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 "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.
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.
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.
Entering Grades 4-8
- July 7 - 13 ($1,076)
- August 18 - 24 ($1,076)
Learn how to use a GPS and a compass. Try shelter building, fire building, day hiking, and visit the swamp and stream. This camp includes an overnight tent experience!
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
Backpacking, canoeing and overnights are a great way for a new or returning camper to get outside and have an adventure!
A great week of varied and progressive climbing. Includes climbing our indoor and outdoor climbing wall, high ropes course, giant swing and vertical playpen – all at camp. Campers also enjoy archery, riflery, swimming and boating.
Entering Grades 8-11
- June 30 - July 6 ($1,143)
- August 18 - August 24 ($1,143)
Our longest canoe trip on the Delaware River! Paddle down river, camping on its shores and islands.
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
A three-day, two-night canoe trip on the Delaware River; a three-day, two-night backpack trip on the Appalachian Trail; camping, cooking, climbing and high ropes course.
E.T.C. Service Corps is an ideal trip for campers ages 13-16. 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 the E.T.C. Service Corps campers will enjoy traditional camp activities like swimming, boating, climbing wall, high ropes, giant swing, archery and riflery.
We’ve brought back this two-week long trip that includes a canoe down the Delaware and a hike along the Appalachian trail. This trip emphasizes off camp trips with extended stays off camp.
This trip is great for any camper who enjoys a variety of adventures including climbing, swimming, canoeing and fishing. Other activities include archery, riflery, high ropes and giant swing. The second week includes a four day three night canoe and camping trip on the Delaware River. Recommended to bring 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
ETC Extreme Challenge
Entering Grades 8-11
- June 23 - July 13 ($3,388)
- July 28 - August 17 ($3,388)
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.
Adventure Rating System
Wondering which Adventure Camp or Trip is most suitable?
Minimal outdoor skills and ability required. Entire program takes place on site.
Basic outdoor skills and ability required. One day or one night off-site campout expected.
Can be two weeks in length and include multi-day trips away from camp whether on the Appalachian Trail or Delaware River.
Our longest sessions and spend the most time away from camp.