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 275-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.

COVID-19 Procedures for Summer Day Camp 2020 
 

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Featured Camp Activities

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

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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.

Programs

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.  The entire day 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.  *Summer 2020 will feature special on-site entertainment and activities in place of off-site trips.

Trips amended for summer 2020

Outstanding Weekly Leaders (OWL) - Last Summer, Camp Bernie introduced a new and exciting endeavor for 9th-11th grade campers, and it was a hit! These one week sessions focus on our most advanced challenge elements and other 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!

Wolf Pack Trips

Please note that for summer 2020 trips will largely be replaced by on-site entertainment and activities, especially for the beginning of the summer, and as always, are subject to change.

Date Attraction Location
July 9th Hippo Chow Down Inflatable & Kona Ice Onsite
July 16th Inflatable Slip & Slide & Enjoy Creperie Onsite
July 23rd Nailed it Competition & Rita’s Italian Ice Onsite
July 30th Inflatable Derby Races & Nacho Bar Onsite
August 6th Escape Room, Laser Maze, and Cold Stone Creamery Onsite
August 12th Paint & Snack and Arena Touch Light Possibly Offsite
August 19th TBD Possibly Offsite
August 26th TBD Possibly Offsite

Add-Ons

Dates & Rates

Rates

Grade Group 2020 Rate
K-1st Grade Chickasaw Lions $307
2nd-3rd Grade Abenaki Foxes $307
4th-5th Grade Apache Bears $307
6th-8th Grade Wolf Pack $382
9th-11th Grade OWLs $307

*Please note: Registration closes at 5pm the Wednesday prior to the start of the session.  $100 deposit per session is required to reserve a spot.  Balances are due June 1st.  Spaces may not be available for campers who have balances due after June 1st. Refunds will not be given after June 1st.

 

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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 one request per camper and both children must request each other. With an age gap, the older child must agree to move down to the younger group. We do not allow multiple requests as this can lead to cliques and some kids feeling excluded.

  • Do campers pick their own activities?

    Campers 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 chose activities based on their interests and staff are trained on honing 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)
    ⎯ Face mask in a plastic bag
    ⎯ On-the-go bottle of hand sanitizer

    Optional:
    ⎯ Goggles for swimming
    ⎯ Appropriate attire for inclement weather
    ⎯ Sunglasses
    ⎯ Hat
    ⎯ Bug spray
    ⎯ Individual activity as a second option to planned activities*
    - Basic supplies such as a pack of crayons, markers etc. (these will be provided)*

    *There will be times that campers are offered individual activities to choose from & they are welcome to bring some basic supplies for personal use if they feel more comfortable. We suggest books or a small bag of toys they can play with on their own, while around other campers. These items will not be shared between campers. These can also be used if campers do not want to participate in a scheduled activity as well. Electronic devices are still not permitted.

  • What is Trading Post?

    Trading Post is our camp store 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.  Chickasaw Lions may choose to purchase a “snack pack” daily which includes a small snack and a juice, but will only visit the Trading Post on Fridays.

  • What is your refund policy?

    We do not give refunds after June 1st.  

  • What are your medical procedures?

    A licensed RN, LPN or EMT 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?

    80% of counselors are 18 and up; mostly college students.  Counselors are interviewed, have a minimum of three references checked and clear a Criminal Background Screening.  Specialty staff members carry 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         Extended Care & Community Lessons
    5-6pm         After Care

     

  • What are the bus routes and times?

    East Route
    Pick-up            Drop Off           Location
    7:55-9:00         4:55-5:00         Valley View School - Lebanon Township
    8:15-8:20         4:35-4:40         Emmanuel Bible Church - Long Valley
    8:30-8:35         4:15-4:20         Hackettstown Middle School - Hackettstown

     

    West Route
    Pick-up            Drop Off           Location
    7:55-9:00         4:55-5:00         Franklin Township Elemeentary School - Franklin Township
    8:15-8:20         4:35-4:40         Oxford Central School - Oxford
    8:30-8:35         4:15-4:20         St. Joseph's Catholic Church - Washington

Kids need camp more than ever this summer!

Camp Bernie will be implementing new procedures into our camp program for summer 2020 to address COVID-19.  These are in accordance with State, CDC, and YMCA/ACA guidelines and are available on our Day Camp web page.

 

Overnight Camp has, unfortunately, been canceled for the summer of 2020.  Please see our Events page for info on our alternate programs this summer: Family Archery, Family Horseback Riding, Weekend Cabin Rentals, Community Swim Lessons, and Labor Day Family Camp!