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Customized Programs


Customized Programs

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Customized Programs


Customized Programs

Camp Vacamas and the Labadorf Learning Conference Center are located in Northern New Jersey’s Highlands Region only 45 minutes from York City and 45 minutes from Newark Airport. Surrounded by Norvin Green State Forest, the center is located on 230 private wooded acres with a spring-fed lake. Vacamas boasts some of the best hiking trails in New Jersey and is close to the Appalachian Trail. Our private and secluded grounds offer exceptional scenery which makes it an ideal choice for day trips, weekend retreats, one day adventures, school outings, team-building programs and conferences.We cater to schools, corporations, youth groups, boys and girls scout clubs, religious organizations and sports training camps. We offer half, full and multi-day packages ranging from rental only to meals and activities included. With a wide range of facilities at competitive prices, we can offer customized programs tailored to meet your specific group’s needs and goals. 

For more information or to check pricing and availability contact our Conference Center Coordinator Tony Bentley at (973) 838-2568 or conference@hi4y.org

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Day Trips


Day Trips

Day Trips


Day Trips

Our popular Day Trip package is ideal for school youth groups looking for fun, educational trips close to home. This package includes games, challenge course & team-building, nature hikes, outdoor recreation and environmental education. This program is available year round and educational activity options linked to the New Jersey and New York State Core Curricula are available. Reserve your date today!

Vacamas can offer educational programs for all ages and abilities on a variety of subjects including: Environmental and Earth Science, Arts and Crafts, Animal, Plant & Water Studies.

For more information, or to check pricing and availability, contact our Conference Center Coordinator Tony Bentley at (973) 838-2568 or conference@hi4y.org

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Challenge Course


Challenge Course & Team Building

Challenge Course


Challenge Course & Team Building

Vacamas’ Challenge Ropes Course and Team Building Programs are designed to bring your group closer together and allow every person to discover new strengths and a greater, more positive sense of self. Participants work together on a series of activities, tapping into each person’s unique qualities to meet each activity’s challenges. The activity is completed with a group reflection on the experience, allowing them to move onto the next adventure using their new-found techniques. As they reflect on each experience, the participants learn about leadership, trust, communication and problem-solving.
The Challenge Course experience is facilitated by our trained and certified staff focusing on safety first. With 12 elements in our low ropes course and 6 elements in our high ropes course, along with dozens of games and 230 beautiful wooded acres, we can tailor our program design to your group’s special goals and needs. These programs challenge individuals to step out of their everyday routine and experience something exciting, adventurous, and life changing. Post-challenge reflections help participants process the experience and discover how they can apply their new knowledge to other situations.


Cooperative Games, Socialization Activities and Ice-Breakers

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These are fun activities designed to reduce inhibitions and break down barriers, and are often based on a sequence of events instead of a defined task. Participants are encouraged to try new things that may place them outside their normal comfort zones. Examples include: : Name Game, Ball of Yarn and the Human Knot game

Trust Building Games

These activities provide participants the opportunity to demonstrate their trust in other members of the group through a series of sequenced events. Examples include: Trust Fall and Wind in the Willow and Lead the Blind exercise.

Low Ropes Course

A series of cables, ropes, and obstacles strung between trees or poles, 12 to 18 inches above the ground, low rope elements present tests of physical strength, stamina, agility, balance, and flexibility, and invite participants to confront such emotional issues as the fear of falling, the fear of failure, and the fear of losing control. Risk is managed by group members who assume critical spotting roles.
Examples include:
  • Crazy Ladder (Fire Cracker)
  • Cat Walk
  • Giants Ladder
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Zip Line
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Nitro Zip
  • Mohawk Walk
  • Horizontal Beam
  • Swinging Log
  • Telegraph Pole Shuffle (T.P. Shuffle)
  • Whale Watch

High Ropes Course

Our high ropes course and climbing programs generally focus on personal achievements and ask participants to confront their personal fears and anxieties.

Our high ropes course and climbing programs generally focus on personal achievements and ask participants to confront their personal fears and anxieties.
Elements:
A variety of individual and/or partner challenges. Our ropes course is built outdoors on telephone poles and trees and uses climbing ropes, steel cables and wood to create challenges 25-35 feet off the ground.
Examples include:
  • Crazy Ladder (Fire Cracker)
  • Cat Walk
  • Giants Ladder
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Zip Line
  • Indoor Climbing Wall

For more information, or to check pricing and availability, contact our Conference Center Coordinator Tony Bentley at (973) 838-2568 or conference@hi4y.org

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Overnights Trips


Overnight Trips

Overnights Trips


Overnight Trips

Overnight trip packages are perfect for both youth groups (including schools, scouts, sports teams and clubs) as well as adult outings for religious groups or corporate retreats. We offer half, full and multi-day packages ranging from rental only to meals and activities included.

