Outdoor Education

At YMCA Camp Bernie, we offer both day and overnight programs to enhance your school’s curriculum and give your students a hands-on educational experience that they will treasure for a lifetime.

"I enjoyed my stay here.  The activities were fun and the area was a nice change of setting from the city.  Thanks for being a welcoming community for me and my school!"

Camp Bernie Participant

“My favorite activity was the climbing tower because I felt achievement when I got to the top of the chimney wall”

5th Grade Camper

    YMCA CAMP BERNIE

    Phone: (908) 832-5315
    Fax: (908) 832-9078
    Email: Click Here

    Philosophy
    Outdoor Education programs are available throughout the year, encompassing all seasonal variations. The overall curriculum is diverse, flexible and relevant to students of all ages and has been aligned with the NJ State Core Curriculum Standards.  Many of our activities are also adaptable for teachers and other adult professionals.

     

    Staff
    Our full-time, professional Outdoor Education staff is dedicated to working with you from the moment you begin the planning process to the time we wave goodbye to your students. We will visit your school, attend parent information meetings and work with your staff to plan your YMCA Camp Bernie experience, with the goal of helping you to design the outdoor education experience that is right for you.

     

    Activities
    YMCA Camp Bernie offers over 30 Outdoor Education programs encouraging a greater understanding of ourselves, our relationships, our environment and the responsibility we all share in protecting our resources. On-site OE professionals work closely with schools and organizations to provide students with specific activities to gain insight into our environment, as well as the importance of teamwork and group interaction.  Please see our complete activity list and list of outside presenters for current program offerings.

     

     

    Contact us for more information or to discuss available dates for your school field trip.

     

    Sample Schedules

    We work closely with you throughout the planning process to customize a schedule based on your needs.  These schedules are examples, but can be adjusted for your length of stay.

     

    Sample 1-Day Schedule
    8:45p Arrival/Orientation
    9-10:30a Activity 1
    10:30-10:45a Restroom/Water Break
    10:45a-12:15p Activity 2
    12:15-1:30p Set-up & Lunch
    1:30-3:00p Activity 3
    3:00-3:15p Restroom/Water Break
    3:15-4:45p Activity 4
    4:45-5:00p Restroom Break/Board Busses
    5:00p Depart

     

    Sample 3-Day Schedule
    Day 1:  
    10:00a Arrival
    10:00-10:30a Settle into Cabins
    10:30-11:00a Orientation
    11:00a-12:15p Ice Breakers/New Games
    12:15-1:30p Set-up & Lunch
    1:45-3:15p Activity 1
    3:15-3:30p Restroom/Water Break
    3:30-5:00p Activity 2 
    5:00-5:45p Cabin Time/Free Time
    5:45-7:00p Set-up & Dinner
    7:00-8:30p Evening Activity
    8:30-9:00p Snack
    9:00p Return to Cabins

     

    Day 2:  
    7:45-9:00a Set-up & Breakfast
    9:00-10:30a Activity 3
    10:30-10:45a Restroom/Water Break
    10:45a-12:15p Activity 4
    12:15-1:30p Set-up & Lunch
    1:45-3:15p Activity 5
    3:15-3:30p Restroom/Water Break
    3:30-5:00p Activity 6
    5:00-5:45p Cabin Time/Free Time
    5:45-7:00p Set-up & Dinner
    7:00-8:30p Evening Activity
    8:30-9:00p Snack
    9:00p Return to Cabins

     

     

    Day 3:  
    7:45-9:00 a Set-up & Breakfast
    9:00-10:30a Activity 7
    10:30-10:45a Restroom/Water Break
    10:45a-12:15p Activity 8
    12:15-1:30p Set-up & Lunch
    1:45-3:15p Depart

     

    Forms & Downloads

     

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