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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

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Sessions:

July 12-18
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

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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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Camping & Carabiners

Entering Grades 6-11

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Sessions:

July 5-11 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

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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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Intro to Adventure

Entering Grades 4-8

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Sessions:

June 28 - July 4 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

July 19 - 25 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

 

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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

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Sessions:

July 5-11 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

August 2-8 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

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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.


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Pioneers

Entering Grades 4-10

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Sessions:

June 21-27 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

July 26 - August 1 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

August 9-15 
$1,110 Early Bird $1,076

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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!) This week is based on what Fairview Lake YMCA Camps was like in 1915 - the year it was founded! 


One Week Trips

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Boots to Boats

Entering Grades 7-11

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Sessions:

July 26 - August 1
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

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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! 


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Climbing Adventures

Entering Grades 6-11

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Sessions:

June 28 - July 4
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

July 19-25
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

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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.


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Delaware Safari

Entering Grades 8-11

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Sessions:

July 12-18
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

July 19-25
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

August 16-22
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

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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.  


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Hikes and Bikes

Entering Grades 8-11

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Sessions:

June 21-27
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

August 2-8
$1,175 Early Bird $1,143

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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

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Sessions:

June 21 - July 4
$2,085 Early Bird $2,023

July 26 - August 8
$2,085 Early Bird $2,023

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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. 


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AT Challenge

Entering Grades 8 - 11

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Sessions:

July 5-18
$2,085 Early Bird $2,023

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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. 


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ETC Service Corps

Entering Grades 8 - 11

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Sessions:

July 26 - August 8
$2,085 Early Bird $2,023

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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.


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Explorers

Entering Grades 8-11

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Sessions:

August 9-22

$2,085 Early Bird $2,023

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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. 


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Rocks, Rivers & Reels

Entering Grades 8-11

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Sessions:

July 26 - August 8
$2,085 Early Bird $2,023

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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.


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Voyagers

Entering Grades 8-11

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Sessions:

July 5-18
$2,085 Early Bird $2,023

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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

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Sessions:

June 28 - July 4
$3,490 Early Bird $3,388

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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.

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