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.

2018 Day Camp Dates

Week 1: June 25th - June 29th
Week 2: July 2nd - July 6th
Week 3: July 9th - July 13th
Week 4: July 16th - July 20th
Week 5: July 23rd - July 27th
Week 6: July 30th - August 3rd
Week 7: August 6th - August 10th
Week 8: August 13th - August 17th                        Week 9: August 20th - August 24th


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Day Camp Overnights

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Theme Weeks in 2018

Week 1: June 25th - June 29th: Nature & Earth
Week 2: July 2nd - July 6th: Holiday Scramble
Week 3: July 9th - July 13th: Time Warp
Week 4: July 16th - July 20th: Survivor
Week 5: July 23rd - July 27th: Wacky Water
Week 6: July 30th - August 3rd: Space & Science
Week 7: August 6th - August 10th: Superhero
Week 8: August 13th - August 17th: Cinema                                                                                                                  Week 9: August 20th - August 24th: Olympics


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