Camp Top of the Pines
Top of the Pines is the 'Starter Camp' for Vacamas that focuses on younger children, ages 6-13. The sessions are shorter (12 days) and the staff to youth ratio smaller, making it more convenient and comfortable for first time campers. Vacamas’ camps offer youth either a two-week (Top of the Pines) or three-week (Camp Vacamas) camping experience that bridge the gap between old world rustic camping and modern experiential learning in NY and NJ. At both sites, campers ages 16 and under experience a unique blend of centralized and decentralized camping. Campers are afforded daily instructional and recreational swim periods, theme days, thematic programming and specialized activities including archery, arts & crafts, dance, drama, creative kitchen and more! Campers go hiking, trail-blazing, orienteering, and learn to read trail symbols. In our teen camp in NJ, campers choose the focus of their camping experiences. The teen camp is split up into various divisions including, Biking, Canoeing, Lifeguard Training, Theatre, Exercise and Nutrition and for the most mature campers, we offer Leadership Training (LIT). All campers are engage in summer learning, including reading and an educational and group game to close out each day. As in all of our programs, we focus on creating a diverse community where campers and staff alike, live with and learn from different cultures. Vacamas opens the door to nature's classroom with a modern approach to a time honored tradition.