With a wide range of housing options from college-style dorms to rustic winter and non-winterized cabins and tents, groups can choose from a variety of facilities based on their needs. Conference buildings have self-contained kitchens, meeting facilities, recreational spaces, dining areas and showers.

Click here to learn more about Camp Vacamas Map & Facilities

For more information, or to check pricing and availability, contact our Conference Center Coordinator Tony Bentley at (973) 838-2568 or conference@hi4y.org

 
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Outdoor Programs


Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs


Outdoor Programs

We can customize any outdoor program to suit your group needs and goals. Here is a sampling of the activities your group can experience:

In the winter months* we can offer:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Maple-sugar tapping
  • Ice skating
  • Ice fishing
  • Animal tracking
  • Snow sculpting

* Weather conditions permitting

  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Day and evening hiking
  • Cook-outs
  • Campfires
  • Fire–building skills
  • Survival skills
  • Sports fields
 

For more information, or to check pricing andvailability, contact our Conference Center Coordinator Tony Bentley at (973) 838-2568 or abentley@vacamas.org

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Facilities Tour


Facilities Tour

Facilities Tour


Facilities Tour

Camp Vacamas can accommodate small and large groups in a variety of overnight facilities from rustic to modern, and offers the following facilities:

  • Private lake for swimming, boating, fishing and beach barbeques
  • Multi-use indoor gymnasium
  • Theatre: Indoor and Outdoor stages with lighting and sound equipment
  • Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
  • High and Low Ropes courses
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Soccer field
  • Volleyball court
 
  • Playground
  • Arts and Crafts center
  • Creative Cooking teaching kitchen
  • Library for research, quiet reading, storytelling and creative writing
  • Acres of hiking trails
  • Cook-out facilities in various locations
  • Campfire circles in various locations

Labadorf Learning Center

The Labadorf Learning & Conference center was completed in 2006 and is the largest of Vacamas’ lodging facilities. This year-round heated building has bedrooms for 2-4 people which are set in two wings to house a maximum of 76 people. The Labadorf Center has a large teaching kitchen and full dining room. Three conference rooms, a computer lab and upstairs lounge make Labadorf perfect for all of your groups needs.

Download the Labadorf Learning Center Guide

 

Hayden Lodge

Hayden Lodge is a large, modern, year-round facility which can house up 64 people. Accommodation is provided in two separate dormitories and is suitable for co-ed groupings. Large dining and enclosed porch areas are available for dining and activities. Situated on a cove on Lake Larriwein, this building enjoys stunning views of the lake and the surrounding countryside.

Download the Hayden Lodge Guide

 

Leonard Franklin Theater Complex

This dormitory-style building is perfect for smaller groups and houses up to 32 people. Its large dining/activity area is great for a variety of year-round activities. Situated right in the center of camp, its convenient location is always popular.

Download the Leonard Franklin Theater Complex Guide

 

Donald Jonas Gymnasium & Leonard Franklin Theatre

Situated in the central area of camp, the Donald Jonas Gymnasium/Leonard Franklin Theatre is a modern, heated multi-purpose facility. This building can be used as an alternative program area, for sporting activities, in inclement weather and for evening programs.

Donald Jonas Gymnasium & Leonard Franklin Theatre Guide

 

Winterized Cabins

Located central to the main camp, facing our large, open sports field, are our-year round cabins. Each of our four cabins has bathroom and shower facilities and is heated. These traditional-style cabins can provide accommodation for up to 24 people. Available from late-August through mid-June, these cabins provide a genuine camping experience in any season.

Download the Winterized Cabins Guide

 

Rustic Summer Cabins

The warmer months open up more options at Vacamas. During these times, we can offer summer cabins with a centralized lodge housing the bathroom facilities. Each cabin offers sleeping facilities and adequate storage space for up to 20 people in two dormitory areas. These cabins offer the traditional camping experience and are available from late August through October and from April until mid June.

Download the Rustic Summer Cabins Guide