YMCA of Greater Bergen County
360 Main street
Hackensack, New Jersey, United States 07601
YMCA of Greater Bergen County Camp Programs 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. Our Site 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. Our Quality Staff 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 Camp Programs 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. Day Camp Kahagon provides campers 5-6 years of age with their first peak at the natural world. Each session balances play, art, sensory exploration and hands-on learning. Campers will play games, participate in swim lessons, learn outdoor skills and explore in the local habitats. Each day at Day Camp Oratam is an adventure. From swimming to go cart racing, canoeing to crafts Oratam features activities children aged 7-12 love. For the young adults, 13-14, we offer a TeenVenture leadership program that combines all the fun of camp with additional activities and day trips that cultivate personal growth, leadership skills and foster teamwork. For over 30 years Camp Michikamau has offered a high quality traditional overnight camp for both girls and boys aged 8-16. Campers are given the freedom to choose their activities such as: rock climbing, kayaking, outdoor skills, dance and much more! Campers aged 16 can participate in our new Counselor in Training program which is aimed to develop future camp staff members.