Camp Location: All of our ACA (American Camp Association) accredited summer camps are located on Lake Kanawauke, in the beautiful and scenic woods of Harriman State Park which provides a beautiful natural setting with access to hiking trails and a number of lakes. The camps are 45 minutes from Hackensack, in Bergen County NJ, and campers are bused to camp from the YMCA. Most of our campers come from Hackensack and surrounding towns in Bergen County such as Teaneck, Leonia, Englewood and Ridgefield Park. We have no residency requirements and are proud to welcome campers from anywhere, including other states and other countries.
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.