Day Camps

HI4Y's Vacamas Day Camp offers 3 and 5 day-a-week programs in a supportive environment that encourages campers to set new goals and develop self-confidence, responsibility and leadership. Each week has a different theme to create an atmosphere of excitement and variety throughout the summer.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents can pick which combination of weeks works best for their schedule.

Location and Facilities

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 yet the camp is conveniently located on the border of Bloomingdale and West Milford, less than one mile from Hamburg Turnpike and Route 23. Bus transportation is provided at an additional charge from selected towns, depending on camper registration.


  • Athletic fields and indoor/outdoor basketball courts

  • Lake waterfront for swimming, fishing and boating

  • Ropes and challenge courses

  • Indoor climbing wall

  • Gymnasium

  • Nature center

  • Playground

  • Library

  • Indoor and outdoor stages

  • Culinary kitchens for kids

  • Structured and free-play activities

Program Schedule and Activities

Vacamas Day Camp activities are designed to improve campers’ skills and self-confidence while keeping them active and focused throughout their day.  The schedule is packed with fun, learning, and physical activities. American Red Cross swim instruction is given every day in our lake. Campers also have an opportunity to take part in recreational swimming. Sports played at Vacamas Day Camp include traditional favorites and emphasize learning, teamwork, and having fun.

HOURS: 9 am – 5:00 pm.

Extended day care is available for an additional charge:
Before Care: 7 am – 9:00 am
After Care: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Meals and Snacks

Vacamas Day Camp will provide lunch in our dining hall every day, as part of the cost of camp. Campers may still bring their own lunch if they prefer. Breakfast can be provided at 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.

Qualified Staff

Vacamas Day Camp staff is comprised of mature, dedicated individuals who are committed to providing a safe, fun and educational environment for your child. Most counselors and all supervisory staff are over 21 years old. All counselors undergo a week-long orientation to prepare for the important job of looking after the physical and emotional safety of your children. Each counselor has responsibility for four to eight campers.

In addition to the regular program staff, HI4Y utilizes trained professionals in specialty areas, including Boating, Arts and Crafts, Ropes Courses, Hiking, Nature Studies, Creative Writing, Cook-Outs, and Campfires.

2019 Day Camp Dates

Week 1: June 26th - June 28th (3 day, Day Care)
Week 2: July 1st - July 5th
Week 3: July 8th - July 12th
Week 4: July 15th - July 19th
Week 5: July 22nd - July 26th
Week 6: July 29th - August 2nd
Week 7: August 5th - August 9th
Week 8: August 12th - August 16th                        Week 9: August 19th - August 23rd


TBC: Bowling

TBC: Liberty Science Center

TBC: Movie Night


Day Camp Overnights

Friday July 19th - Saturday July 20th

Friday August 16th - Saturday August 17th

Theme Weeks in 2019



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