• Hands in 4 Youth - Camp Vacamas (map)
  • 256 Macopin Road
  • West Milford, NJ, 07480
  • United States

Hands In 4 Youth invites you to the first annual HIKE-A-THON and Field Day at Camp Vacamas on Saturday, September 8th!


Are you an alumni of Camp Vacamas? One of our recent camp or after-school program families? Part of the local community? Or, do you just love the great outdoors and want to support a terrific non-profit organization while you’re at it? Come out for our FREE Field Day, a full day of family-friendly camp activities, food and entertainment! 

Activities available will include:

  • Boating
  • Climbing wall and zipline
  • Archery
  • A kid-friendly arts & crafts project to complete and take home
  • Game equipment on the ball field and basketball courts
  • AND YOU CAN JOIN THE 5k HIKE-A-THON (More info below)
  • Enjoy live music all afternoon by Robert Matarazzo. 

FREE BUS SERVICE FROM NYC (courtesy of Jordan Transportation-STA)

PICKUP TIME: 9:45 AM (Bus leaves promptly at 10:00 AM, DON'T BE LATE)

PICKUP SITE: 400 West 49th Street, Manhattan (between 9th and 10th Ave.)

PLEASE RSVP to brollins@hi4y.org (so we can have an accurate headcount)

Bus leaves Camp for the return trip at 4:30 PM

Food will be available for purchase at camp at the food truck from Left Bank Burger Bar

Check them out at: http://www.lbburgerbar.com/

Water will be available onsite, free of charge.

ALL ARE WELCOME for a day of fun and togetherness at Hands In 4 Youth’s Camp Vacamas! 


By joining our first-ever 5k HIKE-A-THON, you'll help raise funds to support our programs for deserving youth, and have the opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of our 230-acres of wooded hills and lakeshore in a whole new way.  

Register TODAY for the Hike-a-thon as an individual, or build a team! You can get started right now at this link:


NOTE: registration is only required if you're participating in the Hike-a-thon. No registration is required if you just want to attend Field Day.

For those planning to hike: the HI4Y Hike-a-thon is a non-competitive event, intended for anyone of any age who feels prepared for a nice trail hike! The course is not overly strenuous, however there are changes in elevation and sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended. There will be water available throughout the course, and all appropriate safety resources onsite. 

When you join the Hike-a-thon, there is a small registration fee to support event costs; you'll have the option to have your registration fee refunded once you've raised $100 in donations to sponsor your hike! You'll also have the option to start, or join, a hiking team with a shared fundraising goal--and shared fun on the day! You'll also receive an exclusive Hike-a-thon 2018 t-shirt.

You'll have your own webpage that gives you all of the tools you'll need to get the word out, and build donations from generous folks that want to sponsor your hike. We're here to help! We'll provide updates and any resources you need to reach your own personal fundraising goal. Note that there is NO minimum fundraising goal that you must commit to; every dollar you raise is meaningful! Registration is a simple process and there's more information about that as you continue through this sign up.

The mission of Hands in 4 Youth is to inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to be fully engaged in school and life so they have opportunity and choice to pursue their dreams. The foundation of our programs is Camp Vacamas: for 94 straight years, we've offered children from all walks of life the chance to come to camp for weeks of fresh air and sunshine, adventures and teamwork, challenging themselves physically, making new friends and memories for a lifetime in a safe and nurturing environment. Not just during the summer: the students in our after-school enrichment programs come to Camp Vacamas as well, and fun, hands-on learning activities are part of every program. Nearly 100% of our camp families require some level of financial assistance to send their kids to Camp Vacamas, and by joining the Hike-a-thon, YOU will help make that possible--and have fun doing it!