Overnight Camp has been canceled for summer 2020.  The following information is in regards to summer 2021.


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.

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Accommodations

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 2021 Earlybird Rate 2021 Rate
TBD Session: 13A Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800 TBD

TBD

Session: 13B Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800 TBD

TBD

Session: 13C Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800 TBD
TBD Session: 13D Tier 1 $1900, Tier 2 $1850, Tier 3 $1800 TBD
Date Theme 2021 Earlybird Rate 2021 Rate
TBD Session: 7A Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975 TBD
TBD Session: 7B Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975 TBD

TBD

Session 7C Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975 TBD
TBD Session 7D Tier 1 $1,025, Tier 2 $1,000, Tier 3 $975 TBD

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Holdovers

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 2021 Rate
Session A to B TBD TBD TBD
Session B to C TBD TBD TBD
Session C to D TBD TBD TBD

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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!

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!