Day Camp at YMCA Camp Bernie is a thrilling, active program for all children entering grades K-11. Our weekly sessions allow campers to enjoy and explore everything our beautiful 285-acre facility has to offer. We believe that a camp experience provides children with the unique opportunity to try new things and discover who they truly are. We will help children to make new friends, build memories and to challenge themselves daily.

Kids on a hike

Summer Camp Reunion

Join us this December!  Catch up with your camp friends during a fun-filled weekend of activities.

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Featured Camp Activities

There’s so much to explore!  10 climbing elements, canoeing, sports, archery, arts & crafts, biking and so much more!  Click for a full list!

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Girl standing in front of archery target
Kid repelling down rock wall

Resilience Building

Today’s children face more stressful situations than we can imagine.  Kids often react by indulging in unhealthy behaviors.  As parents and childcare providers, we feel the need to protect them, but we must remember that our goal is to prepare them to be happy and productive adults.  YMCA Camp Bernie focuses on helping campers to build the 7 C’s:  competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control in order to better deal with stressful situations.  Together we can raise successful children who will make their unique and substantial contributions to the world.

International Exchange

Host an International Camper and your camper attends for FREE!

USA Immersion is a local not-for-profit organization offering fellowships to attend Camp Bernie YMCA Day Camp for free to those families interested in participating in their international cultural immersion program. Local families benefit from this program when they welcome in their homes an international student attending Camp Bernie YMCA Day Camp. In return, both the international students and our local kids benefit from the opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures while attending Day Camp together.


If you would like to find out more about the USAI-Camp Bernie YMCA Day Camp Fellowship, please call USAI at 845-876-7112. You can also contact them at

Kids playing GAGA


Three kids at camp

Children entering K-5th grades spend the week exploring our alluring programs.  In small groups, campers participate in a wide variety of adventurous outdoor activities throughout the week.  The program provides opportunities for campers to find what they enjoy most and do more of it as well as stretch their imaginations during All Camp Day every Wednesday.  This is a unique, customized experience where campers are immersed with our weekly themes.  Don’t miss the opportunity to dress up along with camp staff!

Teens & tweens entering 6th-8th grades experience all the fun of camp’s adventurous activities, plus some more advanced challenges!  Campers explore adventure outside of Camp Bernie while under the watchful eyes of our trained staff. 

These one week sessions focus on our most advanced challenge elements and other advanced camp activities, as well as some leadership opportunities--it’s all about excitement! O.W.Ls, or Outstanding Weekly Leaders, is our way to show our older campers that there’s a place for them here at Camp Bernie that allows them to make their mark on camp like never before!






Weekly Themes

Wolf Pack Trips

The Wolf Pack has their own adventures on Wednesdays.  Only grades 6-8.

Date Attraction Location
June 19 Dorney Park Allentown, PA
June 26 Camel Beach (Camelback) Tannersville, PA
July 3 Funplex East Hanover, NJ
July 10 Turtle Back Zoo Orange, NJ
July 17 to be announced -
July 24 to be announced
July 31 to be announced -
August 7 Mountain Creek (Mt. Vernon) Vernon, NJ
August 14 Delaware tubing trip -
August 21 Dorney Park Allentown, PA





Grade Unit 2024 Weekly Rate  
Kindergarten Lions $375  
1st Grade Tigers $375  
2nd-3rd Grade Foxes $375  
4th-5th Grade Bears $375  
6th-8th Grade Wolf Pack $450  
9th-11th Grade OWLs $375  



Registering before June 1st?

A minmum deposit of $100 (per week) is due at the time of registration, to secure your camper's spot.

Balance payments can be split up and charged on a monthly basis if desired.  If you need assistance setting up a payment plan, please contact the registrar's office by emailing  Balances are due by June 1st.


Registering after June 1st?

Registration fully closes the Wednesday prior to the start of the session.  This includes add-ons like lunch, transportation, and after-camp lessons.  Registration after June 1st must be paid in full.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does registration close?

    Parents are encouraged to register for their camp weeks as soon as possible to guarantee their camper’s spot. A waiting list will be created if camper units reach capacity. Registration officially closes at 5 p.m. the Wednesday prior to each week of camp.

  • Can my child be grouped with his/her friend?

    We accept two requests per camper and children must request each other. With an age gap, we prefer to avoid mixing ages in groups, but when exceptions are made, the older child must agree to move down to the younger group. We do not allow more than two requests as this can lead to cliques and some kids feeling excluded.

  • Do campers pick their own activities?

    We aim for campers to experience every program area at least once during their weekly schedule.  Grades 2-8 participate in "Free Choice", where they chose program areas to spend more time at throughout the week.  Campers sign ups take place on Monday morning with their units.  

  • What do you do to make first time campers feel comfortable?

