Located 90 minutes from NYC on 1,150 beautiful acres, the New York YMCA Camp includes two sleepaway camps and a year round outdoor education and retreat center.
Since 1918, the New York YMCA Camp has been a leader in summer camping, outdoor education, and recreation. Our goal is to create a globally diverse community where every child feels welcome, gains new skills & confidence, and becomes more compassionate toward others. We strive also to help all individuals reconnect with the natural environment, to build and strengthen relationships, and to promote healthy living.
Operating as usual
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that, after a thorough and difficult review, the YMCA has decided to permanently close and sell our sleepaway camp and outdoor education operations at Camps Talcott, McAlister, and Greenkill.
This painful decision was not made lightly, and we are heartbroken that circumstances have compelled us to take this action. We know our sleepaway camps have meant so much to generations of campers and staff. The memories and friendships formed at camp are priceless and irreplaceable. They will undoubtedly last a lifetime. I am truly sorry we are unable to continue offering the joyous experience of summer at sleepaway camp.
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the YMCA’s revenue, resulting in losses of $100 million. For years, our sleepaway camp operations have depended on the organization’s financial support. Unfortunately, our current and projected financial condition has left us unable to continue providing that support.
We are committed to continuing our support of the YMCA camp movement and are exploring how to use our endowment to send children to other neighboring and partner Y camps. We will be in touch with you with more information.
I want to thank each and every staff member who has ever worked at our camp, especially those who were with us until last year. I want to thank our Board of Managers and donors for their leadership and commitment. And I want to thank all of our campers, families, and the local community for your support over the years. All of you are what made our camps so wonderful and special.
Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time and take care.
The camp office remains open for the time being if you have any questions. You can reach us at 845-858-2200 or by email at [email protected].
New York YMCA Camps
PO Box 622, 160 Big Pond Rd, Huguenot, NY 12746
As we say goodbye to 2020, we want to wish you a Happy New Year. 2020 was certainly a strange year, but it reminded us of how grateful we are for our Camp family. We missed seeing so many of you, but we can't wait to see you in 2021!
Happy Holidays from Camp! We had planned on showing video of the camp covered in snow, but we got 2 inches of rain last night! It really juiced the flow over the waterfall though.
Happy Holidays from Camp! This is what happens when you get 2 inches of rain that melts the foot of snow on the ground.
One of the problems for folks desperate to get out into nature for some stress relief. Come to camp and avoid the crowds: https://ymcanyc.org/ymca-family-getaways
Your family should be sitting in these chairs! Come on up for a family getaway!
Best Autumn colors in years! Come up to enjoy them:
The wildlife at camp are a bit easier to spot these days. Caught this character on camera in Greenkill this morning - very lucky to have my camera nearby.
Try a little taste of camp with virtual camps!
Camp is waiting for the world to open up again.
Maybe you need something calming during turbulent times...
Just a little something to ease your quarantine stress: Caught this little guy sneaking around Camp McAlister yesterday.
It’s with a heavy heart that I must inform you that, after a thorough review, the YMCA has decided to close our Sleepaway Camp operations for the remainder of 2020.
This decision was not made lightly. We know camp is an important part of every child’s summer. However, given this unprecedented situation, we have had to take difficult steps to ensure the Y can withstand this indefinite pause to operations and protect the health and safety of our community.
If you’ve already signed up for camp, you will be given a full refund of all fees and deposits. Please contact us if you don’t.
I’m truly sorry we are not able to serve you this summer. Please stay safe and healthy, and take care.
The camp office remains open if you have any questions. You can reach us at 845-858-2200 or by email at [email protected].
Stay healthy and safe,
If you are looking for something to do...
It’s Sugaring Season!
Just a nice photo of the Rock Pool taken by our good friend Mark LIflander (Liflander Photography)
It’s almost time to lower the bridge over the moat and welcome our families to Winter Family Camp 2020!!!
Hear ye, hear ye...let the festivities commence! 🏰 🐉 ⚔️
Check out this awesome team...planning a cool virtual event scheduled to take place March 29, 2020 at 3:00pm EST.
Mark your calendars...you won’t want to miss this!!!! 😎
Show your love this Valentine's Day, and give your child the gift of summer camp! http://ycamps.ymcanyc.org/summer-camps/
"I'm bilingual, and I learned a lot about my culture and my country that I didn't even know about."- Camper, James, about World Teen Camp 2019
Come hang with us this year at our beautiful camp in New York! Experience adventure, nature, and outdoor education at its best!
Join us for our open house today!
to World Teen Camp, an international sleepaway camp promoting language learning and cross cultural friendship. Registration is open for 2020, and space is limited! http://ow.ly/sNW250xUGdz
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
Join us for our summer camp open house on Sunday, January 26th from 1:00-4:00 PM! Meet our friendly staff, take a tour of our beautiful camp, learn about our programs and get all of your questions answered.
Longing for a winter getaway the whole family will enjoy? However your family defines winter fun — tubing down a big hill, cross country skiing, or simply enjoying a big cup of cocoa by a cozy fireplace — we have what you need at Winter Family Camp, February 14-17th. Sign up here, http://ow.ly/CPKV50xQfrb.
Winter Family Camp - New York City's YMCA Camp However your family defines fun - tubing down a big hill, cross country skiing, or simply enjoying a big cup of cocoa by a cozy fireplace - we have it!
"We take our middle schoolers to Greenkill every year. Years after they graduate, they tell us that the Greenkill trip is one of their top memories of school."
Our New Year's resolution is to create an even better summer time experience for our campers in 2020! We'll be bringing in the new year with fun updates from our camp straight to you! What's your resolution?
Camp is a place where you can learn how to put your best effort forward and do the best you can!
We invite you to help make camp firsts possible for even more SCOPE campers this summer -- visit https://scopeusa.org/campfirsts New York YMCA Camp
The New York YMCA Camp is a year-round facility including the Greenkill Outdoor Education and Retreat Center and two traditional sleepaway programs, Camp McAlister (ages 7-11) and Camp Talcott (ages 11-15). Please visit www.nyycamp.org to learn more about the programs that we offer at our 1,150 acre facility located 86 miles northwest of NYC.