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Camp Taconic
summer camp
Hinsdale, MA
Type:  Overnight
Gender:  Co-Ed
Focus:  Traditional
Website:  camptaconic.com external link
Winter Phone:  201-871-2086
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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 based on 49 reviews.

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 3/19/14   2     5     5     5     5   This really goes out to future counselors here. The atmosphere is great, the kids are great, but the staff is very cliquey. Also, just be cautious of what the camp directors tell you. Towards the end of my time there they were telling me things that I wanted to hear. "We see you coming back for many years to come and eventually will be a group head" turned into me not being invited back after I had one bad summer. All I'm saying is the kids are great and what makes Camp T awesome.....just be cautious of some of the staff. RID: 47060
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 7/18/13   5     5     5     5     5   I have two kids at Camp Taconic and they are so happy there. Don't listen to the negative comments, it is not jappy. You will always have some kids who have more, some less… I just don't think my kids even care. That is not the focus of this camp at all. The focus is to have fun and try all the activities… which there are plenty of! RID: 45230
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 2/11/13   1     3     1     1     1   I absolutely hated my summer(s) at taconic. Most of the kids are your stereotypical long island jappy kids who only care about stuff. I spent many days and nights at Taconic crying my eyes out because I wanted to go home so badly with no staff member to even spare a glance at me. Camp is pretty but the torture and loneliness I felt at Taconic does not match the quality of camp. DO NOT GO. RID: 43647
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 11/10/12   1     4     4     1     2   Jill and Mark grew this camp from 250 kids to 500 kids. It is overcrowded and their attention to detail has fallen through the cracks. They claim to have a waiting list so they are bigshots now. They do everything to make money and do not care about campers. Mark now owns a day camp so his attention is divided. Used to be a good camp but not it sucks. Staff members are not returning. In the old days everyone came back. Do not send your kids here there are better camps RID: 43008
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 4/24/12   5     4     5     5     5   It was my first year working for Jill and Mark at camp Taconic and I have to admit it was the best summer job that I've had. At first my thoughts were to just work in a great climate and get a big paycheck at the end of the summer, after spending a few days there I realized how much love and emotional commitment the staff puts in to make sure EVERY camper has the best summer they can. Its true though, it is hard to make sure every camper has a great day and sometimes I saw campers who just were not into every activities. However I always saw a counselor put in the effort to entertain and challenge every kid. I caught the magic last year and am packing my bags to make sure I can experience that smile when your camper gets up on waterskis, scores their first goal, conquers the rock course or makes his first video. RID: 40835
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 3/15/12   1     1     1     1     1   worst experience of my liife there are way better camps out there dont spend your time at this one its a bunch of jappy girls and boyys and counselors who dont give two****s about your problems. the activites are horrible beyond horrible. trust me you dont want to go here!!!! i used to cry every night and no one would even acknoledge it. i switched now and am at the most amazing camp of my entire life. dont waste your time at this place RID: 40543
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 5/16/11   2     2     2     2     1   Camp Taconic grew too quickly. Leadership is new - not experienced, seasoned camp directors. Kids come last. Food is awful, sports is mediocre - it's a coin toss. Your kid may/may not get lucky with bunkmates (most kids are great - some are absolutely awful) and counselors (some wonderful, and many are not). Lip service given to issues. Many kids have had bad summers here is the unfortunate truth. Kids and parents deserve better. RID: 35909
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 8/31/10   5     5     5     5     5   Camp Taconic is one of the greatest place's on earth. I am about to attend my 7th and final summer here as a camper. It will be my 15th and best summer. Year after year I return to Tacoinic wating for an amazing summer better than the last and i am never disapointed. I have had in total 21 counsolers live in a bunk with me and only two of them were not satisfactory, and Jill (the camp director)took care of it imedealy. All of my fellow campers are great. As stated in the review before me, yes no mental test is given but in the event of a problem, which i have only encountered twice it was taken care off. Yes the food can be bad at time's, But you will find this at every camp. There are traditons at Taconic i have gone through every year and i never forget them. Taconic is by far the most memorable thing in my life. Bonds are formed at Taconic that are never forgotten. I have made friends of both counsoler and camper that i will never forget. Taconic is my life. Make the right choice RID: 33924
