YMCA Camp Bernie’s Overnight Camp is a traditional, co-ed program for kids entering grades 2-10. Campers are grouped into Units by gender and age, with each Unit divided into cabins composed of 8-10 campers and 2-3 counselors. Our traditions and camp spirit unite our overall camp community as campers are engaged in instructional activities, structured free play and memorable all-camp events each session.

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 Cs: 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.

A group of kids in green shirts playing tug of war.


Campers are grouped by gender and grade level to provide optimal living and learning experiences in a safe, supportive environment. Lodges and cabins are equipped with bunk style beds, storage areas, indoor toilets and showers. All cabins have interior fireplaces and/or exterior fire pits for evening cabin activities. Older boys (grades 7-10) reside in the Nation, a more rustic, natural environment with screened wooden cabins and a central bath house.

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Add-On Programs

Dates & Rates

Date Theme 2020 Rate
June 28-July 10 The Wildest West
Session: 13A
Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800
July 12-24 Happily Ever After?
Session: 13B
Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800

July 26 - August 7

Color Wars: Dynasties
Session: 13C
Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800
August 10 – 21 Battle of the Ages
Session: 13D
Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800
Date Theme 2020 Rate
June 28-July 5 The Wildest West
Session: 7A1
Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975
July 12-19 Happily Ever After?
Session: 7B1
Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975

July 26 - August 2

Color Wars: Dynasties
Session 7C1
Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975
August 9 – 16 Battle of the Ages
Session 7D1
Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975

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The dessert of the camp session! If you’re signed up for multiple sessions, you can stay through the weekend and have the camp all to yourself! Holdover is also a great late pick-up option for families who have difficulty getting to camp on the scheduled Friday. Specialized activities, meals and even off-camp trips or on-site entertainment is included.

Please note: holdover can be added on to the end of a session for parents who prefer a Sunday pickup, however, holdover cannot be the beginning of your camp sessions.

Session Date Off-site Trip or On-site Entertainment 2020 Rate
Session A to B July 10-12 TBD $240
Session B to C July 24-26 TBD $240
Session C to D August 7-9 TBD $240


Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

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

    We help the children make new friends through cabin chats and team building exercises. Additionally, we call parents/guardians within 48 hours of a first-time overnight camper’s arrival.

  • What are the qualifications of your staff?

    Eighty percent of counselors are 18 or over, mostly college students. Seventeen-year-old JCs are paired with a Senior Counselor in Overnight Camp and lead younger groups in Day Camp. 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. On average, one third of our counselors were campers at YMCA Camp Bernie helping them to relate to the children attending camp.

  • What is the Trading Post?

    This is our camp store with snacks, drinks, clothing items and souvenirs. We carry a supply of toiletry items that campers may have forgotten. Campers visit the Trading Post on a daily basis.

  • 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 do you do on rainy days?

    If it is moderate, we run our regular program; campers will need rain gear. For heavy rain, we run special, pre-planned indoor activities. During a thunderstorm, all campers and staff will immediately be brought indoors.

  • How do I contact my child?

    Parents can send e-mails via their online accounts; these are delivered to the campers daily. We also encourage parents to send traditional letters. We do not allow cell phones, as in our experience, phone conversations lead to increased homesickness.

  • What are the bus pick-up and drop-off times/locations?

    The Overnight bus from the Ridgewood YMCA checks in at 12:00 p.m., with a departure of 12:30 p.m. On closing days, the bus departs Camp at 10:30 a.m., arriving at the Ridgewood YMCA at 12:00 p.m.

Kids need camp more than ever this summer!

Based on indications from Governor Murphy, YMCA Camp Bernie is planning to start Day Camp on June 22 and Overnight Camp on June 28.  We are working to implement new procedures to address COVID-19 into our summer camp programs for summer 2020 which will be posted here in the next week.

New to Camp Bernie?  Join us for our Virtual Open Houses on May 31st.  

1pm - Day Camp  Click here to RSVP

2:30pm - Overnight Camp  Click here to RSVP


Existing Camper Families please join us for our Virtual Town Hall on May 31st at 11am.  Click here to RSVP

To register for Family Archery, please call 908-832-5315 or email capsley@campbernieymca.org