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.
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 has a specific focus 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. Our one-week Environmental Trips for Challenge camps include:
- Angler's Catch: If your child loves fishing, this camp is ideal for them. They'll learn the fundamentals of freshwater fishing and how to differentiate between types of fish.
- Camping & Carabiners: Open to children in grades 6 through 11, this kids adventure is perfect for thrill-seekers. This program includes a climbing wall, high ropes course, and a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail.
- End of Summer Adventure: Right before school starts in the fall, send your child to have fun at our animal farm, archery ranges, and more.
- Intro to Adventure: In this program, campers try a little bit of everything, including hiking, climbing, and canoeing.
- Outdoor Survival: Campers in grades 4 through 8 learn the basics of using a GPS and compass to navigate the forest.
- Pioneers: Campers in this program experience it all, from horseback riding and hiking to cooking and sailing.
- Trailblazers: Perfect for children in tune with nature, this program allows children to explore the natural world on hikes and service projects.
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.
Camping & Carabiners
Entering Grades 6-11
July 5-11 LIMITED SPACE LEFT!
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.
Taking a Trip with Environmental Trips for Challenge
Trips with the Environmental Trips for Challenge program can last one to three weeks. Younger campers might enjoy a shorter trip focusing on backpacking, climbing, or canoeing. More experienced campers can participate in longer camps, with an emphasis on kids' adventure. Your child can complete their summer with two weeks focusing on water activities or enroll in our three-week ETC Extreme Challenge. Open to campers in grades 8 through 11, this program includes archery, deep-sea fishing, disc golf, a high ropes course, and many more.
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 a Kids Adventure?
With so many options, it can be difficult to choose the perfect camp for your child at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps. Each program is designed to be engaging for any child, but we recommend new campers start with a shorter summer camp or trip. Once they've been through their first week, they'll have a better idea of whether they enjoy the outdoors or not. ETC Director Brendan Rearer is always available to answer questions and address your concerns as you pick a program to enroll your child.
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!