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HI4Y CAMP VACAMAS SUMMER CAMP

Call 973.838.0942 or Email registrar@hi4y.org For More Info

Free Bus to camp from NYC!

Welcome to Camp Vacamas!

Every summer, hundreds of young people from all over New York City and beyond come to Vacamas for a summer to remember and meet friends they will never forget. Our 12- and 19-day trips provide exciting and challenging age-specific adventures for campers ages 6-17, having completed 1st through 11th grades. Camp provides city children with new experiences in a safe and fun nature-based environment.

Location - Less than 1 hour from New York City.

256 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ. Buses available at no additional cost from selected locations in NY & NJ.

Find Out If You Qualify For Our Discounted Prices Today!

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2019 Sleepaway Camp Dates:

Session 1: June 30th - July 11th (12 days)
Session 2: July 14th - August 1st (19 days)
Session 3: August 4th - August 22nd (19 days)

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Some Of Our Facilities Include:

  • Two Basketball Courts

  • Indoor Stage

  • Beach

  • Zip Lining

  • Large Ball Field

  • Hiking Trails

  • Canoeing, boating and swimming

  • Children's playground

  • Amphitheater

  • Campfire Circles

  • BBQ Stations

  • Challenge Course (Low/High Ropes)

It was the best four years of my life at Camp Vacamas and I can’t wait to return this summer.
— Isiah Miller, Camper 2013-2017

Safety

Our number one priority is the safety of your child. We maintain a high staff-to-camper ratio, and our experienced staff members are background-checked, fully trained and carefully supervised. Camp Vacamas is accredited by the American Camp Association, as well as local and state Health Departments. We have an onsite medical team, and there is a hospital just minutes away. All waterfront activities are conducted by certified American Red Cross Swim Instructors, Lifeguards, and a Waterfront Director.


Affordability

As a non-profit organization, HI4Y’s aim is to make sure that summer camp is affordable for all children. Each child’s fee is set individually, taking into account family income and size and using a sliding fee scale. Our fees are a great deal less than other summer programs, and sibling discounts are available.

At Camp Vacamas, our fees for 19 day sessions range from $900 to $2,000 per session for a full compliment of comprehensive services and activities. Transportation to camp is provided from NYC, Westchester and selected locations in New Jersey at no additional cost.

*All sleepaway sessions also include a non-refundable $90 registration fee. A $60 registration fee applies to any additional trips you sign up for.

*All sleepaway sessions also include a non-refundable $90 registration fee. A $60 registration fee applies to any additional trips you sign up for.

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Meals

The menu at Camp Vacamas is child-friendly, healthy, and plentiful. Campers eat three full meals each day in our dining hall with their bunk group and counselor. Meals are served family-style and vegetarian and vegan alternatives are available. We offer a salad bar at each meal so that children can limit their carbohydrates and fat consumption, or have a balanced diet. Our salad bars are rich in fresh vegetables and fruits as well as non-meat proteins such as beans and dairy products. We do not serve pork or shellfish. We can accommodate some dietary restrictions (please call for more information). A fruit snack and cold beverages are offered in the afternoon and it is a long tradition at Camp Vacamas to have milk and cookies before bed each night.


FAQs

Why is there a tiered price range?

Our pricing structure is tiered based upon household income in order to offer affordable pricing to all families who choose Camp Vacamas. We serve families from all backgrounds and we work hard all year to raise necessary funds to subsidize camp for families who may otherwise not be able to afford it. You can view the pricing structure for 2019 including costs for our LIT (Leaders-In-Training) program here: www.hi4y.org/pricing-2019

Can I contact my child while they are at camp?

YES! Each year, we hire an experienced Guidance Counselor who acts as a line of communication between our campers and their parents/guardians. This offers the chance to call us to check on the welfare of the children, pass on email messages or even send care packages while the children are at camp.

In addition to this, we also have Facebook groups for parents where we share daily photos of the campers at their activities. As we know parents can often be very busy, we allow campers time each day where we encourage them to write letters home to share their camp experience with their parent/guardian.

Will I have a chance to come and visit the camp?

While we don't allow parent visits during the camp sessions, we will be having a number of Open Houses prior to the start of summer 2019. This is your chance to come along, have a tour of the site and ask any questions you have about Camp Vacamas. These dates will be shared on our social media channels over the next few months. Follow us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/vacamasprograms


I can’t begin to sum up all the fond memories I’ve had while at camp. But what I can say to any parent who is looking for a place to send your child, This is it! Camp Vacamas is truly a magical gem!
— Former Camper