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 3/3/10   2     5     5     4     4   I personally have had a positive experience here but only by luck. I love bunk and love most in my age group.(This is rare). Most of us are still close. Others are not this lucky. The majority of these kids are just brutally mean and flat out insane. Plus, the camp allows those with social or mental disorders to attend and it's very uncomfortable to live with. The facilities are fantastic but the arts center is constantly our of supplies and the water front is always short staffed. Another issue is the staff. I've had fun easy going councilors that I'm friends with today, but every year there's a crazy in the bunk. Many councilors that work here don't know how to handle children as well as create a positive environment. Really, the camp should have mental evaluations before hiring someone or letting in a camper. (I know it's unrealistic but It'd be nice to eliminate some of the crazies.) Camp is about having fun and camp Taconic does not understand this concept. RID: 32268
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 8/13/09   5     4     5     5     5   This camp is incredible. I sent my son here for the first session and his counselors were so great. I really think Jill works hard to only hire the best. On visiting day there were signs for all of the boys in the bunk near their beds with their favorite activities individually written on them and I was told that the counselors made them during their OFF time. WOW! I love the facilities but some of the bunks could use remodeling and I think they have plans for next year. My son will be returning next summer because he loves Taconic! RID: 30723
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 8/5/09   5     5     5     5     5   my daughter had a wonderful experience at camp taconic.. the environment there is low-key, spirited and fun. she loved the activities (she challenged herself with things she never did before), her bunkmates, the counselors and "big sister", the food & sing. she was very busy, picked her own electives and had the structure she needed. we were very pleased with how nurturing and understanding the owners and the head of girls side was. visiting day was filled with happy & satisfied parents. we can't say enough good things! RID: 30648
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 7/26/09   5     5     5     5     5   My son had a fantastic experience at Camp Taconic. It was his first sleepaway and initially rocky with homesickness, but he's home now with many stories of how supportive, giving and warm the staff/counselors were. They actually noticed when he was down and were very effective at cheering him up. And once the homesickness abated, Josh just had a wonderful time, learned a lot of new things and grew as a kid. As a parent, I am very happy with Taconic. RID: 30547
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Click to report rating    11/5/08   4     4     4     5     5   This was my first year at camp taconic and i have never met so many friends and wonderful owners. this camp has so much variety you should always consider befor eoyu say no! RID: 27309
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 9/20/08   1     1     1     1     1   This could possibly be the worst camp experience my daughter ever had. We brought her there on a recommendation of a family friend so thought it would be fun and social experience. One of our phone calls was spent listening to her cry about the scandalous (disgusting) behavior of the counselors. Activities, food, and personal attention and supervision were so seriously lacking that we considered pulling her out. The director convinced us that a lot of kids "have trouble adjusting at first" etc., and so we kept her in. It was a terrible decision overall, and I'm very glad my daughter is out. I would consider very carefully where you send your children. RID: 26632
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Click to report rating    8/28/08   5     5     5     5     5   amazing camp! i was a camper and a counselor and its the best camp. as a camper i was treated great, played all the activities i wanted to and the administration was great. As a counselor it was even better! My campers were great and the senior staff was so helpful in everyway. best summers ever! RID: 26157
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Click to report rating    8/25/08   5     5     5     5     5   I don't know who these posters are....This place gets better and better each year. Jill and Mark keep adding to the place without losing the warm traditional atmosphere. This is where my heart (and MANY more) will be 4ever RID: 26067
