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HI4Y’s Conference and Retreat Center in NJ offers outdoor and indoor social, recreation, challenge course, and team-building activities in a naturally beautiful setting just 45 minutes from New York City and Newark International Airport.

We invite schools, faith-based organizations, corporations, private groups, and families to enjoy our back-to-nature venue nestled in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains in Northwest New Jersey. 220 acres of private woodland with a 40-acre spring-fed lake for swimming, canoeing, and fishing make this retreat center in NJ a perfect getaway during all seasons.

Location - Less than 1 hour from New York City.

256 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ.

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Team Building In NJ

HI4Y Camp Vacamas is situated on 230 wooded acres of private land, surrounded by New Jersey’s 4,500-acre Norvin Green State Forest, with a private 40-acre lake. Participants 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. This ideal location provides our attendees with recluse and privacy to focus on Team Building in NJ area.

Kids Activities In NJ

Challenge Course (Low/High Ropes)

  • Zip-lining

  • Large Ball Field

  • Two Basketball courts

  • Gymnasium with indoor basketball court 

  • Indoor Stage

  • Beach

Some of HI4Y's kids activities in NJ include:

  • Canoeing, boating and swimming

  • Hiking Trails

  • Children's playground

  • Amphitheater 

  • Campfire Circles

  • BBQ Stations

Leave the planning to us - we'll create the perfect program for you!





  • College & School Trips

  • Faith-based & Fraternal Gatherings

  • Business & Civic Meetings

  • Rent-a-Camp Options

  • Family Weekends



  • Student & Teacher Retreats

  • Non-profit Organization Trips

  • Volunteer & Service Projects

  • Classroom & Environmental Learning

  • Personalized Programs



  • Corporate & Volunteer Service Engagements

  • Challenge Course & Adventure Challenges

  • Team Building Activities

  • Hiking, Biking & Running Trails

  • Mentoring Opportunities

Thank you so much for your warm welcome this week. The program was amazing and I’m so grateful for the experience.
— Kendall Drake, Customer

Accommodation Options


The Arlene Labadorf Learning Center

The Arlene Labadorf Learning & Conference Center is the largest of HI4Y’s lodging facilities. This year-round heated building has bedrooms for 2-4 guests in two separate wings that house a maximum of 80 people. The Labadorf Center has a full service kitchen and dining room. Two conference rooms, a business center, a semi-private loft, and outdoor deck and BBQ stations make Labadorf a perfect place for all of your group's needs.


Hayden Lodge

Hayden Lodge is a year-round, traditional camp lodge that accommodates up to 64 guests. Patrons stay in two large dormitory style rooms with their own bathroom and shower facilities. A full-service kitchen and dining space comfortably situated next to an enclosed porch area make it a cozy space for meetings and social activities. Situated on a cove overlooking our Lake Larriwien, Hayden Lodge enjoys close access to a camp circle, the primary walking trail, and immediate access to the main road.


Franklin Lodge

Franklin Lodge is a year-round space for camp and conference activities. The full-service kitchen and communal hall can seat up to 100 people for dining, presentations, workshops and group meetings. Franklin Lodge is conveniently located in the center of camp with short walks to the ball field, lake and challenge courses/zip line.


*We will do our best to work with your group to accommodate your needs.

*We will do our best to work with your group to accommodate your needs.

Our affordable and flexible pricing structure makes it easy for your group to design a package that suits your needs and ensures you only pay for what you need.

In addition to the options listed, as our site is based at our summer camp site at Camp Vacamas, we also offer traditional camp-themed options such as s’mores round a camp fire, pizza parties and snacks.

We would encourage all groups to reach out to us to discuss our pricing in more detail where we can create a package that suites the needs of your group.

You can schedule a tour of any of our facilities by leaving your details in the form at the top of the page or by sending an email to


Can we use the site for a day trip?

YES! We have many day trips through the year where groups use our site for team-building events, work conferences or training days. These were extremely popular in 2018 with many of the groups returning 2 or 3 times after they enjoyed their first visit so much. Below is a sample schedule for how a day trip could work for you:

9:00am Arrival/Round Up
9:30am Big Group Games/Icebreakers
10:00am Initiative/Team Building
12:00pm Lunch
12:45pm Zip-Lining
2:30pm Campfire/S’mores
3:00pm Departure

Will you have on-site staff to run the activities?

Of course. Depending on the size of your group, we will have a varied number of Hands in 4 Youth specialist staff available to you as and when required. In addition to our specialist roles in areas such as archery, zip-lining and cooking, we also have staff members available to lead your group hikes or simply be available to answer any of your questions while you are staying with us.

Does your organization offer anything other than retreats and day trips?

For almost a century, Hands In 4 Youth (formerly Vacamas Programs for Youth) has been offering award winning programs and much needed support to children and families from hard pressed neighborhoods. Since 1924, we have helped change the lives of tens of thousands of deserving children by offering quality summer camp opportunities to inner city children who would otherwise be unable to have that experience.  

As we recognized making a difference in the lives of children is not just a summer need, in the mid 1980s HI4Y began providing year-round services in New Jersey and New York schools. Educational support, enrichment programs, healthy snacks, as well as nature weekends, college visits, and cultural exposure is all part of how we help change lives.

For 94 years, Hands In 4 Youth has understood the changing needs of children, families, and communities, and responded with quality summer camping, after-school, in-school, and experiential learning programs. We are proud of our legacy of making memories and changing lives.

Our conference & retreat center plays a crucial role in funding our year-round programs and summer camp. As a group using our site, you are not only providing a fantastic experience for your group, but you are also supporting our organization and helping us make a difference in hundreds of children’s lives through the year.

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We had an amazing time during our stay at your retreat center in NJ. We especially enjoyed spending time with your wonderful staff. Their enthusiasm and warmth made us feel immediately welcome. In particular, we had fun eating s’mores and singing songs around the campfire. We learned a lot, as well. The challenge course helped us strengthen our teamwork and communication skills. We’ll always remember to work as a team and learn from our mistakes. We would recommend this program to anyone looking for outdoor activities in NJ. Thank you again!
— Youth Justice Board, NYC