Environmental Trips for Challenge (E.T.C.)

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Environmental Trips for Challenge, or E.T.C., gives campers an exciting and challenging experience in the outdoors through high adventure opportunities, a fun and diverse community, and a unique camp experience. Based in our Delaware Unit, E.T.C. will help campers will gain confidence, build new friendships.

All our E.T.C. programs are coed, with boys and girls housed in separate cabins while they are in camp, and separate tents while they are on trips. Each trip is led by an experienced, responsible staff member, who is at least 21 years old, who is assisted by at least one additional staff member. Campers will experience outdoor camping, cooking and sleeping in tents, as well as many activities based at Fairview Lake, such as archery, swimming and team building. Our programming includes One Week Camps, One Week Trips, Two Week Trips and a Three Week "Extreme Challenge" Trip.

Wondering which Adventure Camp or Trip is most suitable? Check out our Adventure Rating System for guidance.


Camp vs. Trips

  • Camps: An adventurous experience that is located at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps for the entirety of the camp program.
  • Trips: An experience mainly off-site where campers will camp in tents. Fairview Lake YMCA Camps will be used as a home base.

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One Week Camps

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Angler's Catch

Entering Grades 4-10

Adventure Rating Level 1
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Sessions:

  • July 22 - 28

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Ideal for the fishing enthusiast. Learn the basics of freshwater fishing on our beautiful 110- acre lake, and catch large and small-mouth bass, sunfish, perch, pickerel and more! Fish from the shore, our dock and boats. The week also includes archery, riflery and climbing wall. We recommend that campers bring their own pole and tackle box. 


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Intro to Adventure

Entering Grades 4-8

Adventure Rating Level 1
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Sessions:

  • July 1 - 7
  • July 15 - 21
  • July 29 - August 4

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Try a little bit of everything! Hiking, climbing, target sports, camping, canoeing and outdoor cooking are just a few of the great activities. A great trip for a first time camper and loved by all! Includes an overnight tent campout.


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Outdoor Survival

Entering Grades 4-8

Adventure Rating Level 1
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Sessions:

  • June 24 - 30
  • July 8 - 14
  • July 22 - 28
  • August 5 - 11

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Learn how to use a GPS and a compass. Try shelter building, fire building, day hiking, and visit the swamp and stream. This camp includes an overnight tent experience!


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Pioneers

Entering Grades 4-10

Adventure Rating Level 1
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Sessions:

  • August 12 - 18

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Horseback riding, sailing, cooking, archery, hiking, swimming and boating, overnight camping, plant and animal identification, outdoor living skills and more! (It's going to be a busy week!)


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Boots to Boats

Entering Grades 7-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2
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Sessions:

  • July 1-7

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Backpacking, canoeing and overnights are a great way for a new or returning camper to get outside and have an adventure! 


One Week Trips

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Camping & Carabiners

Entering Grades 6-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2
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Sessions:

  • June 24 - 30
  • August 12 - 18

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Climb our climbing wall, high ropes course, giant swing and leap of faith. Includes an overnight backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail.


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Climbing Adventures

Entering Grades 6-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2
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Sessions:

  • July 1 - 7

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A great week of varied and progressive climbing. Includes climbing our indoor and outdoor climbing wall, high ropes course, giant swing and vertical playpen – all at camp. Campers also enjoy archery, riflery, swimming and boating.


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Delaware Safari

Entering Grades 8-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2 Adventure Rating Level 3
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Sessions:

  • August 12 - 18

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Our longest canoe trip on the Delaware River! Paddle down river, camping on its shores and islands. 


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Hikes and Bikes

Entering Grades 8-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2 Adventure Rating Level 3
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Sessions:

  • July 22 - 28

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A combination of day bike trips and an overnight backpack trip on the Appalachian Trail.  Campers will also enjoy archery, riflery, climbing wall, swimming and boating.  Campers need to provide own bicycle and helmet.  Bicycle should be suitable for roads and dirt road use. 


Two Week Trips

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Adventure Sampler

Entering Grades 6-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2 Adventure Rating Level 3
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Sessions:

  • July 8 - 21
  • July 29 - August 11

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A three-day, two-night canoe trip on the Delaware River; a three-day, two-night backpack trip on the Appalachian Trail; camping, cooking, climbing and high ropes course.


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ETC Service Corps

Entering Grades 8 - 11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2 Adventure Rating Level 3
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Sessions:

  • July 8 - 21

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E.T.C. Service Corps is an ideal trip for campers ages 13-16.  Campers participate and complete varied service projects for local environmental organizations such as the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy and a local organic farm.  Projects are also designed to give back to camp.  A letter recognizing both service hours and types of projects completed is given to each camper.  During the E.T.C. Service Corps campers will enjoy traditional camp activities like swimming, boating, climbing wall, high ropes, giant swing, archery and riflery.


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Rocks, Rivers & Reels

Entering Grades 8-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2 Adventure Rating Level 3
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Sessions:

  • July 8 - 21

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This trip is great for any camper who enjoys a variety of adventures including climbing, swimming, canoeing and fishing.  Other activities include archery, riflery, high ropes and giant swing.  The second week includes a four day three night canoe and camping trip on the Delaware River.  Recommended to bring own fishing pole and tackle box.


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Voyagers

Entering Grades 8-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2 Adventure Rating Level 3
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Sessions:

  • July 29 - August 11

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Perfect for the camper that enjoys being around the water.  Campers will enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking on our lake and spend one day on the Lehigh River rafting.  The second week includes a four day three night canoe and camping trip on the Delaware River.


Three Week Trips

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ETC Extreme Challenge

Entering Grades 8-11

Adventure Rating Level 1 Adventure Rating Level 2 Adventure Rating Level 3 Adventure Rating Level 4
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Sessions:

  • July 22 - August 11

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This is our longest and most varied adventure trip.  Includes off-site trips like backpacking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, biking, disc-golf, climbing, water skiing, deep sea fishing, tent camping and outdoor cooking.  While at camp enjoy archery, riflery, climbing wall, high ropes course, giant swing, vertical playpen, swimming and boating. 


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Adventure Rating System

Wondering which Adventure Camp or Trip is most suitable?

Level 1: 
Minimal outdoor skills and ability required. Entire program takes place on site.

Level 2: 
Basic outdoor skills and ability required. One day or one night off-site campout expected.

Level 3: 
Can be two weeks in length and include multi-day trips away from camp whether on the Appalachian Trail or Delaware River.

Level 4: 
Our longest sessions and spend the most time away from camp.