The YMCA of Greater Bergen County has been providing Children's Summer Camp Programs in Harriman State Park, NY for nearly 90 years. With summer day camp programs for children about to start kindergarten all the way through to teens; and a sleepaway camp for kids entering 3rd grade all the way through to our counselor in training (CIT) program for 16 and 17 year-olds; we truly have something for everyone. Come join us at camp this summer! Click here to view the summer camp registration page.
For kids, summer camp is a place for fun, excitement and adventure. A place where you can unplug from electronics and have the time of your life in a safe and welcoming environment. Visit our summer camp testimonials page to see what our parents and campers have to say about our hugely popular summer camp programs.
Our YMCA Day Camp Programs:
Our YMCA Overnight Camp Programs:
Camp at the Y is a great place for summer fun and adventure! Our dedicated staff return year after year to help campers develop skills in athletics, arts, and swimming, all while having fun, making new friends, and creating lifelong memories. Age-appropriate divisions within the camp offer enriching, active, creative opportunities for playful learning. Head counselors are college-age, and a registered nurse is in attendance each day. All campers receive a camp t-shirt.
Each of our camps offer traditional, back-to-basics summer camp experiences promoting the Y’s core values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility, and Honesty.
Leadership – The Y Staff:
Our well-trained YMCA camp staff is dedicated to providing your child with an exceptional camp experience. Summer staff is carefully chosen for their enthusiasm, talent, and dedication - many of our counselors are former Kahagon, Oratam and Michikamau campers. All staff participate in pre-season training to further develop their skills to create an environment where our campers feel cared for, accepted, and encouraged. Advanced training is provided for staff in rock climbing, challenge course, overnight hikes, lifeguarding, and boating.
All staff 18 and over are given background checks.
Kids love to swim and there is no better place to learn than at a YMCA camp. We use the YMCA Progressive Swim Program where campers are grouped by ability. An enclosed area with a consistent depth of four feet provides a great place for beginners to get started. All classes are taught by certified instructors who also guard during recreational swim. Teaching children to enjoy and respect the water is one of the camps’ most important goals.
Depending on the campers’ age, activities include swimming, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, campouts, nature, games, arts and crafts, outdoor skills, and special events.
Check out the videos below for an overview of some of our most popular camp activities!
*Rock climbing is only offered at our resident camp, Camp Michikamau at present. For complete lists of activities offered at each camp please select the camp program you are interested in below.
BROCHURE AND OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION (see registration page for all other forms)
SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE AT THE YMCA in Hackensack: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27 or May 25 at 7 p.m.
2017 SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE AT HARRIMAN STATE PARK: Open House at Camp Saturday, June 4, 1-4 p.m.): visit camp before the season begins. take a tour of the site, meet camp staff, and get a taste of camp.
- Summer Camp
- Y Camp Location
- Camp Programs
- Summer Camp
- Why camp?
- Day Camp for Grades K-1
- Day Camp for Grades 2-7
- Day Camp for Grades 8-10
- Resident Camp Michikamau for Grades 3-10
- CIT 16-17yrs (day camp and resident camp CIT available)
- Before and After Care
- Camp policies
- Campership requests
- Family Weekends
- Meet the directors
- Summer Camp Gallery