For the best in summer camping, look no further than the YMCA of Greater Bergen County. Whether you are looking for a day or overnight camping experience the Y has a program that will fit your needs, budget and interests.
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, back to basics 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.
Each day at Day Camp Oratam is filled with new experiences and fun. Each camper is placed in a camp group with his or her peers of the same age and sex. Oratam counselors and specialty staff create a safe and nurturing environment for campers while providing them with the highest quality instruction and guidance during play and activities. Campers receive personalized swim instruction based on the YMCA Progressive Swim Program taught by certified instructors along with time for free swim every day.
In addition to the daily variety of activities, each week contains a special event such as Olympics, color wars, predator/prey and egg drop. Even in rain the fun continues with interactive indoor games, arts and crafts, counselor led activities and just down time for the group to get to know each other.
The challenge course, a series of obstacles, is always a camp favorite. Some elements test individual skills; others promote teamwork and leadership. New this year is our Zip Line through the forest! This is a cable that is run across an incline to allow campers to traverse through the forest. The course and zip line is run by a trained staff member who teaches proper methods and ensures safety and most of all fun!
Many of our campers take advantage of the overnight offered for the 9-12 year olds once a session. Campers cook-out, participate in a special program like dance, night hike or carnival night, and get to sleep in our cabins receiving a taste of the overnight experience.
Our Teenventure leadership program for 13-15yr olds combines all the fun of camp while cultivating personal growth, leadership skills and fostering team work. In addition to the traditional camp activities of swimming, boating, sports & games, TeenVenture campers will participate in rock climbing, all day hiking adventures, kayaking, and low ropes course. Once per session, teens can choose to participate in a camp overnight. Throughout the camp session, teens will be inspired to develop their social, teamwork, and leadership skills through active participation in camp activities. Counselors will provide positive encouragement and offer challenging, fun and character building experiences.
Our CIT program for 16 and 17yr olds is designed to develop future camp leaders. Selected applicants have the opportunity to develop leadership, program and outdoor living skills.
Our counselor-in-training program offers opportunities for hands-on experience working with children in our general camp groups. CITs work closely with head counselors to develop skills of leadership, organization, teaching and problem solving. Participants will take on expanded responsibilities and contribute their talents as they develop their leadership skills while working with camp groups. This program lays the foundation for becoming a counselor. Please note: Completion of this program does not automatically ensure a staff position.
If you enjoy the outdoors and like to work with children, this is the camp for you! When you leave camp, you will take home with you new skills, lasting friendships and a lifetime of memories. This is a great stepping stone toward future endeavors.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Outdoor Activities Ropes Course Hiking
Team Sports Baseball Basketball Lacrosse Soccer Softball Volleyball
Water Sports Instructional Swimming Recreational Swimming Canoeing Fishing
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address Harriman State Park
K-4 Day Camp Oratam Rockland County NY, 10911 United States
201-487-6600 x205 (tel.) 201-487-4539 (fax.)
Winter Address 360 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ, 07601 United States
201-487-6600 x205 (tel.) 201-487-4539 (fax.)