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Intro


MAKING MEMORIES.
CHANGING LIVES.

Since 1924

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Intro


MAKING MEMORIES.
CHANGING LIVES.

Since 1924

For almost a century, Hands In 4 Youth (formerly Vacamas Programs for Youth) has been offering award winning programs and much needed support to children and families from hard pressed neighborhoods. Since 1924, we have helped change the lives of tens of thousands of deserving children by offering quality summer camp opportunities to inner city children who would otherwise be unable to have that experience.  

As we recognized making a difference in the lives of children is not just a summer need, in the mid 1980s HI4Y began providing year-round services in New Jersey and New York schools. Educational support, enrichment programs, healthy snacks, as well as nature weekends, college visits, and cultural exposure is all part of how we help change lives.

For 94 years, Hands In 4 Youth has understood the changing needs of children, families, and communities, and responded with quality summer camping, after-school, in-school, and experiential learning programs. We are proud of our legacy of making memories and changing lives.

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Story


OUR PROGRAMS

Story


OUR PROGRAMS

SLEEPAWAY CAMPS

HI4Y’s Camp Vacamas introduces kids to new environments, people, and fun-learning activities. Campers live, play, and learn together under the careful supervision of trained youth workers.


DAY CAMPS

HI4Y’s Vacamas Day Camp offers weekday theme-based adventures for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Parents can rest easy knowing that their kids are engaged in structured activities.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

HI4Y’s Afterschool programs enhance learning and personal growth by engaging students in project-based, instructional, competitive, and free-play activities right in their own schools and communities.

CONFERENCE & RETREAT

HI4Y’s Conference and Retreat Center offers school, faith-based, corporate, and private groups outdoor and indoor social, recreational, learning, and team-building activities in a naturally beautiful setting.

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Help


HOW TO HELP

Help


HOW TO HELP

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STORIES


OUR STORIES

 

 

STORIES


OUR STORIES

 

 

What our kids think


Camper Spotlight

Summer is a wonderful time for creating memories and changing lives.  At Hands in 4 Youth, we never let a day go by without being kind to children and making them the center of our purpose.  Please take a peek!