GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION
Camp Cayuga is a private coed residential summer camp for children ages 6 to 16. The camp is located on a secluded 350-acre estate in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, just outside the village of Honesdale. It’s a 3-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia.
QUALITY & EXPERIENCE
Camp Cayuga was purchased in 1964 by Mike Buynak, who turned over the full-time directorship in 1983 to his son, Brian. The Buynaks have owned & operated summer camps since 1957 and have earned a fine reputation over 50 years for providing healthy, safe, fun-filled summers for children! Cayuga is an ACA accredited camp and has exceeded all standards set for safety, personnel, and program.
GUARANTEE TO FIRST-TIME CAMPERS
Everyone has fun at Camp Cayuga - that’s our promise to you! We specialize in first-time campers and back-up our promise with “Cayuga’s First-Time Camper Guarantee”. Our guarantee provides for a full prorated tuition refund to any first-time camper departing prior to the conclusion of his or her registered session. That is, we will refund the excess of tuition after deducting the ordinary charges for the period your child remained in camp. That's a promise!
SEPARATE TEEN CAMPUS
Cayuga’s property is divided into 2 campuses. With two separate campuses, we can provide two separate programs geared to the different age groups on each campus. Teen Campus houses campers entering 8th to 11th grade who are 13 years old (or older). Teen Campus is reserved exclusively for teenagers. Junior Campus houses campers entering 1st to 8th grade who are 13 years old or younger. Campers entering 8th grade, who are 13 years of age before arrival, have the option to reside on either campus.
CREATE YOUR OWN ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Campers, entering 5th grade & higher, select their own activities each morning after breakfast. Campers sign up with their friends, so they can attend the same activities together that day. There are over 60 activities offered every day! Cayuga’s Elective Program provides campers the opportunity to explore their individual interests and pursue those interests he/she finds most challenging.
JUNIOR DIVISION ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Campers, entering 4th grade & lower, participate in the Junior Activity Program. Each Junior cabin is provided with its own weekly activity schedule, which is geared to the age and gender of the cabin group. The schedule is different each day of the week! Campers travel together as a “cabin group” to activities under the direct supervision of their counselor.
The camper population is limited to 390 campers. To register your child at Cayuga, complete the on-line camper enrollment application or the hard-copy application. Cayuga offers flexible sessions including 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks. Diversity and nonrepetition of the program are two guidelines we use in planning the summer's calendar of events. Sibling credits and "early registration" discounts are available.
ADVENTURE & WILDERNESS PROGRAM
Cayuga’s natural surroundings still remain rich in wildlife since the area was first occupied by the Cayuga Indian Tribe over 250 years ago! Whether you’re camping-out under the stars on a cabin overnight or gliding through the woods on a zip line, you’ll have fun and at the same time gain a greater appreciation for Nature & the Outdoors!
HIGH & LOW ADVENTURE ROPES COURSE
Rock Climb on a 32 foot high climbing tower; Learn to rappel; glide 205 feet through the woods on a zip line; and Challenge yourself on our 4 low-rope stations, including the spider web, tension traverse, port hole, and fidget ladder.
CABIN OVERNIGHTS & HORSEBACK OVERNIGHTS
Sleep-out under the Pocono Mountains stars; Relax around a campfire with your friends and tell stories & laugh; and Go on an evening horseback trail ride and campout in the woods with your horse on a horseback overnight.
Mountain bike on scenic wooded trails; Go on a nature hike and learn how to read a compass; Enjoy a quiet corner of the lake for peaceful fishing; Care for goats, sheep, bunnies, calf, and miniature horse at the petting zoo; and Learn to safely operate an ATV Quad 4-wheeler.
COOKOUTS & CAMPFIRES
Collect wood and set-up your cookout site; Grill burgers & hot dogs over an open fire; Prepare some s’mores for an evening snack; and Sing songs around the campfire with your friends.
Backpack & campout at Ricketts Glen State Park; Hike under the waterfalls at Ricketts Glen; Feel the cool mist around you and cool-off in the basin of the falls; Paddle down the rapids on your Delaware River Canoe Trip; and Appreciate the beautiful natural surroundings!
The Director of our Adventure & Wilderness Program is certified to supervise and instruct at our Adventure Ropes Course. All instructors are college-age and have current certification or equivalent documented experience. The Adventure Ropes Course Staff are trained, evaluated, and qualified by our Adventure & Wilderness Director. There’s always a staff member present at the Ropes Course who holds current certification in first-aid and CPR.
SAFETY IS #1
Harnesses, safety lines, trained spotters, and experienced instructors provide the safe nurturing environment needed to promote self-confidence and self-esteem. Cayuga's Adventure Ropes Course meets the current standards and guidelines set forth by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and the American Camping Association (ACA). It is inspected annually by a certified ACCT Course Inspector.
