Day Off / Time Off | Timber Lake West

Day Off / Time Off

Time Off/On Duty

staffAll counselors typically have one period off each day and three or four evenings a week from 9:15pm until curfew to unwind. Two to three nights each week, every counselor must take an OD (on-duty) shift, watching his/her bunk at night from the end of Evening Activity until counselor curfew. Additionally, the entire staff is on camp every Saturday night for a staff meeting, including a snack and a host of organized sporting events only for staff.

During time off, counselors and other staff may use the camp facilities as long as it does not interfere with ongoing camper activities. Waterfront facilities are available only when a qualified lifeguard is on duty. The Canteen (snack bar) is open every night from 9:00 PM to 11:15 PM. We also provide transportation to town most nights of the week for the staff. In addition, on days off, we will do our best to reasonably accommodate staff needs for rides into and out of town. Information regarding camp transportation will be provided for you during Orientation.


Ithaca is home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College and the home of some spectacular Gorges! Spend a day off in Ithaca and we guarantee you will return to Camp with one of the town’s famous t-shirts which claims “Ithaca is Gorges!” Get it?!


Woodstock is located about 1.5 hours from camp, and has a variety of craft shops, stores and restaurants for you to enjoy.

The Beaver Kill State Forest Preserve and Mongaup Pond

The Beaver Kill State Forest Preserve and Mongaup Pond are about 25 minutes form camp and is a great spot for a relaxing afternoon. Both have a beach and picnic area.

The Woodbury Commons Outlets

The Woodbury Commons Outlets are about 1.25 hours from camp and features discount shopping. It has everything from The Gap to Nike to Ralph Lauren and Versace! Something for everyone!


Middletown is less than an hour from camp. Middletown is a city with a large and attractive shopping mall with a movie theater attached to it.


Cooperstown is about 2 hours from camp. Home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Doubleday Field, it also hosts beautiful Otsego Lake. A nice idea for a day trip. You may also travel through Oneonta, NY, a quaint college town, worth seeing.

New York City

New York City is only 2.5 hours away! Whether by bus or by car, the City is an attractive highlight. The office will help you coordinate your travel plans. Make sure to get back to camp on time!

Stay at Camp

You can always spend the day working in camp. Want to paint a building? We’ll even supply the equipment. (It was worth a try — besides, think of the money you’d save!).