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Click to report rating    7/30/08   5     5     5     5     5   I am a parent and this is our fourth summer with children at camp taconic. I am continually impressed with the camp. my children are extremely happy and well cared for. I find that the director, jill, is very thoughtful, smart, responsive and makes good decisions for the campers. She picks great counselors, many that come back year after year. The facilities are fabulous and constantly improved. My children are very well cared for. I wish that I could go to this camp! RID: 25259
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Click to report rating    3/18/08   4     5     5     4     5   I LOVE THIS CAMP! this camp was my first sleepaway camp and so far my only. i love it. i made soooooooooo many freinds that are so important to me here at home that i talk to them every day. love this place! RID: 21430
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Click to report rating    3/17/08   5     5     5     5     5   OMGG THIS IS LIKE THIS BEST CAMP I AHVE EVER GONE TO. I NEVER BEEN TO A CAMP I ACTUALLY LOVED BEFORE. I WAS NEVER ABLE TO SAY I WANT TO GO BACK TO CAMP, I LVE CAMP BUT NOW I CAN. I MET LIKE THE BEST PEOPLE AND HAD THE BEST TIME IN JUST ONE WEEK I DECIDED I WANTED TO STAY AT CAMP FRO THE WHOLE SUMMER. WHO EVER SAYS BAD THINGS BOUT THIS CAMP IS NUTS. IF THEY HATE THIS CAMP THEN THEY HAVE TO BE LYING. WHEN I FRIST GOT TO THIS CAMP I WAS A LITTLE AFRAID AT FIRST BECAUSE I ONLY KNEW ONE PERSON BUT RIGHT WHEN I GOT OFF THE BUS I MET LIKE 5 REALLY NICE PEOPLE WHO NOW CALL MY BEST FRIENDS. WHEN I LEFT THIS CAMP I COULD NOT STOP CRYING CAUSE I MISSED THIS PLACE SOO MUCH. NOW IM COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS TILL I GO BACK. CAN'T WAT FOR A NEW GREAT FANTASTIC SUMMER. LOVE U CAMP TACONIC. RID: 21422
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Click to report rating    2/12/08   5     5     5     4     5   THIS IS AN AMAZING CAMP! They have great activities that you wouldn't be able to do at home like waterskiing and woodshop, I made a huge anorondeack chair. My counslers were and are great. Some parts are rocky like inclusion of friends but in general it great!! This summer would be my 4th year!! RID: 20194
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Click to report rating    2/10/08   5     5     5     5     5   All the people who didn't have a good time, suck it up, that doesnt mean its a bad camp, im on my 6th year, and its gonna be the most amazing year of my life, stop hatingg=D RID: 20097
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Click to report rating    2/6/08   1     1     1     1     1   japy, japy, jappyyyyyy. this camp was soo japy i hated it. The worst camp i have ever been too. Every person there was soooo mean. Just i say you shouldnt go. RID: 19931
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Click to report rating    12/29/07   1     1     1     1     1   I didnt like this camp at all because the people were mean to me and the food wasnt good. also the counslers didnt care for me as much as they should have. I did not have a good summer. RID: 18433
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Click to report rating    11/6/07   5     5     5     5     5   OMG! this camp? ah-mazinggg. my first summer i was signed up for four weeks and i wound up staying seven. i was really homesick my first and second years and i got over it in a week because my counselors and friends were that amazing to me and helped me as much as they possibly could. my school friends know all my camp friends and counselors by name because i talk about them so much and i have so many plans to see them all because i cant go a week without them. i'm skipping a bar mitzvah party to sleep at one of their houses and my camp counselor rachel is sleeping over at my house the night before the reunion!! it's just cuz we're so close like that and to have bonds like that is really special and something that you can't replace. anyone who says anything bad about this camp is a loser and obviously has no life or taste cuz this camp is the best thing that ever happened to me. thank you taconic for giving me the best 3 summers of my life and i promise there will be more. 12's 2007! RID: 16818
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Click to report rating    10/27/07   4     5     5     5     5   this will be my third summer at taconic. The activities are awsome!!! My camp friends are the best!!! The only thing that is not phenomonal are a few staff members that don't "get it"......but most of the counselors rock! RID: 16530
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Click to report rating    10/21/07   1     3     3     1     1   What is pathetic is that when I sent this note to you to tell you exactly these specifics, my note was never even responded to but you will take the time to respond here. Which, by the way, I never would have written if I had been answered directly. And yes, a 1 for monetary value!!! What a foolish answer! Of course only a 1 , my child had a terrible time! That makes the value a 0 - but there is no 0! RID: 16403
