Blue Mountain Day Camp
Blue Mountain Day Camp (BMDC) has been serving Sussex County, New Jersey since 1979. Located on the shores of Fairview Lake in Stillwater, the abundance of unspoiled wood lands creates endless opportunities for children to learn and explore. With facilities normally seen only in overnight camps, BMDC offers an exciting, creative summer day camp experience for children. Key to this camping experience is a mile-long lake with fishing, sailing, water sports, and swimming. Tennis courts, a basketball court, indoor and outdoor climbing, a sports field, an art pavilion, a horseback riding stable, and archery and riflery ranges are just a few of the great facilities at BMDC.
BMDC campers will have the chance to explore and grow through this strong tradition of quality programming and fun - all while making lifelong friends. Our experienced staff guides campers through a wide range of classic day camp activities, as well as special days and events that reflect the spirit of Blue Mountain Day Camp.
2019 CAMP INFO
Camp Dates: June 24 - August 30
Camp Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Before-Care: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
After-Care: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Camper-to-Staff Ratio: 3-4 years: 5:1; 5-6 years: 6:1; 7-8 years: 8:1; 9-15 years: 10:1
Camp Director: Carolyn Koch
Camp Registrar: Liam Parker
Each day, campers have the opportunity to visit our Trading Post, which has a variety of snacks and drinks. On Fridays, campers can purchase souvenirs. Please follow the link below to create your child's trading post account.
Y for All
The Y is accessible to all people. Financial assistance is available to individuals and families who need our programs and services most.
PROGRAMS BY AGE
Traditional Day Camp
TURTLES (Ages 3-5)
Turtles participate in many different activities that cater to their individual needs. Themed weeks allow for easy transition when it comes time for school in the fall. Campers must be potty trained prior to the start of camp.
PACERS (Entering grades 1-3)
Learn new skills and gain a new understanding of the world around them. Social skills and confidence is emphasized.
PATHFINDERS (Entering grades 4-6)
Pathfinders enjoy all the traditional camp activities listed on the previous page. Campers will increase independence, learn teamwork skills and understand responsibility. Horseback riding is available.
PIONEERS (Entering grades 7-9)
Children are learning to make decisions about the world on their own. Campers will focus on increasing good decision-making skills and are encouraged with positive and challenging, fun character-building experiences. Horseback riding is available.
NEW! Ranch Camp (Entering grades 4-9) Space is limited, register early.
Giddy Up! Campers will spend half the day at our ranch - learning to ride, how to take care of a horse and helping with barn chores. The rest of the day will be spent in camp activities, like swimming sports and arts and crafts.
COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM (CIT) (Teens age 15+)
July 8 - July 26 (3 Weeks)
Many of our staff were once CIT’s! In the CIT program, teens learn the skills necessary to be a counselor: leadership, organization, problem solving, becoming a team player, and working with children. CIT’s participate in a variety of traditional camp activities, as well as work with younger groups of campers. Successful participants are invited to volunteer at Blue Mountain Day Camp in later in the summer.
Before Care 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Campers registered for Before Care can be dropped off at camp as early as 7:30am. Games and crafts will be available as campers arrive.
Busses Arrive 8:15 - 8:45 AM
Various bus routes are available to best suit your family's needs.
Morning Meeting 8:45 AM
Once everyone has arrived, we'll start the day with an all-camp meeting.
Activity Periods 1, 2 & 3 9:00-11:30 AM
Campers will rotate between swim lessons & activities with their counselors and unit!
Lunch 11:45 AM
Each day campers should pack a lunch to enjoy while at camp.
Club Time 12:45 - 2:30 PM
Special, week-long activities that campers choose themselves.
Unit Time, Free Swim & Trading Post 3:00 - 4:55 PM
As the day winds down, campers will regroup with their unit, enjoy the lake and then head down to the Trading Post for a snack.
Busses Depart 5:00 PM
Optional bussing is available with different routes in Sussex County.
After-Care 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Campers not taking a bus home will play games and enjoy fun activities. Registration for After Care is required.
CLUBS AT CAMP:
During Club Activity Time, campers will split into groups and participate in an activity they choose weekly. Club themes vary week to week, and we are always adding new things based on our campers wants and our counselors’ special talents.
Blue Mountain campers can set sail on beautiful Fairview Lake! Under the guidance of an experienced sailing instructor, campers will learn to sail a Sunfish with their friends. Campers must be GREEN level swimmers to choose this program.
Indoor and Outdoor climbing, high ropes and a vertical playpen will challenge campers and teach important lessons in teamwork! Certified instructors work with campers to overcome fears, reach new heights and have a ton of fun.
Cast your line into our beautiful lake to try to catch a wide variety of fish. Staff will instruct campers on different knots, lures and techniques.
Paddle Boarding & Boating
Camp offers a wide variety of watercraft for campers to try! Explore the edges of Fairview lake and play fun games and activities while out on the water.
Miles of trails extend into the beautiful woodlands surrounding BMDC. Campers and staff will enjoy exploring all around camp, spotting animals and learning about trail signs and safety.
Campers and staff will engage in high energy and rewarding games and challenges to learn cooperation and teamwork.
Budding artists can extend their arts and crafts time under the guidance of creative staff. Create fun camp crafts and works of art at camp!
Ye Haw! For Ranch, Pathfinder and Pioneer campers during weeks 1, 3, 4, 6 & 9. In addition to riding trails, campers will learn about caring for horses and horsemanship. Proper attire, including long pants, is required. Riding helmet is provided. *Please note that space is limited and there is an extra fee for horseback riding. Children must be pre-registered to participate.