OVER 60 DAILY ACTIVITIES
LAND SPORTS: Basketball, USTA Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Archery, Golf, Karate, Judo, Skateboarding, In-Line Skating, Paintball, English Horseback Riding, Western Horseback Riding, Horse Shows, Gymnastics, Tumbling, Extreme Sport Jumping, Kickball, Exercise & Fitness, Weight Training, Roller Hockey, Field Hockey, T-Ball, Gaga, Jogging, Track Meets, Badminton, Wrestling, Flag Football, Volleyball, Newcomb, Riflery, Rugby, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cheerleading, Tetherball, Ping Pong, Bubble Soccer, and Video Arcade Games.
WATER SPORTS: American Red Cross Swim Instruction, Recreational Swimming, Swim Meets, Scuba Diving Clinics, Water Basketball, Water Polo, Water Volleyball, Water Trampoline, Floating Iceberg, Canoeing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Row Boating, Paddle Boats, Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Tubing, Fishing, Rafting Trips, Canoe Trips, Boating Regatta, Big Beach Bash, Hawaiian Pool Parties, Wet & Wild Water Carnival, and Polar Bear Club.
CREATIVE ARTS: Arts & Crafts, Pottery, Pottery Wheel Operation, Ceramics (glazing & firing), Clay Work (sculpting), T-Shirt Creations (tye dyeing, air-brushing, fabric painting, & silk screening), Painting (water color & acrylics), Sketching (charcoal pencils), Drawing, Jewelry Making, Beading, Basket Weaving, Lanyards & Braiding, Macramé, Papier Mache & Plaster Projects, Wood Projects, Copper Enameling, Block Printing, Needle Craft, Mask-Making, Decoupage, Model Rocketry (building & launching Estes Rockets), Nature Crafts and Cooking.
PERFORMING ARTS: Acting, Drama Productions, Ballet, Social Dance, Modern Dance, Aerobics, Yoga, Zumba, Guitar, Keyboards, and Singing/Choir.
MEDIA ARTS: Video Camera Filming, Digital Photography, Radio DJ Broadcasting, Creative Writing for the Camp Newspaper.
FLYING TRAPEZE & CIRCUS ACTS: High Flying Trapeze, Single & Double Stationary Trapeze, Flying Trapeze Performance, Trapeze Competitions, Diabolo, Devil Sticks, Plate Spinning, Juggling, Clowning, Stilt Walking, Unicycling, Acrobatics, and the Rolling Globe.
ADVENTURE & WILDERNESS: High and Low-Ropes Course, 32’ Climbing Tower, 205’ Zip Line, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, ATV Quads (4-Wheelers), Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Compass Reading, Nature Hikes, Survival Skills, Petting Zoo, Cabin Overnights, Horseback Overnights, Cookouts, Rafting Trips, Canoe Trips, and more!
CLINICS & WORKSHOPS: Survival Clinic, Football Clinic, Hockey Clinic, Scuba Diving Clinic, Baseball Clinic, Basketball Clinic, Soccer Clinic, and more.
This summer is loaded with exciting trips to Busch Gardens/Williamsburg, New York City, Hershey Amusement Park & The Chocolate World, Dorney Amusement Park & Wild Water Kingdom, Yankees AAA Baseball Games, Backpacking Trips, Rafting/Canoe Trips, Theatre Trips, Golf Course Trips, and many more!
Our success is directly related to the quality of our staff. Each camper is under the close care and direct supervision of at least 2 cabin counselors. Our youngest counselor is entering his sophomore year of college. Our Division Directors assist the cabin counselors, and will frequently communicate with our campers' parents when deemed necessary. In addition, there are over 40 Senior Staff Members who direct and supervise various areas of the camp's program, and stand ready to work with your child on a one-to-one basis to make his/her summer camp experience a successful one. The staff/camper ratio is 1 to 4.
Cayuga features some of the most comprehensive facilities available in camping today: Separate Teen Campus, Comfortable Modern Cabins (large bathrooms with 3 to 7 private showers per cabin), 2 Pools, 13-Acre Private Lake, Dining Hall and Health Center on each campus, Equestrian Center (20 horses, 2 riding rings, scenic trails), Petting Zoo (goats, sheep, mini horse, bunnies, etc), Tennis Center (10 courts), Skate Park (half-pipe, pyramids, ramps, grind rails), Gymnasium, Teen Rec Center, High & Low Adventure Ropes Course (32' climbing tower, 205' zip line, 6 stations), Performing Arts Building, Dance Studio, Aerobics Studio, Martial Arts Room, Weight Training Room, Video Game Room, Roller Hockey Rink, 2 Indoor & 4 Outdoor Basketball Courts, 4 Grass Volleyball Courts, 2 Sand Volleyball Courts, 2 Creative Arts Pavilions, Pottery Room (15 wheels), Ceramics Room (4 kilns), Photography Edit Room, Radio DJ Broadcasting Stations, ATV Track, Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails, Baseball Fields, 4 Athletic Fields, Paintball Fields, 2 Archery Ranges, 2 Riflery Ranges, 4 Golf Cages, 4 Bungee Trampolines, Overnight Sites, Cookout Sites, 2 Snack Bars, Staff Lounge, and 350 secluded acres for hiking, dreaming, and exploring!
- ACA Certified Camp Director, Wayne County Camp Alliance