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Click to report rating    10/14/07   1     3     3     2     1   That "last person" was my daughter. She went to Taconic last summer as her 1st sleepaway camp experience and had a terrible time! She was horribly homesick and it was not dealt with well. She had 2 terrible counselors. Both were new to camping, neither had ever been a camper or counselor anywhere before. They implemented inappropriate rules that made my daughter even more homesick. They insisted that the girls drink 2 cups of water at every meal before they could have anything else to drink. They insisted that the girls have a serving of vegtables before they could have seconds of the main meal. While we all want our children to eat healthy, this was not the forum! Even when Jill, the owner/director knew there were issues, the counselors were not switched out. Additionally, Jill is a one man show, which makes her spread way too thin. Lastly, the facilities are great but often the kids aren't able to use them, i.e. no one on duty at the lake when they had waterfront. RID: 16197
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 8/27/07   5     5     5     5     5   this camp is the best place on earth, it makes me feel all tingly inside =) teens '07 i love you all soo much best 8 summers of my life! if you dont go to this camp than you suck!i love camp taconic--ceg RID: 14577
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 8/22/07   5     5     5     5     5   Okay, the fact that I just recognized Livi Byer's post is making me cry...LIVI I MISS YOU!!! Anyway, this camp is the most amazing place on the planet and I could not imagine spending my summer any other way. I have never in my life seen a better lain out camp than ours, and our camp has the GREATEST faciliteis. My brother and I LOVE IT! Our best friends are our camp friends and I cannot tell you how much I miss them right now. All the counselors, from the super-sporty soccer-loving ones, to the ones in the crafts and jewelry bunks, even the ones who play the piano all day, are EXTREMELY nice and are possibly the greatest counselors on earth. I could go on and on about our camp...I even wrote a ten page essay once (lol, i know). but sadly my limit is 1000 characters. So pretty much, I LOVE CAMP TACONIC and everyone who goes/works there, because they are friendly, loving, caring, and just the best people I've ever met...TEENS 2008 BABY! I miss you all so much! RID: 14367
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Click to report rating    7/30/07   5     5     5     4     5   I spent a week there this summer and had an awesome time- banana boats, waterskiing, the RAVE, iceberg,etc. Even the food was great. I am going back for at least 4 weeks next summer. Can't wait. RID: 13438
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Click to report rating    7/25/07   5     5     5     5     5   Taconic is awesome. This camp is nurturing, warm and spirited. My kids love the camp and are having a blast. "Sing" everyday is so unique and a great way to start your day. Jill is doing a great job. Mark and Meryl know what camping is all about (read Wah-Nee). This past winter a new field house was built and it is such a perfect building for camp. Glad to see they upgrade the camp during the off season. There is no place more amazing then this camp and as a family we are so happy our children are there. Wish we could go for the summer!!! RID: 13284
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Click to report rating    7/25/07   5     5     5     5     5   The camp has the most nurturing feel I've ever experienced in any type of a large organized instititution. Our kids are having the time of their lives. Visiting Day was handled without a hitch. The facilities are enchanced by the fieldhouse that was put up this past winter/spring. Can't miss with this place. RID: 13269
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Click to report rating    6/11/07   5     5     5     5     5   The last entry says it all....everbody loves this place because the whole staff and campers are soooooooooo nice!!!! RID: 11842
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Click to report rating    6/9/07   5     5     5     5     5   this camp is unlike any other camp out there. it has loving members and friendships that will last forever. if youre thinking about another camp dont taconic is the best camp RID: 11772
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Click to report rating    6/8/07   5     5     5     5     5   the last comment was untrue, and i am sorry, i was having a bad day. i have actually had a very positive experience at this camp,, and i do reccomend sending your kids here. it is a great place. RID: 11713
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     6/3/07   3     3     4     4     2   this is going to be my fourth summer at camp taconic,,, and i t was great.. up until now. WE DO NOT LIKE LOWER CAMPERS SO IF U ARE PLANING TO SEND YOUR YOUNG SHILD HERE, DONT. we dont need anymore campers. JILL RUINED THIS CAMPP. THERE ARE WAY TO MANY RULES. screw this. im done with it. RID: 11426
