Ages 7 - 11 years old
We are excited to share with the community our new collaborative camp program. The Hunterdon County YMCA and the Educational Service Commission (ESC) are partnering to offer three amazing camp weeks. The camp programs will take place at the Califon property of the ESC. This beautiful campus sit high in the hills of Hunterdon County overlooking the Ken Lockwood Gorge. This area in Hunterdon is well known for its many preserved nature areas. The natural beauty is astounding. Bald eagles, red tailed hawks, fox, and many more creatures call this place home, which tells us this is the perfect setting for our nature camps. NATURE CAMP FEE PER WEEK:
Full Members: $315 Program Members: $365
How these camps work:
Campers will start their day at either Camp Carr or Sports Camp; you can choose either of these camps to be your home camp. Campers will then be transported by school bus from their home camp (Camp Carr or Sports Camp) to the ESC in Califon. Fishing camp and Farming and Gardening camp weeks are ½ day ( ½ the day is spent at the ESC and the other ½ of the day campers will return to their home camp for swimming and other camp activities). The Environmental Survival and Adventure camp is a full day camp at ESC. (the entire day will be spent at the ESC campus and campers will be returned to their home camp for dismissal, busing and extended care).
Farming and Gardening
June 25-June 29 (Session 2)
This camp will take full advantage of all the great assets at the Educational Service Commission property in Califon. In partnership with our HCY camp staff educators from the ESC will guide campers through a hands on farming and gardening experience. Working with the ESC farm animals campers will learn about their daily care and the natural benefits they provide us with. Campers will also get their hand dirty while digging into the garden. Campers will learn about all types of gardening from large farms and square foot gardening to hydroponics and sustainable growth. All aspects of farm and garden camp are implemented through fun learning activities and great takeaways. Don’t miss out on the unique camp experience hosted on an amazing property in Hunterdon County.
July 9 – July 13 (Session 4)
Even the most experienced fishermen or woman would love this camp. Through fun and engaging games and activities campers will learn all the interrelated environment factors that contribute to a successful fishing day. Each day (weather permitting) campers will have an opportunity to fish at the ESC fully stock catch-and-release pond while trying to catch rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegills. Alongside an introduction to reel and fly fishing campers will explore a pond and creek environment while discovering the critters that call the area home. Throughout the week, campers will practice fishing and play games and activities to get to know the environment around them. On Friday, there will be a fishing competition with prizes given out to the campers who catch the largest and the most fish!
Environmental Survival & Adventure Camp
(Full Day at ESC)
July 16 – July 20 (Session 5)
Lost in the woods? Not these campers!! After a week of learning about shelter building, plant and animal identification, tracking, water purification, outdoor hazards, survival gear and so much more they will be ready to head out on an overnight camping adventure. The ESC property is perfect for experiencing this adventure camp. Activities will challenge campers in a fun experiential way that sparks their curiosity for exploration, nature and how to live alongside harmoniously.