CAMP LOHIKAN in the Pocono Mountains
Camp Lohikan has been owned and operated by the Buynak family since 1957. For over 56 years we have provided a safe, nurturing camp environment where children are encouraged to try new things, learn new skills, make friends, and most of all have FUN!
Amazing things happen when kids are having the time of their lives! In our supportive camp community campers receive lots of positive reinforcement and come home after the camp experience with more independence, stronger self-confidence, and enhanced social skills. It’s an experience with benefits that will last a lifetime!
What sets Camp Lohikan apart from other camps is our program and staff. Nowhere else will you find a summer program with more challenging, exciting activities than Lohikan. Campers get to choose from 65+ arts, sports, and adventure activities every day! And they’re surrounded by highly skilled staff members who enjoy working with children. At least 50% of Lohikan’s staff are experienced, returning staff members. Our key management staff have over 200 years of combined camp experience.
First-time campers receive special attention. Campers coming to Camp Lohikan for their first summer are assigned to senior staff members who monitor their needs and happiness on a daily basis. Our success with first-time campers is one of Lohikan’s hallmarks and we back it up with a Tuition Refund Guarantee!
If your plans allow, we encourage you to visit us during the summer to witness the spirit of Camp Lohikan first hand. If this is not possible, we provide tours of the camp during the off season for your convenience. We can also visit your home to answer questions you might have.
References from Camp Lohikan families are available upon request.
ELECTIVE INTER/SENIOR PROGRAM (5th grade and older): Older campers participate in Lohikan's popular Elective Program. Campers get to choose ALL of their activities on a weekly and daily basis. It’s the ultimate in individualized scheduling! Not only do you get to choose all of your activities... you're guaranteed to get the activities of your choice! Imagine designing a schedule where you can specialize in as many activities as YOU want... or travel with your friends and experience every activity we offer! It's the best!!!
JUNIOR PROGRAM (4th grade and younger): Young campers travel as a cabin group to activities under the close supervision of their cabin counselors. All of the arts, sports and adventure activities deemed appropriate for the age and gender of the group are included in the cabin schedule. Certain activity sites offer electives which allow even junior campers some choice in their activity schedule!
TEEN PROGRAM: The elective program and the 65+ daily activity choices are only two reasons why Lohikan's program is so popular with teens. Exciting evening activities, trips, and special events round out the perfect teen program. Favorites include: Senior Lake Beach Parties, Camp-a-Palooza Rock Concerts, Senior Socials and DJ Dance Parties, Senior Trips, Senior Tiki Bivouac, Senior Movies, Senior Snack Bar & Game Room, Senior Experiment Week, and lots more!
Teenagers who age out of the camper program have the opportunity to continue their camp experience by joining Lohikan's Junior Staff Mentoring Program. Participants in the Leadership Training Program receive a hands-on education that includes: daily program responsibilities, child care skills training, leadership assignments and sessions dedicated to college application preparation. Junior staff members can also participate in the camp's ARC lifeguard certification program. Individuals who successfully complete the junior staff program are guaranteed a counselor staff position at camp.
65+ EXCITING DAILY ACTIVITIES! Pure FUN!... Horseback Riding (Ride Every Day Program - FREE!), Jet Skiing, Paintball, Water Skiing, ATV-Quads, Honda Dirt Bikes, Circus Arts, Flying Trapeze, Rock Band, USTA Tennis, Bungee Trampoline, Gymnastics, Skate Park, Volleyball, Wake Boarding, Scuba Diving, Tarzan Lake Swing, Rave Water Trampoline, Dance, Drama, Music (Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Voice), Tech Theater, Golf, Basketball, All Field Sports (Lacrosse, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Football, Field Hockey, Rugby), Roller Hockey, Backpacking, High & Low Ropes, Rock Climbing, Zip Lines, Mt. Cycling, Outdoor Living Skills, Creative Arts (20+ arts and crafts workshops), Woodworking, Ceramics, Pottery, Rocketry, Chess, Radio Broadcasting, Video Production, Photography, Culinary Arts, Computers, Email (Campers can email home every day!), All Water Sports, Swimming (recreational and instructional), Sailing, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Lake Water Slide, Track & Field, Fitness Training, Martial Arts, Wrestling, Mt. Boarding, Archery, Riflery, Cheerleading, and Fishing. Additional non-daily activities include: Delaware Canoe Trips, Rafting Trips. Horseback Overnights, Trips to Amusement Parks, Inter-Camp Games, and lots more!
PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION: All activities are instructed by professionals and supported by a staff of college-enrolled instructors who are certified in their field of specialty. Beginner through advanced skill levels are accommodated and, in certain activities, private lessons are available, i.e., tennis, equitation, music. In addition to instructional classes, recreational time is provided in all activities.
MORE FUN - SUMMER CLINICS! Clinics are special programs offered to add more value to the summer camp experience. Each of our clinics are offered numerous times throughout the summer. Certain clinics are concentrated instructional sessions designed to improve skills by focusing the camper's attention and energy for 2-3 hours a day over a 3-4 day period. These clinics include: The Competitive Tennis Clinic, Beginner/Intermediate Golf Clinics, Cheerleading Clinic, Equestrian Clinic, Horse Care Clinic, High-Five Basketball Clinic and more!
Other clinics focus on the performance aspect of an activity offered in the daily program. Participants receive special instruction and training in preparation for an exhibition or performance which is scheduled for all-camp or public viewing. These clinics include: The X-Games Skateboarding Clinic, the Circus Show Clinic, the Hip Hop Clinic, DJ Clinic, Paintball Tournament Clinic, and the Rock Band Concert Clinic.
Lastly, there are clinics that feature instruction and experiences not offered in the daily program. These clinics include: Spy Camp, Survival Camp, the CSI Clinic, and the Culinary Arts Clinic. No matter which clinic strikes your fancy, you're guaranteed to have a lot of FUN!
AWESOME CAMP STAFF: A great camp experience is only possible with great camp staff. This is where we shine! Our 50+ senior staff members are adult professionals who assume supervisory responsibilities in camp and at least 90% return every summer. Our in-cabin counselors are college-enrolled staff members. Over 50% return every summer. Ninety percent of our staff are Americans who are recruited from all over the United States for their skills, experience and ability to work with children. All staff members are personally interviewed, references are contacted, previous employment is confirmed, criminal background checks are conducted and detailed applications are required. During the 7-10 day pre-camp orientation period staff members are certified in the camp's safety procedures, qualified for instructional responsibilities and receive professional child care training to assume counseling responsibilities during the summer.
CAMP LOHIKAN'S MISSION: Camp Lohikan is a warm, welcoming community of children and adults who come together summer after summer to experience the FUN and personal growth of "camp". Our goal is to provide an environment of support and encouragement where children will grow outside their comfort zone and try new things. Our program is designed to challenge every child with something new to do and provide that child with the opportunity to experience success whether it be in the arts, sports or adventure program areas. Our staff members promote positive interactions among the campers and provide daily role-modeling of character traits we teach in camp: kindness, acceptance, honesty, good sportsmanship, appreciation, cooperation, and leadership. The overall camp program is designed to provide the ultimate in summer camp FUN with the additional lifelong benefits of enhancing the camper's independence, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.
MEDICAL STAFF: Camp Lohikan's Health Center is staffed with a camp physician, five registered nurses, a health services manager and medical assistants, all of whom reside on the camp grounds. The camp health center is open 24 hours a day.