Vacamas Day Camp The Vacamas Day Camp provides families with the security of knowing that their child is in a well-supervised, safe, caring and nurturing setting, while being introduced to new experiences, having fun, making new friends and developing new skills. The Vacamas Day Camp is a division of Vacamas Programs for Youth, a not-for-profit agency which has been providing camping experiences for over 85 years. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. One- through nine-week sessions are available. Location Vacamas Day Camp is situated on 230 wooded acres of private land, surrounded by New Jersey's 4,500-acre Norvin Green State Forest, with a private 50-acre lake. Campers have the feeling of being in the wilderness but Camp is conveniently located on the border of Bloomingdale and West Milford, less than one mile from Hamburg Turnpike and Route 23. Bus tranportation will be provided at an additional charge from selected towns, depending upon camper registration. Participants The Vacamas Day Camp is available to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Campers are placed in small groups of six to ten children, based on their age and gender. Program Structure and Activities The Vacamas Day Camp strives to improve skills and self-confidence while keeping campers active and focused throughout the summer months. The regular day is 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Extended day care is available for an additional charge beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The daily schedule is packed full of activities which encourage learning, development and physical activity. Campers can bring their own lunch or enjoy a lunch served by Camp at a minimal cost. Breakfast and dinner can be provided for an additional charge for those children utilizing the extended care options. Mid-afternoon snack is served to all campers before the end of the regular camp day. American Red Cross Swim Instruction is given three times per week in our lake-front swimming facilities. Campers also have an opportunity to take part in recreational swimming. Sports played at Vacamas Day Camp include your favorites but the emphasis is on teamwork, skill-building and fun, rather than on competition. Program Staff The Vacamas Day Camp staff is comprised of mature, dedicated individuals who are committed to providing a safe, fun and educational environment for your child. Staff is carefully selected and screened and is closely supervised by trained camp professionals. Our supervisory staff is all over 21.The typical counselor at Vacamas Day Camp is over 18 years old and has experience in working with children. All counselors participate in a week-long training to prepare them for the important job of looking after each child’s physical and emotional safety. There is medical staff on Camp in our Health Center to deal with any medical problems that may arise while your child is on the camp grounds. A current medical form and physical are required for each child. Specialist Staff In addition to the regular program staff, Vacamas Day Camp utilizes the expertise of a series of trained professionals in specialty areas, including Boating, Arts and Crafts, Ropes Courses, Hiking, Nature Studies, Cook-Outs and Campfires, Theatre, Soccer and Basketball. Enrollment & Fees Fee per week is $240 with sibling discounts available. $165 per week for Bloomingdale residents in collaboration with the Bloomingdale Recreation Department. Additional fees apply for extended day care and transportation options. Early payment discounts are also available. For enrollment and fees and to register your child for the Vacamas Day Camp, please call or email our Day Camp Director.