

Yes and yes! 

Q. Cell service? Wifi?

Yes! and... seriously? 

Q. I have more questions...