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Click to report rating    5/15/07   5     5     5     5     5   This camp is definately one of the premier camps in the northeast! Very pretty and has everything that you would want for your kids! Great easygoing environment RID: 10827
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Click to report rating    3/23/07   5     5     5     5     5   OMG THIS CAMP IS MY LIFE BUT TIMES 10045258!! I LOVE IT THERE AND I CALL IT HOME! EVERYONE IS SUPER-DI-DUPER NICE AND AWESOME! **** OFF PPL WHO SAY ITS BAD!! HAHA LOL THIS CAMP ROX THE FLIPPIN WORLD! RID: 8920
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Click to report rating    3/22/07   2     4     4     3     3   the camp's not that bad,but there are far better ones out there.and jill lies about what job your gonna do so watch out RID: 8884
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Click to report rating    3/17/07   5     5     5     5     5   my daughter just loves it here!!! The people are genuine and there seems to be new things every year. Great atmosphere and solid values are what I love most here RID: 8720
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Click to report rating    3/6/07   5     5     5     5     5   camp is the best thing that ever happened to me. I don't know how i would ever survice teh school year with out being able to look foward to taconic each adn every year. I jst finished my 15 summer adn it was the most amazing summer of my life,,,i just can't let go of camp so i am going back as an LIT. Taconic is such a magical place and my second home.<3 RID: 8365
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Click to report rating    12/27/06   5     5     5     5     5   Taconic Is the Greatest!!! What a beautiful place to send your children. Jill and Mark are doing an outstanding job!!! This is the place to be! RID: 6311
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Click to report rating    12/11/06   4     3     5     4     4   THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING CAMPS EVER!!! this camp might not have the best facilities but the people there are nice and fun. I have had some of the best summers of my life there. I do belive the old owners did a much better job of running the camp but I belive that its still all the fun i rember. This camp helps privide fun summers great learning experences and life long friends RID: 5879
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     12/1/06   1     1     1     1     1   this camp is a nightmare! i have not had a worse summer! this is a scary, mean mess!! if anyone gives it a 2 or higher your crazy cuz' this camp is the absolute worst!! RID: 5549
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Click to report rating    11/19/06   5     5     5     5     5   Two boys total of over ten summers full session. the first time we visited it was hard to leave. very pretty location. Jill is great director. She IS what others say they are RID: 5135
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Click to report rating    11/14/06   5     4     5     5     5   My daughter will be there 5 years next summer. It is an amazing warm atmosphere. The staff and kids are so nice and there are numerous activities from sports to science to crafts. I love that the kids and staff attend "sing" every morning and sing the same songs as they did 40 years ago. RID: 4950
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Click to report rating    10/22/06   5     5     5     5     5   Anyone who puts a 4 or below is mentally insane!! This camp is seriously the most amazing place in the world! There are so many activities to choose from, everyone has something that they love! the counselors are soo nice and love spending time with the campers and always make fruit snack even more fun! but the best part about taconic, is the amazing friends you make. i have been coming back to taconic for years and will keep coming back for years to come! nobody ever comes to taconic and doesn't stay because this place is our home and we love to be home with all of our friends (yes, im talking to you j-for-j and the-one-who-REALLY-wrote-the-letter! love you girlies!) RID: 4234
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Click to report rating    8/29/06   5     5     5     5     5   I couldn't live without knowing the great staff that we had this past summer. Jill is an amazing director and Nora and Andy...well... there just isn't anyone better for the job. The bunks are great and The counselors have to be the nicest, most amazing group of people that I have ever met. I agree with some that we are turning into Wah-nee a little, but I still think that our camp is holding up its amazing traditions. All of my best friends at camp and I don't think I have enough space to describe what an amazing place this really is. It's pure Taconic magic. SENIOR BANQUET 2007!!! RID: 2538
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Click to report rating    4/18/06   5     5     4     5     5   It's the BEST camp in the whole world. my best friends were made here, and i wouldn't go to any other camp!!! :) :) RID: 215
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