Environmental Trips for Challenge (E.T.C.)
Environmental Summer Camps in New Jersey
A Summer to Remember at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps
Every child longs for adventure in some way, whether they love getting lost in a good book or enjoy exploring the wilderness. At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, your child can satisfy their taste for adventure in a safe and secure environment. Our New Jersey summer camp, Environmental Trips for Challenge are ideal for children who want to get a unique experience over summer break. Campers have the opportunity to try new activities while making new friends and building self-confidence.
Camps and Trips: What's the Difference?
At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, we offer camps and trips within the Environmental Trips for Challenge program. Camps are exciting opportunities for adventure, all without leaving the Fairview Lake YMCA Camps campus. On the other hand, trips take place mostly offsite. Campers spend the night in tents and return to Fairview Lake YMCA Camps periodically as a home base.
Entering Grades 4-10
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!
Wilderness & Woodworking
One Week Camp
Campers will learn the basics of woodworking and use those to complete projects that will be taken home. Projects will include wood that is both processed and gathered from the forests of Fairview Lake. Other activities include eco-art, shelter building and survival.
Entering Grades 4-7
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.
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.
Entering Grades 6-9
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.
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.
Backpacking, canoeing and overnights are a great way for a new or returning camper to get outside and have an adventure!
Climb our climbing wall, high ropes course, giant swing and leap of faith. Includes an overnight backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail.
New to canoeing & camping? This is a perfect way to try a medium length canoe trip on the beautiful Delaware River! A 3 day two night canoe trip is a perfect backdrop for friendship building and teamwork - plus back at camp we'll try target sports and climbing.
Two weeks of hammock camping in the Delaware Water Gap and on the Delaware river. Both weeks include a 3 day 2 night offsite trip.
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.
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.
Entering Grades 8-11
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.
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.
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 stay, campers will also enjoy traditional camp activities like swimming, boating, climbing wall, archery and riflery.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor Wayfairing & Leadership (OWLs)
Three Week Trip
Campers build skills in both outdoor recreation and in leadership. During the 3 weeks campers will participate in off-site day hikes, a backpacking and canoe trip as well as high ropes. Campers will be placed in situations where they use leadership skills and learn how to support one another. This trip is designed to put more responsibility in the campers hands. Benefits include getting a Leave No Trace certification and a maximum of 15 hours of service
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.
Experience One of Our One-Week Camps
Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offers summer camp programs lasting one week. These camps, taking place entirely at our location, are geared towards children in grades 4 through 10. Each camp is designed to spark curiosity in any child. Whether your child loves fishing, hiking, or another outdoor activity, these summer camps might be ideal for them.
Taking a Trip with Environmental Trips for Challenge
Trips with the Environmental Trips for Challenge program can last one to three weeks. Campers might enjoy a shorter trip focusing on backpacking, climbing, or canoeing. Or, a longer adventure with more varied activities might be more up their alley! Your child can complete their summer with two weeks focusing on water activities and hiking, or enroll in our three-week ETC Extreme Challenge or our NEW Outdoor Wayfairing & Leadership (OWLs) Program.
Aligning Our Camp's Values
When you're choosing a summer camp, you want a program that aligns with your values. At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, we operate with the mission to help children realize their potential. We focus on developing specific skill sets, as well as promoting good social skills, building confidence, and creating a sense of belonging. At the end of the day, we value the chance to help mold your child into a well-rounded young adult.
How Do I Choose My Kid's Adventure?
With so many options, it can be hard to choose the perfect camp for your child at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps. Each program is designed to be engaging for any child, and we encourage parents to contact us with questions so we can help you decide! Parents can select a program based on the grade that their child is entering next fall. In each age category you'll find a wide variety of trips and camps, allowing your child to explore different adventures all summer long.
Register with Fairview Lake YMCA Camps Today!
We aim to registration simple for each of our programs. Fairview Lake YMCA Camps invites parents to sign up via our online portal, where they can enroll multiple children in whichever program best fits their needs. If you encounter any trouble using our sign-up system, feel free to contact our staff. We're excited for your child to have a memorable summer in New Jersey!