Day Camps

HI4Y's Vacamas Day Camp offers 3- and 5-day a week programs in a supportive environment which 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 but 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 our campers’ skills and self-confidence while keeping them active and focused throughout their day.  Our schedule is packed with fun, learning, and physical activities. American Red Cross swim instruction is given every day in our lake-front swimming facilities. 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 – 4:30 pm.

Extended day care is available for an additional charge:
Before Care: 7 am – 9:00 am
After Care: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Meals and Snacks

Vacamas Day Camp will provide lunch in our dining hall every day, which is included in 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. Their backgrounds are checked and they are carefully supervised throughout the day. Most counselors and all supervisory staff are over 21 years old. All counselors take part in a week-long orientation to prepare for the most important job of looking after each child’s physical and emotional safety. Each counselor has responsibility for no less than four campers and no more than eight.

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.

2016 Day Camp Dates

Week 1: June 27th - July 1st
Week 2: July 5th - July 8th
Week 3: July 11th - July 15th
Week 4: July 18th - July 22nd
Week 5: July 25th - July 29th
Week 6: August 1st - August 5th
Week 7: August 8th - August 12th
Week 8: August 15th - August 19th

Bowling Trips

Week 1, Friday, July 1  
Week 3, Friday, July 15
Week 4, Friday, July 22
Week 5, Friday, July 29
Week 7, Friday, August 12
Week 8, Friday, August 19


Day Camp Overnights

July 8th - July 9th
July 22nd - July 23rd
August 5th - August 6th

Theme Weeks in 2016

All Hands In
Stars & Stripes
Olympic games week
Holiday week
Wild water week
Super & local heroes week
Magnify your mind week
Survival week

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