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YMCA CAMP BERNIE

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Battling Nature Deficit Disorder

YMCA Camp Bernie was one of the first camps in the country to offer Outdoor Education programming to schools. Just this year, Camp Bernie served nearly 8,000 students in Outdoor Education.

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Bernie-Isms: Do You Know Our Camp Language?

If you have never been taught the “language of Bernie”, now is your chance! Below is a glossary of terms to educate any Bernie "novices" about our summer camp lingo.

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How Does Our Summer Staff Get Trained?

One of the most frequently asked questions at Camp Bernie is, “How do you train your staff?” Parents are often surprised to hear just how extensive the training period is for our Summer Camp staff.

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“Missing Home-Ness”

We may be a touch biased, but we believe camp is a wonderful experience that every child deserves to have. Our number one goal for our campers is that they are emotionally and physically safe during their entire stay at camp, for however long they are here.

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What’s NEW for 2013 at YMCA Camp Bernie’s Summer Camp Programs?

Plans are taking shape for our 56th summer of camp. Counselors are being hired, supplies are being ordered - and of course, new ideas are being developed. 

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Announcing Our Newest Outdoor Education Class: Raft Building

We are pleased to announce that starting in the spring of 2013, schools and rental groups will be able to select raft building as a teambuilding and adventure class during their trip.

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QUIZ: Do You Know Our Captivating Critters?

Take this quiz to find out how well you know the YMCA Camp Bernie Nature Lodge!

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Reunion Weekend Recap & Top 10 List!

6 weeks later and we are still feeling the buzz from having over 90 campers and a dozen staff members return for our Summer Camp Reunion.

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Save the Date: Winter Fest 2013!

Plans are taking shape for our first Open House of the 2013 year which coincides with our 5th annual Winter Fest Family Day. This event is scheduled for Sunday, February 10th from 2-5 PM.

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Winter Activities at YMCA Camp Bernie

We often hear from our spring, summer and fall groups this time of year, and they will say things like, “it must be your quiet time at camp”. We say, "think again..." 

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YMCA Camp Bernie is Back Online in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

Like so many of our friends and neighbors across the Tri-State area, Super Storm Sandy left its mark on the YMCA Camp Bernie property.

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What is the Healthy U Program?

The Healthy U program is made possible by a grant from the Horizon Foundation. There are three components to the grant — The Healthy U Afterschool program, The Healthy U Early Childhood Education Program, and the Healthy U School based program.

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Reunion Camp Preview

Now that the calendar has flipped to November, the countdown to reunion camp is officially underway!

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Top Ten Signs Your Child Might Be Suffering from “Camp Sickness”

While it is possible that your child experienced homesickness, or as we call it “missing home-ness”, during their time at camp this summer, it is also possible that he or she is now experiencing “camp sickness”.

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How Food Service Has Become Part of the Fun at Camp Bernie

One thing that we all know about summer camp is that it is an easy way to work up an appetite. Thankfully, Chef Michael Bourland and the entire YMCA Camp Bernie staff have recognized this, and made the meals here a priority.

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Spotlight Group: Immaculata High School Marching Band

At YMCA Camp Bernie, we serve a wide diversity of groups whose goals and objectives for visiting camp vary tremendously.

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What is BSDAT?

BSDAT is not just some random scrambled letter combination, but rather one of the most well liked and highly rated classes offered at the YMCA Camp Bernie Outdoor Center.

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What Our Campers Are Saying!

You know, it’s easy for us at the Camp Bernie office to describe all of the great things about our variety of summer camp programs, but we know deep down that our best and most important critics are our campers themselves. 

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2012 Candleboat Ceremony

One of the long standing and most important traditions at YMCA Camp Bernie is our annual Candleboat Ceremony. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for August 16th at 7:30 PM; as always, campers, families, friends and alumni are all welcome to attend.

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Delaware River Trip

One of our favorite traditions at overnight camp is the Delaware River Trip, which takes place the first Thursday & Friday of each 13 day session.

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Developing Homegrown Staff: Camp Bernie’s Counselor in Training Program

One of the most successful programs at YMCA Camp Bernie is our CIT program, a 4 week opportunity for rising 11th graders to learn the ins and outs of becoming camp counselors in the future.

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Keep Track of What’s Happening at YMCA Camp Bernie this Summer!

Missing camp? Of course you are! No matter what you are doing these days, a little dose of summer camp is good for the soul. 

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Five Classes and Activities You Might Be Missing at Camp Bernie

YMCA Camp Bernie is proud to offer a diverse array of Outdoor Education and Environmental Education classes; while many of our guests are familiar with our core activities, our menu of choices includes some hidden gems.

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Summer Camp’s Role in Combating Summer Learning Loss

One of the new “buzz” terms in education is Summer Learning Loss. This refers to a trend in which children return to school following summer vacation having regressed in both literacy and mathematical computation skills. 

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Are You Ready for a Truly Epic Summer?

Ready or not, we have four amazing All-Camp Days planned and themed just for you! All Camp Days are the highlight of our 13 day overnight camp sessions, which feature all camp activities, costumes, creative meals, special guests and wild competitions.

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Partnering for Summer Camp: YMCA Camp Bernie and USA Immersion

Once again, YMCA Camp Bernie is proud to be working together with USA Immersion to bring foreign children to our summer day and overnight camp programs.

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Top ten reasons why every child deserves a camp experience!

Children spend so much time indoors, and off of their feet. At summer camp, children spend their day moving, running, hiking, jumping, dancing, climbing, biking; they almost forget what it feels like to sit!

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The Lore School & The Y: Character Counts

How Outdoor Education at a YMCA Camp helps meet the goals of Character Education.

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Outdoor Education: The Experience of a Lifetime

The world is wide open to today’s youth. They have resources that we could barely imagine growing up.

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Community Dirtbike Classes

Beginner Dirtbike Lessons

Sunday afternoons 2:45-4pm

2017 Spring: May 21 - June 11

Ages 11 & Up

$170

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Open House Dates

Come visit YMCA Camp Bernie to see where your child can spend their summer!

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