The YMCA of Greater Bergen County offer traditional, back to basics residential and day camps. Each camp offers an unplugged experience for children to reconnect with the outdoors while being introduced to a variety of activities. All our programs promote the YMCA’s core values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Honesty developing self confident and independent campers.
All of our camps are nestled in the beautiful and scenic woods of Harriman State Park along Lake Kanawauke. Harriman State Park , New York’s second largest state park, provides 200 miles of hiking trails, 31 lakes and access to the Appalachian Trail among its 46,000 acres of wilderness. Thirty miles from Hackensack campers are bused to camp each day from the Y. Two waterfronts and a fleet of canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddle boats offer a wide variety of waterfront activities.
The YMCA of Greater Bergen County Camp Staff is dedicated to provide your child with an exceptional camping experience. We recruit our summer staff through local colleges and online camp job sites. All hired have experience working with children and many are seeking college degrees in education and outdoor education. In addition, we hire international staff for our residential camp in order to introduce campers to other cultures. Specialists are hired to provide your children with the best progressive and goal oriented instruction for activities such as: boating, arts and crafts, nature, rock climbing/challenge course and archery. All staff are given background checks and participate in an extensive 4-14 day orientation training.
Our camps are traditional summer camps. Each camp offers an unplugged experience for children to reconnect with the outdoors while being introduced to a variety of activities. All our programs promote the YMCA’s core values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Honesty developing self confident and independent campers.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Mountaineering Climb and Rappel Ropes Course Backpacking Hiking Rock Climbing
Performing Arts General Performing Arts Dance Drama Cheerleading Music
Competitive Events Competitive Events Intra Camp Competition Inter Camp Competition
Individual Sports General Individual Sports Archery
Team Sports General Team Sports Baseball Basketball Football Lacrosse Soccer Softball Volleyball