Day Camp

"Camp Bernie is a first rate, fantastic camp.  Every year my son has new experiences, reaches new goals, and consistently has fun."

Camp Bernie Camper Parent

 

“My son felt very good about himself due to compliments given him by counselors and being awarded camp spirit/leadership beads.”

Day Camp Parent

“My daughter has never complained about being bored or unhappy when she is at Camp Bernie. All the counselors are kind, caring and wonderful.”

Day Camp Parent

    YMCA CAMP BERNIE

    Phone: (908) 832-5315
    Fax: (908) 832-9078
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    Adventure Day Camp at YMCA Camp Bernie is a thrilling, active day camp program for boys and girls 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.

     

    Philosophy
    Our day camp program is intentionally designed for campers to have fun while realizing their individual and collective potential. YMCA Camp Bernie provides an exciting, safe community for campers to enjoy the outdoors and build lifelong memories and friendships. Our incredible variety of activities allows campers to build confidence, try new things and have fun. A combination of personal choice activities and scheduled programming means that campers have the freedom to customize their experience.

     

    Staff
    Our staff are positive role models who are extensively pre-screened and trained to ensure that all counselors are mature, patient, skilled and responsible.

     

    Activities
    Activities including swimming, arts and crafts, basketball, archery, climbing tower, volleyball, canoeing, mountain biking and much, much more.

     

    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.

     

    New for 2018: Day Camp LUNCH makes a comeback!
    Day Camp lunch was introduced in 2017 and was quite a sucess.  Parents seemed to appreciate dealing with less thawed ice packs and lost lunch boxes.  Lunch for the week is just a $30 fee, but you MUST register for the lunch by the Wednesday prior to your session.  You'll also receive a google form where you can indicate whether your camper would prefer the hot lunch or cold sandwich optuion.  Check out the whole summer's lunch menu below!  *We do our best, but menu items are subject to change.

    Day Camp Lunch Menu 2017

    2018 Coming Spring 2018

     

    Day Camp Units & Rates:

     

    *Please note: Registration closes at 5pm the Wednesday prior to the start of the session.  Spaces may not be available for campers who have balances due after June 1st.

    Grade Group 2018 Earlybird Rates
    (good through 12/31 only)
    2018 Rates
    (after 1/1/18)
    K-1st grade Chickasaws $290* $295
    2nd-3rd grade Abenaki $290* $295
    4th-5th grade Apache $290* $295
    6th-9th grade Hopi $350* $360
    10th-11th grade Counselors-in-Training $225* $225

    *To obtain earlybird rates during registration, follow these steps:
    Register as usual and select all preferred options.  A screen will come up saying "Earlybird Discount available".  Check the box for the appropriate Unit : Chickasaw, Abenaki, Apache are grades K-5, Hopi is grades 6-9.  To be eligible for the earlybird rate, the balance must be paid in full, so proceed to the payment screen.  The balance due listed will be the earlybird rate.  Pay this in full by 12/31/17 to be approved for the earlybird discount.

    *Refunds will not be given after June 1st.

     

    2018 Themes

    Week Theme Dates
    Week 1

    TBD

    June 25-June 29
    Week 2 TBD

     

    July 2 - July 6 - yes, we have camp on July 4!
    Week 3

    TBD

    July 9 - July 13
    Week 4 TBD July 16 - July 20
    Week 5 TBD July 23 - July 27
    Week 6 TBD July 30 - August 3
    Week 7 TBD August 6 - August 10
    Week 8 TBD August 13 - August 17
    Week 9 TBD August 20 - August 24

     

    Hopi Trips

    Trips are subject to change.  The website trip schedule here is more updated than our brochure. 

    Date Attraction Location
    June 27th TBD TBD
    July 4th TBD TBD
    July 11th TBD TBD
    July 18th TBD TBD
    July 25th TBD TBD
    August 1st TBD TBD
    August 8th TBD TBD
    August 15th TBD TBD
    August 22nd TBD TBD

     

    USAI Fellowships - Host an International Camper and your camper attends for FREE!

    USA Immersion is a local not-for-profit organization offering fellowships to attend Camp Bernie YMCA Day Camp for free to those families interested in participating in their international cultural immersion program. Local families benefit from this program when they welcome in their homes an international student attending Camp Bernie YMCA Day Camp. In return, both the international students and our local kids benefit from the opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures while attending Day Camp together.


    If you would like to find out more about the USAI-Camp Bernie YMCA Day Camp Fellowship, please call USAI at (845) 688-2434. You can also contact them at info@usaimmersion.org

     

     

    Add-on Programs

    These enrichment events are available for an additional fee.

     

    Horse & Pony Riding

    Horseback riding is available as a component of our summer camp program, or through individual registration. We offer instructional lessons every weekday afternoon as well as trail rides through our property. Lessons include elements or horse management, from grooming to feeding the horses.

     

    Swim Lessons

    Our American Red Cross certified Lifeguards help children improve their swimming skills throught the use of the National YMCA Swim Lesson program.  Children are grouped according to skill level and guided through engaging activities to develop and improve skills.  Swim Lessons are offered 4-5pm Monday through Thursday, with Friday reserved in the event of cancelation due to thunder.

     

    Archery Lessons

    Archery is a timeless sport, easy to learn and fun to master!  Our USAA certified instructors will assess your child's skills and help them to improve their stance and techniques.  Marksmanship games are incorporated to keep things fun and fresh.  Archery Lessons are offered 4-5pm Monday through Thursday, with Friday reserved in the event of cancelation due to thunder.

     

    Thursday Campouts

    Available in weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7, Thursday campouts give kids a taste of real camping.  Campers will experience eating a cookout dinner, pitching tents, roating marshmallows over a fire to make s'mores, and playing evening games that just can't be done with the sun up.  This is a great way to introduce your camper to the idea of Overnight Camp!  Cabins are available in the event of foul weather.  Friday breakfast is included.

     

    Transportation

    Camp  Bernie provides transportation to and from camp for a fee of $55 per family.  Bus stops include Hackettstown Middle School in Hackettstown, Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Long Valley, and Valley View School in Lebanon Township.  Check back here for any changes to Bus stop locations.

     

    Forms & Downloads

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    Youth Leadership Weekend

    March 10-11, 2018

     

    A weekend to work on leadership skills and learn more about Camp Bernie’s Summer Programs. Open…

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