    Every Monday begins with an orientation and team building games for campers to mix up any friend groups and get to know everyone! Campers choose activities based on their interests and staff are trained on creating inclusive environments.    

  • What should my camper pack for a day of camp?

    Please label each item with your camper’s name to ensure that is returned to you if it gets misplaced.
    ⎯ Water Bottle (minimum 20 oz)
    ⎯ Swimsuit
    ⎯ Towel
    ⎯ Spray Sunscreen
    ⎯ Lunch Box with ice pack
    ⎯ Change of clothes including underwear
    ⎯ Closed-toe shoes (required)

    ⎯ Goggles for swimming
    ⎯ Appropriate attire for inclement weather
    ⎯ Sunglasses
    ⎯ Hat
    ⎯ Bug spray

    Electronic devices such as cell phones, handheld video games, and smart watches are not permitted.

  • I think I have a credit on my account. How do I use it?

    Credits from prior years will not show online, only for Camp Administrators.  Please add the new session(s) to your camper's account and DO NOT make a payment. Contact us to let us know you're ready to have a credit applied and we will do so manually. If you have a balance left after the credit has been applied, you can then pay that balance online. Call 908-832-5315 or email

  • The system says I've been waitlisted. How do the waitlists work?

    Our units have limited spots available for campers based on state and ACA required ratios.  Once those slots have filled with campers who have paid their deposit, the system will offer a waitlist option to campers still trying to register.  Sessions have been filling earlier each year.  If you are on a waitlist, we will contact you directly to offer you a spot only if someone else drops out and your camper is next on the list.  Please email us at if you would like to be removed from a waitlist.  Our system will not permit families to pay camp tuition for waitlisted sessions, so if a spot opens up, the new camper's tuition will need to be paid in order to secure that spot.

  • What is Camp Store?

    Also known as the Trading Post, our cashless Camp Store is where campers can purchase snacks and drinks daily, and souvenirs on Fridays.  Parents can add money to their campers’ accounts online through Campwise or call our main office at 908-832-5315.  Lions may choose to purchase a “snack pack” daily which includes a small snack and a juice, but will only visit the Camp Store on Fridays.

  • What is your refund policy?

    We do not give refunds after June 1st, only account credit.  

  • What are your medical procedures?

    A licensed RN, LPN or Health Officer is on property 24/7. There are regular call times and medication is stored and administered by the Nurse. Hackettstown Regional Medical Center is 20 minutes from Camp. Many staff members are certified in Basic First Aid and AED/CPR.

  • What are the qualifications of your staff?

    Eighty percent of counselors are 18 and up; mostly college students.  Counselors are interviewed, have a minimum of four references checked and clear a criminal background screening both through Praesidium (which includes the national sex offerder public system) and the CARI state background check system.  Staff are also fingerprinted by the state of NJ.  Staff attend in-person trainings of 1-2 weeks, depending on position, as well as online training courses through the Redwoods Group and the state of NJ. 

    Program staff members carry training or certifications relevant to their program areas as well as American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED certifications. Lifeguards are certified by the American Red Cross.  On average, 1/3 of our counselors were campers at YMCA Camp Bernie helping them to relate to the children attending camp.

  • What's a typical day at camp look like?

    Here's a sample schedule:

    7-9am          Before Care
    8:45-9         Check-in
    9-9:10         Group Gathering/Flagpole
    9:10-10:10   Canoeing
    10:20-11:20 Swimming
    11:30-12:30 Vertical Playpen
    12:40-1:30   Lunch
    1:30-2:30     Nature
    2:45-3:45     Archery
    3:45-4:00    Group Gathering/Check-out
    4-5pm         Community Lessons, Extended Care, After Care
    5-6pm         After Care

  • What are the bus routes and times?

    East Route
    Pick-up            Drop Off           Location
    7:55-8:00         4:55-5:00         Valley View School - Lebanon Township
    8:15-8:20         4:40-4:45         Emmanuel Bible Church - Long Valley
    8:30-8:35         4:20-4:25         Hackettstown Middle School - Hackettstown


    West Route
    Pick-up            Drop Off           Location
    8:15-8:20         4:40-4:45         Franklin Township Elementary School - Franklin Township
    8:30-8:35         4:30-4:35         Faith Discovery Church - Washington
    8:45-8:50         4:20-4:25         Oxford Central School - Oxford

    2024 Rate: $60/week per family

  • Does Camp Bernie offer Financial Aid?

    Yes!  Applications for Camp Scholarships are considered on a rolling basis as long as funds remain available, but the first round of applications are reviewed on March 1st.  Only complete applications can be considered.  Scholarships are awarded for up to 60% of the full tuition rate, for a maximum of 5 day camp weeks.  Amounts are awarded are based on financial need.