Environmental Trips for Challenge (E.T.C.)
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 Trip.
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.
One Week Camps
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.
Climb our climbing wall, high ropes course, giant swing and leap of faith. Includes an overnight backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail.
Spend the final week of the summer camp season enjoying almost everything that we have to offer. Join your friends at the small animal farm, at our archery and ax ranges, in the lake and exploring the forests and fields of Fairview Lake!
Intro to Adventure
Entering Grades 4-8
June 28 - July 4
July 19 - 25
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.
This week, learn how to use a GPS and a compass to navigate the forest. Build a shelter, start a campfire, and enjoy nature through hikes to the swamp, forests and stream! This camp includes an overnight tent experience.
Entering Grades 4-10
July 26 - August 1
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!) This week is based on what Fairview Lake YMCA Camps was like in 1915 - the year it was founded!
Learn about and explore the natural world around you as you play and grow at camp. Enjoy the lake, take hikes, try camp activities and help out our environment with a meaningful service project.
One Week Trips
Backpacking, canoeing and overnights are a great way for a new or returning camper to get outside and have an adventure!
Entering Grades 6-11
June 28 - July 4
This is a great week focused on climbing. We'll climb here at camp, utilizing our outdoor and indoor climbing walls and high ropes elements. Campers will also explore off-site climbing locations, and enjoy our lake and target sport activity areas.
Entering Grades 8-11
Our longest canoe trip on the Delaware River! Paddle down river, camping on its shores and islands while building friendship and memories that will last forever.
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
Entering Grades 6-11
June 21 - July 4
July 26 - August 8
Let's adventure! Join your friends on a three-day, two-night canoe trip on the Delaware River and a three-day, two-night backpack trip on the Appalachian Trail! We'll camp in tents, cook over a fire, and enjoy activities like the high ropes course, boating, archery and ax throwing when we're back at FVL.
During this two-week journey, we will take on the challenge of the famed National Scenic Trail - The Appalachian Trail! Campers will backpack most of New Jersey’s section of this beautiful trail, with plenty of time for fun back at camp.
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 their two week stay, campers will also enjoy traditional camp activities like swimming, boating, climbing wall, archery and riflery.
This two-week long trip that includes a canoe trip down the Delaware River and a hike along the Appalachian Trail. This trip emphasizes trips with extended stays off camp, teamwork and community building.
This trip is great for any camper who enjoys a variety of adventures including climbing, swimming, canoeing and fishing. We'll fish in various locations around camp, and take a four day three night canoe and camping trip on the Delaware River. We recommend campers bring their own fishing pole and tackle box.
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
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.
What adventure is right for my child?
Our programs are designed to be fun, challenging and rewarding, but not every camp or trip is right for every child. We recommend that if your child has never tried the activity before, they start with a one week camp or trip which includes that activity. Once they have a week under their belts, our staff can recommend more advanced trips and adventures for them! If you're not sure, please feel free to contact Brendan Rearer, our ETC Director. Brendan would be happy to discuss our programs, and help you choose a perfect adventure for your child.